Patrick Cockburn: U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and Pakistan enable Islamic extremists

KPFA Evening News, 09.14.2013

Patrick Cockburn, the London Independent's Iraq correspondent, author of "The Jihadis Return: ISIS AND THE NEW SUNNI UPRISING," says that without U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, there would have been no Bin Laden, no Al-Qaeda, and no 09/11. And, that Syria's popular uprising of 2011 was quickly dominated by money and weapons transfers from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. 


AfrobeatRadio guests: Al Shabaab and Somali pirates created by international piracy and military force


WBAI AfrobeatRadio on Somalia, with journalist/Icc Broadcasting Network host Hassan Isilow and University of Minnesota Professor Abdi Samatar


Hassan Isilow, Journalist and radio host for Icc Broadcasting, a gobal Islamic network

On 11.26.2011, we spoke to Professor Abdi Samatar and journalist Hassan Isilow, following that week's news, reported by Democracy Now,  the Daily Maverick and other outlets, that U.S. ally Ethiopia had once again invaded Somalia across Somalia's Western border backed up by the ongoing U.S. drone bombing from U.S. military bases in the region.  The Telegraph reported, on November 15th, that Israel is supporting the Kenyan invasion of Somalia across its southern border. 

This week's Somalia news included:

1) Hunger, homelessness, and the Somali refugee population, continue to grow.

2)  Six Somali refugees died, burned to death by the Kenyan Army in Kenya. 

3)  Six Somalis, including an aid worker and a security guard, died in a suicide bomb blast at a refugee camp in Somalia's capital Mogadishu.  

4)  The BBC reported that oil drilling has begun in Somalia's Puntland State, which may have up to 4 billion barrels of oil.

University of Minnesota Geography Professor Abdi Samatar

The fundamentals of the Somali crisis discussed  on AfrobeatRadio in November remain the same. Abdi Samatar said, and Hassan Isilow agreed that  international  forces imposing a political project on Somalia, plus the Ethiopian occupation, produced Al-Shabaab and "the Somali  pirates."  Abdi Samatar said that the biggest pirates off the Somali coast are the  international fishing fleets who have stolen billions of dollars worth of fish from the mouths of the Somali people, and Hassan Isilow said that local piracy had also arisen in response to foreign ships dumping toxic waste off the Somali Coast.

Abdi Samatar said, "I think what our audience needs to know is that there was a great deal of hope about the coming of the Obama Administration to power.  And many of us worked for him . . .  The tragedy is that this Administration has done more damage than even the Bush Administration overseas, especially in Somalia."














BANNED ON FACEBOOK: Voice of the Cape-South Africa, Islamic Community Radio

At 4:30 AM on the Fourth of July, a.k.a., American Independence Day, my phone RANNGGGGGG!!!!!  

"Huh ?"

"This is Voice of the Cape Radio in South Africa."

"Oh yeah, yeah, I remember you.  We talked about a year ago, about Rwanda." 

"Would you like to talk about American Independence Day in about three hours?"

"Yeah, OK. You guys rock. . . just call me back."  Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz . . . 

Three hours later, while waiting for a connect to the host, I tried leaving a link to the station's website and online stream, on Facebook, only to get a message that said, "This message contains blocked content that has previously been flagged as abusive or spammy. Let us know if you think this is an error." I let Facebook know; so did at least a handful of my friends.  

Welcoming to PalestinePhoto with "Welcome to Palestine," a post on Voice of the Cape. Why would Voice of the Cape, the Islamic community radio station of rural South Africa be blocked on Facebook? The feature story that day was about the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, but there were stories all over my friends' Facebook pages about the Gaza Flotilla that day. When Voice of the Cape was still banned, two days later on the 6th of July, I scanned the featured stories on its home page: There was one with the headline "28,000 Pakistanis Displaced," a tragedy that no one else seemed to be reporting, but, it was hard to find the offense that would call for a Facebook ban here. Another story on a South African qasida band concert and contest in Capetown, one on Capetown's architectural heritage, one on a Shari-ah compliant banking service, and a show on the restitution process in South Africa coming up on the air. Community radio. South Africa's Islamic community, with its own concerns, and its national and international concerns.

I couldn't find any explanation for the entire Voice of the Cape website to be blocked aside from it being an Islamic community station with one report on the Gaza Flotilla and one editorial in support of it. The host did indeed want to get straight to what he clearly knew I'd be likely to say about the consequence of the American Revolution for America's indigenous peoples, but Facebook block? People from all over the world were posting about the Gaza Flotilla, and I'm hardly the first to say that 1776 was no better deal for Native America than 1492, so go figure, or contact Facebook:

Activists for and against Pentagon drones


KPFA Weekend News, 04.30.2011:  Activists for and against Pentagon drones.   A response from independent journalist, human rights investigator, and former electrical engineer Keith Harmon Snow.

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