Monday, July 10, 2017

U.S. Complicit in Ongoing Genocides in Yemen and South Sudan but Democrats Can't Stop Talking About Russians

How much longer are the Democrats and their allies in the media going to bang on Joe McCarthy's drum? As long as it takes it looks like. After Trump's no drama G20, The New York Times served up it's latest McGuffin, "Trump’s Son Met With Russian Lawyer After Being Promised Damaging Information on Clinton." This has been going on since before the inauguration. When it looks as if Trump is settling in as POTUS, the public is treated to another top-of-the-fold zinger about Russian interference in the 2016 election.

In the meantime, the United States is complicit in two genocides, one in Yemen where the Saudi-led U.S.-backed forces are at war against the Houthis and have systemically bombed critical infrastructure, including bridges and medical facilities, and the other in South Sudan where president Salva Kiir's Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) is terrorizing -- burning villages, murdering, raping -- the population in the Equatorials, the southern region of the country, with the design of forcing people across the border into neighboring Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The New York Times published a rare article about Yemen on Saturday, "Cholera Spreads as War and Poverty Batter Yemen." The "newspaper of record" reports on the war in Yemen about once a month. Once the body count skyrockets into the millions, the paper can allege that it was doing its job all the time.

NYT stories on the civil war in South Sudan are even more infrequent. To get the lowdown you have to turn to publications like Harper's, which recently published Nick Turse's "Ghost Nation." Turse makes it clear that South Sudan is a U.S. project. The Obama administration failed to impose a unilateral arms embargo against Kiir's government when fighting broke out. The Trump administration gingerly acknowledges the ongoing genocide but refuses to take any steps to resolve the crisis.

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