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Hersh Interview “FEST is the group”; Malalai Joya’s new book “A Woman Among Warlords”, buy one; Report: Pakistan President Zardari net worth $1.8 Billion, accused of receipt of 10% Kickback scheme

November 12, 2009

Seymour Hersh says that the U.S. is ready to fly into Pakistan on 4 hours notice to “protect” the nuclear weapons held by Pakistan if there is a terrorist disturbance and attack on the weapons locations.
The U.S. attack group is called FEST for “Foreign Emergency Support Team” . Read more 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.

Pakistan President Zardari accused of getting a kickback of 10% of the price of three submarines bought by the Pakistan Military from the French Government.

  • From Dawn.com: The Liberation report quoted a former executive of the French naval company DCN as saying that French authorities had chosen Al-Assir to act as intermediary in the deal and he allegedly deposited a total of $1.3 million in Mr Zardari’s bank accounts between Aug 15 and Aug 30, 1994, one month before the submarine contract was signed, and then $1.2 million and $1.8 million one year later. According to DCN employees who testified in the terror attack investigation, the kickbacks to Pakistan in the deal totalled 10 per cent of the purchase amount, with 6 per cent, or $49.5 million, going to the military and 4 per cent, or 33 million euros, being funnelled to political circles.

    In 2001, Pakistani Navy’s former chief of staff Mansour-ul-Haq was arrested for his part in the deal and forced to repay $7 million, the daily says. Legal proceedings against Mr Zardari were dropped in April 2008, several months before he was elected president. He was imprisoned from 1997 to 2004 on corruption charges unrelated to this affair. The president, according to the report, is one of his country’s richest men, with a net worth estimated at $1.8 billion. Read the rest here.

  • [Ed. Note: This is the corrupt cesspool of Central Asia politics. Those that rule rip off the funds generated by the government. It is impossible to change this by changing the rulers. It runs the countries. It is a way of life. The U.S. military can protect the leaders because they feel the alternative leaders are worse, that is, won’t follow U.S. policy. The U.S. is there to protect the oil fields, and the oil pipeline and future pipeline routes.]

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    Pakistan Supreme Court lists cases against President Zardari; Malalai Joya’s new book “A Woman Among Warlords” please buy one; Karzai hits back against critics

    November 11, 2009

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Supreme Court has listed a graft as well as a criminal case against President Asif Ali Zardari for hearing on November 16 and 17, raising fresh questions about his fate. The two cases are from 1998 and 1999. Are there fresh cases coming next? Asif Ali Zadari, President of Pakistan (known as Mr. 10% as people claim that when his wife was Prime Minister, any big contract with the government, he got 10% of the revenues. The press can not call him Mr. 10% in 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.

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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.

    Karzai hits back against critics

  • With international pressure mounting on Karzai to take a firm stand against alleged corruption in government, the Afghan president said in the interview that the “the West is not here primarily for the sake of Afghanistan”. “It is here to fight the war on terror. The United States and its allies came to Afghanistan after September 11. Afghanistan was troubled like hell before that too, nobody bothered about us,” he said. “We were being killed by al-Qaeda and the terrorists before September 11th for years, tortured and killed, our villages were destroyed, and we were living a miserable life. “The West didn’t care nor did they ever come. Rather, they were asking us to make up with the Taliban and the terrorists and al-Qaeda.” Thousands of US and Nato troops are still in Afghanistan more than eight years after they invaded the country to topple the Taliban government.
  • [Ed. Note: This is how the U.S. plans to withdraw from Afghanistan. Gordon Brown agrees with President Obama, Afghanistan has six months to stop the 1,000’s of years of corruption. The U.S. has drafted a plan to Stop Corruption and will be making Karazi follow it or lose the funding and backing of the U.S. government. This is a tiger without teeth position]

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    “Why We Must Leave Afghanistan”, The Independent On Sunday; Malalai Joya’s new book “A Woman Among Warlords” buy one; Daniel Ellsberg Interview (replay)

    November 10, 2009

    Leading article: Why we must leave Afghanistan an Opinion from The Independent On Sunday [New poll in England shows 75% of citizens want all troops out within one year]

      One by one over the past eight years, the arguments for the continued presence of Nato troops in Afghanistan have fallen away. The last one, which held us back until now from calling for withdrawal, was the need to police the Afghan election in August. That election process is now over: last week the president’s main opponent pulled out, and Hamid Karzai was formally re-elected. That is not a happy outcome. For British soldiers to be deployed in support of a president whose position is bolstered by ballot-rigging tips the balance of our view from reluctant backing for the mission in Afghanistan to regretful opposition.

      The Independent on Sunday is proud of Britain’s armed forces, and has led the way in demanding that the Government honour – on behalf of the British people – its side of the military covenant, to provide troops with the equipment that they need and the support that they and their families deserve. On this Remembrance Sunday, we reassert our belief that our forces are entitled, above all, to clear and believable war aims.

      …Ultimately, we should make a British decision in the British interest. And that decision should be to wind down combat operations over a period – say, by Remembrance Sunday next year – and to restrict the mission to training the Afghan army and police force. Special forces operations should continue, especially on the Pakistan border, to disrupt any attempt by al-Qa’ida to return. But beyond that it is time to act on the observation of David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, that there can be no military solution in Afghanistan.

      It is time, on this solemn day on which we remember the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for our freedom and security, for a change in policy. It is time to say that this war is ill conceived, unwinnable and counterproductive. It is time to start planning a phased withdrawal of British troops. Read the full Opinion here.

    Malalai Joya’s story will be at the end of this Post every day. Please buy her book and visit her site.
    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.

    Our story showing Daniel Ellsberg’s interview is being replayed here as it is important for all to view.
    Daniel Ellsberg: “No Victory in Afghanistan. Just take the Pentagon Papers and use the word Afghanistan instead of Vietnam, and you have the same thing.” Ellsberg points out that it will take about 600,000 to 700,000 troop increase (Afghan Military and U.S. and NATO troops) to have an effective counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. Ellsberg says that the only reason that we are stil there is the Pipeline from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan and Pakistan. [See our Pipelinestan stories here.] Ellsberg believes that President Obama will cave in to the McCrystal request of 40,000 troops because he will not want the Military to revolt against him. He picked these military leaders, gave them the task of coming up with a “plan”, and now that they did, Pres. Obama is stuck with adding more troops. This will only lead to more deaths on all sides.

    [Ed. Note: Please pass this on to all your friends. It is a “MUST SEE”, and see if you can get it up the chain of command to your military friends and government official friends. Send a copy to your members of Congress and U.S. Senators. Demand that they listen to Daniel Ellsberg, the man who is responsible for the Vietnam War ending with the release of the Pentagon Papers]

    Final thought: There are people in the know that have information like the Pentagon Papers. Please step forward and End the War(s) NOW. Your country will be grateful.

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    Take Action Now: Pass our link to your friends right 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: 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. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War(s) Now.