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How a Pink Flower Defeated the World's Sole Superpower

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
Alfred W. McCoy

After fighting the longest war in its history, the United States stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How can this be possible?

Skulking Away From a Failed War

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The official "end" to the Afghan war, while it doesn't mean the end of combat operations, does offer us a moment of disturbing reflection on what has been accomplished these last 13 years, during the first of our wars allegedly to eradicate, but in fact to promote, terror.

Another 58.6 Billion for U.S. Troops in Afghanistan?

Kathy Kelly | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

If people in the U.S. could become knowledgeable and well-educated about the world being shaped in their name, about the lives and hopes being disfigured by U.S. wars and weapons, they might resist pouring crucially needed resources down the rat hole of military spending.

Ali Watkins

Why The U.S. Can't Be Done With Afghanistan Yet | Ali Watkins | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the United States accelerating its withdrawal from Afghanistan after helping to establish a new unity government there, a congressi...

Afghan Poppy Crop Reaches Record High Despite Billions In U.S. Spending

Matt Sledge | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics

Afghanistan just produced a record poppy crop despite massive $7.6 billion in U.S. counternarcotics spending since the war there began, a new report f...

Matt Sledge

The U.S.'s $7 Billion War On Drugs In Afghanistan Is A Failure | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

The top watchdog for U.S. spending in Afghanistan testified Wednesday that the counternarcotics situation there is "dire" and warned of the emergence ...

After More Than 10 Years Of War, Afghanistan's Opium Production Hits Record High

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

By Dylan Welch and Mohammad Stanekzai KABUL, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Afghan opium cultivation has hit a record high as international forces...

The Afghan-China Connection

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
SidneyAnne Stone

So, why we still have troops in Afghanistan? The list of reasons are endless, depending on whom you ask. One might even say the United States is keeping troops in Afghanistan as a way of maintaining leverage over China due to our recently acquired debt.

Why Washington's War on Drugs in Afghanistan Isn't Working

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 10.28.2012 | World
Jonathan Marshall

2012-08-27-scblog.png It's time to turn conventional wisdom upside down. Fighting drugs is not a precondition for security. On the contrary, security is a necessary condition for curbing drugs.

U.S. Struggles To Curb Afghanistan's Opium Industry

The New York Times | Posted 05.27.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — For years, American officials have struggled to curb Afghanistan’s opium industry, rewriting strategy every few seasons and p...

The President's Missing Notes on Afghanistan

Wilfredo Amr Ruiz | Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics
Wilfredo Amr Ruiz

After more than a decade of military occupation and trillions of dollars spent, the general environment in Afghanistan is extremely dangerous and unsafe, even in the capital.

Afghan Women, Culture, and Development

American Anthropological Association | Posted 06.09.2012 | World
American Anthropological Association

As an anthropologist conducting research in Afghanistan, I find that whenever the gaze of the international media falls on Afghan women I feel uncomfortable.

U.N. Reports Sharp Rise In Opium Production In Afghanistan

The New York Times | JACK HEALY | Posted 12.11.2011 | World

Despite increased efforts to destroy fields of opium poppies and wean Afghan farmers off the country’s biggest cash crop, poppy cultivation in Afgha...

Few Treatment Options For Afghans As Drug Use Rises

The New York Times | ALISSA J. RUBIN | Posted 10.29.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Once a river flowed under the low Pul-i-Sokhta bridge here, but now the thin stream is clotted with garbage, the banks are pile...

David Wood

War Aways Unpopular, Gates Says, But 'We're on Path to Success' in Afghanistan | David Wood | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In late 2006, then defense secretary nominee Robert Gates was asked if he thought the United States was winning. In what was one of hi...

Afghan Infants Fed Pure Opium

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan (CNN) -- In a far flung corner of northern Afghanistan, Aziza reaches into the dark wooden cupboard, rummages around, and ...

Can Anyone Pacify the World's Number One Narco-State?

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alfred W. McCoy

Our only realistic choice in Afghanistan is serious rural development -- that is, reconstructing the Afghan countryside through countless small-scale projects until food crops become a viable alternative to opium.

U.S. Troops Fight Afghan Opium Farming

McClatchy | Dion Nissenbaum | McClatchy Newspapers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MARJAH, Afghanistan -- U.S. Marine Sgt. Brad Vandehei stood on the edge of the small opium poppy field that serves as a central helicopter landing zon...

America's Drug Crisis: Brought to You by the CIA

Dave Lindorff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Lindorff

Next time you see a junkie sprawled at the curb, or read about someone who died of a heroin overdose, imagine a big yellow sign posted next to him or her saying: "Your Federal Tax Dollars at Work."

Iraq, Afghanistan: Lessons From the Pros

Martin Varsavsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Martin Varsavsky

Failed policies in the Middle East could be reshaped by learning from those who have managed to do surprisingly well for themselves: the Israelis, the Iranians and the Afghan drug lords.

Afghanistan's Opium Boom May Be Over

Yahoo! News | VIVIENNE WALT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Could Afghanistan's opium boom be over? Perhaps. According to the latest report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, opium cultivation has...

Afghanistan Elections Could Hinge On Provincial Poppy Production

The Washington Post | Pamela Constable | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

FAIZABAD, Afghanistan -- The economic fortunes of Badakhshan province, a remote and wildly beautiful corner of far northeastern Afghanistan, have rise...

Is the Media Finally Getting it On Drug Policy?

Maia Szalavitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Maia Szalavitz

With the Mexican drug war completely out of control, Afghanistan supplying 90% of the world's opium, and our economy in collapse, the media has finally begun to seriously question our approach.

Obama Must End the War on Drugs -- or Mexico and Afghanistan Will Collapse

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Johann Hari

We now have a chance to bankrupt the Mexican cartels, the Taliban, the Bloods and the Crips, and the gangs that are shooting their way across world -- before they cause the collapse of two countries.

In Pictures: The Neglected War In Afghanistan

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the years since the initial invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the nation's attention has steadily turned away from a mission that the Bush administr...