U.S. marine kills Afghan policeman

This video is called Rethink Afghanistan War (Part 4): Civilian Casualties.

From Reuters today:

A U.S. marine shot and killed an Afghan police officer Saturday after a dispute between the pair during a security operation in southern Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.

USA: No Room for the Pentagon’s Wars in Dr. King’s Dream: here.

Doubts among US conservatives on the Afghan war: here.

4 thoughts on “U.S. marine kills Afghan policeman

  1. Dear Friend,

    The Pentagon sank to a new low this week in their attempt to sell the Afghanistan War to the American people. At their Martin Luther King, Jr., Day observance, a Pentagon official actually claimed that if King were alive today, he might support the war.

    This is simply not true. As shown in our new video, Dr. King could not have been more clear in his 1967 speech denouncing the Vietnam War:

    “A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world order and say of war, “This way of settling differences is not just. …A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

    More than 10,000 people died in the Afghanistan War last year alone. This year, the government plans to spend $107 billion on the war. We believe that if Dr. King were alive today, he would repeat his admonition to U.S. policymakers on their responsibility:

    “I speak as one who loves America…The great initiative in this war is ours; the initiative to stop it must be ours.”

    Martin Luther King, Jr., was a national hero who called on us to have the moral courage to stop another war that wasn’t making us safer and that wasn’t worth the cost. Help us fight the Pentagon lies. Spread the truth by sharing this video with your family and friends.


    Derrick Crowe, Robert Greenwald
    and the Brave New Foundation team

    P.S. If you haven’t done so already, please join Rethink Afghanistan on Facebook and Twitter.


  2. War displaced people in Kabul slum cry for help



    No education, lack of food and winter clothes. In Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, hundreds of war displaced children and their families are crying for relief assistance from the government.

    Currently, there are 804 families living in the slum, in west of the city, with the largest family of 15 children.

    “We do not have enough food and clothes. We need help,” Wakiltawos Khan, head of the slum, told Xinhua reporters.

    “Nine months ago, my five sons were killed by U.S. air strikes in my hometown, and my daughter lost an arm. Kabul is safe, so we moved here. But we can not afford a house and have to stay here,” Wakiltawos said.

    To escape the ongoing conflict, most of the families are forced to leave their hometowns in south Afghanistan’s Helmand province to find a safer place to continue their life.

    Over the past nine years since the beginning of the Afghan war in October 2001, the Afghan Taliban regime has collapsed, but its leader Mullah Omar and his guest Osama Ben Laden are still in escape, leaving the Afghan civilians suffering almost every day.

    According to statistics released by Refugees International, over 100,000 people have been displaced in 2010 alone. There are now over 319,000 internally displaced people in Afghanistan, and the number has been rising over the past two years.

    The “houses” here are made of mud, covered with plastic sheets as roofs. They were provided by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and some Afghan donators, said Wakiltawos.

    “Our government did not pay much attention to our life here. Our children are in high need of food and clothes now,” another resident told us. “Last year, a Chinese businessman provided us with some plastic sheets.”

    Several thin dogs wandered around. Children, in rags, played outside. One of them was seen running on bare foot. They were so curious of the presence of outsiders as no one has visited the slum for a long time.

    Not far from the entrance to the slum, there is a well — the only source of drinking water in the slum. Some men and children were taking turns to pump water from the well, with no sanitary facilities.


  3. Jihadi Gangster: Censored in Afghanistan

    Checkpoint Kabul


    By Dion Nissenbaum

    Afghan Scene article on Afghan-American artist Aman Mojadidi banned by Afghan government censors.)

    The Jihadi Gangster has been censored in Afghanistan.

    Afghan government censors have branded the unrepentant Kabul Gangsta Godfather as an offense to the nation’s traditional values and directed Kabul’s largest English-language magazine to excise an article about the Afghan-American artist.

    A story on the Jihadi Gangster, aka Aman Mojadidi, was slated to appear in the current issue of Afghan Scene, a glossy English-language monthly geared towards the expat community in Kabul.

    When the latest issue was flown in from the Dubai printer, government censors were not too happy with what they found.

    The article (a reprint of this Checkpoint Kabul blog post) featured photographs that Afghan government censors said were offensive to the country’s mujaheddin anti-Soviet fighters.

    One of the photos showed the Jihadi Gangster’s faux campaign posters stuck up around town during last fall’s parliamentary race.

    The JG’s campaign slogan, emblazoned on the poster, was simple: Vote for me. I’ve done jihad. And I’m rich.

    JG’s face was blacked out by a box and the words: Your favorite jihadi face here. JG wears a black turban, suit and a gold plated handgun hanging around his neck from a large gold plated chain.

    The backdrop was filled with dollar signs and AK-47s.

    The campaign poster and Jihadi Gangster persona are unique artistic critiques of the corrosive culture of corruption in Afghanistan.

    But the message wasn’t very funny to Afghan government censors.

    “This is an insult to all society,” said Abdul Raquib Jahid, an Education Ministry official who serves on the 14-member commission that scrutinizes publications coming into Afghanistan.”The media in America might draw an unflattering picture of President Obama, but not in Afghanistan.”

    By law, Afghan Scene must be vetted by government censors.

    Before it was printed, in an apparent move to stave off possible objections from the censors, Afghan Scene removed a photograph of the Jihadi Gangster sitting on a couch, channel surfing while a scantily clad, pistol toting woman with a burqa covering her face fawns over the nonplussed gangsta.

    Even so, when government regulators saw the piece, they threatened to take legal action, said Saad Mohseni, the head of Moby Group, Afghanistan’s pioneering media company and publisher of Afghan Scene magazine.

    Even though the magazine, with a print run of about 9,000 copies, is geared towards the expat crowd, Jahid said it was possible that prominent Afghan leaders could also see the piece.

    In defending the decision to prevent the article from being distributed in Afghanistan, Jahid cited Afghan law that allows the government to ban anything that could increase tensions.

    “If the magazine found its way into the hands of [Afghan Vice President] Marshal Fahim he would hold the commission responsible,” Jahid said.

    Jahid said he found no offense with a photograph depicting the imminent execution of a kneeling, gagged, blond Westerner by masked men — aside from the black oval over the face of one of the would-be executioners with the phrase: “Your favorite jihadi face here.”

    Faced with threats of legal action, Afghan Scene officials agreed to have the article cut out of the printed magazine and even had to go back to distributors to collect some issues before they were sent out to cafes, restaurants and bookstores.

    The current issue around Kabul touts the “Jihadi Gangster” story on the cover and in the index. But when readers go looking for it, the article isn’t there.

    “We tried hard but they said no and threatened us with legal action (referring the case to the Attorney General),” Mohseni said in an e-mail. “Their action is nothing unusual (given our neighbourhood and people sensitivities to certain issues). It is an expat magazine and as such it is not going to impact freedom of expression at a national level.”

    Moby and Mohseni are known for pushing free speech boundaries in Afghanistan.

    Moby is the parent company of Tolo TV, which airs ‘Danger Bell,” a biting political satire show that has been compared to “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and frequently airs pieces that are as caustic as the Jihadi Gangster campaign posters and photographs.

    Perhaps because he has larger battles to fight, Mohseni said he chose not to challenge the demand that Afghan Scene cut out the article.

    “We win some and lose some,” said Mohseni.



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