Daily Archives: November 12, 2018

Yemeni war deaths underestimated by five to one

by Nicolas J S Davies

In April, I made new estimates of the death toll in America’s post-2001 wars in a three-part Intrepid Report series I estimated that these wars have now killed several million people. I explained that widely reported but much lower estimates of the numbers of combatants and civilians killed were likely to be only one fifth to one twentieth of the true numbers of people killed in U.S. war zones. Now one of the NGOs responsible for understating war deaths in Yemen has acknowledged that it was underestimating them by at least five to one, as I suggested in my report.

France | New Caledonia after the referendum “Sooner or later, we will have independence”

A referendum was organized on November 4 in New Caledonia. Voters were asked to answer the question, “Do you want New Caledonia to become a fully sovereign and independent country?” The higher circles announced a landslide No vote against independence. Some polls had even predicted a hefty 75% No vote. But finally, only 56.4% out of the 141,099 voters put a No ballot slip in the box.

France | TRUMP NOT WELCOME IN FRANCE

French President Emmanuel Macron invited Donald Trump and 60 heads of State to attend a “Peace Forum” in Paris on November 11-13. It will be preceded one day earlier by a ceremony at the Place des Invalides to pay tribute to the millions of people who died in the First World War or, stated more accurately, the first great inter-imperialist bloodbath. Special tribute will be paid to the generals who led their soldiers to slaughter from 1914 to 1918, including Maréchal Philippe Pétain, who Macron described as a “great soldier” despite his subsequent “fateful choices” — a reference to Pétain’s close collaboration with Hitler and the Nazis during World War II.