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Blowback: Taliban target US intel's shadow army PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pepe Escobar   
Tuesday, 31 August 2021 00:18

The Kabul Airport bombing shows there are shadowy forces in Afghanistan, willing to disrupt a peaceful transition after US troops leave. But what about US intel's own 'shadow army,' amassed over two decades of occupation? Who are they, and what is their agenda?

The Taliban aren't searching and targeting civilians. They're hunting down a CIA-created shadow army, two decades in the making, still underground in Afghanistan.

So we have the CIA Director William Burns deploying in haste to Kabul to solicit an audience with Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar, the new potential ruler of a former satrapy. And he literally begs him to extend a deadline on the evacuation of US assets.

The answer is a resounding no. After all, the 31 August deadline was established by Washington itself. Extending it would only mean the extension of an already defeated occupation.

The Mr. Burns goes to Kabul caper is by now part of cemetery of empires folklore. The CIA does not confirm or deny Burns met Mullah Baradar; a Taliban spokesman, delightfully diversionist, said he was not aware of such a meeting.

Well probably never know the exact terms discussed by the two unlikely participants assuming the meeting ever took place and is not crass intel disinformation.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 August 2021 00:26
Russiagate, Nazis, and the CIA PDF Print E-mail
Written by ROB URIE   
Sunday, 02 August 2020 19:29

The political success of Russiagate lies in the vanishing of American history in favor of a faade of liberal virtue. Posed as a response to the election of Donald Trump, a straight line can be drawn from efforts to undermine the decommissioning of the American war economy in 1946 to the CIAs alliance with Ukrainian fascists in 2014. In 1945 the NSC (National Security Council) issued a series of directives that gave logic and direction to the CIAs actions during the Cold War. That these persist despite the fall of communism suggests that it was always just a placeholder in the pursuit of other objectives.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 March 2022 00:31
The age of humanism is ending PDF Print E-mail
Written by Medialeft GB Administration   
Friday, 14 July 2017 20:22

Achille Mbembe -

There is no sign that 2017 will be much different from 2016.

Under Israeli occupation for decades, Gaza will still be the biggest open prison on Earth.

In the United States, the killing of black people at the hands of the police will proceed unabated and hundreds of thousands more will join those already housed in the prison-industrial complex that came on the heels of plantation slavery and Jim Crow laws.

Europe will continue its slow descent into liberal authoritarianism or what cultural theorist Stuart Hall called authoritarian populism. Despite complex agreements reached at international forums, the ecological destruction of the Earth will continue and the war on terror will increasingly morph into a war of extermination between various forms of nihilism.

Inequalities will keep growing worldwide. But far from fuelling a renewed cycle of class struggles, social conflicts will increasingly take the form of racism, ultra nationalism, sexism, ethnic and religious rivalries, xenophobia, homophobia and other deadly passions.

The denigration of virtues such as care, compassion and kindness will go hand in hand with the belief, especially among the poor, that winning is all that matters and who wins by whatever means necessary is ultimately right.

With the triumph of this neo-Darwinian approach to history-making, apartheid under various guises will be restored as the new old norm. Its restoration will pave the way to new separatist impulses, the erection of more walls, the militarisation of more borders, deadly forms of policing, more asymmetrical wars, splitting alliances and countless internal divisions including in established democracies.

Interview with Steve Ellner: Is the Bolivarian Revolution a Populist Failure? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Medialeft GB Administration   
Monday, 31 October 2016 01:11

Lucas Koerner -

Steve Ellner, the Universidad de Oriente professor discusses a range of contentious issues in Venezuela, including the efficacy of state social programs such as the CLAPs, rentierism, and the Maduro government's controversial Mining Arc, as well as the role of international solidarity

It's no secret that one of the hallmarks of the Bolivarian process has been the democratization of oil wealth in order to improve the living standards of the impoverished majority of the Venezuelan population. However, this policy has been hysterically denounced by Western political, media, and academic elites as "populism." Is Chavismo populist?

First of all, it should be kept in mind that the term populism has been defined in many different ways, even antithetically. You have writers like Ernesto Laclau who views populism as the quintessence of politics, because the populist leader is someone who is able to unify distinct segments of the population on the basis of the same slogans. The phrases that he or she uses appeal to different sectors of the population and are interpreted differently, but that's really what politics is all about. When some people and the media accuse Chvez of being a populist, they're referring to a different definition of populism. I would call it "crass populism" in order to avoid confusion around the term and not bury the very important contributions of the works of Laclau. The detractors of the Chavista governments, including academics who call Chvez a populist in the pejorative sense of the word, argue that the social programs of populist governments are inherently unsustainable. Non-populist governments, on the other hand, implement social programs that are perhaps not as successful in the initial stages because they assign fewer resources, but, in the long run, are sustainable. In contrast, the populist governments receive a lot of publicity, get a lot of popular support at first, but eventually their programs go under because they are untenable.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 August 2021 00:15
BOY WONDER: The Possibility Of A Childhood PDF Print E-mail
Written by Medialeft GB Administration   
Monday, 25 April 2016 13:09

keith harmon snow -

The photographs showing glimpses of our son's first 30 months of life are complemented by text that situates his existence in a white privileged post-modern materialist culture, in sharp juxtaposition to the lives of children whose childhoods have been stolen. Please enjoy and ponder this exhibit, treating it as a meditation on being.
Thank you to those people who have supported our urgent FundRazr campaign (STOP GUNFIRE IN OUR COMMUNITY link below) to help my family recover fromthe financial burdens of our struggle to stop gunfire and explosions in our rural community in Williamsburg MA continues. (Probably Christmas and New Years wasn't the best time to launch this campaign but waiting was not a helpful option either. Please feel free to follow the link below and engage the campaign to get some idea of the hardship this has caused us and the depths and darkness of this struggle. WWe went up against militarization and violence, and we prevailed, to a great degree, but the emotional, psychological and financial cost was great. Please also feel free to circulate and forward this appeal to others.

As the weather and planet heats up, I hope you will take refuge in the awareness that all life is fleeting, and everything we do will be meaningless, but we must do it.


Last Updated on Thursday, 01 September 2016 17:25
Little Baghdad, California PDF Print E-mail
Written by Arun Gupta   
Sunday, 14 April 2013 18:43

Little BagdadNABEEL USED TO WORK FOR the Americans in Iraq. He was a security team leader for the Research Triangle Institute, a U.S. contractor that was paid more than half-a-billion dollars to run local governance programs throughout the country. He survived three car-bombing attempts. I was lucky, he says nonchalantly.

But as GIs began to exit Iraq in 2011, he knew that his luck would not last. Nabeel says that some guys threatened him: We will kill your son. We will get revenge when the Americans leave Iraq. Nabeel didnt need much more encouragement, given the collapse of public services that had made life arduous, so he applied for a special immigration visa for Iraqis employed on behalf of the U.S. government. With his family, he immigrated to El Cajon, California, in July 2011.

He expected a warm welcome and a decent standard of living for helping the war effort.

When I came to the United States, I thought I would be better than the prime minister in Iraq, recalls Nabeel. Now, I am jealous of the street cleaner.

The Treason of the Intellectuals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Hedges   
Sunday, 14 April 2013 15:49

The Treason of the IntellectualsThe rewriting of history by the power elite was painfully evident as the nation marked the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. Some claimed they had opposed the war when they had not. Others among Bushs useful idiots argued that they had merely acted in good faith on the information available; if they had known then what they know now, they assured us, they would have acted differently. This, of course, is false. The war boosters, especially the liberal hawkswho included Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Al Franken and John Kerry, along with academics, writers and journalists such as Bill Keller, Michael Ignatieff, Nicholas Kristof, David Remnick, Fareed Zakaria, Michael Walzer, Paul Berman, Thomas Friedman, George Packer, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Kanan Makiya and the late Christopher Hitchensdid what they always have done: engage in acts of self-preservation. To oppose the war would have been a career killer. And they knew it.

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