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Archive for July 2010

July is deadliest month of Afghanistan War for U.S.

July 30, 2010

American forces have experienced their deadliest month in the nine-year-old Afghan war, with 66 US service members killed in July. The previous most deadly month for the US was the previous month, June, when 60 died. June also remains the deadliest month for international forces since 2001’s US-led invasion of Afghanistan, with 102 service members […]

Why NATO Should Withdraw from Afghanistan

July 29, 2010

It is difficult for politicians to admit they were wrong. But when it comes to Afghanistan, the consequences of not doing so could be high. It took 30 years for former US Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara to acknowledge that the Vietnam War had been a mistake. NATO and the West shouldn’t wait that long. […]

U.S. pays Afghan media to run friendly and favorable stories

July 28, 2010

Buried among the 92,000 classified documents released Sunday by WikiLeaks is some intriguing evidence that the U.S. military in Afghanistan paid local media outlets to run friendly stories. Local Afghan radio stations were under contract to air content produced by the United States. Other reports show U.S. military personnel apparently referring to Afghan reporters as […]

Wikileaks highlights US attack that killed 300 civilians In Afghanistan

July 27, 2010

Up to 300 Afghan civilians were killed in a U.S. air strike. This was on August 2, 2007, after  a US special forces team mounted what they hoped would be an assassination spectacular in the mountains of northern Helmand, Afghanistan. They called it Operation Jang Baz. Special operations troops, the war logs report, “tracked and […]

Massive Wikileak of secret files exposes truth of Afghanistan War

July 26, 2010

A huge cache of secret US military files today provides a devastating portrait of the failing war in Afghanistan, revealing how coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents, Taliban attacks have soared and NATO commanders fear neighboring Pakistan and Iran are fuelling the insurgency. The disclosures come from more than 90,000 records […]

U.S. Government giving the green light for Israel to bomb Iran

July 25, 2010

Republicans in the House of Representatives have introduced measure H.Res 1553 that would give the green-light for an Israeli bombing campaign against Iran. History professor Juan Cole suggests a likely outcome of an Israeli military strike on Iran: Iran will use Shiite operatives and militiamen to kill the increasingly vulnerable remaining US troops in Iraq. Iran […]

On BP, Oil, Libya and Lockerbie

July 25, 2010

Just before Christmas in 1988, a flight from London to New York City was blasted out of the sky above Scotland by a bomb in the cargo. All 259 people on board were killed, along with 11 on the ground. One man was convicted for the mass murder at a Scottish trial in 2000: Abdelbasset […]

Bradley Manning the new Daniel Ellsberg

July 23, 2010

The news from Afghanistan and Iraq is not good, but Americans are not even told all the news – especially when it includes abuses, even war crimes, committed by the U.S. military. Bradley Manning, a 22-year old Army private, believed he saw war crimes being committed by the U.S. military and shared the information so […]

Our Choice: Bomb Afghanistan, or Rebuild America

July 22, 2010

The current war in Afghanistan costs in excess of $48,000 a minute. Meanwhile, a National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is talking about cuts to Social Security, Medicare and the home mortgage deduction to address the nation’s growing budget deficit. The average cost to deploy a soldier to Afghanistan for a year is $1,000,000. […]

Economic insecurity at 25 year high

July 22, 2010

Insecure about your finances? You’re not alone. Economic insecurity in the U.S. is at its highest point in 25 years, according to a new report. Almost one in five Americans are estimated to be insecure in 2010, compared with less than one in eight in 1985, according to the report from the New York-based philanthropy […]