This video from Canada says about itself:
22 November 2009 — Canada Afghanistan torture controversy – CBC interview with Payam Akhavan.
The Speaker of Canada’s House of Commons ruled Tuesday that Stephen Harper’s minority Conservative government has violated parliament’s constitutional rights by refusing to obey a Common’s order to hand over all documents concerning the fate of Afghans captured by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF): here.
What is perhaps the most ignored aspect of the whole issue of the redacted documents, the Speaker’s ruling against the Harper government on the issue of the torture of Afghan prisoners, and the opposition’s efforts to force the government to comply is that almost no one has commented on the totally absurd nature of the Harper government’s basis for stonewalling. Indeed everyone seems to casually accept the framing of the issue that the government has relied on for months: here.
By negotiating a deal with the Conservative government that largely removes the Afghan detainee issue from public debate and allows the government, bureaucracy and military to exert decisive influence over what the public learns about Canada’s involvement in war crimes, the opposition parties have become a party to the government-led cover-up: here.
Canada: A key prosecution witness at the court martial of Capt. Robert Semrau testified Wednesday that Semrau claimed he shot and killed a wounded Taliban fighter in a “mercy killing.” Semrau, 36, is facing a second-degree murder charge in connection with the shooting death of an unarmed Taliban prisoner in Afghanistan in October 2008: here.
The Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper is seeking to silence criticism of its right-wing policy agenda by purging high-level critics within Canada’s public service: here.
Britain: Torture prosecutions against MI5 and MI6 unlikely to be pursued. Police inquiry expected to say intelligence agents should not be charged over collusion in torture of terror suspects: here.
It is much to the shame of the late Labour government that it has taken a Tory-Lib Dem coalition to come up with a inquiry into torture overseas.
Hundreds of Afghan citizens have rallied in Jalalabad after Nato troops killed the brother-in-law of an Afghan MP in a night-time raid: here.
The Pentagon has released a stark assessment of the war in Afghanistan which suggested that just a quarter of the key regions in the country support or sympathise with the government in Kabul.
A British mercenary and his Afghan translator have been sentenced to two years in prison for paying a $25,000 (£16,400) bribe to intelligence agents, the Afghan prosecutor has announced.
USA: cost of war: here.
Is the ongoing campaign in Afghanistan going much worse than the press is reporting? Glenn Greenwald from Salon writes about current war propaganda: here.
If we could establish that funding an escalation of war in Afghanistan was illegal, immoral, against the public will, economically catastrophic, counterproductive on its own terms, and a cynically motivated intentional failure, well then nothing would change. Unless people use that information in pressuring their representatives to vote No. Because most of this is pretty easily known. Nonetheless I think it’s a good place to start, so let me take these points one at a time: here.