Rebranding war and occupation

“What I think the policies of the Obama administration over the past five months show is that we need independent political movements in this country that cannot and will not allow themselves to be co-opted by the Democratic Party–that don’t function as partisan movements for the promotion of one of the two corporate parties, but rather keep as their primary focus ending U.S. wars of aggression around the world, fighting for single-payer health care and fighting for the rights of working-class people and the poor in this nation.” Full article.

Shame: The ‘Anti-War’ Democrats Who Sold Out

“In a vote that should go down in recent histories as a day of shame for the Democrats, on Tuesday the House voted to approve another $106 billion dollars for the bloody wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (and increasingly Pakistan). To put a fine point on the interconnection of the iron fist of U.S. militarism and the hidden hand of free market neoliberal economics, the bill included a massive initiative to give the International Monetary Fund billions more in U.S. taxpayer funds.” Full article.

Obama’s bulldozer risks turning the Taliban into Pakistan’s Khmer Rouge

pankaj mishra on pakistan: “The Obama administration should consider the possibility that, as Graham Fuller, the CIA’s former station chief in Kabul puts it, few Pashtuns “will long maintain a radical and international jihadi perspective once the incitement of the US presence is gone.” Full article.

Neo-Nazis are in the Army now

steven green, who was responsible for the mahmudiyah killings and the rape and murder of a 13 year old iraqi girl, also received a moral character waiver for prior drug and alcohol related offenses that might have otherwise disqualified him from joining the u.s. army. neo nazis in iraq and afghanistan – how is that going to play out?

Read “Neo-Nazis are in the Army now” by By Matt Kennard.

“Iran’s Election: None of America’s Business” by Justin Raimondo

“Is the U.S. involved in the current street fighting in Tehran and other major cities? I wouldn’t be at all surprised to have this suspicion confirmed in coming days. After all, in 2007 Congress appropriated $400 million to destabilize the Iranian regime, and who’s to say this program isn’t bearing fruit?” Full article.

“Stealing the Iranian Election” by Juan Cole

” It is claimed that Ahmadinejad won the city of Tabriz with 57%. His main opponent, Mir Hossein Mousavi, is an Azeri from Azerbaijan province, of which Tabriz is the capital. Mousavi, according to such polls as exist in Iran and widespread anecdotal evidence, did better in cities and is popular in Azerbaijan. Certainly, his rallies there were very well attended. So for an Azeri urban center to go so heavily for Ahmadinejad just makes no sense. In past elections, Azeris voted disproportionately for even minor presidential candidates who hailed from that province.” Full article.

jeremy scahill on bill moyers journal

“If the United States, as President Obama says, doesn’t want a permanent presence in Afghanistan, why allocate a billion dollars to build this fortress like embassy, similar to the one in Baghdad, in Islamabad, Pakistan? Another one in Peshawar. Having an increase in mercenary forces. Expanding the US military presence there.” JEREMY SCAHILL

this interview provides amazing insight into what is going on right now.

for example, did the bombing in peshawar have anything to do with the fact that the u.s. govt was in negotiations with the hotel’s owners to either purchase or sign a long-term lease to the facility to house a new american consulate in peshawar?

watch this must-see interview!