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Oct 20 12:52

PENTAGON ADMITS US SOLDIERS CRASHED MSF'S KUNDUZ CLINIC GATES

U.S. and Afghan troops did in fact break through a locked gate outside of a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinic last week in Kunduz, Afghanistan, where 22 patients and staff were killed in a U.S. militarybombing days earlier, a Department of Defense official admitted Monday. Pentagon spokesperson Jeff Davis said the soldiers who forced open the gate did not believe the charity hospital was still occupied and that they plan to "make it right and make sure that that gate is repaired."

Oct 20 09:28

US govt heroin business in Afghanistan

Oct 20 07:50

US military recommended 20k troops in Afghanistan: McCain

US military leaders have recommended that Washington should leave as many as 20,000 American troops in Afghanistan after 2016, says Senator John McCain.

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Here's your rifle, John!

Oct 20 06:15

NATO BLIND: Top Secret Russian Air Defence System Deployed in Syria

You are only as good as those you fight. The US military is great for gunning down innocent men,women and children all over the planet for their corporate and neocon masters.
They are absolutely no good for defending the USA from attack and are at this moment training to attack the American people. And they have now been caught not only giving aid and comfort to America's enemies,they the Pentagram creates Americas enemies out of whole cloth! Shameful!

Thierry Meyssan, a French journalist who has been based in Damascus for some years now, is reporting that Russia has deployed its most advanced, top secret air defence system in Syria, which has essentially “left NATO blind.”

While the West has been completely embarrassed by Russia’s swift and effective operation in Syria, it has now been utterly outclassed; so greatly that, as we shall hear below, even NATO Commanders are ‘worried’.

Oct 20 05:55

America enabled radical Islam: How the CIA, George W. Bush and many others helped create ISIS

We have tried to harness the power of radical Islam for our own interests for decades. ISIS is partially on America

Since 1980, the United States has intervened in the affairs of fourteen Muslim countries, at worst invading or bombing them. They are (in chronological order) Iran, Libya, Lebanon, Kuwait, Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Sudan, Kosovo, Yemen, Pakistan, and now Syria. Latterly these efforts have been in the name of the War on Terror and the attempt to curb Islamic extremism.

Oct 20 05:50

Putin’s Plan For Syria & Beyond

BRZEZINSKI’S LIFELONG DREAM of bringing Russia under America’s thumb is going up in smoke.

According to Brzezinski, whoever controls the Central Asian heartland, “the Asian Balkans,” controls Eurasia, and ultimately the world…all to the ruin of Russia.

SUCKERING the Soviets into Afghanistan was part of Zbig’s Grand Chessboard strategy of picking off the ‘Istan countries to conquer the energy rich Caspian Sea and bisect Russia.

As an adjunct of using Osama bin Laden paired with Saudi-funded Wahhabism in the ‘Istan countries, Brzezinski sent by way of USAID, the CIA’s public alter ego, millions of corrupted Korans and textbooks filled with militant Islamic teachings and violent images to schools of Afghan children in orphanages and refugee camps, in order to hatch jihadist fanatics.

Many of the later generation of the Afghan Taliban were orphans from the war, raised and schooled with these corrupted Korans.

Oct 20 05:44

Is the Last Card Being Played?

There's a thought-form that has been loosed upon this wounded world that's been waiting for a thousand years—now maybe that moment is about to arrive?

“Obama Can and Must be Ousted This Week

The situation is suddenly very ripe for President Obama's immediate removal from office. In that same context, with her Benghazi testimony scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22 before the House Select Committee, it is also to be expected that Hillary Clinton will soon be dumped as well.

Oct 19 18:51

Does the US Have a Plan in Afghanistan?

Author Anand Gopal discusses why a US strategy of arming 350000 Afghan men will only perpetuate endless war.

Oct 19 12:31

MSF Hospital Was in US ‘Restricted’ Database Before Attack

The Pentagon has reported “initial findings” in its internal investigation of this month’s attack on a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, a strike which killed 22 civilians and has fueled calls for an independent investigation into potential war crimes.

The Pentagon’s comments, reported to CNN, were largely in keeping with what MSF had already reported, affirming that the hospital was known and documented by the Pentagon, that Doctors Without Borders “did everything right” in informing the US of the location of the facility, and that MSF, as they reported the day of the incident, contacted the Pentagon immediately upon the first strike on the facility.

Oct 19 07:59

Russia's Syrian Operation to Smash Terrorists, End Tyranny of Banking Elite

Russia's involvement in Syria actually means the decline of the US-led 'new world order' declared by George H.W. Bush in 1990, F. William Engdahl believes."

The Russian intervention has exposed the fraud of the US' position in the Middle East and shown the world that Washington lies, that she supports the very terrorists who allegedly were behind the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and at the Pentagon," Engdahl pointed out in his article for New Eastern Outlook.

According to the historian Russia is about to put an end to the US-led "new world order" proclaimed by triumphalist President George H.W. Bush on September 11, 1990.

Oct 18 22:02

Russia’s Awesome Responsibility

The Russian decision to proceed with military support to the Damascus government has shifted the global geopolitical map significantly. For the moment Washington is choosing to react with words, no doubt planning carefully its next move. The Russian intervention has exposed the fraud of the US position in the Middle East and shown the world that Washington lies, that she supports the very terrorists who allegedly were behind the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and at the Pentagon.......

Oct 18 12:27

Taliban militants overrun district in northeastern Afghanistan

The Taliban militant group has taken control of a district in Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Badghis, as Afghan government forces are battling the militants at other fronts elsewhere in the war-battered country.

Major Reza Rezaee, the spokesman for Afghanistan’s 209th Shaheen Military Corps, said Taliban militants overran Ghormach district, situated about 500 kilometers (310 miles) northwest of the capital, Kabul, early Sunday, following heavy clashes with Afghan security forces.

He added that security forces alongside government officials have holed up inside a military base in the district, and the Taliban terrorists are tightening the noose around them.

A local security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Taliban terrorists have seized the district governor's compound as well as police headquarters.

He added the Taliban have set the police headquarters on fire.

Oct 18 06:37

"A Very Heavy Agenda" - New documentary released about the neocons and how they run foreign policy for Dems & Repubs

They work both sides of the Democrat Republican fence (not that it is much of a fence anyway) and are now up to their eyeballs in reviving the cold war.

About the video:

Post-9/11, the War on Terror had outlived its usefulness.

The minds behind the think tanks that drive America’s interventionist foreign policy decided that the U.S. needed a new enemy, so they chose an old one -- Russia.

Part 1: A Catalyzing Event 1hr 25mins

Cheney, Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld were ubiquitous in the news media as they took every available opportunity to market to America an aggressive preemptive war policy. But from where did their ideas originate? The answer is a tightly knit and eminently well placed group of neoconservative thought leaders, chief among them Bill Kristol and Robert Kagan. Part 1 begins in the panicked weeks after 9/11, as Kagan et al. seized upon the hysteria surrounding the anthrax letter attacks to further shape America’s perception of reality, planting the seeds for endless future military engagements. George W. Bush may have been understandably perceived as an idiot, but watching these wonks and academics drive the ideological engine for his administration belies a much more sophisticated strategy at play.

Part 2: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The New Neocons 1hr 35mins

After the Cold War, the US-NATO reach expanded significantly to take in most of the old Soviet Union clients in the Warsaw pact. Neoconservative darling Robert Kagan and his diplomat wife Victoria Nuland played key roles inside and out of various administrations and think tanks as they greased the skids for a US-sponsored coup in Ukraine. Part 2 shows the resurrection of old cold warriors from beltway depths to deliver blatant propaganda with techniques reminiscent of a red scare era that had only just faded from memory. US-funded outfits like Radio Free Liberty are pitted against Russia’s RT as each nation accuses the other of waging an ever more desperate and transparent "Information War".

Part 3: Maintaining the World Order 1hr 30mins

"When the Berlin wall fell, our work wasn't finished". -- Victoria Nuland, November 2013

“Fuck the EU” -- Victoria Nuland, February 2014

While stage managing the American empire has undoubtedly proved to be a more difficult task now than in the bipolar world of the cold war era, it is not for lack of greed or hubris that the Kagans and others continue to sell their vision. Did they create these ideas because they truly believe in America's right to be the dominant force in the world? Or, do these ideas help sell weapons and control resources like oil and rare minerals? Part 3 shows interview footage of an obscure PNAC member (Thomas Donnelly) taking credit for the ominous “New Pearl Harbor” phrasing in the notorious 'Rebuilding America’s Defenses' document. But the evidence shows the genesis of the concept to be patriarch Don Kagan, in conjunction with his son Fred, in prior op-eds that call for ‘a catalyzing event’. Other newly sourced footage shows the pair advocating for a US military ground invasion of Palestine on September 12th, 2001 and displaying an unnerving prescience about the 9/11 attacks themselves.

Watch a trailer of the video here (warning: one episode of loud swearing): https://vimeo.com/140415359
Go here to download or order on DVD: http://averyheavyagenda.blogspot.com

Oct 17 17:17

A Very Heavy Agenda Part 1 : A Catalyzing Event [Trailer] (Neocons exposed)

Post-9/11, the War on Terror had outlived its usefulness.
The minds behind the think tanks that drive America’s interventionist foreign policy decided that the U.S. needed a new enemy, so they chose an old one -- Russia.

Part 1: A Catalyzing Event 1hr 25mins

Cheney, Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld were ubiquitous in the news media as they took every available opportunity to market to America an aggressive preemptive war policy. But from where did their ideas originate? The answer is a tightly knit and eminently well placed group of neoconservative thought leaders, chief among them Bill Kristol and Robert Kagan. Part 1 begins in the panicked weeks after 9/11, as Kagan et al. seized upon the hysteria surrounding the anthrax letter attacks to further shape America’s perception of reality, planting the seeds for endless future military engagements. George W. Bush may have been understandably perceived as an idiot, but watching these wonks and academics drive the ideological engine for his administration belies a much more sophisticated strategy at play.

(Embedded trailer for Part1 at link.)

Oct 17 11:48

Why US fears Putin success in Syria

Russia is conducting operations that are lawful under international law with the full consent of the Syrian government – unlike the US-led coalition which is bombing the country illegally.

Last week, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter darkly predicted that Russia would suffer blowback from its intervention in Syria with acts of terrorism being committed on “Russian soil.”

Oct 17 08:35

'They don't care who gets killed': Ex-drone pilot turned whistleblower to RT

What masquerades as our government here in America is really a criminal gang run by Psychopaths!

Guilt-ridden American drone pilots continue to quit in unprecedented numbers. One former secret mission operator, Brandon Bryant, who’s received a whistleblower award, spoke to RT of the horrors of indiscriminate killing from a safe distance.

“The people that are giving the order to kill – they don’t care who gets killed as long as their target gets attacked… they’ll take out however many people they can in order to get their results,” Bryant says.

Oct 16 19:48

7/7 led to wars abroad and loss of freedoms at home ... but do we know what really happened that day?

*hyperlinks/video live at source*

For the London media 7/7 is 'done and dusted', but for guest author, Tony Gosling, who helped cover the IRA London bombing campaign for the BBC, nothing could be further from the truth.

31-minute video: Ten years after 7/7: 13 holes in government & media account of 2005 London Bombings:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfC2DfCTjdo

Monday 6th July 2015 BRISTOL - At lunchtime of 7th July 2005 the Guardian's Mark Honigsbaum was in the London Hilton Hotel opposite Edgware Road underground station uploading an audio report to the Guardian website. Mark had been talking to dazed and injured passengers as they emerged from the smoke and chaos below and listening back to the Guardian's first report of the day is unsettling.

Oct 16 15:44

‘US bombing harming civilians, not stopping terrorists’ – Hamid Karzai

Former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai is on SophieCo to discuss the latest Taliban offensive in the country and if Afghan forces can cope with it on their own.

Oct 16 11:10

Once they're in, it is hard to get them out

The reason why US troops are remaining in Afghanistan is a simple one: the US has not spent billions of dollars on the conquest and colonization of the country to just close shop over there and say goodbye. In the first place, Afghanistan has a unique strategic position in Central Asia that, according to prevalent geopolitical thought in Washington, just needs to be occupied. Secondly, Afghanistan is extremely rich in all sorts of minerals that the US will need, and that cannot be allowed to fall-God forbid-in the hands of the Chinese, the Indians, or even the Russians. Thirdly, under US protection and under the auspices of the CIA, Afghanistan produces more than 90% of the world's heroin, that is shipped to Europe and Russia in order to destabilize the populations there. The proceeds from the sale of heroin are desperately needed by the CIA to fund its worldwide covert operations.

Oct 16 10:29

‘How Many Afghans Have to Grow Up Knowing Nothing but War?’

If you ever need evidence that the US elite press are willing to distort journalism in order to carry water for the government, the New York Times gave it to you on a plate with this instantly infamous headline for an early report on the US bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan: “US Is Blamed After Bombs Hit Afghan Hospital.”

Oct 16 09:54

US Rejects Hospital Bombing Investigation, Instead Smashes into Hospital in Tank, Destroying Evidence

On October 14th, an “international panel” announced that it was “ready to investigate the deadly US [hospital] bombing”, but would need “assurances from Barack Obama and the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, that their governments [would] comply.”

The US rejected the initiative for the investigation, and instead, on October 15th, sent soldiers to smash up the bombed hospital with a tank, “destroy[ing] potential evidence” for the war crimes investigation.

To explain this, the US announced that the tank was carrying the US’s own “investigators”.

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Oct 16 09:08

Reject Plan to Continue War on Afghanistan

“The U.S. and NATO occupy my country under the name of all the beautiful banners of democracy, women’s rights, human rights. And for this long time, they shed the blood of our people under the name of the war on terror…” —Malalai Joya

Oct 16 06:03

US tank enters ruined Afghan hospital putting 'war crime' evidence at risk

A US tank has forced its way into the shell of the Afghanistan hospital destroyed in an airstrike 11 days ago, prompting warnings that the US military may have destroyed evidence in a potential war crimes investigation.

The 3 October attack on the Médécins sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz killed 10 patients and 12 staff members of the group.

Oct 16 04:56

Heads of CIS, EAEU countries concerned over situation in Afghanistan — Kremlin spokesman

"There was an exchange of views on the situation in Syria. The leaders of a number of CIS countries voiced profound concern over further deterioration of the situation, the destabilization of the situation in Afghanistan. This concern was shared by other participants, including [Russian] President Vladimir Putin," Peskov said. The Russian leader is taking part in the meetings of the Council of CIS Heads of State and the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. The leaders of the CIS countries signed 16 documents following summit in Kazakhstan. The events of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council are currently underway.

Oct 15 21:48

Special Forces To Change ‘Free The Oppressed’ Motto After Complaints From Afghans Holding Sex Slaves

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Top Army leaders have ordered its elite Special Forces unit to change its motto from the Latin “De Opresso Liber” (To liberate the oppressed) to something that would be more culturally sensitive, after a large number of Afghans holding child sex slaves have complained.

“We want to make sure we are not offending our coalition partners and not judging them based on our own biases,” said Col. Dwight S. Barry, a Pentagon spokesperson.

In one high-profile incident, two Special Forces soldiers beat up an American-backed militia commander after they had learned he had raped a young boy and beat up his mother, a practice which goes back centuries and is perfectly normal in Afghan society. Fortunately, one of the American soldiers decided to leave the Army after the incident, while the other is being kicked out.

Oct 15 18:24

The Stooge and the Statesman

In a Corporate State no one but a stooge will stand as President. No matter whether in charge is a bubba from Arkansas, a sham cowboy, a sissy black, or a warmongering harebrained bitch: a stooge bears no responsibility. However indecent or heinous he might be, as long as he’s doing his Corporate Bidding, he’ll brazenly beat the rap. The rise of dissenting voices will remain offstage; unheard, ineffective. A Corporate State holds power over the citizens through the Corporate Media apparatus, which spreads scourge by shaping opinion.

Mesmerized by News channels and distracted by status quo-supporting Hollywood paradigm, Corporate Citizenry firmly believes itself to be free and safe, while shamelessly parroting events and statements it was indoctrinated to, proudly saluting its flag, listening to and thanking the Stooge-in-Chief.

Oct 15 14:38

US troops will stay in Afghanistan after Obama

President Obama will keep 5500 US troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017, according to senior administration officials.

Oct 15 12:29

Afghanistan decision seals Obama's legacy as the 'twilight war' president

Revision follows pattern established throughout Obama’s presidency: to tell the American public that the ‘tide of war is receding’, while not actually stopping it

Oct 15 11:55

US forces in Afghanistan knew Kunduz site was hospital - report

New information suggests the US deliberately targeted the Kunduz hospital, killing 22 patients and staff, despite knowing it was a protected medical site.

US special operations analysts investigated the hospital for days prior to the deadly October 3 attack, describing the hospital as a base of operations for a Pakistani agent coordinating Taliban activities, AP has learned from a former intelligence official familiar with the documents.

The site, operated by Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF), was attacked five times in the span of an hour by a C-130 gunship, despite repeated pleas by the MSF to US forces. MSF officials described repeated strafing runs against the main hospital building, which housed the emergency room and the intensive care unit. No surrounding buildings were hit, they say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is trying to defend itself now (after being caught in the lie that the targeting of the hospital was a mistake) by claiming they had intelligence that the Taliban were using the hospital as a command post. Of course, no Taliban were found in the piles of dead bodies.

Oct 15 09:54

Obama Mocked By Entire World

Brother Nathanael "connects the dotz" on the total global disaster that has been created by Zio-Occupied Jew-merica for the "Greater Israel" agenda.

Oct 15 08:56

Obama to keep 5,500 US troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office

President Obama will keep 5,500 US troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017, a significant change to a previous withdrawal plan. The mission of the troops will not change, however.

The troops will be based at four locations: Kabul, Bagram, Jalalabad, and Kandahar.

The US will maintain the current 9,800 troops throughout most of next year, and then draw that number down to 5,500 in 2017.

"It's the right thing to do," Obama said at the White House. "As commander in chief I will not allow Afghanistan to be used as safe haven for terrorists to attack our nation again."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The real issue in Afghanistan is that the people conquered by the United States and ruled by a US puppet government refuse to stay conquered and refuse to stay ruled by a US puppet government. This is the same situation that has happened in Iraq, Libya, Yemen, and all the other provinces conquered by the American Empire, which is why the US Government has to go on wagging terrorists at us as they invade the same places over and over and over again.

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Oct 14 12:56

#Enough! We Can Respond to the Tears of Kunduz Refugee, Abdul Fatah

We live in a World at War, and as fellow human beings, what can we do for refugees like 45-year-old Abdul Fatah, who has been crying lately, who doesn’t have a home in his own home?

Oct 14 11:43

Inside the MSF Hospital in Kunduz

An exclusive first look at the horrific aftermath of the U.S. attack in northern Afghanistan.

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Oct 14 11:32

The Kunduz Hospital Atrocity

In one of the most despicable incidents of the United States’ 14-year war in Afghanistan, U.S. troops bombed a hospital in Kunduz, killing 22 people, including patients, three children, and medical personnel from Doctors Without Borders, or MSF. Thirty-seven people were injured, including 19 staff members in the Oct. 3 attack.

Oct 14 07:31

Global panel seeks to investigate U.S. bombing of Afghan hospital

An international panel of experts is ready to investigate the U.S. bombing of a Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Afghanistan but awaits a green light from both governments, MSF and the Swiss foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

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Oct 13 14:46

A Short History of U.S. Bombing of Civilian Facilities

On October 3, a U.S. AC-130 gunship attacked a hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontières in Kunduz, Afghanistan, partially destroying it. Twelve staff members and 10 patients, including three children, were killed, and 37 people were injured. According to MSF, the U.S. had previously been informed of the hospital’s precise location, and the attack continued for 30 minutes after staff members desperately called the U.S. military.

The U.S. first claimed the hospital had been “collateral damage” in an airstrike aimed at “individuals” elsewhere who were “threatening the force.” Since then, various vague and contradictory explanations have been offered by the U.S. and Afghan governments, both of which promise to investigate the bombing. MSF has called the attack a war crime and demanded an independent investigation by a commission set up under the Geneva Conventions.

Oct 13 14:27

Prescription for Afghan Hospital Bombing: Independent Investigation and US Troop Withdrawal

On October 3, a US airstrike destroyed a Médecins Sans Frontières (also known as Doctors Without Borders) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing 22 healthcare workers and patients. On October 6, the commander of US armed forces in Afghanistan, General John Campbell, told the US Senate Armed Services committee that the attack had been an accident. With CODEPINK protesters covered in fake ‘blood’ in the background, Campbell assured the committee that the Pentagon was carrying out its own investigation that would be “thorough, objective and transparent.”

Oct 13 08:44

Kunduz hospital attack was no mistake: US Dispatched a Murderous AC-130 Airborne Gunship to Attack a Hospital

Evidence continues to mount that the US committed a monstrous war crime in attacking and destroying a fully operational hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan on the night of Oct. 3, killing at least 22 people including at least 12 members of the volunteer medical staff of Medicine Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), the French based international aid organization that operated the hospital.

This even as the US desperately tries to bury the issue of its perfidy by offering "condolence payments" to victims of the attack, though without accepting blame beyond saying it was a "tragic mistake."

Oct 12 10:31

Pentagon Readies Payouts for Hospital Bombing, But Still Refuses Independent Probe

While ignoring repeated calls for an independent inquiry, the U.S. Department of Defense announced it will make "condolence payments" to the families of victims of a U.S. airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan earlier this month, which killed 22 people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, you get to pay for the bombs that destroyed the hospital, and now you get to pay for the victims!

Oct 12 08:09

Exposed: British Soldiers Protect Afghanistan Opium Trade

The photograph shows five men harvesting opium a couple of hundred metres from Camp Bastion perimeter defences, seen in the foreground.

Not only was this illegal drug production being carried out in the shadow of ISAF’s Main Operating Base, it was being done under the protection of British soldiers. Her Majesty’s Armed Forces (Army and RAF) were protecting this man’s cash crop from illicit ‘taxation’ by the Afghan National Police or Army.

Oct 12 07:21

Five killed in British helicopter crash in Afghanistan

Five members of NATO's international support mission in Afghanistan were killed and five injured when a British military helicopter crashed in the capital, Kabul, officials said on Monday.

NATO's Resolute Support mission said in a statement that two British service members, two U.S. service members and one French contracted civilian were killed as a result of Sunday's crash at its headquarters in Kabul.

Oct 12 07:13

Avoiding Crisis: US Aircraft Ordered to Make Way for Russian Jets in Syria

Good move! Considering the USAF propensity for hitting Syrian infrastructure like power plants and grain silos or hospitals like in Kunduz Afghanistan.

In the wake of US-Russian discussions on preventing accidental collisions between each others' aircraft while operating in the sky over Syria, the American side issued a special rule, prohibiting US jets from closely approaching Russian planes.

Oct 11 14:55

Putin and the Press: The Demonology School of Journalism

Western media is engaged in an intense long-term propaganda campaign to demonize President Putin. Demonology offers no allies, no solutions and no positive path to peace and co-existence.

he major influential western print media are engaged in a prolonged, large-scale effort to demonize Russian President Putin, his politics and persona. There is an article (or several articles) every day in which he is personally stigmatized as a dictator, authoritarian, czar, ‘former KGB operative’ and Soviet-style ruler; anything but the repeatedly elected President of Russia.

Oct 11 11:36

Pentagon: US to make 'condolence payments' to families of Kunduz strike victims

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Can you say "Hush money?"

Oct 11 10:13

The Afghan Lesson in Syria

The Russian military intervention to shore up the Assad regime in Syria, coupled with the previously begun U.S.-led military intervention in the same country — amid uncertainty about U.S. war aims and a reluctance to part with the objective of ousting Assad — presents the specter of a proxy war between Russia and the United States.

Oct 11 08:00

The Six Most Disastrous Interventions of the 21st Century

by Gary Leupp
On October 2 President Barack Obama, alluding to Russia’s decision to launch air strikes in Syria, told reporters at the White House that for Russia to view the forces targeted “from the perspective they’re all terrorists [is] a recipe for disaster, and it’s one that I reject.”

1 Afghanistan

The first was the disaster of the invasion of Afghanistan beginning in October 2001. I’m not sure we should call it a “crime,” since the international coalition that invaded was authorized by a UN resolution, or a “mistake” since it was clearly the result of calculation.

Oct 11 07:40

Donald Trump says Bowe Bergdahl should have been executed

This guy has lost it. They didn't shoot deserters during Vietnam let alone 30 years ago.The Taliban holding this guy kept getting bombed until they put him in a steel plate cage ie a Faraday cage. Bergdhal was probably an Intel agent and I wish this moron would STFU!

LAS VEGAS – Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Thursday that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should have been executed for leaving his post in Afghanistan.

"We're tired of Sgt. Bergdahl, who's a traitor, a no-good traitor, who should have been executed," Trump said to cheers at a rowdy rally inside a packed Las Vegas theater at the casino-hotel Treasure Island.

"Thirty years ago," Trump added, "he would have been shot."

Oct 10 23:03

What is THCV and What are the Benefits of this Cannabinoid?

THCV, or tetrahydrocannabivarin, is a compound in cannabis that offers a unique array of effects and medical benefits that sets it apart from other cannabinoids like THC and CBD.

What are THCV’s Effects and Benefits?
As its name suggests, THCV is similar to THC in molecular structure and psychoactive properties, but it provides a variety of pronounced and altogether different effects.
THCV is psychoactive. It intensifies the euphoric high of THC, but with only about half the duration.
THCV is energetic. It provides a clear-headed, stimulating buzz.
THCV is an appetite suppressant. In contrast to THC, THCV dulls the appetite. This may be good for consumers focused on weight loss, but THCV should be avoided by patients treating appetite loss or anorexia.........

Oct 10 20:27

U.S. gunship made five passes over Afghan hospital, despite 9-foot flags ID’ing it as a medical facility: MSF

KABUL — The U.S. military aircraft that attacked an Afghan hospital over the weekend made at least five passes over it dropping explosives, even though two flags draped across the roof of the building marked it as a medical facility, hospital officials said on Thursday.

In a news conference here in the Afghan capital, Doctors Without Borders officials reiterated that they think the hospital’s main building was “deliberately” targeted because it was the only structure hit during the bombardment. They denied that any Taliban fighters in the hospital were armed or using it as a base.

Oct 10 19:19

Pentagon to pay victims of U.S. airstrike on Afghan hospital

The United States will make "condolence payments" to the wounded victims and the families of 22 people killed in the airstrike against a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, last week, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook announced Saturday.

The amount of the payments has not been determined, Cook said.

Oct 09 17:45

Kunduz Massacre Is a Brutal Reminder of US Militarism’s Civilian Victims, Past and Present

Soon after the bombing of a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on October 3, an MSF medic was interviewed, saying he and his colleagues had repeatedly alerted the Pentagon of the facility’s precise location before the attack and had also contacted the Pentagon during the attack to urge the United States to stop dropping bombs on the hospital.

Oct 09 13:28

14 Years In, NATO Talks Further Extension of Afghan War

14 years into their occupation of Afghanistan, NATO officials are once again talking about an extension of the conflict, with several officials echoing recent Pentagon calls for “flexibility” on the plan to withdraw most of the troops in the country sometime after 2016.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he believed a number of other NATO DMs were open to an even more open-ended deployment, and German DM Ursula von der Leyen talked up the idea of formal discussions on keeping NATO forces in Afghanistan longer.

It was only a few years ago that soaring antiwar sentiment across Europe had many countries looking to set a firm deadline on the war, but it seems that setting the deadline calmed the public enough that many believe they can now simply push the bar back and no one will really notice.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NATO and Secretary Carter, I HAVE NOTICED; AND THIS IS ABSOLUTELY INSANE.

Of course, this only makes sense if there are "limited forces" to protect the growth and shipment of the opium crop, which has (magically) risen like crazy under the US/NATO occupation.

Oct 09 12:48

The Use and Abuse of Culture (and Children): The Human Terrain System’s Rationalization of Pedophilia in Afghanistan

“The Americans running the base had decided it was wrong. They worried about elder men preying sexually on young boys. They wanted to arrest the Afghan men–but the Human Terrain team persuaded the base commanders that this was an accepted part of Afghan sexual culture. I wonder how long it will be before the anthropologists start telling the military that what they think of as ’corruption’ is in reality a deeply rooted system of tribal patronage in Afghanistan that they should accept.” (Curtis 2010)

Oct 09 11:28

Switching Sides in the ‘War on Terrorism’

We have just observed the 14th anniversary of “Operation Enduring Freedom,” otherwise known as the war in Afghanistan.

Oct 09 08:32

STONEWALLING THE AFGHAN HOSPITAL BOMBING INVESTIGATION

Those who already know that this was all a terrible mistake, that no U.S. personnel would ever purposely call for a strike on a hospital even if they thought there were Taliban inside, should be the ones most eager for the most credible investigation possible: namely, the one under the Geneva Conventions, which MSF this morning demanded, by the tribunal created exactly for such atrocities.

Oct 09 08:04

ISIS training militants from Russia in Afghanistan, ‘US and UK citizens among instructors’

US cited as ferrying ISIS fighters into Afghanistan!

Islamic State is training militants from Russia in Afghanistan as part of its efforts to expand into Central Asia, a senior Russian diplomat told a security conference in Moscow. He added that US and UK passport holders are among the instructors.

“There are several camps operated by [Islamic State, previously ISIS/ISIL, in Afghanistan] that train people from Central Asia and some regions of Russia. They speak Russian there,” said Zamir Kabulov, President Putin’s special representative for Afghanistan.

He added that there is a wide national variety of instructors in those camps. There are Arabs, Pakistanis and even people with US and British citizenship, he said.

Oct 09 07:59

33 Still Missing After US Airstrike on Kunduz Hospital

Doctors Without Borders said Thursday that 33 people are still missing days after the U.S. airstrike on the international medical charity's hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan killed 22 others.

Oct 08 10:19

Obama apologizes for bombing Doctors Without Borders hospital

Oct 08 09:46

Why sorry isn't enough after deadly hospital airstrike: Neil Macdonald

Mark Toner, the suave U.S. State Department spokesman, arrived in the briefing room Monday unprepared for what was coming.

Two days earlier, American airstrikes had obliterated a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, operated by Doctors Without Borders. The attack killed 22 people, including several staff members.

By the time Toner took to his podium, U.S. military officials had already given conflicting versions of what had happened.

But the underlying message was the same: There had been Taliban militants near the hospital and, in defence of American and Afghan troops, an American airstrike had inadvertently and tragically killed civilians.

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BULL BISCUITS!

Oct 08 08:22

America Pivots to Brzezinski’s Delusion of Eurasian Conquest

Russia historian Stephen Cohen points to the neoconservative establishment for America's latest outbreak of what can only be referred to as late-stage imperial dementia. Neocons Robert Kagan and wife Victoria Nuland have certainly done the heavy lifting to make Ukraine the staging ground for what appears to be a NATO blitzkrieg on Moscow. But whatever the determination of the neocon plot, they are only the barking dogs of master imperialist Zbigniew Brzezinski, whose grand design has been creeping over the globe since he stepped into the Oval office as National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter in 1977.

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For you Doctor Who fans, have you noticed how much Zbigniew Brzezinski looks (and acts) like Davros? :)

Oct 08 08:01

More than 1,000 Taliban fighters concentrated on Tajik-Afghan border — security officer

"Over the recent time, we have been witnessing movement of armed groups, mostly from Taliban, in the Badakhshan /Pamir/ direction of the Tajik-Afghan border," the source said, adding that their numbers exceeded 1,000 gunmen. "According to operational data of our Afghan colleagues, Taliban groups control a sizable part of Afghan settlements on the border with Tajikistan and they keep moving closer to the border, which cannot but alarm Dushanbe," the source added. Focusing on the situation in another Afghan province bordering on Tajikistan, Kunduz, he said a trench war and sporadic shootouts between Afghan government troops and Taliban fighters have continued there after Taliban seized the administrative center on September 29.
Some 3,500 militants fight on the side of IS in Afghanistan — Russian diplomat http://tass.ru/en/politics/827315

Oct 08 05:17

Afghan conflict showed harmfulness of media wars — military academy chief

"During the Iraqi, and especially the Libyan conflict, an efficient program was tested and implemented in practice to remove from power regimes that don’t fit within the political concept of world structure developed by American ruling circles". Between 1979 and 1989, the United States, other countries and the Afghan opposition widely used disinformation aimed against the then USSR and the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, which included such conceptual blocs as "threat to Islam from the atheistic Kabul government", "genocide against the Afghan people from Soviet troops" as well as "protection of human rights and freedoms" and others. "As a result, the Soviet Union was discredited and presented as aggressor in the eyes of a sizable part of the global community," Makarov said. "But the main result of the information war unleashed by Western countries was a growing scope of the internal armed conflict (in Afghanistan)," he said.

Oct 08 03:43

ISIS training militants from Russia in Afghanistan, US and UK citizens among instructors - diplomat

Islamic State is training militants from Russia in Afghanistan as part of its efforts to expand into Central Asia, a senior Russian diplomat told a security conference in Moscow. He added that US and UK passport holders are among the instructors.

“There are several camps operated by [Islamic State, previously ISIS/ISIL, in Afghanistan] that train people from Central Asia and some regions of Russia. They speak Russian there,” said Zamir Kabulov, President Putin’s special representative for Afghanistan.

He added that there is a wide national variety of instructors in those camps. There are Arabs, Pakistanis and even people with US and British citizenship, he said.

Oct 07 17:36

U.S. Bombing of a Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan Was No Accident – “It Was the Target”

In particular, MSF (Doctors Without Borders) quickly publicized numerous facts that cast serious doubt on the original U.S. claim that the strike on the hospital was just an accident. To begin with, the organization had repeatedly advised the U.S. military of the exact GPS coordinates of the hospital. They did so most recently on September 29, just five days before the strike. Beyond that, MSF personnel at the facility “frantically” called U.S. military officials during the strike to advise them that the hospital was being hit and to plead with them to stop, but the strikes continued in a “sustained” manner for 30 more minutes.

Oct 07 15:44

Government Lies! "Doctor's without Borders" Hospital surrounded by empty space.

Oct 07 15:37

MSF Demands War Crime Probe in Afghanistan

Sune Engel Rasmussen, The Guardian reporter in Kabul, describes the local reaction to the bombing and questions the verification process that the US military exercises before bombing targets.

Oct 07 14:37

Glossing the Hospital Massacre

Wasn’t there some grandiose purpose to having U.S. military forces operating
in Afghanistan? What was that, again?

Oct 07 14:19

Why Americans Should Closely Watch Unfolding Events in Guatemala

Guatemala’s current situation and tragic history can be traced back to the CIA-led coup in 1954 that ousted the democratically elected government of President Jacobo Arbenz and installed the military dictator Carlos Armas. Arbenz was an advocate for land reform and was loved by the poor. The wealthy hated him. And when the CIA couldn’t bribe him, they ousted him in a most humiliating way. Even after he went into exile, the agency used constant disinformation to smear him in every way imaginable until his strange death in a bathtub in 1971.

Oct 07 11:10

How Putin will Win in Syria

By most accounts, the conflict had deteriorated into a stalemate. Now, with Russia in the picture, that’s changed. Now the table is clearly tilted in Syria’s favor.…

The reason Putin will succeed where the US failed in its war on ISIS, is because the Russian air-strikes are going to be accompanied by a formidable mop-up operation that will overpower the jihadi groups on the ground. This is already happening as we speak. The Russian Air Force has been pounding terrorist targets across the Idlib Governorate for the last few days as well as ISIS strongholds in the East at Raffa. Putin is going to cut through these guys like crap through a goose.

Putin is not going to stop for anything or anyone. He’s going to nail these guys while he has them in his gun-sights, then he’s going to wrap it up and go home.

Oct 07 07:54

Dependency on Warlords Led to U.S. Attack on MSF Afghan Hospital

Sonali Kolhatkar tells Paul Jay that the American perpetual war strategy has created a criminal narco-state and generated support for the hated Taliban.

Oct 07 07:44

The Radically Changing Story of the U.S. Airstrike on Afghan Hospital: From Mistake to Justification

When news first broke of the U.S. airstrike on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, the response from the U.S. military was predictable and familiar. It was all just a big, terrible mistake, its official statement suggested: an airstrike it carried out in Kunduz “may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility.” Oops: our bad. Fog of war, errant bombs, and all that.

Oct 07 07:24

Afghan hospital bombing: MSF demands investigation under Geneva conventions

Médecins sans Frontières has called for an independent inquiry under the Geneva conventions into a US airstrike on a hospital in northern Afghanistan that killed at least 22 people.

The medical charity said the investigation, which can be set up at the request of a single state under the conventions, would gather facts and evidence from the US, Nato and Afghanistan.

“If we let this go, we are basically giving a blank cheque to any countries at war,” Joanne Liu, MSF international president said.

The investigation would be a first step, aimed to establish facts about the incident and the chain of command that led to the strike, MSF said. Only then would it decide whether to bring criminal charges for loss of life and damage.

Oct 07 05:46

US airstrike on Afghan hospital attack on Geneva conversion: MSF

The aid organization, Doctors without Borders, has slammed the recent deadly US airstrike on its hospital in the Afghan northern city of Kunduz as “an attack on the Geneva conventions.”

“This was not just an attack on our hospital, it was an attack on the Geneva conventions. This cannot be tolerated,” Joanne Liu, the president of the group, known by its French acronym as the MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres), said in a statement on Wednesday.

Liu said that the air raid was in violation of the international law because targeting hospitals in war zones is in breach of the Geneva Convention.

The MSF chief called for an independent and impartial investigation into the incident which killed 12 MSF staff and ten patients.

Oct 07 04:21

How Putin will Win in Syria

The reason Putin will succeed where the US failed in its war on ISIS, is because the Russian air-strikes are going to be accompanied by a formidable mop-up operation that will overpower the jihadi groups on the ground. This is already happening as we speak. The Russian Air Force has been pounding terrorist targets across the Idlib Governorate for the last few days as well as ISIS strongholds in the East at Raffa. Putin is going to cut through these guys like crap through a goose.

So the Russian people are proud of the way Putin is fighting the war on terror. Is there something wrong with that? Many Americans are old enough to remember a time when they were proud of their own country too, when it actually stood up for the principles it espouses in its founding documents. That was quite a while ago though, sometime back in the “pre-Gitmo” era”.

Oct 06 13:17

CNN and the NYT Are Deliberately Obscuring Who Perpetrated the Afghan Hospital Attack

Human Rights Watch chose this as its headline: “US Airstrike Hits Kunduz Hospital.” And so on. Even the media outlets that early on took a more cautious approach nonetheless prominently identified right from the start — in their headline and/or lede — the key fact: namely, who was the likely perpetrator. This Vice headline states: “19 Dead After Apparent US Airstrike Hits MSF Hospital in Afghanistan”; USA Today’s headline read: “19 killed after Afghan hospital hit in suspected U.S. airstrike”; while NPR in its first sentence definitively stated that the hospital was hit by “an aerial attack carried out by U.S. forces.”

But not CNN and the New York Times. For the last 36 hours, and up through this moment, this is the extraordinary opening paragraph in the featured article on the attack from the cable news network:

Oct 06 12:07

Turkmenistan Braces for Spillover of Violence From Afghanistan

Citing a source in the country's border forces, Turkmen news website ANT reported that up to 70 percent of the country's combat-ready forces and equipment, together with border service tactical battalions from regions across the country, have been concentrated in the southern and southeastern regions of Mary and Lebap, on the country's border with Afghanistan. According to the source, the forces are being brought in to ward off any attempts by Afghan militants to infiltrate Turkmen territory. On Monday, Turkmen television reported that President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow had carried out a security-related reshuffle, likely in connection with the violence in neighboring Afghanistan. Berdimuhamedow appointed the former head of the presidential guard service minister of security, with the outgoing minister of security in turn appointed minister of defense.

Oct 06 10:05

UN Trusts US to Investigate Itself, Will Hold Off on Kunduz Bombing Probe

The United Nations on Monday said it would hold off on deciding whether to support an independent investigation into a deadly air strike on a hospital in Afghanistan until it sees results from US, NATO and Afghan inquiries.

Oct 06 09:49

Doctors Without Borders airstrike: US alters story for fourth time in four days

US special operations forces – not their Afghan allies – called in the deadly airstrike on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, the US commander has conceded.

Shortly before General John Campbell, the commander of the US and Nato war in Afghanistan, testified to a Senate panel, the president of Doctors Without Borders – also known as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – said the US and Afghanistan had made an “admission of a war crime”.

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Campbell did not explain whether the procedures to launch the airstrike took into account the GPS coordinates of the MSF field hospital, which its president, Joanne Liu, said were “regularly shared” with US, coalition and Afghan military officers and civilian officials, “as recently as Tuesday 29 September”.

Oct 06 09:35

Top U.S. general in Afghanistan: Hospital was ‘mistakenly struck’

Gen. John F. Campbell, the commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, told lawmakers on Tuesday that the American air attack that killed at least 22 people at a hospital in northern Afghanistan were not intended to hit medical staff or patients.

“A hospital was mistakenly struck,” Campbell said in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. “We would never intentionally target a protected medical facility.”

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"...mistakenly struck.", MY ASTROLABE!!

The US and NATO have been in bloody Afghanistan for 15 years, and you didn't have the GPS coordinates for one of the few functioning hospitals in the country?!? Please, sir, give the American public and the world a brake. Let me give you some relatively current examples of this kind of behaviour on the part of the US military.

As of February of this year, the US military has extrajudicially assassinated 2,500 people in multiple countries

https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2015/02/02/almost-2500-killed-cove...

-The US government continues to enable the Saudis in their bombardments of schools and hospitals in Yemen.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/07/07/419164/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-Hajja...

The US government enables Ukraine to rain cluster bombs on Donetsk

http://russia-insider.com/en/military_politics_ukraine/2014/11/05/11-47-...

The US government has enabled Ukraine to bomb targets like hospitals and schools in Donbass

http://www.workers.org/articles/2015/01/22/ukraine-widens-war-donbass-re...

So, PLEASE, General Campbell, do NOT attempt to paint this as a "mistake"; the US military wanted Doctors without Borders OUT of Afghanistan, and this multiple assassination of patients and staff seemed the most reasonable way of doing it, then taking cover in plausible deniability by blaming the Taliban's presence for the bombing.

This is more than simple "collateral damage", and won't wash, sir; and unfortunately, the bombing of alleged "protected areas" and the assassination of the innocent have become as American as apple pie for the US military, and the countries it enables with its military might, such as Saudi Arabia; Bahrain; and Ukraine.

On the day the hospital was bombed, the excuse was that the Taliban was shooting from it; so it didn't sound like a "mistake" back then.

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