World View: Corruption has blighted the torrent of dollars poured into the country by America since 2001 An Afghan acquaintance who had worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) told me several years ago how an Afghan subcontractor had made a large profit from a contract to build and get running a tractor repair shop in Uruzgan province in southern Afghanistan. Uruzgan, the home province of Mullah Omar, the leader of the Taliban, was then a particularly dangerous place, but the subcontractor cunningly turned this to his advantage. The strong Taliban presence in the area meant that … Continue reading Al-Qai’da aid project shows the way in Afghanistan
by PATRICK COCKBURN Al-Qa’ida, the second act: Why the global ‘war on terror’ went wrong In 2014 al-Qa’ida-type groups are numerous and powerful… In other words, the ‘war on terror’ has demonstrably failed It is now 12-and-a-half years since the September 11 attacks that put al-Qa’ida firmly on the map of global terrorism. The US has spent billions of dollars on its ‘war on terror’ to counter the threat and succeeded in killing Osama bin Laden three years ago. And yet al-Qa’ida-type groups are arguably stronger than ever now, especially in Syria and Iraq where they control an … Continue reading War On Terror – LOST?
WHY? I did not carry out 9/11 killing thousands I did not carry out the London bombings I did not attack Iraq or Afghanistan killing a million plus I did not withold medical supplies from Iraqis killing some at least 500,000 children I did not and do not use drones or missiles killing thousands I was not involved in World War 2 or 1 killing tens of millions I was not involved in invading, occupying nations around the world deporting and/or killing hundreds of millions in the name of Empire. And I was not involved in the Crusades I am … Continue reading I WILL NOT APOLOGISE FOR 9/11!
The Murdoch Media Empire Has Cost Humanity Decades in the Battle Against Climate Change by: Michael Ashley, ThinkProgress /Truthout.org Michael Ashley investigates the national paper’s “seriously warped” op-ed policy in this extended excerpt. [R]eality becomes so distorted that The Australian was able tostate earlier this month, “it is in keeping with this newspaper’s rationalist pedigree that we have long accepted the peer-reviewed science on anthropogenic climate change,” while at the same time engaging in a campaign to misrepresent and distort climate science. Other editorials have made it clear that The Australian believes it is treating its readers as mature adults who should be able to make up their own minds … Continue reading Murdoch – The Murderer of Mother Earth?