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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?

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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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The Harlem Hellfighters

The Harlem Hellfighters were war heroes. Then they came home to racism.

By News & Current Affairs

The Harlem Hellfighters were the most celebrated Black regiment in World War I but were largely forgotten after returning to the United States, where they faced racism and discrimination. (via National Archives).  An exceptional unit of Black soldiers who fought in World War I will receive the Congressional Gold Medal. By Precious Fondren, NYT — For most of her life Debra Willett had a vague idea about who her grandfather…

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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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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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U.S. Air Force

The forbidden word: Is this country heading for the exit?

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By Thom Engelheart, TomDispatch — It was all so long ago, in a world seemingly without challengers. Do you even remember when we Americans lived on a planet with a recumbent Russia, a barely rising China, and no obvious foes except what later came to be known as an “axis of evil,” three countries then incapable of endangering this one? Oh, and, as it turned out, a rich young Saudi…

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American flag burning in Haiti

White Supremacy and Western Imperialism Is at Root of Haiti’s Continuing Struggles

By Editors' Choice

If you are confused, bewildered and perturbed by the bizarre drama unfolding in Haiti, you are not alone. By Mohammed Nurhussein, Black Star News — I turned to the New York Times for clues, knowing fully well the answer would be the usual contempt with which the paper dismisses African issues. Words like the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, corruption and aid dependence were recurring themes. “Haiti’s troubled history goes deep, lying…

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Suspects in the assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse

Colombian mercenaries who killed Haiti’s President were trained by the US military

By News & Current Affairs

The hit squad that killed President Jovenel Moïse is alleged to be largely drawn from veterans of Colombia’s civil conflicts. By Joe Parkin Daniels, The Guardian — When Manuel Antonio Grosso Guarín jetted into Punta Cana’s tourist-clogged airport early last month on Avianca Flight 252, immigration officials are unlikely to have given the 41-year-old Colombian a second glance. Visitors from around the globe flock to this Dominican resort town each…

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Haitian police patrol outside the presidential residence in Port-au-Prince on July 7, 2021, after President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated

Haiti’s president assassinated: 5 essential reads to give you key history and insight

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Expert background on Haiti, where President Jovenel Moïse’s July 7 killing is the latest in the Caribbean nation’s long list of struggles. By Catesby Holmes, The Conversation — The assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse risks destabilizing the Caribbean country, which was already in crisis over alarmingly high violence and Moïse’s increasingly undemocratic behavior. Here’s some essential background on Haiti, starting with the painful history that underlies so much of Haiti’s modern…

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