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Some preliminary observations on the San Bernardino, California, shootings

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.             December 11, 2015

The December 2, 2015 attack on the Department of Public Health employees of San Bernardino County in California, at a gathering at the Inland Regional Center, has been alleged to have been carried out by Syed Rizwan Farook, who was also employed by the same department, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, which killed fourteen people and injured twenty-two. It is being portrayed as a terrorist act by the news media, politicians, FBI, and others. FBI has strained maximally to find a link between the alleged attackers and Islamic State or other terrorist groups. It has failed to find any credible evidence for that. Some dubious claim was made that someone had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State on the Facebook around the time of the attack. They attribute that to Tashfeen Malik, claiming that she had used a false name to do that. It is highly unlikely. She was a devout Muslim and such false impersonation would be against her beliefs. Moreover, if she was carrying out or about to carry out such a suicidal mission, she had no reason to hide her identity. Continue reading

US and NATO imperialism in South Asia: the developing Pakistan quagmire

Posted on December 3, 2011 by imperialismandthethirdworldEdit

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Fazal Rahman, Ph.D

Note:  This article was written on June 15, 2009, and was published on Dandelion Salad on November 18, 2010, from where many other sites also, including some in Pakistan, copied and posted it.

Abstract

In this article, the real nature of the main issue and main forces in the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan is identified and explained.  The main issue is, of course, the invasion of Pakhtoon areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan by the US and NATO imperialists and their client and puppet forces, while the main forces are imperialists and their local clients, Pakistan and Afghanistan governments and their military and police forces, on the one hand, and the anti-imperialist forces-Afghan and Pakistan Taliban and their allies-on the other.  Even though, it is a very simple truth, it must be emphasized and stated clearly, as it is drowned under oceans of lies and propaganda, manufactured by the powerful organs of disinformation of the West as well as those of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Continue reading