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America’s Longest Wars

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Just a few of the battles fought against Native Americans W.J. Astore A popular headline in the media is to describe the Afghan War…

December 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ken Silverstein: How America tortured and murdered an innocent man

In 2002, Matthew Zirbel, a junior CIA officer, was in charge of the Salt Pit, a “black site” in Afghanistan referred to in the recent Senate torture report as “Cobalt,” … Continue reading

December 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

More Military Interventions? For what, Ashton Carter?

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Ashton Carter, I have some questions W.J. Astore The juxtaposition of two stories in my NY Times military “feed” got me to thinking this…

December 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Henry Pelifian: No-Fault Wars

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
When it comes to America’s wars, the buck stops nowhere Henry Pelifian Today, war in the U.S. is like no-fault car insurance. Nobody is…

December 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Election Result: More Military Escalations Are Coming

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
James Madison warned that perpetual war is the worst enemy of personal liberty W.J. Astore So, Republicans now control the Senate as well as…

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Afghanistan mi amor

From the beginning, it was to be “Russia’s Vietnam.” First the administration of President Jimmy Carter, then that of President Ronald Reagan was determined to give the Soviet Union a … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

‘After 3,000 Years of Pain’: Women’s Liberation at Barefoot College

Women work on electronic units for solar arrays at the Barefoot College in India. (Photo: Afghan Peace Volunteers)TILONIA, India —   A few months ago, the Afghan Peace Volunteers began … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Kathy Kelly: A Teacher in Kabul

Zekerullah going to school in Bamiyan. (Photo via Kathy Kelly) Here in Kabul, one of my finest friends is Zekerullah, who has gone back to school in the 8th grade … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

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