This is a video from Australia of a protest against the visit of George W. Bush’s Vice President, Dick Cheney. It says about itself:
Address by Greens Upper House MP Ian Cohen outside the US Consulate in Martin Place.
From Associated Press:
Australian troops kept Taliban suspects in dog pen
By KRISTEN GELINEAU
September 01, 2008
Australia’s defense minister on Tuesday rebuffed criticism of the country’s special forces in Afghanistan after they were accused of detaining suspected Taliban militants in dog pens.
Defense Minister Joel Fitzgibbon confirmed that four suspected insurgents arrested by special forces soldiers on April 29 were held for 24 hours in a compound occasionally used to house dogs.
Dogs are considered impure by observant Muslims and the soldiers’ actions prompted strong criticism from Australian Federation of Islamic Councils president Ikebal Patel.
‘It is quite appalling that the Australian soldiers are in any way caught up in the inhumane treatment of human beings _ irrespective of who they are,’ Patel said. ‘I think it’s quite despicable that something like that could happen and that the Australians are party to it.’
The revelation follows complaints by an Afghan soldier about mistreatment of the detainees, who were held in southern Uruzgan province after a battle with Taliban fighters.
No Portuguese soldier for Afghanistan! See here.
500th U.S. service member dies in Afghanistan: here.
From PakTribune in Pakistan:
Factory workers take up Taliban arms
Monday September 01, 2008 (2117 PST)
(Quqnoos) A LARGE number of jobless factory workers have joined the Taliban in the southern province of Kandahar, the head of the factory said.
More than 2,000 men were employed by the textile factory, but now only 30 workers remain to guard the disused building, which was forced to close because of the ongoing insurgency in the south.
Head of the factory, Muhammad Muhsin, said: “The factory workers were sacked. We know that most of the workers have now joined the Taliban or have turned into criminals.”
Some of the former factory workers have blamed the government for failing to create job opportunities for the people.
One of the citizens in Kandahar said: “The government can rehabilitate the factory and can rescue the people from unemployment, if it wants.”
Another citizen said: “The government gives no money to re-build the factory. About 5,000 people would have jobs if the factory started functioning.”
Nato tries to hide Afghan massacres: here.
Australia and Afghanistan: here.