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Remembrance or Veterans Day November 11

November 11, 2010

I am re-posting what I wrote last year, and sadly not much has changed, except many more have been killed or wounded: Known as Veteran’s Day in the U.S., Remembrance Day in Canada, and in the UK, more fittingly called Poppy Day, it was inaugurated in 1918 to mark the end of the World War […]

The Karzai Brothers and Top Level Corruption in Afghanistan

September 30, 2010

“[Afghan President] Hamid Karzai is under a lot of pressure right now,” says Mahmoud Saiqal, a former deputy foreign minister who served as a diplomat for several years under President Karzai. President Karzai has faced a drumbeat of criticism from Western governments urging the Afghan government to crack down on corruption. One of the Afghan […]

The Afghanistan War Nightmare

June 28, 2010

The war in Afghanistan cannot be won and the country as a whole does not support it. There is no evidence at all that counterinsurgency will work in Afghanistan. It’s not working now. And even if we managed to put all the proper pieces together, the fiercest counterinsurgency advocates in the military will tell you […]

Less corrupt under the Taliban, say Afghans

January 22, 2010

Corruption in Afghanistan has become so entrenched that the population is being forced to pay out the equivalent of a quarter of the country’s GDP in bribes, according to a new UN report. Six out of 10 Afghans view corruption as a bigger problem than violence, the dossier, compiled by the UN Office of Drugs […]

Deep incentives in prolonging the Afghanistan War

December 8, 2009

An overview of long-standing relationships and the unspoken incentives — arms, drugs, security, construction, logistics, etc — that play into prolonging  the Afghanistan conflict. HAMED WARDAK – NCL HOLDINGS, AACP, ETC. National Construction & Logistics (NCL Holdings) was set up in Virginia in 2007 by then 31 year-old Hamed Wardak – son of the current “hard-drinking, […]

Malalai Joya, Afghan Parliamentarian, asks Obama to withdraw troops from Afghanistan

November 12, 2009

Malalai Joya writes: I am in the United States to ask President Barack Obama to immediately end the occupation of my country.   Eight years ago, women’s rights were used as one of the excuses to start this war. But today, Afghanistan is still facing a women’s rights catastrophe. Life for most Afghan women resembles […]

Remembering Poppy Day, November 11

November 11, 2009

Known as Veteran’s Day in the U.S., Remembrance Day in Canada, and in the UK, more fittingly called Poppy Day, it was inaugurated in 1918 to mark the end of the World War 1. Today, in 2009, the significance of the poppy has taken on a dual meaning. The original is derived from the haunting […]

America’s Afghanistan allies are “photocopies of the Taliban”

November 4, 2009

The warlords we champion in Afghanistan are as venal, as opposed to the rights of women and basic democratic freedoms, and as heavily involved in opium trafficking as the Taliban. The moral lines we draw between us and our adversaries are fictional. War turns the moral order upside down and abolishes all discussions of human […]

Ahmed Wali Karzai and “the CIA’s bastards”

October 31, 2009

There was little surprise among Afghanistan experts and longtime CIA watchers at the New York Times report that claimed Ahmed Wali Karzai, brother of the Afghan President and alleged drug kingpin, has been paid by the CIA for eight years. The agency has declined comment on the Times story, but Karzai’s CIA connection “has been […]

The Real Reasons for the War in Afghanistan

October 22, 2009

According to William Engdahl, the US military is in Afghanistan for two reasons. First to restore and control the world’s largest supply of opium for the world heroin markets, and to use the drugs as a geopolitical weapon against opponents, especially Russia. That control of the Afghan drug market is essential for the liquidity of […]