Friday, August 19, 2011

August 19 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Afghanistan - Just Reminding You That They Won Their Independence Before And Will Do It Again

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Cabale News ServiceAugust 19 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Afghanistan - Just Reminding You That They Won Their Independence Before And Will Do It Again

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Yours truly, Razer Raygun wants to dedicate this morning's commentary to all my friends-who-could-be in Afghanistan, if my government wasn't one comprised of murderous outlaws. Workin' on it.

The quote used in the title... In Full:
"because we want to remind the British that we won our independence from them before and we will do it again" ~~Taliban spokesman, August 18 2011
[After the commentary... This what it sounds like when you lose a war... Alabama3 (Vietnamistan), remixed by Skidmark Bob, Pirate of the airwaves and host of PoP dEFECT Radio. Courtesy of the respective artists.]
» Yesterday was Afghanistan's Independence day. In 1919 the Afghanis forced the British out of the country at gunpoint and declared their independence so to celebrate, a double suicide bomb attack at an ISAF compound inside the capital Kabul killed ten people including one New Zealand soldier:
As many as nine Taliban fighters staged a multi-phase attack on the British Council offices in Kabul Friday, killing at least 10 people and waging a gun battle for more than 10 hours before being subdued by Afghan and foreign forces (BBC, AP, Tel, NYT, AJE, Guardian, WSJ, Post, CNN). The attack, which took place on the 92nd anniversary of Britain's recognition of Afghanistan's independence, began when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a square in western Kabul, followed shortly after by a blast that breached the wall of the British Council's compound and allowed the remaining fighters to enter (BBC, Reuters, AFP). Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told reporters that the British Council, which sponsors cultural and educational programs, was targeted,
"because we want to remind the British that we won our independence from them before and we will do it again" (Guardian, Tel)...
[More @ Foreign Policy Magazine]
Meanwhile intelligence sources and others claim that there may be a 9/11 anniversary attack this year.

» War breaks out on the Iraqi border of Turkey as Turkish troops move across the border and attack two Kurdish encampments in in response to the killing of eight of their soldiers last week.
Turkey Attacks Kurdish Targets in Northern Iraq After Ambush
Turkish warplanes were in pursuit of Kurdish separatist rebels who killed nine security officials and wounded 15 in an ambush a day earlier, army headquarters said
August 18, 2011

ISTANBUL — Turkish warplanes attacked 60 targets in the mountains and border areas of northern Iraq early Thursday in pursuit of Kurdish separatist rebels suspected of responsibility a day earlier for a deadly quadruple bombing ambush on a military convoy in southeast Turkey, the army headquarters said.

Turkish news reports and Kurdish officials in northern Iraq reported more Turkish warplane sorties late Thursday night.

The Kurdish officials in northern Iraq also reported shelling of a Kurdish village near the border with Iran, apparently by Iranian forces, which have periodically lobbed artillery at suspected members of an Iranian Kurdish rebel group known as PJAK that operates in Iran but takes refuge in Iraq.

It was unclear whether the Iranian shelling was a coincidence... [At the NYTimes]
» There are RUMORS according to 'intelligence on the ground' that Muammar al-Gadaffi may be packing up his tent as the CIA fronted Libyan 'rebels' get additional air support in the form of fighter-bombers and drone 'observation' capabilities from the US and NATO. In the meantime the rebels tighten their hold on the suburbs of Tripoli.

» The Multi-nation war games on the Korean border continue to irritate the North even as the US continues to supply food aid to two of the North's provinces in need of assistance due to last spring's floods. The US has put $900 million dollars of aid into circulation so far.

» Governor Rick Perry of Texas, and darling boy of the stone age right was caught on camera yesterday with a young boy who said proudly:
"Evolution is only a theory. We teach creationism AND evolution in Texas schools, where you can make up your own mind."

Oh the friends we keep to make our wars...
Also today, the Journal reveals that the U.S. military command in Kandahar in mid-July banned the transfer of detainees to Afghan custody, following what were considered credible allegations of abuse by the forces of provincial police chief Gen. Abdul Razziq (WSJ). [More]
Judging from the naming conventions in the country, my guess is the kindly "police chief general" is or was affiliated with general Dostum's murderous Northern Alliance... Who, early on in the Afghanistan invasion ordered suspected Taliban to be put in a truck trailer/holding cell. Then, after many of the captives had already died from the summer heat in that unventilated box, had his 'soldiers' "ventilated it" with machine gun and small arms fire.

And in Yemen, resistance IS existence:
Yemeni Opposition Leaders Form National Council

August 17, 2011

Seven months after demonstrators first took to the streets in Yemen calling for democracy, opposition leaders formed a national council on Wednesday to act as a government-in-waiting, a provocative step the government condemned even before it was announced.

The council consists of 143 members recruited from a broad array of tribal sheiks, protest leaders, southern separatists, military commanders and former members of the governing party. It was created to unite a fractured opposition and reinvigorate an uprising that has ground to a virtual standstill.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in Saudi Arabia recovering from a bomb attack that left him gravely wounded, has insisted that he will return and resume power. In anticipation of the opposition’s forming a national council, the government spokesman, Abdu al-Janadi, said last week in an online posting that such a move would amount to “a declaration of war.” [NYTimes has more]

In OTHER News:
Forbes knows...
The U.K. Riots And The Coming Global Class War
Joel Kotkin is a Distinguished Presidential Fellow at Chapman University in Orange, CA and an adjunct Fellow at the Legatum Institute in London, UK. He is the author of seven books including The Next Hundred Million:America in 2050 (Penguin 2010) and The City: A Global History (Modern Library: 2005). He also serves as executive editor of
The author is a Forbes contributor. The opinions expressed are those of the writer.

The riots that hit London and other English cities last week have the potential to spread beyond the British Isles. Class rage isn’t unique to England; in fact, it represents part of a growing global class chasm that threatens to undermine capitalism itself.

The hardening of class divisions has been building for a generation, first in the West but increasingly in fast-developing countries such as China. The growing chasm between the classes has its roots in globalization, which has taken jobs from blue-collar and now even white-collar employees; technology, which has allowed the fleetest and richest companies and individuals to shift operations at rapid speed to any locale; and the secularization of society, which has undermined the traditional values about work and family that have underpinned grassroots capitalism from its very origins.

All these factors can be seen in the British riots. Race and police relations played a role, but the rioters included far more than minorities or gangsters. As British historian James Heartfield has suggested, the rioters reflected a broader breakdown in “the British social system,” particularly in “the system of work and reward.”

In the earlier decades of the 20th century working class youths could look forward to jobs in Britain’s vibrant industrial economy and, later, in the growing public sector largely financed by both the earnings of the City of London and credit. Today the industrial sector has shrunk beyond recognition. The global financial crisis has undermined credit and the government’s ability to pay for the welfare state.

With meaningful and worthwhile work harder to come by — particularly in the private sector — the prospects for success among Britain working classes have been reduced to largely fantastical careers in entertainment, sport or all too often crime. Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron’s supporters in the City of London may have benefited from financial bailouts arranged by the Bank of England, but opportunities for even modest social uplift for most other people have faded... [Continued on page two]
Also see: For A Damn Good Reason Too! Why the Rich Fear Violence in the Streets - WSJ.

This is Razer Raygun saying 'Happy Motoring America...' Enjoy it while you can.

Remember... they only call it class war when you 'screw them' back

(And PLEASE try to keep your government from killing all the dusky natives...)


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