This is by no means an exhaustively researched or fact checked list. It was compiled from internet sources and is presented to remind people that our governments are largely responsible for much of the hate, blowback and fall out that emanates from the Middle East. Our taxes are paying for it. We are voting for it. A Murdoch owned paper ‘The New York Post’ reporting a wedding party drone attack in the Yemen was headlined: “Bride and Boom!”
This is an article from ‘Tomdispatch’ dated 20 Dec 2013: http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175787/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_washington%27s_wedding_album_from_hell/
There is a website that tracks airstrikes: Airwars.org
December 29, 2001.
Paktia Province, Afghanistan (more than 100 revelers die in a village in Eastern Afghanistan after an attack by B-52 and B-1B bombers).
May 17, 2002.
Khost Province, Afghanistan (at least ten Afghans in a wedding celebration die when US helicopters and planes attack a village).
July 1, 2002.
Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan (at least thirty, and possibly forty, celebrants die when attacked by a B-52 bomber and an AC-130 helicopter).
19 May, 2004.
The Mukaradeeb wedding party massacre refers to the American shooting and bombing of a wedding party in Mukaradeeb, a small village in Iraq near the border with Syria, on. 42 civilians were killed.
July 6, 2008.
The Deh Bala wedding party airstrike was an attack by United States military forces in which 47 Afghan civilians, mostly women and children, were killed.
November 3, 2008.
The Wech Baghtu wedding party airstrike refers to the killing of 63 people including 37 Afghan civilians, mostly women and children, and 26 insurgents by a United States military airstrike.
July 6, 2008.
Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan (at least forty-seven dead, thirty-nine of them women and children, including the bride, among a party escorting that bride to the groom’s house—from a missile attack by jet aircraft).
Laghman Province, Afghanistan (sixteen killed, including twelve members of the family hosting the wedding, in an attack by “American bombers”).
December 17, 2009.
Tomahawk cruise missile fired from a naval vessel ploughed into the village of al-Majala. 55 dead. 14 apparent terrorists, 14 women, 21 children.
June 8, 2012.
Logar Province, Afghanistan (eighteen killed, half of them children, when Taliban fighters take shelter amid a wedding party. This was perhaps the only case among the eight wedding incidents in which the United States offered an apology).
December 12, 2013.
Jishm, Yemen. Wedding procession. 12 dead. U.S. drone.
December 12, 2014.
Yemen. Wedding procession. The report concluded that the attack killed 12 men, between the ages of 20 and 65, and wounded 15 others.
29 September 2015.
Yemen. 131 dead after suspected Saudi air force strike. U.S. supplied approx. $90 billion worth arms sales to Saudi between 2010 and 2014.
19 July 2016.
Not a wedding party, but a large group of Syrians gathered in Manbij, Syria, trying to shelter from U.S. airstrike. 117 dead. 20 women. 35 children.
Someone has made it terribly easy to let people know that The Sun is a mendacious rag that should never be bought by anyone. https://donotbuythesun.wordpress.com
This is privatisation. It’s ugly.
Here are a few extracts from the recent Public Accounts Committee report on the performance of the contracted out companies who perform disability assessments.
Contracted out health and disability assessments.
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Gig 2 of THATGUYBLOKE Split Wet Open Mic Tour titled ALZHEIMERZEITGEIST!
Why ALZHEIMERZEITGEIST? Because I have a little pamphlet I hand out before I go on with the lyrics. Now this is handy because people join in, which is fab, but it’s extra handy when I freeze and forget the words, and people just shout them out, which gets me going again. Like kicking a tv. So same song order Gig 1, but with new song at the end.
A hero, for ever and ever.