The Wounds of War in Afghanistan

by  Kathy Kelly, Published on Voices for Creative Nonviolence, September 27, 2019 Its economy gutted by war, Afghanistan’s largest cash crop remains opium. Yet farmers there do grow other crops for export. Villagers in the Wazir Tangi area of Nangarhar province, for example, cultivate pine nuts. As a precaution, this year at harvest time, village elders notified the governor of[…]

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Remnants of War

by Kathy Kelly, published on Voices for Creative Nonviolence, July 12, 2019 Intense fighting and hideous attacks battered Afghans throughout their country last week as negotiators in Qatar weighed the benefits and costs of  a peace agreement that might stop the bloodshed. In Kabul at least 40 people, including one child, were killed in a complex Taliban attack. Dozens of[…]

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Drones Fly, Children Die

by Judith Bello, Published on Reports from Hancock and Beyond, July 1, 2019 Hancock Air National Guard Base was one of the first domestic drone bases to come on line. The base is located in a pleasant suburb of Syracuse New York, along side the International Airport. The 174th Attack Wing at Hancock is tasked with flying Reaper Drone missions[…]

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What’s behind U.S. Troop Withdrawals Announced for Syria and Afghanistan?

Image: Map of Syria December 17, 2018 from Southfront.org. For full map with legend click here. by Sara Flounders, from the International Action Center, December 24, 2018 The announced withdrawal of the remaining 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria and a partial withdrawal from Afghanistan does not mean an end to the Pentagon’s aggressive militarism and endless U.S. wars – in[…]

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17 Years of Getting Afghanistan Completely Wrong

by David Swanson, Originally published on DavidSwanson.org, September 28, 2018 We expect 17-year-olds to have learned a great deal starting from infancy, and yet full-grown adults have proven incapable of knowing anything about Afghanistan during the course of 17 years of U.S.-NATO war. Despite war famously being the means of Americans learning geography, few can even identify Afghanistan on a[…]

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A Reply to the Taliban

Bamian, Afghanistan, 2007, AFGHN-12772. Hazara schoolchildren. by David Swanson, originally published on Lets Try Democracy, Feb 16, 2018 Dear Taliban, Thank you for your letter to the American people. As one person in the United States I cannot offer you a representative reply on behalf of all of us. Nor can I use polls to tell you what my fellow[…]

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New Defense Strategy: War With Great Nations & Arms Race

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance, Feb 4, 2018 This week, following the recent announcement of a new National Defense Strategy that focuses on conflicts with great powers and a new arms race, the Pentagon announced an escalation of nuclear weapons development. The United States’ military is spread across the world, including several dangerous conflict areas that could[…]

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His Name Was Dilwar

Photographer: Keith Harmon Snow Exhibit Name: His Name was Dilwar Location: Afghanistan Republished from: Social Documentary Network As Dr. Alfred McCoy pointed out: On 16 November 2017 the United Nations released its opium report for 2017: total crop area up from 200,000 hectares in 2016 to 328,000 hectares in 2017; the opium harvest nearly doubled since 2016 from 4,600 to[…]

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