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dead popes and dopes on a rope...,
from the Dept. of Forgetting Afghanistan:
apparently if you really hunt and scratch over the course of a few months you can find some news about it:
the American Journalism Review
the deaths of small numbers
on the Pentagon's
in my hometown paper
the present Bush democracy blitz
Bush proponents and critics
according to the Human Development Index
a growing "nostalgia."
As Sonali Kolhatkar
Thom Shanker of the New York Times
for the openDemocracy website
Air Force Brigadier General Jim Hunt
building up to 14 permanent bases
associated with "addiction."
announced from the relative safety
As spring arrives
US scatters bases to control Eurasia
Susan B. Glasser and Peter Baker
Pepe Escobar of the Asia Times
has positioned himself
Ian Traynor of the British Guardian
General Cites Problems at U.S. Jails in Afghanistan
CIA Avoids Scrutiny of Detainee Treatment
From Bagram to Abu Ghraib
"One huge US jail"
be "tabbed to join"
open a Bagram outlet
Or if you like you can read the interceding commentary, which is pretty good. It would be nice, when discussing the American role in the various oustings of authoritarian regimes in Ukraine/Georgia/Kyrgyz etc., if folks added that it might not a bad way for us to play interference at this point. If ever there was a better way to demonstrate how to peacefully rid a country of a bastard autocrat, as compared to when we do the exact opposite when they're already our bastard:
Despite the stated support of the United States for an investigation into election abuses, Human Rights Watch is not aware of any serious attempts by the U.S. administration to foster the establishment of such a commission. Top administration officials have generally attempted to distance themselves from any discussion of the flawed presidential elections, preferring to continue with “business as usual” and focus on military and economic matters. When U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld visited President Ilham Aliev in Baku on December 4, 2003, to discuss military cooperation, he openly congratulated Aliev on his election victory, and refused to answer questions about whether the presidential elections had met international standards.
As far as I can tell the NED/NGOs/etc are actually playing fair in the region, but then there's so little reporting on what they do it's hard to tell otherwise. It's more the basing, uncritical military - and in some cases economic - aid, and trade agreements that ought to be opposed - nevermind said hypocritical circumstances in which we demostrate that ultimately we're happy to shit on peoples' aspirations if it serves more cynical interests. I do, on the other hand, rather miss that principle of international relations that 'nations be left to themselves to form their own governments and regulate their domestic affairs', if only it were ever consistently applied. Just go read old batshit crazy articles from the Atlantic if you don't follow, I've been going through reading their old articles and - you can't read them without subscribing for some reason at the Atlantic website, even though they've long since entered the public domain - and awful lot of it is a bunch of half-hearted, interference for their own good, civillizational imperialist bullshit.
:: posted by buermann @ 2005-04-05 11:57:33 CST |