Afghanistan

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Afghan media respond to Taliban threats against TV channels
Article
2015
In an alarming statement published on the group's website on Monday 12 October, 2015, the Taliban said the two TV channels are legitimate targets and no employee, anchor, office, news team or reporter...
Afghan Young Women Protest Killing Women
Article
2012
Afghan Young Women for Change (YWC) activists, holding placards which read 'where is justice?', take part in a protest denouncing violence against women in Afghanistan in Kabul on April 14, 2012. Some...
Afghanistan
Engels, Friedrich
Article
1857
An encyclopedia article by Engels.
Afghanistan 1979-1992: America's Jihad
Blum, William
Article
An account of CIA and American involvement in Afghanistan since 1979
Afghanistan: the Smell of Defeat: Cut-and-Run Time
Whitney, Mike
Article
2012
The United States hasn’t liberated Afghanistan. It hasn’t rebuilt Afghanistan. It hasn’t removed the warlords from power, curtailed opium production, established strong democratic institutions, or imp...
Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century 1914 - 1991
Hobsbawm, Eric
Book
1994
A overview of the history of the years 1914 - 1991.
America's Latest War Crime
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2015
The best that Nobel Peace Laureate President Obama can do after the US bombs and destroys a hospital in Afghanistan, killing 22 people, including 12 volunteer doctors from Doctors Without Borders, is ...
Another World is Possible: Globalization and Anti-capitalism
McNally, David
Book
2002
A call-to-arms for progressive activists. McNally argues that capitalism is synonymous with imperialism and fundamentally incompatible with democracy.
An Anti-Capitalist Manifesto
Callinicos, Alex
Book
2003
An extended argument about what the anti-capitalist movement should stand for.
Bombing Hospitals: 22 People Killed by US Airstrike on Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan
Kelly, Kathy
Unclassified
2015
A group of activists living in Baghdad would regularly go to city sites and string large vinyl banners between the trees outside these buildings which read: "To Bomb This Site Would Be A War Crime." ...
Britain's Own Pravda-Style Propaganda: Ten Years Of 'Involvement' In Afghanistan
Article
2011
Imagine Britain had been invaded and occupied by armed forces from another region of the world with China, for example, as a significant ‘partner’ in the ‘coalition’. Imagine tens of thousands of Brit...
Chomsky.Info
Chomsky, Noam
Website
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
CNN and the NYT Are Deliberately Obscuring Who Perpetrated the Afghan Hospital Attack
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2015
Much of the world spent the last 48 hours expressing revulsion at the U.S. airstrike on a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. It was quite clear early on that the perpetrator of the attack was the U.S., ...
A Cosmetic Cover for Occupation: Against The Current vol. 142
Bose, Purnima
Article
2009
Following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in October of 2001, the Bush administration belatedly latched on to the plight of Afghan women under the Taliban as a rationale for military action. As part ...
The Cover-Ups That Exploded
Cockburn, Alexander
Article
2010
The Crimes of Seal Team 6
Cole, Matthew
Article
2017
Officially known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, SEAL Team 6 is today the most celebrated of the U.S. military's special mission units. But hidden behind the heroic narratives is a dar...
The Decline And Fall Of The American Empire
McCoy, Alfred
Article
2010
The demise of the United States as the global superpower could come far more quickly than anyone imagines. If Washington is dreaming of 2040 or 2050 as the end of the American Century, a more realisti...
Dilemmas of Domination: The Unmaking of the American Empire
Bello, Walden
Book
2005
Argues that in a not-too-distant future the American empire's hidden weaknesses will pose fatal challenges to American supremacy.
Dirty Wars: Britain's Collusion with Radical Islam
Curtis, Mark
Book
2008
Historian Mark Curtis, presents the history of the British government's sponsorship of radical Islamic terrorism, from Iran, Afghanistan and Libya to the July 7 bombings.
Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe
Loewenstein, Anthony
Book
2015
Journalist Antony Loewenstein travels across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism.
Draft for Marxist-Humanist Perspectives, 2010-2011: Capital devours lives, labor, land; masses seek paths to freedom
Article
2010
A revolutionary organization can no longer allow any separation between theory and practice, philosophy and revolution, workers and intellectuals, "inside" and "outside."
Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States and the Rise of the New Imperialism
Grandin, Greg
Book
2006
Looks at U.S. foreign policy post 9/11 and its antecedents.
Equality: New Internationalist January/February 2004
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2004
A look at theories on the thought of equality and its progress in society.
Even Wars Have Rules: a Fact Sheet on the Bombing of Kunduz Hospital
Kone, Jason
Article
2015
Doctors Without Borders is calling for an independent fact-finding investigation to ascertain the truth about the events that led to the killing of our colleagues and patients by US.airstrikes on one ...
The Fog of Intelligence: Or How to Be Eternally "Caught Off Guard" in the Greater Middle East
Englehardt, Tom
Article
2015
The phrase "the fog of war" stands in for the inability of commanders to truly grasp what's happening in the chaos that is any battlefield. Perhaps it's time to introduce a companion phrase: the fog ...
Gen. John Campbell, Commander in Afghanistan and Serial Liar
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2015
After weeks of lies, the Obama administration and the Pentagon, unable to find any way to explain their murderous hour-long AC-130 gunship assault on and destruction of a Doctors Without Borders-run h...
Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance
Chomsky, Noam
Book
2003
Chomsky documents how, for more than half a century, the United States has been pursuing a grand imperial strategy with the aim of dominating the globe.
Imperial Crusades: Iraq, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia: A Diary of Three Wars
Cockburn, Alexander; St. Clair, Jeffrey
Book
2004
Iraq was just one of three major imperial crusades in the decade after 1992, orchestrated by a new generation of American politicians, both Democrat and Republican, who backed pre-emptive strikes to o...
Imperialism, the Cold War and the Creation of Pakistan
Article
2012
The true intent of the partition was to detach Pakistan from India, create a militarily strategic foothold aimed at the Soviet Union and maintain control over the oil fields of the Middle East.
Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II
Blum, William
Book
2008
Is the United States a force for democracy? William Blum serves up a forensic overview of U.S. foreign policy spanning sixty years. For those who want the details on the U.S.'s most famous actions (Ch...
Kunduz Killers Go Free
Article
2016
On the night of October 3, 2015, a United States Air Force AC-130 gunship repeatedly attacked a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Forty-two people were killed and dozens ...
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Herman, Edward S.; Chomsky, Noam
Book
1988
Contrary to the usual image of the press and cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitious in its search for truth, Herman and Chomsky depict how an underlying elite consensus largely structures all facets...
Media Are Blamed as US Bombing of Afghan Hospital Is Covered Up
Norton, Ben
Article
2015
After the US airstrikes that hit an MSF (Medecins Sans Frontières) hospital, many news outlets have depicted the event in a way that evades any American responsibility.
Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1989
An inquiry into the nature of the media and the role of intellectuals in "a political system where the population cannot be disciplined by force, and thus must be subjected to more subtle forms of ide...
The No-Nonsense Guide to Terrorism
Barker, Jonathan
Book
2003
An in-depth look at the nature of terrorism that discusses questioning terrorism, assessing it, the difference between state terrorism and group terrorism, morality and history, and war and politics.
Obama's Afghanistan War: Morally Wrong, or Incompetently Waged?
Spritzler, John
Article
2009
For our rulers, the point of a war is to make us Americans feel the way only a war can--determined to prevail over a dangerous foreign enemy by supporting our leaders when we would otherwise oppose th...
The Opposites Game: All the Strangeness of Our American World in One Article
Engelhardt, Tom
Article
2010
The surpassing strangeness of the American way of war in distant lands.
Overthrowing other people's governments: The Master List
Blum, William
Article
2013
Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War.
Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics and the Great Games
Wallberg, Eric
Book
2011
An analysis of the development of imperialism over the past century.
Press for Conversion #43: December 2000
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2000
Press for Conversion #46: December 2001
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2001
Published not long after 9/11 and the illegal U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, this issue takes a radical look at the underlying purpose of this war and the military occupation that followed.
Press for Conversion #59: September 2006
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2006
A phony democracy – dominated by warlords, drug barons, oil industry representatives and World Bank administrators – has now been successfully imposed upon Afghanistan by the world's major military an...
The Radically Changing Story of the U.S. Airstrike on Afghan Hospital: From Mistake to Justification
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2015
When news first broke of the U.S. airstrike on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, the response from the U.S. military was predictable and familiar. It was all just a big, ter...
Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower
Blum, William
Book
2005
A mini-encyclopedia of the numerous un-humanitarian acts perpetrated by the United States since the end of the Second World War.
Sick Sophistry: BBC News On Afghan Hospital "Mistakenly" Bombed by United States
Media Lens
Article
2015
One of the defining features of the corporate media is that Western crimes are ignored or downplayed. The US bombing of a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on the night of Octo...
The Six Most Disastrous Interventions of the 21st Century
Leupp, Gary
Article
2015
On October 2, 2015, President Barack Obama, alluding to Russia's decision to launch air strikes in Syria, told reporters at the White House that for Russia to view the forces targeted "from the perspe...
The Socialist Register 1980: Volume 17: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1980
Surprise: U.S. Drug War In Afghanistan Not Going Well
Devereaux, Ryan
Article
2014
A new report has found the war on drugs in Afghanistan remains colossally expensive, largely ineffective and likely to get worse. This is particularly true in the case of opium production, says the U....
Towards a New Cold War: Essays on the Current Crisis and How We Got There
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1982
A sobering assessment of American foreign policy from the end of the Vietnam era to Ronald Reagan.
The Urge to Surge: War is a Drug
Englehardt, Tom
Article
2011
Englehardt describes the effects of the US surge addiction with the military issue as an example.
US Dispatched a Murderous AC-130 Airborne Gunship to Attack a Hospital
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2015
Evidence continues to mount that the US committed a monstrous war crime in attacking and destroying a fully operational hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan on the night of Oct. 3, 2015, killing at least 2...
US Lies and Excuses for Bombing Hospital
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2015
Here is the US changing its story for the FOURTH time of why it launched an air strike on the Doctors without Borders hospital in the Afghan town of Kunduz at the weekend, massacring at least 22 patie...
The U.S. Military Under Stress: Against The Current vol. 112
Ensign, Todd
Article
2004
John Kerry's campaign tome should dispel any illusion that he has any significant differences with George Bush on the aggressive use of the U.S. military to defend the empire.
The War In Afghanistan
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2002
Noam Chomsky examines the military action of the US in Afghanistan, exploring America's breach of international law through the refusal to obtain Security Council authorization.
A War on Wikileaks?: Unhinged at the US State Department and Pentagon
Forte, Maximillian C.
Article
2010
If the state fails to make any sense - not surprising - it is because it is has no intention of doing so. The state is appealing to something more visceral with all of this posturing: fear. It wants t...
War(s) With No Exit: Against The Current vol. 136
The Editors
Article
2008
The raging debate on “war policy” between the corporate presidential campaigns has come down to this:
Why Is the U.S. Refusing an Independent Investigation If Its Hospital Airstrike Was an "Accident"?
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2015
In Geneva , Doctors Without Borders (MSF) demanded a formal, independent investigation into the U.S. airstrike on its hospital in Kunduz. The group's international president specified that the inquiry...
Why the rise of fascism is again the issue
Pilger, John
Article
2015
Fascism is preserved as history, as flickering footage of goose-stepping blackshirts, their criminality terrible and clear. Yet in the same liberal societies, whose war-making elites urge us never to ...
The Wikileaks Afghan War Diary: Reason for Celebration, Cause for Concern
Forte, Maximillian
Article
2010
The release of Wikileaks acquired records from U.S. forces in Afghanistan is an event of major significance which in some ways deserves to be celebrated by those opposed to the war in Afghanistan, but...
Wikileaks and the Truth of the Af-Pak War: Against The Current vol. 148
Usmani, Adaner
Article
2010
In the aftermath of the much-discussed leak of the Afghan war documents, few aspects of the Af-Pak imbroglio have been as scrutinized as the supposed duplicity of the Pakistani security establishment....
World Orders Old and New
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1994
Chomsky surveys the international scene since 1945.

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My Catbird Seat
Our mission is to inform and educate the public on issues of the US/Middle East conflicts that are unreported, underreported, or distorted in the American media. We will also reflect the incredible r...
Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan
RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, was established in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1977 as an independent political/social organization of Afghan women fighting for human right...

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Afghanistan: Press freedom in free-fall in run-up to presidential election
Sources News Release
2009
Reporters Without Borders has released the report of a fact-finding visit to Afghanistan in January. Entitled â#oWe have free speech, but weâ##re not safe and we donâ##t act responsibly".
Authorities arrest two TV presenters in Kabul
Sources News Release
2009
Reporters Without Borders is disturbed by yesterdayâ##s arrests in Kabul of two commercial TV presenters, Fahim Kohdamani of Emroz and Ajmal Alamzai of Ariana TV.
Call for release of jailed Pakistani journalist
Sources News Release
2014
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in urging Afghanistan government to pardon the Pakistani journalist jailed for crossing the border into...
The Dangers of Embedded Journalism
A Distorted View of War
Cockburn, Patrick
2010
Global Press Freedom Declines in Every Region for First Time Israel, Italy and Hong Kong Lose Free Status
Sources News Release
2009
Journalists faced an increasingly grim working environment in 2008, with global press freedom declining for a seventh straight year and deterioration occurring for the first time in every region, acco...
IFJ expresses concern for Afghanistan's media after spate of threats and attacks
Sources News Release
2014
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate, the Afghanistan Independent Journalist Association (AIJA) in expressing concern over a series of recent threats and intimidations...
Mes Aynak: Afghanistan's Buddhist buried treasure faces destruction
Dalrymple, William
2013
Mes Aynak, a magnificent Buddhist city, is the most important archaeological discovery in a generation. But it is sitting on a vast copper deposit and is about to be destroyed.
Press Freedom Under Fire in South Asia, 2008-09
Sources News Release
2009
The seventh annual report on press freedom in South Asia documents alarming trends in working conditions for journalists.
Radio programme a beacon of hope for Afghans searching for lost relatives
In Search of the Missing tries to track down some of the 1 million people who have disappeared during three decades of war
Sieff, Kevin
2014
An Afghani radio station has started a semi-weekly segment entitled "In Search of the Missing", aimed at reuniting missing loved ones. Citizens are invited to call the 10-year-old radio programme and ...
Towers of Deception
The Media Cover-Up of 9/11
Zwicker, Barrie
2006
Will Google's Keyword Searching Eliminate the Need for LC Cataloging and Classification?
Mann, Thomas
2005
Google Print does not "change everything" regarding the need for professional cataloging and classification of books; its limitations make cataloging and classification even more important to research...

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Counterpunch
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Embassy Row Online
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Contact names and numbers for all embassies to Canada and all Canadian embassies abroad.
Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)
Website
Women opposed to the Taliban, to the Afghan government, and to the foreign forces in Afghanistan.