(The September War and Peace Report is here.)
‘Afghanistan; It’s the Heroin, Stupid’, Pepe Escobar, 9/29/2016, strategic-culture.org
He begins with the recent Pentagon Precision Strike™ in Nangarhar province in which 13 civilians became bug splat, then on to the «Butcher of Kabul» Gulbuddin Hekmatyar (having been recently pardoned by Ahraf Ghani, now amassing power in Afghanistan. Pepe had been trying to track him down as far back as 2002.
He doesn’t name the intel source, but quotes him/her in part:
“It gets much juicier when the operative details what few have had the courage to spell out; the CIA’s real agenda in Afghanistan:
«The CIA used the heroin proceeds for external operations and so their revenue had been cut off when the Taliban were in power. This way they could always circumvent the US Congress. Heroin; that is why we are still there. Terrorism is engineered through Operation Gladios as this is being used to justify these interventions. Most Western intel agencies are connected to this trade. 93 % of the world’s heroin comes from Afghanistan. After the US invasion heroin growing was immediately restarted. The military convoys from the Pakistan ports to Afghanistan carried back as backhaul the heroin for world distribution. The Taliban and Osama had absolutely nothing to do with 9-11».
The US-NATO combo has just pledged «to help fund Afghan security forces to the tune of around $1 billion annually over the next three years». Few will be aware that offers splendorous extra incentive to CIA-run heroin traders plying their wares across the EU.
Hekmatyar by the way was never connected to the heroin trade.”
Bonus: Escobar’s primer on the Non-Aligned Movement (NOM), 9/22/2016
Don’t give me a pop quiz,if you please; I haven’t read it yet. ;-)
Holy Imperial Propaganda, Batman! ‘Worse Than a Slaughterhouse: 250,000 Trapped in East Aleppo Amid Devastating Bombing Campaign’, September 29, 2016, Democracy Now!
Full-blown anti-Assadist, anti-Russian
We’ve seen it before, haven’t we, but they done got the goods! From the BureauInvestigates.com: ‘Pentagon Paid for Fake ‘Al Qaeda’ Videos’; A controversial foreign PR firm known for representing unsavory characters was paid millions by the Pentagon to create fake terrorist videos.
Bell Pottinger’s output included short TV segments made in the style of Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who watched them, according to a former employee.
The agency’s staff worked alongside high-ranking U.S. military officers in their Baghdad Camp Victory headquarters as the insurgency raged outside.
Bell Pottinger’s former chairman Lord Tim Bell confirmed to the Sunday Times, which has worked with the Bureau on this story, that his firm had worked on a “covert” military operation “covered by various secrecy documents.”
Bell Pottinger reported to the Pentagon, the CIA and the National Security Council on its work in Iraq, he said.”
You’ll no doubt remember the UK Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s ‘Name the Dead (assassinated by drones) project.
‘John Helmer: Four MH17 Questions – The Answers to Which Prove the Dutch Police, Ukrainian Secret Service, and US Government Are Faking the Evidence of the MH17 Shootdown’Naked Capitalism September 30, Naked Capitalism
An exhaustive investigation by Helmer; whooosh.
A polemical version of a recording obtained by the NYT in which John Kerry is speaking to Syrians behind closed doors at the UN: ‘Diplomatic Frauds: Kerry, Power, Kirby Lying and Shilling for ‘Body Bags’ and War in Syria’, twentyfirstcenturywire.com
‘BAE to begin work on UK’s multi-billion pound nuclear fleet’, via RT, 1 Oct, 2016 16:55
And last, the Pontiff’s war on LGBT (as if people ‘choose’ their genders, or educating kids about gender-beyond-binary is evil), and Pfffft:
Okay, one more for the comic relief of it: