Posts Tagged ‘GWOT’

Leading into a massive assault on the Kandahar province of Afghanistan, the Obama Administration is ‘winning hearts and minds’ in Afghanistan and Pakistan with increased drone strikes and night raids.

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Jason Leopold, deputy managing editor at Truthout, reports on the U.S. investigation of the kidnapped, rendition and extensive torture of Abu Zubaydeh. He was regarded as a “high-value detainee” of the Bush Administration—a claim which has since been recanted by the government, after submitting him to secret prisons around the world and numerous application of torture as a ‘guinea pig in an experiment’, a former N.S.C. official said.

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Leo Paz reports from an anti-war rally in Los Angeles supported by Iraq Veterans Against the War.

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News and views from around the web posted to the Wonderland Wire:

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Dahr Jamail on how the WikiLeaks video of the New Baghdad Massacre “is not uncommon” through the mouths of “several soldiers who shared equally horrific stories of the slaughtering of innocent Iraqis by U.S. occupation forces”.

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NATO now admits that it was responsible for the deaths of three Afghan women during a night raid in Kabul on 12 February 2010. Jerome Starkey of the London Times reported that the families of the dead civilians told him they felt that their dead bodies had been violated and the troops dug the bullets out of them, bound and gagged the women to make them look like ‘honor killings’ (7:17):

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Kathy Kelly on the Obama Administration’s war crimes in Afghanistan and a ‘pacified’ America.

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News and views from around the web posted to the Wonderland Wire:

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Prof. Noam Chomsky on “Washington Report”, a Pakistani program, expands on how:

  • the so-called ‘War on Terror’ is a literal war of terror from the Reagan Administration’s declaration to the Bush Administration’s ‘re-declaration’;
  • the motivations behind the slogans of ‘hope’ and ‘change’ coming from little more than ‘selling toothpaste and why issues are marginalized in electoral politics;
  • Obama’s continuity of U.S. ‘consistent support of the militarization of Pakistan’ over liberating Pakis to ‘maintain control of the region’ using the Pak government as ‘one of its agents’;
  • Obama’s strategy in expanding the war into Pakistan will obviously radicalize the population;
  • the ‘methods of subversion’ imperial powers are reliant on the submission of occupied populations to deliberately ‘undermine democracy’.

Part One (9:53):

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“The Riz Khan Show” asks: “Is the U.S. weapons industry fueling global instability and sparking another arms race?” (22:29):

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Kevin Carson on the real meaning of ‘casino capitalism’.

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via Russia Today: A vast network of covert C.I.A. facilities appears to be everywhere in the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe. C.I.A. secret prisons were reported to be operating in Poland and Lithuania, and the controversy over this news has divided Europe and triggered a political crisis in several countries. Are the allegations true? (25:15):

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Professor Noam Chomsky answers the ‘top questions’ from reddit.com on cognitive science, the contemporary ‘anarchist movement’, objectives and strategies against tyranny, how the State is eliminating ‘public’ services and enhancing corporate welfare and asks the community a question in closing (31:54):

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