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Archives by Tag 'Afghanistan'
Obama’s War Desk
DAVE LANNEN
Mr. Obama’s war desk is heavy with burdensome issues concerning Syria.  Given three minutes of his time I would share the following prospective – of which his advisors are ill-informed; that of a little girl and a soldier. The choreographed chaos in our tent h...
The Wishful Thinking Left
JEAN BRICMONT
Louvain, Belgium. Once upon a time, in the early 1970’s, many people, including myself, thought that all the “struggles” of that period were linked: the Cultural Revolution in China, the guerill...
When Hearts and Minds are War-Torn
TOM H. HASTINGS
The Taliban is finally making another try at initiating peace talks. Who is listening and who cares? Afghans care. Their hearts are in pieces like the rubble that is strewn wherever the US-led NATO/Karzai forces have bombed from the air, or where the Taliban has cr...
Explaining Afghanistan’s Future
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Email is a wonderful medium for communication, but there are drawbacks, one of which is the deluge of spam that hits our inboxes. We’ve all had weird messages couched something like Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise and...
The Lie Factory
SHELDON RICHMAN
In his latest major address on foreign policy, President Obama said ...
Pipelinistan
WILLIAM BLUM
I have written on more than one occasion about the value of preaching and repeating to the choir on a regular basis. One of my readers agreed with this, saying: “How else has Christianity survived 2,000 years except by weekly reinforcement?” Well, dear choir, b...
Justice Served in Afghanistan?
TOM McNAMARA
The New York Times recently reported that Staff Sgt. Robert Bales...
Are Afghan Women Victims of the Justice System?
Dr. CESAR CHELALA
Senior United Nations officials urged the Government of Afghanistan to implement legislation in line with international commitments to protect women from all forms of violence. They issued their request after the Afghan Parliament failed to ratify the Elimination of Viole...
The Imperial Mindset
JUSTIN DOOLITTLE
Max Boot, one of the nation’s leading ...
Afghanistan: Is It Really the End Game?
CONN HALLINAN
“Gunmen in Pakistan on Monday set ablaze five trucks carrying NATO equipment out of Afghanistan as the international military alliance winds down it combat mission there, officials said.” -Agence France Presse, 3/1/13 There is no...
Thanking Bradley Manning
KATHY KELLY
A few evenings ago, as the sky began to darken here in Kabul, Afghanistan, a small group of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, (APVs), gathered for an informal presentation about WikiLeaks, its chief editor Julian Assange, and its most prominent contributor, Bradley Manning. Ba...
Advice From an Afghan Mother and Activist
KATHY KELLY
When she was 24 years old, in 1979, Fahima Vorgetts left Afghanistan.  By reputation, she had been outspoken, even rebellious, in her opposition to injustice and oppression; and family and friends, concerned for her safety, had urged her to go abroad. Twenty-three...
The Afghanistan War Comes Home to Philadelphia
DAVE LINDORFF
Maple Glen War Zone Although I have been a journalist now for 40 years, I have, by design, never sought an assignment as a war correspondent. The idea of dodging enemy bullets, avoiding mines, and of course “friendly” fire, has never appealed to me. An...
Tales in a Kabul Restaurant
KATHY KELLY
Kabul–Since 2009, Voices for Creative Nonviolence has maintained a grim record we call the “The Afghan Atrocities Update” which gives the dates, locations, numbers and names of Afghan civilians killed by NATO forces.  Even with details culled from news reports,...
Terrorized by “Terror”
MICHAEL BRENNER
“TERROR” is a word that terrorizes us. To pronounce it is to evoke fear and dread. Americans experience all the nightmarish sensations of 9/11.  The visible horror of the Boston marathon bombings was intensified by the event’s association with “terror” – an ...
Bush’s Legacy
WILLIAM BLUM
This is not to put George W. Bush down. That’s too easy, and I’ve done it many times. No, this is to counter the current trend to rehabilitate the man and his Iraqi horror show, which partly coincides with the opening of his presidential library in Texas. At the dedic...
The Boston-Baghdad Connection
MEL KING and Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
Boston’s religious leaders provided admirable concern for the victims of the horrific Boston Marathon bombings, but abdicated their no less important prophetic role.  In fact, their pastoral care, while critical, apparently provided a safe way of avoiding the more risk...
An Interview With Tariq Ali
AJIT SAHI
New Delhi. A clamour is up to name Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate at India’s general election next year. His backers say he should be judged for bringing development to his state. His oppo...
The CIA’s Dirty Wars
MICHAEL BRENNER
The errant actions of the C.I.A. are by now so evident that they are a staple of Washington conversion. Like the weather, though, it is the topic everybody talks about, but does nothing about. The drone revelations, and the administration’s stonewalling, that c...
The High Crime of Torture
ROB URIE
Confirmation by the Constitution Project nearly a decade late that the George W. Bush administration and the U.S. military and ‘intelligence’ services committed acts of torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere appears a Rorschach test for the ‘sentiments’ of the...
Cluster Bombs Come Home
NORMAN SOLOMON
After the bombings that killed and maimed so horribly at the Boston Marathon, our country’s politics and mass media are awash in heartfelt compassion — and reflexive “doublethink,” which George Orwell described as willingness “to forget any fact that has be...
Two Obamas, Two Classes of Children
RALPH NADER
An Associated Press photograph brought the horror of l...
The Aafia Siddiqui Story
JUDY BELLO
A woman finds herself alone on the street in an unfamiliar neighborhood of an unfamiliar city. The people around her don’t speak her native language, and in fact, she doesn’t understand their language.  She is accompanied by a 12 year old boy, Ali. She doesn’t rec...
Droning Into a War on Tribal Islam
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Bina Shah has written an excellent ...
Prisoners of the War on Terror
JUDY BELLO
Hundreds of prisoners of the US War of  Terror languish in prisons around the world, in Guantanamo and on the US mainland.  Some have been there as long as 12 years   some have sentences that extend beyond the span of their life; many have never been charged with a cri...