William Blum: Anti-Empire Report, Number 76 Yeswecanistan

9 December, 2009 — Anti-Empire Report, Number 76


All the crying from the left about how Obama ‘the peace candidate’ has now become ‘a war president’ … Whatever are they talking about? Here’s what I wrote in this report in August 2008, during the election campaign:

We find Obama threatening, several times, to attack Iran if they don’t do what the United States wants them to do nuclear-wise; threatening more than once to attack Pakistan if their anti-terrorist policies are not tough enough or if there would be a regime change in the nuclear-armed country not to his liking; calling for a large increase in US troops and tougher policies for Afghanistan; wholly and unequivocally embracing Israel as if it were the 51st state.

Why should anyone be surprised at Obama‘s foreign policy in the White House? He has not even banned torture, contrary to what his supporters would fervently have us believe. If further evidence were needed, we have the November 28 report in the Washington Post: ‘Two Afghan teenagers held in U.S. detention north of Kabul this year said they were beaten by American guards, photographed naked, deprived of sleep and held in solitary confinement in concrete cells for at least two weeks while undergoing daily interrogation about their alleged links to the Taliban.’ This is but the latest example of the continuance of torture under the new administration.

But the shortcomings of Barack Obama and the naiveté of his fans is not the important issue. The important issue is the continuation and escalation of the American war in Afghanistan, based on the myth that the individuals we label ‘Taliban‘ are indistinguishable from those who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, whom we usually label ‘al Qaeda’. ‘I am convinced,’ the president said in his speech at the United States Military Academy (West Point) on December 1, ‘that our security is at stake in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is the epicenter of violent extremism practiced by al Qaeda. It is from here that we were attacked on 9/11, and it is from here that new attacks are being plotted as I speak.’

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COP-15 Guía de Acciones /Le Guide d’Action /Guida all’azione /Protestleitfaden /Action Guide

11 December, 2009 — https://lists.riseup.net/www/info/copenhagen2009info

Guía de Acciones para el COP15
Mapa de Acciones… Version ‘en línea’ de este mapa:

Le Guide d’Action pour la COP15
La Carte des Actions… Voir la carte en ligne:

Guida all’azione per il COP15
Mappa delle azioni… Versione online qui:

Action Guide to COP15
Action Map for COP15… Online version of this map:

Protestleitfaden für die COP15
Aktionskarte… Eine online version dieser Karte:




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