8.24.2011

Somalia « Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

Somalia « Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

Philippines « Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

Philippines « Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

Pakistan « Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

Pakistan « Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

Libya « Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

Libya « Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

Japan « Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

Japan « Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

Israel « Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

Israel « Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

Iraq « Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

Iraq « Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

Turkey « Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

Turkey « Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

8.18.2011

U.S. Admits to Iraq Air Strikes; Sadr Vows "War" Over Extended Occupation

"In Iraq news, the U.S. military has only now disclosed it carried it two air strikes on Iraqi territory in June. The Pentagon says the targets were militants who had operated against U.S. troops. The admission comes as the leading Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al- al-Sadr has issued a warning over the prospect of a longer U.S. occupation of Iraq. In a brief statement, Sadr said there would be "war" if U.S. forces remain beyond the year-end withdrawal deadline. The Iraqi government recently began considering a proposal to formally accept an extended occupation."

8.15.2011

we did it!


We dyed a lot of fabric tonight! And HERE is a life changing archive of women's suffrage banners that we drew inspiration from.

8.13.2011

Analysis of CIA Drone War by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has a ton of in-depth reporting on the CIA's covert drone war. I highly recommend reading it.

Here's an interactive timeline of all recorded CIA drone strikes. Note that they have drastically increased under Obama's leadership, although the number of children killed has decreased.

8.09.2011

Article: "Secret War in 120 Countries"

I recommend this Counterpunch article for some perspective on the relatively-hard-to-investigate side of American global militarism.  Annoyingly formatted excerpts below:
  • Nick Turse: The Pentagon's New Power Elite
    http://www.counterpunch.org/turse08042011.html
    • Last year, Karen DeYoung and Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post reported that U.S. Special Operations forces were deployed in 75 countries, up from 60 at the end of the Bush presidency. By the end of this year, U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman Colonel Tim Nye told me, that number will likely reach 120. "We do a lot of traveling -- a lot more than Afghanistan or Iraq," he said recently. This global presence -- in about 60% of the world's nations and far larger than previously acknowledged -- provides striking new evidence of a rising clandestine Pentagon power elite waging a secret war in all corners of the world.
    • Special Operations Command (SOCOM)
    • SOCOM has grown into a combined force of startling proportions. Made up of units from all the service branches, including the Army's "Green Berets" and Rangers, Navy SEALs, Air Force Air Commandos, and Marine Corps Special Operations teams, in addition to specialized helicopter crews, boat teams, civil affairs personnel, para-rescuemen, and even battlefield air-traffic controllers and special operations weathermen, SOCOM carries out the United States' most specialized and secret missions. These include assassinations, counterterrorist raids, long-range reconnaissance, intelligence analysis, foreign troop training, and weapons of mass destruction counter-proliferation operations.
    • on any given day, Special Operations forces are deployed in approximately 70 nations around the world.
    • According to testimony by Olson before the House Armed Services Committee earlier this year, approximately 85% of special operations troops deployed overseas are in 20 countries in the CENTCOM area of operations in the Greater Middle East: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Yemen. The others are scattered across the globe from South America to Southeast Asia, some in small numbers, others as larger contingents.
    • Last year, as an analysis of SOCOM documents, open-source Pentagon information, and a database of Special Operations missions compiled by investigative journalist Tara McKelvey (for the Medill School of Journalism's National Security Journalism Initiative) reveals, America's most elite troops carried out joint-training exercises in Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Germany, Indonesia, Mali, Norway, Panama, and Poland. So far in 2011, similar training missions have been conducted in the Dominican Republic, Jordan, Romania, Senegal, South Korea, and Thailand, among other nations. In reality, Nye told me, training actually went on in almost every nation where Special Operations forces are deployed. "Of the 120 countries we visit by the end of the year, I would say the vast majority are training exercises in one fashion or another. They would be classified as training exercises."
    • In 120 countries across the globe, troops from Special Operations Command carry out their secret war of high-profile assassinations, low-level targeted killings, capture/kidnap operations, kick-down-the-door night raids, joint operations with foreign forces, and training missions with indigenous partners as part of a shadowy conflict unknown to most Americans.
    • Recently at the Aspen Institute's Security Forum, Olson offered up similarly gilded comments and some misleading information, too, claiming that U.S. Special Operations forces were operating in just 65 countries and engaged in combat in only two of them. When asked about drone strikes in Pakistan, he reportedly replied, "Are you talking about unattributed explosions?"

8.08.2011

The Eskimos Have No Word For War

Here's a poem Barry Sanders told Morgan and me about the other day.


The Eskimos Have No Word For War

Trying to explain it to them
Leaves one feeling ridiculous and obscene.
Their houses, like white bowls,
Sit on a prairie of ancient snowfalls
Caught beyond thaw or the swift changes
Of night and day.
They listen politely, and stride away.
With spears and sleds and barking dogs
To hunt for food. The women wait
Chewing on skins or singing songs,
Knowing that they have hours to spend,
That the luck of the hunter is often late.
Later, by fires and boiling bones
In streaming kettles, they welcome me,
Far kin, pale brother,
To share what they have in a hungry time
In a difficult land. While I talk on
Of the southern kingdoms, cannon, armies,
Shifting alliances, airplanes, power,
They chew their bones, and smile at one another.
- Mary Oliver

8.01.2011

Preocc Rawk

This ones sources are this very blog's earlier music videos::::?!?!?!?

Njoy....
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Wool Kilim rug from Afghanistan
Afghani Kilim rug

زنجير عشق

عشق او باز اندر آوردم به بند

کوشش بسيار نامد سودمند

توسنی کردم ندانستم همی

کز کشيدن سختتر گردد کمند

عشق دريايی کرانه ناپديد

کی توان کردن شنا ای مستمند

عاشقی خواهی که تا پايان بری

پس ببايد ساخت با هر ناپسند

زشت بايد ديد و انگاريد خوب

زهر بايد خورد و پنداريد قند



Love’s chain

by Rabeha Balkhi


I am caught in Love's web so deceitful
None of my endeavors turn fruitful.
I knew not when I rode the high-blooded stead
The harder I pulled its reins the less it would heed.
Love is an ocean with such a vast space
No wise man can swim it in any place.
A true lover should be faithful till the end
And face life's reprobated trend.
When you see things hideous, fancy them neat,
Eat poison, but taste sugar sweet.


Rabeha Balkhi was possibly the first poetess in the History of Persian Poetry. The exact dates of her birth and death are unknown, but it is reported that she was a native of Balkh in Khorasan (now in Afghanistan).


Pashtun Cushion Cover from Swat Valley, Pakistan.

Two Banners

- noted., (via Core Record FSB - VADS: the online resource...


A pashtun silk embroidery on cotton from the Swat Valley of Pakistan. "With high mountains, green meadows, and clear lakes, it is a place of great natural beauty..."

Said Anwar Azad Tribute

Hellloio All! ~~~~~
So hears my DAVID) muck up of this gorgeous Said Anwar Azad dambura ditty. The man is a bit of a mystery. I failed to find much legitimate bio info on him, but his music is well showcased on you tube and other afghan video sites. He is from Northern Afghanistan (sorry so vague) and sings Hazaragi, which is a dialect of the Persian language.
first the original:

And here is my "interpretation"... .. .
it is way rough, his voice is way too faint and it goes on why too long just like the war in Afghanistan: (Also try Playing Both original and remix simultaneously for full effect)
raW lasreveR (said anwar azad meshup)

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This is my favorite video of him. Such raw pwr and strange feelings mixed throughout:



As Above So Below is a Revolutionary Song I wish to translate the lyrics of ...??? :::


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