Friday, 20. December 2013

Obama Pursues "Occupation-Lite" in Afghanistan

Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthout: While the US and Afghan governments fail to reach a deal on the future of foreign troops in Afghanistan, no one expects anything but continuing US occupation of the impoverished country, along with its toll of civilian deaths and vanishing rights for women.


*Bride and Boom!*

By Tom Engelhardt

We Are Number One...In Obliterating Wedding Parties.

Afghanistan is a Calamity and our Leaders Must be Held to Account

By Seumas Milne

British troops haven t accomplished a single one of their missions in Afghanistan. Like Iraq and Libya, it s a disaster.

This Is What Winning Looks Like

Video Documentary

A disturbing new documentary about the ineptitude, drug abuse, sexual misconduct, and corruption of the Afghan security forces as well as the reduced role of US Marines due to the troop withdrawal.

US drone kills two in eastern Afghanistan

At least two people including a child have been killed in the latest US assassination drone attack in eastern Afghanistan, Press TV reports.

Afghanistan: US murders 7 children and one woman in airstrike

President says: As a result of bombardment by American forces last night, which was Siahgird district of Parwan province, one woman and seven children were martyred and one civilian injured,* a statement from his office said.

US airstrike killed 13 Afghan civilians in Parwan: Official

An Afghan fact-finding mission has found that a recent US airstrike has killed at least 13 civilians in the country s northeastern province of Parwan.

Afghanistan: US airstrike killed at least 14 civilians, including women and children

A delegation of the Afghan officials including parliament members, who were assigned by president Karzai to investigate the US airstrike in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan, has revealed at least 14 civilians were killed in the air raid.

US Kills 9 people in Afghanistan

An Afghan police officer claimed on Saturday that five Pakistanis were among nine armed opponents who were killed in a US drone strike in the Kamdesh area of the eastern Nuristan province.

Hamid Karzai: 'I Saw No Good' With America s Presence In Afghanistan

By Harriet Alexander

*This whole 12 years was one of constant pleading with America to treat the lives of our civilians as lives of people,* he said, adding that he had not spoken to Mr Obama since June.

In a reversal, Afghan civilian deaths rise in 2013

The total of 2,959 deaths recorded by the U.N. in 2013 was a 7% rise from 2012.

Civilian drone deaths triple in Afghanistan, UN agency finds

The report, by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama), found that drone strikes accounted for at least a third of all civilian deaths in air strikes last year.

Companies With Spotty Records Making Billions Off Afghanistan

By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

The United States government has paid a company based in Switzerland more than $5 billion to feed the troops in Afghanistan, the company, Supreme Foodservice, overcharged American taxpayers as much as $757 million, officials say.

US Drone Kills Five in Afghanistan s Kunar

At least five people lost their lives in a US killer drone attack in Afghanistan s Eastern province of Kunar.

13,700 Afghan troops killed in 10 years

The OAA said that 13,729 families of security force personnel had been awarded financial support after suffering a fatality, while another 16,511 families were compensated after a relative was wounded.

We Brought Freedom to Afghanistan?

Please tell me again why it is you think that the people of Afghanistan are better off because the United States invaded the country.

US drone strike kills two in eastern Afghanistan

Drone attacks may continue after US pullout

The CIA drone operations in Pakistan may continue long after US troops have left Afghanistan, The New York Times said on Saturday, revealing that CIA, not military, would remain in charge of drone operations.

Nato troops in Afghanistan 'often made conflict worse'

Mr Martin studied Helmand for six years and completed an Army-funded PhD at King s College in London.

A rising number of children are dying from U.S. explosives littering Afghan land

The U.S. military has removed the munitions from only 3 percent of the territory covered by its sprawling ranges, officials said.

US kills 3 people in Khos

President Hamid Karzai strongly denounced the US troops' airstrike that killed three of a family in eastern Khost province, said a press statement issued by the president s media office here on Tuesday.

From Information Clearing House


Our Afghanistan Failure Was Led by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

Doctors Blame US War as Afghan Child Hunger Crisis Worsens

US Marines Shoot and Kill Four-Year-Old Afghan Boy

US Accused of Killing Woman, Seven Children in Afghanistan Airstrike

For Afghan Women and Children, 2013 Brought 'Alarming' Increase in Violence

US Drone Strike Kills US-Backed Afghan Soldiers

How the US Created the Afghan War and Then Lost It


Why the US wants to stay in Afghanistan
by Jack A. Smith


The U.S. is supposed to withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan by the end of this new year. But despite public opinion polls to the contrary, President Obama is seeking to leave several thousand Special Forces troops, military trainers, CIA personnel, 'contractors' and surveillance listening posts for 10 more years in Afghanistan until the end of 2024...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


How occupation is waged in Afghanistan

Creating the Taliban: A multi-decade US project

*This Is What Winning Looks Like*


Having Ignored the Founders on War, U.S. Forces will Return to Afghanistan Unless Americans Begin to Think for Themselves

Soviet-Afghan War Lesson: Political Problems Never Settled by Force

Britain s Involvement In Torture And Kidnap 'Truly Shocking'

On Thursday Sir Peter Gibson published the findings of his aborted inquiry into the complicity of British intelligence agencies in torture. It found agents were reluctant to raise issues about the way detainees were being treated because they feared jeopardising relations with their international counterparts.

Senators: CIA 'Misleading' Public Over Secret Torture Report

U.S. senators openly castigated the Central Intelligence Agency on Tuesday for delaying the release of a long-awaited report on torture and secret prisons during the Bush era.

How the Washington Post is Backed by the CIA


The potential conflict of interest between the new Washington Post owner, Jeff Bezos and a recent $600 million CIA contract with his other company, Amazon.

Bush, aides made 935 false statements in run-up to war

President Bush and his top aides publicly made 935 false statements about the security risk posed by Iraq in the two years following September 11, 2001, according to a study released Tuesday by two nonprofit journalism groups.

UK: Peers call for proper scrutiny of American military bases in UK used for drone strikes and mass spying

Scrutiny of American military bases in Britain could be increased dramatically for the first time in more than 60 years under cross-party proposals provoked by evidence that the installations are being used for drone strikes and mass spying activities.

Why solitary confinement is a form of modern-day torture

As of 2013, there were 80,000 men and women in solitary confinement in the United States, some of them as young as 14 years old. In this illustrated op-ed video, artist Molly Crabapple explains the psychological and physical trauma suffered by those forced to spend 22-24 hours a day alone

From Information Clearing House


Torture Victims Have ?Well-Founded Claim? That UK Complicit In Their Abuse, Says High Court

Aging Political Prisoners Suffer From Illness, Decades in Solitary Confinement

'The Only Thing We Have to Fear...' is the CIA

CIA Lawyer: Stopping Torture 'Would Have Been Easy,' But I Approved It Anyway

The Global War on Terrorism is Killing Mankind

Why Soldiers Commit Suicide?

Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja

"We should be saddened but not shocked when we see the broken men and women return from battles overseas. We should be angry with those who send them to suffer and die in unnecessary wars.

Invest in People, Not War

By Ralph Nader

As millions of Americans struggle with inadequate health care, low wages, deteriorating public services, billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars are pouring into the coffers of the Department of Defense every year.

Manipulations Rule The Markets

By Paul Craig Roberts

US capital markets are so manipulated, and now by the authorities themselves, that manipulation cannot stop without a crash.

West, Saudi Arabia Relieved at Death of Al-Majed

By Finian Cunningham

The so-called *war on terror* is just part of the deception to hide the real involvement of these governments in waging state terrorism for their geopolitical ends by using the very same groups they are supposed to be fighting against.

What Century Are We Living In? What Millennium? What World?

By William Blum

It would, be difficult to name a single brutal dictatorship of the second half of the 20th Century that was not supported by the United States; not only supported, but often put into power.

Saudi Arabia: A Retrograde Rentier Dictatorship and Global Terrorism

By James Petras

The mastermind of the Saudi terror network is Bandar bin Sultan, who has longstanding and deep ties to high level US political, military and intelligence officials.

The Empire Feeds Off Of The Republic

Audio and Transcript

What the military industrial complex in the US learned from Yugoslavia was that they could fight an entire war and not lose a single soldier.

70 Years of Foreign Troops in UK? We Should Close The Bases

By Seumas Milne

US forces in Britain aren t defending the country but lock it into an empire in decline. It s past time for some independence.

This Independence Day, America Again Has a Monarch

By Andrew Napolitano

We have gone from an inherited tyrant to an elected one.


The USG Colossus Is a Double-Edged Sword

War, Empire, and the Military

Oppose the Saudi-Israeli Cabal

Thoughts on Economics, Empires and Their Sophists


Saudi influence downplayed or omitted to help manufacture consent


America in decline

The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman


I have always held that if there s one thing that proves America s superiority to all other nations, it s the quality of our television. Sure, other countries might be able to put together a 'Borgen' or 'The Returned' now and again, but nobody can match the good old U.S. of A. for our sheer quantity of top-shelf, high-production-value programming. Others might find proof of America s dominance not in our cultural hegemony but in our military hegemony. ... But if that s your measure of American greatness, you might want to sit down...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Whales off Virginia Coast Threatened by Seismic Airguns, According to New Data

Sea Shepherd Captures Video of 'Illegal' Japanese Whale Slaughter

Obama Wrongs the Bill of Rights

There s an Alarming Number of Deaths in US Jails

LA Jail System Causing 'Horrendous Damage to our Loved Ones and our Communities'


The Incredible, Shrinking Presidency of Barack Obama

By Mike Whitney

Barack Obama now ranks among the least popular presidents in the last century. In fact, his approval rating is lower than Bush s was in his fifth year in office.

The Race War of Drug Prohibition

Video Interview

Noam Chomsky speaks about the race war of drug prohibition, the prison-industrial complex, the erosion of civil liberties under Barack Obama, moral inconsistencies within government.

USA: Number of Prisoners Now Exceeds High School Teachers and Engineers

If sitting in a prison cell was a job, it would be one of the most common jobs in the United States. In 2012, there were some 1,570,000 inmates in state and federal prisons in the U.S., according to data from the Justice Department.

Georgia cop fatally shoots teen boy who was holding a Wii video game controller

A family in Georgia said this week that a police officer should never have killed 17-year-old Christopher Roupe because he was only holding a video game controller. Roupe had been shot to death on Friday when Euharlee officers showed up at his home to serve a probation violation warrant on his father.

California cops Taser deaf man, beat him into unconsciousness as he tries to use sign language: lawsuit

Jonathan Meister claims police investigating a burglary in Hawthorne, Calif., mistook his efforts to communicate as aggressive hand signals, so they hit him with a stun gun and beat him.

Elderly Woman With Dementia Jailed For Feeding Crows: Attorney

Mary Musselman was arrested on Monday for allegedly leaving bread outside her home in central Florida to feed the birds.

Cops Who Killed Suicidal Man Granted Immunity

New Orleans police officers who shot and killed a suicidal man holding a knife had reason to fear for their safety and are entitled to qualified immunity, the 5th Circuit ruled.

Ohio Student Expelled, Arrested, Spent 13 Days In Jail...After A Small Pocketknife Is Found In His Locked Car Trunk By School Officials

That s right, in the latest example of the insane application of zero tolerance rules, the school officials called police after searching the trunk of a locked car to find a pocket knife used by a senior in his work as a EMT.

Man arrested after drinking iced tea in public must take deal or go to trial

A man drinking canned iced tea in a parking lot was accosted by a plainclothes beverage cop who demanded to inspect his drink. He was placed in handcuffs and arrested. Even though the man was innocent and was only drinking tea, prosecutors are still trying to set him up with probation and community service.

'Gun' Tattoo Mistakenly Brings Heavily Armed Police To Maine Man's Home

Police armed with assault rifles descended on a Maine man s home after members of a tree removal crew he'd told to clear off his property reported that he had a gun. Turns out the *gun* the tree crew had seen on Michael Smith of Norridgewock was just a life-sized tattoo of a handgun on his stomach.

Cops or Soldiers? America s Police Have Become Too Militarised


FROM the way police entered the house- knocking down the door with a battering ram and rushing inside-you might think they were raiding a den of armed criminals.

Enough! Say Students Tasered in School

Syracuse irresponsibly lets its police officers use Tasers in public schools, leading to excessive force and injuries, two former high school students claim in Federal Court.

Police kill homeless man

The 38-year-old homeless man, whose illegal camping in the foothills had drawn Albuquerque police, told officers on Sunday that he was ready to walk off the mountain. Instead, he was carried off, fatally wounded after officers opened fire.

U.S. Marshals Shoot Unarmed Man then Seize Cameras from Witnesses


Federal agents got into the act by opening fire on an unarmed man Tuesday morning, then seizing cameras from witnesses.

Woman killed during D.C. chase was shot five times from behind, autopsy shows

An autopsy report, made public six months after Miriam Carey was shot dead after leading Washington police on a car chase from the White House to the Capitol, revealed that the 34-year-old woman was struck by five bullets from behind.

Feds Taser Pro-Nevada Rancher Protester During Clash

By Becket Adams

Last rancher in south Nevada takes on 200 armed federal agents and snipers trying to confiscate cattle from his ancestral land in constitutional dispute over a rare TORTOISE.

LA County Sheriff s Dept. fatally shoots aspiring TV producer helping hostages

The Los Angeles County Sheriff s Department has admitted its deputies fatally shot an innocent man escaping a hostage situation in West Hollywood.

Man calls to report a burglary, deputy arrives and shoots his dog in the head

*Serve and Protect? More like Invade and Attack,* said the homeowner.

From Information Clearing House


In America, Innocent Until Proven Guilty? Not for Most People Who Are Stuck in Jail

April M. Short, AlterNet: Most people in jail in the U.S. have not been convicted of any crime. That is unless poverty can be considered an automatic-lockup offense.

Jersey City Man Shot in the Face and Blinded by Police Faces 30 Years in Prison

Rania Khalek, Truthout: The story of 18-year-old Kwadir Felton, shot in the face and blinded by Jersey City, New Jersey, Police Sergeant Thomas McVicar, then convicted of aggravated assault of an officer, repeats a too-familiar pattern: Victims of police violence are further punished by the criminal justice system.

Weaponized Cops and the Future of Freedom

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: It is hard to avoid the feeling that the tremendous arming of the police is inspired by the fear of unrest looming over the horizon, of rising seas, rising inequality, and the rising sentiment that just because it s been like this for a really long time doesn t mean it's supposed to be like this. It isn t.


Obama vs. the Constitution

Heartland Institute
by Edmund Contoski


'If you like your health plan, you can keep it,' is the Lie of the Year, according to PolitiFact. But Barack Obama has been operating under an even more momentous lie for his entire presidency, from the day he took the oath of office. With that oath, he swore to 'faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.' The Constitution states the president 'shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.' This is a duty, not a discretionary power...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Communities Grow Weary of Militarized Police

Why Are Americans Paying to Be Searched, Spied On, Shot At and Robbed Blind by the Government?

Family Terrorized by Taser-Wielding, Tire-Slashing Border Agents

A dozen wedding guests were beaten, tased, pepper sprayed, and arrested

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