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Afghan Contractors Feeling Drawdown Pinch : NPR

Afghan Contractors Feeling Drawdown Pinch : NPR | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

The Afghan construction industry has been one of the big winners since the fall of the Taliban. NATO and the international community have pumped billions of dollars into building roads, schools and bases.

 

'With the drawdown of troops and NGOs, however, comes a drawdown in construction spending, and that has Afghan contractors scrambling to find new business.'

 

Could it be that the the growth in construction and related activity was never meant to benefit the local economy but to swell the coffers of multinational corporations??? Cynical? Moi?

 

 

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Two Years of Cablegate as Bradley Manning Testifies for the First Time

Two Years of Cablegate as Bradley Manning Testifies for the First Time | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The information WikiLeaks has disclosed frustrates the controlled political discourse that is trumpeted by establishment media and Western governments to shape public perception.

 

'Thursday, November 29th, Bradley Manning testified for the first time since his arrest two and a half years ago in Baghdad. Today also marks the two-year anniversary of the first front pages around the world from Cablegate, an archive of 251,287 U.S. State Department diplomatic cables -- messages sent between the State Department and its embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions around the world. In collaboration with a network of more than 100 press outlets we revealed the full spectrum of techniques used by the United States to exert itself around the world. The young intelligence analyst Bradley Manning was detained as an alleged source.

 

WikiLeaks came under attack, with American politicians and right-wing pundits calling for all of us to be designated as terrorists, some even calling for my assassination and the kidnapping of our staff. Speaking on Meet The Press, Vice President Joe Biden referred to me as a "high-tech terrorist," while Senator Joe Lieberman demanded that we be prosecuted under the U.S. Espionage Act. The Department of Justice spokesperson Dean Boyd admitted as recently as July 2012 that the Department of Justice investigation into WikiLeaks is ongoing, and the Pentagon renewed its threats against us on September 28th, declaring our work an "ongoing crime." As a result, I have been granted political asylum and now live in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, surrounded by armed police while the FBI portion of the "whole of government" investigation against us, according to court testimony, had reached 42,135 pages as of December last year.'

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Can One TV Show Shift Refugee Policy? | newmatilda.com

Can One TV Show Shift Refugee Policy? | newmatilda.com | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Go Back To Where You Came From attracted big audiences to SBS last week.

 

'Showing the distances travelled, the diversity of global routes taken and resilience in the face of constant threat, returns a powerful agency to undocumented migrants. This is in place of their usual portrayal as immobile victims: trapped behind razor wire, disciplined or resistant, at the mercy of the state. This starts to move the debate away from patronising politics of victimhood towards an acknowledgement of the mobile power of people to control their own lives and destinations. It also raises the question of why so few asylum seekers and refugees have voices in the debate over migration and border control.'

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NewsDaily: U.S. drone strike kills another al Qaeda commander in Pakistan

NewsDaily: U.S. drone strike kills another al Qaeda commander in Pakistan | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
A U.S. drone attack killed a senior al Qaeda commander in Pakistan's northwest on Sunday, military intelligence officials said, the second militant leader to be killed in strikes by the unmanned aircraft in three days.

 

'Unmanned aerial attacks have crushed al Qaeda's network along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan but have drawn trenchant criticism in the two countries

 

Al Qaeda has been weakened steadily in Afghanistan and Pakistan since the killing of Osama bin Laden in a raid by U.S. special forces on a Pakistani garrison town in May 2011.'

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Why The Hazaras Are Fleeing | newmatilda.com

Why The Hazaras Are Fleeing | newmatilda.com | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

Hazaras are the largest ethnic group coming to Australia by boat.

 

'Hazaras are the largest ethnic group coming to Australia by boat. They're escaping sectarian massacres that may get worse after the end of the Afghan War, writes former refugee Hadi Zaher'

 

Members of the community are the target of execution style killings and massacres by Taliban and Al-Qaida affiliated militants who have vowed to rid Pakistan of the presence of minorities such as Hazaras. The frequency of these attacks has gone from a few attacks a month to multiple attacks per week.

 

The Hazaras are disappointed with apathy of the international community, in particular the inaction of the United Nations. In both Afghanistan and Pakistan, they continue to be victimised by militants who enjoy support from powerful elements within the government. They cannot turn to Pakistani security agencies in hope of protection and have for too long appealed to the international community to come to their aid — all to no avail.'

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

'When she was 9, Zainab's parents made the heartbreaking decision to leave their home in northern Afghanistan.

 

They set out on a journey across the globe, putting the fate of their family in the hands of strangers
Across borders, behind bars and onto a smuggler's boat the family chased freedom.

 

'Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea' tells Zainab's story, and the story of many others who have trodden the same path.

 

Jessie Taylor and Ali Reza Sadiqi travelled across Indonesia and met with 250 asylum seekers in jails, detention centres and hostels.

 

Through candid interviews, hidden camera footage and in the words of asylum seekers themselves, the story of the 'refugee' is told. What pushes people to leave home? What do they leave behind? What do they fear? Why did they choose this path? And what does it take to turn someone into a 'boat person'?
Meet the human faces behind the most controversial issue of our time.

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