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AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
“Operation ‘New Hope’ Liberates Vital Afghan District?”
U.S. Marines Only Defeat The Taliban In Press Releases. The Press Releases And Stories About This Operation Are Simply False”
“Major General Charles M. Gurganus, Who Commands This Region Should Be Removed And Face Disciplinary Action. Deceiving The American People Should Be A Courts-Martial Offense”
“This Sweep Into Kajaki Is Like Pushing Water Away; The Water Always Flows Back. Nothing Was Liberated, And There Is Neither Peace Nor Security”
28 January 2013, by Matthew J. Nasuti, Kabul Press A four-day operation by 100 Afghan soldiers and 15 U.S. Marine advisors has achieved what 10,000 British troops failed to do over a decade, it has liberated the Kajaki District of eastern Helmand Province in Afghanistan.
Operation “New Hope” was conducted from January 16-19 and (according to U.S. officials) it was a stunning success. The Kajaki District is best known for the controversial Kajaki Dam, which was supposed to supply hydroelectric power to southern Afghanistan, but its potential has never been realized due to constant Taliban attacks. The area has long been a Taliban stronghold. Last week’s four-day sweep did not result in any definite Taliban casualties, nor did the Afghan/NATO force apparently suffer any casualties of their own, but it was a complete success. According to Marine Colonel Mark Garcia, the goals of the Operation were to “bring peace and stability” to the area and he proudly reported on January 24th that “all mission objectives had been achieved.” As NATO and the Pentagon always tell the truth, that means that the Taliban have apparently been utterly destroyed in eastern Helmand and peace now reigns. Colonel Garcia issued his ridiculous pronouncements from inside the safety of the Marine fortress at nearby Camp Leatherneck. One only has to Google “Operation New Hope Afghanistan” to see that this Pentagon propaganda has been picked up and republished throughout the Internet. Along with this fantastical story are a series of 35 Marine photographs of smiling children and proudly advancing Afghan National Army troops. It is one thing for military officials to emphasize the positive aspects of their combat operations, but it is another to intentionally deceive the American people. The press releases and stories issued about this operation by NATO’s Regional Command Southwest are simply false. Major General Charles M. Gurganus, who commands this region should be removed and face disciplinary action. If the Marines want to report success, they should achieve success and then they would be reporting the truth. Making up phony stories of liberation does not advance the war effort. Exaggerating the performance of Afghan forces achieves nothing. Deceiving the American people should be a courts-martial offense. U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham, to his discredit, has posted these fabricated Marine reports on the U.S. Embassy’s official website. This damages the image of the United States as it requires Afghans to look elsewhere for honest information and legitimate war news. While there is extensive corruption within the Afghan Government, is there any less corruption within Western governments?
The bright line that once existed between the Taliban and the West has long ago faded. The West has failed to provide a model that anyone else would want to copy. This sweep into Kajaki is like pushing water away; the water always flows back. Nothing was liberated, and there is neither peace nor security. While the Americans are leaving, the war continues.
“Problems In Every Area — From Inadequate Planning, Insufficient Coordination And Poor Execution”
“$12.8 Million In Equipment Purchased For Afghanistan’s Electrical Grid Sits Unused In A Warehouse Because The National Utility Is Unable To Install It”
“We Have Found Delays, Cost Overruns And Poor Construction Of Infrastructure Projects”
January 31, 2013 By Heath Druzin, Stars and Stripes [Excerpts] KABUL — More than 11 years after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, Wednesday’s quarterly report from a key government oversight agency paints a grim picture of reconstruction efforts in the country …. On a recent trip to Kabul, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko sat down for an interview with Stars and Stripes. His office’s quarterly report includes one audit that sharply criticizes the U.S. military for lackluster oversight, including missing records of fuel purchases that cost more than $1 billion since 2007 and are expected to cost another $3.1 billion over the next six years. Other notable audits include a finding that $12.8 million in equipment purchased for Afghanistan’s electrical grid sits unused in a warehouse because the national utility is
unable to install it, and a $17.7 million National Police headquarters in Kunduz province built with no plan to train Afghans how to maintain it. “While there has been major progress in Afghanistan, SIGAR’s work since 2009 has repeatedly identified problems in every area of the reconstruction effort — from inadequate planning, insufficient coordination and poor execution, to lack of meaningful metrics to measure progress,” the report reads. “We have found delays, cost overruns and poor construction of infrastructure projects. “We have also found U.S.-funded facilities that are not being used for their intended purposes.” Sopko also pointed to an investigation that found an Afghan contractor had improperly installed or not installed culvert grates aimed at preventing bomb emplacement in volatile Ghazni province.
2,200 Soldiers From Fort Stewart Off To Obama’s Imperial Slaughterhouse:
“The Troops From The Army Post’s 4th Infantry Brigade Are Expected To Deploy In February”
Feb 1, 2013 The Associated Press FORT STEWART, Ga. — About 2,200 soldiers from Fort Stewart will be heading to Afghanistan in the coming weeks. The Defense Department said Thursday the troops from the Army post’s 4th Infantry Brigade are expected to deploy in February. Fort Stewart officials say the departing soldiers have been training for the deployment since July. They completed a monthlong mission readiness exercise at Fort Polk, La., in November. The 4th Brigade troops are expected to spend nine months in Afghanistan training and assisting the country’s own security forces.
It’s the first time the 4th Brigade has sent soldiers to Afghanistan. The brigade returned from a yearlong tour in Iraq in July 2011.
POLITICIANS REFUSE TO HALT THE BLOODSHED THE TROOPS HAVE THE POWER TO STOP THE WAR
The January Unemployment Rate For Post-9/11 Veterans Climbed To 11.7%, Up From 9.9% In December:
The Veterans Jobless Rate Is 10.5% For Men And 17.1% For Women
Feb 1, 2013 By Rick Maze, Army Times [Excerpts] January was not a good month for veterans seeking jobs. The unemployment rate for Post-9/11 veterans climbed to 11.7 percent, up from 9.9 percent in December, while the national unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.9 percent. Among the overall population, the unemployment rate is 7.3 percent for both men and women. However, there are big gender differences among the Post-9/11 veterans, where the jobless rate is 10.5 percent for men and 17.1 percent for women. .
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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
Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder and it is the working class who fights all the battles, the working class who makes the supreme sacrifices, the working class who freely sheds their blood and furnishes their corpses, and it is they who have never yet had a voice - in either declaring war or making peace. It is the ruling class that invariably does both. They alone declare war. They are continually talking about patriotic duty. It is not their patriotic duty but your patriotic duty that they are concerned about. Their patriotic duty never takes them to the firing line or chucks them into the trenches. -- Eugene V. Debs
Academy Awards--Best Picture
From: Mike Hastie To: Military Resistance Newsletter Sent: January 31, 2013 Subject: Academy Awards--Best Picture Academy Awards--Best Picture This photograph is a cropped version of the statue at the My Lai Massacre site in Vietnam. The envelope should read: The United States continues to be the Cop of the world, spreading its Imperialistic Democracy like a raging virus. Let's see... what part of the world has the U.S. Government not left a dead child? And then, we wonder why it is
happening in America. Your town. My town. Newtown. Mike Hastie Army Medic Vietnam January 31, 2013 Photo and caption from the portfolio of Mike Hastie, US Army Medic, Vietnam 1970-71. (For more of his outstanding work, contact at: (firstname.lastname@example.org) T) One day while I was in a bunker in Vietnam, a sniper round went over my head. The person who fired that weapon was not a terrorist, a rebel, an extremist, or a so-called insurgent. The Vietnamese individual who tried to kill me was a citizen of Vietnam, who did not want me in his country. This truth escapes millions. Mike Hastie U.S. Army Medic Vietnam 1970-71 December 13, 2004
“Kobayashi Takiji Is Hands Down The Most Important Proletarian Author To Have Emerged From Japan”
“Pioneering Works Of Japanese Literature Written From The Perspectives Of Women, Blue Collar Workers, And Ethnic Minorities”
“The Publication In English Of Kobayashi Takiji’s Fiction, Skillfully Translated Here, Is Particularly Timely As People In Many Countries With
Troubled Economies Struggle With Lost Jobs And Burgeoning Debts”
The Crab Cannery Ship and Other Novels of Struggle; Author: Kobayashi Takiji; Translator: Cipris, Zeljko; University Of Hawaii Press; 320pp; $25.00 University Of Hawaii Press Announcement: This collection introduces the work of Japan’s foremost Marxist writer, Kobayashi Takiji (1903–1933), to an English-speaking audience, providing access to a vibrant, dramatic, politically engaged side of Japanese literature that is seldom seen outside Japan. The volume presents a new translation of Takiji’s fiercely anticapitalist Kani kōsen — a classic that became a runaway bestseller in Japan in 2008, nearly eight decades after its 1929 publication. It also offers the first-ever translations of Yasuko and Life of a Party Member, two outstanding works that unforgettably explore both the costs and fulfillments of revolutionary activism for men and women. The book features a comprehensive introduction by Komori Yōichi, a prominent Takiji scholar and professor of Japanese literature at Tokyo University.
"A miracle happened in the world of Japanese letters in 2008: an eighty-year-old masterwork of Japanese proletarian literature appeared on best-seller lists. Embraced and reviled in its own day, dismissed and forgotten once revolution was declared both impossible and unnecessary, Kobayashi Takiji’s The Crab Cannery Ship, reborn here in Željko Cipriš’s fresh translation, stirred in Japanese a forgotten hunger for a literature that answers to bleak times with an incandescent anger and life-giving solidarity. “This volume, which includes two novels never before translated, Yasuko and the Life of a Party Member, gives us a trio of works that speak to readers with prescient urgency.” —Norma Field, Robert S. Ingersoll Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of Japanese Studies, University of Chicago ******************************************************** “The long recession that hit Japan after the ‘bubble economy’ burst in the early 1990s brought falling incomes and widespread underemployment. “It also sparked a major revival of interest among the nation's readers in this landmark work of Japan’s proletarian literature, selling briskly in a new edition. “While other translators concentrate on recent pop-star writers, Željko Cipriš joins a growing number of scholars bringing to an English-language readership pioneering works of Japanese literature written from the perspectives of women, blue collar workers, and ethnic minorities. The publication in English of Kobayashi Takiji’s fiction, skillfully translated here, is particularly timely as people in many countries with troubled economies struggle with lost jobs and burgeoning debts.” —Steve Rabson, Professor Emeritus of East Asian Studies, Brown University ******************************************************** “Kobayashi Takiji is hands down the most important proletarian author to have emerged from Japan, and this volume of translations provides an excellent introduction to a vibrant, dramatic, politically engaged side of Japanese literature that is seldom seen. “The stories spring to life in fresh, idiomatic translations that bring Takiji’s heart-pumping originals to life.” —Jeffrey Angles, Western Michigan University
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DANGER: POLITICIANS AT WORK
Guantanamo Military Judge Orders Government To Immediately Suspend Secret
Censor’s Ability To Black Out Military Commission Trial:
“I Order The Government To Disconnect Any Ability Of A Third Party To Suspend Broadcast Of The Proceeding”
“Guantanamo's Chief Prosecutor Declined To Reveal The Identity Of The Third Party Censor”
31 January 2013 By Jason Leopold, Truthout & By CHARLIE SAVAGE, New York Times [Excerpts] Reporting from Guantanamo GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - A military judge on Thursday ordered the government to immediately suspend a third party's ability to kill the audio feed during military commission proceedings for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other defendants accused of planning the 9/11 attacks. Army Col. James Pohl, the military judge, said only he and the court security officer are authorized to use the censor button to prevent the media and other observers watching the tribunal on closed circuit television from hearing classified information being discussed in open court. "I order the government to disconnect any ability of a third party to suspend broadcast of the proceeding, and I order any third party not to suspend proceedings," Pohl said. “This is the last time,” Colonel Pohl said, that any party other than a security officer inside the courtroom who works for the military commission “will be permitted to unilaterally decide that the broadcast will be suspended.” "No third party can unilaterally cut off the broadcast." He said that while some legal rules and precedents governing the tribunals might be unclear, there was no doubt that only the judge has the authority to close the courtroom. Colonel Pohl made clear he would not tolerate anyone having control over a censorship button in the case other than his courtroom security officer.
The judge's order, effective immediately, came down after the audio feed to the proceedings was interrupted Monday when defense attorney David Nevin, who represents Mohammed, discussed the title of an exhibit pertaining to the CIA's secret black site prisons, where the self-professed 9/11 mastermind and his alleged coconspirators had been held prior to their transfer to Guantanamo. When Nevin uttered the word "secret," a warning light, which is silent, positioned on the judge's dais, started to flash and the sound of white noise was fed through the audio feed. Moments later, the monitors inside the gallery went black. The outage lasted three minutes. (The courtroom is visible to members of the gallery but is separated by soundproof glass; the audio feed is delayed by 40 seconds). Neither Pohl nor the defense attorneys representing the accused appeared to be aware who was responsible for censoring the transmission of the proceedings. "If some external body is turning the commission off under their own view of what things ought to be, with no reasonable explanation ... then we are going to have a little meeting about who turns that light on or off," Pohl said. It was later revealed by the government that the third party monitoring the hearings who was responsible for the interruption during Nevin's discussion about the secret overseas prisons where Mohammed was detained was the "original classification authority," or OCA, likely a reference to the CIA since that is the agency that operated the black site prisons. Pohl said on Tuesday the third party who censored Nevin was wrong. In response to questions by Truthout at a news conference Thursday afternoon, Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, Guantanamo's chief prosecutor, declined to reveal the identity of the third party censor nor would he disclose whether the censor had been controlling the proceedings at a location on Guantanamo or on US soil. Navy Cmdr. Walter Ruiz, defense attorney for Mustafa al Hawsawi, one of the five 9/11 suspects on trial, asked reporters present whether Martins adequately answered questions related to the transparency of the proceedings. "We have more questions than we have answers," Ruiz said. "Who is the invisible hand? Who is the master of puppets?" Ruiz was highly critical of the military commissions, saying it has created an "illusion of justice." "This is phony currency," he said. "Counterfeit and phony currency." Separately, Nevin filed an emergency motion with the court Thursday morning asking for an immediate suspension to proceedings until the defense can get a better understanding of who is listening to attorney/client communications. Pohl said he would take up the motion when pretrial hearings resume on February 11.
Religious Fanatics Terrorize Brooklyn Neighborhood
“They Operate Like The Mafia”
“They Walk Into A Store And Say It Would Be A Shame If Your Window Was Broken”
‘ Jan 30, 2013 By Katie McDonough, Salon.com In ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities across New York state, women wear long skirts and long-sleeved, high-necked blouses on the street; men wear suits and white collar shirts, buttoned to the neck; and girls are told the precise color and thickness of the stockings they can wear to school. And these aren’t just recommendations – community modesty codes are strictly enforced. Not just by social custom, but by a self-appointed, shadowy group of men who
police a predominantly Hasidic neighborhood in North Brooklyn, according to a report in the New York Times. “They operate like the Mafia,” Rabbi Allan Nadler, director of the Jewish studies program at Drew University, told the Times. “They walk into a store and say it would be a shame if your window was broken or you lost your clientele,” he said. “They might tell the father of a girl who wears a skirt that’s too short and he’s, say, a store owner: ‘If you ever want to sell a pair of shoes, speak to your daughter.’” Many of the rules of conduct are focused explicitly on regulating what Hasidic women car wear in public, believing that an uncovered head or a skirt that reveals too much will arouse the sexual attention of men and boys. But in places like Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the issue of non-compliance with ultraOrthodox modesty rules has crept into neighboring secular areas. In 2009, Hasidic South Williamsburg community members successfully rallied to block a bike lane that brought outside bicyclists — specifically, women wearing shorts — through the neighborhood. “I have to admit, it’s a major issue, women passing through here in that dress code,” Simon Weisser, a member of Community Board 1 in Williamsburg-Greenpoint, told the New York Post. “It bothers me, and it bothers a lot of people.” The Central Rabbinical Congress of the United States and Canada, housed on the second floor of a Williamsburg row house, issues guidelines on modesty, but says it does not explicitly enforce any code. “We give out proclamations,” Rabbi Yitzchok Glick, its executive director, told the Times. “We don’t enforce. It’s like people can decide to keep Shabbos or not. If someone wants to turn on the light on Shabbos, we cannot put him in jail for that.” But others, community members say, have used force and coercion to enforce the code. “There are quite a few men, especially in Williamsburg, who consider themselves Gut’s polizei,” Yosef Rapaport, a Hasidic journalist, using the words for “God’s police,” told the Times. “It’s somebody who is a busybody, and there are quite a few of them — zealots who take it upon themselves and they just enforce. They’re considered crazy, but people don’t want to confront them.”
The War On Kids Rolls On:
5 Year Old Suspended From School For "Terroristic Threats” Involving Hello Kitty Bubble Gun She Had At Home
Jan 21, 2013 WTVY The family of a kindergarten student in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania is thinking about filing a lawsuit after their five-year-old was suspended from school. A pink Hello Kitty bubble gun is the reason the five-year-old girl was suspended from kindergarten at Mount Carmel Area Elementary School. Her family’s attorney says she was at her school bus stop last week when she told a classmate she was going to shoot him and herself with the bubble gun - a gun she did not have with her. According to the family’s lawyer, district officials at Mount Carmel Area Elementary School questioned the girl for three hours without her parent’s knowledge. She was suspended for ten days for making terroristic threats. The Hello Kitty bubble is considered a toy. When you pull the trigger, it shoots out bubbles. The family’s lawyer says a psychologist examined the girl and said she was not a danger to others, so district officials reduced the suspension from ten days to four days. Mount Carmel’s superintendent would not comment on the suspension citing confidentiality concerns.
The family’s attorney says the incident will go on her permanent record, which the family will fight. He says the family is also considering suing the Mount Carmel Area School District.
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CLASS WAR REPORTS
“Thousands Of Egyptians” Marched Across The Country Against The Rule Of President Morsi “Demanding His Overthrow”
“Opponents Of Mursi Hurled Petrol Bombs At His Palace On Friday”
Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mursi march in the city of Port Said February 1, 2013. Opponents of Mursi hurled petrol bombs at his palace on Friday as protesters returned to the streets of Egypt demanding his overthrow after the deadliest violence of his seven months in power. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Egyptians during anti-President Mohammed Morsi protest in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 1, 2013. Thousands of Egyptians marched across the country, chanting against the rule of President Mohammed Morsi, in a fresh wave of protests Friday. Arabic reads, "down with brotherhood rule." (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
“Tens Of Thousands” Rally Against The Iraqi Dictatorship:
Fallujah & Baghdad
Iraqis chant anti-government slogans as they wave national flags during a protest in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Feb. 1, 2013. Tens of thousands of protesters blocked a major highway in western Iraq on Friday. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Iraqis rally against the government in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Feb. 1, 2013. Last week, five protesters were killed by government forces in Fallujah. Tens of thousands of protesters blocked a major highway in western Iraq on Friday. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Iraqis chant anti-government slogans during a protest in Baghdad, Iraq, Feb. 1, 2013. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the street to condemn the Iraqi dictatorship and to demand the release of political prisoners being tortured in Iraqi jails. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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