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The Most Dangerous Place in the World to be a Woman
PAT KENNELLY
Here in Afghanistan, the United States is spending $2 billion dollars a week on war under the guise of improving Afghanistan. In Chicago at the NATO summit, Hillary Clinton, Madeline Albright and several influential female leaders came together and publicly claimed an Ame...
Counting the Costs of War
ERIC POMEROY
Nothing is more firmly burned into my mind than the images from hours upon hours spent counseling soldiers and listening to servicemen and servicewomen tell story after devastating story of their experiences over in the desert and how their lives are forever changed in co...
To the Pacific We Go
BINOY KAMPMARK
The Joint Force will be prepared to confront and defeat aggression anywhere in the world - Leon Panetta, ‘Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership’, Jan 5, 2012 Empires huff and pu...
Outraged Over Atrocities (Unless They’re Ours)
JOHN LaFORGE
In the war fever being ramped up against Syria, there is broad public indignation over the massacre of more than 100 civilians in the town of Houla last weekend. Would that the U.S. diplomatic corps and the commercial press were equally outraged over our own milita...
America as Self-Declared Victim
MICHAEL BRENNER
America today lives with a cultivated sense of victimhood.  That is the legacy of 9/11. It fills us with anxieties.  It warps our self-image.  It distorts our foreign relations. It is self-perpetuating. Yet we need it. Too many benefit – politically or materially ...
The American Agenda in Afghanistan: a Civilian’s Review
IAN POUNDS
Kabul. One thing true we can say about war is that truth is its greatest casualty. I am a volunteer teacher. Four years ago I responded to a call from then candidate Barack Obama for a new kind of soldier to wage peace, one without a uniform, withou...
No One Hears the Poor
KATHY KELLY
Kabul. Here in Kabul, Voices co-coordinator Buddy Bell and I are guests at the home of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, (APV), where we’ve gotten to know four young boys who are being tutored by the Volunteers in the afternoons, having “retired” from the...
The End in Afghanistan is Totally Predictable
DAVE LINDORFF
John Kerry, back before he was a pompous windsurfing Senate apologist for American empire, back when he wore his hair long and was part of a movement of returned US military veterans speaking out against the continuation of the Vietnam War, famously asked the members of t...
An Afghan Okinawa
AFGHAN PEACE VOLUNTEERS
We are ordinary Afghans wishing for peace, and we have eyes and ears and feelings of love and despair, so please read on.  The Washington Post, in reporting the recent signing of the “U.S. Afghan Enduring Strategic Partner...
So Then Who the Hell are We?
DAN DeWALT
“This is not a reflection of who we are or what we stand for.” — Jeff Gearhart, Wall-Mart general counsel, on the firm’s Mexico bribery [Torture] “is not the norm.” — Mike Pannek, Abu Ghraib prison warden. “T...
The Why of Terrorism
RAY McGOVERN
John Brennan, President Obama’s chief adviser on counter-terrorism, has again put on public display two unfortunate facts: (1) that the White House has no clue as to how to counter terrorism; and (2) (in Brennan’s words) “the unfortunate fact that to save many innoc...
Why Obama is Not Ending the War in Afghanistan
GARETH PORTER
The optics surrounding the Barack Obama administration’s “Enduring Strategic Partnership” agreement with Afghanistan and the Memorandums of Understanding accompanying it emphasise transition to Afghan responsibility and an end to U.S. war. But the...
Sowing the Seeds of Hate in Pakistan
ATIF K. BUTT
Lahore. It’s been a decade when the US invaded Afghanistan with the world’s most modern and well-trained military force including troops of more than 40 countries equipped with latest weaponry. After spending a large span of ten years and billions of d...
Presidential Understatement on Afghanistan
JUDITH LeBLANC
On May 1, in a televised address from Afghanistan, President Obama said, “There will be difficult days ahead. The enormous sacrifices of our men and women are not over.” That’s an understatement. In fact the current US policy in the region demands of ...
Killing Kids for Freedom
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
“I want to make sure that people understand: actually, drones have not caused a huge number of civilian casualties [in Pakistan]. For the most part they have been very precise precision strikes against Al Qaeda and their affiliates.” President Obama...
The Afghan Train Wreck
CONN HALLINAN
The recent decision by the Taliban and one of its allies to withdraw from peace talks with Washington underlines the train wreck the U.S. is headed for in Afghanistan. Indeed, for an administration touted as sophisticated and intelligent, virtually every decision the Whit...
For You, a Thousand Times Over
KATHY KELLY
At the start of The Kite Runner, a novel by Khaled Hosseini later adapted for film, a brave and sel...
Holding Tightly
MISSY BEATTIE
One year ago, I was in Kentucky, at my mother’s bedside after she made a decision to stop eating.  Her death wasn’t unexpected.  She had lived a long, meaningful life with much more joy than sorrow. I remember a little poem she loved to quote, one I’ve Goog...
The Afghan Disaster
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
The PR disasters over the last three months — including pictures of American troops urinating on Afghan corpses, the burning of Qurans, and the massacre of Afghan civilians, including women and children, by at least one deranged American soldier — have morphed into a ...
A Different Easter Message
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
American foreign policy in Afghanistan is a counterinsurgency strategy of “winning the hearts and minds” of the Afghan people.  It is about undermining their support for their own Afghan   Muslim insurgent citizens, the Taliban, by protecting them from the insurgent...
Casualty Comprehension
CHRISTIAN SORENSEN
A casualty traditionally refers to anyone wounded or killed in combat, but this term doesn’t articulate the variety of war’s victims. In addition to premature death and mangled bodies, casualties include broken hearts, shattered minds, economic instabilit...
A Six-Point Peace Plan for Afghanistan
AFGHAN YOUTH PEACE VOLUNTEERS
Dear Mr. Kofi Annan, Salams from Afghanistan! The six point peace plan which you have proposed for Syria has a collected calm that is missing in Afghanistan. We are a grassroots group of ordinary, multi-ethnic Afghans and we’re tired of our world be...
The Toulouse Murders
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Paris  The current French presidential election campaign was rudely interrupted at its very start by a series of murders in and around the southwestern city of Toulouse.   On March 11, a paratrooper was shot dead by a mysterious motorcyclist in...
You Really Think the Killers of Trayvon Martin and Those 16 Afghan Villagers Will Ever Do Time?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
I’d say the chances of George Zimmerman spending time behind bars for killing Trayvon Martin are about the same as Sergeant Robert Bales doing time for killing those 16 Afghan villagers the night of March 11. Zero. Like most things that happen in America these da...
Why Sgt. Bales Should be Sent Back to Afghanistan for Trial
SAUL LANDAU
Western media has focused attention on Sgt. Robert Bales’ background. He allegedly murdered 16 Afghan civilians, 9 of them children, near Kandahar. After the bloodbath, Bales returned to his base and confessed. The media delved into Bales’ childhood, his marria...
SOS From Emergency in Afghanistan
MICHAEL LEONARDI
For several days the NATO war lords in Afghanistan have been heavily bombing the village of Mirbandao in the Helmand province of the south of Afghanistan. The Italian medical aid and anti war group called Emergency has a hospital for war casualties located in the Helmand ...
Above the Drone of War, Voices for Peace
DAVID SMITH-FERRI
In 1876, at the so-called Battle of the Little Bighorn when U.S. Cavalry regiments attacked an Indian village along the Little Bighorn River in Wyoming, the first casualty was a ten-year old Lakota Sioux boy named Deeds. Unaware that U.S. troops were nearby planning an at...
America’s Obsession With Israel and Iran
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The United States is obsessed with Iran and Israel.  It’s not just the Administration in Washington that enjoys this weird fixation, because many Americans, including all Republican presidential candidates, agree with Israel that Iran is an enemy and must be dealt wit...
Why We Are Protesting the NATO Summit
BUDDY BELL
After the end of World War II, a group of nations in the north Atlantic established NATO to impede Russian influence over the reconstruction of Europe. The result was that it facilitated the United States’ influence: according to a 2009 article by Georgetown professor D...
Waking Life
RANDALL AMSTER
With each passing day, the news grows increasingly grim. In recent weeks alone, we’ve seen women’s rights under assault as reactionary forces seek to turn the clock back by decades. Half a world away in Afghanistan, corpses are defiled and more are brutally created, w...
Occupy A Country
PATRICK COCKBURN
Cairo I remember walking into Sabra and Shatila in south Beirut in 1982 just after the massacre of at least 1,700 Palestinians by Christian militiamen loosed on the refugee camps by the Israeli army. The bodies  were beginning to bloat as they lay heaped ...
Massacre Fatigue in Afghanistan
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
In the wake of the lethal rampage by a US sergeant who killed 16 Afghans in the early hours of March 11, the Taliban have put a halt to talks with the Americans and President Hamid Karzai has demanded that NATO troops pull out of the villages and return to their camps....
Was Staff Sergeant Shooter On Dangerous Malaria Drug?
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Few remember the grisly summer of 2002 when four Fort Bragg soldiers’ wives were murdered within six weeks of each other and the malaria drug, Lariam, widely prescribed to troops deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq, was...
Afghanistan: the Wheels are Coming Off
JOHN GRANT
When does a determination to look on the bright side turn into a state of denial? That is, when do leaders of a secrecy-obsessed US government admit the decision-making surrounding the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan was misguided from the beginning and the endgame is a...
Will Obama’s Wars Come Back to Bite Him?
ANDREW LEVINE
Can President Obama lose in November?   The consensus among those who claim to know is No, unless the economy tanks again; and this, the cognoscenti say, is unlikely to happen.  Therefore barring improbable contingencies, Obama will win a second term.   The rationale i...
Training the Afghan Army
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The comment piece below was published in Pakistan’s Daily Times over two years ago, on September 17, 2009. It was critical of the foreign armies’ system of training the Afghan army.  Alas, since then, almost nothing has changed. There is now a joint inter...
Playing the Game in Afghanistan
ANN JONES
Recent weeks have brought yet another sad chance to watch badly laid plans in Afghanistan go haywire.  In three separate incidents, allies, most from the Afghan National Army (ANA), allegedly murdered ...
NPR: the Voices and Views of One Side
HELEN REDMOND
NPR National Public Radio. National Pay or Play Radio. Spring Pledge Drive, 2012. Hosts beg and cajole on air hour after hour, day after day for money. They creatively and with cool music in the background alternately shame and praise li...
Drone Strikes? What’s To Feel Bad About?
LAURA FLANDERS
“Three major investigations were under way on Wednesday into the Koran burning at Bagram Air Base by the American military last week, the event that plunged Afghanistan into days of deadly protests…” So begins a New York Times report. To read the New York Tim...
The Ghost and the Machine
KATHY KELLY
Fazillah, age 25, lives in Maidan Shar, the central city of Afghanistan’s Wardak province.  She married about six years ago, and gave birth to a son, Aymal, who just turned five without a father. Fazillah tells her son, Aymal, that his father was killed by an American...
Obama is Coming to My Town
RON JACOBS
Barack Obama is coming to the town where I live.  Like most other towns he will visit this election year, the state this town is in voted for Mr. Obama in 2008.  It is a state full of Democrats and liberals.  Many of those Democ...
Karzai Demand on Night Raids Snags U.S.-Afghan Pact
GARETH PORTER and SHAH NOORI
Nearly a year after the Barack Obama administration began negotiations with the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai on a U.S. military presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014, both sides confirmed last week that the talks are still hung up over the Afghan demand that ...
Dying for Disaster
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
It took a medevac unit 59 minutes to get U.S. Army Spec. Chazray Clark to a hospital in southern Afghanistan after receiving a call that a roadside bombing severed three of his limbs. Clark did not survive. “I need something, please...
Obama, the Human Rights Hypocrite
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Is Obama a hypocrite or merely insouciant?  Or is he an idiot? According to news reports Obama’s White House meeting on Valentine’s day with China’s Vice President, Xi Jinping, provided an opportunity for Obama to raise “a sensitive human rights issue with...
Cold, Cold Heart
KATHY KELLY
It’s Valentine’s Day, and opening the little cartoon on the Google page brings up a sentimental animation with Tony Bennett singing “why can’t I free your doubtful mind and melt your cold, cold heart.” Here in Dubai, where I’m awaiti...
Information War By Interest Groups
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
The conflict in Syria continues to take lives on both sides in what increasingly looks like a civil war. The bloodshed in Homs has captured most attention in recent days, but we should not forget violence in the capital Damascus and other Syrian towns, under government co...
How the War Was Lost
PATRICK COCKBURN
The United States’ announcement that it plans to end the combat role of its troops in Afghanistan earlier than expected, and before the end of next year, is a crucial milestone in the international forces’ retreat from the country. Coming after the French deci...
Cheering On Dumb, Stupid Animals
LINH DINH
Outrageously yet routinely, America is preparing for yet another war. Though warned by Iran not to bring an aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf, the US now has an unprecedented three. (Gee, I wonder why they call it the Persian Gulf, but don’t be surprised if, say, 2...
Doing Afghan Drugs
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Drug addicts are pathetic but sometimes happy people.  They are pitiable in their hopeless enslavement to something that dominates and will probably kill them, but seem content in a warped sort of way because they can be taken out of their bleak and dismal lives into who...
U.S. Probe of Border Attack Hardened Pakistani Suspicions
GARETH PORTER
Washington DC The Pakistani military leadership’s response to the U.S. report on its helicopter attack on two Pakistani border posts Nov. 26 assailed the credibility of the investigation by Air Force Brig. Gen. Steven Clark and expressed doubt that t...