Tag: Afghanistan

Ex UN anti-narcotics chief & mob expert says US Treasury running ‘mafia racket’ against Venezuela

Pino Arlacchi, the former Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Prevention, says US is behaving like an organized crime unit in its treatment of Venezuela.

By Anya Parampil

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US government threatens families of Int’l Criminal Court staff if they try Americans for war crimes

The International Criminal Court approved an investigation into US war crimes in Afghanistan. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded by threatening to punish family members of ICC staff.

By Ben Norton

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Media darling Pete Buttigieg was in unit that worked with CIA in Afghanistan

While Buttigieg’s campaign denies allegations he was a CIA asset, military records reveal Mayor Pete was in a unit that worked with the spy agency in Afghanistan.

By Alex Rubinstein

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Iraqi PM reveals Soleimani was on peace mission when assassinated, exploding Trump’s lie of ‘imminent attacks’

The Trump administration claimed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was planning “imminent attacks” on US interests when it assassinated him. That lie was just destroyed, but not before countless corporate media outlets transmitted it to the public.

By Max Blumenthal

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The insider: How national security mandarins groomed Pete Buttigieg and managed his future

Pledging to “end endless wars,” Pete Buttigieg claims he has “never been part of the Washington establishment.” But years before he was known as Mayor Pete, an influential DC network of military interventionists placed him on an inside track to power.

By Max Blumenthal

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Pentagon-funded researcher smears ‘The Management of Savagery’ in error-filled Times Literary Supplement screed

Lydia Wilson, a researcher at a US Department of Defense-backed outfit, has taken to the Times Literary Supplement to publish a malicious attack on “The Management of Savagery.” The review is a hyper-ideological defense of US empire filled with distortions and bone-headed errors. 

By Max Blumenthal

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Was the imprisonment of Iranian-American journalist Marzieh Hashemi spun into expanded US sanctions?

The relationship between former Air Force analyst-turned-Iranian spy Monica Witt and Hashemi – who was jailed by US authorities this January – is at the center of one of the Trump administration’s most bizarre sanctions designations.

By Max Blumenthal

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Pakistan’s Russiagate election: Imran Khan and the rational ‘villains’ the West loves to hate

After Imran Khan’s historic victory, the post-election despair of Pakistan’s Western-oriented elites echoes the American establishment’s moral panic over Russian meddling.

By Junaid S. Ahmad


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More evidence of Libya blowback: UK Navy rescued Manchester suicide bomber

The UK Navy “rescued” Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi in Libya in 2014. This provides further insight into the original CIA definition of blowback.

By Jake Kallio and Ben Norton

Seven years after NATO allied with Islamist insurgents and violently overthrew Libya’s government, plunging the oil-rich North African nation into a hellish chaos from which it still has not recovered, we are learning more and more about the disastrous blowback this war later unleashed back at home.

The Guardian has reported that the British Navy “rescued” Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi in Libya in 2014 — three years before he massacred 22 people at a concert by the pop singer Ariana Grande.

What this Guardian article did not disclose is that the British government is even further implicated in this massive scandal.

Grayzone Project editor Max Blumenthal reported immediately after the May 22, 2017 suicide attack how Abedi’s father had fought in the al-Qaeda-linked extremist militia the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which has extensive ties to US and UK intelligence agencies and had been used to try to assassinate Libyan leader Moammar Qadhafi.

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US dropped 26,171 bombs on 7 Muslim-majority countries in Obama’s last year

President Obama’s last year in office was marked by heavy bombing in the Middle East and South Asia.

By Ben Norton / AlterNet

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