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Iraq: Thousands More Killed, More Than a Million Displaced

Posted by feww on September 1, 2014

TERRORISM
FOREIGN-AIDED INSURGENCY
IRAQI MASSACRE 
MASS DISPLACEMENT
MAJOR DISASTERS
SCENARIOS 444, 202, 080, 070, 069, 04, 02
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 ‘Acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale’ perpetrated in Iraq —UN

About 1,600 civilians were killed and at least 1,400 others wounded last month, according to figures provided by Iraq Body Count and UN’s mission to the country.

Between January and August 2014, at least 10,000 people have been killed and as many wounded in Iraq.

Islamic State Terrorists

However, the figures do not include hundreds of Yazidis murdered by the IS terrorists.

“Last week, the UN said it had received reports of at least 650 male inmates of Badouch Prison in Mosul being shot dead by IS militants on 10 July. Witnesses and survivors said inmates claiming to be Sunni were taken away, while Shia and members of other religious or ethnic communities were ordered into ditches and killed, BBC reported.

‘Ethnic Cleansing’ and Mass Displacement

Reports from Iraq “reveal acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale,” says the UN Human Rights Deputy Commissioner.

The terrorists that run the so-called “Islamic State,” formerly known as ISIS/ISIL, and their allied Sunni insurgents  have taken control of large parts of northern and western Iraq, committing “systematic and intentional attacks on civilians” that include targeted killings, forced conversions, slavery, sexual abuse, and the besieging of entire communities.

“Thousands of people have been killed, the majority of them civilians, and more than a million others have been forced to flee their homes,” said the report.

There is “strong evidence” that international human rights and humanitarian law is being seriously violated in areas under IS control, said the UN Human Rights Commission.

“Christian, Yazidi, Turkmen, Shabak, Kaka’i, Sabeans and Shia communities had ‘all been targeted through particularly brutal persecution’ and that IS had ‘ruthlessly carried out what may amount to ethnic and religious cleansing,'” said the report.

“Many have been killed directly; others have been besieged and deprived of food, water or medication, said the UN Deputy Human Rights Commissioner.

“Hundreds of thousands of civilians from these communities have fled to remote and desolate locations where unconfirmed reports indicate that scores of children, elderly people and people with disabilities have been dying as a result of exhaustion and deprivation.”

Sex Slaves

At least 2,250 Yazidi women and children are being held hostage by IS terrorists. Most of the female hostages have been allotted as slaves to IS fighters, said the report.

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Hundreds Injured after Strong Earthquake in Iran

Posted by feww on August 18, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 08, 07
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M6.2 Quake Strikes Western Iran

 Centered at 32.739°N, 47.670°E the quake occurred at a depth of about 10.0km (6.2mi), said USGS/EHP.

The mainshock was preceded by a M5.0 foreshock, and followed by at least 8 significant aftershocks, the largest of which measured 5.8Mw as of posting.

The quakes struck western Iran, near the border with Iraq. Induced seismicity cannot be ruled out.

The quake has injured hundreds of people and caused extensive damage to buildings in the nearby town of Mour-Mouri, said news agencies quoting local media.

Iran quake 18-8-2014
EQ Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

Earthquake Details
Magnitude: 6.2Mw
Event Time: 2014-08-18 02:32:05 UTC
Location: 32.659°N 47.715°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 36km (22mi) SE of Abdanan, Iran
  • 37km (23mi) E of Dehloran, Iran
  • 78km (48mi) WNW of Dezful, Iran
  • 81km (50mi) NW of Shush, Iran
  • 312km (194mi) ESE of Baghdad, Iraq

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About 3,000 People Killed in Iraq in June

Posted by feww on July 1, 2014

TERRORISM
FOREIGN-AIDED INSURGENCY
IRAQI MASSACRE 
MASS DISPLACEMENT
MAJOR DISASTERS
SCENARIOS 444, 070, 202, 04
STATE OF EMERGENCY
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Iraqi Massacre Claims Highest Monthly Toll in 8 Years

At least 2,417 people were killed in Iraq in June 2014, mostly civilians, according to figures released by the United Nations.

The death toll includes 1,531 civilians and 886 members of Iraq’s security forces killed in terrorist attacks and violence, said UNIRAQ, the UN mission to Iraq.

However, the UN casualty figures excludes the Anbar province in western Iraq, which is mostly controlled by armed Sunni insurgents.

The monthly death toll is Iraq’s highest since May 2007.

Some 2,287 others were wounded in the attacks last month, the UN reported.

According to Iraq Body Count the June total was 1,934 civilians killed, including 234 terrorists by government forces.

The casualty figures released by the Iraqi government are as follows:

  • Dead:  1,922 people killed in June, including 1,393 civilians, 380 soldiers/security personnel and 149 police officers.
  • Wounded: 2,610 people were injured in June, including 1,745 civilians, 644 soldiers and 221 police personnel.

Mass Displacement

At least one million people have fled their homes from Nineveh and Anbar provinces since the so-called ISIS terrorists seized Iraqi cities in northern Iraq. 

2014 toll now stands at more than 7,000 civilians killed and thousands of others wounded.

Some 8,868 Iraqis, including 7,818 civilians and civilian police personnel, were killed in 2013, according to the United Nation’s Assistance (!) Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

Iraq Body Count puts the number of civilians killed in violent acts at 9,475 for 2013.

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Saudi-Backed Terrorists Force 1 Million to Flee Iraqi Provinces

Posted by feww on June 11, 2014

TERRORISM
FOREIGN-AIDED INSURGENCY
MASS MURDER
MASS DISPLACEMENT
MAJOR DISASTERS
SCENARIOS 444, 070, 202, 04
STATE OF EMERGENCY
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ISIS terrorists seize Iraqi cities forcing at least 1 million people to flee their homes

Saudi-backed ISIS terrorists have seized key Iraqi city of Mosul and nearly all of the surrounding Nineveh Province [population: ~ 3.3 million,] while fighting continues in Anbar province, forcing at least 1 million people from both provinces to flee their homes.

Iraq’s Foreign Minister has called on his country’s leaders to face “the serious, mortal threat.” Adding that “there has to be a quick response to what has happened.”

The terrorist have also attacked Tikrit and are now in control of some parts of the city, as well as the town of Baiji, known for its oil refinery, according to reports quoting Iraqi security sources.

“The Baiji refinery can process 300,000 barrels per day and supplies oil products to most of Iraq’s provinces and is a major provider of power to Baghdad,” Reuters reported.

The towns of Hawijah, Zab, Riyadh, Abbasi and Rashad in south and west of the city of Kikruk, about 250 km north of Baghdad, reported Xinhua.

Anbar Province

The UN refugee agency on Friday, June 6 said that ongoing violence in central Iraq’s Anbar province has displaced almost half-a-million civilians since January. “With a deteriorating security situation, it is also becoming harder for humanitarian actors to reach those in need,” said a UNHCR spokesman.

He told journalists in Geneva that the Iraqi government puts the number of displaced since January at 434,000 men, women and children. “However, the full scale of the displacement from this under-reported conflict is unknown, as the Iraqi authorities have had to suspend registration over the past month because of insecurity,” he said, adding: “UNHCR believes the current figure is now close to 480,000.”

A further displacement last month occurred when the ISIL terrorists deliberately breached a dam in Anbar’s Abu Ghraib district, flooding the entire area and forcing some 72,000 people to flee their homes.

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Terrorists Seize Iraq’s Nineveh Province

Posted by feww on June 10, 2014

TERRORISM
FOREIGN-AIDED INSURGENCY
MASS MURDER
MASS DISPLACEMENT
MAJOR DISASTERS
SCENARIOS 444, 070, 202, 04
STATE OF EMERGENCY
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ISIS terrorists seize Iraq city of Mosul, free thousands of prisoners

UPDATE: The speaker of parliament told reporters late Tuesday that “terrorists” controlled the entire of Nineveh province [Population: ~ 3.3 million.] More than 250,000 people have reportedly fled Nineveh to Kurdish-controlled regions in northern Iraq.

ISIS terrorists have seized key Iraqi city of Mosul [Population: ~ 1.8 million,] capital of Nineveh Province, driving back government forces, according to reports quoting senior officials.

“The city of Mosul is outside the control of the state and at the mercy of the militants,” a senior Iraqi official told reporters.

Mosul is the second city to be seized by the Saudi-backed terrorist group known as the “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL or ISIS).  In January terrorists seized the city of Fallujah, and parts of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, forcing more than 70,000 people to flee their homes.

The much larger city of Mosul and surrounding Ninevah province are a major export route for Iraqi oil and a gateway to Syria, experts say.

The Iraqi Prime Minister has called on parliament to declare a state of emergency in response to the escalation, reports said.

ISIS have freed more than 2,500 inmates from a “counter terrorism prison,” according to numerous reports posted on the Internet by locals.

 Bloodbath Continues

Meantime, ISIS and its allies stepped up their terrorist attacks, killing or wounding dozens of people in the central town of Baquba in a double bomb attack, which targeted a funeral procession.

The terrorist attacks in western and northern Iraq have left scores of people dead or wounded since early June.

At least 1,027 civilians were killed in Iraq during the month of May, with the 2014 toll now standing at 5,595 civilians killed and thousands of others wounded.

Some 8,868 Iraqis, including 7,818 civilians and civilian police personnel, were killed in 2013, according to the United Nation’s Assistance (!) Mission in Iraq (UNAMI). [Iraq Body Count puts the number of civilians killed in violent acts at 9,475 for 2013.]

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Iraqi Massacre Continues Unabated

Posted by feww on June 3, 2014

IRAQ HOLOCAUST
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More than 6,000 civilians killed in Iraq so far this year

Every day in Iraq is a Major Disaster Day. At least 1,027 civilians were killed in Iraq during the month of May. The 2014 toll now stands at 5,095 civilians killed and thousands of others wounded.

Some 8,868 Iraqis, including 7,818 civilians and civilian police personnel, were killed in 2013, according to the United Nation’s Assistance (!) Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

Iraq Body Count puts the number of civilians killed in violent acts at 9,475 for 2013.

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Unending Iraqi Massacre: 1,013 Killed in April

Posted by feww on May 4, 2014

IRAQ HOLOCAUST
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More than 4,000 civilians killed in Iraq so far this year

At least 1,013 civilians were killed in Iraq during the month of April. The 2014 toll now stands at 4,068 civilians killed and thousands of others wounded.

Some 8,868 Iraqis, including 7,818 civilians and civilian police personnel, were killed in 2013, according to the United Nation’s Assistance (!) Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

Iraq Body Count puts the number of civilians killed in violent acts at 9,475 for 2013.

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More than 3,200 People Killed in Iraq in 2014

Posted by feww on April 6, 2014

IRAQ HOLOCAUST
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Average 36 people killed in Iraq each day this year

At least 1159 people have been killed in Iraq since March 1, 2014, bringing the massacre toll to more than 3,160 so far this year.

Thousands of other have been wounded in the bloody violence. Millions of others have been scared psychologically for the rest of their lives.

Some 8,868 Iraqis, including 7,818 civilians and civilian police personnel, were killed in 2013, according to the United Nation’s Assistance (!) Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

Iraq Body Count puts the number of civilians killed in violent acts at 9,475 for 2013.

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – March 2, 2014

Posted by feww on March 2, 2014

You’re making this planet increasingly unfit for living

Ukraine

Russia’s Federation Council has unanimously approved sending Russian troops to Ukraine

The development follows an appeal by the Prime Minister of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, who requested help from Russia to “cope with the crisis and ensure peace and calm in the region,” said reports.

Events in Ukraine indicate there is a “threat to the lives of citizens of the Russian Federation… and the personnel of the armed forces of the Russian Federation on Ukrainian territory,” said the Russian president Putin.

“We are particularly concerned with the situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, where, in accordance with the international treaty, the Black Sea Fleet is stationed; where 1.5 million Russian people live,”said a presidential spokesman.

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RT.com considers “stabilizing Russian forces” as “Nazi” forces. [Image sent by Kelly. M]

Putin has not yet decided weather to use  military force in Ukraine despite the unanimous approval by the senate, said a presidential spokesman.

About 6,000 additional Russian troops and 30 armored vehicles have been sent to Crimea, said the Ukrainian Defense Minister on Saturday.

“Russian soldiers are widely reported to be guarding a number of administrative buildings and military bases in Crimea. Parliament, airports, the state television building and telecommunications hubs have also been surrounded,” said a report.

Iraq

At least 930 civilians were killed [murdered] in Iraq in February, according to Iraq Body Count.

This brings the total number of civilians killed in Iraq so far this year to more than 2,000.

The United Nations says almost  1, 200 civilians, including civilian police personnel, were wounded in the ongoing armed violence.

However, the U.N. report excludes the number of casualties in the Anbar province.

China

At least 29 people were killed and 130 others wounded in a violent attack on the main railway station in southwest China’s Kunming city, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province.

A group of unidentified men armed with knives stormed the station at about 21:00 local time on Saturday, said the police.

“It was an organized, premeditated violent terrorist attack, according to the authorities,” reported Xinhua.

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Dead or Wounded in 2014

Posted by feww on January 1, 2014

Syria Death Toll

According to various estimates, more than 130,000 people have been killed in Syria and about 2.5 million people have fled their homes since the Saudi-backed destabilization of the country began in March 2011.

Iraq Death Toll

The 2014 death toll in Iraq climbed above the 9,500 mark with about 20,000 wounded in hundreds of violent attacks throughout the war-torn country.

Pakistan Death Toll

About 1,550 people were killed and 4,100 others wounded in hundreds of bomb attacks across Pakistan in 2013.

South Sudan Death Toll

“Thousands” of people have been killed in South Sudan and more than 120,000 others displaced, since heavy fighting began on 15 December, 2013  in South Sudan’s capital Juba and quickly spread to four other states, said UN.

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Iraq Violence Death Toll Nears 7,200 in 10 Months

Posted by feww on November 2, 2013

Bloody October Leaves about 3,000 Iraqis Dead or Wounded

The death toll from violence in Iraq  reached at least 1,095 in October, according to Iraq Body Count and 979, according to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Additionally, about 16,000 others have been wounded in the deadly violence so far this year. 

Some 852 civilians and 127 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed in October, while 1,902 others were wounded, including 1,793 civilians and 109 security personnel, reported UNAMI.

ALL Iraqis, civilians, soldiers and security personnel, are prime targets for Saudi-backed Sunni militants seeking to destabilize the country’s Shia-led government.

UNAMI 2013 Stats for Armed Violence in Iraq

According to information collected by UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and other sources, a minimum of 7,168 civilians [to be confirmed] have been killed and about 16,000 others wounded so far this year.

  • In October 2013, at least 1,095 people were killed and more than 1,900 others wounded.
    • October death toll for Iraq was 979, exactly the same as September toll (!), according to UNAMI.
  • In September 2013, at least 1,220 civilians were killed and about 2,000 others wounded
    • Baghdad, 1 October 2013 – According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of 979 Iraqis were killed and another 2,133 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in September.
  • In August 2013, a minimum of 716 civilians were killed (including 106 civilian police) a further 1,936 were injured (including 195 civilian police) in ongoing armed violence in Iraq
  • In July 2013, at least 928 were killed (including 204 civilian police) a further 2,109 were injured (including 338 civilian police) in ongoing armed violence in Iraq during July 2013.
  • In June 2013, a minimum of 685 civilians were killed and 1,610 were injured.
  • In May 2013, at least 963 civilians were killed and 2,191 were injured.
  • In April 2013, a minimum of 595 civilians were killed and 1481 were injured.
  • In March 2013, at least 229 civilians were killed and 853 were injured.
  • In January 2013, at least 319 civilians were killed and 960 were injured.
  • In December 2012, 230 civilians were killed and 655 were injured.
  • In November 2012, 445 civilians were killed and 1306 were injured.

ALL figures remain estimates until full investigation and analysis have been carried out, said UNAMI.

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7,037 Killed in Iraq Violence

Posted by feww on October 27, 2013

60 people killed across Iraq so far today


At least 10 car bombs ripped through Baghdad killing dozens of people and wounding many more, amid the worst violence in Iraq since 2008.

In the deadliest attack today, a suicide bomber targeted soldiers in the northern city of Mosul, killing at least 12 and wounding dozens more, Reuters reported police as saying.

The soldiers were waiting outside a bank to collect their salaries, when the bomber driving a car packed with high explosives blew himself up, said the report.

Iraqi soldiers and security personnel are prime targets for [Saudi-backed] Sunni militants seeking to destabilize the country’s Shi’ite-led government, the report said.

UNAMI 2013 Stats for Armed Violence in Iraq

According to information collected by UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and other sources, a minimum of 7,037 civilians [to be confirmed] have been killed and about 14,000 others wounded so far this year.

  • October 2013: At least 964 people have been killed hundreds more wounded so far this month.
  • In September 2013, at least 1,220 civilians were killed and about 2,000 others wounded
    • Baghdad, 1 October 2013 – According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of 979 Iraqis were killed and another 2,133 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in September.
  • In August 2013, a minimum of 716 civilians were killed (including 106 civilian police) a further 1,936 were injured (including 195 civilian police) in ongoing armed violence in Iraq
  • In July 2013, at least 928 were killed (including 204 civilian police) a further 2,109 were injured (including 338 civilian police) in ongoing armed violence in Iraq during July 2013.
  • In June 2013, a minimum of 685 civilians were killed and 1,610 were injured.
  • In May 2013, at least 963 civilians were killed and 2,191 were injured.
  • In April 2013, a minimum of 595 civilians were killed and 1481 were injured.
  • In March 2013, at least 229 civilians were killed and 853 were injured.
  • In January 2013, at least 319 civilians were killed and 960 were injured.
  • In December 2012, 230 civilians were killed and 655 were injured.
  • In November 2012, 445 civilians were killed and 1306 were injured.

ALL figures remain estimates until full investigation and analysis have been carried out, said UNAMI.

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Bloody Sunday Bombings Kill 78 in Iraq

Posted by feww on October 21, 2013

Suicide bomb attacks kill at least 78 across Iraq

A suicide bomber detonated explosives inside a cafe in Baghdad’s Al-Amil area on Sunday, killing at least 38 people, and leaving 39 others wounded, Reuters reported.

At least 40 others were killed in separate, mostly coordinated attacks, across the country including up to 28 people in the town of Rawa in Iraq’s western province of Al-Anbar.

The Sunday killings raises the October death toll to at least 716, and the 2013 total to 6,789 so far this year.

Perpetuating the Deadly Violence in Iraq

Saudi, Qatari, UAE and other [US-assisted] Arab regimes that help perpetuate the sectarian slaughter in Iraq and Syria must realize that they will NOT escape the carnage unscathed.

UNAMI Stats for Armed Violence in Iraq

According to information collected by UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and other sources, a minimum of 6,073 civilians [to be confirmed] have been killed and at least 12,000 others wounded between January 1 and September 30, 2013.

  • In September 2013, at least 1,220 civilians were killed and about 2,000 others wounded
    • Baghdad, 1 October 2013 – According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of 979 Iraqis were killed and another 2,133 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in September.
  • In August 2013, a minimum of 716 civilians were killed (including 106 civilian police) a further 1,936 were injured (including 195 civilian police) in ongoing armed violence in Iraq
  • In July 2013, at least 928 were killed (including 204 civilian police) a further 2,109 were injured (including 338 civilian police) in ongoing armed violence in Iraq during July 2013.
  • In June 2013, a minimum of 685 civilians were killed and 1,610 were injured.
  • In May 2013, at least 963 civilians were killed and 2,191 were injured.
  • In April 2013, a minimum of 595 civilians were killed and 1481 were injured.
  • In March 2013, at least 229 civilians were killed and 853 were injured.
  • In January 2013, at least 319 civilians were killed and 960 were injured.
  • In December 2012, 230 civilians were killed and 655 were injured.
  • In November 2012, 445 civilians were killed and 1306 were injured.

ALL figures remain estimates until full investigation and analysis have been carried out, said UNAMI.

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – October 12, 2013

Posted by feww on October 12, 2013

Pipeline leak in North Dakota likely due to corrosion

The 20,600-barrel leak on Tesoro Logistics LP pipeline in North Dakota was probably caused by corrosion on the 20-year-old pipeline, state regulators said.

A farmer discovered oil gushing out of the six-inch pipeline, which carries oil from the Bakken shale play to the Stampede rail facility near Columbus, North Dakota, on September 29, said a report.

“This is the largest oil spill in the state since it became a major U.S. producer. It is the biggest oil leak on U.S. land since March, when an Exxon Mobil pipeline spilled 5,000 to 7,000 barrels of heavy Canadian crude in Mayflower, Arkansas.”

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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Iraq Bloodbath

October casualties in the ongoing Iraqi violence so far stands at 381 civilians killed, and about 1,000 others wounded.

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Majority of U.S. Citizens say: “The hell with the Congress!”

Six in ten Americans say they would replace every single member of the U.S. Congress if they could, according to a new poll by NBC News and Wall Street Journal.

As for the state of U.S. economy over the next 12 months, 42 percent of the people believe it will get worse, while only 17 percent are optimistic, and 38 percent see no change.

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Conflicts of interest in the Syria debate

22 media commentators, and seven think tanks that participated in the media debate on whether the US should bomb Syria, had major  conflicts of interest, says Public Accountability Initiative.

The most egregious example cited is Stephen Hadley, former national security adviser to George W. Bush. “Hadley argued strenuously for military intervention in appearances on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg TV, and authored a Washington Post op-ed headlined ‘To stop Iran, Obama must enforce red lines with Assad.'”

“In each case, Hadley’s audience was not informed that he serves as a director of Raytheon, the weapons manufacturer that makes the Tomahawk cruise missiles that were widely cited as a weapon of choice in a potential strike against Syria. Hadley earns $128,500 in annual cash compensation from the company and chairs its public affairs committee. He also owns 11,477 shares of Raytheon stock, which traded at all-time highs during the Syria debate ($77.65 on August 23, making Hadley’s share’s worth $891,189).” The report said.

Hadley was presented to the audience as an experienced, independent national security expert, said the report. Read more…

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Global Disasters Significant Events – October 7, 2013

Posted by feww on October 7, 2013

China

FITOW has so far effected more than 3 million people across 8 cities in the eastern coastal province of Zhejiang, Xinhua said, causing direct economic losses and damages of 2.28 billion yuan (~ $370 million).

United States

California

San Carlos Declares State of Emergency Over PG&E Pipeline
“City officials in San Carlos, Calif. have declared a State of Emergency after a series of internal PG&E e-mails sparked safety concerns over a natural gas line that runs through the city. Issues with the gas line include certain sections made up of a “thin wall” pipe made in 1929 and external corrosion with fatigue cracks on the pipe. City leaders on Friday also requested PG&E shut down the pipeline until a hearing could be conducted with CPUC to address the issue. PG&E declined the request, according to city officials. The city on Friday night obtained a temporary injunction against PG&E in San Mateo County Superior Court requiring PG&E to immediately shut off service to pipeline 147. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 24.” See full report…

Egypt

At least 55 killed, over 200 wounded amid new wave of protests in Egypt

Clashes between opponents and supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi left at least 55 people dead and more than 200 wounded across the country on Sunday,  one of the bloodiest days since the “USrael-controlled” army seized power in a coup.

About 500 others were arrested, according to the

Protesters chanted: “The coup is terrorism” and “Sisi [the military ruler] is a killer.”

Army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the man who toppled Morsi said: “There are a lot of people who think Egypt’s army can be broken. Egypt’s army is like a pyramid but it is a pyramid because the people of Egypt support it.”

The military says it was responding to the will of the people. “We are answerable to God and to you Egyptians for the mandate [by the] Egyptian people towards the army and police to preserve Egypt,” said Sisi.

Italy

194 Bodies Found in Migrant Shipwreck Off the Coast of Sicily

Search teams have now recovered a total of 194 bodies in and around the vessel that sank on Thursday near the Sicilian island of Lampedusa.

Of the 518 African migrants on the boat 155 survived, which leave another 169 other missing presumed dead.

The 20-meter fishing vessel carrying mainly Eritrean and Somalian asylum seekers, including dozens of women and children, caught fire and sank early Thursday off the coast of Lampedusa, said reports.

Iraq

Another day of deadly violence ended Sunday with at least 46 people killed and 180 others wounded.

Suicide bombers. truck bombers, gunfire and IEDs were responsible for the carnage across at least 7 Iraqi death centers of Baghdad,
Qabak, Tal Afar, Mosul, Kirkuk, Dour and Tuz, said reports.

  • October casualties as of October 6, 2013: at least 229 civilians killed.

The 2013 casualties has so far reached at least 6,331 civilians killed an more than 12,700 others wounded.

Continued…

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Every Day a Major Disaster Day in Iraq

Posted by feww on October 1, 2013

Iraq Insanity: At least 6,073 civilians killed and 12,000 wounded so far this year

Saudi, Qatari, UAE and other Arab regimes that help perpetuate the sectarian slaughter in Iraq and Syria must realize that they will NOT escape the carnage unscathed.

UNAMI Stats for Armed Violence in Iraq

According to information collected by UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and other sources, a minimum of 6,073 civilians [to be confirmed] have been killed and at least 12,000 others wounded between January 1 and September 30, 2013.

  • In September 2013, at least 1,220 civilians were killed and about 2,000 others wounded [Iraq Body Count.]

Baghdad, 1 October 2013 – According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of 979 Iraqis were killed and another 2,133 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in September.

  • In August 2013, a minimum of 716 civilians were killed (including 106 civilian police) a further 1936 were injured (including 195 civilian police) in ongoing armed violence in Iraq
  • In July 2013, at least 928 were killed (including 204 civilian police) a further 2109 were injured (including 338 civilian police) in ongoing armed violence in Iraq during July 2013.
  • In June 2013, a minimum of 685 civilians were killed and 1610 were injured.
  • In May 2013, at least 963 civilians were killed and 2191 were injured.
  • In April 2013, a minimum of 595 civilians were killed and 1481 were injured.
  • In March 2013, at least 229 civilians were killed and 853 were injured.
  • In February 2013, a minimum of 418 civilians were killed and 704 were injured.
  • In January 2013, at least 319 civilians were killed and 960 were injured.
  • In December 2012, 230 civilians were killed and 655 were injured.
  • In November 2012, 445 civilians were killed and 1306 were injured.

ALL figures remain estimates until full investigation and analysis have been carried out, said UNAMI.

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – September 25, 2013

Posted by feww on September 25, 2013

Toll from Pakistan quake rises

About 1,000 people were killed or injured after a powerful 7.7Mw quake on Tuesday struck Baluchistan region in SW Pakistan, reports said.

“Two hundred and eighty five bodies have so far been recovered in the Awaran district,” the deputy commissioner of Awaran, the worst affected area, told Reuters.

“And 42 bodies were found in the neighboring Kech district,” he added.

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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Typhoon USAGI Kills Dozens in China

Typhoon USAGi has killed at least 29 people since making landfall in Shanwei City, in south China’s Guangdong Province on Sunday, authorities said.

As of Tuesday evening, the typhoon had affected 9.23 million people, forcing more than 530,000 residents in the province to relocate, said a report.

USAGI has ruined 152,000 hectares of crops of and destroyed 15,000 houses, causing direct economic losses of 17.76 billion yuan ($2.9billion), the report said.

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120,000 displaced Filipinos face humanitarian crisis: UN

Two weeks of fighting between government troops and rebels has forced more than 138,000 Filipinos to flee their homes. The clashes have left about 132 people dead, and more than 10,000 home destroyed in Zamboanga and the neighboring Basilan province.

The displaced victims are at risk of disease from unsanitary conditions, said the UN.

  • Estimated no of people affected in Zamboanga City and Basilan: 257,131
  • Estimated no of people displaced in Zamboanga City: 119,952
  • Estimated no of people displaced in Basilan: 18,890
  • Source: UNOCHA

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Iraq Body Count for September rapidly reaching 1,000

At least 22 more people were killed in Iraq on Tuesday, raising the September death toll so far to 940 civilians, according to IBC.

As of September 24, at least 5,550 people, both civilians and military personnel, have been killed and more than 13,000 other wounded in Iraq since the beginning of 2013, according to figures procvided by UNAMI and others.

Meantime, “insurgents on Wednesday carried out a coordinated gunfire and car bomb attack on government facilities and security forces in the Hawijah city in Iraq’s oil-rich province of Kirkuk, killing 15 people and wounding 30 others,” said a report.

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The health situation continues to deteriorate across Syria

“Some 60 per cent of public hospitals, 34 per cent of public health centres and 92 per cent of public ambulances have been affected. Around 212 health care staff have been killed, injured or kidnapped. In some locations, including Homs, 50 per cent of doctors have left  the country. In and around Aleppo city, only 36 doctors are practicing comp ared to 5,000 before the crisis. Around 70 per cent of pharmaceutical plants in the country have been impacted,” said UN OCHA.

Current Humanitarian Crisis
Population: 21.4m
No. of people in need: 6.8m
No. of IDPs: 4.25m
No. of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries & North Africa: 2.1m

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State of Emergency declared around Olympic city Sochi due to flooding

Russian authorities declared a state of emergency in Sochi and evacuated a village after flooding and mudslides swamped the city that will host the Winter Olympics, said a report.

“A highway leading to some of the Alpine event venues was flooded by up to 2.5 meters (8.2 ft) of water, which emergency workers said they were trying to drain, the regional branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry said.”

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Monsoon rains enhanced by USAGI kill dozens in Vietnam and Cambodia

Heavy monsoon rains exacerbated by Typhoon USAGI have buffeted  parts of Vietnam and Cambodia, triggering severe flooding and mudslides and killing at least 36 people, authorities said.

The death toll from USAGI exceeds 100, as of posting. Countries  worst-affected by the powerful typhoon were Philippines, Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

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Iraq Carnage Negates All Human Values

Posted by feww on August 29, 2013

Iraq Carnage: 110 People Killed in 36 Hrs

1 Policeman was beheaded, 14 people killed by gunfire, including 7 family members, 15 murdered by IEDs, and 80 were killed in 18 bomb explosions over the past 36 hours.

The monthly death toll for August so far stands at 823 civilians killed, and as many as 2,000 others wounded.

The latest killings bloodied the cities of Baghdad, Mosul, Latifiya, Falluja, Baiji, Qayyara and Jalawla, according to reports.

Saudis, Qataris and other Arab regimes that help perpetuate the sectarian slaughter in Iraq and Syria must realize that they will NOT escape the global “de-Islamization” unscathed.

UNAMI Stats for Armed Violence in Iraq

According to information collected by UNAMI, a minimum of 928 were killed (including 204 civilian police) a further 2109 were injured (including 338 civilian police) in ongoing armed violence in Iraq during July 2013.

  • In June 2013, 685 civilians were killed and 1610 were injured.
  • In May 2013, 963 civilians were killed and 2191 were injured.
  • In April 2013, 595 civilians were killed and 1481 were injured.
  • In March 2013, 229 civilians were killed and 853 were injured.
  • In February 2013, 418 civilians were killed and 704 were injured.
  • In January 2013, 319 civilians were killed and 960 were injured.
  • In December 2012, 230 civilians were killed and 655 were injured.
  • In November 2012, 445 civilians were killed and 1306 were injured.

ALL figures remain estimates until full investigation and analysis has been carried out, said UNAMI.

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Louisiana Sinkhole Swallows Up Trees

Posted by feww on August 24, 2013

Tall trees sinking into underwater cavern at Bayou Corne, Louisiana

Footage shows tall trees sinking into underwater cavern at Bayou Corne in Louisiana. The phenomenon is being caused by the gradual collapse of an underground salt cavern that has put the whole area on alert. It is being closely monitored by emergency authorities, who took the video while carrying out work to try and stop its spread (!!)

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Today’s Other Headlines

Typhoon Trami affects 360,000 in central China

  • Typhoon Trami, the 12th typhoon to strike China this year, has affected 361,000 people in central China’s Hunan, leaving  30,900 were displaced. The typhoon brought rainstorms mainly to the southeastern and eastern parts of Hunan, with the largest rainfall of 281.6mm. The rains wreaked havoc in 14 counties, cities and districts, damaging 13,350 hectares of crops and toppling 150 houses, said the report.

NSA paid millions to Internet companies to cover mass surveillance costs

  • The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet companies including Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook…

Materials implicating Syrian govt in chemical attack prepared before incident – Russia

  • Materials implicating the Syrian government forces in chemical weapons use near Damascus were prepared prior to the alleged incident on August 21, the Russian foreign ministry has said.
  • “Moscow continues to monitor closely the event surrounding the ‘alleged’ chemical attack near Damascus, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich, said in a statement.”
  • “We’re getting more new evidence that this criminal act was of a provocative nature,” he stressed. “In particular, there are reports circulating on the Internet, in particular that the materials of the incident and accusations against government troops had been posted for several hours before the so-called attack. Thus, it was a pre-planned action.”

43 killed, 86 wounded in attacks in Iraq

  • At least 43 people were killed and 86 others wounded in attacks, including suicide bombings, across Iraq on Friday, amid growing tensions.

42 killed, more than 500 wounded  in twin explosions in Tripoli, Lebanon

  • Two simultaneous explosions rocked the Lebanese city of Tripoli, killing at least 42 people and wounding 358 others.
  • Red Cross put the number of killed and injured at 29 and 500, respectively.

 

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Typhoon SOULIK Affects 2 Million in China

Posted by feww on July 15, 2013

Torrential rains by SOULIK forces hundreds of thousands to evacuate, 20,000 to relocate

Typhoon SOULIK, the seventh typhoon to hit China this year, has affected at least 2 million, forcing 500,000 to evacuate, and leaving at least 20,000 displaced in south China’s Guangdong Province.

SOULIK landed in Fujian province Saturday afternoon, and moved to Jiangxi province on Sunday.

The typhoon brought torrential to Guangdong province. Local weather stations reported precipitation of more than 250mm (10 in) in 20 hours to 4 p.m. Sunday.

SOULIK has affected at least 382,000 people in Guangdong province alone, destroying 1,076 houses in 80 townships in three cities of the province and leaving 3 dead, Xinhua reported.

Torrential rains have further raised water in local rivers to above warning levels, the report said.

Oil pipeline in NW China damaged by mudslide

oil pipeline damaged in China floodsOriginal Caption: Villagers help clean oil stains in the Zichang County, northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, July 15, 2013. The oil pipe from Ansai County to Yongping Town was damaged by mudslide following days of rainstorms. Rescue efforts for repairing the broken pipe are underway. (Xinhua). More images …

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Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

Iraq Violence: Death Toll Continues to Mount

At least 400 people have been killed and thousands more injured amid escalating violence in Iraq, between July 1 and 14, 2013.

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Brown Declares State of Emergency for Powerhouse Fire

California Gov. Brown has declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County for the so-called Powerhouse Fire. The declaration comes a month after the wildfire destroyed 53 structures, including 24 residences, and more than 47 square miles of brush.

The fire began May 30 near a utility station and was contained on June 11.

“Kelly Huston, deputy director of the California Emergency Management Agency, says the move is required before LA County can qualify for federal emergency highway funds to repair roadways damaged by the fire,” said a report.

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Communication companies help surveillance: Former CIA official

“According to UK newspaper, the Guardian, Snowden has only released part of the intelligence he has. During his revelations of the US surveillance program, Snowden says the US government and US communication companies are involved.

“Although related companies like Google and Microsoft are trying to exclude themselves from the scandal, a former CIA official says communication companies are accomplices in the surveillance.”

Ray McGovern, a former CIA official, told CNTV News:

“What’s happened here is the U.S. companies have become joined in a way with United States Government in such a way that you have the corporations, the government, the media and the congress and judiciary all pretty much joined in a complicit attempt to circumvent the constitution of the United States. There’s zero concern on the part of the communication companies to violate the law. They know that they’ll be protected, even if it’s ex post facto…”

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – 17 May 2013

Posted by feww on May 17, 2013

Pavlof continues to erupt amid near continuous seismicity

PAVLOF VOLCANO (CAVW #1102-03-)
Location: 55°25’2″ N 161°53’37” W,
Summit Elevation: 8261 ft (2,518 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Lava is fountaining at Pavlof summit, as the volcano continues to erupt, spewing continuous ash, steam, and gas cloudd to an altitude of about 20,000 ft above sea level, AVO reported.

This morning the cloud was carried to the southeast. Satellite images show persistent elevated surface temperatures at the summit and on the northwest flank, commensurate with the summit lava fountaining and resulting lava flow.

Seismic activity remains elevated with nearly continuous tremor recorded on the seismic network.

Pavlof in eruption 16 May 2013
Pavlof in eruption, May 16, 2013 at 04:00 PM AKDT. Photograph courtesy of pilot Theo Chesley/ via AVO

Pavlof in eruption-2-16 May 2013
Pavlof Volcano erupting on May 16, 2013. Photo taken from about 6,000 ft, at 10:20 am, by pilot Theo Chesley. This view is looking at the north side of Pavlof; the peak in the foreground is Pavlof Sister. Image courtesy of the photographer via AVO.

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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Cyclone MAHASEN Damaged or Destroyed Thousands of Homes in Bangladesh

At least a million people had been forced to flee low-lying coastal areas as the cyclone approached. However, the storm weakened rapidly prior to landing.

  • Nevertheless, it damaged or destroyed thousands of homes, mostly mud houses, and left dozens of people dead, including more than two dozen from  Myanmar.

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“Monster” Tornado Left 13 Dead or Missing, Destroyed Scores of Homes

The deadly tornado struck a subdivision of Rancho Brazos, near the town of Granbury in  Hood County, N Texas with winds of up to 200 miles per hour, and was rated EF4 by the National Weather Service (NWS).

  • “This tornado was a monster,” said Hood County Commissioner. “It’s just devastating.”
  • The tornado left at least 13 people dead or missing, with about 50 others injured, destroyed more than 120 homes, and displaced over 250 residents.

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Iraq Violence: 100 Killed, Hundreds more Wounded in 3 Days

At least 47 people were killed and many dozens wounded in two explosions in Baquba, a city located about 50 km north of Baghdad, and Madain located further south, reports quoting local  police said.

  • Since Wednesday May 15 about 100 people have been killed and hundreds more wounded in bombing campaigns across Iraq.

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S China Storms Affect 2 million people, Dozens Dead or Missing

“Ten provincial localities in south China have been affected by the fresh round of storms and flooding that began on Tuesday, including Anhui, Chongqing, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi and Sichuan,” said a report.

DISASTER CALENDARMay 17, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,030 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,030 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

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Disaster Diary – April 30, 2013

Posted by feww on April 30, 2013

3 varieties of butterflies native to south Florida now extinct

An entomologist who surveyed butterflies native to south Florida for six years says three varieties of the lepidopterans have become extinct.

“These are unique butterflies to Florida. This is our biological treasure. Each unique species that we lose, we won’t ever get that back again,” Marc Minno, who conducted the survey for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, told Reuters.

The extinction of butterflies is an indication of the degradation of south Florida’s environment, he said.

“It’s indicating there are major problems, environmental harm to Florida. And this is an indication that quality for people is also degrading and people should be worried about that,” Minno said.

miami blue
Miami Blue, Hemiargus thomasi, basking on twig (dorsal view of male)
Photo by David L Lysinger.
Image source:
Miami Blue Chapter

Additionally, two other native butterflies have left Florida for the Caribbean, and two more face extinction, he said.

  • The three extinct varieties are the Florida Zestos Skipper, the Rockland Meske’s Skipper, and the Keys Zarucco Skipper, Minno said.
  • The two that have moved from Florida to the Caribbean are the Bahamian Swallowtails and the Nickerbean Blues.
  • The other two that are expected to become extinct are Shaus’ Swallowtail and the Miami Blue.

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Severe flooding in China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

Floods and landslides triggered by extreme rain events have killed at least a dozen people, displacing tens of thousands of others and affecting about 1/2 million people in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

  • More than 12,000 hectares of farmland have been devastated by floodwaters and hundreds of houses destroyed, Xinhua reported.

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Israel plagued by hundreds of wildfires

Numerous wildfires have raged across Israel since Saturday forcing the authorities to evacuate hundreds of people.

“We have been putting out over 600 fires that have erupted since Saturday,” the Fire Fighters’ department told Xinhua.

“The cause of these fires are mainly the combination of extreme heat, strong winds, a problematic humidity situation and bonfires held as part of the holiday.”

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Syria

A bomb killed at least 13 people and injured more than 70 others in central Damascus on Tuesday

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Iraq

At least two dozen people were killed and more than  100 others injured in car bomb attacks across Iraq on Monday.

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DISASTER CALENDARApril 30, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,047 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,047 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – 25 April 2013

Posted by feww on April 25, 2013

Another two million dead and Texas would have named a town after Bush

Mr Obama will help dedicate the George W. Bush Presidential ‘Lie-Bury’ and Museum on Thursday. He is on record as saying “the failed policies of George W. Bush” wiped away a budget surplus.  Mr. Bush put two wars “on a credit card,” led the country away “from our values” and “crashed the economy.”

  • Ironically, Mr Bush, 66, has read little more than about half dozen books in his entire life.
  • He raised more than $500 million for his presidential center, which will occupy 23 acres on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

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Spain unemployment hits record high

Total number of unemployed people in Spain has now topped 6.2 million, a new record of 27.2 percent of the nation’s workforce, according to the official data.

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Death Toll Rises in Bangladesh Building Collapse

At least 228 people were killed and up to 2,000 others injured when a building collapsed in a suburb of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.

  • More than 2,000 people were in the Rana Plaza building in Savar, about 30km outside Dhaka, when it collapsed on Wednesday.
  • It’s not known how many people are still trapped in the rubble.
  • The factory owners, who have gone into hiding, had ignored warnings after cracks were noticed on Tuesday, Police said.

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China: Death toll in Lushan quake reaches 196

Death toll from M7.0 earthquake that hit Lushan County, Sichuan Province, on Saturday has climbed to 196, with at least 21 people reported as missing, and about 12,000 people injured.

  • Meantime, two dozen people were reportedly injured when two quakes hit Yibin City, about 500 km from Lushan County.
  • “Two successive earthquakes measuring 4.8 and 4.2 magnitude jolted , southwest China’s Sichuan Province, on Thursday morning, leaving 24 people injured and thousands of houses damaged.” said a report.

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Afghanistan: Earthquake and flooding kill 40 people

Death toll from a 5.6Mw earthquake that struck NW of Jalalabad, Afghanistan on Wednesday has climbed to at least 20, with more than 150 other injured.

  • The quake left hundreds of homes destroyed or damaged.

Meantime, ongoping flash floods in the northern province of Balkh have left at least 20 people dead and thousands of houses destroyed or damaged.

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IRAQ: Clashes between army and Sunni militants kill more than 100

Iraq continues to plunge deeper into sectarian violence after two days of fighting between government forces and Sunni militants left at least 100 people dead and scores of others injured.

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DISASTER CALENDARApril 25, 2013   SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,052 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,052 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

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China’s Q1 Power Consumption UP 4.3%

Posted by feww on April 16, 2013

China’s Q1 electricity consumption rose 4.3 percent to 1.21 trillion kWh

Electricity consumption in energy-starved China for first quarter of 2013 rose 4.3 percent yoy to 1.21 trillion kWh, the country’s National Energy Administration (NEA) reported.

  • About 75 percent of China’s total energy consumption and 80 percent of its electricity production come from coal.

Open-Cast Coal Mine in Inner Mongolia
The Shengli open-cast coal mine in Xilinhot, Inner Mongolia, encroaches on the grassland. Ten billion cubic meters of water will be consumed by 16 new coal fired power plants and mines in China in 2015, triggering severe water crises in the country’s arid Northwest. (14 Aug, 2012). Image and Caption: Lu Guang/Greenpeace

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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Avian Flu H7N9 Virus in China: 63 Infected, 14 Dead

Another fatality and 3 additional infections from H7N9 bird flu virus has been reported in China on Monday, bringing the nationwide death toll to 14, and the number of infections to 63.

A woman died from H7N9 virus infection in east China’s Jiangsu Province on Sunday after emergency treatments failed, said a report quoting the provincial health authorities.

  • Of a total of 63 cases of H7N9 infections so far reported across China, 24 are in Shanghai, 17 in Jiangsu, 16 in Zhejiang, three in Anhui, two in Henan and one in Beijing, the report said.

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Massive wildfire breaks out in E China forest

Authorities have deployed 700 firefighters to put out a large forest fire in east China’s Jiangxi Province, according to a report.

The fire broke out  in the Dexing City mountains at 3:00 pm local time on Monday, April 15, and was uncontained as of posting.   The fire started after one or more persons torched wild grass to clear the land for planting, according to the report.

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Deadly Explosions Rock Boston Marathon

At least three people have been killed and more than 130 injured, some critically, after two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon ripped through the crowd.

  • “Any event with multiple explosive devices – as this appears to be – is clearly an act of terror, and will be approached as an act of terror,” a White House official has said.
  • The carnage took place despite 10 years and more than $20 trillion in military expenditure to fight the “war on terror.”

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Bomb attacks across Iraq kill at least 55, injure more than 300

A series of attacks across Iraq has killed at least 55 people and injured more than 300 on Monday, according to reports.

  • “Monday’s violence marked Iraq’s deadliest day since March 19, the eve of the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion, when a wave of bombings killed 65 across the country.” AP reported.

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DISASTER CALENDARApril 16, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,061 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,061 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

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US, UK Munitions ‘Cause Birth Defects’ in Iraq

Posted by feww on October 14, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,249 Days Left

[October 14, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,249 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Iraq: What a wonderful world, indeed!

Number of birth defects in Iraq’s Al Basrah Maternity Hospital rose from 1.37 per 1,000 live births between October 1994 and October 1995 to an astonishing 23 per 1,000 live births in 2003, a 17-fold increase in one decade, according to researchers who published their findings in a report titled Metal Contamination and the Epidemic of Congenital Birth Defects in Iraqi Cities.

In Fallujah, more than 50 percent of all babies surveyed between 2007 and 2010 were born with birth defects. Before the war, the figure was about 10 percent. Further, more than 45 percent of all pregnancies surveyed between 2005 and 2006 resulted in miscarriage, compared to only 10 percent before the invasion.


Photos of some birth defects reported from Fallujah General Hospital between May and August 2010. a Gastroschisis, b Hydrocephalus, c Encephalocele, d Macrocephaly, e Spina Bifida; f Cleft lip and palate. Source and copyright:Savabieasfahani et al., 2012, Metal Contamination and the Epidemic of Congenital Birth Defects in Iraqi Cities.

The number of babies born with birth defects n the region increased by more than 60 percent (37 out of every 1,000 are now born with defects) since 2005. This rise is consistent with increased exposure to metals released by the bombs and bullets used during the Iraqi occupation, according to the report.

Populations caught in war-zones or forced to live with severe nutritional restrictions (such as those imposed on the Iraqi population by U.N. sanctions from 1991 to 2003) suffer immediate and chronic stress that leads to long-lasting physical and mental damage. In addition to the harsh effects of sanctions, many Iraqi cities have experienced large-scale bombardment. An accurate tally of the types and volume of ammunition dropped on the Iraqi population is not available. However, reports have indicated that large numbers of bullets have been expended into the Iraqi environment (Buncombe 2011). Thus the environmental contamination of Iraqi cities with materials contained in bullets and bombs may be expected. Toxic metals such as mercury (Hg) and Pb are an integral part of war ammunition and are extensively used in the making of bullets and bombs (Departments of the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, Joint Technical Bulletin 1998; US Department of the Army Technical Manual 1990).

“Fallujah, around 40 miles west of Baghdad, was at the epicenter of these various health risks. The city was first invaded by US Marines in the spring of 2004, and then again 7 months later. Some of the heaviest artillery in the US arsenal was deployed during the attack, including phosphorus shells,” said a report.

See also:

Living in Depleted Uranium Dust


Depleted Uranium Babies

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