Tag: Afghanistan war

Afghan Government cracks down on women’s shelters

Women's shelter in Kabul. Photo: Lynsey Addario/New York Times.
By RAWA News, Feb. 21, 2011
The Italian women’s organization, CISDA – Coordinamento Italiano Sostegno Donne Afghane – denounces the draft regulation promoted by the Council of Ministers in January 2011, whose adoption allows the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) to take over the management of the existing […]

Shattering the Myth of Taliban / Al Qaeda Ties

Evidence of Taliban Peace Initiatives in 2002
By Gareth Porter, Counterpunch, Feb. 8, 2011
The central justification of the U.S.-NATO war against the Afghan Taliban – that the Taliban would allow al Qaeda to return to Afghanistan – has been challenged by new historical evidence of offers by the Taliban leadership to reconcile with the Hamid Karzai […]

NDP calls for withdrawing Canadian troops from Afghanistan

NDP NEWS RELEASE: Canadian leadership in Afghanistan
OTTAWA — In a major policy speech today, Jack Layton called on the Prime Minister to keep his promise to bring Canada’s troops home from Afghanistan in 2011. Speaking at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for International Policy Studies, Layton outlined a better way for […]

Even lost wars make corporations rich

A young protester with a painted face demonstrates in central Athens during an anti-war rally back in 2007. Photo: AP / Petros Giannakouris
By Chris Hedges, Truthdig, Jan. 10, 2011
Power does not rest with the electorate. It does not reside with either of the two major political parties. It is not represented by the […]

Bitter Memories of War on the Way to Jail

By Chris Hedges, Truthdig, Dec. 20, 2010
The speeches were over. There was a mournful harmonica rendition of taps. The 500 protesters in Lafayette Park in front of the White House fell silent. One hundred and thirty-one men and women, many of them military veterans wearing old fatigues, formed a single, silent line. Under a […]

Video: Afghans For Peace

afghans4peace | December 18, 2010
Afghans for Peace (AFP) is an alliance of Afghans from various ethnic, religious, socio-economic, cultural, and political backgrounds with a united vision for a democratic, all inclusive, just and peaceful Afghanistan. They demand an end to U.S. and NATO military operations within Afghanistan. More info: http://afghansforpeace.org

History is repeating itself in Afghanistan

By Patrick Cockburn, The Independent – UK, Dec. 18, 2010
One hears again and again Afghans say that the Taliban may not be liked but that the US is distrusted, even hated.
During the mid-1960s, America’s goal during a crucial stage in the Vietnam war was to defeat the enemy militarily. But it had no realistic political […]

Global Day of Listening to Afghans

Inspired by the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers and Afghans For Peace this GLOBAL DAY of LISTENING will allow everyone to listen to the stories told by the Afghan People of what it is like to live now in Afghanistan.  Anyone interested in talking with those gathered in Kabul and Bamiyan […]

Why is Canadian media not reporting Holbrooke’s dying words?

By the Canadian Peace Alliance
Richard Holbrooke, the top U.S. Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, died after emergency heart surgery at the age of 69. His last words, reported by family members and his surgeon before he underwent surgery were: “You have to stop this war in Afghanistan”.
These dying words were reported in his obituary […]

$52bn of American aid and still Afghans are dying of starvation

A beggar in Kabul; as winter approaches, half of Afghans may not get enough to eat, the US Famine Early Warning Systems Network says. Photo: Getty
By Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, Dec. 13, 2010
The most extraordinary failure of the US-led coalition in Afghanistan is that the expenditure of tens of billions of dollars has had so […]