Open thread for night owls. Ann Jones: Afghanistan—the never-ending war against women

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Afghan women in Kabul protest violence against women.

Ann Jones has observed the U.S.-Afghanistan war from its inception, first as a humanitarian worker, then as a reporter. Her book They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars—The Untold Story was published in 2014. At TomDispatch, she writes—The Never-Ending War:

Ten months ago, on December 28, 2014, a ceremony in Kabul officially marked the conclusion of America’s very long war in Afghanistan. President Obama called that day “a milestone for our country.”

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Open thread for night owls: Médecins Sans Frontières issues report on U.S. attack on its hospital

An Afghan man walks in front of the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan October 14, 2015.

The MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, 11 days after it was bombed by the U.S.

Krishnadev Calamur at The Atlantic takes a look at the 13-page report issued Thursday by Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) regarding the hour-long U.S. bombing and strafing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, October 3. At least 30 patients and MSF staff members were killed. A month after the attack, NATO and the United States have not yet produced their own promised reports. Apparently the 50 buckets of whitewash they ordered haven’t yet arrived:

In the aftermath of the bombing, MSF called for a never-before-used mechanism of the Geneva Conventions to investigate the strike, and General John Campbell, the senior-most U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said the “hospital was mistakenly struck”—an apparent evolution of the U.S. position on what happened that day in Kunduz. […]
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Open thread for night owls: Médecins Sans Frontières issues report on U.S. attack on its hospital

An Afghan man walks in front of the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan October 14, 2015.

The MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, 11 days after it was bombed by the U.S.

Krishnadev Calamur at The Atlantic takes a look at the 13-page report issued Thursday by Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) regarding the hour-long U.S. bombing and strafing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, October 3. At least 30 patients and MSF staff members were killed. A month after the attack, NATO and the United States have not yet produced their own promised reports. Apparently the 50 buckets of whitewash they ordered haven’t yet arrived:

In the aftermath of the bombing, MSF called for a never-before-used mechanism of the Geneva Conventions to investigate the strike, and General John Campbell, the senior-most U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said the “hospital was mistakenly struck”—an apparent evolution of the U.S. position on what happened that day in Kunduz. […]
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Open thread for night owls: Kris Kobach defends now-open ties to white nationalist hate groups

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach head shot

Yet another fixture of the Republican anti-immigration movement has been caught in yet another active relationship with a designated hate group.

Kansas Secretary of State and the right-wing’s most prominent anti-immigration activist Kris Kobach was recently outed for speaking at the annual Writers’ Workshop of the The Social Contract Press (TSCP), a group classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a white nationalist publishing house.
According to SPLC, The Social Contract Press‘ publisher John Tanton is also the founder of the modern nativist movement. Kobach was spotted by the Center for New Community at the October 25 gathering in Washington, D.C. U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, a Republican freshman from Texas who recently proposed legislation to suspend refugee resettlement programs as the Syrian crisis finally made U.S. headlines, was also a featured speaker.

Kobach has been a key author of anti-immigrant laws adopted or attempted by

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Open thread for night owls: Coalition pushes for a ‘Global Frackdown’

Fracking

Nadia Prupis at Common Dreams writes—Ahead of Paris, Unparalleled Coalition Demands Global Fracking Ban:

Marking the broadest effort ever orchestrated to oppose controversial extraction methods, over 1,200 groups from around the world have signed a letter to policymakers calling for a global ban on fracking—a false solution, they say, which has no place in an agreement designed to lower emissions.
In Washington, D.C., activists planned to deliver the letter [Tuesday] as part of a rally staged outside the White House.

“President Obama should go to Paris as a real Climate Leader in Chief,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. “The only way he can show true and necessary leadership during the negotiations next month is to stop facilitating the greenwashing of fracking and to do everything in his power to move our nation quickly towards a renewable and energy efficient future.”

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Open thread for night owls. Michelle Obama—Let girls learn

Schoolgirls in Laos

Schoolgirls in Laos

At The Atlantic, Michelle Obama writes—Let Girls Learn

Right now, 62 million girls worldwide are not in school. They’re receiving no formal education at all—no reading, no writing, no math—none of the basic skills they need to provide for themselves and their families, and contribute fully to their countries.
Often, understandably, this issue is framed as a matter of resources—a failure to invest enough money in educating girls. We can solve this problem, the argument goes, if we provide more scholarships for girls so they can afford school fees, uniforms, and supplies; and if we provide safe transportation so their parents don’t have to worry that they’ll be sexually assaulted on their way to or from school; and if we build adequate school bathrooms for girls so they don’t have to stay home when they have their periods, and then fall behind and wind up

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Open thread for night owls. Will a Paris climate agreement spark $90 trillion energy transformation?

Arctic Protest sign outside Chevron offices.

The 21st Conference of the Parties of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change will begin in Paris in four weeks. As in the past, there are both high hopes and jaded expectations for the outcome of COP21. Between then and now, Night Owls will be highlighting numerous and diverse outside essays and analyses as well as original Daily Kos material regarding what outcome activists and others believe is needed from the Paris talks. “Diverse” in the sense that some of these pieces will contradict one another.
Here are excerpts from a piece by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard at the Daily Telegraph:

The fossil fuel industry has taken a very cavalier bet that China, India and the developing world will continue to block any serious effort to curb greenhouse emissions, and that there is, in any case, no viable alternative to oil, gas or coal for decades to come.

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Open thread for night owls: Western nations, led by U.S., are pouring weapons into Middle East

Sarah Lazare at Common Dreams writes Flood of Western Weapons Fueling Unrest, Extremism Across Middle East:

Western nations—led by the United States—are selling large quantities of weapons to governments in the Middle East and North Africa, providing little oversight for how these arms are used, and thereby fueling corruption and conflict in countries from Saudi Arabia to Egypt, a new report (pdf) from the watchdog organization Transparency International finds.
The investigation examines government defense corruption in Tunisia, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Syria, and Yemen. These countries together account for $135 billion in military spending in 2014 alone, making their expenditures as a percentage of GDP the “highest in the world,” the report finds. […]

Firearms

The role of the United States in driving this arms flow was well-established long before Transparency International’s report. The Stockholm International Peace

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Open thread for night owls. Alterman: pundits fawning over Paul Ryan as GOP savior don’t make it so

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan didn’t conquer the Freedom Caucus. He capitulated to it.

At The Nation, Eric Alterman kicks some ass that dearly needed kicking in Meet Paul Ryan, Media Darling. He’s Sensible, Serious, and Totally Made-Up:

The beatification of right-wing Republican Paul Ryan has become an almost annual ritual among the punditocracy. This bizarre tradition began when Ryan released his first budget as chair of the House Budget Committee in 2011, and repeated itself a year later when he rereleased it. It occurred a third time when Mitt Romney—under powerful punditocracy pressure—picked Ryan as his running mate for the 2012 presidential campaign. Now we are in the midst of yet another episode in this sorry franchise, as Republicans and their apologists and propagandists beg Ryan to use his superhero powers to save them from the lunatics who have taken over their party. It’s a measure of how deeply the

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Open thread for night owls: The House committee even worse than the Benghazi committee

David Roberts:

The Benghazi committee is not even the worst committee in the House. I’d argue that the House science committee, under the chairmanship of Lamar Smith (R-TX), deserves that superlative for its open-ended, Orwellian attempts to intimidate some of the nation’s leading scientists and scientific institutions.
The science committee’s modus operandi is similar to the Benghazi committee’s — sweeping, catchall investigations, with no specific allegations of wrongdoing or clear rationale, searching through private documents for out-of-context bits and pieces to leak to the press, hoping to gain short-term political advantage — but it stands to do more lasting long-term damage. […]

The science committee, Fox News, the Daily Caller, climate deniers, CEI — at this point, it’s all one partisan operation, sharing information and strategies.

The full article is well worth a read.



Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2002Mexico

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Open thread for night owls. Oil Change International: Tar sands running out of room to grow

Tar sands protest in St. Paul Minnesota, June 6, 2015

People power has an impact.

From Oil Change International:

In a new report that we released today along with our friends at Bold Nebraska, Environmental Defence Canada, Equiterre, IEEFA, NRDC, Sierra Club U.S., and 350.org, we take a data-driven look at the role this incredible and diverse movement is having keeping some of the world’s dirtiest oil—the Alberta tar sands—in the ground.
The report, Lockdown: The end of growth in the tar sands, is all about the numbers. We built a model (the first of its kind in the public sphere) that looks at the entire North American tar sands pipeline system. Using this model (INAP—the Integrated North American Pipeline model), we were able to determine bottlenecks, hurdles, and pressure points for the industry.

One story the model tells is a simple one: without major new pipelines, the tar sands have run out of room to

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Open thread for night owls: Koch-fueled hoaxer Inhofe threatens to crash climate talks … again

Sen. Jim Inhofe at CPAC in 2012.

Sen. Jim Inhofe’s clownish public stance on climate change has proved
 lucrative when it comes to oil and gas campaign cash.

Katie Herzog at Grist writes—Climate-denying senator threatens to crash climate talks:

The Hill reports that Sen. James Inhofe — noted climate change denier and author of such works of art as The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future — has threatened to crash the U.N. climate talks in Paris this December, along with Kentucky Republican Ed Whitfield. “We may send a group over to Paris, just to let them know that there’s another branch of government, in addition to the executive branch, on these issues,” said Whitfield.
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Open thread for night owls: Carson links abortion to slavery and claims he is a ‘reasonable person’

Ben Carson

Daniel Politi at Slate writes—Ben Carson Likens Women Seeking Abortion to Slave Owners:

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson compared abortion to slavery in an interview on Sunday, insisting women who are raped or victims of incest should not be allowed to terminate their pregnancies. “Think about this,” Carson said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “During slavery—and I know that’s one of those words you’re not supposed to say but I’m saying it—during slavery, a lot of slave owners thought they had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave, anything that they chose. And what if the abolitionists had said, ‘I don’t believe in slavery but you guys do whatever you want’? Where would be?”

Carson, who is challenging Donald Trump for the role of frontrunner in the battle for the GOP presidential nomination, said he would “love” to see Roe v. Wade overturned. When

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Open thread for night owls. Dayen: Icahn makes brazen $150 million bid to buy Congress

money, piles of money, cash

David Dayen at The Fiscal Times writes—Carl Icahn Is Making a Brazen $150 Million Bid to Buy Congress:

When people talk about money in politics, they invariably focus on elections—on the insidious role played by outside groups to push into office those with hidden political agendas. But for all the money spent on electoral politics, perhaps the bigger threat comes from greater sums spent in the First Amendment-protected exercise of lobbying.

This week, billionaire investor Carl Icahn announced the formation of a $150 million SuperPAC, which he says will be dedicated to ending the spectacle of “so many of our great companies leaving our country.” Icahn is particularly exercised about so-called “inversions,” where domestic corporations merge with a foreign partner and shift their corporate masthead overseas, pretending to be headquartered abroad to take advantage of a lower tax rate.
We’ll deal with what Icahn is really after

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Open thread for night owls. Carbon Tracker Initiative: What will success for Paris COP21 look like?

The 21st Conference of the Parties of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change will begin in Paris in a little more than five weeks. As in the past, there are both high hopes and jaded expectations for the outcome of COP21. Between then and now, Night Owls will be highlighting numerous and diverse outside essays and analyses as well as original Daily Kos material regarding what outcome activists and others believe is needed from the Paris talks. “Diverse” in the sense that some of these pieces will contradict one another.
Tonight’s edition excerpts the views of Anthony Hobley, the chief executive of the Carbon Tracker Initiative:

[…] Here I want to focus particularly on why it does not matter if Paris is unlikely to produce a legally binding treaty. In a world where such a treaty would require ratification by the US Congress such expectations are

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Open thread for night owls. Carbon Tracker Initiative: What will success for Paris COP21 look like?

The 21st Conference of the Parties of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change will begin in Paris in a little more than five weeks. As in the past, there are both high hopes and jaded expectations for the outcome of COP21. Between then and now, Night Owls will be highlighting numerous and diverse outside essays and analyses as well as original Daily Kos material regarding what outcome activists and others believe is needed from the Paris talks. “Diverse” in the sense that some of these pieces will contradict one another.
Tonight’s edition excerpts the views of Anthony Hobley, the chief executive of the Carbon Tracker Initiative:

[…] Here I want to focus particularly on why it does not matter if Paris is unlikely to produce a legally binding treaty. In a world where such a treaty would require ratification by the US Congress such expectations are

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Open thread for night owls. Carbon Tracker Initiative: What will success for Paris COP21 look like?

The 21st Conference of the Parties of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change will begin in Paris in a little more than five weeks. As in the past, there are both high hopes and jaded expectations for the outcome of COP21. Between then and now, Night Owls will be highlighting numerous and diverse outside essays and analyses as well as original Daily Kos material regarding what outcome activists and others believe is needed from the Paris talks. “Diverse” in the sense that some of these pieces will contradict one another.
Tonight’s edition excerpts the views of Anthony Hobley, the chief executive of the Carbon Tracker Initiative:

[…] Here I want to focus particularly on why it does not matter if Paris is unlikely to produce a legally binding treaty. In a world where such a treaty would require ratification by the US Congress such expectations are

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Open thread for night owls. Carbon Tracker Initiative: What will success for Paris COP21 look like?

The 21st Conference of the Parties of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change will begin in Paris in a little more than five weeks. As in the past, there are both high hopes and jaded expectations for the outcome of COP21. Between then and now, Night Owls will be highlighting numerous and diverse outside essays and analyses as well as original Daily Kos material regarding what outcome activists and others believe is needed from the Paris talks. “Diverse” in the sense that some of these pieces will contradict one another.
Tonight’s edition excerpts the views of Anthony Hobley, the chief executive of the Carbon Tracker Initiative:

[…] Here I want to focus particularly on why it does not matter if Paris is unlikely to produce a legally binding treaty. In a world where such a treaty would require ratification by the US Congress such expectations are

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Open thread for night owls. Carbon Tracker Initiative: What will success for Paris COP21 look like?

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Tonight’s edition excerpts the views of Anthony Hobley, the chief executive of the Carbon Tracker Initiative:

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Open thread for night owls: NRA promotes article fantasizing about civil war, killing Democrats

NRA Tweet: 'Make no mistake, anti-gunners are 'calling for forcible disarmament...' #2A bit.ly/1XhZQAP
An image posted by site 'bearingarms.com': Two nooses, caption 'This is where the survivors of the Democrat rebellion will meet their end.'

NRA tweet; An image accompanying the linked article, captioned
‘This is where the survivors of the Democrat rebellion will meet their end.’

The National Rifle Association is a radical far-right militia group.

The National Rifle Association is promoting an article that suggested “radical” Democrats will attempt to confiscate firearms in the United States and trigger a civil war where “the survivors of the Democrat rebellion” are ultimately hanged. […]
Owens began his October 17 article with an image of gallows and the caption, “This is where the survivors of the Democrat rebellion will meet their end.” His article was promoted by the NRA on social media.

In general, sportsman-oriented lobbying groups do not direct their followers to articles describing how “survivors of the Democrat rebellion” will be hanged; historically, such rants are confined to especially insane corners of the internet. But the NRA is not a lobbying

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