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Nothing to see here! BTW Saudi Arabia has lots oil!


Leading American politicians of both major parties appear to share an extreme reluctance to openly criticize the human rights abuses of Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally that has ramped up executions of its own citizens, led a coalition bombing effort in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians, and supported Sunni extremist groups throughout war-torn Syria.

Given the news this week that Saudi-led forces bombed a wedding party in Yemen, killing scores of civilians, as well as the decision by the Saudi government to behead and then crucify Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, the nephew of a government critic arrested as a teenager, I attempted to talk about the Saudi Arabian human rights record to a number of politicians at the Washington Ideas Forum, an event hosted by The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute to discuss “this year’s most pressing issues and ideas of consequence.”

Most were uninterested in commenting.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Bombing the rubble

rubble as the watchword of our war policy

Tom Englehardt was in NYC on 9/11 and read an article by a man from Afghanistan who had been in the US for 4 years, the article was a few weeks after 9/11. He said that the US would follow a policy of rubble and it would fail. That article struck Tom and he started TomDispatch.com after that. In other words, that blog was started by rubble.

Jimmy Gore had a recent segment that either was posted here or on c99% which had a backdrop the rubble of Mosul and we had “won” “liberated them” And he went back to W Bush and how we created ISIS. A recent article says that there are 20 rebel groups in Afghanistan.

Here is Tom on the rubble. This is re posted on Juan Cole’s web site

Empire of Destruction: Mosul reveals Myth of Precision Bombing


Hi Don, I saw that rubble backdrop here, but maybe it was over at C99% as well.

Mosul is in terrible shape. A quick view from on the ground posted today:

Live through 2 days of the Battle of Mosul with this 360-degree video experience

There will be much more bloodletting before Mosul is free.


Thanks for keeping this front and center. Syria is also a “strategic” country.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Mapping to see political controversies

As regular readers know, I am following Bruno Latour in his many adventures and people linked to his efforts to “see” modernity and to “see” the effect on the earth

I found this this morning. I only spent a little time on it. Someone interested in this particular issue, or in the technique might want to spend some time with it.

Transboundary Movements of Electronic Waste: mapping a controversy

Transboundary movements of e-waste are a matter of concern for a wide variety of actors including legislators, regulatory authorities, NGOs, corporations, and individual citizens. This online document offers a mapping of the complex terrain of actors and issues associated with transboundary movements of e-waste. As such, the document provides a navigation tool for a wide range of potential users: from those who are new to the issues, to those who may have domain expertise in some area(s) of the issues (e.g., legislation, toxicology, supply chain management, trade, etc).

Scenarios of use

There are several ways this controversy map can be used. Users can quickly orient themselves in the complex debate about transboundary shipments of e-waste by learning:
The range of terms used to frame the debate by different protagonists. In other words, what is the debate about and how do the terms of the debate frame the issue?
The range of protagonists (or ‘actors’) that contribute to the debate. In other words, who are key players in the debate and who is relegated to the margins? How do actors connect together or, alternatively, disassociate themselves from one another?
The two scenarios above can be traced on different parts of the map. One part charts the controversy on the Anglophone web indexed by Google. Another part charts it in Anglophone scholarly literature indexed by Scopus.

Other more advanced uses of the controversy map are possible depending on specific users’ interests. The map provides access to analysis tools with ‘live’ links to the underlying data. These data can be probed for questions of users’ own making.
Navigating the map website

The map is presented using Scalar, a free and open source digital publishing platform. Below users will find an annotated image of the Scalar interface for this controversy map. The annotations highlight common features across all pages of the map relating to navigation and commenting. Note that a table of contents is accessible on all pages of the map by clicking the button just to the left of the compass icon at the top left of the screen. If users wish to comment on any parts of the map, there are two ways to do so:

1) at the bottom of any page there is a ‘thought bubble’ icon that users can click to add comments. This is a good approach if users wish to make general comments about a whole page; or

2) users can launch the Hypothesis platform by accessing the icons near the top right corner of any page (see arrow icon, eye icon, and note icon). Hypothesis allows users to annotate any page at the scale of individual words, sentences, and paragraphs. Both approaches to commenting on the map require a free registration.


Thank you Subir.

Saudi Arabia should buy that sweet little girl prosthetics for the rest of her life at the very least.

And the cholera epidemic!

Yemen’s cholera epidemic is worst on record: Oxfam

Truly heartbreaking on its own. But to think that American weapons are doing the killing and maiming causes me deep grief.


I might be an agnostic, but bless that little innocent girl’s heart. Corporate- backed war (MICC) make me beyond sick!! Any war does it but the corporate-mercenary American brand is the worse! T and R!!


The bomb them crowd (which is always their first solution) always forget rule no.1 in war. That the innocent are the first casualties and pay the maximum price before the people that start it.


Well Subir…. I would have posted something on DKos in response to your this diary post, but I’m on a time out …. one of those sudden hammers from the sky not related to flagging etc. Just someone from above deciding to accuse me of nonsense, and then not respond to my inquiries about it. SO, if I had been commenting, I would have pointed out that under Obama, these kinds of war atrocities grew immensely. So did spending on the military. Now that would have probably earned me a bojo, as what I now am seeing is a continuation of either ignoring the problem or blaming it all on Trump. Do YOU remember when the Dems were a strong anti-war party? I do. Those days are gone.