Hamid Gul on Alex Jones Show

August 30, 2010 at 12:10 pm (Economics, Global Issues, Governance, India, Interview, Islam, Pakistan, Politics) (, , , , )

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Down the AfPak Rabbit Hole

March 4, 2010 at 1:12 pm (Global Issues, History, Media, Politics) (, , , )

BY THOMAS H. JOHNSON, M. CHRIS MASON

Source: Foreign Policy Magazine

The release of Tim Burton’s new blockbuster movie, Alice in Wonderland, is days away. The timing could not be more appropriate. Lewis Carroll’s ironically opium-inspired tale of a rational person caught up inside a mad world with its own bizarre but consistent internal (il)logic has now surpassed Vietnam as the best paradigm to understand the war in Afghanistan.

The war in Afghanistan, as we have written here and in Military Review (pdf), is indeed a near replication of the Vietnam War, including the assault on the strategically meaningless village of Marjah, which is itself a perfect re-enactment of Operation Meade River in 1968. But the callous cynicism of this war, which we described here in early December, and the mainstream media’s brainless reporting on it, have descended past these sane parallels. We have now gone down the rabbit hole.

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Captured Jundullah leader confirms US sponsorship of exporting terror is Iran

February 26, 2010 at 5:10 pm (Global Issues, Interview, Pakistan, Politics) (, , , , , )

The captured ringleader of the Jundallah terrorist group, Abdolmalek Rigi, has confessed that the US administration had assured him of unlimited military aid and funding for waging an insurgency against the Islamic Republic of Iran

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Live with Talat -22 Feb 2010

February 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm (Media, Pakistan, Politics) (, , , , , )

The role of Zionist controlled media in forming world opinion, war on Afghanistan, Israel’s hidden hand and Pak-US ties

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Crosstalk on Afghanistan

January 31, 2010 at 1:09 pm (Global Issues, Interview, Politics) (, , )

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US terrorism in Afghanistan

January 31, 2010 at 12:35 pm (Global Issues, Interview, Politics) (, , , )

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A two-front threat emerging for Pakistan

January 21, 2010 at 12:59 am (Pakistan, Politics) (, )

By Shireen Mazari

ISLAMABAD – A nightmare security scenario for Pakistan seems to be emerging – that of a two-front military conflict. Pakistan is already facing an internal militancy aided and abetted from Afghanistan and is threatened with all manner of likely US boots actually coming into Pakistan. Already, the drone attacks on Pakistani soil have increased. For all these reasons, Pakistan has moved a large chunk of its forces away from its Eastern border with India and along the LoC, and moved them to the Western front along the international border with Afghanistan as well as into FATA.
Now India has upped the military ante against Pakistan after meetings between Indian officials and America’s Holbrooke and Gates. Hence we are seeing the unprovoked Indian military firing at Pakistani forces across the international border, the working boundary and across the LoC, which has resulted in death and injury for Pakistani soldiers. What can possibly be the Indian intent at this time to undertake such military adventurism? Had it been given some go-ahead by the Americans.

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Afghanistan’s US sponsored democracy

January 20, 2010 at 11:27 pm (Global Issues, Governance, Politics) (, )

Source: The New York Times

Afghans paid $2.5 billion to bribe public officials over 12 months ending late last year, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said in a report. The report said one person in two had to pay at least one kickback to a public official — whether a police officer, politician, judge or government official, between the fall of 2008 and the fall of 2009. Many paid to cut through red tape or to get help with poor service. Western officials have been urging President Hamid Karzai to crack down on corruption in the government, but they have raised questions over his commitment to do so.

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Blackwater/XE behind terrorist bombings in Asia and Africa?

January 18, 2010 at 3:25 pm (Global Issues, Pakistan, Politics) (, , , , )

By Wayne Madsen

WMR’s intelligence sources in Asia and Europe are reporting that the CIA contractor firm XE Services, formerly Blackwater, has been carrying out “false flag” terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Somalia, the Sinkiang region of China, Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq, in some cases with the assistance of Israeli Mossad and Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) personnel.

Fingers are being pointed at Blackwater/XE and Mossad operatives for the motorbike bomb in Tehran that killed Tehran University nuclear physicist Dr. Moussad Ali-Mohammadi.

On January 12, a bomb attached to a motorbike outside of Ali-Mohammadi’s house went off while the professor was leaving for work. The bomb, which instantly killed pro-reform Ali-Mohammadi, was remotely triggered by a team that was later linked to a U.S.-base group called the Iran Monarchy Association, which favors restoring the son of the late Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi II, to Iran’s “Peacock Throne.” The Iran Monarchy Association is believed to be a CIA front organization.

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Nir Rosen- If you don’t want Muslims to attack you then stop killing them!

January 17, 2010 at 12:10 am (Global Issues, Interview, Islam, Pakistan, Politics) (, , , , )

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Something from Nothing- U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan

January 14, 2010 at 11:55 pm (Global Issues, Politics) (, , , )

By Nir Rosen

The second in a two-part series on counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan. The first is An Ugly Peace.

On July 4, 2009 Team Prowler, American soldiers from the Illinois National Guard, set off to patrol Highway 601, a key road in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. All trade entering the province passed through 601. It was the land supply route for British, American, and Afghan forces, and the “skuff” hall in the British-run base was getting low on food. The Taliban controlled villages along the road. “Nothing out there but the Taliban,” one soldier said. Civilian vehicles avoided 601 because of the roadside bombs, called IEDs.

Team Prowler followed 4,000 U.S. Marines who, a month earlier, launched a “mini-Surge” aimed at taking over Taliban-controlled villages in Helmand, the country’s largest poppy-producing province. Helmand had also seen the most attacks on American, British, and Afghan government troops. The plan called for an “Afghan face,” joining marines with the Afghan Army and Afghan National Police (ANP). The Afghans knew the language and the people, and they could provide intelligence. The marines also hoped that Afghan participation would convince locals that the Americans were fighting on their behalf, that this was not just another foreign occupation.

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An Ugly Peace- What changed in Iraq

January 14, 2010 at 11:53 pm (Global Issues, Politics) (, , , , )

By Nir Rosen

The first of a two-part series on counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan. The second is Something from Nothing.

In December 2008 I flew Royal Jordanian from Amman to Iraq’s southern city of Basra. Because of the Muslim holiday of Eid, embassies were closed; a contact in the British military promised to obtain visas for me and a colleague upon arrival. The Iraqi customs officials were offended that we did not follow procedure, but a letter from the British commander got us in. It might not have been necessary: when the five Iraqi policemen who examined luggage at the exit saw my colleague’s copy of Patrick Cockburn’s excellent book on the Shia cleric Muqtada al Sadr, they turned giddy. One of them kissed the picture of Muqtada’s face on the cover and asked if he could keep the book. It was not their sentiment that surprised me, but rather their comfort expressing it publicly.

Since the occupation began, Muqtada has been the most controversial public figure in Iraq. A populist anti-American leader, he came from a lineage of revolutionary Shia clerics who opposed the Saddam’s regime and who gave voice to Iraq’s poor Shia majority. Capitalizing on his slain father’s network of mosques and the family name, Muqtada and his followers, called Sadrists, seized control of Shia areas in Iraq when Baghdad fell, especially the slums of Basra and the capital. He rallied marginalized Shias against the occupation, its puppet government, and eventually against Sunni extremists as well. His movement provided social services, and his militia, Jeish al Mahdi—the Mahdi Army or JAM—fought the Americans and defended Shias from extremist Sunni terrorism.

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Selective Compassion

January 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm (Global Issues, Politics) (, , )

By Brian Cloughley

“Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for such is the kingdom of God.”

The Bible, Book of Mark, Chapter X, Verse 14

“President Obama abruptly interrupted his golf outing and sped in his motorcade to his vacation compound yesterday after he learned that a child of a friend was injured while playing on the beach.”

The Boston Globe, December 29, 2009

Quite right, too. The incident showed the President of the United States to be a caring person: a civilized man with conventional compassion. He acted as we would expect and wish any of us to behave in such circumstances. “Suffer the little children to come unto me,” indeed, and we should admire his kindness and concern.

Pity he doesn’t give a damn about dead and crippled kids in Afghanistan and Gaza.

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American motives and CIA dishonesty are the primary source of problems in this war

January 14, 2010 at 3:05 pm (Global Issues, Politics) (, , , , , , , )

Image of the beast

By Peter Chamberlin

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Up until now, the United States has been able to exert control over most of the earth just by controlling the narrative that reflects popular opinion about the war on terror. Whatever government spokesmen or reporters have said happened on a particular day, was what really happened; it was validated by popular consent.

The ability to shape people’s thoughts and opinions is a power that every tyrant has dreamed about. Global trust in the good intentions of the people of the United States moves individuals and entire nations to give American leaders the benefit of the doubt, even when common sense cautions against it.

Until fairly recently, popular opinion did not often call into question the American or allied version of events. Widespread civilian “collateral damage” from air strikes and disagreements between the Pakistani and American military have opened the door to questions about the very nature of this war and the leadership, or lack thereof, displayed by Western decision-makers.

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US foriegn policy breeds hatred

January 14, 2010 at 2:56 pm (Global Issues, Politics) (, , , , )

Do they hate us for something other than our freedoms?

By Nick Egnatz

Cartoon - Obama Peace Prize
The Obama administration follows the policy of U.S. Empire by continuing the Iraq war, escalating the Afghan war, increasing drone bombings in Pakistan, starting bombings and military operations in Yemen and Somalia, and building new military bases in Columbia to add to our total of 700-plus military installations overseas. Perhaps it’s time for citizens to question the Empire.

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US pressuring Pakistan on Afghan-India trade

January 14, 2010 at 2:07 am (Economics, Global Issues, India, Politics) (, , , )

Source: Rupeenews.com

The Pakistan answer was NO. What part of NO don’t you understand.

Pakistan is being pressured to allow Afghan-India trade. When the American agriculture secretary came to Islamabad he came ostensibly to help Islamabad improve its agriculture–well now the actual intentions have been laid bare. The US wants to help Bharat (aka India) trade with Afghanistan and beyond. The once totally compliant government of Mr. Asif Zardari has gathered some gumption and is resisting US pressure. The PPPP knows fully well that an obsequious behaviour will confirm certain defeat at the polls. Recenty Mr. Zardari has resurrected Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s slogan–we will fight a thousand years to liberate Kashmir. This from the lips of a man who in the first week of his presidency had said that Pakistanis and Indians should put Kashmir on the back burner and that the next generations should look at Kashmir.

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The Anatomy Of America’s Defeat In Afghanistan

January 14, 2010 at 2:02 am (Global Issues, Politics) (, , )

By Mohammed Daud Miraki

Source: PakAlert

With the long awaited decision by the Obama Administration in regards to the new strategy for Afghanistan, the situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated to the point that the US commanders started using the word ‘defeat’ in their report to Washington. The word defeat has rarely been uttered by military; however, Afghanistan is the exception, where defeat is a realistic outcome. There, defeat is a reality that all invaders have faced since the beginning when Pashtuns have inhabited this region. The Pashtuns’ resistance is one of multiple factors characterizing the Anatomy of US’s Defeat in Afghanistan, where the inevitability of defeat for the US and NATO appears to be a certainty.

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A primer on the war in Afghanistan

January 14, 2010 at 12:22 am (Global Issues, Politics) (, , , )

By John Chuckman

Recently unemployed terrorists, let go without pension

The most fundamental realities of the war in Afghanistan include the following.

The Taleban is not an invading guerrilla force. The word “insurgents” nicely hides the fact that they are natives of the land we have invaded.

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NATO troops shoot protesters in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province- Eight demonstrators killed

January 14, 2010 at 12:08 am (Global Issues, Politics) (, )

Source: Reuters

Civilian deaths and injuries caused by Western and government troops are among the most sensitive issues in Afghanistan and have sparked several demonstrations in recent weeks.

Some 100 to 200 Afghans were invited into a Marine combat outpost to hold a shura — a traditional Afghan meeting — with local Marine commanders, a spokesman for U.S. troops in the area said.

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The Truth Behind Taliban

January 12, 2010 at 6:32 pm (Global Issues, Islam, Politics) (, , , )

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