HUMANITARIAN CRISIS: A HEARTLESS HISTORY

NICOLE KALI

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HUMANITARIAN CRISIS: A HEARTLESS HISTORY

"This budget should be judged not by how much money's spent, but how many people we actually helped."
- Mick Mulvaney


President Trump promised $639 million in emergency funding to four U.S.-affected nations: Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. $122 million in life assistance for vulnerable Lake Chad communities. They would otherwise beg or starve for food.

It's a sad and unconscionable picture. The white Christian patriarchy has to patch up things after so much destruction.

Countries need economic freedom, environmental health and resources. But they will all be cut off if this administration does not deliver on their promise.

 

FOREIGN AID'S UGLY PAST

Afghanistan/U.S., Gaza/U.S., Iran/U.S., Iraq/U.S., Pakistan/U.S., Somalia/U.S., Sudan/U.S., Yemen/U.S. = helping but actually hurting.

Humanitarianism covered up resource extraction and corruption in each of these places.

A South African mercenary killed Patrice Lumumba. Uganda potentially setting up John Karenge.

CRISES' RELATION TO MILITARY

The world's refugees represent 66 million, a mind-blowing fact.

Africa: Burkinabe crisis, Lake Chad, Libyan crisis, Malian crisis, Nigerian crisis, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda. Several client states play oppressor with each other.

A drug empire runs via these so-called "peacekeeping efforts". Heroin is 7.5% of Afghanistan's GDP (Tolo News).

Underground Afghanistan-American operations produce narcotics so often (90% of them), the globe's addicted.

 Their headquarters are conveniently located where the U.S. has been fighting. Opium trade supports the Taliban 60%, so a vicious cycle continues.

Overprescriptions plague veterans on their homecoming. Painkillers are made from the same heroin fields overseas. Even former AFRICOM members see dark consequences ahead if help isn't on the way for the world.

"Insecurity in Africa, which adversely affects the United States"—and results from them—"stems in my view from loss of hope," General Carter Ham admitted.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said "if you don't fully fund the State Department, then I need to buy more ammunition". And that was in 2013.

The United States paid $1.2 million for May's African Land Forces Summit. It was a somber conference with 126 Army staff, and 40 African national generals (New York Times).

Alexander Laskaris posed a haunting question to them.

"How do we operate in an environment when we are willing to send peacekeepers, but we're not willing to take the steps necessary to make peace?"

June, three former officers submitted a guilty testimony to Congress.

"We are part of a long history of U.S. military leaders who have noted how much more cost-effective it is to prevent a conflict, than to end one." (x)

Iraq's Mosul has 920,000 displaced civilians, but that UN estimate may be conservative. Why?

Consider IS vs. Iraqi government forces and a U.S.-led coalition. The fallout can't be understated. This follows a bloody intervention a decade before: the Iraq War. Recapture from Islamic State doesn't end growing tragedy.

 Syria has U.S.-backed "Democratic Forces" who destroy regions from Iraq to Syria. Raqqa's not a capital anymore than Baghdad, Benghazi, Kabul, Mogadishu and Sana'a are now.


Old and new Mogadishu, Somalia

Once there's constant war, there is no returning "home".


Syrians leaving Raqqa


Old Sana'a, Yemen


Assad Pasha Khan in Damascus, Syria

100,000 people were trapped in Raqqa liberation. 173 civilians died in crossfire last month. There is no electricity or fresh water, just like Gaza (Al Jazeera). And people die daily in unrecorded amounts.

You leave these cities by smuggling. Traffickers may be affiliated with ISIS.

U.S. provided Saudi Arabian military $115 billion's worth in arms. 21 million Yemeni people need a miracle now.


A newborn baby in special care, Sanaa, Yemen. 2015.

Vijay Prashad wrote A Darker Nation: a People's History of the World. And he calls Earth's refugee crisis "several crises with no end".