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Polio in Afghanistan
CATHERINE WILKINSON, MD
Polio forever seared two images in my mind.  That may account for my reaction to the story in the January 17th New York Times, “After Years of Decline, Polio Cases in Afghanistan Triple in a Year”. There are other images, of lines of school...
Not A Peep About The President’s Praise of Military
LAURA FLANDERS
The grades for the president’s State of the Union are in and the critics have been kind. In fact, it’s chilling to see just how few hits the President takes for couching his entire address in unqualified celebration of the US military. Speaking of the troo...
In the Age of Robotic Weapons
RALPH NADER
The U.S. war in Afghanistan is testing so much futuristic detect and destroy weaponry that it can be called the most advanced all-seeing invasion in military history. From blanket satellite surveillance to soldiers’ infra-red vision to the remotely guided photographing,...
Moronic Marine Killers
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The Pentagon has quietly shifted combat troops and warships to the Middle East after the top American commander in the region warned that he needed additional forces to deal with Iran and other potential threats, U.S. officials said.  Marine Corps Gen. James...
Collateral Savages
LINH DINH
It is a recurring theme: civilization committing barbaric acts to feed its refined gluttony. As we found out about American Marines urinating on dead Afghans, there was also a story about Brazilian loggers tying an eight-year-old girl to a tree and burning her to death. S...
The Whims of an Empire Gone Mad
LINH DINH
Meat, water, sock or political, it’s not easy being a puppet. Even before the first word tumbles from your mouth, people crack up, and your face alone can bring down the house. Take this passage from Hamid Karzai, from a 2004 address to a joint session of the American C...
The Story of Bibi Sadia
KATHY KELLY and AFGHAN YOUTH PEACE VOLUNTEERS
Kabul Bibi Sadia and her husband Baba share a humble home with their son, his wife and their two little children. An Afghan human rights advocate suggested that we listen to Bibi’s stories and learn more about how a Pashto family has tried to survive su...
Doubling Down on a Debacle
TOM ENGLELHARDT
It was to be the war that would establish empire as an American fact.  It would result in a thousand-year Pax Americana.  It was to be “mission accomplished” all the way.  And then, of course, it wasn’t.  And then, almost nine dismal years later, it wa...
Collateral Damage
BOB SOMMER
Mural art tends toward bluntness. Its images are large, its imagery thick with meaning. The nature of the medium—walls!—lends itself best to simplicity, directness. The audience for walls is, after all, everyone passing by. Walls with murals ask us to stop and look an...
A Thirst That Won’t be Quenched
KEN HANNAFORD-RICARDI
Kabul. It’s early evening near Pole Sorkh (po-lay sork) Square in western Kabul.  Although it’s barely 6:00, winter’s cold bare feet have already started their walk across our apartment. Ali, Abdulai, Roz Mohammend, and Faiz have joined Maya and me ...
Assembly Time
KATHY KELLY
Kabul Arab Spring, European Summer, American Autumn, and now the challenge of winter. Here in Kabul, Afghanistan, the travelers of our small Voices for Creative Nonviolence delegation share an apartment with several of the creative and determined “...
Following Yonder Star
KATHY KELLY
Kabul Beneath our flat, here in Kabul, wedding guests crowded into a restaurant and celebrated throughout the night. Guests sounded joyful and the music, mostly disco, thumped loudly. When the regular call to prayer sounded out at 5:20 a.m., the sounds see...
Down the Afghan Drain
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday ordered the release of a prominent presidential aide two hours after his arrest on corruption charges, according to two officials in the office of Afghanistan’s attorney general.  The release capped a comedy of errors in wh...
US is Losing the War Against IEDs
SHERWOOD ROSS
Even though it has spent at least $60 billion to destroy them, the Pentagon is losing the battle to combat the Improvised Explosive Devices(IEDs), which have accounted for two out of every three U.S. casualties in Iraq and Iran. This won’t stop the Pentagon, t...
Big Shoulders in Chicago and Kabul
KATHY KELLY
Kabul NATO/G8 meetings are scheduled to take place from May 19-21 next year in Chicago.  Plans are ramping up everywhere. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen exulted over bringing NATO and the G8 to Chic...
Dying to Corrupt Afghanistan
JAMES BOVARD
American soldiers are dying so that Afghan politicians can continue looting U.S. tax dollars. Foreign aid has long been notorious for creating kleptocracies — governments of thieves. The $50+ billion foreign aid that the United States has dumped on Afghanistan over the ...
Killing Pakistani Soldiers
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The killing of  24 Pakistan army soldiers in Mohmand Tribal Agency on November 26 by US air strikes is unforgivable. I was in Mohmand three weeks ago, visiting 77 Brigade, whose officers and soldiers were slaughtered by US aircraft,  and I know exactly where Pakistan’...
Pak Border Post Attack a Big Loss for U.S. War Policy
GARETH PORTER
The U.S. military and the Barack Obama administration have been thrown into confusion by the attack on two Pakistani military posts near the border with Afghanistan Saturday morning, even as the attacks provoked the Pakistani government and military leadership into much s...
Overcoming Contradictions
KATHY KELLY and HAKIM
Adelaide, Australia. At Tabor House Technical College, 21 young people sit in a semicircle looking curiously at Hakim and me. We’ve been invited to speak with them about the practice of justice.  Hakim, who has lived among Afghans for the past nine yea...
Ebb Tide
MICHAEL BRENNER
American troops are on the move.  An ebb tide is carrying them home even as Washington pushes its war on ‘terror’ to new frontiers. Most of those left in Iraq and a trickle of the much larger force still in Afghanistan are coming back.  Smaller elements will be rede...
U.S. Night Raids Killed Over 1,500 Afghan Civilians in Ten Months
GARETH PORTER
U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) killed well over 1,500 civilians in night raids in less than 10 months in 2010 and early 2011, analysis of official statistics on the raids released by the U.S.-NATO command reveals. That number would make U.S. night raids by fa...
Reversing the Lens on Pakistan
CONN HALLINAN
“Terrorism is not a statistic for us.” —Asif Ali Zardari, president of Pakistan This is a Pakistani truism that few Americans understand. Since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, Pakistan has lost more than 35,000 pe...
U.N. Tally Excluded Most Afghan Civilian Deaths in Night Raids
GARETH PORTER and SHAH NOORI
Washington DC/ Kabul A July United Nations report asserting that only 30 civilians died in targeted raids in Afghanistan  during the first six months of 2011 reflected only a very small  fraction of night raids in which civilians were killed, according t...
Love Fest in the Hindu Kush
PAUL FITZGERALD and ELIZABETH GOULD
In the wild gyrations surrounding the Obama administration’s AfPak scenario, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent swing from ...
Afghanistan Calling!
SAUL LANDAU
Ten plus years ago, the United States (oops, NATO) invaded Afghanistan and quickly won the war against the militarily (technologically) inferior Taliban government. Taliban fighters fled to Pakistan. Washington and allies followed their victory by quickly losing the occup...
The Wrong Occupation
KATHY KELLY
In Kabul, Afghanistan’s beleaguered capitol city, a young woman befriended me during December of 2010.  She was eager to talk about her views, help us better understand the history of her country, and form lasting relationships.  Now, she is too frightened to return a...
Whatever Happened to Women and Children First?
JOHNNY BARBER
“All wars, whether just or unjust, disastrous or victorious, are waged against the child.” –Eglantyne Jebb, founder of Save the Children, 1919. In Kabul, the children are everywhere. You see them scroungi...
America’s Secret Empire of Drone Bases
NICK TURSE
They increasingly dot the planet.  There’s a facility outside Las Vegas where “pilots” work in ...
The Price of Getting It Wrong
CONN HALLINAN
“In 1979, when Soviet troops swept into Afghanistan, an angry Jimmy Carter organized an unofficial alliance to give the Soviets ‘their Vietnam’ (which Afghanistan became).” ...
Diplomatic Shots
NILOFAR SUHRAWARDY
New Delhi.  Strangely, though a lot of importance is given to move ahead and change with time, practically little consideration has been given to the so-called “modern” powers and a “superpower” still literally bound by yesterday’s norms. Yes, i...
Afghanistan, 10 Years On
RAMZY BAROUD
On July 1, 2002, US planes bombed an Afghan wedding in the small village of Deh Rawud. Located to the north of Kandahar, the village seemed fortified by the region’s many mountains. For a few hours, its people thought they were safe from a war they had never invited. Th...
The Romney Doctrine
LAWRENCE S. WITTNER
If current polls are correct, Mitt Romney seems likely to become the 2012 Republican presidential candidate and the next president of the United States.  Therefore, we should carefully examine his first major foreign and military policy address—delivered on October 7 a...
Afghanistan: 10 Years Gone
JOHNNY BARBER
As we step off the Turkish Air flight and walk across the dusty tarmac to the terminal, we are greeted by a large billboard. In big bold English it proclaims, “Welcome to the Home of the Brave.” It stops me in my tracks. I shake my head, thinking, “damn weird” and...
Who Benefits From American Declarations?
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Over two thousand years ago the Roman judge Lucius Cassius coined the phrase ‘cui bono?’, meaning loosely ‘who benefits?’, and was quoted approvingly by Cicero because the thrust of the question was intended to improve justice.  As a principled man of law (then, ...
The History of the Haqqanis
SHAUKAT QADIR
Islamabad. When the US suffers a defeat in Afghanistan, it will need another scapegoat. I stated this nine years ago; I give you one guess which country is a made-to-order scapegoat here? Neither history, nor truth, nor realities are of any significance. A...
The US Position in the Middle is Disintegrating
MICHAEL BRENNER
The United States’ strategic position in the greater Middle East is disintegrating. The repercussions of the Arab Spring have undercut the tacit alliance among Washington, Cairo, Riyadh, Amman and Jerusalem with auxi...
The State of the Anti-War Movement
C. G. Estabrook
Ten years after the US invaded Afghanistan, the anti-war movement in America looks remarkably similar to what it was in 1972 – ten years after the US invaded South Vietnam. In each case, more than two-thirds of the American public oppose the war, but th...
Did the Rabbani Hit Really Kill Peace Talks?
GARETH PORTER
Much of the mainstream media is covering Rabbani’s death as the end of the peace process with the Taliban. Did the Taliban assassination of Berhanuddin Rabbani, the chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council, bring a potentially permanent end of peace talks in Afghan...
America’s Shambles in Afghanistan
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
In the course of research for a paper on US-Pakistan relations I came across a speech given by President Obama in March this year, titled  ‘A New Strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan’.  It was interesting and quite informative, if misguided and engagingly ingenuou...
A Lost Decade
JAMES ZOGBY
“To govern is to choose, and the choices made [by the Bush administration] in 2002 were fateful. The United States began that year shocked and wounded, but with tremendous strategic advantages. Its population was more closely united… World opinion ...
The Costs of the Great War on Terror
VIJAY PRASHAD
When Bush declared the Global War on Terror (GWOT), it felt odd. The U.S. had already involved itself in combat with the social forces that attacked it on 9/11. To make such a formal declaration of war allowed the administration to do two things: first, on the surface, to...
U.S. Night Raids Aimed at Afghan Civilians
GARETH PORTER
U.S. Special Operations Forces have been increasingly aiming their night-time raids, which have been the primary cause of Afghan anger at the U.S. military presence, at civilian non- combatants in order to exploit their possible intelligence value, according to a new stud...
Of Kabul and Tet and Generals
CONN HALLINAN
“Now we can see [success in Vietnam] clearly, like the light at the end of a tunnel” –Gen. Henri Navarre, commander French forces in Vietnam, May 20, 1953 “A new phase is starting…we have reached an important point when the end begi...
Did 9/11 Really Change Everything?
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
The American people are told, again and again, that 9/11 “changed everything.” Is this really true? The answer is both yes, and no. Yes, because 9/11 prompted policies of regime change, preemptive strike, and humanitarian intervention, which, in turn, tr...
America’s Financial Armageddon and Afghanistan
PAUL FITZGERALD and ELIZABETH GOULD
As the U.S. economy grinds down to a finish, it becomes increasingly difficult to measure whether Washington understands the importance of how to deal realistically with the worsening crisis in Afghanistan. Left off the front pages during the recent obsession with the deb...
Reflections on a Savage Decade
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
The September 11, 2001 attack on America produced extraordinary human reaction as most events involving great violence and mass casualties do. Shock, anger, defiance and an instinct for retribution are the usual ingredients of that reaction, but societies that allow this ...
Rev. King and Today’s Wars
WILLIAM LOREN KATZ
This weekend it has taken a hurricane to postpone the dedication of the long-awaited monument to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington — the first time a man who is not a president, not white man and not a war leader has been so honored on the Mall. Major corp...
Staying in Afghanistan
ROSS EVENTON
Reports that the US is determined to maintain a presence in Afghanistan will surprise no one except 99% of foreign policy analysts.  Responding to the announcement that the US is in negotiations to maintain a presence until 2024, Mahdi Hassan, senior editor at the ...
More Lost by the Second
KATHY KELLY
It’s a bit odd to me that with my sense of geographical direction I’m ever regarded as a leader to guide groups in foreign travel. I’m recalling a steaming hot night in Lahore, Pakistan when Josh Brollier and I, having enjoyed a lengthy dinner with Lahor...