But there was more than a question mark missing from the Time story, which stressed potentially disastrous consequences if the U.S. pursues negotiations with the Taliban. The piece lacked a crucial personal disclosure on Baker's part: Her husband, Tamim Samee, an Afghan-American IT entrepreneur, is a board member of an Afghan government minister's $100 million project advocating foreign investment in Afghanistan, and has run two companies, Digistan and Ora-Tech, that have solicited and won development contracts with the assistance of the international military, including private sector infrastructure projects favored by U.S.-backed leader Hamid Karzai.Read the whole thing here.
In other words, the Time reporter who wrote a story bolstering the case for war appears to have benefited materially from the NATO invasion. Reached by The Observer, a Time spokesperson revealed that the magazine has just reassigned Baker to a new country as part of a normal rotation, though he declined to say where.
It's time for TIME to be called what they are: PRAVDA, with NEWSWEEK trailing closely behind as TASS. But come now, don't look so surprised. This is how America functions these days. An empire in decline always needs to rely on propaganda.
There are still some good guys. There are still some who do proper reporting. Still ask the relevant questions. But these are not the ones who wind up on cover stories.