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‘Who controls the past controls the future’: Assange presents massive Project K leak

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 9, 2013

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange formally unveiled on Monday the latest release from the whistleblower site, Project K, calling it “the single most significant geopolitical publication that has ever existed.”

Speaking via Skype from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Assange introduced Project K on Monday morning to a group of journalists at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Nearly three years earlier to the day, Assange spoke at the Press Club in person to debut “Collateral Murder,” a video of US soldiers firing at Iraqi civilians that has since become one of WikiLeaks’ most well-recognized contributions to journalism. Since that release, WikiLeaks and the organization’s associates have become the target of a number of government investigations, with Assange himself having been confined to the embassy in London for nearly one year while awaiting safe passage to Ecuador where he was granted political asylum. Ongoing attempts to prosecute the journalists for sharing state secrets aside, however, Assange and company have now unloaded the organization’s biggest leak yet.

Project K, says Assange, contains roughly 1.7 million files composed of US Department of State diplomatic communications. And although the material has been classified, declassified and, in some instances, re-classified, the public’s inability to access and peruse the unredacted copies has made them nearly inaccessible.

“One form of secrecy is the complexity and the accessibility of documents,” WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson said during Monday’s event. “You could say that the government cannot be trusted with these documents.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Iraq War Cost $800 Billion, And What Do We Have To Show For It?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 19, 2013

By Joshua Hers and Chris Spurlock

For the past few months, a strange thing has been happening in the central Iraq town of Fallujah. Thousands of citizens, virtually all of them Sunni Muslims, have been gathering in public squares to protest the oppressive Shiite-led government in Baghdad. Sleeping in tents and wielding Twitter feeds and YouTube accounts, the young Sunnis have attempted to take democracy, and a certain sectarian disaffection, into their own hands.

It’s not quite the Iraqi Arab Spring — although that’s what it’s been tentatively called by some — but it is a reminder of the stark failure of nearly a decade of American-led warfare in that country.

When President George W. Bush announced the invasion into Iraq in March 2003, the goal was to remove a dangerous dictator and his supposed stocks of weapons of mass destruction. It was also to create a functioning democracy and thereby inspirewhat Bush called a “global democracy revolution.”

The effort was supposed to be cheap — to require few troops and even less time. Instead, it cost the United States $800 billion at least, thousands of lives and nearly nine grueling years (see the graphic below for a further breakdown of various costs). Read the rest of this entry »

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Court finds Bush and Blair guilty of war crimes

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 2, 2012

George W. Bush (R) and Tony Blair (AFP Photo / Jim Watson)

George W. Bush (R) and Tony Blair (AFP Photo / Jim Watson)

Those who lobbied to have George W. Bush and Tony Blair tried for their role in the Iraq War have finally got their wish. Though the verdict of the court carries no legal weight, its supporters believe its symbolic value is beyond doubt.

The court in Malaysia where the trial took place may not have the power to convict, but the verdict against the former British and American leaders was unanimous.

“War criminals have to be dealt with – convict Bush and Blair as charged. A guilty verdict will serve as a notice to the world that war criminals may run but can never ultimately hide from truth and justice,” 
the statement from the Perdana Global Peace Foundation read.

The foundation was set up by former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed, who was always a staunch opponent of the war against the regime of Saddam Hussain in 2003. He previously branded Blair and Bush “child-killers”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Iraq Miscalculation: America’s greatest mistake?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 24, 2011

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Obama Announces Iraq Troops Will Be Withdrawn By End Of 2011

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 21, 2011


They will be back to US or move to other Arabian or African countries?

WASHINGTON — Fulfilling a long-held campaign promise, President Barack Obama announced Friday that he will pull all U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of the year, as conditioned by the Status of Forces Agreement with the country.

“As a candidate for president, I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end,” Obama said. “So today I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year.”

“After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” he said.

In confirming his plans for troop withdrawal by the end of 2011, the president fulfilled the most memorable pledge he made in securing the nomination of president from his party. There had been reports the administration had been plotting ways to renegotiate the Status of Forces Agreement with the Iraqi government so as to prolong America’s presence in the country. Those rumors heightened concerns among Democrats who backed Obama in part because of his pledge to end the war in Iraq.

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Afghanistan: Impact of mission on UK forces’ reputation

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 8, 2011

By Caroline Wyatt

British forces became involved in Afghanistan soon after the 9/11 terror attacks in the US in 2001. Few

The Armed Forces' profile and popularity with much of the public have rarely been higher

expected it to last this long.

The Armed Forces’ reputation has paradoxically both suffered and been enhanced by its decade of experience in Afghanistan.

British special forces have more than proved their worth, and British personnel their bravery and willingness to fight, sometimes against overwhelming odds.

But their limits have also been made clear, not least in the size of force the UK has been able to deploy and sustain, or the strains on the RAF’s airbridge – the supply route from the UK to Afghanistan – and its ageing transport fleet, or the lack of enough of the right armoured vehicles or transport helicopters in earlier years.

Tragedies such as the crash of Nimrod XV230, which killed all those on board, focused attention on years of cost-pressures and a culture of “making do”. Questions have also been asked over politicians’ and some of the senior military leadership’s priorities and decisions.

Some commentators have asked whether senior officers and officials should have spoken hard truths unto power at an earlier stage, while others condemn the fitting of a force size to financial limits set down by the Treasury, and a disconnectedness in Whitehall which in turn played out on the ground, despite frequent references to the “comprehensive approach” in Helmand between the military and civilians from the Foreign Office and Department for International Development (DfID).

Rarely has a nation at peace with its neighbours had such battle-hardened young troops, some now returning to Helmand for a third, fourth or fifth tour of duty.

Yet the strains on their families and children back at home have been immense, with some service personnel happy to leave the forces in the current round of redundancies after multiple tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tony Blair’s personal details ‘hacked’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 25, 2011

Computer hackers appear to have accessed the personal details of Tony Blair after a document containing the former prime minister’s national insurance number was published online.

By Peter Hutchison

Computer hackers appear to have hacked into the personal details of Tony Blair after a document containing the former prime minister’s national insurance number was published online.

The file, which also included the names, addresses and phone numbers of Mr Blair’s contacts, was being tweeted by users on Twitter on Friday night.

The link first appeared on pastebin.com, a website that allows users to upload text.

Included in the file was the apparent address and phone number of Lord and Lady Irvine and the Labour MP, Denis MacShane.

It also included the contact details of several Blairs and Booths, the maiden name of Mr Blair’s wife, Cherie, and a number for a dentist. Read the rest of this entry »

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U.S. Troops In Iraq Leaving Saddam Palaces

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 13, 2011


Oh, they were still in Saddam’s palace?
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Dana Rohrabacher, U.S. Congressman, Suggests That Iraq Pay Back U.S. For War Cost

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 11, 2011


This could be the only way to sort out recession in USA.
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Labour coup: secret letters reveal how Ed Balls plotted to overthrow Tony Blair

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 10, 2011

The key role played by shadow chancellor Ed Balls in a “brutal” plot to destroy Tony Blair is laid bare for the first time in secret documents seen by The Daily Telegraph.

The key role played by shadow chancellor Ed Balls in a brutal plot to destroy Tony Blair is laid bare for the first time in dozens of secret documents seen by The Daily Telegraph.

Private memos between Mr Brown and Mr Balls heavily criticise Mr Blair. Photo: GETTY

By Robert Winnett, and Holly Watt

Mr Balls, as well as the current Labour leader Ed Miliband, began scheming to divide their party within weeks of the 2005 general election in a plot codenamed Project Volvo, which was launched as London was under attack from Islamic terrorists.

This newspaper has seen letters between Mr Blair and Gordon Brownwhich reveal the extraordinary rift at the heart of Labour.

The cache of documents show for the first time Mr Brown’s feelings towards Mr Blair in his own words and handwriting, material which has previously only been the subject of speculation and second-hand reports from anonymous sources.

Mr Brown makes it clear, in a series of memos, that he regarded his rival as a “muddled” lightweight whose obsession with spin destroyed trust in politics. He used the perception of “lies” over the Iraq War to try to force Mr Blair’s early departure. Read the rest of this entry »

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Osama Bin Laden; Dead or Alive?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 2, 2011

Now the whole world is full of Osama Bin Laden’s death news. Some are still not sure with the news and some not with the end of Terrorism.  There was news of same nature before as well. Some are still asking the same question like in these clips. Let’s see the clips:

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Libya No-Fly Zone Could Cost Coalition Over $1 Billion If Operation Continues For Months

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 23, 2011


Could be more than that and could cause another recession.
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Anti-American Extremists Among Libyan Rebels U.S. Has Vowed To Protect

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 19, 2011


It is too early to start world war III
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Baghdad: U.S. Apology, $1 Billion Owed For Blast Walls

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 17, 2011


Something for US government and nothing for US citizens.
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IRAQ INQUIRY: War Protesters Accuse Blair Of ‘Sneaking’ In (Videos)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 21, 2011

Ruth Barnett and Sky News reporter Mark Stone 

Protesters have said they are angry Tony Blair “sneaked” into the Iraq inquiry venue ahead of his second session of evidence.

Protester wears a Tony Blair mask at the Iraq inquiry

A protester wears a Tony Blair mask outside the QEII centre in London

Watch the inquiry live on Sky News

Mr Blair arrived two hours before his hearing was set to begin, pausing briefly to allow photographers to take his picture.

In contrast to his previous evidence session, he was not greeted by hundreds of protesters as he got there before most had assembled.

Andrew Murray, chairman of the Stop The War Coalition, said the former prime minister had “sneaked in under cover of darkness”.

He called on the panel to challenge Mr Blair to “tell the truth” about the legality of the war.

Another protester, Chris Nineham, told Sky News there remained “scepticism” about the hearings.

“There have been four of these inquiries and the truth hasn’t come out,” he said.

Mr Blair has been recalled to explain possible gaps and inconsistencies almost a year on from his last session before Sir John Chilcot and his panel. Read the rest of this entry »

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