The Human Shield and the Ethics of Non-International Armed Conflict (NIAC) - 1

By Ghansyam Katoch
Source: Centre for Landwarfare Studies,

May 29, 2017
International Humanitarian Law (IHL) represents a balance between military necessity and humanitarian considerations in the context of conflict.[ii] The value of human life which ranks high in the ethics of any religion or school of philosophy, represents the imperative during conflict to alleviate suffering and save lives, and also to treat each individualhumanely and respectfully. In practice military necessity is the justification of measures necessary to achieve a military goal.  Legally and ethically, even military necessity should comply with IHL.

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Tracing the History of the Partitioning of Iraq

By Rayyan Dabbous, Global Research
Source: http://www.globalresearch.ca

Dividing Iraq – From Op-Eds, To News, To Truth

Readers of newspapers in 2017 might not remember a time in which they haven’t read about an ongoing war in Iraq – the Iran-Iraq war persisted throughout the 80s, Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, the Gulf War, and ongoing US bombings reigned throughout the 90s, and the US intervention and the Iraqi civil war that followed ran throughout the first decade of the new millennia.

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Malaysia Seizes 330 Extic Tortoises From Madagascar

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com
May 15, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian authorities said on Monday that they have seized 330 exotic tortoises from Madagascarworth 1.2 million ringgit ($276,721), in the latest heist of illegal wildlife and animal parts being smuggled into the country.

Deputy customs director Abdull Wahid Sulong said that 325 Indian Star tortoises and five Ploughshare tortoises were packed into five boxes and labeled as stones. He said the live tortoises, usually kept as pets, arrived via Etihad Airways from Antanaviro Airport in Madagascar on Sunday.

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Seeds of Destruction: The Diabolical World of Genetic Manipulation

By F. William Engdahl
Source: http://www.globalresearch.ca
May 11, 2017, Global Research

“Control the oil, and you control nations. Control the food, and you control the people.”* -Henry Kissenger

Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation” by F. William Engdahl is a skillfully researched book that focuses on how a small socio-political American elite seeks to establish control over the very basis of human survival: the provision of our daily bread.

This is no ordinary book about the perils of GMO. Engdahl takes the reader inside the corridors of power, into the backrooms of the science labs, behind closed doors in the corporate boardrooms. The author cogently reveals a diabolical world of profit-driven political intrigue, government corruption and coercion, where genetic manipulation and the patenting of life forms are used to gain worldwide control over food production. If the book often reads as a crime story, that should come as no surprise. For that is what it is.

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Operation 'Tupac': The Continuing Stimulus Behind Pakistan Army's Anti-Indi9a Perfidy

By Lt. Gen. Phillip Campose Source: http://www.claws.in
CLAWS, May 9, 2017

The killing of two Indian soldiers and subsequent mutilating of their bodies on the Line of Control (LoC) on May 1st, 2017, reportedly by a combined team of Pakistani soldiers and terrorists, would have left many Indians wondering about the reasons for such continuing unsoldierly and dishonourable acts by a regular Army.Simply put, whenever there has been any indication of overtures between India and Pakistan at the political level, it has immediately resulted in Pakistani Army led efforts to disrupt the process, howsoever heinous the means – whether a Kargil war, a Pathankot attack or this latest act of mutilation.

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Seven Elephants Die in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve Since January - Nonsensespeak as Explanation

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com
April 23, 2017

UDHAGAMANDALAM: With a two-year-old tusker found dead on Saturday, the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in the Nilgiris has seen seven elephants deaths since January this year. However, MTR officials say the mortality rate is not alarming as the reserve has over 700 elephants.

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