Thirteen Afghan refugees who have been on a hunger strike outside Migration Board offices in Boden in northern Sweden have broken off their action after three weeks of refusing to eat. …
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, has recently been criticized for taking ‘ghost money’ from the CIA and MI6. The sums are unknown – for the usual reasons of ‘national security’ – but are estimated to have been in the tens of millions of dollars. While this is nowhere near the eye-bleeding $12 billion shipped over to Iraq on pallets in the wake of the invasion a decade ago, it is still a significant amount. And how has this money been spent? Certainly not on social projects or rebuilding initiatives. Rather, the reporting indicates, the money has been funneled to Karzai’s cronies as bribes in a corrupt attempt to buy influence in the country. None of this surprises me. MI6 has a long and ignoble history of trying to buy influence in countries of interest. In 1995/96 it funded a ‘ragtag group of Islamic extremists,’ headed up by a Libyan military intelligence officer, in an illegal attempt to try to assassinate Colonel Gaddafi. The attack went wrong and innocent people were killed. When this scandal was exposed, it caused an outcry. Yet a mere 15 years later, MI6 and the CIA were back in Libya, providing support to the same ‘rebels,’ who this time succeeded in capturing, torturing and killing Gaddafi, while plunging Libya into apparently endless internecine war. This time around there was little international outcry, as the world’s media portrayed this aggressive interference in a sovereign state as ‘humanitarian relief.’ And we also see the same in Syria now, as the CIA and MI6 are already providing training and communication support to the rebels – many of whom, particularly the Al Nusra faction in control of the oil-rich north-east of Syria are in fact allied with Al-Qaeda in Iraq. So in some countries the UK and USA use drones to target and murder “militants” (plus villagers, wedding parties and other assorted innocents), while in others they back ideologically similar groups.Recently, we have also seen the Western mediamaking unverified claimsthat the Syrian regime is using chemical weapons against its own people, and our politicians leaping on these assertions as justification for openly providing weapons to the insurgents.Other reports are now emergingthat indicate it was the rebels themselves who have been using sarin gas against the people. This may halt the rush to war, but not doubt other support will continue to be offered by the West to these war criminals.So, how is MI6 secretly spending UK taxpayers’ money in Afghanistan? According to Western media reporting, it is being used to prop up warlords and corrupt officials. This is deeply unpopular amongst the Afghan people,leading to the dangerof increasing support for a resurgent Taliban.There is also a significant overlap between the corrupt political establishment and the illegal drug trade, up to and including the president’s late brother,Ahmed Wali Karzai. So, another unintentional consequence may be that some of this unaccountable ghost money is propping up the drug trade.Afghanistan is the world’s leading producer of heroin, and theUN reportsthat poppy growth has increased dramatically. Indeed, the UN estimates that acreage under poppy growth in Afghanistan hastripled over the last 7 years. The value of the drug trade to the Afghan warlords is now estimated to be in the region of $700 million per year. You can buy a lot of Kalashnikovs with that.On the one hand, we have Western governments bankrupting themselves to fight the ‘war on terror,’ breaking international laws and murdering millions of innocent people across North Africa, the Middle East and central Asia, while at the same time shredding what remains of our hard-won civil liberties at home.On the other hand, we apparently have MI6 and the CIA secretly bankrolling the very people in Afghanistan who produce 90 percent of the world’s heroin. And then, of course, more scarce resources can be spent on fighting the failed ‘war on drugs,’ and yet another pretext is used to shred our civil liberties.This is a lucrative economic model for the burgeoning military-security complex. However, it is a lose-lose scenario for the rest of us. …
Afghan President Hamid Karzai admitted top Afghan officials are secretly on the payroll of the CIA after a NY Times report detailed corruption. …
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One member of the Afghan border police is dead and two Pakistani soldiers have been wounded after a row close to the disputed Gursal border gate.
A two-hour firefight began after an attack on a Pakistani checkpoint, according to officials in Islamabad.
The Pakistani Foreign Ministry released a statement saying it had summoned the senior Afghan diplomat in Islamabad to protest at what it called “an unprovoked firing incident.”
However, Kabul is claiming Pakistani troops were in the wrong when they tried to fortify the gate on the Afghan side. Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi said the situation at the border was now “under control.”
The border is over 2,600 kilometres long, and militants often cross over, carrying out attacks in both countries.
The US is trying to improve relations between the two countries before NATO troops leaving Afghanistan at the end of 2014. America wants Pakistan to help Afghanistan to coax the Taliban to the negotiating table ahead of the withdrawal.
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The CIA has delivered tens of millions of dollars in cash packed in suitcases and backpacks to the office of Afghan President Hamid Karzai for more than a decade, the New York Times reported Monday. “We called it ‘ghost money’,” Khalil Roman, Karzai’s deputy chief of…