‘Sangingrad’ Troop Withdrawal: Four Years In Hell, And Taliban Remain Undefeated

Soldiers applaud decision to pull out of ‘Sangingrad’, where IEDs and sniper fire cost many lives

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A British soldier on patrol in Sangin in 2007. The district has a long history of being troublesome to foreigners. (Reuters)

The first troops arrived in Sangin in June 2006, filling sandbags as they fought off the Taliban – an enemy that, four years and at least 100 British deaths later, refuses to go away.

As the casualties have mounted over the years, soldiers stationed in Sangin protected themselves with higher walls and an ever darker sense of humour.

“Welcome to Sangingrad” reads the graffiti at the base entrance, in a bitter allusion to a battle that marked a turning point in world war two. Whether that comparison will prove to be prophetic, given the announced withdrawal, remains to be seen.

One senior British non-commissioned officer who was due to deploy to the district in September today described Sangin as a “hellhole”.

“It’s very hard to dominate without a massive amount of manpower. All the locals there are pro-Taliban. It’s an IED [improvised explosive device] hell and it’s hard to keep eyes on everywhere.”

He was not surprised to learn of the pullout. “Sangin has been a strategic failure. We are not having the desired effect there.”

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Exposed: The Truth About Israel’s Land Grab In The West Bank

“Jewish settlers, who claim a divine right to the whole of Israel” … like Hitler’s ‘divine right’ to claim land for his supreme Aryan race.

Israel calls this self-defense:

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I guess Hitler would have called this self-defense too!

See also:

Now truth is bad for you: ‘Obama warns Erdogan international Gaza flotilla probe bad for Turkey’


Report reveals more than 42 percent of territory is controlled by settlers

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A Jewish settler hangs the Israeli flag over a vacated building in the West Bank town of Beit Sahur (AFP)

Jewish settlers, who claim a divine right to the whole of Israel, now control more than 42 per cent of the occupied West Bank, representing a powerful obstacle to the creation of a Palestinian state, a new report has revealed.

The jurisdiction of some 200 settlements, illegal under international law, cover much more of the occupied Palestinian territory than previously thought. And a large section of the land has been seized from private Palestinian landowners in defiance even of an Israeli supreme court ruling, the report said, a finding which sits uncomfortably with Israeli claims that it builds only on state land.

Drawing on official Israeli military maps and population statistics, the leading Israeli human rights group, B’Tselem, compiled the new findings, which were released just as the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, arrived in Washington to try to heal a gaping rift with US President Barack Obama over the issue of settlements.

“The settlement enterprise has been characterised, since its inception, by an instrumental, cynical, and even criminal approach to international law, local legislation, Israeli military orders, and Israeli law, which has enabled the continuous pilfering of land from Palestinians in the West Bank,” the report concluded.

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Germany takes legal steps against Facebook

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BERLIN (AP) — A German data protection official has filed a legal complaint against Facebook, saying people have been griping that their private information was saved by the personal networking site without their knowledge or consent.

Johannes Caspar said Wednesday that his Hamburg data protection office has taken legal steps against Facebook which could result in it being fined for saving private information of individuals who don’t use the site and haven’t granted it access to their details.

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EU Call For End Of Systematic UFO Cover-Up

A European Union lawmaker has called on member governments to open their secret files on UFOs, saying people need to know about close encounters of the third kind.

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Unidentified flying objects in the skies over southern Campeche state filmed by Mexican Air Force pilots on March 5, 2004 (AP)

Mario Borghezio, an Italian member of the European Parliament, said that the EU needed its own “X Files” archive where anyone could see information on UFOs – including data gathered by the military.

Mr Borghezio said all European governments should go public and stop what he called a “systematic cover-up.”

Opening the files is not unprecedented. Last year, Britain published 4,000 pages online on 800 alleged encounters with aliens during the 1980s and 1990s. And over the past three years the Ministry of Defence has been gradually releasing previously secret UFO papers after facing Freedom of Information demands.

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China’s Property Market Braced For 30 Percent Drop

Standard Chartered has told clients to prepare for a fall in property prices of up to 30pc in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzen, and other large cities in China as the delayed effects of monetary tightening begin to bite.

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Migrant workers from outside China’s major cities have flooded to fill jobs created by the construction boom. Here a worker in Shanghai steps outside his temporary accommodation to check his phone.

Stephen Green, the bank’s China economist, said a glut of newly built homes were hitting the market just as buyers are restrained by higher down-payments and curbs on speculation. “We believe developers will be forced to cut prices,” he said.

Kenneth Rogoff, ex-chief economist for the IMF, told Bloomberg Television in Hong Kong that the denouement could prove abrupt after such a torrid boom. “You’re starting to see that collapse in property and it’s going to hit the banking system,” he said.

The government is trying to deflate the housing market gently, mostly using tools known as “financial repression” rather than Western style rate rises. Xu Shaoshi, land minister, said sales are already dropping. “In another quarter’s time or so, the property market will probably come to a full correction and prices will fall. It’s hard to say to what extent they will fall,” he said.

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BP Oil Blowout: All States Along Gulf Of Mexico Affected By Slick

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U.S. Senate Traitors Block Investigative Power for Oil Spill Commission


Tar balls from the Gulf oil spill have been found on a Texas beach, the first evidence that crude from the ruptured Deepwater Horizon well has reached all the Gulf states.

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Smoke rises from the BP oil spill site, as natural gas is burned off, while the drilling of two relief wells continue in the Gulf of Mexico (Reuters)

A Coast Guard official said it was possible that the oil hitched a ride on a ship and was not carried naturally by currents to the barrier islands of the eastern Texas coast, but there was no way to know.

The amount is tiny in comparison to what has coated beaches in the hardest-hit parts of the Gulf coast in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle but it still provoked the quick dispatch of cleaning crews and a vow that BP will pay for the trouble.

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Dylan Ratigan Show: President Obama ‘Has A Hit List Of American Citizens Like YOU targeted For Assassination’

YouTube removed the video, AGAIN.

I’ve found a replacement.


U.S. GOVERNMENT can kill ANYONE including YOU without trial COVERTLY !!!

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Change we can believe in:

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US government can execute its own citizens far from a combat zone, with no judicial process and based on secret intelligence!

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U.S. Senate Traitors Block Investigative Power for Oil Spill Commission

The elite criminals that control the US government have their puppets in both parties in the right places.

Are they protecting (Dick Cheney’s) Halliburton?

David Icke On The Gulf Oil Spill And FEMA Camps: A ‘Biblical’ Catastrophe That Will Affect Us All

Just eight days before the Gulf blow-out, Halliburton also announced that it had agreed to buy Boots & Coots for $240.4 million. Who are Boots & Coots?

The world’s largest oil-spill clean-up company which also deals with oil and gas well fires and blowouts.

What an incredibly fortunate coincidence. What a slice of luck.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: The Halliburton Connection:

The company acknowledged Friday that it had completed the final cementing of the oil well and pipe just 20 hours before the blowout last week.

More coincidences:

BP CEO Tony Hayward sold £1.4 million of his shares weeks before Gulf blowout

Goldman Sachs Sold 44% Of Its BP Stock 3 Weeks Before Gulf Blowout

Rig firm makes $270m profit from Gulf of Mexico oil spill

This much is true: You have been lied to:

Warning To Gulf Volunteers: Almost Every Cleanup Worker From The 1989 Exxon Valdez Disaster Is Now Dead

And the government is NOT telling the people how contaminated the air really is that they are breathing right now.

The US government knows that many, many Americans will die from this disaster, but the government does not care about them at all.

If you are living in the Gulf region and have relatives elsewhere, call them, ask if you can stay with them for a while and leave.

If you can afford to leave the Gulf region, leave NOW.


The US House of Representatives voted 420 to 1 to give the presidential commission investigating the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico full subpoena power.

The Senate blocked it = No subpoena powers = No investigation.

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With The US Still Trapped in Depression, This Really Is Starting to Feel Like 1932

This is the Greatest Depression.


The US workforce shrank by 652,000 in June, one of the sharpest contractions ever. The rate of hourly earnings fell 0.1pc. Wages are flirting with deflation.

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People queue for a job fair in New York. The share of the US working-age population with jobs in June fell from 58.7pc to 58.5pc. The ratio was 63pc three years ago. Photo: EPA

“The economy is still in the gravitational pull of the Great Recession,” said Robert Reich, former US labour secretary. “All the booster rockets for getting us beyond it are failing.”

“Home sales are down. Retail sales are down. Factory orders in May suffered their biggest tumble since March of last year. So what are we doing about it? Less than nothing,” he said.

California is tightening faster than Greece. State workers have seen a 14pc fall in earnings this year due to forced furloughs. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is cutting pay for 200,000 state workers to the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour to cover his $19bn (£15bn) deficit.

Can Illinois be far behind? The state has a deficit of $12bn and is $5bn in arrears to schools, nursing homes, child care centres, and prisons. “It is getting worse every single day,” said state comptroller Daniel Hynes. “We are not paying bills for absolutely essential services. That is obscene.”

Roughly a million Americans have dropped out of the jobs market altogether over the past two months. That is the only reason why the headline unemployment rate is not exploding to a post-war high.

Let us be honest. The US is still trapped in depression a full 18 months into zero interest rates, quantitative easing (QE), and fiscal stimulus that has pushed the budget deficit above 10pc of GDP.

The share of the US working-age population with jobs in June actually fell from 58.7pc to 58.5pc. This is the real stress indicator. The ratio was 63pc three years ago. Eight million jobs have been lost.

The average time needed to find a job has risen to a record 35.2 weeks. Nothing like this has been seen before in the post-war era. Jeff Weninger, of Harris Private Bank, said this compares with a peak of 21.2 weeks in the Volcker recession of the early 1980s.

“Legions of individuals have been left with stale skills, and little prospect of finding meaningful work, and benefits that are being exhausted. By our math the crop of people who are unemployed but not receiving a check amounts to 9.2m.”

Republicans on Capitol Hill are filibustering a bill to extend the dole for up to 1.2m jobless facing an imminent cut-off. Dean Heller from Vermont called them “hobos”. This really is starting to feel like 1932.

Washington’s fiscal stimulus is draining away. It peaked in the first quarter, yet even then the economy eked out a growth rate of just 2.7pc. This compares with 5.1pc, 9.3pc, 8.1pc and 8.5pc in the four quarters coming off recession in the early 1980s.

The housing market is already crumbling as government props are pulled away. The expiry of homebuyers’ tax credit led to a 30pc fall in the number of buyers signing contracts in May. “It is cataclysmic,” said David Bloom from HSBC.

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Now truth is bad for you: ‘Obama warns Erdogan international Gaza flotilla probe bad for Turkey’

Obama, an elite puppet President we can believe in:

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The truth is bad for Israel:

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Autopsy Results Reveal That Gaza Flotilla Activists Were Shot In Head At Close Range (Guardian):

Israel was tonight under pressure to allow an independent inquiry into its assault on the Gaza aid flotilla after autopsy results on the bodies of those killed, obtained by the Guardian, revealed they were peppered with 9mm bullets, many fired at close range.

The results revealed that a 60-year-old man, Ibrahim Bilgen, was shot four times in the temple, chest, hip and back. A 19-year-old, named as Fulkan Dogan, who also has US citizenship, was shot five times from less that 45cm, in the face, in the back of the head, twice in the leg and once in the back. Two other men were shot four times, and five of the victims were shot either in the back of the head or in the back, said Yalcin Buyuk, vice-chairman of the council of forensic medicine.

Robert Fisk: The Truth Behind The Israeli Propaganda (Independent)


United States President Barak Obama warned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that an international probe into Israel’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla could have negative consequences for Turkey, British Arabic-language daily al-Hayat reported Saturday.

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Turkish PM Erdogan and U.S. President Obama at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington on April 12, 2010 (AP)

According to the report, Obama warned Erdogan that the international probe which Turkey has demanded could turn into a “double edged sword,” as it could lead to accusations against the passengers on board the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara ship, some of whom were members of the pro-Palestinian IHH organization.

The two leaders met in Canada on the sidelines of the G-20 summit earlier this week.

Following the Israeli Navy commandos’ raid in May in which nine Turkish activists were killed Turkey announced that it was recalling its ambassador to Israel.

Erdogan said the incident represented a complete violation of international law and called for an international probe into the military action.

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