Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) Sat. 12-14-13

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God bless America’s troops in Afghanistan as they work to complete retrograde operations so the US can have all their bases closed and troops out of there by 31 December 2014. It is a dangerous war zone where they earn combat pay, so keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Links from around the GWOT:

1.)  In this story from late November 2013, ISAF is blamed for killing civilians in Bati Kot, Afghanistan. What ever happened? All I ever read was this initial story and other accounts? Was there an investigation? Was anyone held accountable? It seems ISAF is blamed for deaths like this, but I never seem to hear what happened after the initial stories citing blame. Isn’t ISAF a creation of the United Nations? Who is in charge of ISAF? I don’t know the answers, just asking. Link:

http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2013/11/23/isaf-blamed-for-killing-civilians-in-batikot.html

2.) Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai cites his country’s riches…

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A Spiraling Crisis in the Central African Republic

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International concerns deepen as clashes between Muslims and Christians in the troubled Central African Republic continue. Months of political instability have led to rival militias and factions attacking whole communities. Hundreds have been killed and hundreds of thousands have been displaced, spawning a crisis that has led former colonial power France to send in additional troops.

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China Safely Soft-Lands Rover on the Moon

Fire and Forgiveness: How Apartheid Left Its Mark on Winnie and Nelson Mandela

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Brandfort, South Africa – In 1977, the apartheid authorities banished Nelson Mandela’s wife Winnie to Brandfort, a small, remote town in South Africa’s Afrikaner heartland. Worried by how she was keeping the African National Congress (ANC) alive while her husband was in jail, the white supremacist regime restricted her movements to a tiny three-roomed hut with no electricity, no running water and no indoor toilet in the black township on Brandfort’s outskirts.

Winnie’s hut – actually half a hut – was #802. In #806 was Nora Nomafu. Now 71, I found Nora outside Winnie’s old house on a recent visit, where she and three other old comrades were conducting a ceremony in remembrance of Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95.

“We were not even allowed to speak to her,” said Nora. “The women who worked in town had told their children, ‘Don’t go near this certain communist woman. She…

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Tensions Rise as Protestors Flood Kiev

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Thousands of Ukranians backing President Viktor Yanukovich rallied Saturday in central Kiev, separated by only a barricade of riot police from a rival anti-government demonstration and raising concerns over a potential clash.

Opposition protests have gained international attention since protestors first took to the streets Nov. 21. Yanukovich sparked public outcry when he backed out of a long-proposed trade deal with the European Union under pressure from Russia.

The pro-Yanukovich demonstration swelled the capital’s Maidan square with people, as more anti-government activists descended on the designated opposition camp for a planned Sunday protest, Reuters reports.

U.S. Sen. John McCain also arrived Saturday to meet with and throw his support behind opposition leaders.

In what government critics say is an attempt to quell the protests, on Saturday Yanukovich dismissed the head of Kiev’s state administration and a national security aide for their involvement in a violent Nov. 30 clash. 

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