Donnerstag, 30. Mai 2013

Afghanistan: Is It Really the End Game?


Six Afghan civilians killed, 12 injured in US-led air strike

Afghan security sources said four women and a child were among those killed. More than twelve others were reportedly injured. The US-led NATO forces targeted on Thursday an area in northeastern Kapisa Province.

Two killed in Afghanistan as hundreds protest over US 'torture'

Hundreds of Afghans blocked a major motorway south of Kabul carrying freshly dug-up bodies they claimed were victims of torture by US special forces and demanding the Americans be arrested, officials said.

Afghan Massacre: The Convoy of Death

Video Documentary

Taliban prisoners of war suffocated in containers, shot in the desert under the watch of American troops. No U.S. media outlet had broadcast the film.

Four Years Ago Obama Promised to Investigate Afghan Massacre; Has Anything Happened Since?

By Cora Currier

Survivors and other witnesses, were stuffed into shipping containers without food or water. Many died of suffocation. Others were allegedly killed when Dostum s men shot at the containers.

Afghan arrest puts spotlight on US special forces

AN AFGHAN army colonel has been arrested for illegally handing prisoners to a man working with a US special forces team that was accused of torture and killings in the country s Wardak province.

US Kills 3 Civilians In Afghanistan

According to local authorities in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, at least three civilians were killed following a drone strike in this province.

US-led air raids kill 2 children in northeast Afghanistan

Local security officials say the airstrikes happened at 9 AM local time in two villages in Badakhshan Province. Sources say several civilians, including women and children were also injured in the attacks.

From Information Clearing House


Four Years Ago Obama Promised to Investigate Afghan Massacre; Has Anything Happened Since?

Cora Currier, ProPublica: In his first year in office, President Obama pledged to ''collect the facts'' on the death of hundreds, possibly thousands, of Taliban prisoners of war at the hands of US-allied Afghan forces in late 2001. Four years later, there?s no sign of progress.

Good-Bye Dubai? Bombing Iran s Nuclear Facilities Would Leave the Entire Gulf States Region Virtually Uninhabitable


''Iran and American Foreign Policy: Where Did the U.S. Go Wrong?''


Noam Chomsky and Flynt and Hillary Leverett, authors of the controversial ''Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran.''

Israel s Nuke Arsenal Off-Limits

By Robert Parry

Netanyahu went on American TV and threatened war on Iran for its alleged pursuit of a nuclear weapon, while being spared any inconvenient questions about Israel s very real. and rogue, nuclear arsenal.

From Information Clearing House

An Assault on Freedom of the Press

Americans Hate Freedom


Will Journalists Take Any Steps to Defend Against Attacks on Press Freedom?

Bleak Future? UK youth lost to austerity fears never finding jobs

Video report

Skyrocketing youth unemployment is becoming the greatest concern for the UK, as well as other European nations. The EU leaders are sounding the alert over the entire generation which they fear will never find jobs

From Information Clearing House

The Monsanto Revolution

By Timothy V. Gatto

The government has acted against the welfare of its own people for the personal gain of a corporation.

Food Justice: Monsanto, Factory Farming, and Beyond

By Mickey Z.

''The earth is not dying. It is being killed, and the people killing it have names and addresses.''


We Can t Let Monsanto Win on Genetically Modified Food

Engineered Trees: ''Disaster for Climate''

Monsanto Trying to Take Over Both Food Supply and Government


The New Farm Bill Shows What s Wrong With US Food

Kristina Chew, Care2: A review of the 2013 farm bill not only makes it clear how small farmers are second-class citizens, but also pushes for chemical sugar substitutes and GMO food and fails to take provisions to prepare American agriculture for climate change.

Doubting Obama s Resolve to Do Right

By Ray McGovern

Those of us who care about the Constitution and rule of law now need to be guided by experience and to stop cutting him still more slack.


Take Obama at his word? Which one and when?

Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff


It seems there are at least two Obamas, one who is wary of press disclosures of any leaks from the White House, and another who supports freedom of the press...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Our Twisted Politics of Grief

By Norman Solomon

A drone s victim never hears the missile that kills him. Overhead are drones named Reaper, shooting missiles named Hellfire. Have the heavens been grabbed by people who think their instruments of death are godly?

At Least 9,900 People killed From Guns In The U.S. Since The Newtown Shooting

This number, says Slate, is a gross underestimate of the actual number of deaths caused by guns in the last 10 months.

From Information Clearing House


The Obama Administration s Drone Policy Is ?Totally Counterproductive?

American Drone War: Murder and Democracy

How Corporations and Law Enforcement Are Spying on Environmentalists

It s the Corporations


Spying on Americans


Secret Court Document Finds Spy Techniques Unconstitutional, Justice Department Fights To Keep It Hidden

The Justice Department may soon be forced to reveal a classified document that details unconstitutional surveillance of American citizens.

If the Government Is Tracking Your Location or Reading Your Email, Would You Ever Know?

These court opinions and filings tell us a great deal about how the government interprets its authority to obtain highly personal information, and the extent to which it interprets the law to avoid informing individuals when they have been spied upon.

Terror Exercises in the New Police State


This LAPD drill, clearly more for show than practice, took place at noon on a Thursday during lunch hour. Thousands were in attendance.

From Information Clearing House


Our Civil Liberties, RIP

The DOJ-FBI Have it Both Ways

GM Salmon Would Wreak Havoc on Natural Ecosystems, Say Researchers

Canadian Approval Puts 'Frankenfish' One Step Closer to Dinner Plate

Despite Ongoing Protest, Obama Resumes Drone Attacks in Pakistan


US Kills 6 People In Pakistan

At least six suspected militants have been killed and three injured in a drone strike in north-western Pakistan, security officials have told the BBC.

Pakistan denounces U.S. drone strike that killed Taliban leader

''The government of Pakistan has expressed serious concerns over the U.S. drone attack that occurred in North Waziristan,'' Pakistan s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

From Information Clearing House


Pakistan: Islamabad summons a top US envoy over deadly drone strike



A top American envoy was summoned by Pakistan s new government to protest a U.S. drone strike that killed at least six militants in the volatile North Waziristan province, the Pakistan government said Saturday. U.S. charge d affaires Richard Hoagland was summoned Friday at the order of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and given a letter of protest, the government said...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Imposing 'No Fly Zone' in Syria Would be 'Act of War' by US


Syria and the Middle East: Our Greatest Miscalculation Since the Rise of Fascism

By Simon Jenkins

There could no more dreadful idea than to pour more armaments into the sectarian war now consuming Syria.

Obama asked Pentagon to prepare Syria no-fly zone plans

If enacted, the no-fly zone would be enforced by the US military with help from France, Great Britain and other allies.

Let s Be Clear: Establishing a 'No-Fly Zone' Is an Act of War

By Conor Friedersdorf

The term is a euphemism that obscures the gravity of what its advocates are suggesting, a U.S. air attack on Syria.

Syria Escalation Poses Growing Risk of Regional War

By Bill Van Auken

The crisis of the so-called rebels and the reversals the Islamist militias have suffered recently in combat with the Syrian army have only served to escalate the US and Western European preparations for direct intervention.

Syrian Rebel Alliance Openly Threatens Ethnic Cleansing

By Alex Newman

The rebel FSA spokesperson said in a TV interview that minority communities would be ''wiped off the map'' if the regime s forces managed to capture the city of Al-Qusair.

Western States Pouring Fuel on The Syrian Crisis

By Finian Cunningham

It should be patently obvious that the murderous rampage against Syrian civilians that is entering its third year could not be sustained if it were not for the relentless Western government and media support.

How We Lost The Syrian Revolution

By Edward Dark

Where did we go wrong? How did a once inspirational and noble popular uprising calling for freedom and basic human rights degenerate into an orgy of bloodthirsty sectarian violence, with depravity unfit for even animals.

John McCain: War Hero Or War Criminal?

By Philip Giraldi

John McCain was awarded an astonishing Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his 22 missions spent bombing mostly civilian targets in North Vietnam.

U.N. investigators say most Syria rebels not seeking democracy

Most Syrian rebel fighters do not want democracy and the country s civil war is producing ever worse atrocities and increasing radicalization, independent U.N. investigators said on Tuesday.

No-fly zone over Syria would constitute 'act of war'

NATO s supreme allied commander: Rather than a quick and relatively painless affair, any effort to dismantle Syria s air defenses as part of enforcing a no-fly zone would be tantamount to a declaration of war, cautioned NATO s new military chief, Gen. Philip Breedlove. ''It is quite frankly an act of war and it is not a trivial matter,'' said Breedlove.

Who Benefits If The Killing In Syria Goes On?

By Patrick Cockburn

This is a cynical but probably correct explanation for why the US, Britain, France and the Sunni monarchies do not want the war to end.

John McCain and the Desperate Flailing of Syrian Oppositionists' External Supporters

By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett

''Did John McCain Provide Material Support for Syrian Terrorists?''

McCain Excuses Syrian Rebel War Crimes, Suggests He d Tolerate Extremist Takeover Of Syria

By Ben Armbruster

It appears that McCain will overlook pretty much any consequence - rebel atrocities and extremists taking over, to get what he wants in Syria.

Head of Syrian Jihadists: We Support an Islamic Caliphate

The leader of the jihadist Al-Nusra Front has declared that his group is in favor of establishing an Islamic caliphate in Syria.

From Information Clearing House


Why John McCain Wants To Aid Syrian Terrorists


John McCain cuddles up to Syrian kidnappers
by Justin Raimondo


A United States Senator and self-proclaimed 'freedom fighter' stands beside self-proclaimed jihadists who boast about how many Americans they killed in Iraq. Does it get any more bizarre than that? Welcome to Bizarro World, where up is down, Islamist fanatics are fighters for 'democracy,' and a prominent public figure argues we ought to give arms to people who not only want to kill Americans but have already killed a number of them...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Afghans 'unlawfully held' by UK forces at Camp Bastion - Britischer Verteidigungsminister bestätigt Existenz von Geheimgefängnis

Knapp 90 Menschen werden in einem afghanischen Geheim-Guantánamo Bay ohne Anklage festgehalten.


Afghans 'unlawfully held' by UK forces at Camp Bastion

UK lawyers acting for eight of the men said their clients had been held for up to 14 months without charge.

The Inside Story Of The Hunger Strike And Force-Feeding At Guantanamo

''The international community, including the United Nations, unanimously agree that the Conventions are being violated daily in Guantanamo.''

Guantanamo hunger strikers face off with US military

For more than three months, the US military has faced off with defiant prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, strapping down as many as 44 each day to feed them a liquid nutrient mix through a nasal tube.

Stop Guantánamo force-feedings

It s right that the international medical community should be outraged by the unethical activities reportedly taking place at the Guantánamo Bay detention centre.

Guantanamo Bay: Stories From Inside the World s Most Infamous Jail

As of Monday, 104 detainees in Camps 5 and 6 were on strike, 44 were being force-fed through tubes and two were hospitalized.

Witness to Guantanamo

The Witness to Guantanamo project is filming in-depth interviews with former detainees and other voices of Guantanamo, and archiving the videos for history.

From Information Clearing House


Close Guantanamo, free the Afghans

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Andy Worthington


In the coverage of the ongoing, prisonwide hunger strike at Guantanamo, which is now in its fourth month, there has been widespread recognition that it is unacceptable to indefinitely detain the 86 prisoners (out of 166 in total) who were cleared for release more than three years ago by the president s own interagency task force. These men are still held because of presidential inertia, congressional obstruction, and the failures of some branches of the U.S. judiciary to uphold justice...

US military admits only 2.5 percent of all prisoners ever held at Guantanamo will be tried

Future of Freedom Foundation


It s official: Eleven and a half years after the 'war on terror' prison opened at Guantanamo, the maximum number of prisoners that the U.S. military intends to prosecute, or has already prosecuted, is 20, or just 2.5 percent of the 779 men held at the prison since it opened in January 2002. The news was announced on Monday, June 10, by Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, the chief prosecutor for the military commissions at Guantanamo, and it is a humiliating climb-down for the authorities...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Gitmo Prisoner: Administration Escalating Brutality Towards Hunger Strikers

Gitmo Detainees: Our 'Inhumane' Force-Feeding Must Stop

What Force-Feeding Looks Like at Obama s Offshore Prison

Guantanamo Hunger-Strikers? Names Censored by US Authorities


No more excuses: Bring Shaker home

Eckart von Klaeden: Von der Bilderberg-Konferenz zur Daimler AG

CDU-Politiker wird Cheflobbyist in Deutschlands großem Autokonzern.

Klaeden und die Kanzlerin

Zwar tritt der CDU-Politiker endlich aus dem Parteipräsidium zurück, was die ihn deckende CDU-Führung aber in Misskredit bringt.


Staatsminister von Klaedens Seitenwechsel zu Daimler inakzeptabel

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