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Drone Victims Speak

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

Though victims acknowledged that drones often kill militants, they decried the strikes for the harm they cause to civilians and claimed that they are ineffective at combating militancy in the long-run.

Beck-Palin 2010

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Beck and Palin are like an all purpose high school gang: the quirky, sagacious Honor Society geek and the homecoming queen who claims the ROTC kids as backup. Interestingly, the ROTC kids are never present to deny the alliance.

Ask Katie Couric to Challenge Petraeus on Afghanistan War 'Progress'

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Greenwald

Petraeus is on a media blitz, disingenuously trying to sell the idea of "progress" in Afghanistan. NBC's David Gregory failed to sufficiently challenge Petraeus on his easily disproved spin. CBS' Katie Couric is next at bat.

Spike in Civilian Casualties Shows U.S. War Policy Is Failing Afghans and Americans

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

The United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan reports that the number of civilians killed in the first six months of 2010 spiked by 25 percent compared to the same period last year.

NATO Forces in Afghanistan Can't Deny They Killed Civilians in Sangin Anymore

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Exclusive, on-the-ground interviews obtained by Brave New Foundation's Rethink Afghanistan project confirm what NATO forces repeatedly denied: U.S. an...

WikiLeaks Creates Fresh Doubt About Afghan War, Secrets

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON (Associated Press) - The monumental leak of classified Afghan war documents threatened Monday to create deeper doubts about the war at home...

What's Missing From the Wikileaks Afghanistan Logs

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

Addressing civilian harm is now one of ISAF's key counterinsurgency tools, but with the level of accumulated mistrust over the lack of disclosure illustrated by these war logs, it may be coming 9 years too late.

WikiLeaks 'Afghan War Diary' Provides Ground-Level Account Of Afghanistan War

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Some 90,000 leaked U.S. military records posted online Sunday amount to a blow-by-blow account of six years of the Afghanistan war, inc...

Afghanistan War Logs: WikiLeaks Releasing Over 90,000 Documents In 'Afghan War Diary'

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SEE BELOW FOR UPDATES ON "AFGHAN WAR DIARY" AND JOHN KERRY'S STATEMENT. -- WikiLeaks has obtained a massive set of records about the Afghanistan war...

Petraeus Reviews Directive Meant To Limit Afghan Civilian Deaths

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

To the U.S. soldiers getting pounded with thunderous mortar rounds in their combat outpost near Kandahar, it seemed like a legitimate request: allow t...

How Many Times Have You Seen This Headline?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Engelhardt

"Afghan lawmaker says relative killed after U.S. soldiers raided her home." After nine years in which such headlines have appeared with unceasing regularity, I could have written the rest of it myself while on vacation.

Our Afghan Victims Have Faces

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

I spoke with a man who lost a cousin and a future daughter-in-law during that awful special forces night raid. Hearing the story from a person who was there really drives home the necessity of ending this brutal, costly war.

Nothing to See Here, Folks: Covering Up a Massacre in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

What does it mean for McChrystal's people to apologize for killing innocent people and lying about it, only to have them turn around and keep repeating the same behavior? Why should we be moved or lend credulity to such apologies?

Khost Shooting: NATO Admits Young Victims Were Not 'Known Insurgents'

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NATO's acknowledgment Wednesday that the unarmed young men shot to death two days earlier in Khost province were not "known insurgents," as previously...

Afghanistan: Death and the High Cost of Living

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

Why are we paying billions to Taliban smugglers and police states and anti-democratic intelligence operations just to build a country for a guy who wants to join the Taliban?

Facebook Ghosts

Julie Kramer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julie Kramer

Sometimes we think ghosts visit us from the paranormal world. But the cyber world has spirits of its own. One of them is Darcy Pohland, and though she died March 5...she haunts her friends via Facebook.

Humanity Missing From Afghanistan Debate

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

Respect for Afghans is sorely lacking on all sides of the Afghanistan debate. It's 2010, nine years into the war, and we're still talking about Afghanistan in orientalist terms. We don't want to think about them as human. This has to change now.

U.S. and Allied Forces: We Killed Those Pregnant Afghan Women After All

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

These are not errors of "cultural understanding," as NATO spokespeople are claiming. They are intentional lies meant to allow someone to escape responsibility for killing three women, two of them pregnant.

US-Pakistan Negotiations Leave Out Pakistani People

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

The whole Strategic Dialogue is a farce. We're not accomplishing any of our national security goals in the AfPak region, we're actually making our problems worse!

Civilian Casualties Ignored in Pakistan

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

In Pakistan, there are no official figures on civilian casualties, and very little is known about how fighting between government forces and Taliban militants harm civilians. All available indications are that civilian casualties are significant.

Regaining Control of the Afghanistan Debate

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

We are forced into an unfair position of being for or against a successful war in Afghanistan. It's never a good thing to be against something successful, so clearly the only rational choice is to you're for it.

Withdrawing from Afghanistan: What's the Rest of Our Plan?

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

It's pretty much conventional wisdom at this point that we're going to have to negotiate with the Taliban. Washington, Kabul, and Islamabad will div...

More Afghan Civilians Killed By US, NATO Forces Than Insurgents During Operation Moshtarak

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

According to the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, U.S. and Allied forces have killed and injured more civilians than have the insurgents du...

Size Doesn't Matter: Missing the Point Of ISAF's Failure in Marja

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

A man in his early 30s summarized the pragmatism of many Afghanis: "If the Taliban tap me on the shoulder, I will be with them, and if the government taps me on my shoulder I will be with them."

Elections in Iraq and Escalation in Afghanistan: Paying For A "Violent Semi-Peace"

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

This weekend Iraqis turned out in the millions to vote in their 2010 parliamentary elections. By most accounts, it was a relative success. There were ...