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Kunduz Hospital: Just Another War Crime October 21, 2015

Posted by wmmbb in Human Rights, South West Asia.
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On Saturday, 3 October 2015, the US apparently with deliberation attacked a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Kunduz, Afghanistan (like most places there they have intriguing histories). This event, although egregious, is part of a pattern of international criminal impunity.
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AFGAHNISTAN APPRAISAL October 30, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in South West Asia, Terrorism Issues.
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Of course, this is something that is not going to happen at the government level because it leads to unfortunate conclusions. Now Tony Abbott is the man of the moment, with the now familiar spray of nonsense. This is an unfair judgment because it would be the lot and framing of any prime minister.
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PAKISTANI DRONE PROTEST October 8, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in South West Asia, Terrorism Issues.
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Imran Khan and the drone protest convoy, including members from Code Pink, made it to the border of Warizistan, before being turned back by the army.  He described the convoy at 15 miles long.
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PAKISTANI SOVEREIGNTY December 12, 2011

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The Pakistani Foreign Minister told the US Secretary of State the attacks that lead to the death of 24 soldiers on 26 November was “totally unacceptable” and “an attack on Pakistani Sovereignty”
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THE MURDER OF SYED SALEEM SHAHZAD June 4, 2011

Posted by wmmbb in South West Asia.
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The recent death, and suspected torture and murder, of Syed Saleem Shahzad, a Pakistani journalist, was one of those news items that flashed by, requiring more background understanding to comprehend significance.
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PROGRESS IN AFGHANISTAN – DON’T WORRY May 24, 2011

Posted by wmmbb in South West Asia, Terrorism Issues.
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Another soldier dies in Afghanistan; the Prime Minister assures us that “progress” is being made.
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MURDER IN AFGHANISTAN May 22, 2011

Posted by wmmbb in South West Asia.
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The headline described it as a ‘blotched raid”, but it seems more like an escapade of the keystone cops in a military context with tragic consequences.
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MORE AFGHAN KILLING May 19, 2011

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War and terrorism were never strangers, much less in Afghanistan where it seems children and other non-combatants are often the victims.
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THE KILLING CONTINUES . . . May 14, 2011

Posted by wmmbb in South West Asia.
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To the surprise of none, the killing continues following the execution of bin Laden. Violence begets violence. How can violence and unnecessary killing be stopped?
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US-PAKISTAN SECRET DEAL May 11, 2011

Posted by wmmbb in South West Asia, US Politics.
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The Guardian is reporting that the US and Pakistan had entered into a secret deal permitted the raid that lead to killing of bin Laden and others in Abbottabad. (more…)

OBAMA’S OUTRAGE December 26, 2010

Posted by wmmbb in South West Asia.
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President Obama is just the person for outrage. It seems part of the presidential posture.
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PERSIA ARISES December 29, 2009

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The events in Iran appear to be amazing. Somehow the people have come back out onto the streets. They seem to have targeted the Supreme Leader. Although their have been deaths, the people its seem are prevailing.
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“NOT CUT OUT TO BE POTUS”? September 3, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Modern History, South West Asia, US Politics.
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Did anyone vet John McCain? Certainly, the media has not looked into his background. He was of course a POW. And there is a good chance that Senator McCann will die early. There were over 600 POW’s in North Vietnam:
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TEHRAN HANGINGS July 28, 2008

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The BBC reports that 29 people were killed by hanging for various crimes in Tehran on Sunday Morning. According to the report Iran is second to China in the number of people subject to capital punishment, which is interesting since Iran has a population of around 70 million people and China has over 1 billion.
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ISRAEL’S FRIEND July 24, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Iraq Policy, Israel-Palestine, South West Asia.
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Barack Obama has succeeded in disappointing some of this supporters. It has to be wondered who is making the political calculations because the range of choice is not wide in the American voting system. The choice is stark: vote for Obama, or McCain, or stay home. I am sticking to my expectation that Obama will be successful, but it is increasing looking to a change that I cannot believe in, and neither can some other commentators.
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WINNING WAR? July 18, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Iraq Policy, South West Asia.
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Historian Howard Zinn says nobody wins in war, and then recounts the recent history of American wars post World War II,which seems to prove his point. The war in Korea restored the status quo, Vietnam was lost at great cost, the same might be said for Iraq, and the same looks like happening in Afghanistan. Republican McCain wants to win in Iraq while Democrat Obama – much like the Australian Government wants to commit to winning in Afghanistan and the Pakistan no-go areas where Osama bin Laden is reported to be.
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CHECKMATE IRAN July 15, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in South West Asia.
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I just hope that Scott Ritter’s analysis, via Truthdig, is correct. He basically argues that the United States and Israel do not have the military resources to cripple Iran in a massive bombing campaign that would impede any effective response by the Iranians. More exactly, he suggest that the Iran by holding the missile tests last week has signaled its intention to respond to any “surgical” air strikes on its nuclear facilities.
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THE STATE OF AFGHANISTAN July 13, 2008

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I am always suitably impressed when I hear vaunted foreign correspondents give the official story with breathtaking intensity. While these days I tend not to read newspapers or listen to ABC News bulletins, simply because it is distressing to read and hear such reports, and living in hope tends to be a futile exercise, there are sources of the non-official view of events, and we are fortunate to have the internet to read them. So what is the state of play in Afghanistan?
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AFGHANISTAN CONFUSION July 10, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, South West Asia, Terrorism Issues.
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Another Australian soldier has been killed in Afghanistan, and unfortunately that is a predictable outcome. The reaction, expressed by some, is that this will just make us fight harder. We have to increase the intensity of military operations because of the indiscriminate nature of the roadside bomb. Aside from the question of the inevitable escalation of violence, death and destruction as a method to achieve the stated goals, those goals have not been clearly articulated in terms of cause and effect.
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WAR CRIMES PROSECUTION June 29, 2008

Posted by wmmbb in Humankind/Planet Earth, Peace, South West Asia.
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The International Criminal Court, or Cour Penale Internationale, has been active since July, 2002. War crimes are part of its mandate, but its jurisdiction is limited by the acceptance of national governments, and the major holdout is the bastion of international law, the United States of America.
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