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It's No Accident
2014 was a banner year for Afghanistan’s booming opium industry. According to a United Nations annual survey released on Wednesday, opium cultivation set a record in 2014, increasing by an impressive 7 percent year-over-year and up nearly 50 percent from 2012. Afghanistan presently produces 80 percent of the world’s heroin which provides billions of dollars... Read More
Operation Enduring Misery Shambles Into its 13th Year
October 7 marked the 12th anniversary of the Afghanistan War, but you wouldn’t know it by reading the papers. In fact, “America’s longest war” has become so unpopular that both the media and the Obama administration have done everything in their power to sweep the whole matter under the rug hoping that people just forget... Read More
Cut-and-Run Time
Not so fast, George. The United States hasn't liberated Afghanistan. It hasn't rebuilt Afghanistan. It hasn't removed the warlords from power, curtailed opium production, established strong democratic institutions, or improved life for ordinary working people. The US hasn't achieved any of its strategic objectives. The Taliban are stronger than ever, the central government is a... Read More
Afghanistan is Fed Up with Occupation
It's too bad Barack Obama didn't consult with Malalai Joya before giving his Nobel acceptance speech on Thursday. The ex-Afghan Parliamentarian could have helped the president to see that the ongoing US occupation is damaging to both American and Afghan interests. Afghanistan is not the "Just War" that Obama defends so passionately in his speech.... Read More
Obama Picks Up Where Bush Left Off
Barack Obama is aggressively stepping up the war in Afghanistan. He's intensified the cross-border bombing of Pakistan and he is doubling the number of U.S. troops to 68,000 by 2010. He's also a strong proponent of pilotless drones even though hundreds of civilians have been killed in bombing raid blunders. On May 4, 2009, 143... Read More
An Interview with Sonali Kolhatkar
Sonali Kolhatkar is the co-author, with James Ingalls, of Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence (Seven Stories 2006).She is also the Co-Director of Afghan Women's Mission, a US-based non-profit organization that works in solidarity with the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA). MIKE WHITNEY: On a recent stopover in France,... Read More
Make Way for Field Marshall Obama
Afghanistan was supposed to be the "good war"; a "just response" to the attacks of September 11. It was supposed to bring Bin Laden to justice "dead or alive" and quash terrorism wherever it originated. 95 per cent of the American people supported the invasion of Afghanistan. Now less than half think the U.S. will... Read More
The Real Cost of Losing Afghanistan Swan Song for NATO
It was supposed to be "the good war"; a war against terror; a war of liberation. It was intended to fix the eyes of the world on America's state of the art weaponry, its crack troops and its overwhelming firepower. It was supposed to demonstrate -- once and for all -- that the world's only... Read More
Buildings Down, Heroin Up
Five years after toppling the fanatical Taliban, Hamid Karzai is expected to sign an agreement for economic assistance from more than 60 donor countries. The Afghanistan Compact is just the latest of many plans to restore security to the war-torn nation and revive the fragile economy. It is a poignant reminder that the Bush administration's... Read More
Ballot of the Disappearing Ink
The Afghanistan election quickly deteriorated into an artless display of voter fraud. It was probably the finest example of imperial hubris to date. No serious critic of the process should be the least bit surprised. It was clear from the very onset that Bush and co. would rig the elections to reappoint Afghanistan's "caped crusader"... Read More
War, the CIA and Narco-Trafficking Afghanistan, American Drug Colony
The US doesn't control a scrap of ground in Afghanistan outside the capital. Now, with the up tick in violence and bombings in Kabul, even that is in doubt. Despite President Bush's delusional palavering at the Republican Convention, the US has no reasonable expectation of succeeding in Afghanistan. The countryside is dominated by warlords, the... Read More
American Negligence The Unraveling of Afghanistan
Donald Rumsfeld's trip to Afghanistan barely produced a yawn from a disinterested American media. America's front pages are too busy sorting through every excruciating detail of John Kerry's charge up the Mekong Delta some 30 years ago. (Did you know that John Kerry served in Viet Nam?) Rumsfeld's visit was buried on page 14A next... Read More
Bush's Warlord, Misogynistic Patriots
Bush can take the podium in front of a national audience and claim success in Afghanistan without a whimper of dissent from the media. The American press has decided that any adventure pursued under the banner of "the war on terror" is just dandy with them as long as American lives are not at stake.... Read More
Operation Enduring Misery
If we want to understand the Bush Foreign policy in Iraq, we only have to look at Afghanistan. The basic principles are identical. There are approximately 11,000 American servicemen currently in Afghanistan, most of whom are stationed at military facilities, and most of whom contribute nothing to the overall stability or reconstruction of the country.... Read More
Bush's Road Rules Afghanistan's Highway to Nowhere
Every major newspaper in the country reported this week in glowing terms on the completion of the road between Kabul to Kandahar. It is being lauded by the media as Afghanistan's "Highway to the Future". It should be called the Highway to Re-election, since that is Mr. Bush's solitary purpose in pursuing the project. It... Read More
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