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March 14, 1997
IT IS ABUNDANTLY clear that Zairians will not fight to save the presidency of Mobutu Sese Seku, whose chief protectors are foreigners: Hutu refugees who were soldiers in Rwanda; Serb and Croatian mercenaries, and some UNITA insurrectionaries of Jonas Savimbi in Angola. But Zairian civilians, aside from the ruling clique in Kinshasa, are more afraid of the Zairian army -- unpaid looters who won't fight -- than of the rebels. Better the devil they don't know.Rebel forces of Laurent Kabila are moving inexorably forward from the fifth of the country they occupy.
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September 6, 2013
Why does our government not learn from the mistakes of the past? After the Russian invasion of Afghanistan we armed the opposition, and as a result the Taliban used those weapons to establish one of the most repressive regimes in post-World War II history. They provided aid and sustenance to al-Qaida, with disastrous results for the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. In Syria, much of the opposition to President Bashar Assad is vehemently opposed to the U.S. and Israel. Is it really in our national interest to assist these so-called rebels?
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By Susan Baer and Susan Baer,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | March 26, 2003
WASHINGTON - Soon, President Bush said yesterday, the Iraqi people would see "the great compassion" of the United States and other nations that have pledged to deliver humanitarian aid to civilians in need of food, water, medicine or shelter. But, as U.S. and British troops battle their way to Baghdad, the continued deadly fighting in southern Iraq has delayed such relief, with some aid workers saying it could be days, if not weeks, before the region is safe enough for anyone but the military to enter.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2013
After months of watching the uprising in Syria, spreading support through social media and raising money to offset the suffering, Dr. Hassan Masri thought he understood the devastation that that revolution has brought to his parents' homeland. But during two weeks in Syria treating the sick and wounded — and seeing men succumb to heart attacks for want of medicine, women and girls laboring to conceal their having been raped, children who had frozen to death — the Baltimore physician developed a new level of commitment to the revolt against President Bashar Assad.
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By Todd Richissin and Todd Richissin,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | March 26, 2003
KUWAIT CITY - The southern Iraq port city of Umm Qasr was under the control of U.S. and British troops yesterday, military officials said, opening a key route for humanitarian aid that could begin arriving in about two days. If that news sounds familiar, it might be because Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld made the same announcement Friday. That turned out to be overly optimistic. Coalition forces continued to face lightly armed but exceptionally persistent members of the ragtag fedayeen, the zealous Iraqi militia that for nearly a decade has been the brutal force behind Saddam Hussein's fist.
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By Evening Sun Staff | July 15, 1991
Miguel Angel Rivera is still pained by the thought of a walk he took three years ago in Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador. A young boy cried hysterically as a stranger dragged him by his arms."
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By Los Angeles Times | February 14, 1992
MOSCOW -- A senior Russian official admits "formidable problems" in distributing tons of humanitarian aid pouring into the former Soviet Union this week but dismisses as "nonsense" reports that the charitable goods were being stolen.Alexander HD, deputy chairman of the Russian government's Humanitarian Aid Commission, said this week that strict controls, including surprise checks, were being carried out as cargo planes continued to arrive with food and medicine from the United States and Europe.
NEWS
June 2, 2010
The Baltimore Sun mistakenly omits the goal of the so-called "humanitarian aid flotilla" when it identifies it as such, in its editorial of June 2, "A way forward for Israel." In fact, the flotilla's primary purpose was to provoke Israel. Something they succeeded in doing. The fact is, Israel supplies tons of humanitarian aid to Gaza and offered to transport any supplies the flotilla was carrying. Had the crew on board the Mavi Marmara been so concerned with getting them to Gaza, they would have abided by the international blockade, and Israel would have gladly transported the supplies after inspection.
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By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,Staff Writer | October 30, 1993
Because of an editing error, attribution of two quotations in an article about Serbian relief in yesterday's editions was transposed. A Treasury Department spokesman said, "The U.N.gives them a thorough examination and requires various levels of approval."And relief official Mark Schnellbaecher said, "This is humanitarian aid, not a commercial transaction. . . ."The Sun regrets the error.A California psychologist who volunteered in July to train 50 war-trauma counselors in Serbia hasn't departed yet because United Nations bureaucrats haven't cleared the $7,000 to be spent there for her expenses, Baltimore-based relief officials complained yesterday.
NEWS
September 1, 2008
When natural disasters strike, getting food, fresh water, blankets and medical supplies to the affected areas quickly can mean the difference between life and death for victims. After the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, U.S. military helicopters and cargo planes were among the first to arrive with humanitarian aid and relief supplies. But the U.S. commitment to humanitarian assistance for Georgia's citizens in areas devastated by the country's recent war with Russia looks more like an American military operation than a civilian relief effort.
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December 13, 2012
Under its new ruler, Kim Jong Un, North Korea has reverted to its old tactics of provocation and aggression with the launch this week of a long-range missile it claims was intended to put the country's first satellite into orbit. It's unclear whether the satellite made it into orbit, but that really isn't the point. The U.S. and its allies fear the country's space program is just an excuse to develop technology that can be used to build nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles, and Wednesday's launch showed the North Koreans are making progress toward that goal.
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By Rachel Marsden | August 16, 2012
A recent intelligence leak confirms something that regular readers of this column already know: that the Obama administration has officially authorized covert support of local "rebel" groups, through government agencies like the CIA, with the goal of destabilizing and subverting the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria. The interesting consequence is that al-Qaida is likely among the groups President Obama's directive now supports. Just think about this for a minute. The president of the United States, according to an intelligence leak initially reported by Reuters, has secretly authorized support of an undisclosed nature for armed fighters in a region, including members of the group now synonymous with terrorism against American and Western interests in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
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June 18, 2012
The Sun's wording in "Report criticizes Netanyahu's handling of Gaza flotilla raid" (June 14) obscures elements influencing Israel's actions criticized by the Israeli state comptroller. While the article recognizes that the flotilla was "determined to breach Israel's blockade of Gaza," it does not say that flotilla leaders could have transferred any humanitarian aid to Israel for inspection and delivery to Gaza. Instead, the "aid flotilla," whose lead ship apparently carried no aid, tried to run an internationally recognized weapons blockade.
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March 26, 2012
The announcement Sunday that the U.S. will join Turkey in providing "nonlethal" humanitarian aid to Syrian opposition groups is a clear sign of the Obama administration's growing frustration with the failure of diplomatic efforts to halt Syrian President Bashar Assad's bloody crackdown on dissent. But it's still far from clear whether that modest escalation of involvement in the conflict will hasten Mr. Assad's departure from the scene. The U.S. has been calling on the U.N. Security Council for weeks to prevent what officials fear is a looming humanitarian disaster on the order of the mass killings in Kosovo and Bosnia during the 1990s.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2011
Waves of refugees arrive daily to Kenya, some having walked weeks through unforgiving desert with virtually no possessions, and yet local relief workers report optimism among the millions threatened by the historic famine and drought spreading through the Horn of Africa. "Everyone looks hungry and wiped out," said Bruce White, a Catholic Relief Services adviser who returned earlier this month from Kenya. "But there is a sense of hope because there is help. I asked one man what he wanted here and he said 'peace.'" Jonathan Ernst, a Baltimore freelance photojournalist, reached the refugee camps in eastern Kenya last week and is reporting to Lutheran World Relief.
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June 2, 2010
The Baltimore Sun mistakenly omits the goal of the so-called "humanitarian aid flotilla" when it identifies it as such, in its editorial of June 2, "A way forward for Israel." In fact, the flotilla's primary purpose was to provoke Israel. Something they succeeded in doing. The fact is, Israel supplies tons of humanitarian aid to Gaza and offered to transport any supplies the flotilla was carrying. Had the crew on board the Mavi Marmara been so concerned with getting them to Gaza, they would have abided by the international blockade, and Israel would have gladly transported the supplies after inspection.
NEWS
April 4, 1991
The Kurds of Iraq deserve to win provincial autonomy within that sovereign country. They deserve humanitarian aid from the United States in the form of food and medicine. And those fleeing Saddam Hussein's retribution deserve safe haven in Turkey, despite its own Kurdish problem.Humanitarian aid would not contradict President Bush's repeated determination not to intervene in Iraq's internal affairs. For that matter, the U.S. should also offer humanitarian aid to Baghdad. It is not in the U.S. interest to let people with whom we have no quarrel die of disease and starvation as the consequence of U.S. action against their despotic rulers.
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,Washington Bureau of The Sun | April 2, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Bush administration officials are becoming increasingly concerned about how to handle thousands of Iraqi refugees, including a number of deserters who may become targets of the Iraqi military once U.S. and allied forces leave the country.With neither Saudi Arabia nor Kuwait willing to accept the refugees, the United States is exploring the possibility of camps in the 9-mile-wide border zone to be monitored by U.N. forces under a permanent cease-fire resolution now awaiting approval.
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June 1, 2010
While much remains unclear about the early-morning Israeli raid on a humanitarian aid flotilla bound for Gaza that left nine people dead, what is apparent is that some poor decisions were made — both by the pro-Palestinian activists who chose to defy the Israeli naval blockade and by those who sent the Israeli equivalent of the Navy SEALs rappelling down ropes from Black Hawk helicopters onto the ship's deck at 4 a.m. Monday's violence could prove...
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By Richard Boudreaux and Richard Boudreaux,Los Angeles Times | January 8, 2009
JERUSALEM - Israel and Hamas scaled back their fighting in the Gaza Strip yesterday and considered a cease-fire proposal from Egypt and France, even as Israeli leaders weighed a deeper assault into the Palestinian militant group's urban strongholds. Fighting on the 12th day of the air, land and sea offensive all but halted for three hours during a unilateral Israeli pause. Israeli officials said they wanted to give diplomacy a chance, but they indicated that a decision to end or intensify the operation, aimed at halting rocket fire into Israel, could come by week's end. "From Israel's perspective, there's no contradiction between pursuing the military targets in Gaza and working in parallel on the diplomatic track," said Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev.
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