Amb. Crocker Wants Journalists To Ignore the Potential Division of Afghanistan

 

[I guess Amb. Crock thinks that former Ambassador  Robert D. Blackwill is also a liar?  His spilling the beans in his article Plan B in Afghanistan must have been an unwelcome surprise to the secret planners.  Our govt. has yet to tell us or anyone else the truth about what they have planned in their ideas of “persistent”/perpetual war.  The Pentagon has often admitted that we will be in Afghanistan for decades, if not forever.  Any attempt to get us out of there by 2014 can only end in Afghanistan’s permanent division and vicious civil war.  By arming the Northern Alliance forces from the beginning as US proxies against the Taliban, the Bush-beleaguers created conditions for never-ending war, permanent division and civil war.  Pointing-out these obvious facts in no way dishonors America’s dead.  They are dead because they were sent to wage war for Empire under impossible conditions.  The dishonor comes with their participation in this entire dishonest affair.  That cannot be erased.]

Envoy: Rumors of plan to divide Afghanistan ‘dishonor’ sacrifice of 1,800 US troops

 

By msnbc.com staff

The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan on Tuesday condemned rumors that the United States is planning to divide the war-torn country, saying the suggestions were “lies that dishonor the sacrifice of more than 1,800 American service members who have died in the cause of a unified Afghanistan.”

Ambassador Ryan Crocker said in a statement that a “free and independent media plays a vital role in any democracy” and that Afghanistan’s media and the Afghan government spokespersons were “important elements in our close bilateral relationship.”

But he then went on to say that, “rumors that the United States has a plan to divide Afghanistan or change its form of government are, frankly speaking, lies that dishonor the sacrifice of more than 1,800 American service members who have died in the cause of a unified Afghanistan, governed by its Constitution.”

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And he added that the idea “that the United States is seeking a secret deal with the Taliban at the expense of the Afghan government and people” was “another false and absurd rumor.”

‘Democratic and unified’
Crocker stressed that the United States was “committed to supporting the efforts of the central government, to build a strong, secure, democratic, and unified Afghanistan.”

“We have no other aim or goal,” he added, pointing out that American taxpayers had provided billions of dollars over the past decade to support “the government and people of Afghanistan.”

Crocker appeared to be addressing reports in the Afghan media, although The New York Times also reported Thursday last week that Afghan officials were worried about the possibility the Taliban might make a “secret deal” with the United States.

“Afghanistan and the United States both support a peace process for Afghanistan. But only Afghans can decide the future of Afghanistan,” he added, according to the statement. “For a peace process to succeed, Afghans must talk to Afghans.”

He noted that Afghan President Hamid Karzai had spoken in support of the idea of the Taliban opening an office in Qatar, seen as key for peace talks to go ahead.

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Kyrgyz prisoners sow lips in hunger strike

Kyrgyz prisoners sow lips in hunger strike

Kyrgyz prisoners sow lips in hunger strike

PanARMENIAN.Net – More than 400 prisoners in former Soviet Kyrgyzstan have sown their lips together in protest at conditions in the Central Asian state’s jails.

As The Telegraph reported quoting RFE/RL, the prisoners resorted to sewing up each others’ mouths after staff tried to break a week-long hunger strike by force feeding them.

Prisoners across Kyrgyzstan’s jails had been on a hunger strike since Jan 17 after the security forces fought inmates at a detention centre in Bishkek, the capital. Reports said that one prisoner was killed and dozens injured in the fighting.

Hunger strikes are relatively common in Kyrgyzstan’s prisons but Sheishenbek Baizakov, the Kyrgyz State Corrections Chief Service, told a press conference in Bishkek that the prisoners’ demands would not be met.

“This will never happen,” the AFP news agency quoted him as saying. “Let them sew their mouths shut.”

Kyrgyzstan gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Like the other former Soviet states in Central Asia, conditions in its prisons are notoriously poor.

Uzbekistan accuses Russian citizen of terrorism

Uzbekistan accuses Russian citizen of terrorism

The trial has begun in Andijan of a Russian citizen, Sanjarbek Satvaldiev, a native of Andijan, who is accused of belonging to a number of Islamist terrorist organizations including Al Qaeda.

The case began in the Andijan regional criminal court on 13th January.

According to the prosecution, Satvaldiev has been indicted for violating six articles Uzbekistan’s criminal code which relate to terrorism and membership of extremist organizations.

Satvaldiev is accused of membership of banned religious organisations Hizb ut-Tahrir, Islamic Jihad and Nursi and the terrorist organisation Al Qaeda, and of maintaining links with the head of the Erk opposition party Muhammad Salikh.

Russian security officers detained Satvaldiev on 15th September 2010 in Moscow. Two Uzbek men, Mamirzhan Yusupov and Akhmajon Bekpulatov, were arrested in Moscow on the same day. All three were transferred to Uzbekistan on 16th September.

The Initiative

All the indictments are contrived and somewhat theoretical – there are no facts, no evidential proof and no witnesses to testify to the charges that have been brought”
Surat Ikramov, human rights activist

Group of Independent Human Rights Activists of Uzbekistan (IGNPU) says that Satvaldiev was granted Russian citizenship in 2007 and lived in Moscow with his family before being deported to Uzbekistan.

After he had spent two months in a pre-trial detention centre, the security services in Tashkent moved Satvaldiev to a similar facility in Andijan, where he was tortured into giving evidence, says Abdurakhman Satvaldiev, the father of the accused.

IGNPU’s leader, Surat Ikramov, says that Satvaldiev’s relatives have claimed that the criminal case against Satvaldiev has been fabricated.

“All the indictments are contrived and somewhat theoretical – there are no facts, no evidential proof and no witnesses to testify to the charges that have been brought,” says Ikramov.

Ironically the lawyer nominated to defend Satvaldiev, Nigora Zakirova, could use this excuse to justify why she has done very little to mount a defence for her client. During the investigation she made no applications in support of Satvaldiev, nor did she manage to find a single witness for the defence.

Satvaldiev has declined to be represented by Zakirova as a result and instead will be defended in court by the well-known Tashkent lawyer Lobarkhon Zununov.

Particular attention should be paid to Satvaldiev’s detention and his transfer to Tashkent, says Ikramov. He is convinced that Uzbekistan’s special forces intervened directly in the process.

“He was brought into Uzbekistan on a false passport issued by the consular department of the Uzbek Embassy in Moscow. I have a copy of his genuine, Russian passport,” says the IGNPU leader.

Ikramov is certain that Uzbekistan’s special security services, in collusion with counterparts in several CIS counties, are actively working beyond Uzbekistan’s borders, detaining those suspected of terrorism and participation in extremist religious organisations.

“These officers feel very much at home in countries such as Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan,” Ikramov complains.

The trial of Satvaldiev resumes on 25th January. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment for the crimes of which he is charged.

Uznews.net

Hekmatyar Is Not Haqqani

[Dealing only with the Guantanamo/Bagram reconditioned Taliban (or, in this case Hizb-i-Islami) is NOT the way to peace in Afghanistan, but it may seal a deal for Northern Afghanistan, if that is all that is important to the West.  Winning a peace treaty with Northern Alliance, Hizb-i-Islami, and Hazara and a token faction of real Taliban is a formula for civil war, which will be far more devastating for the country and perhaps the region than actually ending the war.] 

US talks to Afghan insurgent group

Afghan Taliban fighters. — Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: Anxious to accelerate peace moves, top-level US officials have held talks with a representative of an insurgent movement led by a former Afghan prime minister who has been branded a terrorist by Washington, a relative of the leader says.

Dr Ghairat Baheer, a representative and son-in-law of longtime Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, told The Associated Press this week that he had met separately with David Petraeus, former commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan who is now CIA director, and had face-to-face discussions earlier this month with US Ambassador Ryan Crocker and US Marine Gen. John Allen, currently the top commander in the country.

Baheer, who was released in 2008 after six years in US detention at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, described his talks with US officials as nascent and exploratory. Yet, Baheer said the discussions show that the US knows that in addition to getting the blessing of Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Omar — a bitter rival of Hekmatyar even though both are fighting international troops — any peace deal would have to be supported by Hekmatyar, who has thousands of fighters and followers primarily in the north and east.

Hizb-i-Islami, which means Islamic party, has had ties to Al-Qaeda but in 2010 floated a 15-point peace plan during informal meetings with the Afghan government in Kabul. At the time, however, US officials refused to see the party’s delegation.

“Hizb-i-Islami is a reality that no one can ignore,” Baheer said during an interview last week at his spacious home in a posh suburb of Islamabad. “For a while, the United States and the Kabul government tried not to give so much importance to Hizb-i-Islami, but now they have come to the conclusion that they cannot make it without Hizb-i-Islami.”

In Washington, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden would not confirm that such meetings took place but said the US was maintaining “a range of contacts in support of an Afghan-led reconciliation process”.

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the high-level meetings, said Petraeus last met with Baheer in July 2011 when he was still commanding Nato forces in Afghanistan. Petraeus took over as CIA director in September.

On Saturday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he also had met recently with Hizb-i-Islami representatives. Baheer said he attended those meetings but added that the party considers the Afghan government corrupt and lacking legitimacy.

Karzai’s announcement appeared intended to bolster his position as the key player in the search for peace. The US repeatedly has said that formal negotiations must be Afghan-led, but Karzai has complained that his government has not been directly involved in recent preliminary talks with Taliban representatives and plans for setting up a Taliban political office in the Gulf state of Qatar.

Baheer said his meeting with Petraeus, whom he described as a “very humble, polite person,” was marked by a few rounds of verbal sparring with each boasting a battlefield strength that the other dismissed as exaggerated.

“There was a psychological war in these first meetings,” he said.

Baheer said Crocker and Allen tried to persuade Hizb-i-Islami to become part of Afghanistan’s political network, accept the Afghan security forces and embrace the nation’s current constitution. He said Hizb-i-Islami was ready to accept the security forces and the constitution, but wants a multiparty commission established to review and revise the charter.

“We are willing to make compromises,” said Baheer. “We already have said we will accept the Afghan army and the police.”

He said Hizb-i-Islami envisioned a multiparty government in post-war Afghanistan. At the same time, the group wants all US and Nato forces, including military trainers, to leave Afghanistan, he said.

“The presence of any foreign forces will be not acceptable to us under any cover,” he said. “Daily, there is another American killing of civilians. The longer they stay, the more they are hated by the Afghan people.”

Overtures to Hekmatyar’s group show not only the degree of US interest in pursuing a settlement but also the complexity of putting together an agreement acceptable to all sides in factious Afghanistan. The US formally declared
Hekmatyar a “global terrorist” in 2003 because of alleged links to Al-Qaeda and froze all assets which he may have in the United States.

Hekmatyar, who is in his mid-60s, was among the major recipients of US aid during the Afghan war against the Soviets in the 1980s. He and other anti-Soviet commanders swept into Kabul in 1992 and ousted the pro-Soviet government, only to turn against one another in a bitter and bloody power struggle that destroyed vast sections of the Afghan capital and killed an estimated 50,000 civilians before the Taliban seized the city.

A bitter rival of Mullah Omar, Hekmatyar fled to Iran and remained there until the Taliban were ousted in the 2001 US-led invasion. He declared war on foreign troops in his country and rebuilt his military forces, which by 2008 had become a major threat to the US-led coalition.

Contacts with Hekmatyar’s group as well as parallel efforts to negotiate with the Taliban have taken on new urgency following the Nato decision to withdraw foreign combat forces, transfer security responsibility to the Afghans by the end of 2014 and bring an end to the unpopular war, which is increasingly seen as a drain on the financially strapped Western countries that provide most of the troops.

On Sunday, the US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Marc Grossman, completed two days of meetings about the peace process with Karzai and other Afghan officials. Grossman, who was to travel to Qatar on Monday, urged the Taliban to issue a “clear statement” against international terrorism and affirm their commitment to the peace process “to end the armed conflict in Afghanistan”.

US officials also have reached out to the Pakistan-based Haqqani militant network to test its interest in peace talks. Haqqani fighters, the second largest insurgent group after the Taliban, have been blamed for most of the high-profile attacks in the heart of the Afghan capital.

The US/Russia Reset Is Breaking and Evidently, I’m Not Allowed To Report It

[Note the scrambling of the website after posting an incomplete article.  Big Brother is pissed again.  How long before they shut this site down?]

U.S. behind deliberate murder of Qadhafi: Russia

VLADIMIR RADYUHIN

Russia has accused the United States and NATO of large-scale violations of human rights during the military operation in Libya, including the deliberate murder of its leader Muammar Gaddafi and the killing of hundreds of civilians.

The NATO forces “made the overthrow and murder of the Colonel their main goal,” said the Russian Foreign Ministry in its first report on the state of human rights in the world.  [SEE:  Report of the Russian Foreign Ministry On Human Rights–[English Google trans.]]

Citing unnamed sources, the report said the order to liquidate Qadhafi was given to U.S., French and British commandos. The Russian Foreign Ministry details numerous instances of mass killings of hundreds of civilians and destruction of infrastructure in NATO bombing raids in Libya.

The U.S. is the main target of the Russian report, which also criticises the human rights record in Britain, Canada, Finland, the Baltic states and Georgia.

Russia took President Barack Obama to task for his failure to shut the “odious” prison at Guantanamo Bay and accused the White House of sheltering officials guilty of torture.

“The situation in the United States is a far cry from the ideals proclaimed by Washington,” said the Russian Foreign Ministry in a 90-page report posted on its website.

“Old systemic problems of American society are growing more serious, including racial discrimination, xenophobia, overcrowded prisons, unjustified capital punishment, including the execution of innocent people, imperfect electoral system and corruption, ” said the report.

RHETORIC

The report was released as Moscow hardened its rhetoric against the U.S. on such issues as missile defence and interference in Russian internal affairs. The new head of the Russian Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Alexei Pushkov, said the “reset” in Russian-U.S. relations had come to an end.

“The U.S. had desisted from discussing the domestic situation in Russia as part of the ‘reset’. Clinton violated this tacit agreement,” said Mr. Pushkov. “I think we have entered a phase when the U.S. will no longer show restraint towards Russia.”

U.S. behind deliberate murder of Qadhafi: Russia–[Another report you are not supposed to read, evidently]

[Note the scrambling of the website after posting an incomplete article.  Big Brother is pissed again.  How long before they shut this site down?]

U.S. behind deliberate murder of Qadhafi: Russia

VLADIMIR RADYUHIN

Russia has accused the United States and NATO of large-scale violations of human rights during the military operation in Libya, including the deliberate murder of its leader Muammar Gaddafi and the killing of hundreds of civilians.

The NATO forces “made the overthrow and murder of the Colonel their main goal,” said the Russian Foreign Ministry in its first report on the state of human rights in the world.  (SEE: Report of the Russian Foreign Ministry On Human Rights–[English Google trans.])

Citing unnamed sources, the report said the order to liquidate Qadhafi was given to U.S., French and British commandos. The Russian Foreign Ministry details numerous instances of mass killings of hundreds of civilians and destruction of infrastructure in NATO bombing raids in Libya.

The U.S. is the main target of the Russian report, which also criticises the human rights record in Britain, Canada, Finland, the Baltic states and Georgia.

Russia took President Barack Obama to task for his failure to shut the “odious” prison at Guantanamo Bay and accused the White House of sheltering officials guilty of torture.

“The situation in the United States is a far cry from the ideals proclaimed by Washington,” said the Russian Foreign Ministry in a 90-page report posted on its website.

“Old systemic problems of American society are growing more serious, including racial discrimination, xenophobia, overcrowded prisons, unjustified capital punishment, including the execution of innocent people, imperfect electoral system and corruption,” said the report.

RHETORIC

The report was released as Moscow hardened its rhetoric against the U.S. on such issues as missile defence and interference in Russian internal affairs. The new head of the Russian Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Alexei Pushkov, said the “reset” in Russian-U.S. relations had come to an end.

“The U.S. had desisted from discussing the domestic situation in Russia as part of the ‘reset’. Clinton violated this tacit agreement,” said Mr. Pushkov. “I think we have entered a phase when the U.S. will no longer show restraint towards Russia.”