By Aram Roston - November 11, 2009
...[T]he US military's contractors are forced to pay suspected insurgents to protect American supply routes. It is an accepted fact of the military logistics operation in Afghanistan that the US government funds the very forces American troops are fighting. And it is a deadly irony, because these funds add up to a huge amount of money for the Taliban.
By DANNY WEIL - Counterpunch
Violence has broken out all over the country of Nicaragua...but this time organized by Sandinista thugs...Beatings and brutal physical attacks against intellectuals, journalists and civil rights group members are frequent here now. There is currently no legal opposition allowed in the country against the policies of the Nicaragua government (FSLN), controlled by the Sandinistas...This is disconcerting...to those of us...who a quarter of a century ago lived and worked in Nicaragua supporting the Sandinista government against the ruthless Contra war that blanketed the small country with venal bloodshed.
By PATRICK COCKBURN - November 13-15, 2009
Corruption and mismanagement do not just mean that the police are on the take or that no contract is awarded without a bribe. It is much worse than that. For instance, one reason Afghan villagers prefer to deal with the Taliban rather than the government security forces is that the latter have a habit of seizing their sons at checkpoints and sodomizing them.
By Malalai Joya - November 12, 2009
Eight years ago, women's rights were used as one of the excuses to start this war. But today, Afghanistan is still facing a women's rights catastrophe. Life for most Afghan women resembles a type of hell that is never reflected in the Western mainstream media...We are sandwiched between three powerful enemies: the occupation forces of the U.S. and NATO, the Taliban and the corrupt government of Hamid Karzai.
By Robert Fisk - Wednesday, 4 November 2009
As in Vietnam...Karzai is going to rule over an equally tiny island of corruption, protected by US mercenaries while the Americans perform their familiar role of propping up a dictator...Our Western mission in Afghanistan is going to end in utter disaster.
By Jeremy Kuzmarov - Znet
While [Cannabis Advocate Marc] Emery and thousands of other non-violent offenders have been left to rot in the North American penal-industrial complex, Mr. Karzai and his gangster associates remain free to acquire lavish mansions and are immune from prosecution owing to their utility to Western imperial interests.
By JOHN ROSS - October 28, 2009
Three years after he was gunned down by Oaxaca state security agents October 27th 2006 while filming a confrontation between activists and local police during the oft-violent campaign to oust tyrannical governor Ulisis Ruiz Ortiz...U.S. photojournalist Brad Will is still dead...So are 55 other journalists working in Mexico over the past ten years (eight more remain missing)...16 of those on the kill list have been slain since Brad's still unresolved death. With rare exception, the murders of journalists in Mexico are never solved.
By DAVE LINDORFF - October 28, 2009
...[W]here the US goes, the drug trade soon follows, and the leading role in developing and nurturing that trade appears to be played by the Central Intelligence Agency...Americans, who for years have supported a stupid, blundering and ineffective “War on Drugs” in this country, and who mindlessly back “zero-tolerance” policies towards drugs in schools and on the job, should demand a “zero-tolerance” policy toward drugs and dealing with drug pushers in government and foreign policy, including the CIA.
Video Interview with Emory Douglas: The Angola 3, the Prison-Industrial Complex and Abolishing Solitary Confinement
Emory Douglas first served as the art director for the Black Panther Party’s newspaper, and later served as Minister of Culture until 1980. Throughout these years, Douglas’ iconic artwork was published in the BPP newspaper and beyond. His artwork is featured in the new book entitled Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas.
By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS - October 26, 2009
Evidence that the US is a failed state is piling up faster than I can record it...One conclusive hallmark of a failed state is that the crooks are inside the government, using government to protect and to advance their private interests...Another conclusive hallmark is rising income inequality as the insiders manipulate economic policy for their enrichment at the expense of everyone else.
This is a very interesting Youtube video that shows how Canadian money and banking works.
By RAMZY BAROUD - October 15, 2009
...[T]he post-Oslo culture has espoused a class of contractors. These are businessmen who are either high-ranking officials in the [Palestinian Authority] and the Fatah party...or closely affiliated with them. Much of the billions of dollars of international aid that poured into Palestine following the signing of Oslo found its way into private bank accounts...The class of businessmen, still posing as revolutionaries, encroached over every aspect of Palestinian society, used it, controlled it, and eventually suffocated it. It espoused untold corruption, and, naturally, found an ally in Israel, whose reign in the occupied territories never ceased.
Grand theft America.
By Scott Horton - Antiwar.com
"We would leave with the same parameters of an exit strategy but we might perhaps be more flexible about a timeline,...That’s where we have opened ourselves...to some other possibilities. We have been feeling a sense of fear of the people of the return of the Taliban. So many people are saying that, ‘If the U.S. troops left, the country would collapse. We’d go into civil war.’ A palpable sense of fear that is making us start to reconsider that."
--Code Pink Co-founder Medea Benjamin