Afghanistan & Pakistan

For More Than Ten Years the Richest Country in the World Has Been "At War" With the Poorest Country in the World

Find out more about covert drone warfare and the unjust, immoral occupation of Afghanistan:

Nobel Peace Drones

By Glen Greenwald

 A U.S. drone attack in Pakistan killed 23 people this morning, and this is how The New York Times described that event in its headline and first paragraph:

When I saw that, I was going to ask how the NYT could possibly know that the people whose lives the U.S. just ended were "militants," but then I read further in the article and it said this:  "A government official in North Waziristan told Pakistani reporters that five children and four women were among the 23 who were killed."  So at least 9 of the 23 people we killed -- at least -- were presumably not "militants" at all, but rather innocent civilians (contrast how the NYT characterizes Libya’s attacks in its headlines: "Qaddafi Troops Fire Cluster Bombs Into Civilian Areas").

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Listen to Malalai Joya on War, Occupation and Women in Afghanistan

Malalai JoyaMalalai Joya, Afghan women's and democracy activist and author of A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice, talks about her work and the prospects for peace in Afghanistan on The Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC Radio: April 18, 2011). 

Anatomy of an Afghan War Tragedy

Predator Attack

By David S. Cloud

Nearly three miles above the rugged hills of central Afghanistan, American eyes silently tracked two SUVs and a pickup truck as they snaked down a dirt road in the pre-dawn darkness.

The vehicles, packed with people, were 3 1/2 miles from a dozen U.S. special operations soldiers, who had been dropped into the area hours earlier to root out insurgents. The convoy was closing in on them.

At 6:15 a.m., just before the sun crested the mountains, the convoy halted.

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Kill Team: The Bigger Picture

Kill Team By Josh Steiber

One year ago, Wikileaks’ “Collateral Murder video1 created outrage over the actions of U.S. soldiers in Baghdad, including the platoon I deployed with. If that grisly video didn’t stop you in your tracks, the photographs and report on the “Kill Team,” released by Rolling Stone should be the wake-up call for truly examining what is being done in our name.2

Before making connections between the two events, it is important to note that I am not making a moral equivalency. Though innocent civilians were killed during the “Collateral Murder” incident, it did occur after a firefight, weapons were found on some of the bodies, and it was not premeditated. In contrast, the “Kill Team’s” murders were preplanned and carried out with no threat, and body parts of the slain were sadistically taken as trophies. That is not a moral excuse for the “Collateral Murder” case, but to evaluate the implications of both events, the context must be presented.

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Could this be the Abu Ghraib Scandal of the U.S. War on Afghanistan?

Rolling Stone's Collection:

The War Crime Images Censored by the Pentagon

Kill Team

A disturbing look at the photos collected by the kill team in Afghanistan – and widely shared among U.S. soldiers as a war souvenir

By Debra Sweet 

Could this be the Abu Ghraib Scandal of the U.S. War on Afghanistan? The Guardian reported last week on the first photos to be released from the group of 4,000 related to the "Kill Team" in Afghanistan now on trial by the Army, for murdering Afghan civilians under cover of war.

The US ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, recently confided to officials that he feared it might trigger the same kind of scandal as that at Abu Ghraib in Iraq, where images of prisoners being abused by US soldiers sparked anti-American protests.  For weeks the US government has been working to pre-empt any outrage, with top officials, including the US vice president Joe Biden, in talks with Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president.


Now, the Rolling Stone in The Kill Team has more photos.

Guardian UK: U.S. Soldiers Pose for Photos with Murdered Afghans.

U.S. Soldiers Pose for Photos with Murdered Afghans

By Jon Boone, in the Guardian UK  

The face of Jeremy Morlock, a young US soldier, grins at the camera, his hand holding up the head of the dead and bloodied youth he and his colleagues have just killed in an act military prosecutors say was premeditated murder.

Moments before the picture was taken in January last year, the unsuspecting victim had been waved over by a group of US soldiers who had driven to his village in Kandahar province in one of their armoured Stryker tanks.

According to testimony collected by Der Spiegel magazine the boy had, as a matter of routine, lifted up his shirt to reveal that he was not hiding a suicide bomb vest.

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Global Day of Listening

Global Day of Listening
"live without wars"
March 19-21*, 2011

Global Day of Listening

Listen to what it is like to live in war-torn countries &
about the wish to live without wars. 
You are encouraged to ask questions
and join the discussion.

Inspired by the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers,
Afghans For Peace, and the
Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project.

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Talk with ordinary people  from Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Yemen, and countries on every continent.
Find out more at globaldayoflistening.org

US Government Denies Entry Visa to Afghan Women’s Rights Activist and Author Malalai Joya

Malalai JoyaPress Release:

CONTACT: Rights Activists

Sonali Kolhatkar (626-676-7884), Prachi Patankar (917-415-0659), or Natalie Reyes (562) 319-3046)

NATIONWIDE - March 17 - The United States has denied a travel visa to Malalai Joya, an acclaimed women’s rights activist and former member of Afghanistan’s parliament. Ms. Joya, who was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2010, was set to begin a three-week US tour to promote an updated edition of her memoir, A Woman Among Warlords, published by Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

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Gates Announces Extended U.S. Occupation in Afghanistan

Gates has made it clear that the presence of U.S. troops will continue for years, if not forever.

By Kenneth J. Theisen

U.S. Secretary of War Robert Gates arrived in Afghanistan on Monday March 7th for a two day unannounced visit. He immediately stated that the U.S. and its puppet Afghan government have agreed to extend U.S. military involvement beyond the previously announced plan to end U.S. combat operations in 2014. This should come as no surprise to any of our readers.

Gates made his announcement at the huge Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. He said, "Obviously it would be a small fraction of the presence that we have today, but I think we're willing to do that. My sense is, they [Afghan officials] are interested in having us do that."

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Davis Arrest Throws US Undercover Campaign in Pakistan Into Disarray

US bluster, and some clumsy efforts to forge records that would purport to show Davis had diplomatic immunity--all widely exposed in the Pakistani media--have only served to further stoke public outrage.

By Dave Lindorff

The ongoing case of Raymond Davis, the CIA contractor facing murder charges in Lahore for the execution-style slaying of two apparent agents of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, is apparently leading to a roll-back of America’s espionage and Special Operations activities in Pakistan.

A few days ago, Pakistan’s Interior Department, which is reportedly conducting a careful review of the hundreds of private US contractors who flooded into Pakistan over the last two years, many with “diplomatic passports,” and many others, like Davis, linked to shady “security” firms, arrested an American security contractor named Aaron DeHaven, a Virginia native who claims to work for a company called Catalyst Services LLC.

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