Archive for November, 2009

Michael Moore begs Obama “Stop. Stop. No more troops”; Matthew Hoh’s words Ignored, more troops being sent; U.S. ready to use Military inside Pakistan border; Pakistan wants control of our Assassination Drones

November 30, 2009

Michael Moore, one of Candidate Barack Obama’s biggest supporters begs President Barack Obama not to send more troops in an Open Letter to the President. Moore says:

    “Dear President Obama,
    Do you really want to be the new “war president”? If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm) and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and simple. And with that you will do the worst possible thing you could do — destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they’ve always heard is true — that all politicians are alike. I simply can’t believe you’re about to do what they say you are going to do. Please say it isn’t so. Read Michael Moore’s full letter here.

There’s another voice that can not be put aside. Matthew Hoh is saying “”We’re propping up a government that isn’t worth dying for.” Here’s a video from one of our past posts.

From Roger Morris and George Kenny at The Huffington Post:

    The rare resignation on principle is always telling in American government. When Matthew Hoh recently left the State Department — a Marine Captain in Iraq who became a diplomat in Afghanistan — his act was significant far beyond the first reports. Hoh speaks grim truth to power. His message is that to pursue the Afghan war policy in any guise — regardless of the troop level President Obama now chooses — will be utter folly, trapping America in an unwinnable civil war in the Hindu Kush, and only fueling terrorism.

    An advisor in southern Afghanistan, Hoh knew the malignancy of want behind the war. Eight years after the U.S. invasion and a third of a trillion dollars spent, half the nation faces starvation on 45 cents a day, half the children die before five, and half the surviving young have no schools, part of a torment Afghans plead in poll after poll to be understood as the core of their conflict. He knew well the source of that scourge in the U.S.-installed Kabul regime, a kleptocracy of war- and drug-lords holed up amid American bodyguards in “poppy palaces,” while clan-based “security forces” loot the countryside, sodomize its sons, and swell insurgent ranks. “We’re propping up a government,” Hoh said last week, “that isn’t worth dying for.” So pervasive and profound is that corruption, so entwined with the private exploitation and official graft of the U.S. occupation regime — including kickbacks or extortion payments from both the American military and civilian aid programs to both the new Kabul plutocracy and the multi-layered Taliban — that the morass makes every other issue of policy moot. Read more here.

Meanwhile, in a letter to the Pakistan Government President Obama warns that “…that if it cannot deliver against terrorists, the US may be impelled to use “any means” at its disposal…”

This looks like an expansion of the war zone for American troops. This means that the U.S. is prepared to use its military forces across the border from Afghanistan to kill “insurgents” on Pakistan soil, and if Pakistan does not go along with this, there will be financial repercussions. Read more here.

The U.S. all ready has been using Assassination Predator Drones in Pakistan since the Bush Administration. Pakistan wants the U.S. to give them control of the Drones, but so far, the U.S. has refused. Here’s what one of the Drones can cover:

The Reaper is now operational and advances are being added with more cameras, larger range, and more armaments

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On Monday Morning, call President Obama:
Take Action Now: It is not too late !
Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-456-1111 or 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121. Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Stop the use of Assassination Drones and don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).

Today, please tell your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War Now.

The Day Hope and Change Died: Tuesday, December 1, 2009

November 29, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009, will go down in history as the day the promise of Hope and Change by America’s first African-American President, Barack Hussein Obama, died.

Since President Obama took office in January, there have been many issues that needed attention and many of the President’s actions were similar to the George W. Bush policies, some even expanded on them. Some issues that were promised to be cancelled have yet to be cancelled.

The anticipation of the “speech” by President Obama on Tuesday has been taken away by leaks to the press, and even the President’s own ‘pre-speech roundup’ by saying “It’s my intention to finish the job,” Obama said Tuesday in the East Room of the White House at at a joint news conference with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “I feel very confident when the American people hear a clear rationale for what we’re doing there and how we’ll achieve our goals, they’ll be supportive.”

President Obama has all ready sent more troops to Afghanistan during his Presidency. Now he owns the war(s). George W. and Dick Cheney set up the next president to carry out their war plans, and President Obama has been given the torch and is moving ahead AS PLANNED by George and Dick.

It has been leaked that 9,000 Marines will be sent immediately after President Obama’s Afghanistan War Speech on Dec. 1. This is not a decision you make in one day. There have been plans in play for some time in order to send 9,000 troops (and up to 40,000 more troops NOW): where they are going; what they are going to do. The NINE meetings with President Obama’s War Council discussed what? Did they just stall the announcement to get between Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays, a time when we are focused on family and celebration?

If you send ONE soldier to the war zone, how much does it cost to keep that one there for one year? How hard is it to get that ONE soldier out of the war zone? How much support equipment have to be removed? Getting in is very easy, getting out is close to impossible. Tell me, how many troops have been REMOVED from Iraq since January 20? How many are still there? What news do we get about Iraq? Just move on to Afghanistan, then prop up the Pakistan Government and give them more weapons to fight the “taliban” in Pakistan, and people forget Iraq, and even are forgetting Afghanistan. The fight is now on the Pakistan side of the border with Afghanistan.

Forget Health Care of any meaning. Forget Climate Change policies. The United States of America is now a War Country, that is where the U.S. resources are going. There’s nothing left for any other problems. How much does the War Spending cost your congressional district (if you live in the U.S.)? Find out at the National Priorities Project (click here). Only YOU can stop this. There has been a financial collapse in the United States and throughout the world that will take a decade to overcome, and will be impossible to overcome unless the War(s) are ended. By adding troops, the light at the end of the tunnel has gotten farther away.

The Light at the End of the Tunnel Gets Farther Away with More Troops being Sent to War in Afghanistan

The American Population was motivated to put their dreams and aspirations into the young Presidential candidate promising ‘Hope and Change’. When you kill a dream, the soul dies. This speech demarks the end of the dream. It’s a repeat of Lyndon Johnson’s escalation of the War in Viet Nam, it ended his “Great Society”. When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn?

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On Monday Morning, call President Obama:
Take Action Now: It is not too late !
Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Stop the South Waziristan War and don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).

Today, please tell your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War Now.

Pakistan President Zardari’s last days, then his son takes over?; Malalai Joya’s new book “A Woman Among Warlords”, read it

November 28, 2009

The son of Benazir Bhutto (who was assasinated in December 2007) and President Asif Ali Zardari is finishing up his studies at Oxford University in England and has been active recently in building political bridges in Pakistan. Bilawal Bhutto is the Chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party. The party of his mother and of his father. Bilawal Bhutto is next in line to become President of Pakistan.

Bilawal Bhutto, the next President of Pakistan?

President Asif Ali Zardari’s approval rating is now in the ‘teens’. Today, President Zardari gave up the keys to the Nuclear Arsenal to Prime Minister Gilani in an effort to relinquish some of the powers of the Presidency and some say it was done to allow President Zardari to serve out his term (he can not be prosecuted while in office). Read more here.

Pakistan Prime Minister Gilani and Pakistan President Zardari


The expiration of the National Reconcilation Ordinance (NRO) goes into effect today. Over 8,000 cases of prosecution of corruption, murder and other crimes were stopped due to this declaration by then President Musharraf’s order in 2007. This allowed Benazir Bhutto and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari (known as Mr. 10% for taking bribes from goverment contracts in the past) and others to return to Pakistan and not face any charges. This was brokered by the U.S. with Musharraf so Bhutto could run for the Presidency. Charges were pending against Bhutto and her husband Asif Ali Zardari and were suspended until today as the Supreme Court said in July that the NRO would expire if action were not taken in Parliament. Read more here.

The ecomomy is in shambles in Pakistan. By the Pakistan Military taking on the “Taliban” in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and the North-West Frontier, many Pakistani’s see this as fighting their own people. Almost all citizens of Pakistan that live in the Swat Valley area and the South Waziristan areas have been forced to leave their homes and live with relatives, strangers, or housed in “refugee” camps due to the military action. Over 3,000,000 people have been “displaced” over the past six months. Many have not returned to their villages. Many will find that their infrastructure, their homes, and their crops are destroyed. Corruption is rampant. President Zardari has charges against him that now become actionable again with the NRO expiring today.

This is the new partner for the United States to defeat the “Taliban”, or is it to defeat the al-Quaeda? Must be the al-Quaeda, as now there’s talk from the UK that the “Taliban” must be part of the Kabul government. This would not be said without U.S. approval. Patchwork government so the U.S. can get out of Afghanistan? Another great U.S. blunder, forcing the Pakistan government to get the military to attack their own lands and fight their own people. Nothing has been gained, and much has been lost. Now Pakistan, with its Nuclear Weapons, has become very unstable. What’s next?

Malalai Joya’s story will be on our Blog every day for the next month. Please buy her book and visit her site.. Read her San Jose Mercury Opinion: “U.S. is doing no good in Afghanistan” here.
On Saturday, Nov. 7, Malalai Joya was at a gathering at San Jose State University in California to promote her book “A Woman Among Warlords” and to gather support for her people in Afghanistan. Malalai is a very brave woman to take on her own government and also the U.S. government, the occupiers of her country.

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Malalai Joya signing her new book, A Woman Among Warlords, a JB photo

Our story on Malalai Joya can be seen here. Buy a copy of her book, “A Woman Among Warlords” here, or at your favorite bookstore. A great Holiday gift idea. The subtitle is “The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice”. Visit Malalai’s website here for more information on how you can help.

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Take Action Now: It is not too late !
Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Stop the South Waziristan War and don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).

How much does the War Spending cost your congressional district (if you live in the U.S.)? Find out at the National Priorities Project (click here). Only YOU can stop this.

Today, please tell your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War Now.

Karazi calls for “Peace Talks”, Mullah Omar refuses; Taliban to play role in Afghan govt: UK; Malalai Joya’s new book ‘A Woman Among the Warlords” please read it

November 26, 2009

Karazi calls for “Peace Talks” with the Taliban, Mullah Mohammad Omar, Supreme Commander of the Taliban rejects talks. Once the Taliban were ‘friends’ of the United States. They met with President Reagan, even Mullah Omar sat in the Oval Office. They met with in Houston, Texas with Unocal in 1997 to discuss the Afghanistan Pipeline Project. Houston is known as the Kabul of the United States. Read more here.

President Reagan and Mullah Omar and Taliban Delegation in Oval Office

    ‘The people of Afghanistan will not agree to negotiation which prolongs and legitimises the invader’s military presence in our beloved country. Afghanistan is our home,’ a Taliban statement quoted Omar as saying. The elusive leader of the militia, which were unseated in the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan, accused foreign powers of seeking negotiations to ‘prolong their evil process of colonization and occupation. The cunning enemy wants to attack people’s crowded places such as mosques and other similar places in order to malign the Mujahideen,’ Omar said. The one-eyed militant commander called on his fighters to ‘guard against these activities of the enemy and fully avoid carrying out any similar activity. The well-being and prosperity of the people should be your priority.’ The United States and Britain — which have the most troops in Afghanistan — have also opened the door for talks with militants they call ‘moderate Taliban,’ or those who do not have links to Al-Qaida. Omar is a founder of the Taliban and is often referred to as its ‘supreme commander’ or spiritual leader. Many analysts and diplomats believe he is hiding out in Pakistan, although Islamabad denies his presence. Click here for more.

After 8 years of fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, the British have come up with a plan (of course, with U.S. approval) to include the Taliban in Karazi’s government. Who’s running Kabul? Is President Karazi just a puppet? That is what the Taliban believe, and this makes that look true.

Taliban to play role in Afghan govt: UK

    EDINBURGH (Scotland): Ending the war in Afghanistan would include senior Taliban commanders sitting in Afghan government, Britain’s foreign secretary said on Tuesday.
    David Miliband also told a meeting of Nato’s parliamentary assembly that military action must be accompanied by a political surge to restore Afghans’ faith in their corruption-scarred government.
    He said the vast majority of Taliban fighters were not committed to a global jihad and could be persuaded to stop fighting. He said a settlement must include the top Taliban commanders prepared to renounce violence. ‘Once reintegration gains momentum, and the insurgency is starting to fray, we will need to support President Karzai in reaching out to those commanders that can be persuaded to renounce Al Qaeda and pursue their goals peacefully within the constitutional framework,’ he said. Click here for more.
  • The Long War Journal reports that yesterday, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar issued an Eid message, Read it here.
  • President Obama leaks his decision on sending troops to Afghanistan. Read it here.
  • Political Crisis Looms; President Zardari’s rule ending soon? Does Mr. 10% get tried again? Read it here.
  • Malalai Joya’s story will be on our Blog every day for the next month. Please buy her book and visit her site.. Read her San Jose Mercury Opinion: “U.S. is doing no good in Afghanistan” here.
    On Saturday, Nov. 7, Malalai Joya was at a gathering at San Jose State University in California to promote her book “A Woman Among Warlords” and to gather support for her people in Afghanistan. Malalai is a very brave woman to take on her own government and also the U.S. government, the occupiers of her country.

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    Malalai Joya signing her new book, A Woman Among Warlords, a JB photo

    Our story on Malalai Joya can be seen here. Buy a copy of her book, “A Woman Among Warlords” here, or at your favorite bookstore. A great Holiday gift idea. The subtitle is “The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice”. Visit Malalai’s website here for more information on how you can help.

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    Take Action Now: It is not too late !
    Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Stop the South Waziristan War and don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).

    How much does the War Spending cost your congressional district (if you live in the U.S.)? Find out at the National Priorities Project (click here). Only YOU can stop this.

    Today, please tell your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War Now.

    President Obama leaks his decision on sending more troops to Afghanistan

    November 24, 2009

    BIG ANNOUNCEMENT DECEMBER 1, ON TELEVISION: PRESIDENT OBAMA TO LAY OUT THE PLAN HOW MORE TROOPS WILL BRING AN END TO THE WAR. FUZZY PLANNING?

    Hope and Change becomes more and more of the same
    “It’s my intention to finish the job,” Obama said Tuesday in the East Room of the White House at at a joint news conference with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “I feel very confident when the American people hear a clear rationale for what we’re doing there and how we’ll achieve our goals, they’ll be supportive.”

    This is our message to you, Mr. President.

    Photo Denice Rehse Watson http://www.barewitness.org

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    Take Action Now: It is not too late !
    Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Stop the South Waziristan War and don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).

    How much does the War Spending cost your congressional district (if you live in the U.S.)? Find out at the National Priorities Project (click here). Only YOU can stop this.

    Today, please tell your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War Now.

    Your Tax Dollars at Work: the Top 100 War Contracts; Expanding Bases: “Out of Iraq, Into the Gulf”; Malalai Joya’s new book “A Woman Among Warlords”, read it

    November 24, 2009

    BULLETIN: With the national debt now topping $12 trillion, the White House estimates that the government’s tab for servicing the debt will exceed $700 billion a year in 2019, up from $202 billion this year, even if annual budget deficits shrink drastically. Other forecasters say the figure could be much higher. In concrete terms, an additional $500 billion a year in interest expense would total more than the combined federal budgets this year for education, energy, homeland security and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. [Ed. Note: Just on the financial costs to the U.S. for the WARS, it is enough to turn off the funds. We are not doing any good with our troops on the ground there. Read on. Sign the petition at the bottom of the Post, and call President Obama, his number is there also.]

    The Top Contracts
    Who Got What in Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004–2006

    Many Pallets of 100 US Dollar Bills are necessary to pay these contracts

    Ok, let’s guess how much the top contract was for, and who got it? I want you to think about this for one moment. The Center for Public Integrity put out this study of the top 100 contracts, and also, the top 100 contractors. How much was the #1 contract worth? How much was the last one on the list, the 100th contract worth? Here’s the results:

    The top contract was for $15 Billion US Dollars and it went to KBR (formerly Kellog, Brown and Root) Look at the link to see what they got this money for. KBR was a subsidiary of Halliburton during this time, Dick Cheney was CEO of this company before becoming Vice President under George W. Bush.

    Contract # 100, the lowest on the list was for $51 Million Dollars to L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. That’s right readers, 51 MILLION US DOLLARS ranks 100th in the least costly contract for the Iraq-Afghanistan Wars in 2004 through 2006. More dollars are needed now to keep the war(s) going. It is estimated to be over 100 Million US Dollars every day right now, plus the loss of lives on all sides, the wounded humans on all sides, and the totally innocent lives lost while the sides continue to kill each other. Enough is Enough.

    Out of Iraq, Into the Gulf by Nick Turse and Tom Engelhardt, November 23, 2009

      They report: “So here’s the mystery. You have a country that only recently had upward of 300 military bases, monster to micro, in a single war-torn land, Iraq. It probably now has something like 300 bases combined in Iraq and Afghanistan (where base-building is on the rise). Outside of those war zones, it has perhaps 800 more “facilities” (as they’re called) around the globe and thousands more at home. Some of them are absolutely enormous, the equivalent of small American towns with all the amenities of home.”

    No more money for base expansion. Cut 10 bases a month for one year, how much will that save?

    Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan Google Image 2009

    Malalai Joya’s story will be on our Blog every day for the next month. Please buy her book and visit her site.. Read her San Jose Mercury Opinion: “U.S. is doing no good in Afghanistan” here.
    On Saturday, Nov. 7, Malalai Joya was at a gathering at San Jose State University in California to promote her book “A Woman Among Warlords” and to gather support for her people in Afghanistan. Malalai is a very brave woman to take on her own government and also the U.S. government, the occupiers of her country.

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    Malalai Joya signing her new book, A Woman Among Warlords, a JB photo

    Our story on Malalai Joya can be seen here. Buy a copy of her book, “A Woman Among Warlords” here, or at your favorite bookstore. A great Holiday gift idea. The subtitle is “The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice”. Visit Malalai’s website here for more information on how you can help.

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    Take Action Now:
    Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Stop the South Waziristan War and don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).

    Today, please tell your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War Now.

    President Zardari and Aides Granted Immunity in Graft Cases; “Support our Troops”, Chomsky says is a diversion; Malalai Joya’s new book “A Woman Among Warlords”, read it

    November 23, 2009

    Zardari and Aides Granted Immunity in Graft Cases
    [Ed. Note: Several weeks ago, we predicted that President Zardari's days as President of Pakistan are limited due to these corruption/graft cases that were dismissed by President Musharraf two years ago. Now, the cases are active again, due to the Parliament rejecting the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO)]

    Pakistan President Zardari and photo of Past-President Musharraf

  • ISLAMABAD: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and several of his close aides are among over 8,000 persons who were granted immunity in corruption cases under a controversial law, according to a list made public today. The list of beneficiaries of the National Reconciliation Ordinance, issued by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf two years ago, did not include the name of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s wife as stated in media reports earlier. Besides Zardari, the list includes the names of his close aides Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Salman Faruqui, secretary general in the presidency, Hussain Haqqani, the Pakistani envoy to the US, and Wajid Shamsul Hassan, the envoy to Britain. The move came after growing pressure from political parties on the ruling Pakistan People’s Party to name the people who had benefited from the NRO.
  • UPDATES: LAHORE: PML-Q Secretary-General Mushahid Husain Syed has demanded that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani should seek resignation from the ministers who have benefited from the National Reconciliation Ordinance. And Corruption and the NRO.

    Who’s running this Country and Why? Noam Chomsky dissecting state propaganda slogans.”Support our Troops”, Excerpt from “Class War: he Attack On Working People” (1998). Thanks Anna Ng.

    Malalai Joya’s story will be on our Blog every day for the next month. Please buy her book and visit her site.. Read her San Jose Mercury Opinion: “U.S. is doing no good in Afghanistan” here.
    On Saturday, Nov. 7, Malalai Joya was at a gathering at San Jose State University in California to promote her book “A Woman Among Warlords” and to gather support for her people in Afghanistan. Malalai is a very brave woman to take on her own government and also the U.S. government, the occupiers of her country.

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    Malalai Joya signing her new book, A Woman Among Warlords, a JB photo

    Our story on Malalai Joya can be seen here. Buy a copy of her book, “A Woman Among Warlords” here, or at your favorite bookstore. A great Holiday gift idea. The subtitle is “The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice”. Visit Malalai’s website here for more information on how you can help.

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    Take Action Now:
    Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Stop the South Waziristan War and don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).

    Today, please tell your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War Now.

    Lou Dobbs “Mr. President, Bring ALL the Troops Home Now”; Michael Moore on Larry King “Bring the troops home”; Malalai Joya’s new book “A Woman Against the Warlords”, read it

    November 21, 2009

    Lou Dobbs “Mr. President, bring ALL the troops home now, not just from Iraq and Afghanistan, but from Germany, Italy, Japan, and every country they are stationed in

    Michael Moore says “We need to leave, this is not our business. No more Troops, bring the troops home. It is unwinnable. The President of Afghanistan’s brother is a leader in the Opium trade? When is this going to stop?”

    Malalai Joya’s story will be on our Blog every day for the next month. Please buy her book and visit her site.. Read her San Jose Mercury Opinion: “U.S. is doing no good in Afghanistan” here.
    On Saturday, Nov. 7, Malalai Joya was at a gathering at San Jose State University in California to promote her book “A Woman Among Warlords” and to gather support for her people in Afghanistan. Malalai is a very brave woman to take on her own government and also the U.S. government, the occupiers of her country.

    DSCN1610

    Malalai Joya signing her new book, A Woman Among Warlords, a JB photo

    Our story on Malalai Joya can be seen here. Buy a copy of her book, “A Woman Among Warlords” here, or at your favorite bookstore. A great Holiday gift idea. The subtitle is “The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice”. Visit Malalai’s website here for more information on how you can help.

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    Take Action Now:
    Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Stop the South Waziristan War and don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).

    Today, please tell your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War Now.

    Top stories on this POST: Political Borders does not a Country Make: The Kurds, the Pashtuns, the Baloch, how to satisfy them? ; Kurdistan Independence Map and Oil Maps; Malalai Joya’s new book “A Woman Among Warlords”, read it

    November 20, 2009

    OUR FIRST RE-RUN: On October 1, 2009 we posted the following story. It is the most sought after story by TAGS on our site so we are reposting it today for a portion of the day. There’s a following story that is on topic also.You can also read “Blood Borders: Kurdistan, Pashtunistan, Balochistan, and other Ethnic homelands divided are the problem; Britain ended its military mission in Iraq; Pakistan Poll: “U.S. greater danger than India” HERE.

    BULLETIN:Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaeda’s second in command, has sung the praises of former Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud on a videotape produced by As Sahab and distributed on jihadi forums. Zawahiri used Baitullah’s death to praise the Taliban’s fight against NATO and the US in Afghanistan. This story outlines what al Qaeda believes about the Pakistan Government and Military, that they work for foreign governments, not for the people.]

    Artificial lines separating Tribes are causing the problems that can not be solved with guns/bombs/drones.

    Two of the Huge Problems that no one is facing in Iraq and Afghanistan/Pakistan are due to artificial borders laid out years ago. The Iraq problem is what to do with the Kurds, who lay claim to Kirkuk (after Saddam sent Iraqi’s into Kirkuk and chased out/killed many Kurds so now the population is not a high majority of Kurds like it was before Saddam’s action), the richest underdeveloped oil fields in Iraq. Who gets this oil? Will the Iraqi’s kill all the Kurds? Will the Turks help out as many Kurds are in what is known as Turkey? The Turks battle and kill Kurds when they please. Read our story 40 Million? Leyla Zana speaks for them.

    Kurdish Woman's headdress

    Kurdish Woman's headdress


    The Afghanistan/Pakistan problem is that the majority of both of these countries should be called Pashtunistan, because almost 40 million Pashtuns make up this area, but they have no country, they are either Afghani or Pakistani. So the U.S. brings them Democracy, a Constitution, a Central Government, something that is totally against the culture of both the Kurds and the Pashtuns.
    Pashtun Women in headdress

    Pashtun Women in headdress


    The Pashtuns are run by Pashtunwali, an alternative form of social organization, see our story here. Over the centuries, complex and sophisticated conflict-resolution mechanisms, legal codes, and alternative forms of governance have developed in the region. The rural Pashtuns prefer their own mechanisms to alien, external ones, because, in their perceptions, theirs are clearly superior, said Thomas Johnson/M. Chris Mason in No Sign until the Burst of Fire.

    The splitting up of land masses and calling the areas within artifical lines “Countries” has led to much damage in Central Asia and many other places. Let’s look at Pashtunistan, an area of land that is made up primarily of people of Pastun descent. It happens to not be a country at all. It was divided by an artificial line, the Durand Line in 1893. Pashtunistan is now the area that is under the most fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan as Pastunistan covers most of what is now called Afghanistan, and a majority of the lands now called Pakistan, which was known as British India before Pakistan was cut out of India. Here’s Pashtunistan:

    The Green Area is Pashtunistan (2007 map)  The Green line is the Durand Line with a small change since 1893

    The Green Area is Pashtunistan (2007 map) The Green line is the Durand Line with a small change since 1893

    Let’s take a quick look to Kurdistan. The Kurds have a small area of Iraq on the North that they are left to self-govern. This is all of the recognized areas that the Kurds now have, even though there are over 40 Million Kurds in four different countries, all held down by their new Nation. Here’s what Kurdistan should look like:

    What should be Kurdistan, home of 40 Million Kurds, across four "Countries"
    Another map of Kurdistan, for comparison purposes:

    A different map of Kurdistan Area

    A different map of Kurdistan Area


    And of course, the new highlighted area “Balochistan”, an area of land that is now all within Pakistan, and was cut into Pakistan when India and Pakistan border was laid out. The Baloch’s are a proud and ancient tribe of people, see our story on Balochistan
    Balochistan and the other three areas that should be countries

    Balochistan and the other three areas that should be countries


    Gowar Shakar Bibi, founder of Baloch Women Panel(BWP) at a press conference in January 2005 condemning the Pakistani operation against Baloch people in New Kahan.

    Gowar Shakar Bibi, founder of Baloch Women Panel(BWP) at a press conference in January 2005 condemning the Pakistani operation against Baloch people in New Kahan.

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    Action YOU can take:

    Congress Should Vote “No” on 2010 Military Budget! To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: Vote No on the Military budget. End the War(s).

    Today, please tell your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War Now.

    What Kurdistan Could Look Like, 40 Million People Deserve their own Country

    What Kurdistan Could Look Like, 40 Million People Deserve their own Country

    Kurdistan Independence Map and Oil Maps: The Kirkuk ConundrumThe Kirkuk conundrum, written by Ranj Alaaldin guardian.co.uk, outlines the problem facing Iraq. It is a Kurdish problem, but it overrides the Iraq Constitution and Voting Rights. Alaaldin says “Iraqi democracy is stuck in a constitutional hiatus over the Kurdish-dominated region that threatens to derail elections”.

  • Kirkuk, controlled by the Kurds after the 2005 elections, never took part in this year’s provincial elections because of disagreements over responsibility for security and eventual control of the provincial council. Similar disagreements exist once again. Some have called for special arrangements that divide the area into four separate, ethnically-defined electoral constituencies, while the Turkmen and Arabs are calling for voting quotas in response to what they call the modified demographics of the governorate by the Kurds, who constitute the majority there.

    The Kurds were forcefully removed from Kirkuk by Saddam and are now returning back, pursuant to the “normalisation” process under Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution, which seeks to reverse the Arabisation policies of the Ba’ath regime. According to UN reports and staff present in Iraq at the time, in November 1991 alone, eight months after the conclusion of the 1991 Gulf war, more than 150,000 Kurds were evicted from Kirkuk.

  • The Kurdistan Alliance, however, has rejected giving any special status to Kirkuk simply because it has a Kurdish majority. If the oil-rich area is given special status, then, by equal measure maintains the Alliance, so should other disputed territories where Kurds happen to be minorities. To implement a quota system would indeed be profoundly undemocratic. Read it all here.

    It’s Kirkuk OIL, the largest field yet to be explored in Iraq. Delovan Barwari writes at the Kurdish Herald “According to various studies, Kurdistan sits on 43.7 billion barrels (bb) of proven oil and 25.5 bb of potential reserves. In addition, the majority of the estimated 200 trillion cubic feet of gas in Iraq is reported to be in Kurdistan Region. Against the backdrop of challenges by the Iraqi central government over the past few years, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has granted over 30 contracts to foreign companies for the exploration, development, and production of petroleum in the Kurdistan Region, and has began exporting crude oil via Turkey. In addition, a number of refineries are currently being built to meet its domestic energy needs.” Read his full story here. Great Map of the Oil Fields in the Kurdish region of Iraq is presented here.
    A KIRKUK OIL Map for your viewing:

    Fringing Reef (Oligocene) of Kirkuk Oil Field (Dunnington, 1958)

    Fringing Reef (Oligocene) of Kirkuk Oil Field (Dunnington, 1958)

    There should be an Independent Kurdistan, much larger than the current Iraq Kurd area. There should also be an Independent Pastunistan, since 2/3 of Afghanistan’s area is Pashtun populated, Pashtuns number over 40 Million and have no home country. There should be an Independent Balochistan, with over 7 Million population, and over 45% of the Pakistan country lands. The Durand Line that cut up parts of Central Asia in 1893, and other political divisions were wrong. See our Durand Line story here.

    Malalai Joya’s story will be on our Blog every day for the next month. Please buy her book and visit her site.. Read her San Jose Mercury Opinion: “U.S. is doing no good in Afghanistan” here.
    On Saturday, Nov. 7, Malalai Joya was at a gathering at San Jose State University in California to promote her book “A Woman Among Warlords” and to gather support for her people in Afghanistan. Malalai is a very brave woman to take on her own government and also the U.S. government, the occupiers of her country.

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    Malalai Joya signing her new book, A Woman Among Warlords, a JB photo

    Our story on Malalai Joya can be seen here. Buy a copy of her book, “A Woman Among Warlords” here, or at your favorite bookstore. A great Holiday gift idea. The subtitle is “The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice”. Visit Malalai’s website here for more information on how you can help.

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    Take Action Now:
    Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Stop the South Waziristan War and don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).

    Today, please tell your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War Now.

    Daniel Ellsberg and Matthew Hoh discuss “Get out of Afghanistan Now”; Malalai Joya’s new book “A Woman Among Warlords” read now; CIA Chief Leon Panetta in Islamabad, why?

    November 20, 2009

    Dainel Ellsberg and Matthew Hoh brought to you by Brave New Conversations. Please listen to their conversation about our involvement in Afghanistan, and why we need to get out now. Please send this to all your mailing list.

    Thank you Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films. Join their cause and help get the truth out.

    To further understand the Pastun society that Matthew Hoh refers to, read Thomas Johnson and M. Chris Mason’s work entitled ” No Sign Until the Burst of Fire”, Understanding the Pakistan-Afghanistan Frontier”. It is a MUST READ to see how futile our efforts are in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Malalai Joya’s story will be on our Blog every day for the next month. Please buy her book and visit her site.. Read her San Jose Mercury Opinion: “U.S. is doing no good in Afghanistan” here.
    On Saturday, Nov. 7, Malalai Joya was at a gathering at San Jose State University in California to promote her book “A Woman Among Warlords” and to gather support for her people in Afghanistan. Malalai is a very brave woman to take on her own government and also the U.S. government, the occupiers of her country.

    DSCN1610

    Malalai Joya signing her new book, A Woman Among Warlords, a JB photo

    Our story on Malalai Joya can be seen here. Buy a copy of her book, “A Woman Among Warlords” here, or at your favorite bookstore. A great Holiday gift idea. The subtitle is “The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice”. Visit Malalai’s website here for more information on how you can help.

    CIA Chief Leon Panetta in Islamabad

    CIA Chief Leon Panetta in Islamabad, talking with Prime Minister Gilani, more drone attacks? More payoffs for capturing high ranking fighters?  Getting out?

  • ISLAMABAD: CIA chief Leon Panetta on Friday held talks in Pakistan and found agreement on intelligence cooperation as President Barack Obama nears a decision on troop deployments to Afghanistan, Islamabad said. Panetta held talks with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Washington’s policy review in Afghanistan, said the premier’s office in a brief statement. Earlier on Friday, a US missile attack killed eight people, including foreign militants, in Pakistan’s lawless tribal belt on the Afghan border, the second such attack in two days, Pakistani security officials said. The US military does not, as a rule, confirm drone attacks, but its armed forces and the Central Intelligence Agency operating in Afghanistan are the only forces that deploy pilotless drones in the region. Last Sunday, a US newspaper reported that the CIA provides hundreds of millions of dollars to Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, including payments for the capture or killing of wanted militants.
  • [Ed. Note: Leon, tell President Zardari that we're leaving, but we will give them 5 Billion a year to keep up the fight. Get out now, dear friend, Leon Panetta, tell President Obama "It's not worth it". We are propping up a Failed State and Zardari only has support in the Teens, under 20% approval rating. Stop the killing of innocents.]

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    Take Action Now: Pass our link to your friends right now. Call your Member of Congress and tell them to support Rep. Barbara Lee’s bill “To prohibit any increase in the number of members of the United States Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan.” Bill # H.R.3699. Do it now please. Then call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s).We will demonstrate in 100 cities if President Obama sends ANY troops to Central Asia ! Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: No More Drone Assasination attacks, and don’t attack Quetta. End the War(s) NOW.

    Today, please tell your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition. Tell them you will march in 100 cities if President Obama sends ANY troops to Central Asia. Tell them to support Barbara Lee’s bill HR 3699. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War(s) Now.


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