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AP / Rafiq Maqbool

Bloody Encounter in Afghanistan

A firefight between foreign troops and insurgents in Afghanistan last week reportedly led to the deaths of more than 50 civilians. The confrontation came in Kunar province, close to Pakistan, a region that has become a flashpoint for violence because of insurgent activity on the border.

Posted on Feb 20, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Ivan Sekretarev

Arrest Warrant Issued for Musharraf

An arrest warrant has been issued for former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. He is wanted in connection with the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, a candidate for the country’s presidency who was killed in a gun-and-suicide-bomb attack during a rally in 2007.

Posted on Feb 12, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Fareed Khan

Pakistani Politician Ends Bid to Change Blasphemy Laws

Pakistani parliament member Sherry Rehman is the latest politician to contest the country’s controversial blasphemy law in a move that has led to threats on her life, but her efforts have been thwarted by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani ...

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ben Curtis

What Corruption and Force Have Wrought in Egypt

Our failures in the Middle East have consequences. We are soaked with the stench of these regimes.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 READ MORE


Cow Most Sacred: Why Military Spending Remains Untouchable

In defense circles, “cutting” the Pentagon budget has once again become a topic of conversation. Americans should not confuse that talk with reality.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Christophe Ena

With Friends Like These, Who Needs Democracy?

American officials were for Tunisia’s ousted despot before they were against him. Across the Middle East and Central Asia it’s the same: U.S. allies are invariably corrupt dictators, maintained in power by lavish patronage and the military.

Posted on Jan 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mukhtar Khan

India to Cut Troops in Kashmir

In an attempt to rebuild relations with restive Kashmir, one of the world’s most militarized regions, the Indian government has declared that it will cut its troop levels there by 25 percent over the next 12 months.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Fareed Khan

WikiLeaks Exposes the Danger of Pakistan’s Nukes

There are few scenarios more frightening for America than a domestic nuclear terrorist attack. We now know that U.S. policy is actually increasing the danger of a nuclear incident.

Posted on Jan 13, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Petros Giannakouris

Even Lost Wars Make Corporations Rich

All polite appeals to the formal systems of power will not end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We must physically obstruct the war machine or accept a role as its accomplice.

Posted on Jan 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta

Lanny Davis Puts Dems to Shame

The value of the Davis example, as with the parade of Wall Street hustlers so prominent among the Clintonistas, is that his greed has broken his cover.

Posted on Jan 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Gerald Herbert

Wrong Again, Sen. Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham has been wrong about almost everything in the Middle East for a decade and a half, so his harebrained proposal to build permanent bases in Afghanistan is hardly surprising.

Posted on Jan 4, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Andrew Smith

Pakistani Disappearances: C’mon Guys

Thursday’s New York Times headline on Pakistani disappearances and U.S. disapproval is just a bit too much to take. ... (more)

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 READ MORE



USMC / Cpl. Brandon Rodriguez

A Far From Happy New Year

The paradox that is seldom discussed in politics or the press is that the United States, with total military resources equal to those of all the rest of the world combined, wages wars that consistently turn out badly, leaving American enemies in power.

Posted on Dec 28, 2010 READ MORE


The Game-Changer List

This year was a game-changer, and what we need is a game-changer list. On that kind of list, I would drop one-off sensations, beginning with the oil spill, the Haitian earthquake and the mine rescue. No. 1 would be WikiLeaks.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE



news.bbc.co.uk

Pakistan Suicide Bomber Kills 43

In apparent response to a Pakistani military action that killed some 40 rebels, a suicide bomber in Pakistan has killed at least 43 people in an attack on a mass of people receiving aid in the northwest town of Khar.

Posted on Dec 25, 2010 READ MORE


Foreign Policy Review Suggests a Losing Effort

The great campaign to create a new Middle East and Central Asia, slay Islam’s violent extremists and build a radiant new world of democracy and capitalism is moving backward.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Sebastian Scheiner

Obama’s 2010 Successes and Failures in the Middle East

As the decade draws to a close, it is clear that the bright hopes inspired by Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech have markedly faded, and the disappointments have outweighed achievements in the most important arena for contemporary American foreign policy.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE


‘Hope Is Action’: Hedges and Ellsberg Arrested at White House Protest

On Thursday, author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and Pentagon Papers whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg were among the 131 anti-war activists arrested during a nonviolent demonstration outside the White House ...

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mukhtar Khan

India Accused of Torture in Kashmir

Indian police and security forces have allegedly tortured hundreds of Kashmiris as WikiLeaked evidence shows the use of electrocution, beatings and sexual humiliation against detainees from 2005 to 2007.

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Artur Shvartsberg

Round and Round in Afghanistan

The good news is that President Obama’s strategy in Afghanistan is “on track.” The bad news is that the track runs in a circle.

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / U.S. State Department

Holbrooke’s Last Words

Richard Holbrooke was apparently preoccupied with his role as the Obama administration’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan until the very end, discussing the ongoing conflicts in those two countries up until he went into surgery for the heart problem that led to his death Monday.

Posted on Dec 14, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Embassy, Kabul (CC-BY-ND)

Afghanistan Envoy Holbrooke Dies

Richard Holbrooke, a diplomatic fixture since the Vietnam era whose last assignment was special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, died Monday following heart surgery. ... (more)

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Khalid Tanveer

Pakistan Papers Publish Faux WikiLeaks

An already fraught relationship between India and Pakistan got a bit more taut after a lapse of journalistic responsibility led several leading Pakistani papers to publish fabricated WikiLeaks cables that more resembled anti-Indian propaganda than diplomatic correspondence.

Posted on Dec 10, 2010 READ MORE


Leaks Disclose Complicated U.S. Strategy

The WikiLeaks documents reveal the irrelevance in much of what was being reported by American diplomats. There was no recognizable pattern or purpose.

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 READ MORE


U.S. Orders Diplomats to Stop Telling Truth

In the first major policy fallout from the WikiLeaks disclosures, the State Department has ordered all U.S. diplomats to “cease and desist telling the truth until further notice.”

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 READ MORE


Benazir Bhutto
AP / Mohammed Javed

Bhutto Case Reignited With Arrests

In news that may reopen the mystery surrounding Benazir Bhutto’s unsolved assassination, a Pakistani anti-terrorism court has ordered the arrests of the former police chief and deputy of Rawalpindi, the city where Bhutto was killed.

Posted on Dec 5, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / David Shankbone (CC-BY)

Just the Fibs, Ma’am

It’s a sad day when working journalists condemn those who would pry loose a few secrets from the national security state. Glenn Greenwald has done an excellent job tracking the hypocrites, hacks and access addicts. His latest target is Joe Klein (above), who describes WikiLeaks’ work as a “human disaster.” ... (more)

Posted on Dec 1, 2010 READ MORE



Congress via Wikimedia Commons

WikiLeaks Outs U.S. Diplomats’ Saucy Secrets

According to diplomatic cables obtained and leaked by the whistle-blowers extraordinaire, the king of Saudi Arabia asked the U.S. to attack Iran, Hillary Clinton instructed her diplomats to spy on U.N. leaders and others, Vladimir Putin is ...

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Obama Backs India’s Bid for Security Council Seat

India’s future role in the United Nations might just bump up a big notch soon, thanks to Barack Obama’s endorsement. The president officially announced his support for India’s permanent inclusion on the U.N.‘s Security Council on Monday ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mohammad Iqbal

Bomb Attacks Shake Pakistan

Two bomb attacks on mosques left more than 60 people dead and scores injured in northwestern Pakistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the most lethal attack, in which a 17-year-old suicide bomber struck a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers.

Posted on Nov 5, 2010 READ MORE


binladen
Wikimedia Commons

Bin Laden Pops Up With Warning to France

Looks like Osama bin Laden is still around after all. The French Foreign Ministry said Thursday that video footage showing a man appearing to be bin Laden and threatening repercussions against France for recent actions he finds objectionable ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE


The Shifting Balance of Power

An epoch of Western world political domination is coming to an end. This is not simply an end to imperialism (new or old), but quite possibly the beginning of a probably long decline in the West’s primacy in industry, technology and scientific innovation.

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Riccardo De Luca

Iran Joins in for Future Talk About Afghanistan

An Iranian representative is now included in a league of international envoys from the EU, NATO, the U.S. and elsewhere—aka the International Contact Group on Afghanistan—that is engaging in an ongoing conversation about Afghanistan’s future.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mohammad Sajjad

Reopen Sesame

After back-and-forth bickering between NATO and Pakistan—and a stream of militant attacks on supply tankers stopped at the border—Pakistan has said it will reopen a key border crossing for NATO supplies entering Afghanistan.

Posted on Oct 9, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Mortgage Moratoriums and Midterm Madness

Truthdig’s own Robert Scheer schools listeners about the mortgage mess and the need for a moratorium on foreclosures in the opening minutes of this week’s “Left, Right & Center.” Tony Blankley joins him for a discussion of this and other topics.

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mohammad Sajjad

NATO Apologizes to Pakistan for Border-Breaching Attack

The Sept. 30 incident in which NATO aircraft fired across the border of Pakistan, killing two Pakistani soldiers, has not been forgotten in that country, and the fiery retaliatory strikes that have ensued compelled the American ambassador ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Bradley Lail

Karzai Regime in Contact With Taliban

The Afghan government claims to have had contact with the Taliban, though the insurgent group denies this. The White House signaled its support, but said such contact, which the Washington Post reports is at the “secret, high-level talks” stage, “has to be done by the Afghans.”

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

March to Nowhere

We can hold One Nation marches every week. It will not make any difference until we revolt against the formal structures of power.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE


binladen
Wikimedia Commons

Bin Laden Feeling the Heat

He’s no Al Gore, but terror plotter Osama bin Laden is sounding a call for action on global warming. In a new audiotape, the head of al-Qaida also scolds Pakistan for what he sees as the inadequacy of its relief efforts in the wake of recent catastrophic floods.

Posted on Oct 2, 2010 READ MORE



news.bbc.co.uk

27 NATO Tankers Torched in Pakistan

Officials believe as many as 15 gunmen armed with rocket launchers have attacked a supply convoy and destroyed at least 27 tankers carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan. The attacks, which occurred in the southern Sindh providence of Pakistan, may be a response to Thursday’s cross-border NATO airstrike into Pakistan.

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 READ MORE


Who Really Thinks We’ll Win in Afghanistan?

Could somebody please remind me just what it is that we’re achieving in Afghanistan? Don’t all speak at once. No, I mean what good things we’re accomplishing. Anybody? Hello?

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Shah Khalid

NATO Forces Fire on Targets Inside Pakistan

In an incident that could lead to even more tension between the U.S. and Pakistan, NATO has confirmed that one of its aircraft engaged in an attack across the Pakistani border, purportedly to fire on suspected militants.

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton Celebrates Kissinger While White House Repeats His Mistakes

Future historians will marvel at how U.S. leaders failed to learn from their horrific crimes in Indochina, and are instead repeating many of them today.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / CIA

Senior Al-Qaida Leader Killed in Drone Strike, Pakistan Says

Although there’s no official confirmation from the U.S., Pakistani officials said Tuesday that a senior al-Qaida operative, Sheikh Fateh, was killed Saturday by an American drone attack in north Waziristan, according to the BBC.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mary Schwalm

Retribution for a World Lost in Screens

Like the Ancients, we arrogant humans who turn ourselves into objects of worship and build ruthless systems of power to control the world around us will get what we are due.

Posted on Sep 26, 2010 READ MORE



FBI composite for wanted poster / Wikimedia Commons

Neuroscientist Gets 86 Years for a ‘Freak Out’

MIT-educated neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui has been sentenced to 86 years in prison for what her lawyers called a “freak out.” Siddiqui says she was abducted and secretly held for five years before she snapped, grabbed a gun and opened fire on her captors. (continued)

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Indian Police Kill 18 Civilians in Kashmir

An outbreak of violence, partially attributed to unrest over recent anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S., occurred in the volatile Kashmir region Monday, and 18 civilians were confirmed killed by Indian police, according to the BBC.

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 READ MORE


Sept. 11: A Day Without War

The ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States should serve as a moment to reflect on tolerance. It should be a day of peace.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE



White House

Obama: ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom Is Over’ (Full Video and Text)

The president began his address to the nation on the end of combat operations in Iraq by acknowledging that “this historic moment comes at a time of great uncertainty for many Americans.”

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE



youtube.com

Pakistan Floodwaters Keep on Coming

New flooding in Pakistan continues to take a devastating toll on the country, as floodwaters sweep southward and have led to the displacement of an estimated 1 million people in Sindh province in just two days.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE


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