INT’L NEWS ROUND-UP: Afghanistan, Russia and Pakistan
November 18, 2009, 7:48 am
Filed under: Afghanistan, business, colonialism, fascism, imperialism, news, Pakistan, politics, Russia, war

‘I will kill 10 of these people for each IED we find’ – Guardian, UK 11/7/09

Guardian photographer Sean Smith documents the methods used by Afghan National police in the arrest and questioning of a group of Pashtuns after an insurgent bomb went off in Paktia province, Afghanistan. The incident was filmed while Smith’s was embedded with Nato forces in June 2009

U.S. Cedes Control of Nuristan Province to Taliban  – Antiwar.com 10/28/09

Commission: ‘We still don’t know’ how many contractors US employs in Iraq, Afghanistan  – Raw Story 11/3/09

Cheney’s Chief Assassin Is Now Obama’s Commander in Afghanistan – Alternet 5/18/09

Robert Fisk: America is performing its familiar role of propping up a dictator  Independent, UK 11/4/09

Could there be a more accurate description of the Obama-Brown message of congratulations to the fraudulently elected Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan? First the Palestinians held fair elections in 2006, voted for Hamas and were brutally punished for it – they still are – and then the Iranians held fraudulent elections in June which put back the weird Mahmoud Ahmadinejad whom everyone outside Iran (and a lot inside) regard as a dictator. But now we have the venal, corrupt, sectarian Karzai in power after a poll far more ambitiously rigged than the Iranian version, and – yup, we love him dearly and accept his totally fraudulent election.

Russia’s Whistleblower Cop is a YouTube Sensation  – via Cryptogon 11/11/09

Medvedev: Russia to use troops abroad only in “extreme emergency”  – Xinhua.net, China 11/6/09

Russia may decide to use military forces abroad only in exceptional circumstances to protect its citizens, said President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday.

Russia’s State Duma, the lower house, in late October voted unanimously to pass a bill which the Kremlin said would lay the legal foundation for using troops abroad to prevent aggression by other states and to protect Russian citizens on foreign soil.

‘New Georgia war to breakout’  – There Are No Sunglasses 11/6/09

Destabilizing Baluchistan, Fracturing Pakistan — Part I  – There Are No Sunglasses 11/5/09

US backs Pakistani military campaign in Waziristan $7.5 billion in aid aimed at propping up unstable U.S. client state  – Uruknet 10/29/09

Under great pressure from the United States to attack Taliban and tribal fighters in the border regions with Afghanistan, Pakistan has launched a large-scale assault on the tribal region in the northwest of the country. Embroiled in a deep civil crisis, the military campaign is likely to further strain the stability of the U.S.-client state.

According to the New York Times, the Obama administration rushed hundreds of millions of dollars of arms to Pakistan in the last month, including transport helicopters, spare parts for attack helicopters and night-vision equipment for F15 pilots. The Pentagon is also relaying targeting information collected by U.S. drone aircraft to the Pakistani military.

Balochistan is the ultimate prize  – Asia Times 10/31/09

It’s a classic case of calm before the storm. The AfPak chapter of Obama’s brand new OCO (“Overseas Contingency Operations”), formerly GWOT (“global war on terror”) does not imply only a surge in the Pashtun Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). A surge in Balochistan as well may be virtually inevitable.Balochistan is totally under the radar of Western corporate media. But not the Pentagon’s. An immense desert comprising almost 48% of Pakistan’s area, rich in uranium and copper, potentially very rich in oil, and producing more than one-third of Pakistan’s natural gas, it accounts for less than 4% of Pakistan’s 173 million citizens. Balochs are the majority, followed by Pashtuns. Quetta, the provincial capital, is considered Taliban Central by the Pentagon, which for all its high-tech wizardry mysteriously has not been able to locate Quetta resident “The Shadow”, historic Taliban emir Mullah Omar himself. Strategically, Balochistan is mouth-watering: east of Iran, south of Afghanistan, and boasting three Arabian sea ports, including Gwadar, practically at the mouth of the Strait of Hormuz.


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