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Majid Naficy: Kabul

But larks have not forgotten to fly
And grass still sprouts from the earth of Kabul
And rivers are replenished by the snows of Pamirs
And the groves of Samangan are filled with sounds of birds.

September 11, 2021 · 6 Comments

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies: Waking from Our Post-9/11 nightmare

Our only hope for the future is to abandon the futile quest for hegemony and instead commit to peace, cooperative diplomacy, international law, and disarmament.

September 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: The Decline and Fall of the Roman… Whoops!… American Empire

What Really Matters in the U.S. of A.

September 8, 2021 · 2 Comments

David Bacon: At the end of this hated war, we need truth

The U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan should force a reckoning with a long history of military intervention.

September 6, 2021 · 4 Comments

Ali A. Olomi: The history of the Taliban is crucial in understanding their success now – and also what might happen next

The rapid takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban left many surprised. A key to understanding what is happening now – and what might take place next – is looking at the past and how the Taliban came to prominence.

September 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

George Lakey: As the US empire declines, what openings exist for progressive movements?

Hard as it may be to see beyond the chaos and suffering in Afghanistan, the larger picture reveals real opportunities for social change.

August 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

Karen J. Greenberg: The Endless Shadow of the War on Terror

Will the Forever Wars Become Forever Policy?

August 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

W.D. Ehrhart: Afghanistan | Vietnam Redux

The real tragedy in all this is that the United States of America invaded yet another foreign country, imagining that we could bend it to our will and create a “Mini-Me” version of ourselves, and then spent twenty years, trillions of dollars, and thousands of lives ignoring what was obvious from the very outset.

August 20, 2021 · 6 Comments

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies: U.S. Joins Past Empires In Afghan Graveyard

An Afghan taxi-driver in Vancouver told one of us a decade ago that this day would come. “We defeated the Persian Empire in the eighteenth century, the British in the … Continue reading

April 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Christine Fair: The Revenge of Farkhunda

The mullah falsely accused Farkhunda of burning a Quran. Those who overheard the allegation immediately decided that she must be killed. She was beaten with bats, stomped upon, and driven over by a car after which her body was dragged by a car and then immolated. Her real crime? She had the temerity as a woman to challenge superstitious practices propounded by ignorant male clerics.

December 19, 2020 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: Landays

Now I have given away all my rage.
Watch the young stride ahead of me into their own mistakes.

November 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

W.J. Astore: Happy 4th of July! And a Global War on Something

I live in a fairly posh area of America.  A place where people have vacation “cottages” with pools, a “destination” place for some, especially in July and August.  July 4th … Continue reading

July 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jeremy Corbyn: We Must Be Brave Enough to Admit the War on Terror is Simply Not Working

Our whole nation has been united in shock and grief this week as a night out at a concert ended in horrific terror and the brutal slaughter of innocent people … Continue reading

May 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Robert Koehler: Why Bombing a Hospital is a War Crime

U.S bombs hospital in Afghanistan, kills 22 people including three children, apologizes, promises to investigate itself. “We tried to take a look into one of the burning buildings. I cannot … Continue reading

October 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

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