Additional Notes on Samar Minallah, Swat Video, And NGOs

Just wanted to add a few things to:

No Surprise: Samar ‘Albright’ Minallah Unrepentent

1. A Puppy I Once Knew:

The Samar Minallah Swat spanking video must me seen as what it is: A pure propaganda piece, as she has herself just admitted.   It also reminds me something very similar that was done in America/Europe to “win-over” the public support. To achieve that objective, they released a video of a dog being gassed in a little room (Bet you forgot about that one):


It has since then rightly been described as:

“As the lies that led to war continue to unravel, it is worth looking back at one of the most shameless pieces of propaganda to ever cross the US [and European] Mainstream media. This was the video tape of a dog being gassed to death with was was claimed to be Iraq’s tests of a chemical weapon destined for the US. The tape was suspect right from the start, given that the dog used, actually a puppy, seemed chosen to produce the maximum sympathy in the viewer as it met its doom.

Well, the invasion is over. Turns out Saddam didn’t have any chemical weapons, nor was he developing any. Yet the video of the dog being gassed and blamed on Saddam remains.

We were supposed to view gassing a dog to test a chemical weapon with horror. But what we are seeing is someone gassing a dog to trick a nation into a war.

So, who killed the dog?

Samar’s video is an exact duplicate. Let me take the above passage and rephrase it:

As the lies that led to war (“Rah-e-Rast” — what double-speak!) continue to unravel, it is worth looking back at one of the most shameless pieces of propaganda to ever cross the Pakistani Mainstream media. This was the video tape of an alleged 17-year old girl being flogged with was was claimed to be show how cruel the Taliban were. The tape was suspect right from the start, given that the women used, actually a teenager, seemed chosen to produce the maximum sympathy in the viewer as it screamed in pain.

Well, the Swat deal is over and the killing commenced (and continues). Turns out the Taliban weren’t into this thing (an Ms Minallah herself wants to believe that, nor were they about to overrun Islamabad. Yet the video of the girl being flogged and blame on Taliban remains.

We were supposed to view flogging of the girl with horror. But what we are seeing is someone flogging the girl to trick a nation into a war.

So, who flogged the girl? (And who staged it? And who taped it? And who spread the video?)

Of course the trick worked there and the same trick worked like a charm. Our “civil” society lapped it up and like the dog video justified killing of millions, the flogging video to this day is “justification enough” for killing thousands and bringing misery to millions here.

Note: That Americans, Canadians, and Europeans themselves gas millions of dogs themselves of course is a fact conveniently set aside. That we rape, maim, burn, throw acid on, torture, karo-kari, bury alive, murder thousands of girls every year too was conveniently set aside and continues to be ignored by Ms Samar Minallah.

2. Everything You Always Didn’t Want To Know About NGOs/USAID But Here It Is Anyways

Briefly,

  • USAID finances most NGOs
  • USAID is an instrument of CIA/US Military
  • US Military itself describes USAID and NGOs as “weapons of global war“.

NGOs (Samar Minallah In Black: "Just a little flogging is all I ask in return!")

Any Questions? Of course most of you will have trouble believing this — for you have been programmed to see USAID and NGOs as examples of “ultimate largess and great good” (just like we buy the philanthropy of every major crook and sing songs of his ‘nayki’).  Someone actually countered me with this common belief:

“USAID is an organization that works under the State department of the US. It deals with civilian and humanitarian aid that is given by the US. Military aid does not come under its purview.”

That certainly is the common belief and that is what I am going to try and shatter (Shatter it I will but our educated house negros’ minds  are so enslaved that no amount of proofs of things being otherwise seem to work). I said to the fella:

Next thing you know, you’d be telling us the “Centre for International Media Assistance” really does “brings together a broad range of media experts with the objective of strengthening support of free and independent media throughout the world”
Humbug!.

Of course this is what they want you to believe.

I am going to list a few of article and quote from the U.S. Military Field Manual itself so in case you don’t buy it, you know where to complain ;-):

Article 1:

Why They Hate Our Kind Hearts, Too: The NED, NGOs and the Imperial Uses of Philanthropy
“In recent years, nations have challenged the activities and very existence of non-governmental organizations. Russia, Zimbabwe, and Eritrea have enacted new measures requiring registration; “Open Society Institute” affiliates have been shut down in Eastern Europe; and Venezuela has charged the S�mate NGO leaders with treason. In Iraq and Afghanistan, staff of Western charitable NGOs (CARE and Doctors Without Borders) have been assassinated.”

[MAYBE THERE IS A REASON]

“Most funding and direction come from the wealthy nations. Often the donors form a conglomerate creating mutual responsibility and considerable ambiguity. CIVICUS, a partnership to promote “civil society” worldwide, is funded by, among others, American Express Foundation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, Canadian International Development Agency, Ford Foundation, Harvard University, Oxfam, and United Nations Development Programme.

If the source is confusing, the message is usually clear: “democratization” strives for civil rights and elections, but it also must include an open door to foreign capital, labor contracts, resource extraction, and military training. These networks also define “civil society” to include rock concerts and street mobs, but not government-provided maternal health clinics, child care, or senior services.

Affluent nations’ government agencies are important NGO funders. The most notorious is the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED; ostensibly a nongovernmental foundation), created by Congress in 1983 to do openly what had been CIA cold war covert activities. When these operations were revealed in 1967, there was shock, not so much because the US was covertly funding foreign political and labor groups, but because organizations such as the National Education Association, American Newspaper Guild, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, and the National Student Association were secretly used as pass-throughs, and all but the top officers were unwitting. Actual and phony foundations also distributed CIA funds.

NED changed this-but not very much. It distributes grants both directly and through other organizations, now overtly. Its “core grantees” are the Center for International Private Enterprise (of the US Chamber of Commerce), the American Center for International Labor Solidarity (of the AFL-CIO), and, affiliated with the parties, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the International Republican Institute. Some private foundations chip in, for example, Smith Richardson and Mellon-Scaife. The Mott Foundation gave the NDI $150,000 in 1998 “to increase public confidence in democratization and the transition to a market economy in Ukraine.” Foundations also directly co-fund NED’s ultimate grantees. Thus, the Lilly Endowment supports the Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Peru, headed by Hernando de Soto, which offers free-market remedies for poverty.

Other capitalist democracies now have government foundations similar to NED, and they work collaboratively, e.g., the Canadian Rights and Democracy and the British Westminster Foundation for Democracy. Additional US agencies have joined NED and the CIA in this work, notably, the Agency for International Development (USAID) and United States Information Agency (USIA), which support and create foreign NGOs and media….”

“Why would these philanthropic efforts offend anyone? Why do they hate our kind hearts?”

In the first place, these public-private philanthropies have worked together to fund and direct overthrow movements. We had a “Subversive Activities Control Board” here, but export was encouraged. The grantees’ activities included destabilization, the creation of mobs preventing elected governments from ruling, chaos, and violence. Among those funded were the Civic Forum in Czechoslovakia, Solidarity in Poland, Union of Democratic Forces in Bulgaria, Otpor in Serbia, and, more recently, similar groups in the succession states of the USSR. Sometimes mobs (especially of young people) have been moved around from one country to another to give the impression of vast popular opposition. The NED, Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, and the Soros philanthropies have been particularly active in these operations. Human Rights Watch (formerly Helsinki Watch) has nurtured opposition groups. Reformers seeking social democracy or democratic socialism were excluded; such systems might oppress the “vulture capitalists.”.

It is hard to know how much native support existed for the Western-funded revolutions, as media and information (especially if we can’t read Mongolian, Bulgarian, or Uzbeki) are produced by the same conglomerates. Of course, all revolutions are made by minorities, often with assistance of foreign allies. However, by today’s standards as embodied in the UN Charter, subverting with the intention of overthrowing foreign governments is a grave violation of international law. Many were shocked by the NED activities complementing other instruments of intervention that helped to destroy the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua. Yet the 1990 election was judged by the NGO observers to be a free one; neither threats of physical annihilation nor millions of foreign dollars violated the purity of that process. “Cold-war liberal” policymakers have advocated covert actions as a peaceful alternative to invasion, but it isn’t as if military action has faded away; they work together.

Such attempts are ongoing. The Venezuelan indictment is just one indication of a larger NED-NGO operation. Plans for annihilating the Cuban revolution, via “independent libraries,” “Red Feminista Cubana,” and other created organizations, are clearly spelled out on the NED web site.

NGOs are also used to disrupt revolutionary or even reformist movements that might interfere with neo-liberal goals, hampering the ability of corporations to go anywhere and do anything. Thus, as James Petras has reported, radical social groups and their leaders are co-opted into NGOs dedicated to worthy, ameliorative projects that are no threat to Western interests. Instead of broad movements challenging systemic causes of oppression, activists are recruited into discrete, well-funded “identity” politics and single-issue organizations, and poverty is just another minority status.

In India and South Africa, the very poor have been organized into Slum Dwellers and Shack Dwellers Associations, which meet with the World Bank people to discuss what is to be done. Protesters against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) were channeled into groups that were invited and funded to attend the meetings preparing this treaty. Those concerned with the devastation of oil, lumber, and mineral extraction throughout the world can utilize the “participatory mechanisms” of the Earth Council, one of whose board members is Klaus Schwab, director of the World Economic Forum. Conferences for the protesters “parallel” to the globalization elite’s are supported by that same elite. These do create fruitful interaction among dissidents; yet they may also function as a diversionary tactic. We won’t know unless these possibilities are investigated.

Amelioration is important to keep those societies newly “marketized” on a steady course despite crushing poverty. In Mongolia (as elsewhere), “shock therapy,” decimating both employment and social services, has resulted in street children, child prostitution, and increasing maternal mortality, none of which occurred in its “undeveloped” or communist phases. However, the rock concerts and street mobs have attained freedom. Enter PACT (originally, Private Agencies Collaborating Together; funders now include the Ford Foundation, US AID, Mercy Corps International, the Nature Conservancy, the World Bank, Citigroup, Chevron, Levi Strauss, and Microsoft), which provides some substitutes for the former socialist institutions, while desperation drives Mongolia’s leaders to welcome foreign garment industries and copper and gold extraction….

NGO staff members have been accused of being spies. Whether or not this is the case, the system allows access to remote native cultures, where the lay of the land and sociograms of local influentials can be charted for any purpose. This type of missionary penetration, attained through Bible translation in the Amazon River basin, has been recounted in Thy Will Be Done, by Colby and Dennett.

NGOs are now extensively occupied in the relief of disasters, whether natural or man-made, and the US military (with its “coalition”) is deeply involved in both the comforting and the afflicting. To receive US funds, humanitarian organizations must support US foreign policy. Consequently, some, such as Oxfam UK, have withdrawn their workers from Iraq. Those remaining are often regarded as collaborators, which is not surprising, as many international NGOs have been handmaids to subversion, overthrow, and occupation. Some have even supported “humanitarian” bombing, especially in the case of Yugoslavia…

The peak of international NGOs, the World Social Forum, meets at the same time as the World Economic Forum, only far away. The WSF’s general funding is rarely scrutinized by the participants, whose travel expenses come from similar sources. An exception is a report by the Research Unit on Political Economy-India, which explains why foundation funding was refused for the 2004 WSF in Mumbai, and discusses critically the activities of the Ford Foundation in India.

It is news when any NGO nibbles at the hand that feeds it, as did a Pakistani theater group last November. Invited to a women’s theater festival in India, they were sent home because the organizers deemed their contribution too anti-US for a Ford Foundation-sponsored event.

As all generalizations have exceptions, let it be noted that some NGOs are impeccable, and even peccable ones often have humanitarian staff and directors. A recent attempt by dissidents seeking international donors to “democracy promotion” in the US, the International Endowment for Democracy, could give an effective jolt. Yet it may be that democracy, justice, or equality are not readily attainable by such means. For several centuries NGOs have been providing “disaster aid” for societies being “marketized.” What can we learn from this history?

Article 2:

Democratisation, NGOs and “Colour Revolutions”
“… US government expenditure on the orange revolution has been put at $14 million, while the overall civil-society promotion budget set by Washington for Ukraine (2003-2004) was $57.8-$65 million. The Soros Foundation and Freedom House pumped in a steady flow of funds through Ingos and local NGOs for “elections-related projects.”

Massing of pro-Yushchenko crowds in Kiev’s Independence Square was a meticulous operation of “careful, secret planning by Yushchenko’s inner circle over a period of years” that oversaw distribution of thousands of cameras, backup teams of therapists and psychologists, transportation, heaters, sleeping bags, gas canisters, toilets, soup kitchens, tents, TV and radio coverage, all of which needed “large sums of cash, in this case, much of it American.” (Daniel Wolf.)

Local oligarchs and US-based émigré Ukrainian businesspersons also chipped in with sizeable contributions to the neo-liberal Yuschchenko. The shadowy and fungible ties between the US government and democratisation Gongos leave little doubt that the latter were purveyors of large amounts of money in Ukraine that will not appear in audits or annual reports. Public acknowledgements of spending are understatements akin to official casualty figures given by governments during counterinsurgencies.

According to Congressman Ron Paul, the US allocated $60 million for financing the orange revolution “through a series of cut-out NGOs – both American and Ukrainian – in support of Yushchenko.” The figure happens to be “just the tip of the iceberg”. Claims that “Russia gave Yanukovych far more money than the United States (gave to Yushchenko)” rest on the myth that US government financing through the NED family “is publicly accountable and transparent.”…

Article 3:

NGOs: The Self-Appointed Altruists

Their arrival portends rising local prices and a culture shock. Many of them live in plush apartments, or five star hotels, drive SUV’s, sport $3000 laptops and PDA’s. They earn a two figure multiple of the local average wage. They are busybodies, preachers, critics, do-gooders, and professional altruists.

Always self-appointed, they answer to no constituency. Though unelected and ignorant of local realities, they confront the democratically chosen and those who voted them into office. A few of them are enmeshed in crime and corruption. They are the non-governmental organizations, or NGO’s.

Some NGO’s – like Oxfam, Human Rights Watch, Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Amnesty – genuinely contribute to enhancing welfare, to the mitigation of hunger, the furtherance of human and civil rights, or the curbing of disease [I take strong excetion to this statement and can prove through example about each why this is not true: nota]. Others – usually in the guise of think tanks and lobby groups – are sometimes ideologically biased, or religiously-committed and, often, at the service of special interests.

NGO’s – such as the International Crisis Group – have openly interfered on behalf of the opposition in the last parliamentary elections in Macedonia. Other NGO’s have done so in Belarus and Ukraine, Zimbabwe and Israel, Nigeria and Thailand, Slovakia and Hungary – and even in Western, rich, countries including the USA, Canada, Germany, and Belgium.

The encroachment on state sovereignty of international law – enshrined in numerous treaties and conventions – allows NGO’s to get involved in hitherto strictly domestic affairs like corruption, civil rights, the composition of the media, the penal and civil codes, environmental policies, or the allocation of economic resources and of natural endowments, such as land and water. No field of government activity is now exempt from the glare of NGO’s. They serve as self-appointed witnesses, judges, jury and executioner rolled into one.

Regardless of their persuasion or modus operandi, all NGO’s are top heavy with entrenched, well-remunerated, extravagantly-perked bureaucracies. Opacity is typical of NGO’s. Amnesty’s rules prevent its officials from publicly discussing the inner workings of the organization – proposals, debates, opinions – until they have become officially voted into its Mandate. Thus, dissenting views rarely get an open hearing.

Contrary to their teachings, the financing of NGO’s is invariably obscure and their sponsors unknown. The bulk of the income of most non-governmental organizations, even the largest ones, comes from – usually foreign – powers. Many NGO’s serve as official contractors for governments.

NGO’s serve as long arms of their sponsoring states – gathering intelligence, burnishing their image, and promoting their interests.

Article 4: (From the CIA’s Mouth itself)

Can the USG and NGOs Do More?

Information-Sharing in Conflict Zones [Read Spying]

Over the past decade and a half, three phenomena have expanded dramatically: the availability of information through the diffusion of information technology; the role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) as important players in international affairs; and the demand for international engagement in failed or weak states, some having suffered from devastating conflicts. These three facts interact and raise a number of issues for US policymakers and for the Intelligence Community. This article examines how information-sharing between the government and the NGO sector has evolved and considers whether changes in that relationship are warranted, even needed, for accomplishing the shared objective of improved international response to conflicts and other crises in weak states.[1]

Article 5:

The CIA’s Successors And Collaborators

“…The funded organisations sometimes managed to weaken and even eliminate opposition to friendly governments, while creating a climate favourable to US interests. There were coups, such as the one in Brazil in 1964 that overthrew President Joí£o Goulart. The coup against Chilean president Salvador Allende in 1973 showed that the US government had not abandoned such methods. Agee claimed: “To prepare the ground for the military, we funded and channelled the forces of leading organisations in civil society and the media. It was an improved version of the coup in Brazil….

…The NED’s talent for channelling money, establishing NGOs, electoral manipulation and media brainwashing owed much to the long experience of the CIA, the State Department’s foreign aid agency USAID, and members of the conservative elite associated with US foreign policy (including John Negroponte, Jeane Kirkpatrick and Francis Fukuyama). Terrorism apart, the Reagan administration used the same methods in eastern Europe, where it conducted “a non-governmental crusade for human rights and democracy which avoided accusations of imperialism by presenting itself as a direct response to the needs of dissidents and reformers worldwide” (8)….”

Article 6:

Former CIA agent tells: How US infiltrates “civil society” to overthrow governments

…The CIA and the Agency for International Development (AID) would have key roles in this program as well as a new organisation christened in 1983 — the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Actually, the new program was not really new. Since its founding in 1947, the CIA had been deeply involved in secretly funding and manipulating foreign non-governmental voluntary organisations.

These vast operations circled the globe and targeted political parties, trade unions and business associations, youth and student organisations, women’s groups, civic organisations, religious communities, professional, intellectual and cultural societies, and the public information media. The network functioned at local, national, regional and global levels.

Over the years, the CIA exerted phenomenal influence behind the scenes in country after country, using these powerful elements of civil society to penetrate, divide, weaken and destroy organisations on the left, and indeed to impose regime change by toppling governments.

Such was the case, among many others, in Guyana, where in 1964, culminating 10 years of efforts, the Cheddi Jagan government was overthrown through strikes, terrorism, violence and arson perpetrated by CIA agents in the trade unions.

About the same time, while I was a CIA agent assigned to Ecuador, our agents in civil society, through mass demonstrations and civil unrest, provoked two military coups in three years against elected, civilian governments.

Anyone who has watched the opposition to President Hugo Chavez’s government in Venezuela develop can be certain that the CIA, AID and the NED are coordinating the destabilisation and were behind the failed coup in April 2002 as well as the failed ”civic strike” of last December-January.

The Cuban American National Foundation was, predictably, one of the first beneficiaries of NED funding. From 1983 to 1988, CANF received US$390,000 for anti-Castro activities….

Article 7:

How United States Intervention Against Venezuela Works

It is no secret that the government of the United States is carrying out a program of operations in favor of the Venezuelan political opposition to remove President Hugo Chávez Frías and the coalition of parties that supports him from power.  The budget for this program, initiated by the administration of Bill Clinton and intensified under George W. Bush, has risen from some $2 million in 2001 to $9 million in 2005, and it disguises itself as activities to “promote democracy,” “resolve conflicts,” and “strengthen civic life.”  It consists of providing money, training, counsel and direction to an extensive network of political parties, NGO’s, mass media, unions, and businessmen, all determined to end the bolivarian revolutionary process. The program has clear short, medium, and long-term goals, and adapts easily to changes in the fluid Venezuelan political process.

The program of political intervention in Venezuela is one more of various in the world principally directed by the Department of State (DS), the Agency for International Development (AID), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) along with its four associated foundations. These are the International Republican Institute (IRI) of the Republican Party; the National Democratic Institute (NDI) of the Democratic Party; the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) of the US Chamber of Commerce; and the American Center for International Labor Solidarity (ACILS) of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the main US national union confederation. In addition, the program has the support of an international network of affiliated organizations.

The various organizations carry out their operations through AID officials at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas and through three “private” offices in Caracas under the Embassy’s control: the IRI (established in 2000), the NDI (2001), and a contractor of AID, a U.S. consulting firm called Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI) (2002).  These three offices develop operations with dozens of Venezuelan beneficiaries to which they contribute money originating from the State Department, AID, NED, and, although no proof is yet available, most probably the CIA.  The operations of the first three are detailed extensively in hundreds of official documents acquired by U.S. journalist Jeremy Bigwood through demands under the Freedom of Information Act, a law that requires the declassification and release of government documents, although many are censured when released.

Venezuelan associates of the U.S. intervention programs participated in the unsuccessful coup against President Chavez in April 2002, in the petroleum lockout/strike of December 2002 to February 2003, and in the recall referendum of August 2004.  Having failed in their three first attempts, the U.S. agencies mentioned above are currently planning and organizing for the Venezuelan national elections of 2005 and 2006.  This analysis seeks to show how this program functions and the danger it represents….

Article 8:

NED et. al.: The CIA’s Successors and Collaborators

…A non-governmental crusade

The NED’s talent for channelling money, establishing NGOs, electoral manipulation and media brainwashing owed much to the long experience of the CIA, the State Department’s foreign aid agency USAID, and members of the conservative elite associated with US foreign policy (including John Negroponte, Jeane Kirkpatrick and Francis Fukuyama). Terrorism apart, the Reagan administration used the same methods in eastern Europe, where it conducted “a non-governmental crusade for human rights and democracy which avoided accusations of imperialism by presenting itself as a direct response to the needs of dissidents and reformers worldwide” (8). Here the gap between rulers and ruled made it easier for the NED and its network of organisations to use money and advertising to manufacture thousands of supposed dissidents. After regime change, most of these individuals and the groups to which they had belonged evaporated.

One of the most historic victories was in Poland. As early as 1984 the NED was distributing direct aid to set up trade unions, newspapers and human rights groups, all “independent”. For the 1989 parliamentary elections, the NED handed $2.5m to the Solidarity movement, whose leader Lech Walesa, a powerful ally of the US, was elected president in 1990.

The collapse of the Soviet Union was a prelude to the NED’s global expansion….

Article 9 (In ‘honor’ of the media):

Journalism And The CIA: The Mighty Wurlitzer

Troublesome notes were heard from the Wurlitzer in the 1960s — but not from American journalism, which had already sold its soul to the empire. Instead, the announcement that the emperor had no clothes was made by a new generation. Much that was dear to this counterculture was stylistic and superficial, and there were many within this culture itself, and certainly within the straight media, who mistook this excess baggage for its essence. Nevertheless, the youth culture’s rumpled opposition was sufficient to slow down the machine and let in some light.

The ruling class failed to see the naked contradiction that they had created. They expected that the most-privileged, best-educated generation in history could be forcibly drafted to fight a dirty war against popular self-determination some 8,000 miles away — a war that clearly had more to do with anticommunist ideology and corporate greed than it did with the defense of America. The elites didn’t have a clue that this was even a problem; President Johnson’s knee-jerk response to the student antiwar movement, for example, was to pressure the CIA into uncovering the nefarious (and nonexistent) foreign influences behind it.

Article X (Last BUT NOT LEAST!!!):

From Unconventional Warfare in the 21st Century: U.S. Surrogates, Terrorists and Narcotraffickers talking about the (U.S.) Army Special Operations Forces Field Manual FM 3-05.130, titled “Unconventional Warfare”.

(Published in September 2008, the 248-page document though unclassified, is restricted “to U.S. Government agencies and their contractors only to protect technical or operational information from automatic dissemination under the International Exchange Program or by other means.” The Department of the Army urges recipients to “destroy by any method that will prevent disclosure of contents or reconstruction of the document.”)

Economic Subversion

For the authors of FM 3-05.130, “properly integrated manipulation of economic power can and should be a component of UW.” Never mind that such “manipulation” can and did result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of human beings in Iraq prior to the 2003 U.S. invasion and occupation as well as in a score of other nations that have defied the U.S.

The cases of Chile and Nicaragua are instructive in this regard, where the disgraced president, Richard Nixon, vowed to “make the economy scream,” prior to the 1973 coup, or the crippling sanctions and economic embargo imposed on Nicaragua’s Sandinista government. Various sanctions regimes unambiguously “can build and sustain international coalitions waging or supporting U.S. UW campaigns.” A similar methodology is being applied today against Iran as “punishment” for its legal development of civilian nuclear power.

Like all other instruments of U.S. national power, the use and effects of economic “weapons” are interrelated and they must be coordinated carefully. Once again, ARSOF must work carefully with the DOS and intelligence community (IC) to determine which elements of the human terrain in the UWOA are most susceptible to economic engagement and what second- and third-order effects are likely from such engagement. The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) placement abroad and its mission to engage human groups provide one channel for leveraging economic incentives. The DOC’s can similarly leverage its routine influence with U.S. corporations active abroad. Moreover, the IO effects of economic promises kept (or ignored) can prove critical to the legitimacy of U.S. UW efforts. UW practitioners must plan for these effects. (Unconventional Warfare, p. 2-7)

Indeed, ARSOF plans for waging UW take an integrated approach and assert that they “can and should exploit the active and analytical capabilities existing in the financial instruments of U.S. power.” The application of financial warfare however, including the “persuasive influence” of state and nonstate “actors” regarding the availability and terms “of loans, grants, or other financial assistance” is predicated on towing the U.S. line. The authors aver that “such application of financial power must be part of a circumspect, integrated, and consistent UW plan.” In other words, threats, bribery and economic subversion generally can work wonders in getting the attention of recalcitrant states not “on board” with the U.S.

Narcotrafficking Networks and the “Global War on Terror”

For decades, investigative journalists, researchers and analysts have noted the symbiotic relationship amongst international narcotrafficking syndicates, neofascist political groups, U.S. intelligence agencies and U.S. Special Forces in the war against leftist adversaries.

Dozens of books and hundreds of articles by journalists and writers such as Alfred W. McCoy, Peter Dale Scott, Henrik Krüger, Robert Parry, Gary Webb, Jonathan Marshall, Douglas Valentine, Daniel Hopsicker, Bill Conroy as well as exposés by former DEA investigators such as Michael Levine and Celerino Castillo III, have documented the long and bloody history of U.S. complicity in the global drugs trade.

While the United States has pumped billions of dollars into so-called drug eradication programs in target countries such as Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Afghanistan and Mexico through ill-conceived projects such as Plan Colombia and the Mérida Initiative, also know as Plan Mexico, recent reports, most notably by The Narco News Bulletin, have documented the close interrelationships amongst narcotraffickers, rightist extremists, political elites and U.S. intelligence agencies.

Indeed, investigative journalist Bill Conroy recently documented how a U.S. trained and equipped special operations group within the Mexican army (the Zetas) “is now assisting the Mexican military in its narco-trafficking operations along the border.”

None of this however, phases the authors of Unconventional Warfare. And why should it. As they themselves describe the doctrine, unconventional warfare is “conducted by, with, or through surrogates; and such surrogates must be irregular forces,” the next logical step in the equation is the utilization of transnational criminal networks to advance U.S. national power. The section, “Law Enforcement Instrument of United States National Power and Unconventional Warfare,” states this explicitly: no tinfoil hat needed here!

Actors engaged in supporting elements in the UWOA may rely on criminal activities, such as smuggling, narcotics, or human trafficking. Political and military adversaries in the UWOA will exhibit the same sensitivity to official exposure and engagement because criminal entities routinely seek to avoid law enforcement. Sometimes, political and military adversaries are simultaneously criminal adversaries, which ARSOF UW planners must consider a threat. At other times, the methods and networks of real or perceived criminal entities can be useful as supporting elements of a U.S.-sponsored UW effort. In either case, ARSOF understand the importance of coordinating military intelligence preparation of the battlefield (IPB) for specific UW campaigns with the routine intelligence activities conducted by U.S. law enforcement agencies. (Unconventional Warfare, p. 2-7)

During subversive operations by U.S. ARSOF soldiers in target areas, indigenous networks, many of whom are linked to far-right and narcotrafficking groups (Nicaragua, Bosnia, Kosovo), including “former” allies such as al-Qaeda, are referred to as “The Underground” and “The Auxiliary” in FM 3-05.130. Details however, are few and far between and the authors state unambiguously:

There is more SF participation in developing and advising underground [and auxiliary] elements than is widely understood or acknowledged. Most such participation is classified and inappropriate for inclusion in this manual. (Unconventional Warfare, p. 5-5)

Preparing the ground for U.S. attacks and/or subversive operations by proxy forces aligned with American goals are a key component of UW theory. Whether a population is “on-board” with U.S. geostrategic goals or the tactical modalities employed in such campaigns is irrelevant to the new cold warriors of the GWOT. When “persuasion” fails the muscle moves in to get the attention on the “natives.”

Organization of the larger indigenous population from which the irregular forces are drawn–the mass base–must likewise be conducted primarily by the irregular organization itself under indirect guidance of SF. The primary value of the mass base to UW operations is less a matter of formal organization than of marshaling population groups to act in specific ways that support the overall UW campaign. The mass base, or general population and society at large, is recognized as an operational rather than a structural effort for ARSOF in UW. Elements of the mass base are divided into three distinct groups in relation to the cause or movement–pro, anti/con, and those who are uncommitted, undecided, or ambivalent. ARSOF, the underground, and the auxiliary then conduct irregular activities to influence or leverage these groups. These groups may be witting or unwitting of the UW nature of the operations or activities in which they are utilized. (Unconventional Warfare, p. 5-5)

In Colombia for example, U.S. “counterdrug” assistance to the corrupt Uribe government flowed directly to the narcotrafficking far-right death squad, the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia, or AUC. Though designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. State Department, the Uribe government’s military high command, directly advised by the Pentagon, funneled weapons and intelligence that was used by the narcofascists to murder union organizers, often after payment by U.S. multinational corporations such as Chiquita Brands International, of anyone the group identified as a “guerrilla.”

In ARSOF parlance, AUC “influence”–dragging unsuspecting citizens off a bus and beheading them in front of their children, for example–is what is meant when corporate- or drug-linked death squads “conduct irregular activities” to “leverage these groups.” But the international community has another term to describe these activities: state terrorism.

In 2004, as part of broad U.S. efforts to unseat Venezuela’s socialist President Hugo Chávez, Venezuelan authorities arrested some 100 AUC fighters who were planning to attack specially-selected targets in Caracas. According to published reports, several high-ranking American and Colombian military officers were implicated in the operation.

The parapolitical scandal which continues to rock Bogotá, revealed high-level involvement by Colombia’s political and military elite with the narcofascist AUC. But the scandal also revealed the involvement of the U.S. 7th Special Forces Group and the 1st Psychological Operations Battalion in directly training and advising Colombian military units responsible for the worst human rights abuses.

Numerous reports have emerged that detail these linkages, including the 2007 disclosure by the National Security Archive that Colombian Army commander General Mario Montoya “engaged in a joint operation with a Medellín-based paramilitary group. ‘Operation Orion’ was part of a larger military offensive in the city during 2002-03 to attack urban guerrilla networks. The sweep resulted in at least 14 deaths and dozens of disappearances. The classified intelligence report confirmed ‘information provided by a proven source,’ according to comments from the U.S. defense attaché included in the document.”

This is but the tip of the proverbial iceberg, however.

In Afghanistan, the world’s number one producer and processor of opium and its finished “product” heroin, bound for European and U.S. markets, drug trafficking according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC) in their 2008 World Drug Report, is “out of control.” According to UNDOC, drug money is used as “a lubricant for corruption, and a source of terrorist financing: in turn, corrupt officials and terrorists make drug production and trafficking easier.”

Indeed, since the 2001 U.S. invasion and occupation, opium production has skyrocketed some 1,000% and accounts for a large percentage of the country’s gross domestic product. Tellingly, some of the staunchest U.S. allies in the area are directly tied to international narcotics organizations. According to UNDOC, the global increase in opium production “was almost entirely due to the 17% expansion of cultivation in Afghanistan, which is now 193,000 ha [hectares]” reaching 8,700 metric tons in 2007, accounting for a staggering 92% of global opium production!

Despite these horrendous statistics, the authors of FM 3-05.130 can asset that “the methods and networks of real or perceived criminal entities can be useful”! Indeed they can, as a seemingly limitless source of black funds earmarked for U.S. planetary subversion in the interest of expanding American corporate power.

According to a June 2008 report by The Times, after last year’s bumper crop sent the price of opium spiraling downwards, the Taliban and U.S.-connected drug lords linked to Hamid Karzai’s government, are stockpiling vast quantities of opium in order to induce a rise in world prices. And Time Magazine reported in October that the value of hoarded opium may be as much as $3.2 billion.

Celebrated by the Pentagon and the U.S. media as a “splendid victory,” the 2001 invasion and occupation of Afghanistan quickly spiraled out of control and the country now faces a resurgent Taliban, a new base of operations for al-Qaeda in the tribal areas of Pakistan and evidence of Pakistani ISI involvement in aiding the fundamentalist insurgents and the global drugs trade. But for American unconventional warriors, a full accounting of war crimes that ARSOF supervised and their Northern Alliance “allies” carried out have yet to be answered.

As Peter Dale Scott noted in 2002,

It’s a bitter irony: The largely successful U.S. campaign against the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan is resulting in an increase of funds for terrorists around the globe.

It is true, as President Bush has insisted, that global terrorism is financed by the flow of illicit drugs. Yet by installing and rewarding a coalition of drug-financed warlords in Kabul, the United States has itself helped restore the flow of Afghan heroin to terrorist groups, from the Balkans and Chechnya to Tajikistan, Pakistan and Kashmir. (”Poppy Paradox: U.S. War in Afghanistan Boosts Terror Funds,” Dissident Voice, August 3, 2002)

Indeed, among the staunchest U.S. allies in the region, characters such as Hazrat Ali and Gul Agha, “have been ‘bought off’ with millions in deals brokered by U.S. and British intelligence.” But while America was happy to endorse a drug-linked status quo that relied on its so-called “warlord strategy” to “stabilize” Afghanistan, part of the blowback from these dubious alliances included allowing bin Laden to escape into Pakistan in 2001 after the “battle” of Tora Bora.

But for Pentagon proponents of unconventional warfare, the “price is always right” when it comes to strategic and tactical alliances with narcotraffickers and international terrorists. After all, since “UW must be conducted by, with, or through surrogates; and such surrogates must be irregular forces,” everything is permitted.

3. Kill Me, Rape Me, Torture Me But Please Don’t Spank Me

Compare and contrast:

With:

Now we are expected to believe the first one is the deadliest. And it is because of people like Ms Minallah that we fall for this crap, no matter how nonsensical it is. We are all guilt of this from time to time. What Ms Minallah managed to do with her little video was convince the “civil society” that this:

was worst than all this combined:

Samar Minallah: “No spanking, no Human Rights abuse here”

Samar Minallah: “No spanking, no Human Rights abuse here”

Samar Minallah: “No spanking, no Human Rights abuse here”

Samar Minallah: “No spanking, no Human Rights abuse here”

Samar Minallah: “No spanking, no Human Rights abuse here”

Samar Minallah: “No spanking, no Human Rights abuse here”

Samar Minallah: “No spanking, no Human Rights abuse here”

Samar Minallah: “No spanking, no Human Rights abuse here”

Samar Minallah: “No spanking, no Human Rights abuse here”

Samar Minallah: “No spanking, no Human Rights abuse here”

Samar Minallah: “No spanking, no Human Rights abuse here”

Samar Minallah: “No spanking, no Human Rights abuse here”

Samar Minallah: “No spanking, no Human Rights abuse here”

Samar Minallah: “No spanking, no Human Rights abuse here”

Samar Minallah: “No spanking, no Human Rights abuse here”

Samar Minallah: “No spanking, no Human Rights abuse here”

Samar Minallah: “No spanking, no Human Rights abuse here”

Samar Minallah: “No spanking, no Human Rights abuse here”

Samar Minallah: “No spanking, no Human Rights abuse here”

Samar Minallah: “No spanking, no Human Rights abuse here”

Samar Minallah: “No spanking, no Human Rights abuse here”

Samar Minallah: “No spanking, no Human Rights abuse here”

(I know none of these picture are from Swat (most are from Afghanistan and a couple from Iraq) BUT if our media and the so called HR Activists like ms Ms Minallah had been doing their job, I am sure they would look something like this. The media collectively is a partner in this crime. The only job they have done is to repeat ISPR lies. )

BTW: Ever wonder why Ms Minallah never raised a voice against what happened at Lal Masjid? Is it because she was too busy shouting “Kill ‘em! kill ‘em all!!”???

Shame on all who think that spanking is the only HR violation that has happened in Swat — in fact, the whole country. And shame on those who ignore the misery brought on the people of Swat since that act of Ms Minallah’s

P.S. Forgot to mention one more thing. I had claimed that it was ms Minallah distributing the video the world over. She of course had denied it. But then Guardian exposed her lie on April 02, 2009:

The Guardian received the video through Samar Minallah, a Pashtun documentary maker and anthropologist who lived in Swat for two years in the late 1990s. It has been passed between Swat residents by mobile phones.”

(The date too is significant. She first time she mentioned the video was on the night April 01, 2009 (Capital Talk with Hamid Mir Show). That means for this story to appear in The Guardian April 02, 2009, she must have already sent it to them even before she came on the show. She also has never accepted this fact that she indeed was the distributor and gives credit to YouTube).

13 Responses to “Additional Notes on Samar Minallah, Swat Video, And NGOs”


  1. 1 Project Humanbeingsfirst.org April 10, 2010 at 12:55 am

    I think you have just made a good well-documented case for the Freedom Medal and/or Nobel Peace Prize for Samar Minallah – a petty mercenary, no more – either that or the empire’s gift of a “mango-crate” (the mango season is just about here anyway).

    “Shame on all who think that spanking is the only HR violation that has happened in Swat — in fact, the whole country. And shame on those who ignore the misery brought on the people of Swat since that act of Ms Minallah’s”

    And this “shame” statement is indeed the heart of the matter! Why do ordinary people in Pakistan fall for this?

    Everywhere I have looked, in Pakistan or the United States, the vast majority of the english-enabled likkha-parrha jahils shed as many tears for Lal-masjid as they did for Swat, i.e., zero. Hoodbhoy’s “The threat from Within” was no different in 2007 from Minallah’s in 2009. The same can be stated for many others, in fact, all our Dawn/DailyTimes and NGO driven aunties and uncles, but why do people, just ordinary people, continually ignore all the obvious commonsensical evidence you have just presented, in every case, and believe the absurdities?

    That’s the key problem (convince people of absurdities and you have them acquiescing to atrocities – the Enduring Machiavelli). The problem isn’t the fact that Machiavellian propagandists exists. They always have, and presumably always will. Just the same way that oligarchs, their paymasters and prime-movers, have always existed, and perhaps always will(?). It is that darn empirical power of the few upon the many for which an antidote must be found more urgently than a Samar Minallah be righteously promoted to Nobel Peace Prize like President Obama.

    And what is that antidote?

    Ex post facto analysis is fine and dandy for “I told you so” crowd, for the glorified historians, for the impotent intellectuals, and for the righteous seeking retribution.

    But for those who are driven by avoiding a rotten future history rather than rehearsing the old one, in fact like you had referenced yourself once before, the history’s actors are peerless in creating fait accompli and then moving on to create the next one while we are left just studying the shit they have left behind:

    ‘We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.’ — Senior Bush Advisor, The New York Times, October 17, 2004

    We should be worrying about that, and finding its antidote – because we both know that your “shame” statement above will continue to be true for each new abhorrent act of the history’s actors!

    While this Samar Minallah character will just pass into its trash can as a minor peon of the hectoring hegemons, either chastised in a “limited hangout” with the gift of a “mango crate”, or paid handsomely for services rendered as in the “profession” (i.e., “paisha”), there are a 1000 others, perhaps 100,000, eager to play their patsy role on stage – each with their own scripted entrances and their exits.

    So long as power backs them, idiots and mercenaries will always be created to serve their purpose, and “mango-crated” when they have outlived their usefulness (as Gen. Zia ul-Haq was).

    There is not much one can do about them unless one can neuter the power which creates them.

    But there is indeed something we can do about us, us Pakistanis, us Muslims, us ‘untermensch’ 7 billion peoples of the planet slated for perpetual “shame”, serfdom, and population reduction!

    But what the fck is it – what can we do – so that your “shame” statement will no longer be true?

    And thank you for a terrific writeup btw. If you get any more direct, you might even get to “enjoy” the mango season more than you ever wanted. That, to a Socrates, may well be an existential compliment, but is also rather permanent. The real power behind Samar Minallah is mercurial. Watchout for it.

    Zahir Ebrahim
    Project Humanbeingsfirst.org

  2. 2 Project Humanbeingsfirst.org April 10, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Hi. Just fyi – the following footnote was added in one of my writings:

    Related Developments April 09, 2010: Thorough analysis with copious references which puts it all together, done by an anonymous website, archived as PDF: Samar Minallah & The 2009 Swat Girl Flogging Video
    http://humanbeingsfirst.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/archived-fkpolitics-samar-minallah-the-2009-swat-girl-flogging-videoi.pdf

    There is always something capricious about a “woman scorned”: “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned. Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.”

    Just wanted to make sure the scorn too didn’t “disappear” with the scorner – just kidding there! This is really good work and I thought archiving as a self-contained pdf with working url links would be useful. It is approx 1.7 MB, and 73 pages with your three articles on this topic in it!

    Send the PDF to the CJ and lawyers you know to take suo motto notice? Or give me their email addresses, and anyone elses, and I will do it. Might help a tad in preventing future “shame”!

    Thanks.
    Zahir Ebrahim
    Project Humanbeingsfirst.org

    • 3 Project Humanbeingsfirst.org April 11, 2010 at 3:55 am

      Hi,

      I retrospectively wondered about my optimistic statement above: ‘Might help a tad in preventing future “shame”!’

      So I went back to my Terorism reports of April-May 2009 and asked the question: what if this unraveling had happened in an earlier operation and had been known in 2009 – could my using it in my Terrorism reports in April-Mary 2009 have made a whit of a difference in preventing Operation Rahe-Rast?

      In fact, in 2007 I had discovered that the Pakistani Generals well understood the intelligence-ops nature of these “insurgents” while officially purveying the state’s “counter-insurgency” opertions in our Tribal Belt.

      So just as a thought experiement for the future regarding the above optimistic statement, I now go back to April and May 2009 Terrorism reports – would the english-enabled aunties and uncles and the apathetic public have reacted any differently were this Puppy’s voice known then? Had not all in public already witnessed the missing WMD in Iraq? The missing WMD in the Lal masjid? The king of the Jungle can lay an egg or give birth to a live cub at its whim – “Jungle ka badshah, chahey anda dey, chahey bacha dey” – who is to challenge its narrative?

      Excerpt from Terrorism Report April 2009

      http://print-humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2009/04/newsflash-financialterrorism-apr2009.html

      Today, The Obama Deception is all pervasive, and the Obama team has even dropped the ‘war on terror’ rhetoric – as re-confirmed by the ongoing DRONE ATTACKS in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Weapons of Choice in Fighting Qaeda to manufacture more “Barbarians at the gate”:

      DAWN Barbarians at the gate By Kamran Shafi Tuesday, 07 Apr, 2009

      “The Day After – American Agenda for Pakistan” is so palpably visible that only fools and shills among the Westerners, and native-informants among the victims, will continue to bleat Alice’s ‘War On Terror’ instead of getting the prime-movers behind the ‘merchants of death’ and their multitudes of death squads!

      The latest ‘Pakistani Negro’ to echo the ‘wmd in Iraq’ equivalent mantra of ‘existential threat in Pakistan’ which poses a ‘mortal threat’ to the world’ rehearsed only yesterday, April 23, 2009, by the new ‘Queen’ of ‘Alice in Wonderland’, the U.S. Secretary of State, is Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa. Writing in her column “Fighting the hordes” in just this morning’s DAWN, Friday, April 24, 2009, the distinguished ‘secular humanist’ posited the following constrained formulation: “There are two important questions here: one, are the Taliban a temporary phenomenon and, two, does society have the capacity to fight them off?” And then proceeded to answer them: “Unfortunately, it seems that the Taliban might win due to the combined capacity shortcomings of the security apparatus, the government and society at large. … We can fight this only if we muster the required will, develop a clear understanding of what lies ahead and then evolve a coherent implementation strategy.”

      Excerpt from Terrorism Report May 2009

      http://print-humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2009/05/digst-fin-and-state-terrorism-may2009.html

      The American War on Pakistan – my home!

      More than 1.17 million people have fled the fighting in the Swat valley [AFP], May 17, 2009

      ‘Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper reported that the military could move into Pakistan’s semi-autonoumous tribal areas after the current offensive in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP). “We’re going to go into Waziristan, all these regions, with army operations,” the paper quoted Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan’s president, as saying. “Swat is just the start. It’s a larger war to fight.” ‘

      Pakistan urges civilians to flee from Swat, May 17, 2009

      ‘“I appeal to the people of Mingora and other parts which are under aggression, as soon as they get an opportunity, the curfew is relaxed, they should come out,” Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik told reporters. “Those leaders, those commanders, who are controlling the Taliban, obviously we’re going to hit them. We’re not going to spare them,” he said. “You’ll hear good news soon.” Malik said more than 1,000 militants had been killed in the offensive, which followed the collapse of a peace deal which Washington had criticised. The army said intense exchanges of fire were taking place on the outskirts of Mingora. The offensive in the one-time tourist valley, 130 km (80 miles) northwest of Islamabad, has also forced at least 1.17 million people from their homes, the U.N. refugee agency said.’

      War Crimes and Tragedy unfolding in Pakistan as the World watches the spectacle, May 09, 2009

      Pakistan Swat refugees seek help, May 09, 2009 – Al Jazeera video

      Al Jazeera English calls Zalmay Khalilzad a “prominent American Muslim” instead of a Prominent American Neocon – at minute 1:40 (see analysis below):

      ‘The government’s hardened stance, and its apparent willingness to tackle them is being commended by one prominent American Muslim [Zalmay Khalilzad]‘

      Pakistan Swat refugees seek help – 09 May 09

      Desperation in Pakistani hospitals, refugee camps, reports AP, May 09, 2009 3:08 PM -0800 GMT (PST)

      ‘MINGORA, Pakistan – Civilians cowered in hospital beds and trapped residents struggled to feed their children Saturday, as Pakistani warplanes pounded a Taliban-held valley in what the prime minister called a “war of the country’s survival.” Warplanes and troops killed dozens of entrenched militants Saturday in the assault on northwestern Swat Valley, the army said. The offensive has prompted the flight of hundreds of thousands of terrified residents, adding a humanitarian emergency to the nuclear-armed nation’s security, economic and political problems. Desperate refugees looted U.N. supplies in one camp, taking blankets and cooking oil.’

      [Image Desperation in Pakistani hospitals, refugee camps]

      I have simply run out of words – but not curses. The Pakistani military is repeating the same genocidal mayhem as it did in East Pakistan to secede it into Bangladesh. Now it is once again at its best for further balkanizing Pakistan at the behest of its paymasters.

      To put matters in urgent overarching context, two crucial points. Firstly: “The army said intense exchanges of fire were taking place on the outskirts of Mingora.” A rag-tag bunch of bare-foot illiterate Talibans giving the world’s fifth largest standing army “intense exchanges of fire” is only as burlesque as this report of July 23, 2007 in the New York Times of “drug smugglers” holding off the fully armed and trained elite Iranian military. Headlined “Drug Smugglers Kill 11 Iranians in Elite Corps”, it stated:

      ‘TEHRAN, July 22 [2007] — Eleven members of the Revolutionary Guards have been killed in clashes with drug smugglers in southeast Iran near the border with Pakistan, a state-run news agency reported this weekend. Nine others were wounded. The clashes occurred Thursday in a mountainous area in southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan Province after drug smugglers ambushed a group of Revolutionary Guards, the Fars News Agency reported. The drug smugglers left without casualties, the news agency said. The province has also been a major gateway for drug traffickers from Pakistan and Afghanistan. Iran has dug a trench at the border. But it has said that more than 3,300 security personnel have died since 1979 in the fighting with drug smugglers. The region is also home to a large ethnic group of Baluchis who are Sunni Muslims. A majority of Iranians are Shiites. The Revolutionary Guards have been the target of attacks before. In February, a car loaded with explosives blew up in front of a bus carrying Revolutionary Guards, killing 11 and wounding 34. Iran has linked insecurity in the region to a militant Sunni group known as Jundallah, led by Abdolmalek Rigi. The authorities have said Mr. Rigi has links to Al Qaeda and is a drug trafficker.’

      Note that “The drug smugglers left without casualties,” after inflicting heavy fatalities on Iran’s Elite Army. The same way that a rag-tag bunch of illiterate Talibans are now holding off the elite Pakistan Army, and that too after surviving 8 years of intense bombardment by NATO and American forces. A super-human bunch of “drug-smugglers” aren’t they, and quite a super-human bunch of antediluvian “Afghanis”! In any other epoch, their nom de guerre surely would have been “Ali Baba”, and their formidable weapons of world-conquest their magical flying carpets. See the detailed deconstruction of this super-human “Ali Baba” smugglers who can hold Iran hostage in “Letter to Editor: Iran, the Associated Press, and Covert-War of ‘Imperial Mobilization’”.

      In Pakistan’s case, the only rational explanation for “Ali Baba’s” formidable prowess in the 21st century based on the empiricism of political-science, the historical record of the hectoring hegemons, and the self-evident reality in the right-field while the public is kept distracted in the left-field, is that NATO and American black-ops are fighting the Pakistan Army to depopulate the region in a prelude to de-nuking and re-partitioning Pakistan. Additionally, to continually create the well-known ‘Strategy of Tension’ in order to keep the fear of the boogieman of ‘militant Islam’ alive in the Western public’s imagination (see BBC-2 Timewatch 1992 documentary on Operation Gladio, pt1, pt2, pt3 to learn how the fear of communism was kept alive in Western Europe).

      Pakistan Army is apparently entirely complicit in this criminal agenda of Pakistan’s destabilization and de-nuking. They are participating in manufacturing the so called ‘militants’ ab initio, entirely in cahoots with the Pentagon’s black-ops, and then fighting the marvelously fabricated and infinitely re-supplied enemy at the behest of their paymasters. Only a few in the top echelon of high-command have to be compromised. The military discipline among the sheepish-ranks, typically the canon-fodder, and the unquestioning ‘unity of command’ among the officers, automatically do the rest. The Western funded machinery of civilian NGOs, the Mighty Wurlitzer’s assets in the newsmedia, and the intelligence apparatus further take care of the public discourse to lend ‘respectability’ to the boogieman of ‘militant Islam’.

      Otherwise, I find it hard to believe that the world’s fifth largest standing military would be so incredibly smart and sophisticated in being able to indigenously build Pakistan’s atomic weapons arsenal despite the world’s opposition, and yet simultaneously be so stupid, ignorant, and criminal against their own peoples such that they couldn’t fathom this entirely self-evident reality on ‘the Grand Chessboard’. Treason is writ large all across Pakistan – for without the help of Pakistan’s own Negroes and mercenaries, the state could not have been put on the dismantling-block so trivially! See “Open Letter to a Pakistani General”. What is not already obvious here?

      This brings to the urgent second point: “The offensive in the one-time tourist valley, 130 km (80 miles) northwest of Islamabad, has also forced at least 1.17 million people from their homes, the U.N. refugee agency said.” The history of how Zionistan was systematically depopulated through Zionist terror of its 700,000 to one million indigenous inhabitants is annually commemorated by the surviving Palestinians in their tormented living memories, between 4-8 million of whom are now living in Diaspora and in refugee camps. That history hasn’t yet become ancient history. It was again lamented as the 61st Nakba on May 15, just a few days ago. These Pakistani refugees, I fear, may similarly never be able to return – for a new country is being constructed as we speak. Just like the Biharis were left stranded when Pakistan was first Balkanized for the creation of Bangladesh, we now have another palpable monumental crime against humanity under orchestration during Pakistan’s second Balkanization. From Lal-masjid in Islamabad in the summer of 2007 which adorned Pakistan the label of ‘Terror Central’ by George W. Bush, to this spring of 2009 under Barack Obama, an entirely transparent continuous script that I am now hoarse rehearsing. Who is listening? Who has the power to intervene to stop these Supreme War Crimes against humanity?

      The feeble Muslim masses, the prime victims of “imperial mobilization”, of course answer “Allah”. Typically caught between “Allah” and the daily-grind, they will all too eagerly fill the great mosque in great hope, but not the streets to break their chains of voluntary servitude. But that “Allah” in the Muslims’ own most cherished Holy Book – which is usually to be found on the topmost shelf in most Muslim homes throughout the world only to be dusted down for annual rehearsing during the Month of Fasting, and at funeral rites and the likes – unequivocally asserts: “Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves.” (Qur’an 13:11).

      The most despicable part in all this however is that the ‘educated’ Muslim elite are far worse, to the extent of being criminal! They are the “Prized Negroes of Pakistan”. A variant of the ‘Negro’ has been supplied by every Muslim nation to be sure, but Pakistan’s stand head and shoulders above all. This ‘enlightened-moderation’ generation which General Pervez Musharaf bequeathed to his beloved Pakistan for which he himself wrote the Requiem Mass, is even more aiding and abetting in this fabricated genocidal ‘war on terror’. They deliberately fail to recognize that it is a manufactured war of “imperial mobilization” calculatingly being waged through the deception of the manufactured boogieman of ‘Islamism’ that variously shows up as ‘Al Qaeeda’, ‘Osama Bin Laden’, and ‘Taliban’. From the Pakistani military killing its own innocent civilians, to the supposedly Muslim-media, Muslim-NGOs, Muslim-civil society, Muslim-analysts, Muslim-begummaats (‘high-class’ English-enabled ladies as the ones you see protesting the Taliban in the Al Jazeera video), and all and sundry ‘secular humanists’ et. al., all echoing the same mantras of ‘radical Islamists’ and ‘war on terror’ without understanding who is cultivating the ‘weeds’. All ever ready to dance the ‘Negro’ at the white man’s whistle!

      Reading the above missive, a young Pakistani columnist replied when I suggested to her to explore that passage in her own witty column in Pakistan’s largest English language daily: “Zahir Sahab, Having been a victim of the radical Islamist harassment, I am one of the most vocal opponents of all things that combine religion and politics. I personally find your theory a little thin and as I am not convinced, I most definitely will not discuss it. I am one of those English enabled women who were out on the streets protesting against Talibans and I will continue to do so. Regards,”. I had failed to impress upon my young friend that “[combining] of religion and politics” began at the Rand Corporation, the American Enterprise Institute, and the CFR before she was born. Indeed, it is the infernal crossroads where political-science and god have intersected since time immemorial (see April 2009 Terrorism Report).

      Unwilling to look beyond the ‘katputli tamasha’ (puppetshow-imagery) which Pakistanis experience daily, it has become their tortuous reality – much like the absurd Queen and the Mad Hatter became Alice’s reality in her Wonderland. At least, it was only an absurd dream for Alice – she could wakeup from it and go on home to the safety of normal-reality. For the Pakistanis, it has become a blood-drenched nightmare from which there is unfortunately no awakening, no other home to run to. Please see the short dialog in book VII of Plato’s Republic, where, like the Pakistanis, for the Prisoners of the Cave 2500 years ago, “the truth [was] literally nothing but the shadows of the images.”

      The literati of Pakistani elite not seeing the hand of political Machiavelli who has spun this absurdity on Pakistan for its own imperial mobilization agenda, and who is so devilishly cultivating and harvesting our pathetic cracks and lacunae, is unforgivable. And precisely these educated people, at least some among them well-intentioned idealism-driven patsies with foreign degrees, others outright mercenaries, all too predictably get space in Pakistan’s mainstream press and newsmedia whose owners, needless to say, are merely a tune to be played by the ‘Mighty Wurlitzer’ for manufacturing consent.

      The exemplar ‘Negro’ circus clown of Pakistan contributing to that manufacturing of consent and dissent is Mr. Hamid Mir of Geo TV. The following letter captures this lauded journalist’s role in clothing the straw-boogieman of “imperial mobilization”, Osama Bin Laden. Watch his wonderful performance at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, April 01, 2009. He may have actually stolen a march on other Pakistani Negroids for the Nobel Peace Prize:

      [Video Resurgence of the Taliban in Pakistan Hamid Mir Commonwealth Club ]

      Now watch the tag-team of incumbent President Zardari (quite emphatically), and the late former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto (perhaps in a Freudian slip), contradict Hamid Mir on Osama Bin Laden:

      [Video Zadari Osama Bin Laden was an Operator for the United States ]

      [Video Bhutto Confirms that Osama Bin Laden is Dead ]

      But now watch Benazir Bhutto quite amicably agree with Hamid Mir – and of course also with her beloved husband who only carries forth his late wife’s categorical imperatives to save Pakistan from the very petri dish of international terrorism – on the core sacred-cow axioms of empire. Namely, that Al-Qaeeda is a mortal threat to the United States, and to Pakistan, and that she can save them both with ‘democracy':

      “Ladies and gentlemen, I plan to return later this year to Pakistan to lead a democratic movement for the restoration of democracy. I seek to lead a democratic Pakistan which is free from the yoke of military dictatorship and that will cease to be a haven, the very petri dish of international terrorism. A democratic Pakistan that would help stabilize Afghanistan, relieving pressure on NATO troops.” ( transcript )

      [ video A Conversation with Benazir Bhutto (Video), Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), August 15, 2007, Full-Length ]

      And finally, watch the Italian journalist Giulietto Chiesa narrate of a confidential presentation made by CSIS to the Commission of the European Parliament for Security and Defense in the summer of 2005, wherein the ‘superman’ Osama Bin Laden claimed the fictional destruction of NATO HQ in Brussels! The video analysis also shows that this remarkable ‘Ali Baba’ got younger and stronger between 2001 and 2007. An elixir of youth for which his ‘official biographer and confidante’, Mr. Hamid Mir, would surely have the recipe. And perhaps like Goebbels and Göring, also a cyanide tablet hidden away in some cavity?

      [ Video ZERO : An Investigation Into 9/11 - PART 8 of 10, Interview with Giulietto Chiesa, Journalist - Member of the European Parliament, disclosing the fictional CSIS Imagery presented to the Commission of the European Parliament for Security and Defense, in the summer of 2005, of Mr. Osama Bin Laden claiming the fictional destruction of NATO HQ in Brussels! ]

      ‘“In the summer of 2005, the commission of the European parliament for security and defense, of which I am a member, was invited to a special screening created by the Washington Center for Strategic [and International] Studies”

      (Slide: CSIS Debating 21st Century Nuclear Issues, Edited by Owen C. W. Price and Jenifer Mackby, subtitled Black-Dawn: Scenario-Based Exercise, dated: May 3 2004)

      “We were asked to watch a film which depicted what would happen in Europe, if Brussels was hit by a nuclear bomb.”

      “Fifty thousand deaths, hundred thousand injured. The reactions of various European governments.”

      “Suddenly, footage of Osama Bin Laden claiming responsibility for a nuclear attack on NATO headquarters comes on screen.”

      “All members of the parliament, myself included, were rendered speechless.”

      “American experts from the Center for Strategic Studies, were on hand to explain the action on the screen.”

      “Then a parliamentarian finally said: Today we were shown a convincing demonstration of how Osama Bin Laden’s image can be completely manipulated. All the Osama’s we have seen over the years, may never have existed. Just as a nuclear attack on NATO Headquarters in Brussels has never taken place.”’ (Transcription from documentary ‘ZERO’ by Project Humanbeingsfirst.org)

      Un-surprisingly, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, the man behind President Obama, the architect of ‘the Grand Chessboard’ and the Executive Director of the Trilateral Commission, the one who gave to the “USSR its Vietnam War” by manufacturing Osama Bin Laden, is also the Counselor and Trustee of CSIS ( cached here ).

      In their overzealousness to ‘save Pakistan’ of course, none of our Pakistani Negroes, those mentioned above as well as those in opposition (see Open Letter to Nawaz Sharif and Aitzaz Ahsan) and in the military (see Open Letter to a General), sought to categorically assert that it was the United States that had criminally invaded and decimated Afghanistan and Iraq against all international laws, never mind against all moral laws and civilized decency! None of them had apparently heard of the Nuremberg Military Tribunals either where the United States chief prosecuting counsel had so moralistically lambasted the Nazis:

      “If certain acts of violation of treaties are crimes, they are crimes whether the United States does them or whether Germany does them, and we are not prepared to lay down a rule of criminal conduct against others which we would not be willing to have invoked against us. … The intellectual bankruptcy and moral perversion of the Nazi regime might have been no concern of international law had it not been utilized to goosestep the Herrenvolk across international frontiers. It is not their thoughts, it is their overt acts which we charge to be crimes, … the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole”. (Robert H. Jackson)

      Nor did they question their masters what business was it of Pakistan “relieving pressure on NATO troops”, which to begin with acquired no divine right to invade and occupy other countries regardless of their self-proclaimed “primacy and geostrategic imperatives”, never mind commit the heinous and barbaric atrocities upon civilian populations which need no rehearsal here.

      All of that is blatantly missing in the eloquent condemnation of terrorism and the glorification of democracy emanating from the poisonous lips of the perfect Negroes of Pakistan – the kiss of death if there ever was one! A more truer statement hasn’t been uttered in modernity:

      “The white establishment is skilled in flattering and cultivating emerging leaders. It presses its own image on them and finally, from imitation of manners, dress, and style of living, a deeper strain of corruption develops. This kind of Negro leader acquires the white man’s contempt for the ordinary Negro. He is often more at home with the middle-class white than he is among his own people. His language changes, his location changes, his income changes, and ultimately he changes from the representative of the Negro to the white man into the white man’s representative to the Negro. The tragedy is that too often he does not recognize what has happened to him.” (Martin Luther King).

      What a fruitful realization of Lord Macaulay’s colonial vision of manufacturing a Negro ruling-class in the sub-continent who have indeed been completely transformed “from the representative of the Negro to the white man into the white man’s representative to the Negro”:

      “We must at present do our best to form a class who may be interpreters between us and the millions whom we govern; a class of persons, Indian in blood and colour, but English in taste, in opinions, in morals, and in intellect.” (Thomas Babington Macaulay)

      All of which leads us to the Anatomy of Modern Lies – the Hegelian Dialectics of Deception – the Technique of Infamy being employed by both the masters and their Negro slaves:

      Invent not one, but two (or more) opposing lies, and keep the unsuspecting people busy debating which of them is true. (Attributed to Ezra Pound)

      Keep people’s attention distracted on the deadly puppetshows and dazzling imagery in the left-field while the even more monstrous deeds are accomplished in the right-field. All one has to do to catch sight of the real game, is to slightly turn one’s head! A blunder which Benazir Bhutto made of not looking ‘tous-azimuth’ when she was fully capable of such a modest movement (see The Nation, May 18, 2009).

      A gentle turning of the head like this courageous Young Turk is attempting to do – but inevitably also being held back by the same invisible-power to only acutely naming “the shadows of the images”:

      [ Video Obama Makes Terrible Decision - Will Not Release Torture Pics TheYoungTurks May 13, 2009 ]

      That modest head-turning, ‘tous azimuth’, is the sole purpose of Project Humanbeingsfirst. The reality of President Obama’s real game being played out in the right-field is here. The reality of Pakistan’s democracy in the right-field, which Mr. Hamid Mir of Geo TV forgot to narrate in his otherwise exuberant descriptions of “Ali Baba” in the left-field before his spellbound American audience at the Commonwealth Club of California, is here.

      Not to be outdone by the secular-humanist Muslim literati and Pakistani Negroes among its ruling-elite, Al Jazeera in the first video above called Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad “one prominent American Muslim” instead of one Prominent American Neocon. The patsy-maker of the Afghani peoples who along with his mentor Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, relished in the opportunity under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan of “giving to the USSR its Vietnam War” during 1979-1988, and is now giving both Afghanistan and Pakistan a second “Vietnam War” under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Exhibit A of my 2003 book “Prisoners of the Cave” documents Dr. Khalilzad’s endorsement of all the Neocon’s planning to decimate Iraq. Zalmay Khalilzad is a signatory to at least the following documents, which is on public record: PNAC Statement of Principles, June 13, 1997 along with Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz et. al.; PNAC Letter to President Clinton on Iraq January 26, 1998; CPSG Letter to President Clinton February 19, 1998; PNAC Letter to Gingrich and Lott on Iraq May 29, 1998.

      Where is the rehearsal of all this not-too-distant a memory in that Al Jazeera English report? Is Al Jazeera incompetent? No – anything but incompetent. Rather, it is a very competent component of a vast messaging system.

      Like the entire newsmedia in the world, Al Jazeera too, only works for the same ‘Mighty Wurlitzer’. While they relish showing all the Muslim dead bodies to the Muslim world to further inflame us, they still maintain the core-narratives of empire. This video is proof-sufficient of Al Jazeera television being yet another instance of the nuanced Hegelian dialectics of deception being expertly played by the ‘Mighty Wurlitzer’ du jour.

      — ### —

      I think the answer is clear. The Hegelian Dialectics of deception and the Technique of Infamy are as infinitely replenishable as the public’s memory and sense of shame are infinitely shrivable. The solution to gaining self-respect and commonsense is not in copious evidence production – for it wasn’t ever lacking in the first place!

      Zahir Ebrahim
      Project Humanbeingsfirst.org

  3. 4 Lisa Gates April 13, 2010 at 1:00 am

    I am the spokesperson for the International Republican Institute. IRI has been attacked for years by those who have an agenda to defend Hugo Chavez and attack groups dedicated to democracy and human rights, like IRI. With the accelerating disintegration of democratic institutions in Venezuela, as noted by the Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Anti-Defamation League, the International Labor Organization of the United Nations and the Inter-American Press Association, such attacks are resonating less and less.

    • 5 nota April 13, 2010 at 8:57 am

      Oh come on Lisa! Please take your bull elsewhere!!! Where did Hugo come in this? (Still pissed your attempts at coups have failed so far?) IRI to “defend democracy and human rights”, now that’s a laugher! Like you defended it in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Palestine, Kuwait and rest of Middle East, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela, the Banana Republics, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, rest of Asia, all over Africa, etc.?

      And it is also really interesting of all the reports from Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the International Labor Organization of the United Nations and the Inter-American Press Association, you only found those about ‘Venezuela’. Have you no shame? (BTW: the mention of the ‘Anti-Defamation League’ among these was so fucking laughable!).

      “such attacks are resonating less and less.”
      Well then why are you here? Why has IRI felt it necessary to bless me with their presence? (I must be doing something right; now that is encouraging! ;-)) )Worried it might not be true? Worried truth might be getting out here? Did Samar cry over your shoulder? BTW: How much do you pay her??
      P.S. If you are trying to fend off such attacks, you are doing a lousy job. If I were your boss, I’d fire your ass in a sec cause you have brought nothing to the table here. Like Samar pointing her finger at that little flogging wanting us to ignore misery of millions, you pointing a finger at Venezuela — one of the freest countries btw under Hugo :-P — you want us to ignore your slaughter of millions and for over a century. Nice try but a pathetic attempt!!!! You ought to be ashamed of your own incompetence.

      “International Republican Institute
      A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, IRI advances freedom and democracy worldwide by developing political parties, civic institutions, open elections, good governance and the rule of law.”

      ROTFLMHO! :) Shouldn’t this read “A for-profit, extremelypartisan organization, IRI advances slavery and dictatorship worldwide by developing slaves, destroying civic institutions, manipulating elections, fucking up good governance and slaughtering rule of law. so we can steal their resources”)

      BTW: I do love the human rights you protect at Bagharm prison, Abu Gharaib, Guantanomo, Diego Garcia, and a thousand more places of “extraordinary rendition” ;-P

    • 6 nota April 13, 2010 at 10:24 am

      I just looked up the IRI site to see who you were exactly. Wow! the “IRI Press Secretary” herself!

      BTW: an interesting trail you leave behind:

      Lisa Gates, Press Secretary

      Lisa Gates joined IRI as press secretary in December 2004. In that role, she coordinates media outreach and serves as a spokesperson for all of IRI’s programs. During her time at IRI, Gates has also monitored elections in Afghanistan, Kenya, the Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Nigeria and Ukraine.

      Prior to joining IRI, Gates served as public affairs officer and director of the International Press Center for the Coalition Provisional Authority and the U.S. Mission in Baghdad, Iraq. In that role, she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the International Press Center and served as spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy and the Coalition Provisional Authority on women’s issues and the Iraq Stock Exchange.

      Fuck! Are you not even ashamed to show up here? Afghanistan is now a democratic paradise, right? Kenya? Didn’t you get bombed out of there? Must have been working for “fair elections”! Kyrgyz Republic? Well that “tulip revolution” has come full circle! Liberia? What civil war have you wrought there? All in service of “Democracy and Human Rights”? Nigeria? Well the recent massacres tell me you have been busy there too. Ukraine? Didn’t you have that “Orange Revolution” there that has

      just turned RED? Iraq? Now that has been turned into a paradise (BTW: You must also be steaming at WikiLeaks :-P) )

      With that track record, Hitler holds no candle to you. Damn, you have even out done Stalin, Ho Chi Minh, Sharon, Nethanahu, and all such scum COMBINED!

      Your talking “women’s issue” and “Iraq Stock Exchange” is just hilarious (and very disgustingly so).

    • 7 nota April 13, 2010 at 2:46 pm

      Oh that was sneaky…How come IRI site doesn’t mention Haiti, Honduras, Blackwater, Lehman Bros., Lobbying Groups & Big Oil Companies, and Russia? And why you mentioned Hugo and Venezuela has suddenly become clearer.

      Haiti:
      An so you folks were behind the 2004 coup that overthrew yet another democratically elected leader, Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. And who did YOU have as working partners? Drug traffickers and human rights abusers like Guy Philippe. Of course Lisa, you LIED about it to the press and your lie was CAUGHT:

      The IRI’s liaison to the Haitian opposition was Stanley Lucas, who, according to the New York Times, was accused by U.S. Ambassador Dean Curran of undermining diplomatic efforts in Haiti. The IRI denies this.

      “Stanley Lucas was not IRI’s ‘point man in Haiti,’” said Lisa Gates, IRI press secretary, in an e-mail to The Herald. “In fact, IRI was not operating in Haiti during the time in question.”

      That’s not what the Bush administration was saying. During a Senate hearing on March 10, 2004, 10 days after Aristide’s overthrow, Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., asked Roger Noriega, then assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere, about a USAID grant to the IRI that specifically limited Lucas’ activities.

      “The approval of the new grant was conditioned on the IRI (Haiti) director, Stanley Lucas, being barred from participating in this program for a period of time because the U.S. ambassador in Haiti had evidence that he was undermining U.S. efforts,” according to Salon. “Is that not true as well?” Dodd asked Noriega.

      “Yes, sir,” Noriega said.

      “Is Stanley Lucas still involved?” asked Dodd.

      “As far as I know, he is still part of the program,” Noriega replied.

      Liar, liar, pants on fire! :-P

      Honduras:
      There you go again with another coup! That your IRI was itching for a coup was known months earlier. And while Eva Golinger presented evidence, YOU tried — and failed miserably — to discredit her. And with what? The usual bullshit:

      The International Republican Institute operates programs in Honduras with $400,000 in funding, not $1.2 million. In addition, IRI did not fund any “coup participants in Honduras.”

      The bulk of IRI’s programming in Honduras is concentrated on helping city governments better serve their citizens. Our program and record is very clear and transparent there….The other aspect to our program in Honduras seeks to help encourage political parties and civil society focus on substantive issues such as healthcare, roads, education and economic development. IRI stands by that work as well.

      And they pay you for this? Man, I need to find a job like this. Can you please find me one at IRI? I can send out emails saying crap like “is concentrated on helping city governments better serve their citizens”, etc….

      BTW: Did you ever reply to Arthur Shaw’s “It is Lisa Gates who should seek verification for what she says!”?????

      Blackwater, Lehman Bros., Lobbying Groups & Big Oil Companies:
      Guess who is sucking the d!cks of those above? Well it’s YOU, Lisa. Naughty, naughty! Did you do McCain too? Some advice: Blackwater is really hated in these parts here so associating yourself with them does not work well to sell that “dedicated to democracy and human rights” image you try to ortray ;-)

      BTW: What did you pay Blackwater USA about $18 million (in 2007 alone) for? Now that is a HUGE amount for a non-profit and a HUGE chunk of IRI’s less than $80 million budget. You are going to telling me Blackwater too is “dedicated to democracy and human rights”, right? :-)

      Russia:
      Now why did you not answer the calls then? Busy with other “orange revolutions”? Well they are blowing up in your face, aren’t they? Stupid of you to think you could beat Russians at chess :-P

      Hugo and Venezuela:
      Oh it must burn you, doesn’t it that Hugo is still there. Viva Chavez!

      http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5832390545689805144#

    • 8 nota April 13, 2010 at 4:45 pm

      One of the articles linked above is too good to be just left like that so I am pasting it all below. It too confirms everything i have poster about NED, USAID and NGOs.

      Forgot to mention earlier: Interesting thing to note is that Ms Lisa did not refute one single point I made.

      The Role of the International Republican Institute (IRI) in the Honduran Coup
      AUTHOR:  Eva GOLINGER
      The International Republican Institute talks of “coup” in Honduras, months before

      The International Republican Institute (IRI), considered the international branch of the U.S. Republican Party, and one of the four “core groups” of the congressionally created and funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED), apparently knew of the coup d’etat in Honduras against President Zelaya well in advance. IRI is well known for its role in the April 2002 coup d’etat against Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and its funding and strategic advising of the principal organizations involved in the ouster of President Jean Bertrand Aristide of Haiti in 2004. In both cases, IRI funded and/or trained and advised political parties and groups that were implicated in the violent, undemocratic overthrow of democratically elected presidents.

      After the 2002 coup d’etat occured in Venezuela, IRI president at the time, George Folsom, sent out a celebratory press release claiming, “The Institute has served as a bridge between the nation’s political parties and all civil society groups to help Venezuelans forge a new democratic future…” Hours later, after the coup failed and the people of Venezuelan rescued their president, who had been kidnapped and imprisoned on a military base, and reinstalled constitutional order, IRI regretted its premature, public applause for the coup. One of its principal funders, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), was furious that IRI had publicly revealed the U.S. government had provided funding and support for the coup leaders. NED President Carl Gershman was so irritated with IRI’s blunder, that he sent out a memo to Folsom, chastising him: “By welcoming [the coup] – indeed, without any apparent reservations – you unnecessarily interjected IRI into the sensitive internal politics o Venezuela”. Gershman would have much prefered that NED and IRI’s role in fomenting and supporting the coup against President Chávez have remained a secret.

      IRI, chaired by Senator John McCain, was created in 1983 as part of the National Endowment for Democracy’s mission to “promote democracy around the world”, a mandate from President Ronald Reagan. In reality, one of NED’s founders, Allen Weinstein, put it this way in a 1991 interview with the Washington Post, “A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA.” IRI’s own history, according to its website (www.iri.org) also explains that its original work was in Latin America, at a time when the Reagan administration was under heavy scrutiny and pressure from the U.S. Congress for funding paramilitary groups, dictatorships and death squads in Central and South America to install U.S.-friendly regimes and supress leftist movements. “Congress responded to President Reagan’s call in 1983 when it created the National Endowment for Democracy to support aspiring democrats worldwide. Four nonprofit, nonpartisan democracy institutes were formed to carry out this work – IRI, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), and the American Center for International Labor Solidarity (ACILS).”“In its infancy, IRI focused on planting the seeds of democracy in Latin America. Since the end of the Cold War, IRI has broadened its reach to support democracy and freedom around the globe. IRI has conducted programs in more than 100 countries.”

      In its initial days, IRI, along with the other coup groups of the NED, funded organizations in Nicaragua to foment the destabilization of the Sandinista government. Journalist Jeremy Bigwood explained part of this role in his article, “No Strings Attached?”, “’When the rhetoric of democracy is put aside, NED is a specialized tool for penetrating civil society in other countries down to the grassroots level’ to achieve U.S. foreign policy goals, writes University of California-Santa Barbara professor William Robinson in his book, A Faustian Bargain. Robinson was in Nicaragua during the late ‘80s and watched NED work with the U.S.-backed Nicaraguan opposition to remove the leftist Sandinistas from power during the 1990 elections.”

      The evidence of IRI’s role in the 2002 coup d’etat in Venezuela has been well documented and investigated. Proof of such involvement, which is still ongoing in terms of IRI’s work, funding, strategic advising and training of opposition political parties in Venezuela, is available through documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act posted here: , and also available in my book, The Chávez Code: Cracking U.S. Intervention in Venezuela (Olive Branch Press 2006). None of the claims or evidence regarding IRI’s role in fomenting and supporting the April 2002 in Venezuela and its ongoing support of the Venezuelan opposition has ever been disclaimed by the institution, primarily because all evidence cited comes from IRI and NED’s own internal documentation obtained under FOIA.
      Hence, when the recent coup d’etat occured in Honduras, against democratically-elected President Manuel Zelaya, there was little doubt of U.S. fingerprints. IRI’s name appeared as a recipient of a $700,000 Latin American Regional Grant in 2008-2009 from NED to promote “good governance” programs in countries including Honduras. An additional grant of $550,000 to work with “think tanks” and “pressure groups” in Honduras to influence political parties was also given by the NED to IRI in 2008-2009, specifically stating, IRI will support initiatives to implement [political] positions into the 2009 campaigns. IRI will place special emphasis on Honduras, which has scheduled presidential and parliamentary elections in November 2009.” That is clear direct intervention in internal politics in Honduras.

      The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) also provides approximately $49 million annually to Honduras, a large part of which is directed towards “democracy promotion” programs. The majority of the recipients of this aid in Honduras, which comes in the form of funding, training, resources, strategic advice, communications counseling, political party strengthening and leadership training, are organizations directly linked to the recent coup d’etat, such as the Consejo Nacional Anticorrupción, the Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, the Honduran Private Enterprise Council (COHEP), the Council of University Deans, the Confederation of Honduran Workers (CTH), the National Convergence Forum, the Chamber of Commerce (FEDECAMARA), the Association of Private Media (AMC), the Group Paz y Democracia and the student group Generación X Cambio. These organizations form part of a coalition self-titled “Unión Cívica Democrática de Honduras” (Civil Democratic Union of Honduras) that has publicly backed the coup against President Zelaya.

      Alex Sutton
      Regional Program Director, Latin America and the Caribbean

      Alex Sutton began his career at the International Republican Institute (IRI) in 1992. He currently serves as Regional Program Director, Latin America and the Caribbean where he oversees the Institute’s programs work with Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru and Venezuela, in addition to overseeing the Latin America Regional Governance Program.

      From 1992 through 1996, Sutton was a part of IRI’s Eastern Europe Division. During that memorable period of democratization in Eastern Europe, Sutton worked with emerging political activists who would eventually go on to play prominent leadership roles in countries such as Romania, Bulgaria and Macedonia. In 1998, Sutton established IRI’s presence in Nigeria and helped to execute voter-education programs in every part of that country leading up to the 1999 elections.

      From September 2006 through May 2008, Sutton served as Resident Country Director in Colombia, where IRI worked with black members of Colombia’s Congress from the Afro-Colombian Caucus, an important and influential legislative bloc. Prior to managing IRI’s Colombia operations, Sutton held similar positions in Bangladesh (2003-2005) and Cambodia (2005-2007), where he worked on innovative youth programming.

      Sutton has served in the administrations of two Massachusetts governors – his last state-government post was Chief of Staff for Economic Affairs under Governor Jane Swift. With a background in communications, Sutton has also worked as a state government press secretary, an advocacy consultant for education reform and a public relations specialist for technology companies and nonprofits.

      Sutton attended college at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA, and received a B.A. in Journalism in 1988.

      Source: Official bio on http://www.iri.org/bio_sutton.asp

      IRI’s press secretary, Lisa Gates, responded to claims that IRI funded or aided (which also involves non-monetary aid, such as training, advising and providing resources) groups involved in the Honduran coup as “false reports”. However, there are several interesting links between the republican organization and the violent coup d’etat against President Zelaya that do indicate the institute’s involvement, as well as to the above mentioned funding that exceeds $1 million during just this year. In addition to its presence on the ground in Honduras as part of its “good governance” and “political influence” programs, IRI Regional Program Director, Latin America and the Carribean, Alex Sutton, has recently been closely involved with many of the organizations in the region that have backed the Honduran coup. Sutton was a featured speaker at a recent 3-day conference held in Venezuela by the U.S.-funded ultraconservative Venezuelan organization CEDICE (Centro para la Divulgación de Conocimiento Económico). CEDICE’s director, Rocío Guijarra, was one of the principal executors of the 2002 coup d’etat against President Hugo Chávez, and Guijarra personally signed a decree installing a dictatorship in the country, which led to the coup’s overthrow by the people and loyal armed forces of Venezuela. The conference Sutton participated in, held from May 28-29 in Venezuela was attended by leaders of Latin America’s ultra-conservative movement, ranging from Bolivian ex president Jorge Quiroga, who has called for President Evo Morales of Bolivia’s overthrow on several occasions, Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa and his son Alvaro, both of whom have publicly expressed support for the coup against President Zelaya in Honduras, and numerous leaders of the Venezuelan opposition, the majority of whom are well known for their involvement in the April 2002 coup and subsequent destabilization attempts. The majority of those present at the CEDICE conference in May 2009, have publicly expressed support for the recent coup against President Zelaya.

      Campaign by the CEDICE to “defend private property” in Venezuela

      But a more damning piece of evidence linking IRI to the Honduran coup, is a video clip posted on the institute’s website at http://www.iri.org/multimedia.asp. The clip or podcast, features a slideshow presentation given by Susan Zelaya-Fenner, assistant program officer at IRI, on March 20, 2009, discussing the “good governance” program in Honduras. Curiously, at the beginning of the presentation, Zelaya-Fenner explains what she considers “a couple of interesting facts about Honduras.” These include, “Honduras is a very overlooked country in a small region. Honduras has had more military coups than years of independence, it has been said. However, parodoxically, more recently it has been called a pillar of stability in the region, even being called the U.S.S. Honduras, as it avoided all of the crisis that its neighbors went through during the civil wars in the 1980s.”

      Important to note is that what Zelaya-Fenner refers to as “U.S.S. Honduras” and “avoid[ing] all of the crisis that its neighbords went through during the civil wars in the 1980s” was because the U.S. government, CIA and Pentagon utilized Honduras as the launching pad for the attacks on Honduras’ neighbors. U.S. Ambassador at the time, John Negroponte, and Colonel Oliver North, trained, funded and planned the paramilitary missions of the death squads that were used to assassinate, torture, persecute, disappear and neutralize tens of thousands of farmers and “suspected” leftists in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

      Zelaya-Fenner continues, “Thus, Honduras has been more recently stable, and it’s always been poor, which means that it’s below the radar, and gets little attention. The current president, Manuel Zelaya and his buddies, the leftists in the Latin American region have caused a lot of political destabilization recently in the country. He is a would-be emulator of Hugo Chavez and Hugo Chavez’ social revolution. He has spent the better part of this administration trying to convince the Honduran people, who tend to be very practical and very ‘center’ that the Venezuelan route is the way to go. Zelaya’s leftist leanings further exarcerbate an already troubled state. Corruption is rampant, crime is at all time highs. Drug trafficking and related violence have begun to spill over from Mexico. And there’s a very real sense that the country is being purposefully destabilized from within, which is very new in recent Honduran history. Coups are thought to be so three decades ago until now (laughs, audience laughs), again.”

      Did she really say that? Yes, you can hear it yourself on the podcast. Is it merely a coincidence that the coup against President Zelaya occured just three months after this presentation? State Department officials have admitted that they knew the coup was in the works for the past few months. Sub-secretary of State Thomas Shannon was in Honduras the week before the coup, apparently trying to broker some kind of deal with the coup planners to find another “solution” to the “problem”. Nevertheless, they continued funding via NED and USAID to those very same groups and military sectors involved in the coup. It is not a hidden fact that Washington was unhappy with President Zelaya’s alliances in the region, principally with countries such as Venezuela and Nicaragua. It is also public knowledge that President Zelaya was in the process of removing the U.S. military presence from the Soto Cano airbase, using a fund from the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas (ALBA – Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Dominica, Honduras, Nicaragua, St. Kitts, Antigua & Barbados and Venezuela) to convert the strategically important Pentagon base into a commercial airport.

      IRI’s Zelaya-Fenner explains the strategic importance of Honduras in her presentation, “Why does Honduras matter? A lot of people ask this question, even Honduran historians and experts. Some might argue that it doesn’t and globally it might be hard to counter. However, the country is strategic to regional stability and this is an election year in Honduras. It’s a strategic time to help democrats with a small “d”, at a time when democracy is increasingly coming under attack in the region.”

      There is no doubt that the coup against President Zelaya is an effort to undermine regional governments implementing alternative models to capitalism that challenge U.S. concepts of representative democracy as “the best model”. Countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, are building successful models based on participatory democracy that ensure economic and social justice, and prioritize collective social prosperity and human needs over market economics. These are the countries, together now with Honduras, that have been victims of NED, USAID, IRI and other agencies’ interventions to subvert their prospering democracies.

      Source: the author

      Original article published on July 6, 2009

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  4. 9 Project Humanbeingsfirst.org April 13, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Now Now, temper, temper – Let’s not forget: “Hegemony is as old as mankind.”

    IRI et. al., are just a modern incantation of the East India Company.

    Can’t fault a swine for being one – or can you?

    I say keep attention focussed on the damn fifth columnists who enable IRIs and their Lisas to do their jobs on us.

    The House of Negroe – A Postscript

    http://print-humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2010/04/palestinian-house-of-negroe-postscript.html

    “Before attempting to counter the overwhelming superiority of the hectoring hegemons and being effective in it, both peoples must come to uncomfortable grips with their own House of Negroe. It could be one’s father, mother, brother, sister, a respected elder. That is indeed the enduring power of Machiavellian conquest which helps it sustain itself. No nation can be free until its people make it free. But who wishes to go against one’s own loved ones peaceably? Thus is created civil wars and more “revolutionary times” in order to throw out the old. And with Machiavelli diabolically perched right there to harness that too!

    Which is why, nation-building, as much as nation-reclaiming from tyranny, is a vigorous battle of both ‘mens et manus’ – of mind and hand synergistically working together to watchfully thwart the old while creatively crafting the new. And that’s just the way it is!”

    The first-order problem for Pakistan really isn’t the enemy at the gates; it is perhaps the enemy within?

    In that scheme of things, Samar Minallah and the foreign funded NGOs are also not the highest order bit of the matter. The highest order bit is whatever is the primary nexus of power in Pakistan, and when it is corrupted, as it has always been, from its rotten seed all evil grows.

    If overnight, by tomorrow morning, Pakistan Military withdraws its support from America’s War on Terror, stops killing its own citizens, and wonder of wonders, starts protecting its peoples with the same gusto as it previously murdered them, the NGOs and foreign influence peddling in Pakistan can be neutered very easily – the mercenaries juridically hung or shot, and the press cleansed of its negro aunties and uncles – and the entire nation can be brought together to focus on the enemy at the gates with the same bit of Edward Bernays magic which today sells us ‘militant Islam’.

    And that’s the only tiny bootstrap problem I don’t know how to solve. When the arsonists have taken over all the fire-brigades in town, how to stop them from doing what they know and do best!

    Zahir Ebrahim
    Project Humanbeingsfirst.org

    • 10 Project Humanbeingsfirst.org April 14, 2010 at 5:48 am

      In fact, that “tiny bootstrap problem” of arsonists running all the fire-brigades is so complex that even Chavez hasn’t been able to overcome it despite his peaceful Bolivaran Revolution.

      While Chavez does control his poorly armed military which fortunately does not kill its peoples – he does not control the financial elite which controls mostly everything else and which has kept his peoples struggling for even the bare necessities, while Venezuela remains the 4th or 5th largest oil exporting country in the world.

      It will be an on-going ‘mens et manus’ (mind and hand) struggle in Venezuela so long as there is only one dominant superpower and the fifth-columnists are nourished from its vast coffers of strength.

      If, as an hypothetical example, in a popular revolution or even an indigenous coup by patriots, one kills off the many treaonous fifth-columnists outright – just line them up against a wall and shoot them as the Communists used to do during their Soviet sponsored revolutions – nationalize the elite’s assets which must be taken back to redistribute public commons for public good, etceetras, then, external economic sanctions can kill the nation outright.

      Today, no isolated third-world nation can survive for very long under an economic strangulation regime and/or imposed wars through proxies (like Iraq attacking Iran post Iranian revolution).

      Thus, President Chavez automatically has his wings clipped for distance flight by the realpolitik of the matter, and he is accordingly wisely circumspect in what he can do and what he may not do. His journey to the “gates of hell” to protect his people has built-in limits of sanity.

      Watch the Revolution that will not be televised – and automatically still only in first (or at best second) gear:

      http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5832390545689805144#

      While a single nation standing isolated is easy to neutralize by external forces despite a revolution, nations allied with each in full-spectrum allainces can present an entirely game-changing world transforming option.

      To find any breathing room to effectively manuevre toward genuine reform and genuine development of indigenous peoples – while struggle for independence alone does not guarantee bread, nor jobs, nor economic propserity for the masses as one can easily observe in post-Apartheid South Africa, not being a slave-state is of course the sine qua non for planting the seeds of all such indigeneous development – minimally requires two supra-national antagonist camps to hold each other in an effective balance of terror stalemate.

      Almost like “two scorpians in a bottle” (Robert Oppenhiemer), wherein: ““safety will be the sturdy child of terror and survival the twin brother of annihilation.” (Winston Churchil)

      The balance of terror of MAD threat is a good thing. It magically provides a threshold which may not be breached.

      Today, under the unilateral terror of regime change to ‘democracy’, there is no threshold which cannot be crossed.

      One such second camp is right here in our midst if we only permit it – the natural alliance of nations and peoples of the rich but criminally impoverished Global South.

      Which is why such alliances can only exist on paper at best, and all its practical realizations are effectively thwarted least of which by planting fifth columnists and arsonists in the fire-brigades who are only good for attending conferences and expensive junkets while obligingly signing on the dotted lines presented to them by the hectoring hegemons.

      To effectively overcome that requires a “Bolivaran” and/or “Khomenian” Revolution transpiring in the slave-countries almost simultaneously with full-spectrum economic-military-cultural exchanges immediately instituted.

      This can be completely game-changing on the grand chessboard.

      Imagine Chavez having the umbrella of Pakistani nukes, and nationalizing his elite’s wealth in one shot.

      Imagine Iran under the same umbrella. It can finally breathe a sigh of relief under the doctrine of Samson Option. That is the ultimate NATO and Zionist doctrine now adopted by the ‘untermenschen’. What is good for the goose has now become available to the gander.

      Imagine Pakistan with no Blackwater mercenaries and supply lines into Afganistan running through it.

      Imagine the bogus ‘war on terror’ in Afganistan with its primary supply routes dried up, and a long open border that is now manned by the military antagonist of the foreign invading forces.

      No economic sanctions can strangulate Pakistan-Iran standing together. Both peoples can survive out external interventions if their combined military is on the side of its common peoples, while its traitors are on the gallows!

      Suddenly, it would not be very popular to have the kind of Samar Minallahs, and the many House Negroes run naked in the press.

      Suddenly, the english-enabled uncles and aunties in the news media will fall silent and new ones will rehearse new Public Relations.

      Suddenly, the people will come together, electricity will start flowing as a public utility, instead of cell phones, people would be put to work as in the New Deal.

      What a nightmare for ‘democracy’ at the RAND/NED/IRI et. al.

      Rest assured this is only imaginary.

      Thus – landing a cushy job at IRI might be a good thing:-)

      Zahir Ebrahim
      Project Humanbeingsfirst.org

  5. 11 Taukeer April 17, 2010 at 10:06 am

    “Suddenly” you nearly killed the democrazy loving IRI!

  6. 12 Ali Wazir December 29, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I have enjoyed the blog the last couple of days. Its a breath of fresh air, and I hope you keep it running for as long as you can.
    On the Subject I would like to draw you attention to another kartoot of an NGO which has resulted in spilling of alot of Inoocent blood.

    You must have heard the canard that “Tribal people largely support the drone war” . Being a tribal myself I always wondered from where do they get this nonsense.After a few hours on the internet I figured out from where this ridiculous meme has been generated.

    The story starts with Farah Taj from the Aryana “instituite”.
    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010%5C01%5C02%5Cstory_2-1-2010_pg3_5

    Resident Pakistani Zionist Irfan Hussain ofcourse ran with the ball in his Article:
    http://archives.dawn.com/archives/19917

    This of course got me interested in this Aryani instituite an supposed ground Breaking work on Drones strikes.

    A Canadian reporter tried to follow up on the investigation done by this NGO.
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/asia-pacific/pakistans-deadly-robots-in-the-sky/article1739172/

    From the article:

    Beginning of Quote

    Some academics have tried to turn this arithmetic on its head, arguing that the drones don’t just represent the least unpopular way of fighting militants – but that they’re actually popular. These analysts usually base their argument on a single survey, conducted by a small group of researchers known as the Aryana Institute for Regional Research and Advocacy.

    The survey got started in 2008, when a professor at a university supported by the Pakistani Navy asked his students for help with collecting opinions about the drones. For four months, 25 students visited urban centres in the tribal areas and asked questions, often informally. They claimed to find 550 respondents, of whom 45 per cent felt that drone strikes brought “fear and terror” to the population, and 58 per cent said the strikes did not fuel anti-Americanism.

    “I thought everybody would be against the drone attacks, but to my surprise the majority of people in the tribal areas feels like hostages of the militants,” said Khadim Hussain, who organized the survey.

    A clean-shaven professional who wears crisp dress shirts, Mr. Hussain grew a long beard and put on local clothes to visit the tribal areas.

    One evening in December of 2008, he said, one of his friends noticed two militants standing at a roadside shop in South Wazirstan.

    “My friend stopped his car to buy something, and his companion got nervous – he said, ‘Maybe let’s go away. It’s dangerous to stand too close to these men,’ ” Mr. Hussain said. “But my friend said, ‘No, don’t worry. We know how the drones operate. They won’t hit us in a busy place.’ [His companion] was right, the militants got into their car and it exploded as it moved away.”

    Such anecdotes serve a political purpose for Mr. Hussain; he now works as managing director of the Baacha Khan Trust Educational Foundation, a charity affiliated with the Awami National Party. The ANP is a Pashtun nationalist group that favours strong action against the militants.

    End of Quote

    Unfortunately after publishing that One report it vanished Aryana Instituite vanished into think air. Their website also disappeared. Even the report isnt available on-line.

    That hasnt stopped Wikipedia to dedicate Couple of paragraphs to this utter nonsense on its article on drone strikes. It has been picked up again and again by reports out of think thanks, who say drones are the best thing since sliced bread.

    The report also claimed that local people referred to the Drones as Ababel i.e Gods curse on the wicked. I just hope the real ababel do come one day and destroy these bastards…

    PS: Your take on this in a Blog post will be deeply appreciated. Cheers!


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