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Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill

Following on from his book on the mercenary force Blackwater, Jeremy Scahill delves into the Dirty Wars of the Bush and Obama era in the War on Terror. The main theatres covered include Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Scahill writes about the excesses of the Bush administration, in particular the detainee programs and he deals with how Obama has ratcheted up the campaign against terrorists with the heavy use of drones and targetted killings. There is a focus on American citizen Anwar Awlaki and his rise within the terrorist ranks and how his targetting by the US raised all kinds of legal dilemmas in terms of assassination by his own government. The Osama Bin Laden death is covered in detail, and perhaps extremely relevant, in light of the Kenya bombings this week, the book analyses the rise of Al Shebab in Somalia and also Al Qaeda Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen. The book is very well researched, although I feel that the author is somewhat sympathetic towards the Jihadists and critical of the US government measures to contain them. Obviously, the killing of civilians is wrong from whatever side, and some of the US actions can be compared with those of the terrorists. It is frightening to witness how clandestine operations are from the White House down and the way in which the JSOC has been totally unleashed over the years to a status where it has virtually no oversight, is a scary fact. Since September 11th 2001, the War On Terror has been a real issue to most citizens of the world. Dirty Wars is a book which details this struggle in a very readable, interestign and enlightening manner. I highly recommend this book and believe it is a step up from the Blackwater predecessor. I look forward to future work from the author.

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Taliban House

DJ Set 16 Taliban House

Listen to Wez G – Taliban House byWez G on hearthis.at    Shuffle are always at the cutting edge of house music. Here we have created a new genre ‘Taliban House’. My boss who sidelines in tech warfare is off to Afghanistan on a sortie in a couple of weeks so I thought I’d prepare him for the trip and give him something to play in the helicopters and humvees. He’s been blown up four times in Iraq and I know Afghanistan is pretty damn dangerous so I thought I’d prepare him properly with a fired up mix. During the first gulf war, Iraqi troops at the front line were tortured with incredibly loud renditions of Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA. I’m hoping that the Wez G Taliban House will go down a bit better with the enemy and maybe help bring peace to the region. They might lay down their arms and get grooving in the caves. Who knows? It’s worth a try. Look out for a Wez G Shuffle gig at Bagram Army base in the very near future… :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Jim Morrison – To Come of Age [Elektra] 2. The Disco Evangelists – De Niro (The Journey – 93 E.Q.) [Positiva] 3. Fluke – Atom Bomb (Atomix 3) [Virgin] 4. The Chemical Brothers – Galvanise [Virgin] 5. Thievery Corporation – Warning Shots [ESL Music] 6. Indeep – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life [Becket Records] 7. Black Box – Ride on Time (Original 12” Mix) [S12] 8. Adamski – Killer [P&C] 9. Meeker – Save Me (Futureshock Mix) [Underwater] 10. Superchumbo – The Revolution (Volta Vocal Mix) [Twisted] 11. David Guetta feat JD Davis– The World is Mine (Deep Dish Remix) [Virgin] 12. Ladytron – You Destroy Everything You Touch (Sasha Invol2ver Mix) [White] 13. The Doors – This is The End (Dirty South Mix) [White] 14. Trafik – Surrender (Trafik’s No Retreat No Surrender Mix) [Global Underground] 15. Slacker – Scared (The Lonely Traveller) [Loaded] 16. Lost – Final Faze Mix [White] 17. Dee Patten – Who’s the Bad Man (Sound System Mix) [Hard Hands] 18. 2 Bad Mice – Bombscare (Original Mix) [Moshed] 19. The Doors – The End [Elektra]   KryKey Blog article: http://krykeywebradio.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/taliban-house-by-wez-g.html Wez G – Taliban House by Wezg on Mixcloud

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