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Taliban fighters in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 17 2021, Wikimedia Commons

Which road ahead for the Taliban?

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Michael Roach — Over the month of August 2021, thousands of Taliban soldiers surged into Kabul in a jubilant military victory. Immediately thereafter, tens of thousands of Americans and their Afghan allies surged to the airport to get out of the country at any cost or sacrifice. By September, all Americans who wanted to leave Afghanistan will be gone. More than 100,000 Afghan refugees will also be gone, but…

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Taliban Fighters and Truck in Kabul, August 17 2021

Why ISIS and the Taliban really hate each other

By News & Current Affairs

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet — As the Biden Administration scrambles to get U.S. citizens out of Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover of that country, President Joe Biden and Pentagon officials have feared an attack by one of the Taliban’s sworn enemies: ISIS (Islamic State, Iraq and Syria). And on Thursday morning, August 26, the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul suffered a deadly terrorist attack; multiple U.S. casualties were reported by the Pentagon. Details about the…

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Church Haiti Earthquake 2021

The disasters in Afghanistan and Haiti share the same twisted root

By Editors' Choice

Half a world away from one another, the citizens of two nations are suffering as a result of the corruption and incompetence of the U.S. By Jonathan M. Katz, TNR — Last week, the world shook twice. The first shock hit Haiti, when a 7.2 magnitude earthquake erupted beneath the island’s southern peninsula. Homes, churches, and hotels crumbled in the cities of Les Cayes and Jérémie and in nearby villages. More than…

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Somali national army soldiers stand in formation during a logistics course graduation ceremony following 14 weeks training with the U.S. 10th Mountain division.

U.S. failure in Afghanistan: What lessons for Africa?

By Commentaries/Opinions

The ineffectiveness of military interventions has been underscored by the US failure in Afghanistan. This should lead to a rethink in Africa, writes Mimi Mefo Takambou. By Mimi Mefo Takambou, DW — t has been a very disturbing week for many across the world — not least for those of us who come from countries experiencing wars and conflicts. The scenes from Afghanistan conjured up vivid recollections of the hopes of many English-speaking Cameroonians…

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Soldier's Burden

Groundhog Day or Imperial Reckoning?

By Editors' Choice

Afghanistan’s Armageddon 20 Years After 9/11 Offers Foreign Policy Choices By Ed Rampell, LA Progressive — As the Afghanistan Armageddon unravels, this humiliating, devastating defeat for the US and its allies and the 20th anniversary of 9/11 (and who knows what may take place to mark that day?), plus the June 29 death of war monger extraordinaire Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, are wakeup calls. They offer Americans the chance to reflect…

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Taliban fighters stand guard alongside a road near the Zanbaq Square in Kabul on Aug. 16 after taking power in Afghanistan.

The U.S. replicated crucial flaws from the past in Afghanistan

By News & Current Affairs

The Afghan government was built on corruption for more than a century. The Taliban exploited it. By Ali A. Olomi, The Washington Post — President Biden made the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan a central piece of his foreign policy platform, enacting a plan set in motion by former president Donald Trump, who infamously negotiated with the Taliban for a hasty retreat. Yet many analysts were caught unprepared for…

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The Bagram Airfield base after all U.S. and NATO forces evacuated in the Parwan province of eastern Afghanistan, on July 8, 2021.

More than 750 US military bases remain around the world

By News & Current Affairs

By Patterson Deppen, TomDispatch — It was the spring of 2003 during the American-led invasion of Iraq. I was in second grade, living on a U.S. military base in Germany, attending one of the Pentagon’s many schools for families of servicemen stationed abroad. One Friday morning, my class was on the verge of an uproar. Gathered around our homeroom lunch menu, we were horrified to find that the golden, perfectly crisped French…

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U.S. Military in Iraq

Blood in the sand

By Editors' Choice

The U.S. has nothing to show for its efforts after trillions of dollars were spent on wars in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and beyond, but blood in the sand. By Jeffrey Sachs — The magnitude of the United States’ failure in Afghanistan is breathtaking. It is not a failure of Democrats or Republicans, but an abiding failure of American political culture, reflected in U.S. policymakers’ lack of interest in understanding different…

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee

There ‘will never be’ a US military solution in Afghanistan: Rep. Barbara Lee

By Editors' Choice

The California Democrat was the only member of Congress to vote against the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. By Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams — Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee—who cast the sole vote against the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force that was used to justify the war in Afghanistan—reiterated on Sunday her assessment that “there is no military…

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Military

Afghan war comes to an embarrassing end

By Commentaries/Opinions

By WJ Astore — I retired from the U.S. military in 2005. I had no direct role in America’s Afghan war, which means I have no personal stake in trying to justify it or defend it. I never understood how invading and occupying portions of Afghanistan made any sense. In re-reading a few of my articles against the Afghan war, I came across this email from a dear friend who…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Considering King In Critical Times: Daring to Oppose War and Practice Peace

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — As we weave our way through the daily dose of lies and illusions, hype, hatred and hypocrisy from the White House, we must constantly question and be actively concerned about the relative sanity and real danger of those who continuously fake “imminent threats” and cry wolf to make war, and then try to wash away their sins of savagery with the dishonest indictment and blood of others….

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Rev. Jesse Jackson

Trump ratchets up the use of guns, bombs, troops, and insults

By Rev Jesse Jackson

In his campaign, Donald Trump promised “we’re going to start winning again.” In office, he has defined winning largely in military terms. His budget decimates the State Department while adding billions to the Pentagon. He boasts that he’s delegated decisions on force levels abroad to the Pentagon. Secretary of Defense Mike Mattis recently announced that 4,000 more troops would be sent to Afghanistan. Four thousand more troops won’t produce a…

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