ExxonMobil in Aceh

U.S. District Judge Louis Oberdorfer issued an important ruling. He allowed a case against ExxonMobil, brought by the International Labor Rights Fund (ILRF), to go forward. Filing its lawsuit in June 2001 under the Alien Torts Claims Act on behalf of 11 villagers from Indonesia's Aceh province, ILRF charged the company for complicity in murder, torture, kidnapping, and sexual abuse by Indonesian soldiers. ExxonMobil successfully requested the Bush administration to intervene. In 2002, the State Department asked that the suit be dismissed because it could hurt U.S. interests. This left the case in limbo until Judge Oberdorfer's ruling.

The case is part of a larger struggle for peace, justice, and corporate accountability in Aceh, where an armed conflict for independence raged from 1976 until 2005.
ExxonMobil operates the massive Arun natural gas deposits and an associated liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant located in Lhokseumawe, Aceh's industrial center on the northeas…

Navy SEAL Looking for Others who Have Taken Photos with Enemy Corpses

By Andrew Dyer 

The Navy SEAL who raised nearly $750,000 from a community of supporters to successfully fight war crimes charges in a San Diego court-martial is again asking for the public's help for one more round with the Navy.

Chief Eddie Gallagher, through an attorney, is asking the public to help him persuade a Navy admiral to reduce his jury-imposed punishment for posing with the body of a dead Islamic State fighter in 2017.

Specifically, he's looking for other service members who have received punishment for taking photos with dead enemy combatants -- and received a lesser sentence.

On July 2, a jury acquitted Gallagher of several war crimes allegedly committed during a deployment to Iraq in 2017. Seven members of Gallagher's platoon testified during the two-week trial that they witnessed one or more of their chief's alleged offenses, including that he stabbed a wounded teenage Islamic State fighte…

US President Trump calls for a troop surge in Iraq

By AIJAC staff

EDITORS NOTE: Now that Trump has threatened Iran I keep hearing about how winning the Iraq war was such a cake walk that I started to wonder, why did we need a surge? Dear kids, do not believe the military industrial complex who owns your main stream media, ever! Because, the U.S. military lost in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Vietnam and Korea but won't admit to the facts, ever. All of these wars have been blood for oil/war profiteers and had absolutely nothing to do with protecting America as none of these countries were ever a threat nor did they ever attack us once. America was/is always the aggressor and goes to war solely to rape and plunder.

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As readers are probably aware, US President Bush yesterday gave an important speech Wednesday night Washington time, setting out a new strategy for Iraq, one that has been anticipated for a number of weeks by Washington watchers. And as those watchers also predicted, among his most important announcement was a …

Majlis demands US pay gassed Iranians

The Majlis has passed a bill requiring the Iranian government to demand compensation from the United States for Iranians who were victims of Iraqi chemical warfare in the 1980s. 

Heshmatollah Falahat-pisheh, the chairman of the Majlis National Security Committee, told the Tasnim news agency the law was part of a package of retaliatory measures aimed at hostile US policies. 

He said 70 American companies had provided chemical weapons to the Baghdad regime of Saddam Hussein during the 1980-88 war with Iran. 

He did not name the companies. 

Nor did he mention any other countries whose businesses provided equipment for the Iraqi chemical program. 

An investigation after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, found that the majority of the manufacturing equipment used in the program came from Germany, with much smaller volumes coming from a dozen other countries. 

The Iran Times could find references to only two American firms involved. 

Alcolac International of Baltimore provided thiodiglyc…

Intel Minister says Iran has exposed 290 CIA spies

Intelligence Minister Mahmud Alavi claims that Iran has uncovered 290 “CIA spies” around the world, an astounding number. 

He said some were in Iran and have been arrested, though he gave no number, while others were scattered across other countries, none of which he named. 

His claim came after a November report from Yahoo News asserting that Iran had learned of a method the CIA used to communicate with spies over the Internet, which allowed Iran to identify US spies in many countries. 

Monica Witt, who once worked with US Air Force intelligence and later defected to Iran, is suspected by some to have revealed the communications method to Iran.  It is possible that Iran exposed 290 spies with Witt’s information. 

On the other hand, the number Alavi gave may be purely imaginative. 

The Yahoo news report spoke only of 30 spies being exposed. 

Iran has a habit of announcing frequent arrests of spies, but nothing further is normally heard of them, leading to suspicions that Iran is tryi…

Has 'the sacrificial lamb' arrived?: U.N. cites new recordings in Khashoggi murder

By Stephen Kalin

RIYADH (Reuters) - Moments before Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered last October, two of his suspected murderers waiting at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate fretted about the task at hand, according to a U.N. report published on Wednesday.
Will it "be possible to put the trunk in a bag?" asked Maher Mutreb, a Saudi intelligence officer who worked for a senior advisor to the crown prince, according to the report from the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions.

"No. Too heavy," responded Salah al-Tubaigy, an Interior Ministry forensics doctor who would dismember and dispose of the body, according to the report. He hoped his job would "be easy".
Tubaigy continued: "Joints will be separated. It is not a problem. The body is heavy. First time I cut on the ground. If we take plastic bags and cut it into pieces, it will be finished. We will wrap each of them."

Mutreb and 10 others…

But it can start World War III

By Christopher R Rice, Underground Resistance Network
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TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's Revolutionary Guard released video purporting to show Iranian missiles shooting down a U.S. military drone overnight.

Trump, I don't think you can claim the attack was "unprovoked". You've pulled out of the treaty with Iran, you're sending over more troops and military equipment, and you're constantly Tweeting about Iran. Maybe "the great negotiator" could have used his negotiating skills in lieu of saber rattling and ending treaties.

Trump rattled the war sabre on Iran since day one of his 'presidency'. It's no surprise this is happening. Glad my son decided to choose discharge with honors instead of re-enlist while Trump is POTUS.

Trump says Iran made a big mistake, and Iran says Trump made a big mistake pulling out of the nuclear agreement FIRST.

Sad to see that with the trillions of dollars we spe…
The current US/Israel/Saudi foreign policy alliance will go down as the most stupid, vile, horrifying and moronic US govt. policy since the Indian Wars under Jackson.