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America's Financial Armageddon and Afghanistan

(3) Comments | Posted September 19, 2011 | 5:18 PM

As the U.S. economy grinds down to a finish, it becomes increasingly difficult to measure whether Washington understands the importance of how to deal realistically with the worsening crisis in Afghanistan. Left off the front pages during the recent obsession with the debt crisis, Afghanistan has lurched back onto the...

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What the Afghans Want

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 1:19 PM

Nearly a year into the Obama administration's new AfPak strategy the only thing that is clear is that it's not working. Little has changed except the severity of the insurgency. General Petraeus has shifted back to a confused mix of counterterrorism and counterinsurgency (that failed the first time); backing "reconciliation"...

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Thinking outside the box? No! Throw the Box Away!

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 2:57 PM

Largely as a result of the Bush administration's "war on terror," the traditional framework of the East-West political dialogue has broken and fallen entirely under the spell of the extremists on both sides. Since much of the West's relationship was based on Cold War and Neo-colonial relationships to begin with...

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Is WikiLeaks the Antidote to the Washington K Street Kool-Aid?

(3) Comments | Posted August 2, 2010 | 11:11 AM

Since the end of the cold war, the U.S. had been looking for an enemy to match the Soviet Union and came up empty handed until 9/11. Refocusing the efforts of the world's largest and most expensive military empire on Al Qaeda would provide the incentive for a massive re-armament,...

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America's DNA profile has been all over Afghanistan since 1973

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2010 | 10:34 AM

In the two years since the publication of our book Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story we have had the chance to address dozens of forums and radio audiences around the United States about Afghanistan. It has been an illuminating exercise, not so much in terms of...

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Afghanistan, the Saudi Arabia of lithium?

(1) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 12:05 PM

It seems that Afghanistan is a never ending font of surprises. For decades U.S. officials took the position that Afghanistan held nothing of value for the United States, especially in the form of vital strategic resources. That assumption was a major reason for America's consistently dismissive attitude towards Afghanistan up...

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The Ill-Logic of the U.S. Predator Drone Campaign

(11) Comments | Posted May 17, 2010 | 11:01 AM

William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of the law!

Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?

William Roper: Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!

Sir Thomas More: Oh?...

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Crossing Zero, The Vanishing Point for the American Empire

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2010 | 11:23 AM

The region today delineated as both Afghanistan and Pakistan has known many borders over the millennia, yet none have been more artificial or contentious than the one today separating Pakistan from Afghanistan known as the Durand line but referred to by the military and intelligence community as Zero line. A...

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Crossing Zero, The Vanishing Point for the American Empire

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2010 | 6:04 PM

The region today delineated as both Afghanistan and Pakistan has known many borders over the millennia, yet none have been more artificial or contentious than the one today separating Pakistan from Afghanistan known as the Durand line but referred to by the military and intelligence community as Zero line. A...

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Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the Messiah of Darkness

(2) Comments | Posted April 5, 2010 | 11:42 AM


The history of turning warlords like Hekmatyar to the good has consistently proven to be nothing but bad for the Afghan people

It's not everyday that an American citizen living in the USA gets an email from the representative of a legendary terrorist warning that they may...

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Let's not forget that warlords were brought into the Afghan Government by the Bush Administration in 2001

(2) Comments | Posted March 18, 2010 | 10:36 AM

According to a March 16 Reuters article by Peter Graff titled Afghanistan confirms blanket pardon for war crimes, www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62F2LU20100316 Afghanistan's government "has enacted into law a blanket pardon for war crimes and human rights abuse carried out before 2001." It may sound democratic that "this law passed with a two-thirds...

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Who is Behind all the Talk to the Taliban Talk?

(6) Comments | Posted February 17, 2010 | 3:42 PM

With all the talk to the Taliban talk going on everywhere it was refreshing to find an op-ed in the February 17th Boston Globe by US Representative Stephen F. Lynch that hit the nail on the head. Titled "The Price of Appeasing the Taliban," it framed...

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In Afghanistan: Embracing Gulbuddin Hekmatyar Is No Method at All

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2010 | 9:45 AM

Colonel Kurtz: Did they say why [Captain] Willard, why they want to terminate my command?

Captain Willard: They told me, that you had gone totally insane and uh, that your methods were unsound.

Colonel Kurtz: Are my methods unsound?

Captain Willard: I don't see any method at all,...

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Rethinking Afghanistan's Invisible History

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2010 | 1:31 PM

We are regularly bombarded by news reports and political analysis that reflect certain underlying assumptions about Afghanistan. These assumptions range from claims that Afghanistan was always a backward state ruled by warlords, to assertions that the country was never really a nation at all, and proclamations that Afghanistan is unfit...

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Shadow War

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2010 | 12:28 PM

News that suicide bomber Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, (the man who targeted the forward CIA operating base Chapman) was a trusted informant, should prompt more than just a reassessment of President Obama's AfPak war. The shocking infiltration of a key CIA operating facility indicates that either America's former partners in...

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Charlie Wilson's Backfire

(7) Comments | Posted December 31, 2009 | 1:26 PM

As the first journalists to enter Kabul in 1981 for CBS News following the expulsion of the Western media the previous year, we continue to be amazed at how the American disinformation campaign between Hollywood, Washington and Wall Street built around the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan lives on. We've seen...

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What Are We Fighting For In Afghanistan?

(12) Comments | Posted December 4, 2009 | 10:39 AM

It was the opportunity for the President of the United States to deliver his most important address yet. America was entering a new era after failing to defeat an implacable foe in a far off and forbidding land. His speech was filled with Sturm und Drang, delivered to the finest...

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How we discovered Verizon's Spamdetector could be twisted into a disguise for censorship!

(3) Comments | Posted November 17, 2009 | 3:53 PM

We had just emailed the link to our interview discussing the 'real' history of Afghanistan on Sibel Edmond's boilingfrogspost. As soon as it was emailed a Verizon response spit back immediately with a notice declaring the email we had just sent was spam. When the culprit turned out to be...

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Afghanistan: A History of Failed Press Coverage

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2009 | 1:13 PM

For almost 30 years - ever since we got a close-in view of it - American press coverage of Afghanistan has been simplistic, misleading, unexamining, accepting and echoing government propaganda, and just plain wrong. There have been exceptions...but not many. Beginning in 1981, we have experienced a process that has...

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Dark Omens for the U.S. in the Gathering Afghan Storm

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2009 | 12:35 PM

Now officially in its ninth year since the invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S. should have little reason to recount, in Chalmers Johnson's words, the Sorrows of Empire. By now everyone on the planet knows by heart the tragic tale. The U.S. invaded Afghanistan without a clear understanding of its goals...

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