United States army kills Afghan pedestrian

This 8 September 2010 video from England is called Afghanistan Time to Go! – Stop the War Parliamentary Meeting.

From Xinhua news agency:

U.S. army vehicle kills pedestrian in Kabul

15:40, February 17, 2011

A pedestrian was killed by a U.S. army vehicle in Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday, a private television channel reported.

“A U.S. army vehicle hit a pedestrian in Masoud Square Kabul city this morning and killed him on the spot,” said Tolo news bulletin.

Quoting eye witnesses, the television added that the reckless driving of the U.S. army vehicle had caused the tragic incident.

According to an eyewitness, the victim was a policeman. However, an official with the press department of the Interior Ministry told Xinhua, “We have not received the report yet.”

From DPA news agency in Germany:

Plagiarism row German minister in Afghanistan visit

Berlin – German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg spent the night with troops in Afghanistan, his ministry announced Thursday, in the midst of a media storm over claims of plagiarism in his doctoral thesis.

Guttenberg stayed overnight with troops in the province of Baghlan in northern Afghanistan where he arrived late Wednesday, sources told German Press Agency dpa. …

The defence ministry did not previously announce the trip for security reasons, and would not give details about the remainder of his visit to the region.

The previous day, Guttenberg – a rising star in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government – was forced to defend himself against allegations of plagiarism in his Phd.

He has also faced criticism over a string of controversies within the military, including the accidental killing of a German soldier in Afghanistan and that soldiers’ mail in Afghanistan was illegally opened or lost.

The minister was not accompanied by journalists on his current trip.

Academics attack Guttenberg over plagiarized thesis: here.

The US embassy in Kabul has claimed that the German government cooperated in the arrest and incarceration of a young German student in Afghanistan’s notorious Bagram prison: here.

And this is the actual definitive annotated Bagram prisoner list if you want to bookmark it – or add information! Here.

Afghan Women’s Leaders Fight Proposed Shelter Regulation: here.

USA: We cannot continue to funnel billions of dollars a week toward a counterproductive military-first strategy in Afghanistan while sacrificing vital domestic priorities such as quality education, affordable health care, and job creation: here.

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  1. German defence minister in PhD plagiarism row

    AFP – Simon Sturdee

    A row over alleged plagiarism by the German defence minister escalated on Thursday with a professor — claiming to be the original author of suspect passages in his law thesis — calling for his doctorate to be revoked. Skip related content

    “It beats me how someone can be so blatant,” Barbara Zehnpfennig, a professor who says she wrote parts of a 2007 thesis that Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg passed off as his own, told the Die Welt daily.

    Zu Guttenberg — or Karl-Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jakob Philipp Franz Joseph Sylvester Freiherr (Baron) von und zu Guttenberg, to give him his full name — regularly tops surveys as Germany’s most popular politician.

    The 39-year-old snappy dresser from the Bavarian sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) has even been tipped as her possible successor, having impressed both as economy minister and at defence.

    But he is also a popular target for the German press, with papers jumping on a series of minor scandals from an alleged mutiny on a naval training ship to his handling of a controversial September 2009 airstrike in Afghanistan.

    In December he was accused of turning a December visit to German troops in Afghanistan into a publicity stunt because he took along not only his wife — a direct descendent of Otto von Bismarck — but also a television chat-show host.

    When he got back to Berlin he was photographed at an evening function cutting a dashing figure still in his battle fatigues, with his explanation that he had no time to change failing to convince suspicious commentators.

    “People like the fact that he is not a product of the Berlin political establishment,” political analyst Manfred Guellner from polling institute Forsa told AFP. “But journalists find him arrogant.”

    The latest episode could turn out to be the most damaging, with several law professors alleging that the minister copied large passages written by others in his dissertation without properly citing them.

    The University of Bayreuth, where the minister completed his thesis, is looking into the allegations.

    “The accusation that my doctoral thesis was plagiarised is absurd,” zu Guttenberg said on Thursday.

    He added, however, that he could not rule out there may have been errors when it came to quoting others.

    He said he was “ready to check whether the more than 1,200 footnotes on 475 pages were correctly inserted where they should have been.”

    The press meanwhile had a field day on Thursday, with the Financial Times Deutschland dubbing the aristocrat “Baron Cut-and-Paste” on its front page — and with a cheeky superscript “1” next to the headline to indicate a footnote.

    “The young hero was talked up so much … that he was bound to come crashing back down,” the conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) sniffed. “Some of this will stick.”

    The baron was however nowhere to be seen in Berlin, having gone off for a surprise visit to Afghanistan — and without the usual army of photographers and reporters.


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