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  •  An underappreciated fact, (6+ / 0-)

    which the big new Afghanistan Analysts Network Transitional Justice report highlights:

    The time just before the Soviet invasion was the bloodiest of them all. With mass killings by the secret police. No time to be a religious leader in Afghanistan. Or, conversely, to be an urban intellectual.

    A relevance to today: the U.S. now plans a secret police state for Afghanistan. And two of our current favored northern warlords were secret police at the bloodiest time. They had switched from communist to mujahideen, when the Soviets came in and their faction was out.

    The report says Afghans just call the current secret police by the old name, KHAD. Same old thing. And even same old guys.

    •  perhaps one way of putting it... (4+ / 0-)

      is that killing afghans may be the best paying career in afghanistan once the americans leave and the business graft gets scarcer.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 06:07:02 PM PDT

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      •  Progress (1+ / 0-)
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        Kabul property boom confounds fears about Afghanistan's security
        Afghan capital's skyline transformed by luxury high-rise buildings as new rich prepare to weather Nato's withdrawal

        The Barakzai family clearly have powerful connections. Among the vehicles in the basement car park are those of a deputy provincial governor and a senior intelligence official, both among the new tenants of the 32 apartments.

        Their luxury armoured SUVs are a subtle boast of Barakzai's impressive neighbours, but may also hold a clue to one prop for the Kabul property boom as western cash dries up and an escalation of violence looms.

        Headline: "Property boom confounds fears about Afghanistan's security." Text: secret police guy has got a nice new apartment. They don't match.

        Emma Graham-Harrison, for the Guardian, from Kabul, really honest,

        may also hold a clue
        speaks in clues. It's like some underground messaging system, where she hides the real information in a story about the bright-light wedding halls.

        And the need to speak in hints comes even from the newspaper telling us all about the NSA.

        It's very odd.

        The danger of reporting honestly from Afghanistan would be a part of it.

        But she can call a powerful Barakzai a powerful Barakzai. Yet pulls punches about the U.S.

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