Blair lied on Iraq war, Goldsmith says


This video is called Envoy: Blair Decided On Iraq War a Year Before Invasion.

Britain: Tony Blair misled Parliament despite knowing the proposed Iraq war would be illegal, former attorney general Lord Goldsmith has told the Chilcot inquiry: here. And here.

A former government official told the Iraq inquiry today that he had warned against publishing the government’s “dodgy dossier” but was ignored: here.

Tony Blair once again skulked into the Chilcot inquiry in London under cover of darkness today to avoid around a hundred protesters who had gathered outside the building: here.

The Iraq inquiry may just be the start of Blair’s problems, says Felicity Arbuthnot: here.

Britain: Michael Lyons, a 24 year old Navy medic, and a conscientious objector, believes that the US and British occupation of Afghanistan is based on lies and greed: here.

Swedes oppose deporting refugees to dangerous Iraq


This video is called The refugee crisis in Iraq.

Sweden: Police arrested 70 demonstrators outside a migration board facility near Gothenburg today after they tried to prevent the transfer of a group of Iraqi citizens who were due to be deported: here.

The fate of the 34,000 Palestinian refugees living in Iraq became extremely dangerous following the US lead invasion in 2003 which lead to another Palestinian exodus: here.

Dutch government wants to deport 14-year-old girl to dangerous Afghanistan


Sahar HbrahimgelFrom DutchNews.nl:

14-year-old Afghan girl should get refugee status: UNHCR

Tuesday 18 January 2011

A 14-year-old girl who faces deportation to Afghanistan should be recognised as a refugee in her own right, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Leeuwarder Courant reports.

The paper say the UNHCR has written to Sahar Hbrahimgel’s lawyer stating the girl could be in serious danger if she is sent back to Afghanistan because she is too westernised. In addition, the Taliban and other extremist organisations

including in the “westernized” Karzai government

will regard her as ‘sinful’, the letter says.

The lawyer, Paul Stieger, says it is extremely rare for the UNHCR to intervene directly in an asylum case.

Groningen

The Hbrahimgel family came to the Netherlands 10 years ago and has been turned down for asylum three times. The family lives in the Groningen [sic; Friesland] village of Sint Annaparochie and the girl is in the pre-university high school stream. She wants to be a surgeon.

The family’s supporters say slow immigration service procedures are one reason the case has taken so long to process.

A last-ditch appeal by the family is currently being considered by a court in Den Bosch.

A Dutch site fighting for Sahar’s right to stay: here. And another site. And another site.

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: “Secret diplomatic cables recently released by WikiLeaks show that the Obama administration increased the United States’ military presence in Afghanistan despite warnings that the surge could make 2010 the most difficult and bloody since the 2001 invasion. US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry issued several cables in 2009 detailing serious concerns about the Afghan government and its leader, President Hamid Karzai. Eikenberry claimed that Karzai ‘is not an adequate strategic partner’ and ‘continues to shun responsibility for any burden, whether defense, governance or development'”: here.

German soldiers are complaining that their letters from Afghanistan have been opened and censored in recent months, with a military advocate demanding an explanation from Defence Minster Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, a media report said Wednesday: here.

United States people oppose Afghan war


This video is called People protest against President Hamid Karzai and the United States in Laghman in Afghanistan.

From AFP news agency today:

US support for Afghan war slips to new low: poll

WASHINGTON – US public support for the war in Afghanistan has dropped to the lowest level since Barack Obama became president, a poll showed Tuesday.

The survey by Quinnipiac University showed voters said by a 51 to 41 percent margin than the United States should not be involved in Afghanistan.

The support level in the survey in early January was down from 44 percent in November and well below the peak of 59 percent a year ago.