Egypt’s army ‘involved in detentions and torture’

Military accused by human rights campaigners of targeting hundreds of anti-government protesters

Chris McGreal in Cairo
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 9 February 2011 

The Egyptian military has secretly detained hundreds and possibly thousands of suspected government opponents since mass protests against President Hosni Mubarak began, and at least some of these detainees have been tortured, according to testimony gathered by the Guardian.

The military has claimed to be neutral, merely keeping anti-Mubarak protesters and loyalists apart. But human rights campaigners say this is clearly no longer the case, accusing the army of involvement in both disappearances and torture – abuses Egyptians have for years associated with the notorious state security intelligence (SSI) but not the army.

The Guardian has spoken to detainees who say they have suffered extensive beatings and other abuses at the hands of the military in what appears to be an organised campaign of intimidation. Human rights groups have documented the use of electric shocks on some of those held by the army. Continue reading

India enlists aid from imperialists, Zionists–and now from Vietnam–in the fight against tribals and Maoists

[India’s “Operation Green Hunt”,  facing significant political opposition and militant resistance from the Indian people, is drawing in technical resources and military training from imperialist and Zionist forces. Now, Vietnam’s government, having long turned to the capitalist market and friendly relations with imperialism, is sending forces to train Indian counter-insurgency forces waging an internal war against tribal people, Maoists, and independence movements in Kashmir, Manipur, Assam and elsewhere. This story (and snarky headline) from The Telegraph gloats over Vietnam’s turnabout on revolution, but the spirit of resistance, once led by Vietnamese, is now unmistakably carried by the tribals and the Maoists in India.–ed.]

The Telegraph, Calcutta, India

October 14, 2010

Ho! Look who’s teaching army-Hanoi tie-up in Maoist time

New Delhi: The Indian Army has decided to learn from the masters of the bush war — Vietnam — in the middle of an intensive study of Maoist military tactics.

The irony is hard to miss. When the Naxalites emerged in India in the late-1960s, a popular slogan that reverberated in Bengal was “Tomar naam, amar naam, Vietnam, Vietnam”.  Translated it means “Your name, my name, Vietnam, Vietnam”, but the English does not have quite the same ring as the passionate Bengali in which the slogan was chorused.

That was in solidarity with the Communist-led resistance war against the Americans and their puppet South Vietnamese government. The struggle that drove the Americans out in 1975 was probably the most successful guerrilla war in modern history.

Today, nearly 35 years later, defence minister A.K. Antony and his Vietnamese counterpart General Phung Quang Thanh — a hero of that guerrilla war — agreed that the armies of the two countries will begin joint exercises from next year. Continue reading

U.S. poised to overtake Russia as biggest arms supplier in India’s rapid military buildup

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO100…-structure.htm

Rick Rozoff

A September 8 report by a leading Canadian newspaper cited the Indian branch of the Deloitte consulting firm estimating the world’s second most populous nation plans to spend as much as $80 billion for its defense sector in the next five years. It quoted an Indian journalist, Rahul Bedi, a contributor to Jane’s Defence Weekly, as stating “No one else is buying like India.” [1]

Earlier this year the authoritative Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) disclosed that India had become the world’s second-largest importer of weapons from 2005-2009, “importing 7% of the world’s arms exports.” Only China imported more weaponry, though that nation is slated to purchase less foreign arms, both aggregate and percentile, in the coming years and the largest foreign supplier of its weapons is a non-Western country, Russia.

During the five-year period mentioned above, Indian arms imports more than doubled from $1.04 billion in 2005 to $2.2 billion in 2009. Over the past 20 years Russia has been far and away the main provider of arms to India, as the Soviet Union had been in previous decades, though “The United States, currently India’s sixth-biggest arms supplier, seems likely to leapfrog to second position once New Delhi starts paying for a series of recent and ongoing acquisitions.” [2] Continue reading

Obama secretly deploys US special forces to 75 countries across world

From The Times (UK)

June 5, 2010

Tim Reid and Michael Evans, Washington

President Obama has secretly sanctioned a huge increase in the number of US special forces carrying out search-and-destroy missions against al-Qaeda around the world, with American troops now operating in 75 countries.

The dramatic expansion in the use of special forces, which in their global span go far beyond the covert missions authorised by George W. Bush, reflects how aggressively the President is pursuing al-Qaeda behind his public rhetoric of global engagement and diplomacy.

When Mr Obama took office US special forces were operating in fewer than 60 countries. In the past 18 months he has ordered a big expansion in Yemen and the Horn of Africa — known areas of strong al-Qaeda activity — and elsewhere in the Middle East, central Asia and Africa.

According to The Washington Post, Mr Obama has also approved pre-emptive special forces strikes to disrupt terror plots, and has given the units powers and authority that was not granted by Mr Bush when he occupied the White House. Continue reading

Rolling Stone Magazine Chases the Runaway General

(The corporate media, loyalist beyond sense in their embedded state, have throughout the Iraq and Afghanistan wars given the commanders, by and large, a very glossy veneer.  Rolling Stone magazine found an opportunity to change the tune with some coverage of General Stanley McChrystal, the US and NATO Commander in Afghanistan.  The story seems to be rumbling over the globe.-ed)

Gen. McChrystal on the way to Kandahar

By  Michael Hastings

‘How’d i get screwed into going to this dinner?” demands Gen. Stanley McChrystal. It’s a Thursday night in mid-April, and the commander of all U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan is sitting in a four-star suite at the Hôtel Westminster in Paris. He’s in France to sell his new war strategy to our NATO allies – to keep up the fiction, in essence, that we actually have allies. Since McChrystal took over a year ago, the Afghan war has become the exclusive property of the United States. Opposition to the war has already toppled the Dutch government, forced the resignation of Germany’s president and sparked both Canada and the Netherlands to announce the withdrawal of their 4,500 troops. McChrystal is in Paris to keep the French, who have lost more than 40 soldiers in Afghanistan, from going all wobbly on him.

“The dinner comes with the position, sir,” says his chief of staff, Col. Charlie Flynn.

McChrystal turns sharply in his chair.

“Hey, Charlie,” he asks, “does this come with the position?” Continue reading

Analysis of Philippine Army Military-Intelligence Strategy

Ang Bayan Special Issue, June 11, 2010

Defeat Oplan Bantay Laya 2 completely

The fascist reactionary army could not conceal the fact that the New People’s Army (NPA) remains widespread and strong and capable of dealing powerful blows on their forces. Thus, the fascist puppet AFP could not avoid admitting that Oplan Bantay Laya 2 (OBL2) has failed to meet its target of crippling the NPA and the revolutionary movement in time for the counterrevolutionary campaign’s deadline by the end of the US-Arroyo regime’s term in June 2010.

But it persists in trying to deal powerful blows or even a knockout punch before its deadline or even beyond it. To achieve this, the fascist enemy is currently implementing the following:

▪                The AFP has narrowed down its focus to the top priority guerrilla fronts. To be able to concentrate a bigger force on each target, the AFP has reduced the number of priority targets of each area command from the former 10-12 to only five to six guerrilla fronts (Nolcom — Kalinga, Abra, Aurora, Bataan, Zambales; Solcom — guerrilla fronts in Quezon, Sorsogon and Masbate; Cencom — guerrilla fronts in Negros and Samar; EastMinCom — guerrilla fronts in the Davao provinces). Continue reading

India, Sri Lanka to step up defense ties

(Reportedly, a thousand Tamils were jailed or detained in Madras (Chennai) today.  They were demonstrating against Rajapaksa’s visit to India; he was invited  by “the UPA government, [which] faced with the Maoist menace,  hoped to learn from the island nation’s experience in decimating the LTTE.“)   (A note for readers on the uses of language:  Repressive governments throughout the world routinely refer to their war departments as “defensive” and “peace keeping.”)

Singh and Rajapaksa in New Delhi

Telegraph India

New Delhi, June 9: India today promised to train a much larger number of Sri Lankan military personnel at its defence training facilities as part of its increased defence co-operation with Colombo.

After the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) experiment, when Delhi sent military contingents to LTTE-ravaged Lanka between 1987 and 1990, India had largely kept its defence co-operation with the island country on the backburner. After the annihilation of the Tamil Tigers, India now seems more assured of increasing its defence co-operation with Colombo.

At today’s talks between visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the two “leaders agreed to promote dialogue on security and defence issues of relevance to their bilateral relationship and enhance high-level military exchanges and training of military personnel as well as impart additional training in Indian institutions for the newly recruited police personnel”.

The two countries also agreed to start an annual defence dialogue. Rajapaksa will tomorrow fly to Shimla, where the Army Training Command is based. Continue reading

Japan building navy base in Africa, joining US; is China next?

US base in Djibouti is former French Foreign Legion base

DJIBOUTI, Djibouti, May 11 (UPI) — Japan plans to establish a $40 million strategic naval base in the Horn of Africa state of Djibouti, where U.S. and French forces are deployed to combat al-Qaida jihadists.

The facility, intended to boost the fight against Somali pirates preying on vital shipping lanes, will be Japan’s first foreign military base since World War II.

“This will be the only Japanese base outside our country and the first in Africa,” said Japanese navy Capt. Keizo Kitagawa, commander of the Japanese flotilla deployed with the international anti-piracy task force in the Gulf of Aden. He will oversee establishment of the base. Continue reading