Freitag, 20. Dezember 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.

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


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

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.

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.


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

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


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.


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.


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

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