Occupiers killing civilians anger Afghans


This video is about Afghan civilian casualties of a United States airstrike.

From Reuters:

Afghans riot in Kabul after troops kill civilian

Fri Nov 28, 2008

KABUL – Dozens of angry Afghans pelted police with stones after a convoy of foreign troops killed one civilian and wounded three more in Kabul on Friday, the capital’s police chief and witnesses said.

Seething resentment against the presence of some 65,000 foreign troops is growing in Afghanistan after scores of Afghan civilians have been killed in a series of mistaken air strikes this year.

“This morning a convoy of British ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) troops were passing here and they had a misunderstanding with a civilian vehicle,” said Kabul police chief Mohammad Ayoub Salangi.

“The troops opened fire and killed one civilian and wounded three more,” he said.

Witnesses said the troops opened fire on a minibus.

One body wrapped in white cloth was put into the back of a taxi and driven away from the scene as crowds chanted “death to Bush, death to America.”

“They killed my son, my son is dead,” said a weeping old man.

The rioters pelted Afghan police with stones and were chased down side-streets before dispersing.

Dozens of Afghans gathered for a peaceful protest near the United Nations headquarters in Kabul on Thursday for a peaceful protest against the killing of civilians in foreign air strikes.

Large-scale rioting broke out in Kabul in 2006 after a U.S. military vehicle suffered brake failure and plowed into a crowd, killing five people. Seven more people were killed in the rioting.

(Reporting by Yousuf Azimy; Writing by Jon Hemming; Editing by Valerie Lee)

War photos exhibition in England


This video from England is called Images of War. Brighton Photo Biennial 2008.

By Paul Mitchell:

Brighton Biennial exhibition focuses on war photography

28 November 2008

This year’s Brighton Photo Biennial brought together a number of antiwar artists and photographers in an ambitious exhibition entitled Memory of Fire: the War of Images and Images of War. The curator Julian Stallabrass and staff at nine galleries and museums across southern England put together diverse displays of images of war ranging from the early twentieth century to the present day. The exhibition raised many issues concerning the nature of war and its representation, the decline of photojournalism and the role of the embedded photographer.

With so many venues and so many artists, it is difficult to know where to start but let’s begin with the most explicitly political artist in the exhibition, Thomas Hirschhorn. His gruesome huge banner The Incommensurable hanging at the Fabrica Gallery in Brighton, is a collage of graphic photos of mangled human flesh from the Internet or underground magazines that rarely find their way into the mainstream media. They are terrible to look at. A man with his limbs detached lies crumpled in the middle of a road. A youth sits in a car with the top of his head blown away. I felt physically sick by the time I walked the 18 metres length of the banner… many people couldn’t manage the short distance. The catalogue is right, the banner “reads as an endless parade of utter destruction, depicting bodies blown apart by modern weapons, weapons designed not to kill but to obliterate.”