Reflections on Events in Afghanistan-11

1 September 2021 — Indian Punchline

Taliban’s elite Badri 313 military unit takes position after US troop withdrawal from Kabul airport on August 31, 2021.

11. US slips out of Kabul but is vengeful

The back-to-back press briefings on August 30 by General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr, commander, US Central Command and Antony Blinken, Secretary of State, on Afghanistan conveys the picture of a superpower badly bruised and embittered but remaining vengeful. This is bad news.

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Afghanistan News Links 30 August – 1 September 2021

1 September 2021 • 18:00 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back

WATCH: Abandoned US-made hardware, empty service dog crates filmed CLOSE-UP in RT tour of Afghanistan’s Kabul airport
https://www.rt.com/news/533667-kabul-airport-tour-taliban-afghanistan/

Dozens of vehicles & Black Hawk flyover: Taliban holds military parade in Kandahar showing off seized US-made weapons (VIDEOS)
https://www.rt.com/news/533647-kandahar-taliban-victory-parade/

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Why Is the Gates Foundation Funding the UK’s Medicines Regulator?

27 August 2021 — Naked Capitalism

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Just as importantly, why is the regulator laying off 20-25% of its workforce in the midst of a global pandemic?

On August 13, the UK government published a response to a freedom of information request in relation to the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) — the UK’s equivalent of the FDA. The question it was in response to enquired as to whether or not the agency had received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The answer was yes:
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Xinjiang Uyghur propaganda mirrors NATO’s Yugoslavia narratives

31 Aug 2021 — See You in 2020

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“The aim of propaganda was to split up Yugoslavia,” confessed former CIA agent Robert Baer in 2015. “I arrived in Sarajevo for the first time on the 12th of January 1991. I came by helicopter with three other agents. Our task was to observe Serbian terrorists who were supposed to attack the city. We got the information that there will be a number of terrorist attacks in the city due to the intention of B&H to withdraw from the former Yugoslavia. But that was a lie, our bosses had lied to us. Our primary task was to spread panic that there would be attacks among politicians.”

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Back to the future: Talibanistan, Year 2000

31 August, 2021 — The Saker

by Pepe Escobar for The Saker Blog and friends

Dear reader: this is very special, a trip down memory lane like no other: back to prehistoric times – the pre-9/11, pre-YouTube, pre-social network world.

Welcome to Taliban Afghanistan – Talibanistan – in the Year 2000. This is when photographer Jason Florio and myself slowly crossed it overland from east to west, from the Pakistani border at Torkham to the Iranian border at Islam qillah. As Afghan ONG workers acknowledged, we were the first Westerners to pull this off in years.

Fatima, Maliha and Nouria, at home in Kabul

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