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Top 5 Conspiracy Theories About Osama bin Laden's Death

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Now that Osama bin Laden has been found and killed, it's just a matter of time before the conspiracy theorists start coming out of the woodwork.  I'm going to beat them to the punch and offer up these theories in advance.  If you are a conspiracy theorist, consider this a favor — I've done the hard work for you.

So here they are, out of left field and in no particular order:

  1. It wasn't really him — I mean, they apparently did a DNA test, but did you see it?  Neither did I.  Maybe bin Laden had already died somewhere in Afghanistan, or was presumed dead, and the US government just wanted bragging rights.  The fact that they buried his body at sea means this theory isn't going to go away anytime soon.  Photos of his body would help, however.

Murder of John P. Wheeler Connected to Mass Bird Deaths?

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Last week, a celebrated and influential Pentagon insider and defense contractor was found dead in Delaware. The body of John P. Wheeler was discovered as a garbage truck dumped its load at a landfill. The death has been ruled a homicide, and thus far the investigators who are piecing together the case have offered no clear motive or reason for his mysterious murder.

In seemingly unrelated news, there has been a sudden die-off of birds and fish in the southern United States that has a lot of people talking about the apocalypse. First 5,000 blackbirds plummeted to the earth in Arkansas, littering the ground with their corpses and even hitting passers-by. Then a few days later, 500 red-winged blackbirds and starlings were found dead in nearby Louisiana. And 80,000 drum fish died in an Arkansas river close to where the blackbirds died.… Continues …

Afghanistan Is A Lost Cause

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Today in the News US President Obama said progress was sufficient to permit a "responsible reduction" of US forces to begin in July.

I'd like to ask what progress? Afghanistan still is by far the worlds largest producer of opium and has the 2nd most corrupt government in the world. Transparency International rates only one country, Somalia, as worse.

The cornerstone of the coalition strategy in Afghanistan calls for the Afghan government to eventually take over security and to provide stronger government institutions and services. How can this happen though in a country where the police set up checkpoints and stop cars demanding payment for permission to pass. In 2009, Afghan citizens had to pay approximately US$ 2.5 billion in bribes, which is equivalent to 23 per cent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP).… Continues …

"War Porn" or "Window to Reality"?

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Not even two weeks after classified documents released by Wikileaks made many people question the validity of the war in Afghanistan, here comes powerful new evidence of something worth fighting for.

A fiery controversy has been stirred up by a magazine cover photo depicting a beautiful young Afghan woman who has had her nose and ears cut off by the Taliban. Accompanied by the bold statement "What Happens if We Leave Afghanistan", some are now decrying the use of the shocking image as a manipulative effort to convince the public to accept continuing military action. Some are even calling it "war porn" and "Afghansploitation". Priyamvada Gopal at the Guardian says that the magazine cover is an oversimplification which does nothing to help solve a complex problem. According to Gopal, "Feminists have long argued that invoking the condition of women to justify occupation is a cynical ploy, and the Time cover already stands accused of it."

Is the Wikileaks Founder About to Be Assassinated?

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Julian Assange is making himself very inconvenient for the establishment right now. When his website Wikileaks recently released documents to the media regarding the war in Afghanistan, it caused a firestorm of debate and criticism at the worst possible time for the US military, which is trying desperately to drum up more support for their efforts in that part of the world. Some are now saying that the "hit list" of Task Force 373 could amount to war crimes.

The Pentagon has opened an inquiry aimed at finding the source of Wikileaks' information. But they may have bigger problems on the horizon: the whistleblowing site has three times as much classified information relating to the Iraq war, Newsweek has learned. When and how this cache of documents will ultimately be released has yet to be determined, but we can almost certainly assume that the US government is scrambling to learn everything they can in order to limit the political and intelligence fallout.

"Biggest Leak Ever" Suggests Pakistan is Aiding the Taliban

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As the longest war in American history plods along in its ninth year, whistleblowing site Wikileaks has released thousands of pages of classified documents relating to the conflict in Afghanistan, which have subsequently been summarized and published by the New York Times and other online newspapers. The Guardian is calling it "the biggest leak in intelligence history."… Continues …

The Future is Now: "Pain Ray" Weapon in Afghanistan

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The United States is considering testing a new microwave weapon in Afghanistan, a "pain ray" which causes unbearable pain akin to being burned. The military denies that any decision has been made to commence testing the Active Denial System, but admits that the weapon is in Afghanistan and is being discussed for potential use.

According to the Air Force, the Active Denial System has been heavily tested. However, one test subject had to be airlifted to a burn center for treatment, and questions remain as to whether the weapon can be used safely.… Continues …

Afghanistan's Mineral Riches and the Trouble It Brings

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The New York Times on Sunday revealed that massive stores of precious minerals have been found in Afghanistan, a development that clouds the forecast for the stability of the struggling Central Asian nation.

Although Afghanistan's mineral riches were apparently already documented (Steve Hynd at Newshoggers calls it a zombie story) it certainly comes as a surprise to most of us.  Even more surprising is the fact that the monstrous veins of industrial-use minerals are valued at nearly $1 trillion USD.

So why are we only hearing about this now?  The Raw Story suggests that it's a ploy to raise public support for longer involvement in a war that is becoming increasingly unpopular.  Josh Mull says that it's propaganda, and that it's "aimed at the elites who make the wars."… Continues …

Options for Solving the UK's Deficit

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I am not going to pretend to understand all of the implications of spending vs. cuts when it comes to Government but after reading articles on the BBC website with regards to the latest spending announcements, I am disturbed and worried.

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The current Prime Minister, David Cameron has announced a further £67 million will be spent on ensuring bombs planted in Afghanistan were countered.  He has stated that Afghanistan is his number one priority and is a national security issue.  Britain currently has 10,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan.  He also suggested that he would not be looking at sending further troops, and that the £200 million from aid funding would be diverted from other budgets to assist Afghanistan in building up its Army, Police Force and Civil Service.

Don't get me wrong, I am all in favour, and proudly support the British Forces, I am just unhappy they are there in the first place. I may be wrong in thinking, but I firmly hold George Bush and his cronies responsible for getting England into this mess in the first place.  I had been told in the past that the reason England bent over every time America came calling for support, was due to a debt that we only recently paid back to America from World War II, when England was a financial mess, and Chamberlain requested help.  If this is the case, then nothing has been altered, we are still having severe financial difficulties, we are still doing the bidding of Former American Presidents work, and we are still getting shafted.… Continues …

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