Destabilizing Pakistan: Bookending Washington’s China Policy By Tony Cartalucci

27 July 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

Much is being said of US activities aimed at China. Recent protests in Hong Kong together with a US-led propaganda campaign aimed at Beijing’s attempts to quell a growing terrorist threat in Xinjiang are aimed at pressuring the nation to fall back into line within Washington’s enduring unipolar international order.

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Stop NATO news: March 11, 2012: Military Chief: U.S. “Preparing Military Options” Against Syria, Iran

11 March 2012 — Stop NATO News

  • Military Chief: U.S. “Preparing Military Options” Against Syria, Iran
  • NATO Helicopter Attack Kills Three Afghan Civilians, Wounds Two
  • U.S. NATO Enlargement Bill: Bosnia, Georgia, Macedonia, Montenegro
  • Bosnia Slated For “Full-Fledged NATO Membership”
  • Turkey: Opposition Deputies Protest Against NATO Missile Radar
  • Turkey: U.S. Air Force Exercises For Possible Syria, Iran Actions
  • New Ivorian Regime Pushes African Standby Force Military Intervention In Mali
  • Pentagon To Resume Military Aid, Training For Yemen
  • Pentagon Seeks Military Base In Breakaway Balochistan: Pakistani Protesters
  • U.S. Drone Attack Kills Thirteen In Northwest Pakistan
  • U.S. Air Forces Africa Inaugurates African Partnership Flight
  • NATO Headquarters: Danish Crown Prince Honors War NATO Dead
  • NATO Continues Surge Operations In Eastern Mediterranean
  • Mediterranean Dialogue: NATO Maritime Group Visits Morocco

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Stop NATO news: December 13, 2011

13 December 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Libya Descending Into Chaos And Civil War: Experts
  • Israeli, U.S. Attack On Iran To Have Catastrophic Consequences: Russian Official
  • NATO Headquarters: Israel Calls On Bloc To Act On Syria, Iran
  • Remembering His-Story – Iran Attack Next?
  • Turkey, U.S. Discuss Military Cooperation With Azerbaijan
  • NATO, EU Increase Military Integration For Global Missions
  • Denmark Sends Surveillance Aircraft To Seychelles For NATO Indian Ocean Operations
  • Pakistan: Punjab Assembly Condemns NATO, Calls For Stronger Response
  • Balochistan Assembly Unanimously Condemns NATO Attacks
  • Asia: Cold War To World War?

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Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: October 6, 2011

6 October 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Sirte: Hospital Repeatedly Hit By NATO Bombardments
  • Rasmussen: NATO Ready To Build Libyan Proxy Armed Forces
  • Iraq: NATO Deal To Allow U.S. Troops To Remain
  • Spain: U.S. Expands Missile System To Both Ends Of Mediterranean
  • NATO Chief: Interceptor Missile System Fully Operational By 2018
  • Germany: Over 1,000 U.S. Paratroops In Massive Jump For NATO Conventional Warfare
  • Syria’s National Transitional Council Mirrors Libyan Prototype
  • Three NATO Oil Tankers Destroyed In Balochistan
  • U.S. To Deploy First Drone Cargo Aircraft To Afghanistan
  • Afghan War: Turkey Extends NATO Command In Capital

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Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: August 28, 2011

28 August 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Libya: NATO Sorties Approach 21,000, Combat Sorties 8,000
  • Cyber Warfare, Armed Extremists, Bribery: Russian General Says NATO Makes Deals With Anyone To Promote Its Aims
  • NATO Provided Special Forces, Air Force For Regime Change
  • Afghan War: At Least 413 NATO Soldiers Killed This Year
  • NATO Tankers Destroyed In Capital Of Balochistan

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6 July, 2009 For immediate release — Middle East Report 251 Summer 2009

“Not a real country or nation but an acronym.” “An incubator of Islamist violence.” “The central front in the war on terror.” Thus do ex-leftist commentator Christopher Hitchens, Der Spiegel columnist Erich Follath and President Barack Obama, respectively, describe the much feared and little understood country of Pakistan. To outside observers, Pakistan has been “a problem” since its inception in 1947 — because its generals are enemies of Western-friendly India, because its frontiers are uncontrolled by the capital, because its nuclear arsenal is controlled by a coup-prone state. The summer 2009 issue of Middle East Report, “Pakistan Under Pressure,” peels back the clichés to examine the complex place underneath.

In Washington, Pakistan is mainly a security concern, the less tractable half of the dyad clumsily referred to as “Af-Pak.” In Islamabad, as veteran reporter Graham Usher writes, the question of Afghanistan is inseparable from the issue of Kashmir and, more importantly, the decades-long impasse with India. Any lasting solution for “Af-Pak” will require some resolution of the larger regional conflict.

For Pakistanis, the big strategic picture is no mere abstraction, because the state’s efforts to please its foreign patrons and contain its domestic foes deeply affect daily life. Humeira Iqtidar of Cambridge University details the social activism that has entrenched Islamist groups, including those with militant armed wings, in the country. Stephen Dedalus reports on how state sectarianism has generated Sunni-Shi’i animosity in the troubled province of Balochistan.

Despite intermittent military rule, Pakistan boasts a vigorous civil society. Princeton University’s Daud Munir narrates the dramatic struggle of Pakistani attorneys to bolster the rule of law and curtail the arbitrariness of power. Middle East Report interviews “typewriter guerrilla” Imran Aslam of Pakistan’s Geo TV on journalists’ battle to enlarge the space for discussion, debate and dissent.

Also featured: Lisa Hajjar reviews the grim “lessons learned” from the US experimentation with torture; Christopher Davidson explains why the economic bubble burst in Dubai; Rebecca Bryant outlines the new dimensions of the Cyprus dispute; and more.

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US-NATO Military Agenda: Part One – The Destabilization of Pakistan By Michel Chossudovsky

Author’s note:

In an article published in December 2007, following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, I suggested that the US-NATO course for Pakistan consisted “in  fomenting social, ethnic and factional divisions and political fragmentation, including the territorial breakup of Pakistan.”

Recent developments (including the aerial bombardments of Pakistani villages under the auspices of the “war on terrorism”) indelibly point to a broadening of the Afghan war theater, which now encompasses parts of Pakistan. The underlying tendency is towards an Afghan-Pakistani war.

17 April, 2009 – Global Research

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto has created conditions which contribute to the ongoing destabilization and fragmentation of Pakistan as a Nation.

The process of US sponsored “regime change”, which normally consists in the re-formation of a fresh proxy government under new leaders has been broken. Discredited in the eyes of Pakistani public opinion, General Pervez Musharaf cannot remain in the seat of political power. But at the same time, the fake elections supported by the “international community” scheduled for January 2008, even if they were to be carried out, would not be accepted as legitimate, thereby creating a political impasse.

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