Montag, 25. Februar 2013

Waterboarding Americans and the Redefinition of Torture

Nick Turse, TomDispatch: A look at the history of waterboarding in the American military and its impact on how we view torture today.


Waterboarding Is A Big Joke At Cheney Roast

By Ben Smith

Senator Joe Lieberman "said something to the effect that it s nice that we are all here at the Plaza instead of in cages after some war crimes trial"...


Mexican Farmers Protest the Entrance of GMO Corn

Andalusia Knoll and Cristian Lusgado, The Real News Network: Thousands across Mexico demand their government reject permits for GMO corn while Monsanto defends its patent on life in the US Supreme Court.

Karzai, Citing Abuse, Orders US Units Out of Afghan Province

Hashmat Baktash and Shashank Bengali, McClatchy Tribune Agency: New allegations from Afghan President Hamid Karzai accuse US troops of torturing and abducting civilians.

We Are Those Two Afghan Children, Killed by NATO While Tending Their Cattle

Staff, Voices for Creative Nonviolence: Two young Afghan boys herding cattle in Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan were mistakenly killed by NATO forces on March 2nd. They were seven and eight years old.

SOF Troops Still in Wardak as Joint US-Afghan Probe Continues

Shah Noori and Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service: Two weeks after Afghan President Hamid Karzai demanded the withdrawal of all US. Special Operations Forces, American military presence is still active.


Afghan governor details alleged abuse by U.S. Special Operations forces

Karzai on Sunday stunned the International Security Assistance Force, as the coalition of foreign forces is known, by ordering all U.S. Special Operations forces to leave Wardak in two weeks, based on allegations that they had been involved in the torture and murder of ''innocent people.''

Afghans demand inquiry into US special forces


The US special forces, and Afghans working with them, have been accused of torture, theft and even murder in the province directly west of Kabul.

US ordered to hand over Afghan militia

President Hamid Karzai yesterday gave US-led foreign forces three months to transfer control over armed Afghan militias to his government, following allegations of abuses by the militiamen.

General Says 20,000 Troops Should Continue Afghan Occupation

Gen. James N. Mattis of the Central Command, revealed his recommendation during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he also said that a NATO contribution to an ''enduring mission'' in Afghanistan could equal half of the American deployment.

Karzai accuses US and Taliban of double speak

The bombings, which the Taliban claimed responsibility for, ''were not to show [Taliban] prowess to the United States. They were in the service of the United States. They were in the service of the rhetoric of '2014'. It was meant to scare us, [to show] if they [foreign forces] are not here, 'we will not leave you alone''', Karzai said.

US dismisses Karzai s accusations of Taliban terror collusion

The US has denied that it is collaborating with Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan to prolong the stay of its forces beyond next year, refuting an accusation made by President Hamid Karzai in the wake of a series of suicide bombings.

Afghan villagers threaten uprising if US special forces don t leave

Despite Karzai s orders, the American special operations forces remain in the province where dozens of villagers accuse them and their Afghan partners of intimidation through unprovoked beatings, mass arrests and forced detentions.

Massive Afghan rally demands US troops withdrawal from Wardak province


Hundreds of Afghans have marched to the parliament complex in Kabul demanding the withdrawal of US special troops from the eastern province of Wardak. The demonstrators were infuriated by reports of civilians being tortured and killed.

From Information Clearing House


US Worst Place To Live?


The greatest nation on earth exposed as among the worst in the West...on all life indicators.


America s disappeared

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Andy Worthington


Injustices do not become any less unjust the longer they are unaddressed; and when it comes to the 'war on terror' launched by George W. Bush following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, those injustices continue to fester and to poison America s soul."

The War on Terrorism, the Constitution and civil liberties

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman and Bruce Fein



Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Windenergie: Projekte werden zurückgestellt

Die Pläne der Bundesregierung, die Energiewende auszubremsen, sorgen für erhebliche Unruhe in der Branche.

Killer Robots Must Be Stopped

Is God Against Drones?


''We prefer to call them killer robots,'' Lethal machines coming of age

''Weapons that on their own can kill, and there would be no human being involved in the decision-making process. When I first learnt about this, I was honestly horrified. the mere thought that human beings would set about creating machines that they can set loose to kill other human beings, I find repulsive.''

From Information Clearing House

Which New War To Fight?

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