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The Sun Never Sets on Their Killings

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U.S. Military says Kabul drone strike killed 10 civilians, including 7 children – NO Terrorists – in ‘tragic mistake.’

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AFGHAN AID WORKER & NINE OTHERS KILLED BY US MILITARY

“If there is a nation that commits unspeakable atrocities, it is the United States of America. They don’t care about human beings.”

Nelson Mandela, 2003.

Even as reports of civilian casualties emerged, the top U.S. general had continued to describe the attack as “righteous”.

The head of U.S. Central Command, Marine Corps General Frank McKenzie, said that at the time he had been confident it averted an imminent threat to the forces at the airport.

In a statement, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the drone strike had killed 10 innocent civilians and children, including the prime target, a Mr. Ahmadi who worked for a non-profit aid organization called Nutrition and Education International.

“We now know that there was no connection between Mr. Ahmadi and ISIS, that his activities on that day were completely harmless and not at all related to the imminent threat we believed we faced,” Austin said.

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Condemnation floods in from around the globe at US atrocity, committed even after they had left the war torn nation of Afghanistan in pieces.

Many ask, “Could the Taliban be any worse for the Afghan people?”

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US DRONES WITH LETHAL MISSILES ON BOARD KILLS 1000s of AFGHAN CIVILIANS

Afghan atrocity confirmed just a day after the three genocidal nations announce a new military pact to spread nuclear powered weapons throughout Asia-Pacific region in a major build up and threat to peace.

DAILY NEWS

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American drone strikes killing Afghan civilians have not been rare events sadly. Seventy-two civilians were killed by drone strikes in a few days in 2019.

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EMERGING MARKETS SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 UPDATED 2 YEARS AGO

At least 40 civilians at wedding party killed during nearby U.S. backed Afghan army raid.

The raid, days after a U.S. drone strike aimed at militants among farmers killed 32 pine nut harvesters, showed how civilians have borne the brunt of the Afghanistan war. 

When will the world stand up and say, “Enough is Enough!” to the daily atrocities carried out and predominantly led by the United States of America?

My Life in Asia

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Many years back when I thought politics and political parties had some relevence to everyday life, one of the policies that I always thought would be hugely beneficial for our small nation would have been for government to invest in their people by paying for young New Zealanders to travel overseas for maybe 6 months to experience life and cultures greatly different to their own.

Because when you don’t know that hugely different things exist in the world, or why they exist, or how they operate, then it is possible for many people to grow old without ever really knowing much about their neighbours on this little planet of ours. And if people have no experience of “others” then sometimes what “others” do – according to the source relied upon by most of us, the Media – may seem strange or perhaps even not very nice. But often, (always?) our ignorance is based upon lack of understanding. The media, I’ve discovered are not usually interested in fostering understanding.

For almost seven years I lived in Asia, closely amongst many different ethnic and religious groups. I got to experience real world private family ceremonies, rituals and events that are simply not available to tourists or casual friends. It was a fascinating experience which has only become more valuable to me as troubles continue in various parts of the world, and for various reasons.

Asia is somewhere I never thought I would actually see much of – I had done many trips to USA, UK and around Europe, but travelling to another “coloured” continent entirely highlighted just how similar the world’s other white christian cultures are to my own in New Zealand. When kiwis travel to the UK or USA, they aren’t really seeing anything very different I now realize.

My time in Asia has given me an expanded outlook on things, including on the affairs of my own nation. So you see – my previous government policy idea of sending all young people overseas for 6 months worked on me! How great it would be if all young people got this chance before they settle into life’s grooves. If they settle….

Imagine how much better it would have been to have lived amongst other races and cultures as a young person. Imagine if everybody in New Zealand had similar positive experiences to share when they returned, if they returned. Many times a nation’s people only have sad or negative experiences to share communally. By sending young people overseas for free, not only would they prosper as individuals but also as a community. It would be a wise investment.

Getting back to today’s post – my experiences in Asia included living amongst all types of Muslim populations, rubbing shoulders with “slackers”, (lol, not strong followers) the majority who were mostly mainstream moderates, right up to the far more conservative followers. And guess what?

It was easy to get along with everyone, even the conservatives. One commodity is essential though – Respect. That is often forgotten when people interact. And leave your baggage, judgements and preconceptions at home.

What westerners might call conservative “hardline” muslims were taking active part in government election campaigns, setting up stands near our residence and handing out their brochures just like all the other candidates. And with a smile.

Yes, these people would probably want to introduce aspects of hudud law if they ever came to power but that is highly unlikely – they never gather more than about 10-15% of the vote. And if there is one thing I have learnt in life, it is that there are ALWAYS two sides to any story, no matter how difficult it might be to see it.

So my experiences in asia living amongst all types of religions came to my mind recently as we saw the Taliban take power in Afghanistan.

Whilst I am not supporting or condoning the atrocities previously carried out by the Taliban, or any other organization, one must remember that predominantly white, christian based western governments have terrorized and killed enormously more innocent people than all of these organizations put together. I think this fact often gets forgotten. Deliberately so.

Terror attacks by “extremists” that kill five people get hugely more sensational media attention than do the unprovoked attacks on muslims by western nations that kill 10,000x more people. Not only do “terror attacks” get hugely and disproportionately larger coverage than state terrorism, but more importantly, terror attacks are framed in an entirely different way to state terrorism, which isn’t called that at all, if it is our governments engaged in it.

Let’s keep a level playing field. If you have watched John Pilger’s excellent documentary, “The War You Don’t See” which is listed in the “Must See Documentaries” section here, this will explain this concept further.

“If people knew the truth about war, it would all be over tomorrow. But they don’t know the truth and they can’t know.”

UK Prime Minister

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The other aspect of how Islamophobia is treated by the mainstream western media is that very little or nothing of the positive aspects of Islam are ever shown. I don’t think it is an exaggeration to claim that before 9/11 most westerners new nothing about Islam or its adherents, many perhaps not even knowing that it existed. Since that fateful day in 2001, it seems to me that the western world has been shown a consistently one sided, negative view of the Muslim world. Again, deliberately so.

Living in asia, I saw “women’s rights” in action from a decidedly non-western point of view. Yes, wives from even moderate muslim families often do ask their husbands’ permission to attend a social event on their own with girlfriends, and often the man is thought of as head of the household. But I also heard muslim ladies talk about how they feel protected and secure by their “modest” dressing and lifestyle in a way that western ladies might not. And I heard ladies speak of how their husbands, tasked with the responsibilty of being head of the family, show great respect when seeking their wife’s opinions. In other words, the muslims I interacted with, from both asia and the middle east, were the complete opposite of the negative images we constantly see in our media.

And don’t think Muslim ladies are prudish, just because they dress modestly in public. In the seemingly opposite fashion to western ladies, who dress in trendy and sexy clothing in public, for the eyes of all to see, including other men, Muslim ladies only dress this way for their husband’s eyes in the privacy of their own homes. They dress for their husband’s pleasure and no-one elses. Islam places great emphasis on the family and having children, and so plenty of “child making” goes on …. it is just all done much more discretely than in the west.

Westerners tend to see life as individuals. “My” rights, “my” choice, “my” life etc. Non-westerners often talk more about family, community and think more as a group. Funnily enough, individuals and their rights are nowhere more prominent than in the United States, whereas one of most prominent examples of community thinking is China. Won’t that be interesting to see play out…..

Anyway, the recent statement by the Taliban that women’s rights to education and freedom of movement in Afghanistan will be protected “in accordance with the framework of Islam” is something that I can now better appreciate having seen the framework of Islam at work personally. There will always be very conservative elements in any society. Remember the American hardline christian anti-abortionists who have murdered doctors performing abortions in their country because their religious beliefs forbade such acts? That is pretty extreme right?

It doesn’t mean everything in Afghanistan will be just fine by next week. It might not ever be like “we” expected. But I for one think the new leaders of Afghanistan should be given time to rebuild their shattered country, without foreign medding and without one sided propaganda through our media. Credit must be given to CNN for having a female reporter on the ground there, reporting what she saw. She was mocked for saying the Taliban seemed friendly.

Al-Jazeera have a female reporter on the ground in Afghanistan too – who is from New Zealand actually. Here is an article by Charlotte Bellis from a local NZ website called Stuff. It sheds quite a different light on events in Afghanistan. Please share it.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/126121262/theres-a-feeling-of-elation-new-zealand-reporter-charlotte-bellis-on-life-in-talibancontrolled-kabul

NZ REPORTER CHARLOTTE BELLIS IN AFGHANISTAN

Why Is China Treated Differently in the Western Media?

A COMPLEX PART OF THE WORLD IN WESTERN CHINA

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Human rights abuses have been an ongoing issue for the government of this asian giant. The abuses range from mass killings, enforced disappearances, torture, rape and sexual abuse to political repression. The Army, the Police Force and Border Security Personnel have all been accused of committing severe human rights abuses against local civilians.

Human rights groups say more than 100,000 people have died since 1989 and even the official government figures give the number of civilians killed as above 50,000.

Rape was regularly used as a means to punish and humiliate communities. 

A US State department report from 2010 concurred with many of the above findings.

However the government has insisted that the mass graves found in the region all belong to foreign militants. 

In 2011, a Human Rights group confirmed that there are thousands of bullet-ridden bodies buried in unmarked graves across the region. 574 bodies were identified as missing locals in a just a small part of the region. This figure indicates that claims of thousands of killed, or “disappeared” locals are accurate.

SOME OF THE MAYBE 600,000 GOVERNMENT TROOPS SENT TO THE REGION TO QUASH RESISTANCE

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In 2012, human rights lawyer Parvez Imroz commenced the first statewide study of torture in the region, his study sample comprising 50 villages, a reasonable number in order to make sensible conclusions. More than 2,000 extreme cases of torture were identified and documented. He discovered 50 “centers” run by state army and paramilitaries where torture is practised.

The latest crackdown by the government of this asian giant began in August 2019, when it took the highly controversial step of revoking the region’s long held autonomy and its self government. By the federal government annexing the region, it has essentially reverted it to the same status as the rest of the nation, with no special powers or authority of its own, ruled by the Capital.

This annexation was always going to be highly controversial. To ensure compliance with it, as many as 600,000 government troops have been sent to the region to enforce order and quash dissent. Approximately 4 million people have been confined within their homes by the military, essentially under house arrest. A total internet, media and communication blackout put in place at the start of the annexation was only lifted in February 2021, after 18 months.

4 million people under house arrest – they are not Uighers

Life remains hard in the region in 2021, with hundreds of military checkpoints still in place, internet coverage patchy and slow, many phone systems still cut by the State government. The predictable winter power cuts – intentional or not – make life even more miserable. The combined economic effect on the population from all these measures has been dire while the coronavirus has only added to their misery.

Upon reading these reports one might think we are talking about the persecution of the Uighurs in the Chinese autonomous region of Xinjiang or about events in Hong Kong. And that these crimes have been committed at the hands of Beijing. But we are not and they have not.

These long standing human rights abuses all come from the previously autonomous Kasmir region in India. And the violent events all relate to the Indian government in Delhi. Successive Indian governments in fact.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/31/india-strips-kashmir-of-special-status-and-divides-it-in-two

But you would never know much about the troubles of this region in India as it gets only spasmodic coverage in the mainstream media and even then, only after the most undeniable atrocities by Delhi. The fuss is soon gone. Why is that?

There is hardly any space in the illustrious western media headlines anyway as every second line is taken up with negative coverage of anything to do with China – factual or otherwise.

HAVE YOU SEEN THESE PEOPLE IN INDIA SEARCHING FOR THEIR DISAPPEARED ? HEARD OF THEIR CAUSE?

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The Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) was accorded special status by Article 370 of the Constitution of India after the former British colony was divided into Pakistan and India in 1947. In contrast to other states of India, Jammu and Kashmir had its own constitution, own flag and administrative autonomy and it was the only Indian state with a Muslim majority. Indian citizens from other states were not allowed to purchase land or property in Jammu and Kashmir.

India initially indicated in 1947 that it would allow Kashmir a referendum on whether Kashmiri citizens wanted to stay part of India, join Muslim Pakistan (as the majority of Kashmiris are not Hindu Indians but Muslims) or become independent. The referendum was never held and there has been troubles in the region ever since. India and Pakistan have fought three wars and there have been insurgencies within Kashmir as the locals try to change their status. Complicating things further, half of Kashmir is held by India and half by Pakistan, but both nations claim the entire region for themselves. Now India has changed the status quo by removing the Kasmir region’s autonomy and annexing it into India itself.

So how have western governments reacted to discoveries of ACTUAL mass graves in the former British colony of India, where thousands of ACTUAL dead people have been documented as missing and confirmed and identified as dead?

The British parliament has expressed many views since the troubles began, all rather vague sounding, non-blaming, even-handed irrelavancies, such as it expressing in 2012 its “sadness and “regret” over the discovery of more than 6,000 unmarked graves in Kashmir, India.

Sadness? Really ? That is all the British government can express? It is sad? Is this the same nation’s government that expresses total moral outrage at the so-called “genocide” against the Uighurs in Xinjiang by the Chinese government? A genocide that is not supported by any significant body of credible evidence nor by finds of mass graves nor dead bodies or anything much at all?

Is there persecution in China? Undoubtedly Yes. But Genocide? No.

Could it be that just like the mass graves of children in Canada – interestingly, another former British colony – the finding of real and genuine and documented dead bodies of men, women and children in India is just too much to bear for the former moral leader of the world?

The lack of outrage expressed by western governments at the atrocities in India and Canada are only made more sickening by their complete lack of objectivity and perspective in their comments about Xinjiang in China.

And once again, don’t look to any international mainstream media for guidance – they are completely in on the con.

What is the real agenda here ? It is pretty obvious and has been discussed in previous posts on Xinjiang. Check them out.

Thanks for reading.


Taiwan Claims the South China Sea :o)

Taiwan Wants This

We all know that China makes some pretty big claims to territory in the South China Sea… claims that even I think seem a bit exaggerated, but then I don’t know any of the history behind it all.

You know, there’s China’s huge “nine dash line” and all that, which extends far south of their actual mainland areas and islands.

So China claims a heck of alot of the sea as we’re always told in our media. Fair enough.

But do you know about the claims of the other Asian countries to the same parts of that sea?

I didn’t. Other than that there were overlapping claims. Maybe because the media never mentions those competing claims.

Vietnam, a country only a fraction of the size and population of China claims well over half the area that China does! That’s it in the solid white line below,

And most absurd of all – and never mentioned – are the claims of the tiny province of Taiwan. Taiwan is tiny even compared to Vietnam, therefore is miniscule compared to mainland China. Taiwan is not even a country!

Yet Taiwan’s claim (the green island at the top of the map below) to the south China Sea IS ALMOST IDENTICAL TO THAT OF CHINA!! Their claim is represented by white dashed line below. China’s claim is the red shaded area – the two claims being almost identical.

How ridiculous.

COMPETING CLAIMS IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

And Vietnam’s claim extends well past halfway across to The Philippines and Malaysia. (the white solid line)

In fact, only Malaysia seems to be making anything like a sensible claim.

Brunei, just a dot of a country is just annoying by claiming anything at all.

It really does seem like everywhere you read these days, someone, somewhere is trying to make China look greedy or aggressive, either by straight out lies, lies of ommission or by exaggerations and half truths.

Let the reader beware!

(except for when you are at The Font blog. I wouldn’t do any of those things :o)

New Zealand & Australia – Growing Apart?

NZ FLAG (LEFT) AND AUSTRALIAN FLAG (RIGHT) – MOVING APART ?

After more than two centuries existing side by side as “mates” through thick and thin – world wars, sports rivalries and claims to have originated each others’ cultural icons like Russell Crowe, Pavlovas and the race horse Phar Lap, it seems that finally New Zealand and Australia are moving apart. Perhaps becoming well aquainted and polite cousins rather than blood brothers.

And I am very grateful for that.

You see, after serving together in two world wars where we created the respected ANZAC military alliance, after many decades of visa free travel and open residency between our borders, it seems that it is the United States that is becoming an increasingly obvious elephant in the room. An elephant that is slowly dividing our two nations.

Particularly since the American led invasion of Iraq, Australia has been very happy to fulfill the role of “Deputy Sheriff” in our region as President George W Bush called them in his typically child-like but honest manner. Australians seem quite happy to accept this label. Their government has authorized a permanent deployment of American troops on Australian soil and are they increasingly loud and rude in their public pronouncements on countries they don’t “like”, desparate to immitate their big brother in Washington.

I’m not sure New Zealanders would ever accept the same American request for permanent troop deployment, in fact I know we wouldn’t. NZ has always had an increasingly independent foreign policy in recent times and no more so than today, when absurd claims of genocide in China are being thrown about by these same white people who led the mindless destruction of the Middle East and its communities these last two decades.

Although not a natural supporter of our current government, I fully support its independent stand on the Xinjiang issue and following an independent foreign policy that suits the interests of New Zealand. That is the only sensible stand to make based on the current circumstances and it has taken great courage to do so. Well done NZ PM Jacinda Ardern.

But New Zealand is also more independant with regards the phlight of the Palestinians as well. There have been outspoken parliamentarians here supporting the Palestinian cause and rightly critical of Israel’s brutish behaviour.

By comparison, the following headline appeared in the Australian media giant – the ABC – a little while ago. Australia’s national state funded media outlet reported that it was banning the use of the word “apartheid” on its services with regards Israel.

https://www.rt.com/news/525290-abc-bans-apartheid-israel/

Australian Broadcaster ABC has announced that they will not allow the use of the word ‘apartheid’ in their coverage of Israel and Palestine in an effort to “be as objective as possible.”

David Anderson head of ABC commented, “…conflicts such as this, (are) very complicated matters…”

I see. In order to be objective, the Australian media are banning (censoring) certain words and terms – fully accurate terms from what I can see – in order to be….“as objective as possible.”

I’m not making this up. This is the sad and deplorable state of the western media today. Just mindless lap dogs who have long since shown any responsibility for their deep plunges in journalistic integrity.

In the minds of today’s western media, Objectivity is achieved through Censorship. Wow.

What ever next and when will ordinary people wake up and see where America has led the world ?

President Biden ISN’T ACTUALLY ENDING AMERICA’S PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN.

https://thegrayzone.com/2021/04/16/biden-afghanistan-war-privatizing-contractors/

US troops Afghanistan

US Troops in Afghanistan

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Over 18,000 Pentagon “contractors” (meaning private mercenary soldiers) will remain in Afghanistan, while official US troops number 2,500. Joe Biden will withdraw this smaller group of soldiers while leaving behind US Special Forces, mercenaries, and intelligence operatives — privatizing and downscaling the war, but not ending it.

Click on the link to read more details…..

American Govt knew No Progress was being Made in Afghanistan, but kept killing people anyway.

2001 – 2021



https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/investigations/afghanistan-papers/afghanistan-war-confidential-documents/?tid=ss_tw

A confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post reveals that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable.

Click the above link to read full article



WHAT THEY SAID IN PUBLIC

April 17, 2002

“The history of military conflict in Afghanistan [has] been one of initial success, followed by long years of floundering and ultimate failure. We’re not going to repeat that mistake.”

— President George W. Bush, in a speech at the Virginia Military Institute

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Soldiers wounded in Afghanistan



WHAT THEY SAID IN PUBLIC

Dec. 1, 2009

“The days of providing a blank check are over. . . . It must be clear that Afghans will have to take responsibility for their security and that America has no interest in fighting an endless war in Afghanistan.”

— President Barack Obama, speech at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.



Paula Bronstein - Afghanistan: The Silent Victims of a Forgotten War |  LensCulture
One of Countless Afghan civiians

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