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Posted by The Agonist on December 3rd, 2010

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Dec 2

Spiegel Online – One cable obtained from WikiLeaks highlights irritation between Berlin and Washington over a 15-percent “administrative fee” the US sought to charge Germany on a 50 million euro donations made to a trust fund whose purpose is to improve the Afghan army. A top German diplomat complained the fee would be a tough sell to taxpayers.

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Posted by The Agonist on December 3rd, 2010

From our partners at The Agonist

Jon Boone | December 2

WikiLeaks – A scandal involving foreign contractors employed to train Afghan policemen who took drugs and paid for young “dancing boys” to entertain them in northern Afghanistan caused such panic that the interior minister begged the US embassy to try and “quash” the story, according to one of the US embassy cables released by WikiLeaks.

In a meeting with the assistant US ambassador, a panicked Hanif Atmar, the interior minister at the time of the episode last June, warned that the story would “endanger lives” and was particularly concerned that a video of the incident might be made public.

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Posted by Peace Action West on December 2nd, 2010

From our partners at Peace Action West

Pelosi petitions

Pile of petitions delivered 12/1/10 to Nancy Pelosi, urging her to speak out against the war in Afghanistan.

One year ago today, President Obama announced his plan to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. In the last twelve months, we have seen 105 billion of our tax dollars and thousands of lives squandered, and no signs of the promised progress.

Last year, President Obama said he would begin a withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2011, but now he wants to extend the war in Afghanistan through at least 2014. This is an outrage. Tell your representatives in Congress to stand up for a real withdrawal.

The situation in Afghanistan just keeps getting worse. 2010 has been the bloodiest year for NATO troops. The US makes blunder after blunder. When do we say enough is enough?

Some members of Congress are already taking a stand. Sixty-one representatives signed a letter to President Obama opposing the extension of the war through 2014 and calling for a safe and orderly withdrawal starting in 2011. This should only be the beginning. We need to make sure that every time President Obama turns around, he is hearing from Congress and the public that extending the war is unacceptable. Click here to take action.

In response to antiwar pressure, President Obama pledged a year ago to begin a withdrawal of troops in July 2011. Now he is showing signs of walking away from that promise. Together, we must keep the pressure going and raise the political cost of continuing this unpopular and unnecessary war. Take action today.

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