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Archives by Tag 'Afghanistan'
Homicidal Negligence in Afghanistan
BUDDY BELL
Kabul. On October 24, two days before Eid, an opinion piece published in the elite US journal Foreign Policy extolled the fact that US forces are winning in Afghanistan, adding, “Why doesn’t the media notice?” In the article, the author su...
Afghanistan: the Smell of Defeat
MIKE WHITNEY
“These two visions, one of tyranny and murder, the other of liberty and life, clashed in Afghanistan. And thanks to brave US and coalition forces and to Afghan patriots, the nightmare of the Taliban is over and that nation is coming to life again.”...
Survival and Dignity in an Afghan Winter
KATHY KELLY
“Mirwais, son of Hayatullah Haideri. He was 1½ years old and had just started to learn how to walk, holding unsteadily to the poles of the family tent before flopping onto the frozen razorbacks of the muddy floor. “Abdul Hadi, son of Abdul Ghani. ...
Drowning on Wall Street and Ending World War II
DAVID SWANSON
Imagine if George W. Bush had stood on the smoking ruins of the World Trade Center and declared, “We are going to continue our pursuit of world domination and environmental destruction until the oceans rise, the storms surge, and this spot and all the surrounding st...
Drone Wars from Britain
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
Now we know that not only did the United Kingdom already have drones, but more are coming to join the Royal Air Force for surveillance and combat operations in foreign lands. And, for the first time, they will be controlled from Britain. According to a report in the Guard...
The Age of Hell
CHRIS FLOYD
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A Faux Debate on Foreign Policy
MICHAEL BRENNER
What did we learn from the Presidential foreign policy debate? Not much specific or of substance. China did not make an appearance in the first hour. This is not surprising – for three reasons. These debates are more about self- presentation than candid statements of ...
America’s Drone Terrorism
SHELDON RICHMAN
In the United States, the dominant narrative about the use of drones in Pakistan is of a surgically precise and effective tool that makes the U.S. safer by enabling “targeted killing” of terrorists, with minimal downsides or collateral impacts. This...
Children Under Attack in Pakistan and Afghanistan
DAVE LINDORFF
Six children were attacked in Afghanistan and Pakistan this past week. Three of them, teenaged girls on a school bus in Peshawar, in the tribal region of western Pakistan, were shot and gravely wounded by two Taliban gunmen who were after Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old g...
Losing Their Grip in Afghanistan
ASHLEY SMITH
Now in its eleventh year, the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan is reeling from crisis to crisis. The U.S. government has spent nearly $600 billion on the war, yet the Taliban insurgency is unbowed. Afghan National Security Forces, which the U.S. is training, hold their over...
A Nobel Laureate on the Degeneration of the Peace Prize
MAIREAD MAGUIRE
Belfast. Alfred Nobel was a visionary who believed in a demilitarized peaceful world.  In his Will he left his Nobel peace prize to those who would work for ‘fraternity among nations’,’abolition or reduction of standing armies’, and ‘holding and...
National Insecurity Questions That Won’t Be Asked in the Presidential Debates
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
For reasons that were quite clear well before the Afghan “surge” began (see here and here), America’s Afghan adve...
Reigniting the Antiwar Movement
DAVID ABELES, ET AL.
Rumors of war become more frequent.  Tel Aviv pushes harder and harder for an attack on Iran while Iranian defense officials seem resigned to the fact of an eventual war on their nation.  Sanctions against the Iranian people are tightening.  Many regular citizens of th...
Mercenary Opportunities
BARRY LANDO
It’s estimated that, for defense and national security, the U.S. spends about ...
The Humiliation of Can-Do American Boys
WILLIAM BLUM
In Afghanistan, the US military has tried training sessions, embedded cultural advisers, recommended reading lists, and even a video game designed to school American troops in local custom. But 11 years into the war, NATO troops and Afghan soldiers are still beset by a da...
The Iraq Phoenix
MICHAEL BRENNER
Sins of omission can be every bit as serious as sins of commission. The country’s failure to have a reckoning with the tragedy of Iraq is the outstanding case in point. President Barack Obama bears the main responsibility for that; many others have made their contributi...
Afghanistan: as US Exits, China Surges
BARRY M. LANDO
There’s got to be some symbolism—if not irony–in the fact that just as the last of the 33,000 troops surged by Obama two years ago supposedly to pacify Afghanistan pulled out, the highest ...
The Path to Peace in Afghanistan
JOHNNY BARBER
Kabul. On this International Day of Peace I am sitting in Kabul, Afghanistan with a handful of youth that want nothing but peaceful coexistence in their lives. This in some respects is like a dream because their entire lives have been surrounded by war, de...
NATO’s Shift in Afghanistan
BINOY KAMPMARK
The deceptive ways a loss in war is described can be contagious.  Retreats are often regarded as odious, but sometimes necessary.  These can either have the genius of the British spirit of tactical withdrawal, or a more laughable concept of an honourable peace.  When t...
Obama’s Double-Speak at the DNC
DANIEL KOVALIK
“You know what I’ve noticed? Nobody panics when things go ‘according to plan.’  Even if the plan is horrifying!” — The Joker Sounding very much like his predecessor, George W. Bush, President Obama enga...
We Are at War
JOHNNY BARBER
“We are at War. Somebody is Going to Pay.” — George W. Bush, Sept 11th, 2001. Kabul. Eleven years later, we are still at war. Bullets, mortars and drones are still extracting payment. Thousands, t...
The Day a Cockburn Set Fire to the White House
PATRICK COCKBURN
As a correspondent in Washington 20 years ago, I received occasional calls from local television stations on the anniversary of the burning of the White House by a British force in August 1814. The reason they wanted a comment was because the raid was jointly led by my di...
Kill Lists and Giant Triplets
TOLU OLORUNDA
 Power is self-sufficient, a replete possession, and must be maintained by whatever agency is required. —Wole Soyinka, Climate of Fear [1]...
Farzana, ‘2 Million Friends’ and a Ceasefire in Afghanistan
HAKIM and KATHY KELLY
“Stop fighting,” suggests Farzana, a brave 22 year old Afghan stage actress. Significantly, her statement is in sharp contrast to what seems to be the democratic world’s unquestioned modus operandi of today, exemplified by U.S. Secretary of State ...
The General is an Idiot
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Three U.S. soldiers have been shot dead by an Afghan worker on a military base in southern Afghanistan in a deadly 24 hours for NATO-led forces in the country during which six soldiers died in rogue attacks. “Let me clearly say that those two incident...