Tag Archives: Afghan war

Kim Barker, ProPublica: Pro-Troop Charity Misleads Donors While Lining Political Consultants’ Pockets

Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops. But its appeals often rely on images and stories borrowed without permission, and its assets have been used to benefit political consulting firms and PACs. By Kim Barker  ProPublica August 5, 2014  |  This story was co-published with The Daily Beast In February […]

Kathy Kelly: The Shift (Notes from Lexington Federal Prison)

Kathy: Our society barely recognizes the futility of imprisoning people for onerously long sentences. I think of Mukherjee and wonder whether U.S. people invested as much money in cancer research as they did in Super Bowl celebrations this year.

Evergreene Digest: It’s The Blind Partisanship

“While the Democratic Party was able to leverage antiwar sentiments effectively in promoting its own electoral success, the antiwar movement itself ultimately suffered organizationally from its ties to the Democratic Party.” “[T]he parties agree more on the substance of policy than their political rhetoric suggests.” Chris Hedges | The Left Has Lost It’s Nerve and […]

Kathy Kelly: Uncomplicated, in Afghanistan

On November 7, 2014, while visiting Kabul, The Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, noted that NATO will soon launch a new chapter, a new non-combat mission in Afghanistan. But it’s difficult to spot new methods as NATO commits itself to sustaining combat on the part of Afghan forces. At the gate of Emergency Hospital, Kabul […]

Kathy Kelly: Another 58.6 Billion for U.S. Troops in Afghanistan?

Americans have a right to learn about people bearing the consequences of U.S. war, but there is scant incentive to exercise this right in a society where militarism is glorified and military spokespeople continually assure the U.S. public that U.S. militarism has improved the lives of women and children in Afghanistan. By Kathy Kelly  HuffingtonPost.com […]

Jeffrey D. Sachs: The Waste of War

Rather than solving a single underlying problem, the chaos is growing, threatening an ever-widening war. Is this the result of too many governments shooting first, and thinking after? By JEFFREY D. SACHS  NationofChange.org  PROJECT SYNDICATE / OP-ED  Published: Tuesday 22 July 2014 Karl Marx famously wrote that history repeats itself, “the first time as tragedy, the […]

Tomgram: Engelhardt: A Record of Unparalleled Failure

Don’t Walk Away from War It’s Not the American Way By Tom Engelhardt  TomDispatch.com  June 10, 2014 The United States has been at war — major boots-on-the-ground conflicts and minor interventions, firefights, air strikes, drone assassination campaigns, occupations, special ops raids, proxy conflicts, and covert actions — nearly nonstop since the Vietnam War began.  That’s more […]

Kathy Kelly: Locked in Winter

The vast expenditures of the U.S. government and its client here simply can’t be designated as contributions toward “security.” These funds have contributed to insecurity and danger while failing to address basic human needs.  By Kathy Kelly  January 6, 2014  Direct to Rise Up Times Kabul — The fire in the Chaman e Babrak camp began in Nadiai’s […]

CNN Poll: Afghanistan war arguably most unpopular in U.S. history

Posted by CNN Political Unit  December 30, 2013    Washington (CNN) – Support for the war in Afghanistan has dipped below 20%, according to a new national poll, making the country’s longest military conflict arguably its most unpopular one as well. The CNN/ORC International survey released Monday also indicates that a majority of Americans would like to […]

▶ Noam Chomsky “The War in Afghanistan” [Fascinating Lecture!]

“Obama is running the biggest terrorist operation that exists, maybe in history.”  — Noam Chomsky (2013) Published on Dec 4, 2013   (Date:  December 8, 2001) In response to US declarations of a “War on Terrorism” in 1981 and the re-declaration in 2001, Chomsky has argued that the major sources of international terrorism are the world’s […]

Mary Beaudoin: On the 12th Anniversary of the U.S. war on Afghanistan

According to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, all the years of the American wars on Afghanistan and Iraq will end up costing $6 Trillion ($2 trillion of that has been borrowed from foreign investors); this amount is the equivalent of $75,000 for every American household per year. By Mary Beaudoin  October 5, 2013 This speech was […]

Meredith Aby: On the 12-year anniversary of the war on Afghanistan

“The UN reported this year that civilian casualties have increased 16 percent this year.  In two different UN reports this year they documented that the increase in fighting this year has overly affected women and children – there has been a 30 percent increase in injuries and deaths of children and a 60 percent jump in deaths […]

Bagram: Torture, Detention Without End at US Military’s ‘Other Guantanamo’

Prisoners languishing in US-run Afghan prison will have no hope as officials admit there is no plan to shut it down. Sarah Lazare, staff writer  Published on Monday, August 5, 2013 by Common Dreams A lone soldier walks the wall at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan (Photo: J Smith/Flickr Creative Commons) The US military has no […]

New Survey Shows Record-High Opposition to ‘Worthless’ Afghan War

Majority of Americans also believe Afghan war has not contributed to any long-term security. Lauren McCauley, staff writer  Friday, July 26, 2013 by Common Dreams (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/ cc/ Flickr)Americans have reached a ‘new high’ in war-weariness. An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Friday reveals that two-thirds of Americans don’t think that the war in Afghanistan is ‘worth fighting.’ […]

[Video] Kathy Kelly> The Cost of War and Nonviolent Noncooperation

Kathy Kelly, Peacestock 2013 from Bill Sorem PLUS 1 week ago   Kathy Kelly is a tireless peace activist, pacifist, author and founder of Voices in the Wilderness but now a co-leader and co-founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. She lives in Chicago. IL when she is not speaking all over the world and residing in Afghanistan or […]

Kathy Kelly> Tales in a Kabul Restaurant

The Afghan Atrocities Update by Kathy Kelly  May 21, 2013 Kabul–Since 2009, Voices for Creative Nonviolence has maintained a grim record we call the “The Afghan Atrocities Update” which gives the dates, locations, numbers and names of Afghan civilians killed by NATO forces.  Even with details culled from news reports, these data can’t help but […]

“Sunshine is the best antidote to tyranny”> Independent Journalism on War, Conflict and Human Rights – NCMR 2013

Jeff Cohen, Amy Goodman, Norman Solomon, Marjorie Cohn, & Sonali Kolhatkar on war, journalism, civil rights, drones, human rights, citizen journalism, Bradley Manning and much much more.  videofreepress Published on Apr 11, 2013 Subscribe or “Follow” us on WAMMToday.org. For the TC EVENTS calendar and the ACTIONS AND ACTION ALERTS click on the tab at the top of the page […]

MNASAP> Minnesotans’ Taxes for Iraq & Afghan Wars: $41 BILLION

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Sara Flounders> U.S. and Pakistan: Free Aafia!

U.S. and Pakistan: Free Aafia! In support of efforts to pressure the U.S. government to repatriate Dr. Aafia Siddiqui to Pakistan, former U.S. Congressperson Cynthia McKinney and International Action Center Co-Director Sara Flounders traveled to Pakistan last December. Cynthia McKinney has been a courageous and outspoken opponent of U.S. wars at every step. The IAC […]

Moyers & Co.> Nick Turse Describes the Real Vietnam War

Published on Feb 7, 2013 Journalist Nick Turse describes his unprecedented efforts to compile a complete and compelling account of the Vietnam War’s horror as experienced by all sides, including innocent civilians who were sucked into its violent vortex. Turse, who devoted 12 years to tracking down the true story of Vietnam, unlocked secret troves of […]