Saturday, January 04, 2014

Mandela, Mandela, Mandela.

By Sheriff Janko
3 January 2014 

Widely regarded as one of the African liberators (click here) in the 21st century, the lives of Nelson Mandela continues to inspire millions of people all over the world. He has gone but his life and charismatic qualities will forever live on. His demise according to many has created a huge vacuum especially in his native country South Africa. However, since his death was announced, tribute concerts in his honor were held globally and is against this backdrop that an internationally reputed Gambian star,-Mo Hawk through his Block Entertainment in collaboration with G Click, are organizing a mega tribute show in the country to celebrate the live of the South African anti-apartheid hero.
The show is slated for January 3rd and 4th at Lama Lama in Bakau and Old School Nite Club, respectively. However, other venues for the tribute show include; Brikama, Lamin and Sanyang, all in the West Coast Region.
In a recent chat with What's On, Mo Hawk who is presently in the UK said; "I'm returning from UK, after an end of term break from my Sound Technology and Sonic Design Degree. I have 2 hot singles I'm gonna release and one is featuring a renowned Gambian musician, plus a tribute to Nelson Mandela tour"....

Public Service Awareness Announcements

...In Maine and Vermont, (click here) where state authorities described the ice storm as the worst since 1998, there were no deaths from falling tree limbs or fallen power lines. But each state reported one death from carbon monoxide from a generator run after power was lost.
The authorities reported a similar fatality in Michigan, and at least five people in eastern Canada were reported to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Many others in those places who used generators or grills to heat homes also fell ill from the toxic, but odorless, gas....

The generators need to have a label, but, ovens and grills are one of those strange alternatives by desperate folks. So, the label on generators won't end all the dangers.

Hellfire Missiles, huh?

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two Iraqi cities (click here) that were strongholds of Sunni insurgents during the U.S. war in the country are battlegrounds once more after al-Qaeda militants largely took them over, fending off government forces that have been besieging them for days.

The overrunning of the cities this week by al-Qaeda's Iraqi branch in the Sunni heartland of western Anbar provinces is a blow to the Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Malik. His government has been struggling to contain discontent among the Sunni minority over Shiite political domination that has flared into increased violence for the past year.

On Friday, al-Qaeda gunmen sought to win over the population in Fallujah, one of the cities they swept into on Wednesday. A militant commander appeared among worshippers holding Friday prayers in the main city street, proclaiming that his fighters were there to defend Sunnis from the government, one resident said....

What the USA under Bush did to Fallujah was a crime. Just that simple. White Phosphorus and annihilation of the people in that city. Either they became refugees or they died. Bush just had to make it happen. I think Fallujah was carried out in 2004. Bush really had to make it appear the Commander and Chief was in charge and Americans still had something to fight in Iraq. He should be so proud.

Maliki needs to stop fighting for a country in name only. The USA is not going to fight a civil war in Iraq. We were Baghdad's private military force for too long. There was a reason why Bush suspended any support by the USA of the Geneva Conventions. By all rights he and Cheney and their commanders should be on trial for war crimes. But, it is so easy to forget. Or did they?

Only 17% of Americans support the war in a new poll (click here)

By Maya Rhodan @m_rhodan
Dec. 30, 2013
A mere 17% of Americans support the war in Afghanistan, according to a new poll, making it by one measure the most unpopular war in U.S. history.
The new low in support, in a CNN poll out Monday, comes after 52% of Americans supported the war in a 2008 CNN poll, and just 46% opposed it. By 2013, opposition had mushroomed to 82%, according to the poll. Though comparing public opinion across the decades is difficult, the support falls short of previous CNN polling on the Iraq War, and opposition to the Vietnam War next eclipsed 60% in Gallup polling....

The Associated Press
Wednesday, November 16, 2005; 5:49 AM

WASHINGTON -- Pentagon officials (click here) say white phosphorous was used as a weapon against insurgent strongholds during the battle of Fallujah last November, but deny an Italian television news report that it was used against civilians....

The people of the USA don't want war anymore. They fully believe war itself is the worst enemy they have, when innocent people die in horrid ways and pilotless drones destroy without conscience. We need to continue to reduce the military budget into a defense force and not a war machine.

March 26, 2012, 6: 35 PM

CBS News Poll analysis (click here) by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.
Two weeks after an American soldier in Afghanistan allegedly went on a rampage killing 17 Afghan civilians, American confidence in the war is at an all-time low, a new CBS News/New York Times poll suggests.

According to the survey, conducted among 986 adults from March 21-25, just 23 percent of Americans believe the U.S. is doing the right thing by fighting in Afghanistan....

Oh, yeah, this is cute. Now al Qaeda has TRIBES. I hope their ritual dances are interesting to them. OMG the tribes are out of control. My, my, my. Ya want to know something, if my government were planning to use Hellfire Missiles aimed at my neighborhood, I'd be out of control, too. No doubt in my mind. Beware the al Qaeda sympathizing tribes! I think it is a no go zone.

Iraqi army shells Falluja to try to dislodge Qaeda, tribes (click here)

Sat Jan 4, 2014 6:07am EST
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iraqi army shelled the western city of Falluja with mortar bombs overnight to try to wrest back control from Sunni Muslim militants and tribesmen, killing at least eight people, tribal leaders and officials said on Saturday.
Falluja has been held since Monday by militants linked to al Qaeda and by tribal fighters united in their opposition to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, in a serious challenge to the authority of his Shi'ite-led government in Anbar province....

This is an ethnic issue. The Shi'ites and the Sunnis are at it again and the USA should not be anywhere near it. This is an issue for the United Nations and negotiations for power sharing before the people of Al Anbar are wiped out by Baghdad. Seriously.  When the Power Sharing negotiations are set up bring in the Kurds in the north and get this over with.