Who Are The Four Afghans Released From Guantánamo?

by Andy Worthington, December 23, 2009
Over the weekend, 12 prisoners were released from Guantánamo, as the Justice Department announced in a press release on December 20. I have previously reported the stories of the two Somalis who were released — emphasizing how nothing about their cases demonstrated that they were “the worst of the worst” […]

The US Currently Has 189,000 Personnel in Afghanistan

Stunning Statistics About the War That Everyone Should Know
By Jeremy Scahill, Counterpunch, December 18-20, 2009
A hearing in Sen. Claire McCaskill’s Contract Oversightsubcommittee on contracting in Afghanistan has highlighted some important statistics that provide a window into the extent to which the Obama administration has picked up the Bush-era war privatization baton and sprinted with it. […]

Tales from Yes-we-can-istan

By William Blum, The Anti-Empire Report, December 9, 2009
All the crying from the left about how Obama “the peace candidate” has now become “a war president” … Whatever are they talking about? Here’s what I wrote in this report in August 2008, during the election campaign:
“We find Obama threatening, several times, to attack Iran if […]

Monty Python in Afghanistan

Victory at Last!
Monty Python in Afghanistan
By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, December 3, 2009
Let others deal with the details of President Obama’s Afghan speech, with the on-ramps and off-ramps, those 30,000 U.S. troops going in and just where they will be deployed, the benchmarks for what’s called “good governance” in Afghanistan, the corruption of the Karzai regime, […]

Muddying the waters over torture

by Brian Stewart, CBC News, November 25, 2009
Torture in a far off, turbulent land such as Afghanistan seems grimly foreign to us.
Yet parts of the allegations raised by diplomat Richard Colvin have an utterly familiar Canadian air about them.
For one, there is the effort by senior Canadian officials to — when confronted with a difficult […]