US forces kill Afghan civilians


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By James Cogan in the USA:

Another massacre of civilians in Afghanistan

13 December 2010

A special forces unit completing an early morning raid on Saturday gunned down seven men in the village of Rohani Baba, in Afghanistan’s eastern Paktia province. Abdul Rahman Mangal, the deputy governor of Paktia, told CNN that the victims were road construction workers. A press release by the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) alleges that the men were employees of a private security company.

Details of the incident remain sketchy, but the ISAF statement claims that its troops had detained an alleged arms dealer and had moved on to “investigate suspected insurgent activity” at a housing compound in Rohani Baba. The seven men, some of whom were allegedly armed, were sitting in and around an SUV. After they were ordered in Pashtun to leave the compound, one man, carrying an AK-47, began to walk toward the occupation troops. He was shot dead. Some of the other men returned fire and in the resulting gun battle, all seven were killed.

The killings point again to the murderous character of the operations being conducted by the special forces units scouring Afghanistan. The underlying philosophy of these operations is to shoot first and ask questions later. Since September, ISAF claims it has killed or captured over 368 insurgent “leaders”. American commanders boasted last month that 24 rank-and-file insurgents are also being killed or captured every 24 hours by Special Forces. It is unknown how many were actually “Taliban” and how many, like the seven men in Rohani Baba, were simply people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

While ISAF claims it will “investigate” the killings, the activities of what can only be called death squads are aimed at terrorising and intimidating the Afghan population into submitting to the occupation.

News of the massacre provoked a demonstration in Gardez, the capital of Paktia. Hundreds of men erected barricades of burning tyres, chanted “Death to America” and anti-Afghan government slogans and burned an effigy of Barack Obama. Shots were exchanged between Afghan police and armed protestors. A local doctor told Al Jazeera that six civilians and two police had been hospitalised with wounds.

The incident in Paktia was just one of a series over the past 72 hours that have claimed the lives of dozens of Afghan civilians, as well as insurgents and US troops.

RAWA.org: 11 injured as demonstrators clash with police in E Afghanistan: here.

RAWA.org: Afghan women face abuse for fleeing forced marriages: IWPR: here.

RAWA.org: Afghanistan Corrupted by U.S. and 30 Years of Foreign Meddling: The Huffington Post: here.

The Karzai government will send at least 7,000 troops to secure a major transnational gas pipeline slated to run through Afghan territory held by armed opposition groups: here.

Jailed Prominent Drug Lord in Afghanistan Exposed as CIA Informant, Reports New York Times: here.

Robert Naiman, Truthout: “On Thursday, the Obama administration announced the results of its promised ‘review’ of Afghanistan policy, a year after President Obama acceded to the demands of the Pentagon to send 30,000 more troops. The top line of the story the administration is presenting is ‘progress’ and the main evidence for that ‘progress’ is the say-so of General Petraeus and his subordinates. But the collective assessment of 16 US intelligence agencies gives a very different picture. In particular, the intelligence agencies say Pakistan remains unwilling to stop providing support and sanctuary for members of the Afghan Taliban: here.

Rep. Barbara Lee: Afghanistan War Review Conclusions Misguided: here.

Ralph Lopez, Truthout: “A Congressional subcommittee has reached the conclusion that the Pentagon is knowingly providing major support for the Taliban, ignoring hundreds of complaints from Afghan trucking contractors who are being forced to pay massive ‘protection payments’ to insurgents in order to avoid attacks on convoys carrying US military supplies to American bases. The Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, chaired by Rep. John Tierney, interviewed dozens of witnesses in Dubai, including contracting officers of the 484th Joint Movement Control Battalion and Afghan truck contractors who ‘self-reported.’ The truck contractors who self-reported had already complained to the US military about the protection payments to insurgents. The committee gathered over 25,000 pages of documents. The report is entitled ‘Warlord, Inc.'”: here.

A Record 60 Percent of Americans Say the War in Afghanistan Has Not Been Worth Fighting: here.

See John Pilger’s new film ‘The War You Don’t See’: here.

USA: Veterans for Peace: US Military Veterans to Lead Civil Resistance at White House: here.

Ridiculous Military Spending: 12 Facts That Show America Can’t Afford To Police The World Anymore: here.

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  1. Support the December 16 Veteran-Led Civil Resistance against War!

    Dear International Action Center Friends,

    The International Action Center is endorsing and supporting the action called by Veterans for Peace and others on Thursday, December 16, 2010 in Washington DC. This action will be the largest veteran-led civil resistance to U.S. wars in recent history. After a rally at Lafayette Park in Washington, DC, many will engage in nonviolent civil resistance at the White House.

    See http://www.stopthesewars.org for information.

    Below is the Call to Action, a list of Endorsing organizations and logistics of the action.

    We urge everyone who can to come to Washington on the 16th to support the action!

    CALL TO ACTION

    December 16 Veteran-Led Civil Resistance against War

    During the Vietnam War, Martin Luther King called our government “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” True then—and even more so today.

    A few years before that, in 1964 Mario Savio made his great speech at Berkeley; at the end he says, “There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!”

    There are children being orphaned, maimed or killed every day, in our name, with our tax dollars; there are soldiers and civilians dying or being maimed for life, in order to generate profits for the most odious imperialistic corporate war machine ever, again in our name. How long are we going to let this go on? Until it is too late, until this destructive machine destroys all of us and the planet to boot?

    Wikileaks has revealed the documented horror of U.S. war-making, beyond what any of us imagined. It’s time veterans and others express our resistance directly and powerfully by putting ourselves on the line, once again—honestly, courageously and without one drop of apology for doing so. It is not we who are the murderers, torturers or pillagers of the earth.

    Profit and power-hungry warmongers are destroying everything we hold dear and sacred.

    In the early thirties, WW1 vets descended on Washington, D.C., to demand their promised bonuses, it being the depths of the Depression. General Douglas MacArthur and his sidekick Dwight Eisenhower disregarded President Herbert Hoover’s order and burned their encampment down and drove the vets out of town at bayonet point.

    We are today’s bonus marchers, and we’re coming to claim our bonus–PEACE.

    Join activist veterans marching in solidarity to the White House, refusing to move, demanding the end of U.S. wars, which includes U.S. support—financial and tactical—for the Israeli war machine as well.

    If we can gather enough courageous souls, nonviolently refusing to leave the White House, willing to be dragged away and arrested if necessary, we will send a message that will be seen worldwide. “End these wars – now!” We will carry forward a flame of resistance to the war machine that will not diminish as we effectively begin to place ourselves, as Mario Savio said, “upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus.” and we will make it stop.

    We believe that the power of courageous, committed people is greater than that of corporate warmongers. But we will only see our power when we use it collectively, when we stand together.

    With courage, persistence, boldness and numbers, we can eventually make this monstrous war machine grind to a halt, so that our children and all children everywhere can grow up in a peaceful world.

    Join us at the White House on December 16th!

    Endorsers of the December 16 Veteran-Led Civil Resistance against War

    Veterans For Peace
    ANSWER
    Austin Center for Peace and Justice
    Backbone Campaign
    CodePink
    Courage to Resist
    Delaware Valley Veterans for America
    End U.S. Wars
    Fellowship of Reconciliation
    Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space
    Grandmothers for Peace International
    Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia
    International Action Center
    Manhattan Local of the Green Party of New York State
    March Forward!
    National Assembly to End the U.S. Wars and Occupations
    National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth
    Office of the Americas
    Pax Christi Metro DC and Baltimore
    Pax Christi Pentagon Area
    Peace Action
    Peace Action Montgomery
    Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine
    Peace of the Action
    Progressive Democrats of America
    SOA Watch
    Stop $30 Billion to Israel (Albuquerque)
    United for Peace and Justice
    United National Anti-War Committee
    Voices for Creative Non-Violence
    Voters for Peace
    War Resisters League
    Washington Peace Center
    Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
    World Can’t Wait

    LOGISTICS FOR DEC 16TH ACTION IN DC

    Here is an update on the veteran-led civil resistance at the White House Dec. 16.



    1. Wednesday, Dec. 15: Evening gathering at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1525 Newton St. NW (corner of 16th and Newton Streets), where we will go over plans for the next day’s action. People can begin arriving at St. Stephen’s by 5 pm and Food Not Bombs will provide a simple vegetarian meal that evening. Daniel Ellsberg and others who will be joining us on Thursday as well as some of the organizers will speak. People can sleep at St. Stephen’s that night (bring sleeping bags) and also after 9:30 PM on Thursday night if necessary.

    2. Thursday, Dec. 16: Brief motivational rally at 10 am in Lafayette Park (near the White House) with speakers.

    From there we will do a silent vigil march to the White House to take our stand for peace. At the White House, many of us will do nonviolent civil resistance, the key word being nonviolent. We want peace but we need to demand it in a dignified, determined and peaceful way. We expect everybody to observe nonviolent guidelines that will be handed out at St. Stephen’s the night before and at the rally. There will be a legal support team and legal observers on hand for the civil resistance.



    Visit the website at http://www.stopthesewars.org or on facebook join: “Take A Stand for Peace”!


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  2. Dec 14, 2:16 AM EST

    Afghanistan awards first oil contract in bid to build confidence

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan government says it has awarded its first private oil contract – a six-month deal aimed at showing investors the beleagured country can support business.

    A mining ministry official said Tuesday the contract for the sale of crude oil from Angot field in Sar-e-Pul province is the first awarded by President Hamid Karzai’s government. Jalil Jumriany said an Afghan company won the bid Monday to buy oil at $80 dollars a barrel.

    Production from the field – which has been shut for years after militias were exploiting it illegally – is expected to hit 800 barrels a day. Revenue is expected to be about $1 million a month. After six months, the field will be transferred to whoever wins the bid for a larger oil operation in Sar-e-Pul.

    © 2010 The Associated Press.

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  3. http://www.truth-out.org/we-want-you-out-an-open-letter-afghan-youth-peace-volunteers-and-afghans-peace66051

    We Want You Out: An Open Letter from the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers and Afghans for Peace
    Friday 17 December 2010
    by: Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed

    ——–
    “This world public opinion against the Afghan war has been clearly expressed and is larger than any number of Wikileaks you seek to suppress. So, come arrest us all as we civilly disobey you. Come arrest us all.”
    ——–

    Voices for Creative Nonviolence representatives in Kabul are privileged to be meeting with representatives of the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers (AYPV), a group of teenagers based in Bamiyan, Afghanistan who campaign to promote nonviolence. As the Obama administration releases its December review of the US war in Afghanistan, the AYPV, along with Afghans for Peace, have issued a review of their experiences. To express support for their letter, follow this link.

    To all the leaders of our world, the leaders of the US-led coalition, the Afghan government, the “Taliban/Al-Qaeda” and regional countries:

    We are intolerably angry.

    All our senses are hurting.

    Our women, our men and, yes, shame on you, our children, are grieving.

    Your Afghan civilian-military strategy is a murderous stench we smell, see, hear and breathe.

    President Obama, and all the elite players and people of the world, why?

    America’s $250 million annual communications budget just to scream propaganda on this war of perceptions, with its nauseating rhetoric mimicked by Osama and other warlords, is powerless before the silent wailing of every anemic mother.

    We will no longer be passive prey to your disrespectful systems of oligarchic, plutocratic war against the people.

    Your systems feed the rich and powerful. They are glaringly unequal. They do not listen, do not think, and, worst, they do not care.

    We choose not to gluttonize with you. We choose not to be trained by you. We choose not to be pawned by you.

    We henceforth refuse every weapon you kill us with, every dollar you bait us with and every lie you manipulate us with.

    We are not beasts.

    We are Afghans, Americans, Europeans, Asians and global citizens.

    Yes, you have the false, self-appointed power to arrest us over expressing the public opinion of ordinary folk, students, farmers, shepherds, laborers, teachers, doctors . . . people who now have nowhere to turn and nowhere to hide.

    This world public opinion against the Afghan war has been clearly expressed and is larger than any number of Wikileaks you seek to suppress. So, come arrest us all as we civilly disobey you. Come arrest us all.

    Yes, you have the army, police and apparatchik to smother us and to bribe those who are Pavlov-reflexed to money, but you cannot stop us from restoring our voice.

    We refuse to prostitute our hearts and minds.

    We refuse you.

    Not you the human person, but you the greedy system of self-interested power.

    Again and again here in Afghanistan, we have seen a hope for nonviolence light up; every day we see a yearning for humane relationships, and because of this, love is how we now firmly take our stand.

    We will listen to the People on December 19th, on the Global Day of Listening to Afghans, and we invite every one of you to pick up your phone to call us, to share one another’s pain, and to call our world to urgent reconciliation. We invite the world public opinion to overwhelm us! Email youthpeacevolunteers@gmail.com to arrange a call.

    We wish to invite all the people of the world because when the powers are not listening to the people, listening becomes an act of love, it becomes a solidarity of nonviolent resistance.

    How can we do any less?

    14-year-old Abdulai’s father was killed by the “Taliban” and so, like every other human being, he copes with sorrow, hate, fear and anger.

    But he wakes up to the chronic war days in his land sensing that “something is very wrong with the world I’m caught up in”; “these elders of the world are not getting it.”

    How does trillion-deficit killing, followed by the strategy of escalated killing and yet another review for more killing, work?

    How does it make anyone safer?

    How does it solve the incorruptible corruption, unequalled inequality and inviolate violence we face daily?

    Your policies, skewed-ly “diagnosed” and “reviewed” in a cold, clinical manner divorced from reality, have been deaf to the concerns and needs of the people; thus we endeavor to have a People’s Afghanistan December Review, because that’s what ordinary people can do.

    We would try not to “throw” our shoes at you. We would try to recognize the better side of all human beings and thus continue to serve our commoner’s tea and bread to one and all. But we do ask, plead and demand that you stop your unsustainable, superpower militarism.

    We want peace.

    We want you out.

    With singular sincerity,

    Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers
    Afghans for Peace

    My people, the suppressed millions, are my heroes. They are the real source of any positive change in Afghanistan and their power is stronger than anything else. And anti-war protesters around the world, those who are standing against the destructive policies of world powers. There is a superpower in the world besides the US government – world public opinion. -Malalai Joya

    Excerpts from Wikipedia’s entry on “International public opinion on the war in Afghanistan”:

    International public opinion is largely opposed to the war in Afghanistan.

    The 25-nation Pew Global Attitudes survey in June 2009 reported that majorities or pluralities in 18 out of 25 countries want U.S. and NATO to remove their military troops from Afghanistan as soon as possible.

    Despite American calls for NATO allies to send more troops to Afghanistan, there was majority or plurality opposition to such action in every one of the NATO countries surveyed: Germany (63% opposition), France (62%), Poland (57%), Canada (55%), Britain (51%), Spain (50%), and Turkey (49%).

    In Europe, poll after poll in France, Germany and even Britain show that the European public want their troops to be pulled out and less money spent on the war in Afghanistan

    ABC News/BBC/ARD/Washington Post poll of 1,691 Afghan adults from October 29-November 13, 2010

    Afghans indicated they were more pessimistic about the direction of their country, less confident about US-led coalition troops providing security and more willing to negotiate with the Taliban than a year ago. More than half of Afghans interviewed said US and NATO forces should begin withdrawing from the country in mid-2011 or sooner.

    There are the occupation forces from the sky, dropping cluster bombs and depleted uranium, and on the ground there are the fundamentalist warlords and the Taliban, with their own guns.

    If I should die, and you should choose to carry on my work, you are welcome to visit my grave. Pour some water on it and shout three times. I want to hear your voice. – Malalai Joya

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  4. From the USA:

    http://nationalpeaceconference.org/

    Back to the Streets!
    Please endorse the National Call To Action for
    Bi-coastal Antiwar Demonstration in New York and San Francisco on April 9, 2011 by clicking here

    Call to Action
    And Request for Endorsement

    April 9, 2011
    New York & San Francisco
    from the
    United National Antiwar Committee

    For a list of Endorsers of the April 9th Demonstrations, Click Here

    WHO ARE THE WARMAKERS?

    THEY are the government, corporate, and financial powers that wage war, ravage the environment and the economy and trample on our democratic rights and liberties.

    WHO ARE THE PEACEMAKERS?

    WE are the vast majority of humanity who want peace, a healthy planet and a society that prioritizes human needs, democracy and civil liberties for all.

    The Warmakers spend trillions of dollars yearly on endless wars in pursuit of global domination and profit while murdering millions of innocent people, installing corrupt and hated governments and funding occupations that displace millions from their homelands — trampling on the right of oppressed people to self-determination.

    THEY send our youth — victims of the economic draft — to fight over the very fossil fuels whose unrestrained use threatens the future of the planet while corrupt and virtually unregulated oil giants dump billions of gallons of death into our rivers and oceans.

    THEY wage a fake “war on terrorism” at home — the new McCarthyism — that promotes racism and Islamophobia aimed at destroying civil liberties and democratic rights.

    THEY grant repeated and untold trillions in bailouts to banks, corporations and financial institutions while breaking unions, robbing pensions, destroying jobs, foreclosing homes, de-funding education and vital social services and are once again threatening Social Security and Medicare.

    THEY offer no solutions to the current crises other than more of the same.

    THE PEACEMAKERS DEMAND a better world. Only a massive, united, inclusive and independent movement has the power to bring it into being.

    WE DEMAND Bring U.S. Troops, Mercenaries and War Contractors Home Now: Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan! End the sanctions and stop the threats of war against the people of Iran, North Korea and Yemen. No to war and plunder of the people of Latin America and Africa! End U.S. Aid to Israel! End U.S. Support to the Israeli Occupation of Palestine and the Siege of Gaza!

    WE DEMAND trillions for jobs, education, social services, an end to all foreclosures, quality single-payer healthcare for all, a massive conversion to sustainable and planet-saving energy systems and public transportation and reparations to the victims of U.S. terror at home and abroad.

    WE DEMAND an end to FBI raids on antiwar, social justice, and international solidarity activists, an end to the racist persecution and prosecutions that ravage Muslim communities, an end to police terror in Black and Latino communities, full rights and legality for immigrants and an end to all efforts to repress and punish Wikileaks and its contributors and founders.

    WE DEMAND the immediate end to torture, rendition, secret trials, drone bombings and death squads.

    WE ARE DEDICATED TO A WORLD OF PEACE AND JUSTICE.

    All Out April 9, 2011

    To add your group’s name to the endorser list, local, state or national, click here

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  5. What a difference a few days makes in government “evaluations” of the longest war in American history.

    On Monday, The New York Times reported on an ominous assessment – circulating on Capitol Hill – of the Afghanistan war. But by Thursday, the White House was touting the Bush/Obama ongoing “optimism” that the “fragile” war is “showing progress” and troops will be withdrawn at some point in the future.

    But given that recent polling indicates that an increasing number of Americans (60 percent in one poll) are opposed to the nearly decade-old conflict, it’s hard to see how Afghanistan is anything but an albatross around the neck of America.

    Indeed, the Obama/Bush military guru, General Petraeus, is on record as saying that he’s not sure of a “victory” by 2014. Moreover, the Afghan citizens themselves are apparently turning against the American presence, according to a recent ABC/BBC/Washington Post poll:

    Dismayed by rising Taliban activity and persistent economic hardship, Afghans have turned more negative in their assessment of the presence and performance of U.S. and NATO forces in their country, with sharply different regional patterns that track the country’s vexing challenges. Nationally, after advancing last year in anticipation of better days, sentiment has shifted for the worse.

    Favorable views of the United States, rating of its performance, confidence in its ability to provide security and support for its presence, all have matched previous lows or set new ones in the latest in a five-year series of polls in Afghanistan by “ABC News” and its media partners.

    Most disturbingly, everything that I’ve written above is basically the same combination of negative reports and US government “game face” statements that we have been reading in revolving-door fashion for nearly ten years. The Afghanistan conflict appears to have become a long-term appendage to our foreign policy, at a tremendous financial cost and loss of life.

    The Soviets left Afghanistan – after nine years – with their tails between their legs, and, shortly thereafter, the Soviet Union fell apart. Ironically, the US played a key role in supporting the rebels – including one Osama bin Laden – fighting the foreign occupation.

    Now, we are the occupier, using the most advanced military technology to fight a ragtag army to, at best, an endless draw.

    Mark Karlin
    Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout

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