Émission de radio L'Autre Monde

Émission de radio L'Autre Monde

mercredi 8 juillet 2009

L'Autre Monde 9 juillet 2009: Les blogueurs et le Moyen-Orient sous attaques


L'Autre Monde 9 juillet 2009: Les blogueurs et le Moyen-Orient sous attaques

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L'Autre Monde 9 juillet 2009

60 min / Radio de l'UQAM, CHOQ FM

Émission du 9 juillet 2009:

Les grands médias commencent à attaquer sérieusement les blogueurs et la blogosphère. Nous parlons de torture, de coups d'État organisés par les puissances occidentales comme la CIA et des relations avec ce qui s'est passé en Iran et au Honduras. Quelques nouvelles sur le plan de l'économie aussi.

La deuxième moitié de l'émission traite du Moyen-Orient, particulièrement de l'Irak et du faux retrait des troupes américaines ainsi que de la tragédie de l'Afghanistan aux mains des occupants militaires.

Soyez au rendez-vous les jeudis à 11h sur les ondes de CHOQ FM!

Diffusion en direct : Jeudi à 11:00h
Animation : François Marginean
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***Hyperliens vers les sources des informations discutées sur l'émission d'aujourd'hui:

Most complete Earth map published

The US and Japan have published the most complete terrain map of the surface of the Earth, covering 99% of the planet's face.

The ASTER Global Digital Elevation Map includes 1.3 million images taken by Japan's Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (Aster) aboard the earth-monitoring Terra satellite.

Madoff Faces Harsher Imprisonment Than Corporate Predecessors

Bernard Madoff, sentenced to a prison term six times longer than those given the chief executives of WorldCom Inc. and Enron Corp., will likely serve his time in a harsher prison than those white-collar inmates.

Sentenced to 150 years, Madoff will probably be sent to a medium- or high-security prison, probably in the northeastern U.S, according to lawyers and prison consultants. Even worse for Madoff, fellow inmates serving life sentences may want “to make a name for themselves” by harming the ex-money manager, a former inmate said. The Federal Bureau of Prisons, which will decide where he’s jailed, may isolate Madoff to protect him from other prisoners.

Webmaster's Commentary:

"Yeah, "isolate", as in "nobody gets to see if he is really there or not."

But let us assume Bernie does wind up in a 6 by 9 with a romm-mate named "Bubba" who says "You MY bitch, now!" That is all well and good for the man who cheated Americans out of $65 billion, but what about the men and women who lied this nation into a pointless war of conquest to steal Iraq from its rightful owners?

What kind of a moral lesson do we give the children when super-criminals like these remain free?

Gannett Laying Off 1,000 as Ad Sales Slide

Gannett, which owns top-selling newspaper USA Today, is laying off more than 1,000 staff to try and combat persistent declines in revenue, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

Inflamed CNBC host calls bloggers ‘digital dickweeds’

Television is a place of maturity and thought. The blogosphere is a place of dickweeds.

That’s according to CNBC host Dennis Kneale, who’s declared the recession over, and went postal on critical financial bloggers Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary:

That's MISTER digital dickweed to you, asshole!

Murdoch CEO Labels Bloggers “Political Extremists”

A stinging attack by John Hartigan, the CEO of Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited, labels bloggers and alternative media outlets as “political extremists”. Hartigan implies that bloggers should be jailed as they are in oppressive police states like China and Burma.

As blogger Darryl Mason writes today, “John Hartigan is full of shit. Bloggers have gone to jail for their work, and to protect their sources, in North Korea, Iran, Egypt, the list of countries persecuting bloggers grows longer by the week. And the CEO of Australia’s biggest news corporation doesn’t know this?”

The jailing of bloggers for speaking too much truth is obviously not the kind of news that John Hartigan, a Rupert Murdoch CEO, is interested in. How could he not know about those jailing and prosecutions.

Remember those words. “Political extremism”.

You will hear that call more and more as the major news corporations scale up their war against independent media, and bloggers.

The source of the establishment’s move to claim that bloggers and alternative media outlets are “extremists” or at worst “terrorists,” as we first reported in September 2006, was a White House strategy document that the government had been following since 9/11.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Yeah, we bloggers believe in things like the truth, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights!

CNBC calls us 'Dickweeds', now News Corp calls us 'Political Extremists'; I am feeling VERY unloved right now! :(

Blogs won't beat us: News chief

NEWS LIMITED'S chief executive, John Hartigan, has launched a broadside on bloggers and other online amateurs, arguing they are no substitute for professional journalists.

(*His most scathing attack was reserved for bloggers, who, he said, lacked resources and access to key decision-makers.)

Ban Blogs From Linking To Newspapers, Says Judge

Famous and respected New York Judge Richard Posner says maybe we should ban links to save newspapers.

Webmaster's Commentary:

This will backfire. The blogs are driving most of what little readership the newspapers have left. In the age of twitter, the blogs are quite capable of reporting and commenting on what is going on around the world.

And frankly, the blogs would not be such a threat to the newspapers IF THE NEWSPAPERS WOULD STOP LYING TO THE PEOPLE!

Helen Thomas: Not Even Nixon Tried to Control the Media Like Obama

Following a testy exchange during Wednesday’s briefing with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas told CNSNews.com that not even Richard Nixon tried to control the press the way President Obama is trying to control the press.

“Nixon didn’t try to do that,” Thomas said. “They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try.

“What the hell do they think we are, puppets?” Thomas said. “They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them.”

Thomas, 89, has covered the White House during every presidency since John F. Kennedy’s.

U.S. Officials: Iran Opposition Leader's Web Site Shut Down, Supporters 'Tortured' Into Confessions

They also noted reports on Iranian Web sites alleging that jailed Mousavi supporters have been tortured in an attempt to force them into TV "confessions" of a foreign-led plot against the Islamic regime.

Webmaster's Commentary:

So ... now torture is a BAd thing???

Will you clowns make up your @#%ing mind?!?!?

Honduras-The CIA Never Quits

The United States has a long history of interference in Latin America and the recent coup in Honduras may be part of that.

Webmaster's Commentary:

If so, the CIA is 0 for 2 because the latest report is that the coup in Honduras has stalled and the President is planning his return.

US Govt. Confirms It Knew Coup Was Coming

A New York Times article has just confirmed that the US Government has been "working for several days" with the coup planners in Honduras to halt the illegal overthrow of President Zelaya. While this may indicate nobility on behalf of the Obama Administration, had they merely told the coupsters that the US Government would CUT OFF all economic aid and blockade Honduras in the event of a coup, it's almost a 100% guarantee that the military and right wing parties and business groups involved in the coup would not have gone through with it.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Actually, US claims they were trying to halt the Honduras Coup are along the lines of Obama denying involvement in the Iranian coup then sending the overthrowers a fast $20 million to help them along.

The reason the US wasn't firm with the Honduran coup plotters is that at least two of them, trained at the School of the Americas at Fort Benning, work for the US. The Us was waiting to see if the coup would succeed. When it became clear that it would not, the US covers its tracks by claiming to have opposed the coup all along.

London Cops Waterboard Pot Suspects

They do call it a drug war.

CIA Torture: Prisoner Crucified at Abu Ghraib Prison

Buried in this article by Jane Mayer at The New Yorker is the following statement:
"A forensic examiner found that he (the prisoner) had essentially been crucified; he died from asphyxiation after having been hung by his arms, in a hood, and suffering broken ribs," the magazine’s Jane Mayer writes in the magazine’s June 22nd issue. "Military pathologists classified the case a homicide." The date of the murder was not given.

British Rum Maker Got a $2.7 Billion Payout from TARP

In June 2008, U.S. Virgin Islands Governor John deJongh Jr. agreed to give London-based Diageo Plc billions of dollars in tax incentives to move its production of Captain Morgan rum from one U.S. island -- Puerto Rico -- to another, namely St. Croix.

DeJongh says he had no idea his deal would help make the world’s largest liquor distiller the most unlikely beneficiary of the emergency Troubled Asset Relief Program approved by Congress just four months later.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Unflipping believable; while homeless US Vets sleep in our streets.

Struggling cities cancel Fourth of July fireworks

As the economic crisis has dragged on, city leaders around the country say fireworks are a luxury they can no longer afford. Big and small, urban and rural, the skies will remain dark over at least four dozen communities nationwide come July 4.

$15.3M missing from Royal Canadian Mint

There may have been a massive gold heist at the Royal Canadian Mint, an external audit has found.

The findings of the long-awaited audit, released Monday, conclude that $15.3 million in missing gold is not the result of accounting or bookkeeping errors, raising the distinct possibility it might have been stolen.

Webmaster's Commentary:

That is 1200 pounds of gold. Not something you just put in your pocket and walk out with.

The Total Takeover Of America Enters Its Final Phase

The wholesale looting of America and the transfer of wealth and power over to a private banking elite who are setting up a world government, along with the complete obliteration of any remaining freedom to protest, resist, or even speak out against this agenda, is now entering its final phase as numerous different pieces of the jigsaw puzzle fall into place and portray a clear picture of tyranny.

We are about to sound the death knell for the United States if every one of the following attacks on our liberty, free speech, sovereignty, and right to not be ruled over by an unelected banking dictatorship is not fiercely opposed and crushed.



Secret US-equipped 'Dirty Brigade' in Iraq - an elite American-trained [death squad] - Iraqis call it "the dirty brigade." Its real name is the Counter Terrorism Bureau

U.S. supplied Afghan insurgents for ‘Al Qaeda’ in Iraq

By Wayne Madsen

(WMR) -- WMR has learned from an intelligence source who served in 2007 at the Tallil Air Base in Iraq, also known as Camp Adder by the U.S. Army and Ali Air Base by the U.S. Air Force, that United States intelligence services imported Afghan mercenaries into Iraq in order to attack Iraqi civilians and military personnel, as well as coalition forces, including U.S. service personnel. The Afghans were recruited from Taliban ranks and were paid for their services in Iraq.

Western Governments Funding Taliban & Al-Qaeda To Kill U.S. Troops, Destabilize Countries

Recent revelations concerning the U.S. importing Taliban members into Iraq to foster false flag terrorism is merely the tip of the iceberg when compared to the U.S. intelligence complex’s multi-decade history in sponsoring Sunni Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist groups around the world.

Webmaster's Commentary:

See Fake Al Qaeda

The Truth Behind The Iraq “Sovereignty” Propaganda

The corporate media is getting all giddy and affording blanket coverage to the story of Iraqis who are “regaining their sovereignty” as U.S. troops are pulled out from Iraqi cities. This is of course lurid and baseless propaganda - hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops will remain in Iraq stationed at the dozens of military bases that have been built across the country.

“As of now, there are approximately 130,000 U.S. military personnel in Iraq. Most of the U.S. soldiers that had been deployed in Iraqi cities are being returned to garrison elsewhere in country. The United States Air Force controls Iraq’s airspace. The United States Navy controls Iraq’s territorial waters,” points out the Cryptogon blog.

“Sovereignty: No. Propaganda: Yes.”

US general in Iraq will not say how many troops remain

As US forces completed a withdrawal from Iraqi cities Tuesday six years after the US-led invasion, the top US commander General Ray Odierno refused to spell out how many would be left behind.

Webmaster's Commentary:

The troops are withdrawing from Iraqi cities, but NOT FROM IRAQ!


Brookings Publication mentions possibility of ‘Horrific Provocation’ to Trigger Iran Invasion

Military action. This is as acutely on the mind of the current chickenhawks, as the invasion of Iraq was on that of the neocons in the last couple of decades. Apparently, the authors feel compelled to give a justification for the bravura of their manuscript.

‘We chose to consider this extreme and highly unpopular option partly for the sake of analytical rigor and partly because if Iran responded to a confrontational American policy- such as an airstrike, harsh new sanctions, or efforts to foment regime change- with a major escalation of terrorist attacks (or more dire moves against Israel and other American allies), invasion could become a very “live” option.’

Webmaster's Commentary:

It is always those whose kids are not serving in our military, and who will never see their child come home in a metal box, or maimed for life, who can write about war with such absolute, reckless, and vilely immoral abandon.

And those quotes, indicated above, may well translate into the possibility that the US is thinking about some kind of "false flag", to garner fury and distraction from the American public, and raise international sympathy, toward the end result of a military attack against Iran.

Choosing a color for an over-throw

Talk about deja vu. Was I watching protests in the Ukraine this week? Or Georgia? It certainly looked like it. But, no, it was Iran. I knew because the colour was different.
In Georgia in 2003 the colour was red, or 'rose', and in the Ukraine in 2004 it was orange. In Iran this week, it is green. Apart from that, the same modus operandi was playing out once again orchestrated by the usual suspects hiding in the shadows.

Don't blink, history is in the making again in Iran

You might think the year is 1979. The world watched in amazement — and some horror — as the Iranian Revolution began in earnest. Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi left the country and a mysterious figure, the Ayatollah Khomeini, a stranger to most Westerners, returned to Tehran in a homecoming that attracted millions of Iranians. The average American didn’t place much interest in those events until November 1979, when 52 American were held hostage. The ordeal lasted 444 days and the saga virtually cut Iran off to any American influence.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Media starts to sell a new Shah of Iran!

Former crown prince sees 'revolutionary climate' in Iran

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William O. Beeman says in its quest for regime change in Iran, the United Sates might have "already picked the new rulers of that country".

"The form of government would be a Constitutional Monarchy, with the Head of State being Reza Pahlavi, son of the former Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was deposed in the 1978-79 Islamic revolution, and Sohrab Sobhani as his Prime Minister", Mr. Beeman wrote.

Iran Protest at White House


Webmaster's Commentary:


( http://whatreallyhappened.com/IMAGES/800px-State_Flag_of_Iran_(1964).svg.png )

This particular flag has not been used for 30 years. It is not like they were sitting in a warehouse someplace. SOMEBODY PAID TO HAVE ALL THESE PAHLAVI FLAGS MADE UP FOR THE PROTEST!


A woman wears a mask during a protest in front of the White House

Webmaster's Commentary:

And behind her flies the flag of the Shah!



Mon Jun 22, 2009

Iranian-Americans and supporters protest what they say are crimes against humanity and democracy committed by the government of Iran as it reacts to massive daily protests in the wake of the disputed Iranian presidential election results, on June 21, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Riot police armed with steel clubs fired tear gas to break up an opposition rally in Tehran on Monday.

(AFP/Getty Images/File/David Mcnew)

Webmaster's Commentary:

PEOPLE OF IRAN, You are being used!

This is a repeat of the US-backed overthrow of Iran's elected government in 1953 and the installation of the Shah.

Even if Ahmadinejad is brought down, the media is prepared to destroy Mousavi because of his links to terror attacks against the USA.

That will leave Iran without a clear leader, ready for the USA to install, by force if necessary, the next Shah of the Pahlavi Dynasty.

... and a new SAVAK to keep him there!

Mousavi, Celebrated in Iranian Protests, Was the Butcher of Beirut

He may yet turn out to be the avatar of Iranian democracy, but three decades ago Mir-Hossein Mousavi was waging a terrorist war on the United States that included bloody attacks on the U.S. embassy and Marine Corps barracks in Beirut.


Mon Jun 22, 2009

Demonstrators protest against the election in Iran in front of the White House in Washington June 21, 2009.

REUTERS/Molly Riley

Webmaster's Commentary:

Note the creases in the flag as if just unpacked from the factory that made them.

Remember, this design flag has not been used by Iran for thirty years. So someone had to order them to be manufactured ahead of time for this protest!

Son of Iranian Shah: I know the moment will come when I will return.

I warned you!

Son of shah says protesters defeat could lead to nuclear war

Webmaster's Commentary:

The Shah-in-waiting is getting a LOT of media coverage, isn't he?

Iran ex-monarch's son asks Israel to back rioters

The ousted Shah of Iran Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi's son urges Israel to support post-election riots in Iran to bring down the government of Tehran.

Reza Pahlavi told Maariv that Israel should back up recently sparked riots in Iran following the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the next president of the country.

The very existence of the ruling government in Iran could lead to a nuclear Holocaust, the former crown prince said but warned against an Israeli attack on the country.

Slain Neda is 'one of my daughters', shah's son says

The son of the late shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, was Monday carrying in his breastpocket a photograph of the slain protester known as Neda said to have been killed in the Tehran protests.

"I have added her (Neda) to the list of my daughters. She is now forever in my pocket," Pahlavi told AFP fighting back tears, after calling at a press conference for Western media and governments to stand strongly alongside the protest movement in Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Utterly Shameless Propaganda.

(Suggests who really pulled the trigger on the girl)

CNN: Iranian envoy: CIA involved in Neda's shooting?

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CNN) -- The United States may have been behind the killing of Neda Agha-Soltan, the 26-year-old Iranian woman whose fatal videotaped shooting Saturday made her a symbol of opposition to the June 12 presidential election results, the country's ambassador to Mexico said Thursday.

"This death of Neda is very suspicious," Ambassador Mohammad Hassan Ghadiri said. "My question is, how is it that this Miss Neda is shot from behind, got shot in front of several cameras, and is shot in an area where no significant demonstration was behind held?"

He suggested that the CIA or another intelligence service may have been responsible.

FLASHBACK - Shah of Iran's Heir Plans Overthrow of Regime

Reza Pahlavi, son of the late Shah of Iran, told the editors of HUMAN EVENTS last week that in the next two to three months he hopes to finalize the organization of a movement aimed at overthrowing the Islamic regime in Tehran and replacing it with a democratic government.

He believes the cause is urgent because of the prospect that Iran may soon develop a nuclear weapon or the U.S. may use military force to preempt that. He hopes to offer a way out of this dilemma: a revolution sparked by massive civil disobedience in which the masses in the streets are backed by elements of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

US lawmakers target Iran gasoline imports

Spurred on by post-election turmoil in Iran, a key committee in the US House of Representatives voted Tuesday to target the Islamic republic's gasoline imports and its domestic energy sector.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Again, this is a repeat of the tactics used to overthrow Iran's democratically elected government in 1953. British and American oil interests, outraged at Mossedegh's insistence that the profits from Iran's oil remain with the Iranian people, organized a boycott of Iran's petroleum industry in order to wreck Iran's economy, leading to the overthrow and the installation of the Shah.

Flashback success?: CIA's-backed "soft revolution" agents in Iran

busts another CIA network
TEHRAN, Jan. 19 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iran has broken up a CIA-backed network that sought to carry out a "soft revolution" in Iran through people-to-people contacts.
The Intelligence Ministry official said that $32 million of the $75 million allocated by the U.S. Congress to destabilize Iran was spent on this project.The CIA used institutions such as the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Soros Foundation, AIPAC, and charity organizations and sought the help of William Burns and other people in the United States and agents in the Azerbaijan Republic, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait.
[ Info from torture, good intelligence, rewards, or all?]

Iranian protesters focus rage on British Embassy in Tehran

Students are planning a mass demonstration outside the British Embassy in Tehran today, warning that it could trigger a repeat of 1979, when students stormed the US Embassy and held 52 diplomats hostage for 444 days.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Now, stop and think. These students are supposedly the Mousavi supporters who were protesting/rioting over what they claim to be a stolen election?

Does it make sense that people frustrated with a stolen election would attack the embassy of another country? What does that accomplish ... except to give that country an excuse to send troops in to "save their staffers and families."


Local staff members at the British Embassy in Tehran have been arrested, the Foreign Office in London told CNN Sunday, confirming earlier reports from Iran’s government-backed Press TV.

Press TV said eight staffers had been seized for their role in the unrest following the disputed presidential elections on June 12. The Foreign Office did not confirm the number of people held.

Earlier Sunday the Foreign Office said it had recently “received a number of, sometimes confused, reports that British nationals or others with British connections had been detained. We continue to raise them with the Iranian authorities.”

A spokesman further added: “People with a connection to the UK have been arrested all week.”

Iran starts airforce manoeuvres in Gulf

Iran began three days of airforce exercises on Monday in the Gulf and the Sea of Oman to raise operational and support capability, Iranian media said.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Translation: Iran is telling the US that any attempt to overthrow the existing government will be met with a closing of the Gulf.

Iran says West fuelling anarchy

The Revolutionary Guards said they would not hesitate to confront "illegal" protests by defeated presidential candidates, and warned the West to stop backing "rioters".


Webmaster's Commentary:

The photos of the live Neda is not the same person shown shot to death. In fact, Live Neda is still alive!

NKorea threatens US as world anticipates missile

North Korea accused Washington of seeking to "provoke a second Korean War" as the regime prepared to hold maritime military exercises off the eastern coast. U.S. and regional authorities were watching closely for signs that North Korea might fire short- or mid-range missiles during the June 25 to July 10 timeframe cited in a no-sail ban for military drills sent to Japan's Coast Guard.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Note the disconnect between the headline and the actual statements by North Korea.

Now that the Iranian coup has stumbled, the push is back on to start a war with North Korea.

Iran Had a Democracy Before We Took It Away

Iranians do not need or want us to teach them about liberty and representative government. They have long embodied this struggle. It is we who need to be taught. It was Washington that orchestrated the 1953 coup to topple Iran’s democratically elected government, the first in the Middle East, and install the compliant shah in power.

Britain evacuates families of embassy staff in Iran

Webmaster's Commentary:

The withdrawing of embassy staff is usually what happens right before some huge military action is about to take place in that country.

One has to wonder what the British embassy knows that we do not realize yet here in the US.

Iran 'must free UK embassy staff'

The European Union has demanded the immediate release of Iranian staff at Britain's embassy in Tehran detained on Saturday over post-election unrest.

EU ministers meeting in Greece warned that "harassment or intimidation" of embassy staff would be met with a "strong and collective" response.

Webmaster's Commentary:

In other words, Great Britain left their staff in Iran in the hopes they would be arrested, creating a new "hostage" crisis justifying a military intervention.

If Ahmadinejad is smart, he will declare the entire British Embassy Staff persona non grata and send them back to Great Britain. This is a public slap in the face to Britain (and the US) for attempting an overthrow while removing the excuse for a follow-up invasion.

Iran frees five British embassy staff

Iran has said it has freed five local British embassy staff arrested on accusations of stoking post-election unrest, a move that further threatened tense ties with London and the West.

“Out of nine people arrested, five have been released,” foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi said at a press conference.

Webmaster's Commentary:

One has to wonder if the other 4 remaining in detention will wind up being tried under Iranian law for their alleged offenses, as they themselves are not British, but local nationals who had been working for the British embassy.

Iran releases three more British embassy employees

Tehran still detains one embassy employee for 'significant role' in post-election violence.

'US forces attempt to hijack Iranian oil field'

American forces have attempted to take over an Iranian oil field near the country's western border with Iraq, a security official says.

“US forces backed by tanks entered the Mousian area of the Dehloran County, laying around 100 meters of pipeline in Iranian territory," the source, talking on condition of anonymity, said Monday.

The source added that the pipes, marked with Iraqi flags, were blocked after Iranian forces pushed the “intruders” back across the border.

To provoke a shooting response to manufacture out of it a border armed clash which will be given blaring publicity in America in particular.

No doubt CNN would have been hovering not far away in anticipation, but by their response the Iranians understood that only ostensibly was this an attempt to steal oil and that the larger purpose was, as for a long time, to kick off a major war against Iran in any way that could be devised.

Contrast the media potential here with the negligible media response to the visually huge anti-American rally in Karachi.

Tell me again how Iran threatens the US.


CNN Poll: Americans don't want to intervene in Iran election crisis

WASHINGTON (CNN) A new national poll suggests that that nearly three out of four Americans don't want the U.S. directly intervene in the election crisis in Iran even though most Americans are upset by how the Iranian government has dealt with protests over controversial election results.


NATO data shows Afghanistan violence reaches record levels

Insurgent violence hit record levels in Afghanistan last week, reaching its highest level since 2001 as the commander of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan warned Thursday that he expects "tough months" ahead.

'US strike killed 95 children in Afghanistan'

Afghan officials reveal that 95 children are among the civilians killed in a US-led strike that is surrounded with the controversy over use of white phosphorous.

Afghan lawmaker Obaidullah Helali who headed a delegation investigating the booming in the western province of Farah confirmed the children's massacre on such a large scale.

The delegation also delivered condolence payments to the victims, ordered by President Hamid Karzai.

Nearly 150 civilians were killed last Tuesday when US warplanes dropped bombs on two villages in the Bala Baluk district in the western province of Farah.

Human rights and medical officials also accused the US forces of using flesh-eating chemical white phosphorus during the lethal strikes.

Deadly U.S. Airstrike On Afghan Village

Deadly US air-strike on Afghan village
Channel 4 Video Report
The Afghan government says around 140 villagers were killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan last month, prompting fears that the level of civilian deaths is undermining the United States military campaign. The report by Jonathan Rugman contains scenes which viewers may find distressing.


This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

Posted June 26, 2009

Afghan villagers slain as they took cover

Tears streaming down her face, the Afghan woman sat in a corner of a room with no roof and broken windows, mourning 19 of her closest and dearest relatives. “They were parts of my heart,” she said.

Six weeks after American warplanes bombed her village in Farah province, on Afghanistan’s remote western border, mistakenly killing dozens of innocent women and children, the terror of the moment when the bombs fell and the ground erupted, turning one mud-walled house after another into rubble, still lives in her mind.

Webmaster's Commentary:

This fallout from the continuous indiscriminate killing civilians is going to further poison the minds of Afghans against the US and NATO, and make the Taliban almost look like the good guys.

This is the absolute opposite outcome from what the US and NATO have declared they want to happen.

The answer here is not, nor has it ever been a "military victory". The old Soviet Union tried to pacify this country with 500,000 pairs of boots on the ground, and failed utterly.The total troop strength of the US and NATO is far smaller than that, even with Obama's much-vaunted "surge".

What the Afghan people need is hope, a responsible government which provides for them to some degree, infrastructure, reconstruction, and aid which actually helps the people for which it was intended.

But unless and until the US and NATO can actually come up to the plate on these issues, the military campaign is, for all intents and purposes, doomed.

US military debates release of Afghan air strike probe

The release of a Pentagon investigation into deadly US air strikes in Afghanistan has been delayed amid an internal debate about what details of the report should be revealed, US officials said on Thursday.

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Translation: we are unlikely to ever see any details of these airstrikes revealed.

Were I a betting person, I would bet that we will see an increase in these kinds of strikes, with ever more collateral damage (i.e., the destruction of the lives of innocent civilians), because the Pentagon doesn't know what else to do.

The US is essentially trying to win what is a ground war from the air. We tried that tactic in Viet Nam; it didn't work then either.

One would think that the US civilian and military leadership would have learned that lesson, but apparently not.

Unfortunately, that doesn't augur well for the US military campaign in Afghanistan.

The Obama Enigma: Imperial Interventionism and Militarism

Those who thought that the election of Barack Obama as American President would mean a fundamental shift in U.S. foreign policy should have lost their illusions by now. Faces change but the system remains. When you want change, it's necessary to look beyond a single individual and evaluate the team he is working with ...or for. And the Obama team is what can be called a soft neoconservative team, all devoted to maintaining the military-industrial complex, [http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090610/pl_nm/us_arms_boeing] and all sold out with the ideology of permanent wars rather than permanent human progress.

Barack Obama, Murderer and War Criminal-in-Chief

I will be blunt, for certain conclusions are now inescapable, even this early in the miraculous, transcendent Age of Obama. Insofar as those who regularly follow political matters are concerned, and especially with regard to those people who write about politics and foreign policy -- which is to say, insofar as commentators and reporters in the mainstream media and on blogs are concerned -- to continue to believe that Barack Obama represents any kind of "improvement" over the abomination of George W. Bush is not an innocent error. To persist in delusions of this kind requires that one intentionally and deliberately blind oneself to evidence that assaults us every day.

Yet Another Airstrike Tragedy

In Afghanistan, the main gap between word and deed has been civilian casualties caused by airstrikes - something the manuals say should be avoided. However, there's been a long litany of accidents caused by over-zealous force-protection or by information provided by locals with a vendetta that isn't properly vetted. The kind of communal emnity you cause through collateral damage can't be repaired.

You won't see THIS on FOX News: Starving Afghan Family Displaced by US Airstrike


Exclusive footage from the recent US airstrikes in Afghanistan provides a sobering look at the dire situation on the ground. The footage will be incorporated in part four of Brave New Foundation's documentary, "Rethink Afghanistan."


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This is a man who obviously loves his family, which is starving to death after a US airstrike, and he is desperate to find them food and water.

Does this look anything like "victory" to you?!?!?!?

US does not want to keep troops in Afghanistan: Obama

"Make no mistake: we do not want to keep our troops in Afghanistan. We seek no military bases there," he told an audience at Cairo University.

He added the US plans to invest 1.5 billion dollars each year over the next five years in construction and aid money to the displaced in Pakistan, and 2.8 billion dollars to help Afghans develop their economy.

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(Ahem) a small memo to President Obama:

You've just made the statement:

"Make no mistake: we do not want to keep our troops in Afghanistan. We seek no military bases there,"

If this is true, then what the Sam Hill is going on with the massive construction project at Camp Leatherneck?!?

As reported inhttp://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iQsdQAuKzZl3hMgVzG60jVJVgRiQ,
7 May, 2009:

"It's been real busy," said Captain Jeff Boroway from the 25th Naval Construction regiment.

"This place was desert at the end of January. I mean nothing. And now you've got a 443-acre (179-hectare) secure facility," he told reporters.

They are also expanding another US base in the southern city of Kandahar."

Forgive me, Mr. President, but the establishment of 443 acre "secure facility" sounds like the absolute opposite of "we seek no military bases there" to intelligent Afghans.

And that statement about "aid"; if the current plan to pour 4.3 billion billion dollars into the Afghan and Pakistani infrastructure does as well as has previous aid efforts, we might as well just close up shop and go home.

As reported in

in the article by An Jones in January of 2009, she reported:

"Whatever the truth of the matter, in the long run, it's not soldiers but services that count -- electricity, water, food, healthcare, justice and jobs. Had the U.S. delivered the promised services on time, while employing Afghans to rebuild their own country according to their own priorities and under the supervision of their own government -- a mini-Marshall Plan -- they would now be in charge of their own defense. The forces on the other side, which we loosely call the Taliban, would also have lost much of their grounds for complaint."

"Instead, the Bush administration perpetrated a scam. It used the system it set up to dispense reconstruction aid to both the countries it "liberated," Afghanistan and Iraq, to transfer American taxpayer dollars from the national treasury directly into the pockets of private war profiteers. Think of Halliburton, Bechtel and Blackwater in Iraq; Louis Berger Group, Bearing Point and DynCorp International in Afghanistan. They're all in it together"

Unless President Obama is actually able to hold collective corporate feet to the fire in terms of true accountability, the relief/reconstruction effort in Afghanistan is just as doomed to failure as were the relief/reconstruction efforts in Iraq.

And that's pretty ugly.

US to spend $1 billion on embassy expansions in Pakistan, Afghanistan

The US is embarking on a $1 billion crash program to expand its diplomatic presence in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan, another sign that the Obama administration is making a costly, long-term commitment to war-torn South Asia, US officials said Wednesday.

The White House has asked Congress for – and seems likely to receive – $736 million to build a new US embassy in Islamabad, along with permanent housing for US government civilians and new office space in the Pakistani capital.

Other major projects are planned for Kabul, Afghanistan; and for the Pakistani cities of Lahore and Peshawar. In Peshawar, the US government is negotiating the purchase of a five-star hotel that would house a new US consulate.

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Memo to Pakistani Prime Minister Zardari: this may not look like the forward base for an American invasion of Pakistan, but trust me, sir, it is!

And regarding negotiations for a 5-star hotel in Peshawar: didn't "The Pearl", a 5 star hotel in Peshawar, just get bombed this morning?!?!?

New US Commander in Afghanistan Assembles Team of Assassins

Confirmed Wednesday as President Barack Obama’s new commander for the widening war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, General Stanley McChrystal has been given extraordinary powers to assemble his own staff.

According to press reports published Thursday, in forming a permanent war council-dubbed the Afghanistan-Pakistan Coordination Cell-McChrystal is drawing heavily from a super-secret assassination squad that he commanded under the Bush administration.

That unit, the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), was formed in December 1980 in the wake of the military’s abortive operation to free US hostages in Iran. Comprised of the Army’s Delta Force and Navy SEALs, the command directs Special Mission Units that carry out classified operations, often in collaboration with CIA squads.

Pentagon Quietly Sending 1,000 Special Operators to Afghanistan in Strategy Revamp

The Pentagon is sending 1,000 more special operations forces and support staff into Afghanistan to bolster a larger conventional troop buildup, and is revamping the way Army Green Berets and other commandos work to rid villages of the Taliban.

U.S. Marines Launch Major Operation in Afghanistan

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan, July 2 -- Thousands of U.S. Marines descended upon the volatile Helmand River valley in helicopters and armored convoys early Thursday morning, mounting an operation that represents the first large-scale test of the U.S. military's new counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan.

Former White House Lawyer Tells Senate that “Indefinite Detention” Without Trial Is Occurring In Afghanistan and Iraq, As Well As Guantanamo

The "debate on indefinite detention often wrongly focuses on Guantanamo Bay," arguing the practice is "considerably more widespread."

It is a practice Obama "will continue to pursue," in Afghanistan, Iraq, and at Guantanamo, and he noted they have already followed in the Bush administration's footsteps by defending it repeatedly in court, added Klingler.

The "wartime framework underlying [these tactics] have settled well within the mainstream of the American tradition," he said.

US moving to appeal Bagram detention ruling

The Obama administration is moving to appeal a ruling that some detainees at a military air base in Afghanistan can use U.S. civilian courts to challenge their detention.

Democrat warns Obama risks 'future Guantanamos'

US President Barack Obama risks creating "future Guantanamos" by continuing his predecessor's policy of indefinitely holding Al-Qaeda suspects, a prominent Democrat warned on Tuesday.

Senator Russ Feingold said he was "troubled" by Obama's policies, warning the practice of holding some suspected terrorists indefinitely risked being "effectively enshrined as acceptable in our system of justice."

Webmaster's Commentary:

Senator Feingold is absolutely right in what he says, but the problem with "indefinite detention" doesn't end with the scenarios he described.

Obama's security speech in May "...acknowledged for the first time that a legal framework could be established to hold the most dangerous US detainees indefinitely without trial."

But this precedent could very easily be extended to American citizens who are absolutely not terrorists (at best,minor annoyances)for simply having a fundamental disagreement with this government about any issue.

"Indefinite detention" is completely antithetical to the moral values of this country, as enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. It is a very slippery slope from which all American jurisprudence could very well get pushed off a cliff, pulling American justice absolutely back on par with that of the Dark Ages.

US Announces Shift In Afghanistan Drug Policy

The United States has announced a new drug policy for opium-rich Afghanistan, saying it was phasing out funding for eradication programs while significantly increasing its funding for alternate crop and drug interdiction efforts.

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Apparently, those making the huge profits from those opium poppies in Afghanistan have made their voices heard in the halls of power in various world capitals.

That's why we will never see decriminalization of drugs in this country: that would kill the profit from the sale of illegal drugs.

U.S. announces revamp of Afghan drug policy

The U.S. envoy for Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, told The Associated Press that eradication programs weren't working and were only driving farmers into the hands of the Taliban.

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Ummm, Dick? The Taliban execute drug farmers. That is why prior to the US invasion, the opium trade had all but been wiped out in Afghanistan.

And if fighting opium is your goal, WHY ARE US SOLDIERS GUARDING THE POPPY FIELDS!

U.S.-built bridge is windfall ? for illegal Afghan drug trade

In August 2007, the presidents of Afghanistan and Tajikistan walked side by side with the U.S. commerce secretary across a new $37 million concrete bridge that the Army Corps of Engineers designed to link two of Central Asia's poorest countries.

Today, the bridge across the muddy waters of the Panj River is carrying much more than vegetables and timber: It's paved the way for drug traffickers to transport larger loads of Afghan heroin and opium to Central Asia and beyond to Russia and Western Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary:

This is a repeat of Vietnam as well. Money allocated to support drug interdiction was used to construct a highway into the heart of the Golden Triangle, right up to Kuhn Sa's heroin factory. Whereas it had taken Kuhn Sa a week to caravan his heroin to the waiting Air America planes, the highway, funded with US tax dollars, allowed the journey to be made in just a few hours.

CIA and ISI together created Taliban, says Zardari

In a new revelation, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said that the CIA of the United States and his country's ISI together created the Taliban.

Zadari: Osama was an Operator for the United States


May 10, 2009

In the interview here, NBCs David Gregory completely ignores Pakistan president Asif Ali Zadari when he declares that Osama bin Laden was an operator for the United States. Gregory wants to know if Zadari believes Osama is alive. He wants to know why Pakistan has not gone after Bin Laden.

Before everything changed on September 11, 2001, the corporate media published truthful stories about Osama bin Laden and his relationship with the CIA. As his unclassified CIA biography states, bin Laden left Saudi Arabia to fight the Soviet army in Afghanistan after Moscows invasion in 1979. By 1984, he was running a front organization known as Maktab al-Khidamar — the MAK — which funneled money, arms and fighters from the outside world into the Afghan war, Michael Moran wrote for MSNBC on August 24, 1998. What the CIA bio conveniently fails to specify (in its unclassified form, at least) is that the MAK was nurtured by Pakistans state security services, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI, the CIAs primary conduit for conducting the covert war against Moscows occupation.

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Breaking News: Algerian daily confirms Mossad training camps for al-Qaida???

Al-Fayçal summed up the report in a very short and succinct manner: 'Ennahar, the Algerian daily, asserted that the Jewish State is recruiting al-Qaeda Islamists in Europe who originated in the Maghreb (the Maghreb, or the Western part of Africa, is considered to encompass the countries of Morocco, Tunisia, Lybia and Algeria) and providing them with training in Israeli camps, in order to use them in terrorist attacks next summer.

Stanley McChrystal: A History Of Condoning Torture?

As Fred Kaplan noticed, the man Obama has just selected to be his new commander in Afghanistan has a history. It appears to involve some pretty horrifying toleration of rampant abuse and torture of prisoners

Webmaster's Commentary:

Maybe that is why he was selected.

Secret document: Venezuela, Bolivia supplying Iran with uranium

Venezuela and Bolivia are supplying Iran with uranium for its nuclear program, according to a secret Israeli government report.

Webmaster's Commentary:

The Bovine Excrement Meter just resigned and ran out the door.

This is a repeat of the "Yellowcake from Niger" story used to sell war with Iraq.

It's not only a lie, it is the SAME EXACT lie.

There seems to be a lack of real creativity with these people (which may explain why Hollywood puts out so many remakes).

Afghan Official: US Soldier Threw Grenade Into Crowd of Civilians

The head of the provincial council of Afghanistan’s Kunar Province reported today that a US soldier had thrown the hand grenade that struck a crowd of civilians in a bustling market, killing two and injuring 56 others.

The crowd had gathered around a stalled American military vehicle when the grenade hit. The council chief said dozens of civilians had seen the soldier throw the grenade, calling it “a complete cruel crime against civilians.”

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