Dead Wild Roses: Excerpts from “Letter to a Young Army Ranger” – Rory Fanning

A brief note.  I think that this essay should be required reading for all those who consider joining the armed forces and participating in the cycle of terrorism and destruction that currently dominates our foreign policy and geo-political goals here in the West.   Many thanks to Tom’s Dispatch for hosting the essay. “Why The War ...

Alberta Diary: On the centenary of Gavrilo Princip’s fateful shot in Sarajevo, let’s learn the right lessons from history

Gavrilo Princip under arrest. Below: Princip and the Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Today is the centenary of the day Gavrilo Princip took his little Belgian pistol to Sarajevo and blew the heir presumptive to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian empire into history. As is well known, not long after young Princip caused the demise of Franz ...

LeDaro: Malala Yousafza gives a speech at U.N.

Malala Yousafza is a very bright young lady. What the Taliban did to her was barbaric. She gave a great speech at the United Nations. However, Obama should give some thought to refrain from drone attacks which have killed many young Malalas.

LeDaro: Young Woman Shot by Taliban Recovering

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy She is very brave, great to hear that Malala is recovering. It is appalling that she – a young teenage girl – was shot by the Taliban for promoting something that is a basic human right, education for girls. Very intelligent, she and ...

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Malala Yousafzai Honoured With Global Day Of Action

A Taliban gunman shot her as she made her way home from school in Pakistan. She survived the assassination attempt and is now recovering at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital hospital in the UK. Today, Malala Yousafzai has become the symbol for every girl child’s birthright to education. And yesterday, November 10, the world celebrated Malala. We designated it ...

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Shame: 61 million children not in school worldwide

Globally, 61 million children, most of them girls, are denied their birthright to education. They’re discriminated against, marginalized and exploited. Please click here to add your voice to millions around the world calling on governments and international organizations to ensure that these children have access to education by the end of 2015.

Trashy's World: Facebook is a great place to see sappy photos…

… and sentimental meanderings and gag-worthy non sequiturs. This isn’t like that.. Taliban = Cowards. (8) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Anonymous Dumps Wikileaks [VIDEO]

Hacktivist collective, Anonymous, has severed ties with long-time ally WikiLeaks. Anonymous announced the divorce via a tweet, and said the Julian Assange-controlled whistle-blowing website had become a one man “Julian Assange show”. The tweet: “The end of an era. We unfollowed @Wikileaks and withdraw our support. It was an awesome idea ruined by Egos. Good Bye.” The timing of ...

Bill Longstaff: Malala Yousafzai—heroine

This week the Taliban committed yet another atrocity in the name of religion when they shot 14-year old Malala Yousafzai in the head and neck while she sat with her classmates on a school bus. Still in critical condition this morning, she has been flown to the country’s top military hospital for specialist treatment. Malala ...

Politics and its Discontents: Another Victory for the Star: The Harper Government Blinks

The Globe and Mail arrogantly proclaims itself to be ‘Canada’s national newspaper’ and ‘Canada’s paper of record.’ It is a self-proclaimed designation that I have longed disagreed with, so much so that I eventually cancelled my long-standing subscription to it some time ago, substituting the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest-circulation newspaper. And I have never regretted ...

Politics and its Discontents: More From Paul Watson on Sayed Shah Sharifi

The older I get, the longer I live, the more I realize that true justice is uncommon, and that evil frequently prevails over good. The case of Sayed Shah Sharifi, the Afghan interpreter whose work was so highly-prized by the Canadian military, is only the latest example of this fact. Continuing his series in The ...

LeDaro: US/NATO is winning in Afghanistan??

Great victory eh! Once U.S and NATO forces leave, not only will Afghanistan fall back in the hands of the Taliban but also Pakistan and maybe Iran. Pakistan is becoming more fanatic religiously. Since 1978 Pashtuns from Afghanistan have taking refuge in Pakistan. More came during the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. Now their ...

RedBedHead: US Sacrificed Aid Agencies That Help Children To Kill Bin Laden

If you ever had any doubt that the hunt to locate and then kill Osama bin Laden was about anything other than vengeance and demonstrating to the world that Captain USA always gets his man, this latest revelation ought to dispel that. First, it was revealed by the UK Guardian newspaper in July that the ...

RedBedHead: Pakistan: When Thieves Fall Out

As Neil Sedaka once crooned “breaking up is hard to do”, especially when you’re a superpower who needs the help of an unstable and corrupt government to have any chance of defeating an insurgency. It looks like the USA is just beginning to figure out what an ugly break-up between a couple of nuclear powers ...

RedBedHead: Afghanistan: USA Busted Trying To "Cut & Run"

Remember all that macho b.s. that G W Bush (and Stephen Harper) said about not “cutting and running” in Afghanistan? We were gonna fight to the end – for truth, justice and the American Way. And remember how Harper and his cronies took the piss out of Jack Layton when he suggested that peace would ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The secret to Western success in Afghanistan: NATO must train the Taliban!

Completely untrained Afghan Mujahideen troops, the same people who later became the Taliban, stand atop a Soviet helicopter they downed in 1979. Below, Leonid Brezhnev. I’ve got it! The way to move toward peace and progress in Afghanistan, that is. Starting immediately, NATO needs to arm and train the Taliban! This may sound crazy, as ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Canadian media’s narrative of the Afghan war suspiciously like a fairy tale

The Intercontinental Hotel, Kabul, as it’s supposed to look: About as real as Canadian reporting on Afghanistan. Below: Helicopters hovering, above the Intercontinental, as shot by Reuters News Service; in another hasty Western exit, not so long ago and not so far away. The narrative of Canada’s role in the Afghan civil war as told ...

RedBedHead: The Disaster That Is Afghanistan

This week’s slaying of Ahmad Wali Karzai, brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and a warlord/mobster with extensive power in Southern Afghanistan is a reminder that NATO and the Americans haven’t got the situation in Afghanistan under control. Not by half. That they needed to rely upon a man with money in drugs, corruption, influence ...

Bill Longstaff: Petraeus’s imaginary Taliban

In Nikolai Gogol’s novel Dead Souls, his protagonist Chichikov seeks to purchase serfs who have died but are still registered against their owners as taxable assets. By relieving the owners of the tax burden, Chichikov obtains ownership of the dead serfs for nominal sums. He hopes thereby to inflate his apparent wealth and use it ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Is the Taliban ‘on its knees’? Not very likely

Nobody here but us poppy farmers! Really! Below: Mao Zedong and a visitor not dissimilar in many ways from certain recent Canadian politicians. Mao Zedong, a guy who may have known a thing or two about guerrilla warfare, famously observed: “The guerrilla must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea.” So ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Having a majority means never having to say you’re sorry – even about the ‘Taliban Jack’ slur

Above: Afghan fighters against the British occupation in the late 19th Century. Not much has changed but the rifles. Below: Peter MacKay, Jack Layton. We’re still waiting for that apology to Opposition Leader Jack Layton from the Harper Conservatives. You know, the one they owe him for getting their on-line Tory Rage Machine ™ and ...

Bill Longstaff: U.S. follows lead of Taliban Jack

Googling the history of our Afghanistan adventure the other day, I encountered  a snide Vancouver Sun article written in 2008 mocking “Taliban Jack” for his position on the war, sarcastically summarizing his views as, “Bring in the UN, facilitate discussions among the warring parties, directly engage the Taliban leadership, develop a comprehensive peace plan, build ...

World Headlines Review: Afghanistan: War, Power and Illusion

Canadian LAVs, Afghanistan, by isafmedia This week, Project Censored has released its annual list of top 25 censored news stories in a volume entitled Censored 2011: The Top Censored Stories of 2009-2010.  An astounding article published by The Nation on November 11, 2009; How the US funds the Taliban, resurfaces as the main source for ...

A. Picazo: Child Soldiers: The Other Taliban and Al-Qaeda Militants

“A poignant reality of contemporary conflicts is that increasingly children are being used as cheap and readily available weapons of war. From Colombia to Sri Lanka, from Sierra Leone to Uganda, thousands of children have been used in armed conflict situations. In Afghanistan, our forces are seeing the increasing use of children in combat operations, ...