Sunday, August 13, 2017
WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS, August, 2017
THIS IS BY NO MEANS A COMPLETE LIST OF THE CURRENT THREATS OF WAR AND ONGOING WARS, DOES NOT INCLUDE THREATS OF CIVIL WAR (LIKE IN THE U.S.?) BUT REPRESENTS THE IMMINENT THREATS REPORTED MOST OFTEN AND CURRENTLY IN MAJOR MEDIA AROUND THE WORLD.
THE LIST OF ONGOING WARS, DECLARED OR NOT, APPEARS AT THE END OF TODAY'S BLOG.
IT IS UNFORTUNATE FOR ALL THOSE INVOLVED, BUT ESPECIALLY FOR THE CHILDREN IN THESE NATIONS, AND FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NO DESIRE FOR WAR BUT ALSO HAVE NO CHOICE IN THE MATTER.
THAT WOULD INCLUDE MANY OF US.
1- CHINA AND INDIA
China Says Countdown For War With India Has Begun.
An editorial in the state-run China Daily said that the “countdown to a clash between the two forces has begun.”
The China Daily editorial said the clock was ticking and that it seemed like a clash would be “an inevitable conclusion” between the two prominent Asian countries if India did pull back its troops from the disputed Doklam region.
“Anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear will have got the message. Yet New Delhi refuses to come to its senses and pull its troops back to its own side of the border,” it stated.
The article referred to a border standoff between the two countries that has continued for over two months. The controversy began when India opposed China’s plan to extend a border road through a disputed plateau which Bhutan says is its Doklam region and China claims as part of its Donglang region.
India has expressed concern that the road, if completed, would make it easier for China to access India’s northeastern states. In the event of a conflict, India fears this would help China cut off its northeast from the rest of the country, the BBC reported.
Speaking in India’s parliament on Wednesday, Defense Minister Arun Jaitley said the country was ready to meet any challenge. Referring to the war that took place in 1962 between the two countries, which India lost, Jaitley said the country had learned many lessons from it.
“Some people are targeting our country’s sovereignty and integrity. But I am fully confident that our brave soldiers have capability to keep our country secure, may it be challenges on the eastern border or the western border,” he said, according to reports.
China and India share a border that extends 2,174 miles. Following the war in 1962, disputes in areas like Aksai Chin, Depsang Plains and some areas in the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, have remained unresolved.
2- RUSSIA AND THE U.S./NATO NATIONS
NATO, Russian Troops Rattle Swords Along Hundreds of Miles of Borderland
Across Eastern Europe, Moscow and the transatlantic alliance are staging large-scale exercises to show they mean business.
Tens of thousands of troops are on the move from the Baltic to the Black Sea, as NATO and Russia open up a series of massive military exercises the size of which the continent hasn’t seen since the Cold War.
Both sides claim the drills, which involve aircraft, warships, tanks and artillery, are purely defensive in nature. But it is clear the exercises are also meant to show off new capabilities and technologies, and display not only the strength of alliances, but how swiftly troops and heavy equipment can move to squash a threat at the frontier.
The Kremlin claims about 12,700 troops will be active in Belarus and Russia.
Three Chinese warships are slated to arrive in Kaliningrad in July 21 to take part in a series of drills with the Russian navy and air force.
3- NORTH KOREA VS AMERICA
[North Korea now making missile-ready nuclear weapons, U.S. analysts say]
North Korea forms plans to target Guam within daysAug. 10, 2017- North Korea declared on Thursday it would have a plan ready by "mid-August" to launch four missiles into waters near the US territory of Guam, as it branded Donald Trump's threats as "nonsense".
North Korea says it will finish plans to attack near Guam by mid-August08/09/2017
North Korea's military said it will complete a plan by mid-August to launch four mid-range ballistic missiles over Japan and drop them within 18 to 24 miles of Guam according to Yonap, a Korean news agency.
North Korea said it was reviewing plans to strike U.S. military targets in Guam with medium-range ballistic missiles to create “enveloping fire,” according to state media.
North Korea's Potential Targets: Guam, South Korea and Japan Aug. 9, 2017
On Wednesday, North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, singled out the American territory of Guam as a potential target. North Korean missiles have also recently landed not far from the coast of Japan, a crucial United States military ally. South Korea remains the most likely target of any North Korean counterattack should the United States take military action to try to stop the North’s nuclear and missile programs.
North Korea warned on Wednesday that it was considering a strike that would create “an enveloping fire” around Guam.
Guam is a potential target because it is a strategic American military outpost and home to nuclear-equipped bombers that can strike North Korea. Just this week two United States B-1 bombers flew from Guam over the Korean Peninsula. And North Korean missile tests suggest it is within range of the country’s arsenal.
In Japan, specialists said that the most likely targets for any North Korean attack would be Tokyo, the political and commercial capital with some 35 million residents in its greater metropolitan area, and American military bases scattered around the country.
South Korea has found several North Korean drones flying into its airspace.
[Besides being an easy short-range target], North Korea could mobilize its sleeper spies in the South or use drones to attempt terrorist attacks, possibly involving chemical and biological agents, analysts said. In recent months,
No hoarding or other signs of panic were reported in South Korea on Wednesday.
4- ISRAEL VS IRAN AND IRAN VS U.S.
Iran Says U.S. Violates Nuclear Deal, Vows 'Intelligent' Response
'If there is a war, we will annihilate Lebanon's infrastructure' - Israel ...Jul 17, 2017 - Former Defense Minister Ya'alon says Iran runs Lebanon, promises Israel will destroy Lebanon completely if war breaks out.
Israel will act to stop Iran, Hezbollah setting up bases in Syria – Middle East Monitor
5- WAR IN THE BALKANS AGAIN?
Bosnia And Herzegovina | Crisis Group
Balkan War Drums Beat Again ...
Serbia warns of another Balkan War - Washington Times
"It is not a matter of if but rather when the war in the Balkans will resume."
15 ONGOING WARS FEW HAVE HEARD OF :
On any given day at any given moment in your life, there are at least 15 wars and armed conflicts actively going on all around the world — even if you’re only hearing about a few of them on the news. Every day, people are fighting to the death for the ideals they believe in. Some are fighting for independence and freedom. Some are dying for their right to be heard, to be treated as human beings. Others are desperately attempting to gain control of resources, roads and riches, and they’re willing to wield death in order to get them. Some even say they’re ultimately fighting in the name of peace. But all of the wars and conflicts on this list have been dismissed, forgotten, ignored and under-reported while the world stays busy looking the other way.
1~ Somalia has been in a Civil War for decades, and few ever talk about it.
U.S. troops were deployed in 2007 in an attempt to establish peace, but armed conflicts have not stopped.
2~ The Kashmir unrest is widely reported in India, but rarely mentioned in the U.S. media. The unrest refers to a series of ongoing and violent protests that began in 2016. This conflict pits separatists against the existing Indian government. There have already been hundreds of casualties, mainly among children, in this ongoing conflict.
3~ Though it’s no longer in the news, war in Darfur continues to rage as government forces continually attack civilians living here. Sudanese armed forces launched an attack on Darfur in January 2016, and continued attacks through the rest of the year. During this time, government forces in Darfur killed civilians and destroyed hundreds of villages. In 2016, the UN estimated that up to 190,000 people in Darfur were displaced.
4~ Myanmar, once known as Burma, has been actively at war for decades. Civil War has raged in the country since 1948. Since the 1962 military coup in Myanmar, several different armed groups have opposed the controlling military power. There are many different ethnic groups in Myanmar attempting to become the dominant group through use of military force.
5~ Conflict in Ukraine has been pretty consistent since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, but the country has only been in a high state of crisis since 2013. Primarily, Ukraine is split between two groups: the west and the east. Western Ukraine strongly supports integration with Europe.
The conflict in Ukraine became violent in late 2013, when the President of Ukraine dismissed a deal with the European Union in order to support stronger ties with Russia.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters swarmed city hall and government areas to express their anger at this decision. Violent opposition continues to remain in the Donbass region of Ukraine.
6~ Since December 2013, more than 50,000 people have died in the South Sudan Civil War...
It’s estimated that 1.6 million people have been displaced by this war...
In 2016, violence broke out again between the government and opposing forces
The conflict is getting worse, rather than better, and the death toll continues to rise.
7~ Peru was a country violently at war from 1980 to 2000, with separatist armies clashing against the official government in a fight for control of the country. Though violence has diminished considerably, protest groups continuously clash with the Peruvian government due to discrimination and various human rights violations. Nearly 70,000 people died in the Peruvian Civil War, which some consider to be ongoing.
8~ Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo is ongoing, though it has slowed down in recent months. Widespread political instability here has led to nearly 500,000 refugees fleeing the area.
There are at least 70 armed groups operating outside the bounds of the government there.
Elections in the country have recently been postponed, causing further anger and conflict from opposition groups. Protesters demanding an election have been killed and wounded by police and government security forces.
9~ The North Caucasus region of Russia has been plagued by violence for two decades.
Several insurgent groups in North Caucasus have joined with the Islamic State.
Russian armed forces have met terrorists threats in North Caucasus with deadly force in several armed clashes. Officially, the Russian government has recently ceased its counter-terrorism efforts against IS in North Caucasus. Unofficially, skirmishes and attacks continue to break out in the region as led by terrorist militant groups.
10~ The violent war in West Papua is rarely, if ever, reported in the U.S., even though the U.S. played a key role in this continuing conflict. Colonized by the Dutch in 1898, West Papua achieved independence in 1961. Within months, the Indonesian government invaded the fledgling country and started armed conflict with the Netherlands and the civilian population in West Papua. The U.S. government advised the Netherlands to hand control of West Papua to Indonesia, which the country did. People in West Papua have been fighting for independence from the Indonesian government ever since.
People in West Papua face death for protesting and jail time for even raising the West Papuan flag.
11~ The War in Cabinda, also known as the Angola Civil War, is called “Angola’s forgotten war.” Rich in oil, African leaders have tried to split Cabinda from the rest of Angola in order to take advantage of this natural resource. The Angolan government has violently opposed these efforts, leading to several bloody military actions.
The Republic of Cabinda has been trying for years to become recognized as an independent nation. Currently, only France has acknowledged it as such. To the rest of the world, Cabinda is still a part of Angola.
12~ An Islamic terrorist group currently known as Wilayat Sinai has been carrying out attacks in Egypt since 2005, though the frequency of these attacks are not widely reported. The group has declared their allegiance to the Islamic State, and has launched several attacks on the existing Egyptian government and military sites. Civilians have also been targeted in terror attacks sponsored by Wilayat Sinai. The Egyptian government has responded with aggression of their own, leading to the destruction of many civilian homes in the country. Recently, Amnesty International has raised concerns about people mysteriously disappearing at the hands of the Egyptian government in an attempt to force peace.
13~ The Hybrid War began in Mozambique, but has spread throughout South Central Africa into Zambia, Angola and Malawi as well. The clash is between the current government in Mozambique and the Mozambican National Resistance Movement, RENAMO. This ongoing war has been marked by violent conflicts since 2013, with tensions escalating in early 2016. The Mozambique Liberation Front, FRELIMO, is currently in control of the region. As tensions rise between the two groups, the fate of Mozambique and the surrounding area remains uncertain.
14~ For months, Japan and China have seen rising tensions between their two countries in the East China Sea. Both countries have increased their military operations against each other in the region. China has recently built new naval ships to police the area, and increased the amount of their patrols of the waters. Japan has scrambled jets more than 500 times in direct response to Chinese aircraft flying near their borders. The countries are disputing the ownership of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, which were claimed by Japan in 1895. China asserted their own claim over the 8 disputed islands in the 1970s. When the Japanese government bought three of the island from private owners in 2012, tensions began brewing between the two countries again.
15~ The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict.
The violation of a ceasefire agreement in April 2016 shows that tensions in this disputed border region between Armenia and Azerbaijan are dangerously heating up. The population of this region is 95 percent Armenian, but the land is recognized by the world to be part of Azerbaijan. The two countries managed to live by this agreement until the collapse of the Soviet Union, leading to a full-scale war in the early 1990s when the region declared independence. Since the 1994 ceasefire, violations of the agreement have been frequent and violent. Five soldiers fighting for Azerbaijan were recently killed by Armenian separatists in February 2017 during a border battle.
OTHER ONGOING WARS, 2017
THESE 'CONFLICTS' HAVE RESULTED IN AT LEAST 10,000 DEATHS IN THE PAST YEAR ALONE.
~ 10,000 or more deaths in current or past year.
(Number of known/acknowledged 'cumulative' dead follow name of the war)
1- War in Afghanistan, 1,240,000–2,000,000
2- Iraq War, Current Civil War, 268,000.
3- Mexican Drug War, 104,000–144,000+
4- Syrian Civil War, 312,000–470,000
1,000 to 9,999 Deaths in JUST the current or past year.
11 ongoing wars in this list.
1- Kurdish–Turkish conflict
2- Somali Civil War
3- Communal conflicts in Nigeria
4- War in Darfur, Sudan
5- Boko Haram insurgency, Libya
6- Libyan Civil War (2014–present)
7- Yemeni Crisis/Saudi Arabia's Attempted Genocide in Yemen (2011-Present)
8- Sinai insurgency, Egypt
9- South Kordofan conflict, Sudan, Africa
10- South Sudanese Civil War (with Ethiopia)
11- Central African Republic conflict
~ THERE ARE CURRENTLY 29 OTHER ONGOING 'CONFLICTS'/WARS THAT RESULTED IN A KNOWN/ACKNOWLEDGED 100- 999 DEATHS IN THE PAST YEAR.
~ THERE ARE CURRENTLY 14 OTHER ONGOING 'CONFLICTS'/WARS THAT RESULTED IN A KNOWN/ACKNOWLEDGED 1-99 DEATHS IN THE PAST YEAR.
Armed Conflicts Report Interactive Map, by Project Ploughshares
Global Conflict Tracker, by the Council on Foreign Relations
Global Security coverage of ongoing wars ]
AS I SAID, THIS IS NOT ALL VIOLENT, ARMED CONFLICTS/WARS, BUT IT GIVES US AN IDEA OF HOW WIDESPREAD THESE ARE, HOW LONG NATION HAS RISEN UP AGAINST NATION, AND PEOPLE AGAINST THEIR NEIGHBORS.
IT DOESN'T INCLUDE "GANG WARS" IN CITIES ACROSS AMERICA AND IN OTHER NATIONS.
DEATH HAS BECOME SOMETHING THAT IS TO BE EXPECTED, HARDLY RAISES AN EYEBROW ANYMORE, SOMETHING NOT REPORTED WHILE IDIOTIC POLITICAL DISAGREEMENTS ARE, WHILE WHAT HOLLYWOOD OR MUSIC STARS ARE DOING IS, WHILE SPORTS SCORES ARE REPORTED DAILY.
WAR IS WHAT WE DO.
WAR IS JUST A PART OF LIFE ON EARTH....RIGHT?
UNTIL WE ARE VICTIMS OF WAR...THEN EVERYTHING CHANGES.
AND IT WILL CHANGE FOR US HERE IN THE U.S...SOON.
Posted by Waninahi at 8:05 AM