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Afghanistan: Three U.S. Troops Killed In Latest 'Green-On-Blue' Attack

CNN (USA), BBC NEWS (UK), KHAAMA PRESS (Afghanistan)

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An Afghan man wearing a military uniform killed three American soldiers in southern Afghanistan on Friday, only a day after U.S. authorities condemned a suicide bombing earlier this week that killed four other Americans.

The attack is the latest in a string of ‘green-on-blue’ attacks, where Afghan security forces turn on Western troops. The attacks have eroded trust between Afghan authorities and their NATO allies, who are scheduled to leave by 2014.

CNN reports that the man opened fire on the troops in the Helmand province, according to an International Assistance Security Force (ISAF) spokesperson, who did not provide further details.

According to the BBC, Afghan officials say the three soldiers were Special Forces members. Officials also told the BBC that the soldiers were meeting with an elder who said he wanted to join the police but turned out to be a Taliban infiltrator and shot them.

A NATO spokeswoman told Reuters it was too early to verify these details.

Earlier this week a suicide bomber killed four Americans and an Afghan interpreter in the eastern Kunar province. On Thursday U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the bombing, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility.

NATO says there have been 24 so-called ‘green-on-blue’ attacks with 28 people killed since January 2012, according to Khaama Press.

The past week has been particularly violent for Afghanistan. On Tuesday a remote-controlled bomb killed nine passengers on a bus near the capital Kabul.

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Joshimath, The Sinking Indian City Has Also Become A Hotbed Of Government Censorship

The Indian authorities' decision to hide factual reports on the land subsidence in Joshimath only furthers a sense of paranoia.

Photo of people standing next to a cracked road in Joshimath, India

Cracked road in Joshimath

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Rohan Banerjee*

MUMBAI — Midway through the movie Don’t Look Up (2021), the outspoken PhD candidate Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) is bundled into a car, a bag over her head. The White House, we are told, wants her “off the grid”. She is taken to a warehouse – the sort of place where CIA and FBI agents seem to spend an inordinate amount of time in Hollywood movies – and charged with violating national security secrets.

The Hobson’s choice offered to her is to either face prosecution or suspend “all public media appearances and incendiary language relating to Comet Dibiasky”, an interstellar object on a collision course with earth. Exasperated, she acquiesces to the gag order.

Don’t Look Upis a satirical take on the collective apathy towards climate change; only, the slow burn of fossil fuel is replaced by the more imminent threat of a comet crashing into our planet. As a couple of scientists try to warn humanity about its potential extinction, they discover a media, an administration, and indeed, a society that is not just unwilling to face the truth but would even deny it.

This premise and the caricatured characters border on the farcical, with plot devices designed to produce absurd scenarios that would be inconceivable in the real world we inhabit. After all, would any government dealing with a natural disaster, issue an edict prohibiting researchers and scientists from talking about the event? Surely not. Right?

On January 11, the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), one of the centers of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), issued a preliminary report on the land subsidence issue occurring in Joshimath, the mountainside city in the Himalayas.

The word ‘subsidence’ entered the public lexicon at the turn of the year as disturbing images of cracked roads and tilted buildings began to emanate from Joshimath.

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