Amnesty International, the most renowned non-governmental organisation focused on human rights, has had what seems to be its latest advertisement campaign, on behalf of Afghan women, circulated, widely, and immense and much deserved controversy has accompanied it.
“NATO: Keep The Progress Going!” reads the outdoor poster, announcing Amnesty International’s ‘shadow summit for Afghan women‘; this blatantly colonial feminist message has caused Amnesty International to face tremendous backlash, at least briefly.
Guests of the shadow summit ‘for Afghan women’ included none other than Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright. The same sanction-defending, ‘the price (read: a half million dead Iraqi children) was worth it’ Madeline Albright. The practitioner of humanitarian militarism herself. Read more
Yalda Hakim of Australia’s SBS network is the first western journalist to visit the villages of Afghanistan where a U.S. soldier killed 17 Afghan civilians.
Survivors of the attack allege that there was not simply one “rogue soldier”, US Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, a story which much of the mainstream media is peddling; instead, the survivors, some of whom are children, claim there were more soldiers present that bloody morning
“Do you know where your father is?” a voice off-screen asks.
“He died”, replies the small Afghan child.
“How did he die?”
“The Americans.” Read more
Staff Sgt Robert Bales, the American soldier allegedly behind the killing of 16 Afghan villagers in the sanctuary of their beds, most of them women and children, on March 11 is now on his way to the United States:
“An American soldier suspected of shooting 16 civilians in Afghanistan on Sunday is being moved to a military base in Kansas, US officials say. Kuwait confirms the combatant suspected in the Afghan killings has left the country after a stopover.
The soldier is expected to arrive at Fort Leavenworth on Friday afternoon, says his civilian attorney, John Henry Browne. According to Browne, his defendant could be tried at any major US garrison, but Afghanistan as an option is ruled out.” Read more
“I offer my condolences to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives”, laments U.S. President Barack Obama, “and to the people of Afghanistan, who have endured too much violence and suffering.” Obama, speaking in response to the most recent chilling massacre of Afghan civilians in Kandahar by U.S. forces, which included 9 children and 3 women, offers his sympathy.
“Sixteen Afghan civilians, including nine children, were shot dead in what witnesses described as a nighttime massacre on Sunday near a U.S. base in southern Afghanistan, and one U.S. soldier was in custody.” Read more
Footage of US Marines urinating on the corpses of Afghans has gone viral; the White House has condemned the actions displaying in the video, which shows four US Marines desecrating the bodies of Afghan men, lifelessly sprawled out on the ground – there are no apparent weapons belonging to the deceased men in plain sight yet due to the ‘good soldier’ vs. ‘bad foreigner’ narrative propagated by the mainstream media, in which US armed forces are always portrayed as being the good soldiers, the story-line is that the Afghans being urinated on were “Taliban.”
Despite this assumption, the barbarity is evident for all those who wish to see – for those who are willing to remove their nationalist blinders. Read more