New York Times Misleads on Taliban Role in Opium Trade by Jeremy Hammond

New York Times Misleads on Taliban Role in Opium Trade

The New York Times and other major U.S. media sources commonly report on the production of opium in Afghanistan as though it were under the control of the Taliban. The facts on the ground, however, tell a different story. Who dominates the Afghan opium trade? Foreign Policy Journal investigates.

November 29, 2008

By Jeremy R. Hammond

The New York Times reported this week that the Taliban have cut back on poppy cultivation and is stockpiling opium, grossly overstating the group’s role in the Afghanistan drug trade.

“Afghanistan has produced so much opium in recent years,” the Times reported Thursday, “that the Taliban are cutting poppy cultivation and stockpiling raw opium in an effort to support prices and preserve a major source of financing for the insurgency, Antonio Maria Costa, the executive director of the United Nations drug office, says.”

Conspiracies and Confabulation: Tales from two Naomis

http://www.americanbuddhist.net/conspiracies-and-confabulation-tales-two-naomis

Learning about self-deception is important for all people today. That’s because many of our problems, both as individuals and as a society, are rooted in self-deception, and many of the ways in which others abuse us relate to our inherent tendency to self-deceive. We can overcome these problems, and have a decent chance at long-term survival as a species, only if we learn about such limitations, and strive to control them. One great way to rapidly learn about self-deception, and other forms of deception, is to learn about the events of September 11th.

It’s easy to see wide spread self-deception with regard to 9/11. For one thing, most people don’t know the actual official story, given by the 9/11 Commission and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This is despite the fact that everyone, at least in the US, has invested essentially their entire future in that story, whether they know it or not.

PRESS RELEASE: November 28, 2008 - Philadelphia Native Brings 9/11 Conspiracy Thriller ABLE DANGER Home . . .

P.S. Sander Hicks, publisher, author of The Big Wedding: 9/11, the Whistle Blowers, and the Cover-up (www.amazon.com/Big-Wedding-Whistle-Blowers-Cover-up/dp/097527631X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1227986726&sr=8-1), and cafe owner whose Brooklyn Vox Pop cafe plays a part in this film, will be speaking after the 9:11pm movie showing (in Wayne, PA on December 18th) upstairs at the Freehouse restaurant around the corner. All three showings in Wayne at 5pm, 7pm and 9:11pm will be FREE as always, but we gladly accept any donations that go 100% to John Feal's FealGood Foundation to benefit the sick and dying 9/11 first responders. (There will be a large clear glass "barrel" jar on the table of information outside the theater room for this purpose. Thanks!)

Any questions, please contact Betsy Metz @ emetz999@aol.com.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Philadelphia Native Brings 9/11 Conspiracy Thriller ABLE DANGER Home After Theatrical Runs In New York and Los Angeles

Reflections On Gratitude And Resistance By Janice Matthews


Janice and I at the 2005 Emergency Truth Convergence in D.C.

Source: 911truth.org

Thank you!!

Gainesville Florida Talk Radio Host Supports 9/11 Truth

Morning show radio host, Leigh Scott discusses 9/11 Truth with Bob, a UF student and 9/11 activist. WBXY is "The Star" radio in Alachua County, Florida at 99.5 FM. Site: http://TheStar.fm

Chris Floyd on "Strategy of Tension" and the Holy Land Foundation

A couple of informative blog entries by Floyd;

Security Blanket: Western Democracy and the Strategy of Tension
November 24, 2008

The idea that a democratic government would deliberately create fake "extremist groups" then send them out to foment violence and terrorism -- in order to discredit legitimate opposition to elite rule and to "justify" authoritarian powers -- has long been derided in "serious" circles as that worst of modern heresies: "conspiracy theory." Anyone advancing such a preposterous notion is instantly relegated to the ranks of the "lunatic fringe," and dismissed with varying degrees of contempt and condescension...

...It is indeed unfortunate that the general public is prey to these disturbing theories, which breed such a widespread distrust of the noble intentions and essential (if occasionally misguided or incompentently executed) goodness of our leading men and women. However, there is a very reasonable explanation for the credence given to these fringe beliefs:

They happen to be true.

Continued...

The Holy Land Foundation, which was found 'Not Guilty' of all terrrorism charges last year, has just been found 'Guilty' of all charges this year in a new trial. Hmm...

Kangaroo Country: "Terror" Verdict Against Charity a Bitter Fruit of Bipartisan Policy
November 26, 2008

If the Holy Land Foundation "terrorism" case had been held in Russia, we would now be enduring a flood of thundering commentary from every leading orifice of the corporate media, denouncing yet another travesty of justice in the sham democracy controlled by the Kremlin. Yet a decorous editorial silence covers the convictions of five charity officials whose only crime was helping needy and oppressed people through agencies used by international charities such as the Red Cross, and by the United States government itself...

Continued...

Mumbai news thread

Please use this thread to list news reports pertaining to the recent developments in Mumbai.

Microsoft Corporation Censors 9/11 Dissent

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"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

Xbox Live is an online multiplayer gaming and digital media delivery service created and operated by Microsoft Corporation. They refer this platform as "the Ultimate Broadband Gaming Experience," accessible on the Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles. After reaching 10 Million users, I decided to change my GamerTag (GT) to disseminate 9/11 truth to the console gaming world.

Kafka and Uighurs at Guantanamo by Ray McGovern November 26, 2008 opednews.com

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Kafka-and-Uighurs-at-Guant-by-Ray-McGovern-081126-125.html

November 26, 2008 at 13:50:57

Headlined on 11/26/08:
Kafka and Uighurs at Guantanamo

by Ray McGovern Page 1 of 3 page(s)

www.opednews.com

"There is no right to due process for an alien who is not here," insisted the 44th Solicitor General of the United States, Gregory G. Garre, proudly representing the President of the United States. Garre is a teacher of the law, you see, and was attempting to show a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit why one of their colleagues had overreached.

Garre claimed that U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina had exceeded his authority on Oct. 7, 2008 in ordering that 17 men held in Guantanamo for almost seven years be brought to his court for a fair hearing on the modalities of their release. Urbina wanted government lawyers to face the 17 prisoners and present the government’s argument as to why they should remain in detention.

"Aliens have no rights," Garre kept repeating. And they REALLY have no rights, he seemed to be saying, if they are "not physically in the United States."

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says False-flag Terrorism an Imaginary Threat - Philly 9/11 Truth

Philly 9/11 Truth Confronts Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff

View transcript of the entire event conveniently on the Dept. of Homeland Security's website
http://www.dhs.gov/xnews/speeches/sp_1224524493787.shtm