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Articles to read on Afghanistan Tues. Aug. 17, 2021

Tuesday, August 17th, 2021
 
Michael Hudson: Biden defends his Deep State advisors.
 
 
 
 
Patrick Cockburn: Government weakness, not Taliban strength is to blame.
 
 
 
Paul Street: The doctrinal boundaries of permissible reflection.

Rapid Taliban Takeover Shows How Little US Understood Afghanistan

 
 
Breaking: Taliban pose in Kabul’s Presidential Palace as Afghan leader flees country: Islamists declare Islamic Emirate amid chaotic scenes at airport as thousands including British Ambassador try to get out Taliban has said they will declare the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan from the Presidential Palace in Kabul –Militants seized ancient palace and demanded a ‘peaceful transfer of power’ as they moved into the capital –President Ashraf Ghani fled the country while thousands of Afghan nationals rushed to the Pakistan border –RAF planes were scrambled to evacuate 6,000 British diplomats, citizens and Afghan translators –British Ambassador was moved to a safe place and is expected to be evacuated from Afghanistan tonight –Jalalabad fell under Taliban control without a fight early Sunday morning when the governor surrendered –US is trying to strike a deal for the Taliban not to descend on Kabul until its 10,000 citizens are evacuated | 15 Aug 2021 | The Taliban has said they will declare the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan from the Presidential Palace in Kabul as militants posed in the office and the country’s president fled for Tajikistan, with thousands of Afghan nationals now racing to Pakistan to escape Islamist rule. Taliban fighters stormed the ancient palace on Sunday and demanded a ‘peaceful transfer of power’ as Kabul descended into chaos, with US helicopters evacuating diplomats from the embassy in scenes echoing the 1975 fall of Saigon which followed the Vietnam War. US-backed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, effectively ceding power to the Taliban, while thousands of Afghan nationals rushed to the Pakistan border, in a move signalling the end of the 20-year Western intervention begun after the September 11 attacks [aka the inside job carried out by al-CIAduh, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and their traitorous deep-state accomplices, still operating inside the government and the Pentagon].
 
Escape from Kabul: US ambassador and embassy flee to airport where gunfire erupts after diplomats torched sensitive documents and left in choppers as Taliban storm the capital – in stark echo of the Fall of Saigon –The US ambassador and embassy staff were seen fleeing Sunday after Taliban forces stormed Kabul –The US flag was lowered from the building, signaling the official closure of the embassy –The ambassador and the embassy flag were seen at an airport after the insurgents made huge gains across the country –The US government has issued a security alert ordering that Americans should ‘shelter in place’ after learning that shots were fired at the airport –Approximately 5,000 US soldiers are being sent into city to aid with US evacuation, which is estimated to include about 30,000 people | 15 August 2021 | The US Ambassador to Afghanistan and some of his staff were seen fleeing their Kabul workplace with the stars and stripes flag Sunday – signaling that the US embassy has closed as the Taliban invades the city. Ambassador Ross Wilson and the flag were both seen arriving at Kabul Airport, as other Americans still in the country were ordered to shelter in place, with shots being fired at the city’s airport. Embassy staff will be evacuated within the next 72 hours, as the Taliban makes stunning advances into the Afghan capital city, which worst-case scenarios estimated lasting at least 30 days after the US withdrew from it. An official security alert was issued by the US government after shots were fired at the airport, sparking fears American jets could be shot down as they try to flee the country, which the Taliban have vowed to rename the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The government said the ‘security situation in Kabul is changing quickly including at the airport’ and has instructed US citizens to shelter in place.
 
Americans urged to ‘shelter in place’ as Kabul airport ‘takes fire’ – reports | 15 Aug 2021 | Most US embassy staffers in Afghanistan were awaiting evacuation at Kabul airport Sunday — which was “taking fire” as Taliban forces moved in amid the deteriorating situation, according to reports. “The security situation in Kabul is changing quickly, including at the airport,” the US Embassy in Afghanistan said Sunday. “Where are reports of the airport taking fire,” the announcement said. “Therefore we are instructing US citizens to shelter in place.” The embassy urged the families of US citizens in the troubled nation to file forms for immigrant visas “as soon as possible.”
 
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani flees the country | 15 Aug 2021 | Afghanistan’s president fled the war-torn country on Sunday as Taliban militants, who entered the capital of Kabul earlier in the day, were involved in discussions with Afghan government officials about surrendering, according to reports. Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of the Afghan High Council for National Reconciliation, referred to Ashraf Ghani as the “former president” and said he had left the country. “The former president of Afghanistan left Afghanistan, leaving the country in this difficult situation,” Abdullah said. “God should hold him accountable.” Ghani’s departure comes as Taliban fighters and government officials huddled in the Presidential Palace on Sunday for discussions about the transfer of power.
 
Biden blasted for vacationing as Taliban topples Afghanistan after 20 years of American blood, sweat [and $85 billion wasted pretending to train Afghan forces] | 15 Aug 2021 | Republican members of Congress criticized Joe Biden on Sunday for spending time at the Camp David presidential retreat instead of the White House as the Taliban fought to finalize a takeover of Afghanistan. “Why is Joe Biden on vacation?” asked Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on “Sunday Morning Futures.” “I don’t think he’s taken one question from the press this entire weekend, so this is a frightening situation.” Fox News confirmed on Sunday morning that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country as Taliban fighters entered Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul…Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., accused Biden of “dereliction of duty.
 

No to Military Lease Renewals

Thursday, August 12th, 2021

No Military Lease Extensions!

Hawaiian Lands in Hawaiian Hands!

     Here are a few issues that need to be addressed in any EIS on Pohakuloa and other military sites in Hawaii: Unexploded ordinance (UXO) clean up, Depleted Uranium and other toxic contamination of air, land and ground water, invasive species, cultural sites and the cultural significance of Pohakuloa itself and other areas. The military controls nearly 133,000-acres at Pohakuloa. 23,000 acres of this is leased from the state for $1 total for 65 years –1964- 2029. These so called “ceded lands” are crown and government lands of the Hawaiian Kingdom before the U.S. overthrow of the Hawaiian government in 1893. These lands are in the ahupua’a of Humu’ula (crown), Kaohe and Pu’uanahulu (government lands). Besides the 23,000 acres of leased lands at PTA, 758 acres were obtained by an executive order of Governor Samuel Wilder King in 1956 and 84,000 acres by a Presidential Executive Order of President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. These lands by executive order were turned over to the US military without any compensation. More recently, in the early 2000s, an additional 23,000 acres of land near Waiki’i Ranch was purchased by the military from Parker Ranch for the Stryker Maneuver area.  But the Strykers are no longer in Hawaii. They are in Washington state.  But guess what the Military is keeping the 23,000-acres Stryker area with no Strykers.  Surprise, Surprise. 

     Our organization, Malu Aina, has documented 57 present and former military sites on Hawaii Island alone, totaling more than 250,000-acres that are in need of clean up.  The estimated clean up is in the Billions of dollars. One site example: In the 1960s the Army leased State land in the Waiakea forest area which is Hilo’s watershed. The Army said it wanted to do weather testing. It was a lie. Numerous Chemical and biological weapons were tested in Hilo’s watershed, including Sarin nerve gas, so deadly that 1/50th of a drop kills you. Hunters report there are areas in that forest where nothing grows today, more than 50 years after military chemical and biological weapons testing. It’s long past time for the US military to Quit Hawaii.  It’s not just an issue of no further military leases.  It’s time for the illegal US military occupation of Hawaii to end.  But please clean up your mess before you go. Mahalo and aloha.

Jim Albertini Malu 'Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola'a (Kurtistown) Hawai'i 96760
Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

oral testimonies of people against Military lease renewals

Thursday, August 12th, 2021
Below are the oral testimonies of people against Military lease renewals.  Not one testimony in favor of lease renewal.  All opposed.  Some incredible testimony.  Very powerful.  Mahalo to Kimchi Compost for the list of names and times of testimony.
 
You can also submit written comments throughout the scoping period until Sept. 1, 2021 (postmark date if mailed).
Option 1: Written comments may be submitted electronically online or by email to usarmy.hawaii.nepa@mail.mil
Option 2: Written comments may be mailed to:
Oʻahu ATLR EIS Comments
P.O. Box 3444
Honolulu, HI 96801-3444

 

Oʻahu ATLR EIS Public Scoping - Aug. 11

In case you didn’t get to watch last night’s amazing aloha ‘āina fest to get #militarylandback, here’s the link. I sure hope they keep it online forever because this is one amazing historical document. I made a list of the speakers with (approximate) time stamps. Apologies for any spelling errors!

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:36 Ikaika Ramones
:38 Koohan Paik Mander
:44 Aree Worawongwasu
:49 Darius Kila
:52 Ingrid
:57 Aipohaku
1:00 Banner
1:01 Kaipo
1:04 Mickey Weems
1:06 Mikey Inouye
1:08 Bronson Azama
1:11 Kyle Kajhiro
1:15 Kari Labrador
1:17 Kauwila
1:20 Summer Kamalia Mullins Ibrahim
1:26 Abigail Rose
1:28 Tom Iwanicki
1:31 Sorcha
1:35 Vernon
1:35 Lu Fabraito
1:36 Fabienne Melchior
1:38 Pete Doktor
1:42 Jason Alexander
1:45 Kaukaohu Wahilani
1:47 Seiji Yamada
1:49 Sofronio Estores
1:52 Dr. Arcy Imasa
1:56 Lauren Ballesteros
2:00 Jaerick Medeiros
2:04 Sheila
2:05 Adele
2:08 Tara Rojas
2:12 Councilwoman Tsuneyoshi
2:16 Manny Kuloloio
2:20 Tom Sharai
2:26 Heiley Hacoba
2:27 Leslie Gabrielle
2:30 Jim Albertini
2:32 Chezeri
2:35 Dr. Kioni Dudley
2:38 Koutaro Yuuji
2:39 Banner
2:42 Tina Grandinetti
2:44 Manuel Kuloloio
 
 
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Jim Albertini Malu 'Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola'a (Kurtistown) Hawai'i 96760
Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

Military should return Hawaii lands Aug. 13, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Monday, August 9th, 2021

Military should return Hawaii lands

By Ann WrightHonolulu resident Ann Wright was in the U.S. Army/ Army Reserves for 29 years and retired as a colonel; she was also a U.S. diplomat until resigning in March 2003 in opposition to the U.S. war on Iraq. This Op Ed piece was in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021

      The 65-year leases of 30,000 acres of Hawaii state land by the U.S. military are ending in 2029. The state of Hawaii should not re-lease these lands no matter what the amount the U.S. military offers. The leases on 23,000 acres at Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island, 4,370 acres at the Kawailoa/ Poamoho Training Area, 1,170 acres at the Kahuku Training Area and 760 acres at the Makua Military Reservation were given away essentially for free, with the state charging only $1 for each parcel for 65 years!

      The three areas on Oahu are one-third of the 18,060 federal and state lands used for military training on the island, while the 23,000 acres at Pohakuloa are 17% of the 133,000 acres that comprise the largest military training area in the state and in the Pacific region.

      We are subjected to a daily dose of the U.S. military build-up for what the Indo-Pacific command is calling “our enemy China.” We know what happens when the U.S. tries to resolve disputes through military action — millions of persons dead and wounded, including tens of thousands of U.S. military, as evidenced by the wars in Viet Nam, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

      Ultimately disputes with countries are resolved not by military action, but by dialogue, so why are we spending trillions on weapons that ultimately do not solve the situation?

      AS RESIDENTS of Hawaii, I think we should want to be known as an area of peace and dialogue using the Hawaiian technique of “ho‘oponopono” — rather than as a base for projecting the U.S. propensity for killing over using diplomacy to reduce tensions with other countries. A first step would be reducing the U.S. military footprint in Hawaii by refusing to re-lease 30,000 acres currently used by the U.S. military.

      The U.S. Army is seeking public comments on the environmental impact statement (EIS) concerning the releasing proposal by Sept. 1. You can email comments to: usarmy.hawaii. nepa@mail.mil or go online to fill in the form at https://home.army.mil/hawaii/ index.php/OahuEIS. Comments may also be mailed to: Oahu ATLR EIS Comments, P.O. Box 3444, Honolulu, HI, 96801-3444. Attending public hearings this week is another way to be heard. Hearings are set for Tuesday and Wednesday, 6-9 p.m., at Leilehua Golf Course; they will be live-streamed at www.youtube.com/usaghawaii/live. Oral comments may be provided by attending one of these two in-person public scoping meetings, or remotely by calling (808) 556-8277; recording services for comments are available both days, 4-9 p.m.

Hawaiian Lands in Hawaiian Hands!

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject violence & war as solutions. 3. Defend civil liberties.
4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic,
anti-Hawaiian, anti-Black, anti-Asian, etc.
5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

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August 13, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1037– Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Military should return Hawaiian lands.  No lease renewals.

Sunday, August 8th, 2021

Military should return Hawaiian lands.  No lease renewals.

 
Please send comments to the USArmy EIS by Sept. 1st.  See other ways to testify in opposition in  Ann’s
 
And to DLNR not to re-lease to Military:
 
 
 
See other ways to testify in opposition in  Ann’s piece below.  Mahalo.
Jim Albertini
 
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Jim Albertini Malu 'Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola'a (Kurtistown) Hawai'i 96760
Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

 

Star Advertiser Sunday, August 8

https://printreplica.staradvertiser.com?selDate=20210808&goTo=E03&artid=3

Military should return Hawaii lands

 

ISLAND VOICES

By Ann Wright

The 65-year leases of 30,000 acres of Hawaii state land by the U.S. military are ending in 2029. The state of Hawaii should not re-lease these lands no matter what the amount the U.S. military offers.

The leases on 23,000 acres at Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island, 4,370 acres at the Kawailoa/ Poamoho Training Area, 1,170 acres at the Kahuku Training Area and 760 acres at the Makua Military Reservation were given away essentially for free, with the state charging only $1 for each parcel for 65 years!

The three areas on Oahu are onethird of the 18,060 federal and state lands used for military training on the island, while the 23,000 acres at Pohakuloa are 17% of the 133,000 acres that comprise the largest military training area in the state and in the Pacific region.

We are subjected to a daily dose of the U.S. military build-up for what the Indo-Pacific command is calling “our enemy China.” We know what happens when the U.S. tries to resolve disputes through military action — millions of persons dead and wounded, including tens of thousands of U.S. military, as evidenced by the wars in Viet Nam, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

Ultimately disputes with countries are resolved not by military action, but by dialogue, so why are we spending trillions on weapons that ultimately do not solve the situation?

AS RESIDENTS of Hawaii, I think we should want to be known as an area of peace and dialogue using the Hawaiian technique of “ho‘oponopono” — rather than as a base for projecting the U.S. propensity for killing over using diplomacy to reduce tensions with other countries.

A first step would be reducing the U.S. military footprint in Hawaii by refusing to re-lease 30,000 acres currently used by the U.S. military.

The U.S. Army is seeking public comments on the environmental impact statement (EIS) concerning the re-leasing proposal by Sept. 1. You can email comments to: usarmy.hawaii. nepa@mail.mil or go online to fill in the form at https://home.army.mil/hawaii/ index.php/OahuEIS. Comments may also be mailed to: Oahu ATLR EIS Comments, P.O. Box 3444, Honolulu, HI, 96801-3444. Attending public hearings this week is another way to be heard. Hearings are set for Tuesday and Wednesday, 6-9 p.m., at Leilehua Golf Course; they will be livestreamed at www.youtube.com/usaghawaii/live.

Oral comments may be provided by attending one of these two in-person public scoping meetings, or remotely by calling (808) 556-8277; recording services for comments are available both days, 4-9 p.m.

 

 
 

Ann Wright

Dissent: Voices of Conscience