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Military Resistance 11A10
“I Experienced The Taliban Surge Firsthand This Past November, And Can Offer A Cause Not Cited In The Pentagon’s Report: Oil And Gas”
“The US Pentagon Is The De-Facto Lead US Agency Pushing The Development Of Afghanistan’s Oil And Gas Sector”
“I Was Tracking An Oil And Gas Trail Across Western And Northern Afghanistan” “But So Too, It Became Increasingly Apparent, Are The Taliban”
Foreign troops conducting live ordinance test unaware they are on a natural gas field and that a Taliban attack had just occurred. On road from Khoja Gogardak, Sheberghan city, Jowzan Province, Afghanistan. (Antonia Juhasz)
Abandoned Russian oil derrick in village in Ahmad-a-Bad District, Herat Province, Afghanistan. (Antonia Juhasz) Jan 10 2013 by Antonia Juhasz, The Atlantic
Antonia Juhasz is a fellow at the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism. She has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Nation, among others. ********************************************************************************* I am looking out the window as men in grey turbans run from my building out onto the highway, their AK 47s at the ready. “There’s been an accident,” my Afghan guide, Danish calmly tells me. “Someone was just killed in the plaza here.” I am in Faryab province in northwest Afghanistan, which had been considered among the more peaceful areas. “Was someone hit by a car?” I ask. Danish pauses. The “Oh yes, she’s American” look passes quickly over his face before he replies, “Somebody was shot.” Within a few minutes we get a report from the secretary of Abdullah Masoumi, the governor of Khoja Sabz Posh District, in whose office we’ve been waiting for some time. It was the Taliban, he tells us, and the victim was Commander Czhulam, a leading member of the governor’s security team and a former commander under General Abdul Rashid Dostum, one of the country’s most powerful warlords. With the close of 2012, the Pentagon has revealed a disturbing trend in Afghanistan: Taliban attacks remained steady, or in some cases increased, over 2011 levels. I experienced the Taliban surge firsthand this past November, and can offer a cause not cited in the Pentagon’s report: oil and gas. I was there as part of a three week investigation into the growing efforts of both the US and Afghan governments to develop Afghanistan’s oil and gas sector. I prepared my itinerary to include what are supposed to be among the safest regions, and was traveling alone with just a local guide and driver, my only “safety-gear” the local clothing and black head covering I wore. As long as I kept my mouth shut, with my dark hair and Middle-European heritage, I regularly passed for a local. I was tracking an oil and gas trail across Western and Northern Afghanistan. But so too, it became increasingly apparent, are the Taliban. I was to interview Governor Masoumi because his district sits atop fields of natural gas in one of the most energy-rich provinces. As in virtually all of Afghanistan, none of the fields are marked because almost no natural gas or oil operations are taking place. I know the fields are there because I am following a map of Afghanistan’s oil and natural gas riches produced by the United States’ Government’s US Geological Survey (USGS).
My journey has uncovered a largely hidden battle being waged for control of Afghanistan’s fossil fuel resources. The Afghan and US governments hope these resources will attract international oil companies and raise badly needed income. The Taliban appear increasingly bent on denying the fruits of the sector to their rivals, be they local, national, or international. As we leave Faryab, Danish warns, “If the Taliban catch us, throw your camera out the window and pretend to be my deaf mute mother.” Two days later I’m in Jowzan province to the north of Faryab, waiting at the gates of the Khoja Gogardak natural gas treatment plant, a few miles from Sheberghan city. A lone guard sits nearby. Old, thin, and short with a small grey turban and stark white beard, his AK-47 is casually slung across his shoulder while two small “guard puppy” dogs relax at his feet, enjoying the calm afternoon sun in the heart of General Dostum’s territory. His lackadaisical attitude is both quaint and oddly reassuring. Suddenly, Mir Hasan, head engineer of the facility, appears and ushers us quickly inside. “There is a recent security situation which is not good and the military will be here in a few minutes,” Danish translates. Hasan had received word a few minutes earlier that his employees working at a natural gas field behind the facility and just in the distance (he points, we look) were attacked by the Taliban. “Right here?!” I ask. “Yes,” Danish confirms. Hasan politely reassures me that he is happy to give me the tour of the facility, 90 percent of which is outdoors and in full view of the just-attacked field, but we’ll have to be quick about it as the Afghan military is on its way. “This just happened?!” I ask. “Yes, exactly,” Hasan responds. “Has this happened before?” I ask. “Mostly their attacks take place during the night,” he explains. “This is the first time that they have attacked during the day.” I quickly recall that on the road out of Mazar-i-Sharif, the city General Dostum calls home, Danish had been shocked to see a man on a motorbike brazenly wearing the telltale-black turban of a Taliban and brandishing his weapon in the middle of the day. It was the first time either Danish or our driver had seen such a display in over ten years. “I think we better go,” Danish tells me. I try to stall, hoping to be there when the Afghan military arrive, but the men are anxious.
Engineer Hasan cannot yet report any details other than that when the Taliban began shooting, his men got into their vehicles and fled the area without apparent injury. “You are not very lucky,” Hasan tells me, as we say goodbye to him at the gate. How right he was. I am standing in the middle of the street in Sheberghan City waiting for Mohammad Chaari, commander of security for the Amu Darya oil contract area awarded in 2011 to the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) in partnership with Afghanistan’s Watan Group. With two facilities operating in Sari Pul Province south of Jowzan and east of Faryab, theirs is the only oil production in Afghanistan -- although they currently ship their entire product to Turkmenistan. Almost a week earlier, I had been given a secret tour. (The Chinese no longer allow press onto the facility, so I was snuck in.) While we wait for Chaari, we overhear a conversation between him and two CNPC engineers from Sari Pul. There has been a Taliban attack near the facility, “large enough to call in air support.” No one would say more when asked, but Commander Chaari does tell me that his security detail are about to be significantly increased. We begin crossing oil and gas fields off my itinerary, deeming them too “insecure” to visit, including oil fields very near to the city of Mazar-i-Sharif and the entire province of Kunduz. “Insecure,” I have quickly learned, is code for “Taliban.” As the director general of the Afghan Oil and Gas Survey tells me, “There is nothing else causing insecurity.” The US Pentagon is the de-facto lead US agency pushing the development of Afghanistan’s oil and gas sector. Jim Bowen, a Houston oilman hired by the Pentagon to guide a November 15 international oil and gas contract tender process, confirmed for me that these attacks are in fact on the rise. “Certainly, as the (oil and gas) sector develops, the sector is creating targets, there is no doubt about that,” Bowen tells me. “But exactly how one defines ‘Taliban’ is open to interpretation.” Sitting in Kabul shortly before my departure, I speak with Javed Noorani, extractive industries monitor for the Afghan NGO Integrity Watch. He confirms Bowen’s analysis: As the oil and gas sector draws increasing public attention, so too have Taliban attacks grown. But identifying who is supporting those Taliban, “be they Pakistani, Iranian, or homegrown, is not so simple.”
The result is clear, and far from unique to Afghanistan: As development of the oil and gas sector has risen, so too has violence and insecurity.
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
Spanish Sgt. Killed By IED
Jan 11, 2013 The Associated Press MADRID — The Spanish government says an army bomb disposal expert has died in an explosion in Afghanistan. Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said 35-year-old Sgt. David Fernandez died Friday while defusing an improvised explosive device. The Defense Ministry said the device had been found on a road between the northwestern towns of Qala-i-Naw and Darra-i-Bun during a routine mission. Spain has about 1,500 troops in Afghanistan’s northwestern Badghis province. It has lost some 100 soldiers since deploying in 2002.
POLITICIANS REFUSE TO HALT THE BLOODSHED THE TROOPS HAVE THE POWER TO STOP THE WAR
Wow! Big Surprise!!
“Much Of The $28 Million The United States Spends Daily To Build Up Afghanistan Is Thrown At Projects Without Planning”
“Bribes And Corruption Continue To Flourish”
“Little Attention Is Paid To Whether The Work Ever Gets Done Right”
He gave the example of an Afghan army garrison constructed in Kunduz province on unstable ground, a mistake which led to buildings cracking and falling apart. When asked to explain why the base was built there, or how it was decided it needed to be built at all, U.S. officials could offer no explanation. January 10, 2013 By Chris Carroll, Stars And Stripes [Excrpts] WASHINGTON — Much of the $28 million the United States spends daily to build up Afghanistan is thrown at projects without planning, and little attention is paid to whether the work ever gets done right, the U.S. official in charge of oversight of Afghan reconstruction said Thursday. Meanwhile, security is so bad in many areas that keeping watch over projects is nearly impossible, while bribes and corruption continue to flourish, said John Sopko, who in July took over the job of Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, or SIGAR. In his first public speech since his appointment, he painted a grim picture of the state of the U.S. campaign to remake Afghanistan, an effort that has cost thousands of U.S. lives and hundreds of billions of dollars. The quarterly reports that Sopko, a longtime prosecutor and congressional counsel, has since issued form a counterpoint to more optimistic assessments coming from the Pentagon and other parts of the U.S. government. He gave the example of an Afghan army garrison constructed in Kunduz province on unstable ground, a mistake which led to buildings cracking and falling apart. When asked to explain why the base was built there, or how it was decided it needed to be built at all, U.S. officials could offer no explanation. “We got blank stares,” he said. Although the $70 million base is unusable, the Department of Defense paid the contractor who built it, an action Sopko called “inexplicable.” In another case that received attention last fall, SIGAR investigators discovered that anti-IED grates required on culverts to keep bombs from being planted under roads were never installed — negligence that may have cost American lives, he said.
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Karzai As Dracula Tries Hypnosis At The White House
January 10, 2013 Afghan President Karzai meets Obama: Doug Mills/ New York Times
Half The 10,000 Trucks Tasked With Carrying U.S. Military Supplies Overland Into Afghanistan Are On Strike
10 January 2013 AFP Pakistani staff working on half the 10,000 trucks tasked with carrying U.S. military supplies overland into Afghanistan are on strike to protest against new working arrangements, their union said on Thursday. It was not immediately clear how long the strike would continue or what effect it would have on the transit of supplies into Afghanistan. An increasing share of military goods are also trucked into the war-torn country from the north. Pakistan in July lifted a seven-month blockade on military goods travelling overland to Afghanistan, which had been introduced to protest against botched US air raids that killed 24 Pakistani troops. “There are more than 10,000 trucks engaged in NATO supplies and more than half have gone on strike,” said Hanif Khan Marwat, secretary general of the All Pakistan Goods Transporter Union. He said that vehicles already en route to the Afghan border would stop at the crossings of Chaman and Torkham. They are protesting against moves by the Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) to force truckers to work through one of 40 companies. Officials say the changes are designed to improve security and cut down on theft, but truckers say they prevent them from also working on other assignments. “When we tell the companies that we want our truck back they demand up to 25,000 rupees ($257) per vehicle which is not justified,” said Marwat. “We should not be bound to the new system. We will cooperate in security measures with the authorities, but we should be allowed to work as freely as before,” he said.
600 From Guam National Guard Off To Obama’s Imperial Slaughterhouse
Jan 11, 2013 By Jerick Sablan - Pacific Daily News [Excerpts] HAGATNA, Guam — About 600 Guam Army National Guard members are preparing for one of the island’s largest deployments. The soldiers from the I-294th Infantry Regiment are slated for deployment to Afghanistan in the next few months. Yesterday, soldiers were at the Guam National Guard Readiness Center in Barrigada preparing for the upcoming deployment. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bernard Aguon, one of the officers in charge of preparing the soldiers for the deployment, said the guard hasn’t had to prepare as many soldiers at one time before. Aguon said the preparation is necessary to minimize the hassle once the soldiers arrive at their deployment site. Since the group is so large, the preparation will last until Sunday and is broken up into groups of about 80 soldiers on two-hour rotations. “This is a historical event for Guam since this will be the largest deployment,” Aguon said. The soldiers went through various stations to update financial, family and health information. For Sgt. Ricky San Nicolas, this will be his fourth deployment. San Nicolas said deployments are a part of the job and he hopes for the best. “I need to stay alert and stay alive,” he said. San Nicolas has been deployed to Africa twice and this will be his second time to Afghanistan. He said his family has experience with his absence, but always continues to pray for him. He said the feeling he gets when he returns home is hard to express. “It’s just a joyous feeling coming back home,” San Nicolas said. At yesterday’s pre-deployment event, soldiers were picking up their gear for the deployment. Chief Warrant Officer Robert Castro, another officer in charge, said a steady stream of soldiers was coming in throughout the day. Castro said the soldiers were given gear that would help them prepare for the deployment. Soldiers packed duffle bags full of clothing and other necessary items that left almost no room. Soldiers lugged their full bags in different ways from their arms to their shoulders.
Pfc. Salve Ocampo said she has mixed emotions about her first deployment. “I’m scared, but it’s also something I just have to deal with,” Ocampo said. Ocampo enlisted in 2011 and was a student at the University of Guam before working with the Guard.
Thousands Of Soldiers Based At Fort Drum Off To Obama’s Imperial Slaughterhouse
FORT DRUM, N.Y. — Several thousand soldiers based at Fort Drum in northern New York are headed to Afghanistan. Officials with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division said a joint deployment ceremony will be held Friday morning at Fort Drum’s Magrath Sports Complex. Military officials said between 3,000 and 4,000 soldiers from the 1st and 2nd Brigade Combat Teams will deploy for nine months in Afghanistan as Security Force Assistance Brigades. Soldiers began leaving this week from Fort Drum, and the departures will continue through the month of January. The 10th Mountain Division is one of the Army’s most deployed divisions, with about two dozen brigade deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan since September 2001. The division’s headquarters unit has deployed five times to the two countries.
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Syrian Revolutionaries Capture Key Assad Regime Airbase:
“This Is The Largest Airbase To Be Seized Since The Revolt Began”
“Many Regime Forces Have Been Killed And Most Of The Soldiers And Officers Fled At Dawn”
Syrian air force helicopters at the captured base in Taftanaz in the northern province of Idlib. Rebels seized control of the base on Friday after storming the compound with a captured tank earlier this week. Photograph: Handout/Reuters
BBC News January 10, 2013 By ANNE BARNARD and RICK GLADSTONE, New York Times [Excerpts] & 1.11.13 BBC & Sky News Rebel have taken control of a strategic military airbase in north-western Syria after weeks of fierce fighting with government forces.
Online videos show rebels celebrating inside Taftanaz airport, alongside tanks and helicopters. Helicopters based there have been used to attack rebel-held areas. Helicopters based at the sprawling facility, which lies near the motorway between the capital Damascus and the second city of Aleppo, have been used to bomb rebel-held areas in the north and deliver vital supplies to government forces struggling to halt rebel advances. Rebel fighters broke into the airbase on Wednesday night after days of fighting, and by Thursday had seized control of more than half of it. On Friday morning, the Local Co-ordination Committees (LCC), an opposition activist network, reported that the FSA was now in full control. Other rebel accounts asserted that 26 pilots had been captured. Videos posted online showed Free Syrian fighters inspecting armoured vehicles outside the airbase’s main gate, and at an ammunition store inside the facility. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based activist group, said the fighting had ended at about 11:00 (09:00 GMT). “Many regime forces have been killed and most of the soldiers and officers fled at dawn,” Rami Abdul Rahman told the AFP news agency. “This is the largest airbase to be seized since the revolt began.” The military had removed all its helicopters, except for 20 which were no longer in working condition, he added. One video showed helicopters at Taftanaz, some of which appeared to be intact. Mr Abdul Rahman said the military had struck back after the rebels captured the base, launching air strikes on their positions. The LCC also reported that a warplane had bombed the nearby town of Taftanaz. There was no immediate word on casualties among rebel or government forces, although the bodies of 10 soldiers could be seen in videos. On Wednesday, one opposition activist said the military had blown up aircraft at the base pre-emptively to prevent the rebels gaining access to them. The SOHR said 15 helicopters appeared to have been damaged. Earlier videos showed what appeared to be rebels in a commandeered armored vehicle driving near a fence on the base and firing at buildings, as well as fires raging near helicopters on the tarmac.
“This is the largest airbase to be seized since the revolt began nearly 22 months ago,” Abdel Rahman said. The rebels had previously taken the relatively small Hamdan airport in Albu Kamal on the border with Iraq in the east. They had also taken Marj al Sultan military airport in Damascus province.
SecDef Says Obama Regime “Is Preparing No Options For Having U.S. Ground Troops In Syria” Until The Regime Falls:
“The Pentagon Could Provide Some Forces If The Assad Regime Ever Agrees To A Peaceful Transition”
[Translation: After Assad falls, U.S. troops may be tasked to help destroy the Syrian revolutionary movement. Wouldn’t want Syrians to take the power in Syria, now would we? T] Jan 10, 2013 The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The U.S. has ruled out sending in ground troops to secure Syrian chemical weapons under hostile circumstances, but the Pentagon could provide some forces if the Assad regime ever agrees to a peaceful transition, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday. Speaking to Pentagon reporters, Panetta says his biggest concern is how the U.S. and allies would secure the chemical and biological weapons sites scattered across Syria and ensure the components don’t end up in the wrong hands if the regime falls, particularly under violent conditions. He said the U.S. is preparing no options for having U.S. ground troops in that country if the regime falls while under attack. But, he added, “you always have to keep the possibility that, if there is a peaceful transition and international organizations get involved, that they might ask for assistance in that situation.”
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“At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. Oh had I the ability, and could reach the nation’s ear, I would, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. “For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. “We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.” “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.” Frederick Douglass, 1852
Hope for change doesn’t cut it when you’re still losing buddies. -- J.D. Englehart, Iraq Veterans Against The War
Obama Regime Organizing Celebration Of War On Vietnam:
“These Proud Americans Upheld The Highest Traditions Of Our Armed Forces” “Fighting Heroically To Protect The Ideals We Hold Dear As Americans”
“Some Progressives Claim That Hagel Will Be A Rare Voice Of Reason And Decency At The Top Of The U.S. Killing Machine”
“But How Reasonable And Decent Can A Man Be Who Would Agree To Chair This Trunkful Of Lies?”
[Thanks to lastmarx, who sent this in.] January 10, 2013 by MICHAEL D. YATES, CounterPunch [Excerpts] MICHAEL D. YATES is Associate Editor of Monthly review magazine. Oliver Stone’s Showtime series, Untold History of the United States, is the most radical mainstream television I have ever watched. Eye-opening scenes, shocking speech by our presidents, splendid narration by Stone, all make for a compelling series. A 700-page book by Stone and historian Peter Kuznick accompanies the eight-part program; it provides greater detail and covers more ground than the Showtime installments, allowing viewers to gain an even better understanding of our “untold history.” Episode 7, which is mainly about the War in Vietnam (or the Second Indochina War as it is also called), riveted me to the screen. Stone atones for whatever guilt he has felt about being a soldier in Vietnam by laying out the horrors of the war, the sheer murderous violence of it, in vivid detail. I came of political age in those years, and I got angry all over again watching the bombs and defoliants falling, the victims screaming, and the politicians and generals lying.
It will be a joyous day when that master liar and war criminal Henry Kissinger dies and joins his cohorts in mass slaughter, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. His name should become a synonym for murderer. The carnage brought to Southeast Asia by the United States is mind-boggling, as Stone and Kuznick document: *nearly four million Vietnamese killed. *more bombs dropped on Vietnam than by all sides in all previous wars throughout history, and three times more dropped than by all sides in the Second World War. *19,000,000 gallons of herbicide poisoned the land. *9,000 of 15,000 hamlets destroyed in the South of Vietnam. *In the North, all six industrial cities devastated; 28 of 30 provincial towns and 96 of 116 district towns leveled by bombing. *The United States threatened to use nuclear weapons thirteen times. Nixon chided Kissinger for being too squeamish about this. Nixon said he, himself, just didn’t give a damn. *After the war, unexploded bombs and mines permeated the landscape and took an additional 42,000 lives. Millions of acres of land have still not been cleared of live ordnance. *Agent Orange and other defoliants have caused severe health problems for millions of Vietnamese. *Nearly all of Vietnam’s triple canopy forests were destroyed. *3,000,000 tons of ordnance struck 100,000 sites during the “secret” war in Cambodia, causing widespread social dislocation, destruction of crops, and starvation. The U.S. bombing campaign in Cambodia was directly responsible for the rise of the Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot and the genocide that took place afterward (The United States actually sided with Pol Pot when Vietnamese troops finally ended his reign of terror). Stone and Kuznick quote a Khmer Rouge officer: “Every time after there had been bombing, they would take the people to see the craters, to see how big and deep the craters were, to see how the earth had been gouged out and scorched … “The ordinary people sometimes literally shit in their pants when the big bombs and shells came. “Their minds just froze up and they would wander around mute for three or four days. Terrified and half crazy, the people were ready to believe what they were told. It was because of their dissatisfaction with the bombing that they kept on cooperating with the
Khmer Rouge, joining up with the Khmer Rouge, sending their children off to go with them … “Sometimes the bombs fell and hit little children, and their fathers would be all for the Khmer Rouge.” *2,756,941 tons of ordnance dropped in Laos on 113,716 sites. Much of the Laotian landscape was blown to bits. Our political rulers have continued ever since 1975, when the North Vietnamese Army and the National Liberation Front militarily liberated their country, to not just erase the horrors of Vietnam from public memory but to paint the war as what President Reagan called “a noble cause.” Since he took office, President Obama, an admirer of Reagan, has gone further than any president to do this, attempting to perpetrate another U.S. atrocity, albeit in another form than war, by proclaiming the “Vietnam War Commemoration.” The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act empowered the Secretary of Defense to organize events to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the War in Vietnam. A thirteen-year commemoration is envisioned, from Memorial Day 2012 until November 11, 2025. In his Proclamation urging us all to participate in what amounts to an orgy of selfcongratulations and forgetfulness, President Obama said: “As we observe the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, we reflect with solemn reverence upon the valor of a generation that served with honor. We pay tribute to the more than 3 million servicemen and women who left their families to serve bravely, a world away from everything they knew and everyone they loved. “From Ia Drang to Khe Sanh, from Hue to Saigon and countless villages in between, they pushed through jungles and rice paddies, heat and monsoon, fighting heroically to protect the ideals we hold dear as Americans. “Through more than a decade of combat, over air, land, and sea, these proud Americans upheld the highest traditions of our Armed Forces. Tens of thousands of Vietnamese suspected of being insurgents or sympathizers assassinated in the CIA’s Phoenix Program; the forcible removal of more than five million villagers from their homes into “Strategic Hamlets”; political prisoners jailed and tortured in “tiger cages”; the intentional bombing of North Vietnamese dikes and hospitals; the murder of some 500 women, babies, children, and old people (many were first raped and later butchered) by GIs at My Lai. What kind of valorous efforts were these? What kind of grand ideals did these embody? The Secretary of Defense is to organize all of the Commemoration’s programs to satisfy these objectives:
1. To thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war (POW), or listed as missing in action (MIA), for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans. 2. To highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of Federal agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the Armed Forces. 3. To pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during the Vietnam War. 4. To highlight the advances in technology, science, and medicine related to military research conducted during the Vietnam War. 5. To recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War. The current chairman of the Commemoration is former Nebraska Senator and Vietnam veteran Chuck Hagel. He is also under consideration to become the next Secretary of Defense. If he does, he’ll become the chief organizer of everything connected with it. Some progressives claim that Hagel will be a rare voice of reason and decency at the top of the U.S. killing machine. But how reasonable and decent can a man be who would agree to chair this trunkful of lies? The Vietnam War should never be forgotten. It was a stain on our country and on humanity itself. To glorify it is an ignominious crime. We should instead honor the Vietnamese people, who fought more valiantly and suffered more for their liberation from foreign rule than we ever did for our own.
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Magnificent Anniversary: January 12, 1912
“Bread And Roses”
The Lawrence Textile Workers Strike
Textile strikers confront Massachusetts militiamen in 1912 Jan 10, 2012 By Steve Early, In These Times [Excerpts] LAWRENCE, MASS.— One hundred years ago this month, thousands of angry textile workers abandoned their looms and poured into the frigid streets of Lawrence, Mass. Like Occupy Wall Street in our own gilded age, this unexpected grassroots protest cast a dramatic spotlight on the problem of social and economic inequality. In all of American labor history, there are few better examples of the synergy between radical activism and indigenous militancy. The work stoppage now celebrated as the “Bread and Roses Strike” was triggered, ironically, by a Progressive-era reform that backfired. Well-meaning state legislators had just reduced the maximum allowable working hours for women and children from 56 to 54 hours per week. When this reduction went into
effect, workers quickly discovered that their pay had been cut proportionately, and their jobs speeded up by the American Woolen Company and other firms. The strike that started on January 12, 1912, created political tremors far beyond the Merrimack Valley. The shutdown of mills in Lawrence forced a national debate about factory conditions, child labor, the exploitation of immigrants and the free exercise of First Amendment rights during labor disputes. The strikers’ appeals for solidarity and financial support also created a stark “Which Side Are You On?” moment for mainstream unions and middle-class reformers, both of whom were nervous about the role played by “outside agitators” in Lawrence. On one side of the class divide in Lawrence were rich, arrogant and out-of-touch WASP manufacturers. Their “1%” sense of entitlement led them to spurn negotiations with “the offscourings of Southern Europe,” as New England Magazine disdainfully called the strikers. Instead, mill owners relied on rough policing by 50 state and local militia units (including a company composed of Harvard students who were offered course credit for their attempted strike breaking). Two workers were shot or bayonetted to death, while many others were clubbed and jailed. Three union organizers were falsely accused of conspiracy to murder and faced the electric chair before their post-strike acquittal. Arrayed against American Woolen and its heavily armed defenders was a rainbow coalition of recently arrived immigrants — low-paid workers from 30 countries, who spoke 45 different languages. They were welded together into a militant, disciplined, and largely nonviolent force, through their own efforts and the extraordinary organizing skills of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), which began recruiting in Lawrence many months before the nineweek walkout. Unlike the elitist and conservative American Federation of Labor (AFL), the IWW championed the working poor, both native- and foreign-born. “There is no foreigner here except the capitalists,” thundered IWW leader “Big Bill” Haywood, in a speech to the Lawrence strikers. “Do not let them divide you by sex, color, creed or nationality.” Many on the picket-lines in Lawrence were teenagers or women. Their mistreatment at work, miserable living conditions, malnutrition, and other health problems soon became a national scandal. When a delegation of 16 young strikers appeared before a House Committee hearing in Washington D.C, the wife of Republican President William Howard Taft was among those attending who were shocked by their account of factory life in Lawrence.
These child laborers put a human face on the strikers’ now famous demand for “bread and roses.” They wanted more than just a living wage; they sought dignity, respect and opportunities for personal fulfillment denied to those employed in the mills at age 14 or even younger. Today, the “Bread and Roses Strike” is feted by all of organized labor. But at the time, the work stoppage upstaged and embarrassed the American Federation of Labor, because Lawrence workers rallied under the banner of an organizational rival. IWW members fiercely criticized the AFL for keeping workers divided in different unions, based on occupation. Women, nonwhites, and recent immigrants—particularly those deemed to be “unskilled”—were largely excluded from the alliance of craft unions derided by the IWW as “the American Separation of Labor.” The AFL, in turn, dismissed the IWW’s quest for “One Big Union” and worker control of industry as a left-wing fantasy. AFL President Samuel Gompers was particularly grumpy about the Lawrence strike. Like some of those skeptical of Occupy Wall Street last fall, Gompers claimed the protest activity was just “a passing event”—the work of people more concerned with promoting a “class conscious industrial revolution” than advancing “the near future interests of the workers.” When the mill owners finally capitulated, however, strikers won most of their immediate demands — an outcome that vindicated their embrace of the IWW rather than the feeble AFL-affiliated United Textile Workers. The strike settlement, reached in March 1912, provided wage increases, overtime pay, and amnesty for all strikers. When worker solidarity prevailed over corporate power in the icy streets of Lawrence a century ago, it made the promise of a better life real for many. The Bread and Roses strike became a consciousness-raising experience, not only for textile workers and their families, but the nation as a whole. Nevertheless, at centennial events in Lawrence over the next several months, it will be hard not to notice that many immigrant workers there still lack “bread and roses” — in the form of living wage jobs, affordable housing, and better schools.
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Thousands Of South African Farm Workers On Strike
“We Are Not Slaves, We Are People Just Like The Farmers”
“Salaries Could Be Described As Starvation Wages”
10 January 2013 The Africa Report Farm workers in the grape growing region of South Africa have resumed their strike action demanding a salary increase. The workers at De Doorns in Western Cape, whose first strike was between 27 August and 4 December last year, want their daily wages increased from R69 ($8) to R150 ($17.50) and an improvement in working and living conditions. The strike was later suspended following an undertaking that negotiations would continue between workers’ representatives and individual farmers. But the talks collapsed, with trade unions and non-governmental organisations, describing the negotiations as a failure, saying farmers refused to discuss wage increases with their workers. Farm workers say they are determined to hold out for a pay hike. At least two people were killed in the first wave of protests, raising concern in a country where strikes are generally violent. The strike, which started on Wednesday, has since turned violent with several people injured. On Thursday rubber bullets were fired during clashes between police and striking farm workers. According to reports, thousands of protesting workers taunted the police, pelting them with rocks. Last year, police shot and killed 34 mineworkers in Marikana after a strike turned violent.
The Black Agricultural Workers’ Union of South Africa (Bawusa) claimed that nine people had been injured by the rubber bullets since the strike resumed on Wednesday. Bawusa general secretary, Nosey Pieterse said close to 6000 workers were on strike in De Doorns. Roads leading into the De Doorns region have been closed due to the strike action, while protests were also taking place in other towns Grabouw and Wolseley. According to the police, said 44 people had been arrested. A farm workers organisation said, “People cannot survive on R69 a day. This is what slaves get. We are not slaves we are people just like the farmers”. The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) called on President Jacob Zuma, “to elevate the issue of the plight of farm dwellers, in the light of the centenary of the despicable 1913 Land Act, to a presidentially-convened dialogue process”. Fawu’s Katishi Masamole said there is an “imperative to have a national negotiations process to arrive at a resolution”. The terrible living conditions on farms affecting an estimated 3 million farm dwellers, including children and the elderly, cannot continue to prevail, Masemole said. According to a report by the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy released earlier this week, “the agricultural sector was dependent on cheap unskilled labour and salaries could be described as starvation wages”. The report further stated that the wages, even if increased to R150 a day, would not be enough to keep a family properly fed. However, the report also said most farms would not be able to afford to pay even R104 a day and that the sector needed to go through a structural change, including the increased use of mechanisation, although this would lead to job losses. The Western Cape is a key producing area for grapes and other fruit for both export and local consumption.
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