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Obama's Thanksgiving gift to Afghanistan (and this is during a time of sensitive negotiations for the forever war arrangements after he just issued a letter to Karzai about how the troops will respect the Afghan people going forward with their night raids and strikes).
Thanksgiving in Afghanistan: Drone Strike, Dead Child
Anger erupts after Thursday drone attack leaves civilians dead and injured
As most Americans sat down to eat a large Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, a U.S. drone attack in Afghanistan left one child dead and two adult women injured as NATO forces claimed they were trying to kill a lone "known militant" riding on a motorbike in Helmand Province.
Following news of the latest attack and the death of the Afghan child killed by the missile strike, Karzai said, "For as long as such arbitrary acts and oppression of foreign forces continue, the security agreement with the United States will not be signed.”
“This attack shows that American forces are not respecting the life and safety of Afghan people’s houses,” he continued. “For years, our innocent people have become victims of the war under the name of terrorism, and they have had no safety in their homes.”
Karzai says U.S. drone strike killed child, won’t sign security deal if similar attacks continue
KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused the United States of launching a drone strike that killed a 2-year-old child Thursday and vowed not to sign a long-term security agreement if similar attacks continue.
In a statement, Karzai said a suspected U.S. “pilot-less aircraft” fired into a house shortly before noon in Helmand province, killing the child and wounding two women. He said the information was relayed to him by Mohammad Naem, the governor of the province.
In a statement Friday morning, the U.S.-led international coalition confirmed it had conducted the airstrike while targeting an “insurgent riding a motorbike.”
But the coalition said it has also received reports that the airstrike mistakenly killed a child in addition to the intended target.
U.S. Student Homelessness Up 10% Since Last YearThis is pretty hilarious. Nebraska and Kansas, I have bad news for you. If New Jersey sucks so much, how come most people can identify it? Is its sucky reputation internationally known? On second thought, don't answer that.
Highest increases of homeless children seen in states like North Carolina where austerity policies predominate
It’s Thanksgiving So We Asked Brits To Label The United States — We’re So Sorry, America
What do you mean there’s no such place as Further South Dakota?! [Update: Turns out Americans aren’t so great at Europe either.]
Stop Watching Us.
Blog Posts and Tweets of Interest
"That was horrible. If you want to end war and stuff you gotta sing loud."— Tim Shorrock (@TimothyS) November 28, 2013
So can we now rip all the media hacks attacking Greenwald, Snowden or the spying revelations for being paid for their work? #itsonlyfair— Dan Meadows (@watershedchron) November 29, 2013
It seems continuing to kill a country's civilians with drones doesn't help in getting them to agree you can stay http://t.co/...— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 29, 2013
US/NATO commander apologizes to Afghan govt for Thanksgiving drone strike that killed civilians: http://t.co/...— Ali Gharib (@Ali_Gharib) November 29, 2013
New CNN/ORC poll: Dems' Choice '16 if Clinton Does Not Run - Biden 43% Warren 17% Cuomo 15% O'Malley 6%— Jim Acosta (@JimAcostaCNN) November 29, 2013
New CNN/ORC poll: GOP Choice '16 - Christie 24% Paul 13% Ryan 11% Cruz 10% Rubio 9% Perry 7% Bush 6% Santorum 6%— Jim Acosta (@JimAcostaCNN) November 29, 2013
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