A Case for Unfreezing Afghanistan’s Assets

by Kate Alexander, published on Inkstick Media, April 30, 2022 It seems unlikely that the US government is going to amend it’s policies on behalf of Afghan women or Afghan people.   If the awareness that Afghan children are starving has not moved them then concerns about a woman’s ability manage her assets to free herself from oppression seems unlikely to[…]

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Imperialist Victim Afghanistan After the Spotlight Has Passed

Statement from Black Alliance for Peace, March 24, 2022 Afghanistan has joined the ever growing ranks of countries forcibly thrown into desperate humanitarian crises following U.S./NATO wars now relegated to the sidelines as the latest crisis instigated by the West’s imperial aggression takes the spotlight. The blatant imperial theft of Afghan wealth, like what occurred with Iraq, Libya, and others[…]

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Afghanistan Update

Statement by Black Alliance for Peace The crisis unfolding in Afghanistan remains bleak. With an estimated 23 million Afghans—more than 50 percent of the population—still facing extreme levels of hunger, more people could die of starvation in 2022 alone than from the last 20 years of the U.S.-led occupation. While the duopoly in Washington, D.C., distracts the public with its[…]

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U.S.-EU Hide Their Role in Afghan Hunger Crisis

by Zach Kerns, published on International Action Center, February 7, 2022 On Jan. 24, U.S. and European Union representatives met with representatives of the Taliban in Oslo to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. The meeting’s purpose, according to the U.S. State Department, was the “urgency in addressing the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan” and the need to “help alleviate the suffering[…]

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‘Death Sentence for Untold Numbers of Civilians’: Biden to Permanently Seize Afghan Assets

by John Queally, published on CommonDreams, February 11, 2022 Humanitarians—including those who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks of 2001—responded with condemnation Friday after it was reported that President Joe Biden has decided to permanently seize $7 billion of currently frozen Afghan assets even as the people of the war-torn and poverty-stricken nation suffer a broken economy, a collapsed[…]

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As the Military War Ends, Afghan People Face Starvation Under U.S. Sanctions

by Vijay Prashad, from Globetrotter, February 11, 2022 On February 8, 2022, UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) Afghanistan sent out a bleak set of tweets. One of the tweets, which included a photograph of a child lying in a hospital bed with her mother seated beside her, said: “Having recently recovered from acute watery diarrhea, two years old Soria[…]

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US Pips Regional States at Race for Kabul

by M. K. Bhadrakumar, published on Indian Punchline, February 3, 2022 In a hugely consequential advisory, the US Treasury Department quietly signalled on Wednesday that it was “tweaking” the sanctions against the Haqqani Network. The international banks can transfer money to Taliban, including Haqqani Network without fear of breaching sanctions. Washington simply issued clarifications dilating on the relaxation of sanctions[…]

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Are Western Wealthy Countries Determined to Starve the People of Afghanistan?

by Vijay Prashad, published on Countercurrents, January 15, 2022 On January 11, 2022, the United Nations (UN) Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths appealed to the international community to help raise $4.4 billion for Afghanistan in humanitarian aid, calling this effort, “the largest ever appeal for a single country for humanitarian assistance.” This amount is required “in the hope of shoring up collapsing[…]

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A New Years Tribute to Afghanistan

Mahmood Karimi Hakak, sent this Afghan song to his list this new year.  It is too beautiful to hoard, so I’m posting here as a  New Years greeting and a reminder of the indomitable spirit of the Afghan people.  Many thanks to Mahmood for sending along this beautiful bit of Afghan folklore.  [jb] Listen to the song: Translation: “I am[…]

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A Delusional Commitment to “Full Spectrum Dominance” is leading the U.S. and the World to Disaster

by Ajamu Baraka, published on Black Agenda Report, November 23, 2021 The 21st Century was supposed to be the century of continued and unchallenged global dominance by the U.S., at least that was the plan advanced by the right-wing political hacks at the Project for a New American Century (PNAC). Their optimism was understandable. With the dismantling of the Soviet[…]

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