WTF! what country is this?
J’ai dû amputer une partie de mon identité, j’ai dû effacer ce prénom arabe de mes conversations. Dire Mustapha, c’est prendre le risque de voir votre interlocuteur refuser de vous parler. Je me dis parfois que je suis parano, que je me trompe. Mais ça s’est si souvent produit. Full article.
Earlier this year Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films were featured in The Nation, as part of a grass roots movement to educate the public and develop resistance to the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. They produced a documentary called “Rethink Afg…hanistan” and their goal was to do nationwide screenings, start a discussion and get Congress people involved.
The documentary is divided into several sections which focus on: the consequences of military escalation in Afghanistan, its destabilizing effects on Pakistan, the staggering cost of the war, the large number of civilian casualties in the fourth poorest country of the world, and the negative effects of the war on women’s rights and terrorism.
“Rethink Afghanistan” will be screened on Friday October 2, at 7:00 pm at RCTV, 21 Gorham Street, Rochester, NY. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. There will be 5 panelists: Dr Aitezaz Ahmed and Mara Ahmed will talk about Pakistan, Mohammad Katawazi and Obaida Omar will discuss Afghanistan and Doug Noble will moderate the discussion. The event is being sponsored by Rochester Against War, Peace Action and Education, and Peace Advocates First Unitarian Church.
Dr. Dahlia Wasfi put her medical career on hold to visit with family members in Iraq, and returned from a three-month stay in Basrah and Baghdad. Dr. Wasfi described her experience in Iraq and discussed the life of Iraqis under occupation on April 27, 2006 in Washington, DC.
katha pollitt on nicholas kristof and sheryl wudunn’s book, half the sky: “If women’s equality is the great cause of our time – and I hope it is – we’ll get further by acknowledging it as a challenge no country has yet fully met rather than by framing it as a Western crusade.” Full article.
The cold fact is that there were no Iraqis or Afghans on the planes that were hijacked on Sept. 11, yet hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans are dead because of the U.S. invasion. Millions more live as refugees. Afghanistan, according to the Bush administration and the Pentagon, was to serve as the military pivot for policing U.S. interests. Huge forward bases for the Pentagon throughout the country would change the relationship of forces in Central Asia. Full article.
The raid comes after it was revealed that the Interior Ministry had issued licences of highly sophisticated assault rifles to Inter Risk. US Ambassador Anne Patterson had held meetings with the Prime Minister and the Interior Minister for approval of the licenses. Although the weapons are owned by the US embassy, they are to be carried by Inter Risk personnel. The security firm Inter Risk had signed a contract with the US embassy in April to provide security to American employees of the US embassy in Pakistan. Full article.
Pulling his shirt up, Hasan reveals torture marks that remain visible after four years. His front teeth are missing due to heavy beating and he informs that his left hand remains numb. ‘They kept asking me, what do you know about the 9/11 attackers? Who do you know in Al Qaeda? How much money did you send to the terrorists? What are your plans for bombing the nuclear plants in the US?’ Hasan also recalls being chastised for marrying a white woman and being told by a federal agent that he would ‘make a career’ on Hasan’s case. ‘I kept pleading with them that you’ve got the wrong guy, but they never stopped,’ he adds. Full article.
I am free. But my country is still a prisoner of war. There has been a lot of talk about the action and about the person who took it, and about the hero and the heroic act, and the symbol and the symbolic act. But, simply, I answer: what compel…led me to act is the injustice that befell my people, and how the occupation wanted to humiliate my homeland by putting it under its boot. Full article.
US troops broke down doors and tied up visitors and hospital staff. Impeding operations at medical facilities in Afghanistan directly violate the Fourth Geneva Convention, which strictly forbids attacks on emergency vehicles and the obstruction of medical operations during wartime. Full article.
a pakistani student, sarmad khurram, refused to accept an award from american ambassador ann patterson as a protest against u.s. air strikes inside pakistan which result in large numbers of civilian deaths. this was back in 2008. now if only zardari had the same courage…
“It’s Constitution Day in the US today, marking the 222nd anniversary of the day that the members of the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. And yet I almost missed it, so low was it on the US media’s radar. Is this confirmation that the shredding of the Constitution under the Bush adminstration was so successful that it is now some sort of museum piece?” Andy Worthington
It’s now apparent that the biggest sham in American politics is Barack Obama’s pledge to close Guantanamo and, more generally, to dismantle the Bush/Cheney approach to detaining accused Terrorists. In August, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Boumediene v. Bush that Guantanamo detainees — people abducted from around the world and shipped to our prison in Cuba — have the constitutional right to habeas corpus (a court review of their imprisonment). Yesterday, the Obama DOJ — as expected — filed a legal brief which adopted the arguments originally made by the Bush DOJ to insist that detainees whom they abduct from around the world and then ship to Bagram (rather than Guantanamo) lack any constitutional rights whatsoever, including habeas review. Full article.
Ten infantrymen in his brigade have been arrested and accused of murder, attempted murder or manslaughter since 2006. Others have committed or attempted suicide. What is happening to the 4th Infantry Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team is true of literally hundreds of thousands of veterans across the US. There are numerous instances of veterans attempting to kill themselves after they return from their deployments. Some of these incidents seem to be an effort to avoid redeployment. Many more look like desperate bids to stop, once and for all, the internal pain that many veterans experience. Full article.
In many ways Afghanistan is worse than Vietnam. So, it is increasingly hard to fathom why a seemingly intelligent American administration seems determined to hitch itself to this disaster in the making. Full article.