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Aug 22, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
On this day in 2008, the US massacred 90 Afghan civilians (mostly women & children) gathering for a memorial service in the village of Azizabad. The US conducted continued air strikes on the village for 3 full hours; killing 60 children as they slept in their homes. The US immediately lied about the massacre, insisting that the strike killed only Taliban members; however, a video was released by a doctor in Azizabad, which depicted dozens of civilian bodies (including numerous children) being prepared for burial.…
Aug 20, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
On this day in 1998, Bill Clinton committed a major act of terrorism by ordering a cruise missile attack on Sudan’s Al Shifa factory, which produced 90% of the country’s pharmaceuticals. The factory's destruction resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands from treatable diseases The US claimed the pharmaceutical faculty produced WMDs & was connected to Osama bin Laden, but neither was true. When it became clear the plant only produced medicine, the US blocked a UN inquiry into the incident. The US has never apologized or paid compensation for the attack.
Aug 19, 2018 10 tweets 2 min read
On this day in 1953, the CIA/MI6 overthrew Iran’s democratic government in a violent coup after Iran's P.M. Mohammad Mosaddegh nationalized its oil, kicking out Britain’s oil company. The coup killed 100s & set off a vicious crackdown, ending all political dissent in Iran. The coup led to Mosaddegh’s arrest & 3 years in solitary confinement. His political party was outlawed & student leaders, politicians, military officers close to him were executed. Iran’s communist party (Tudeh party) saw over 4,100 of its members arrested & many executed.
Aug 4, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
This week in 1832, the US military massacred hundreds of starving Native Americans attempting to surrender near Bad Axe creek, Wisconsin. US military opened fire, killing over 300 (mostly women & children) & many more drowned attempting to escape across the Mississippi River. The US military committed the massacre after the group of Native Americans, led by the warrior Black Hawk, had attempted to to surrender to the US military 3 separate times. But every time the US military opened fire on Black Hawk’s men.
Aug 3, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
This week in 1915, US Marines invaded Haiti beginning a brutal 19 year occupation, which killed 15,000 & returned slavery to the island. The Americans looted Haiti’s wealth, stole 100,000s of acres of land & secured harsh control over the country for US business interests. The US created chain gangs to build roads & other construction projects & built military camps throughout the country. In 1920, Herbert Seligman wrote in The Nation that Haitians were shot on sight by US Marines & “machine guns have been turned on crowds of unarmed natives.”
Jul 26, 2018 11 tweets 3 min read
On this day in 1950, the US military massacred 400 civilian refugees (mostly women & children) using air strikes & machine gun fire over multiple days at No Gun Ri, South Korea. To this day, the US refuses to admit a massacre occurred & has never apologized. During the massacre--which occurred during the Korean War--US planes flew over columns of refugees and fired on them. Then US soldiers on the ground opened fire w/ machine guns as the group fled for cover.
Jul 19, 2018 7 tweets 3 min read
As Western mainstream media commemorates 100 years since Nelson Mandela’s birth, let’s recall the ugly role the US & its allies played in supporting apartheid in South Africa... The CIA played a major role in Nelson Mandela’s capture and 27 year imprisonment. A CIA officer tipped off South African authorities to Mandela’s location in 1962, resulting in his arrest.…
Jul 9, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
This week in 2008, the US bombed a wedding party in Afghanistan, killing 47 civilians, including the bride. The jet returned 3 times to bomb the group. 39 of the victims were women & children. The US denied involvement, but an Afghan investigation found the US responsible. The bridal party was traveling to the grooms village in eastern province of Nangarhar, Afghanistan on July 6, 2008 when a US war plane flew low over the group. The first strike hit a large group of children ahead of the main group, killing them instantly.
Jul 4, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
On this day in 1988, the US Navy committed a major act of terrorism by shooting down an Iranian civilian airliner, killing 290 civilians (including 66 children). The US has never apologized & instead gave the Navy crew a ‘Legion of Merit' award’ for outstanding service. The attack came at the end of the Iran-Iraq war where the US had begun to directly attack Iran's ships & oil platforms in Operation Praying Mantis. The US had backed Saddam’s invasion of Iran from the beginning, supplying him w/ arms, money, intelligence & chemical weapons.
Jun 24, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
On this day in 1675, US colonists launched a major effort to ethnically cleanse Native Americans from New England, known as King Philip’s War. The war killed 5,000 Native Americans & resulted in 1,000 more sold into slavery. The war cut Native population of New England by 80%. King Philip’s War began following the murder of Native American, who was spying for the colonists. The colonists executed 3 Wampanoag natives for revenge & blamed Metacom or “King Philip”, chief of a Wampanoag band for the murder. This set off a serious of attacks by both sides.
Jun 21, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
On this day in 1943, a white mob of thousands attacked black residents of Detroit, pulling them out of cars & beating them unconscious. The mob set black-owned cars, homes & business on fire. Police assisted in the riots by opening fire on blacks, killing 25 & injuring 400. The city responded to the white riots by arresting 1,500 black victims. They also refused to investigate the murders by the police/white mob. During the riot, the city's police treated black neighborhoods as a free-fire zone & many blacks were shot by police while fleeing.
Jun 14, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
This week in 2006, the CIA tortured 3 prisoners to death in a secret black site at the Guantanamo Bay prison & attempted to cover up the murders by claiming they were suicides. Mani al-Utaybi, age 30; Yasser al-Zahrani, age 20; & Ali Abdullah Ahmed, were all murdered by the CIA on June 9, 2006 in GTMO. The official story of their deaths is preposterous; guards checked on the prisoners every 4 minutes. Journalist Scott Horton recounts the US gov's story
Jun 6, 2018 9 tweets 2 min read
This week in 1943, thousands of US military members, racist white civilians & off-duty cops formed mobs in LA & attacked any Mexican-American youth & other minorities they encountered. The mob injured hundreds w/ pipes, bottles & clubs in a week of violence. #ZootSuitRiot At the time, Mexican-American youth & other minorities were demonized in the US. The jazz-influenced pachuco subculture & its zoot suit clothing--both popular with minorities--were deemed identifiers of gang & criminal affiliation by the media.
Jun 4, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read
This week in 2013, the US government began its trial against the whistleblower Chelsea Manning after subjected her to 11 months of torture. Manning was charged with ‘aiding the enemy’ for leaking evidence of US atrocities, including major war crimes in Iraq & Afghanistan. Following Manning’s leak of material to Wikileaks, the US arrested her & subjected her to what the UN described as 'cruel & inhumane' treatment, including being stripped naked & held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day under heavy surveillance.…
Jun 4, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
This week in 2017, the US committed a war crime by using white phosphorous—which like napalm, burns flesh down to the bone—over the heavily populated civilian area of Raqqa, Syria. In June 2017 alone, US bombing in Syria killed 472 civilians, including 137 children. White phosphorous burns at 815° C/1500° F & causes horrific injuries, which burn deep into the muscle and bone. It can even reignite weeks later. It is illegal when used as a weapon or in civilian areas.
May 31, 2018 10 tweets 2 min read
On this day in 1921, white mobs & police, attacked the black neighborhood of Greenwood, Oklahoma in one of the worst massacres in US history. The mob opened fire on black residents & set the whole community on fire, destroying 35 blocks & 1,200 homes. At least 300 ppl were killed The attack on Greenwood—one of the wealthiest communities in the US—was sparked by a false allegation of Dick Rowland, a black teenager, assaulting a white woman. A white mob reacted with 2 days of racial violence.
May 29, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
On this day in 1830, Andrew Jackson singed the Indian Removal Act, which forced 46,000 Native Americans from their ancestral land, pushing them into concentration camps & forcing them to undertake a 1000 mile death march or “trail of tears”, which killed over 4,000 ppl. Whites coveted valuable Native lands in the South for use as slave plantations. As a result, the US gov forced Native tribes off their land & marched them to an “Indian colonization zone” in Oklahoma, those who refused faced terror, theft, & murder by white settlers.
May 27, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
On this day in 1637, colonists in Connecticut massacred an entire village of Pequot Native Americans, killing 500 women, children & elderly, burning the village to the ground & firing on anyone who attempted to flee the blaze. #MysticMassacre The massacre was an example of early American colonists’ willingness to wage ‘total warfare’ against Native Americans, making no distinction between civilians and soldiers. Most of the Pequot warriors were away when their village was massacred & the victims were mainly civilians.
May 18, 2018 9 tweets 3 min read
This week in 1980, Jimmy Carter approved an operation to send South Korea’s military to crush an uprising in Gwangju against the US-backed military dictatorship. The military beat, bayoneted, & fired indiscriminately on protesters, killing 600 ppl & injuring over 4,000. The Special Forces were sent to Gwangju by US-backed military strongman Chun Doo-hwan to enforce marital law. Universities were shut down and political speech was banned as protests kicked off throughout the country.
May 13, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
On this day in 1985, Philadelphia police fired 10,000 rounds of ammo & dropped 2 bombs on the home of Black activists, igniting a major fire. 11 people trapped inside were killed, incl. 5 children (aged 7 to 13). The #MOVEbombing devastated the neighborhood, destroying 61 homes. The military-style attack on MOVE organization involved 500 police officers. The officers had flak jackets, SWAT gear, .50- and .60-caliber machine guns, an anti-tank machine gun and a helicopter, which was used to drop the bombs.
May 13, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
On March 5, 2018, 13 year-old Amer Huraidan was riding home from visiting relatives w/ his cousin in rural Yemen when a US drone fired on his vehicle, killing him instantly. When his cousin regained consciousness, he found Amer's body burned & ripped to pieces. First responders were too afraid to assist them, worrying the drone still overhead would fire again. The US claimed Amer (just a 5th grader) was a terrorist, but his uncle said he was just a boy, much too young to join a militant group.