The War of US and NATO Imperialism in Afghanistan by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.

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by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on imperialismandthethirdworld, Oct. 14, 2017
October 16, 2017

Sixteen years of war in Afghanistan by US and NATO imperialism is the longest in their history. In spite of their incomparable high tech military and economic superiority, and after gathering the military forces of 50 client countries there, committing diabolical atrocities, and spending close to a trillion dollars, they have essentially lost the war against the poorly equipped Taliban and their allies that have been waging an effective and experienced guerrilla warfare against the invaders and becoming stronger in the process, again demonstrating the accuracy of dialectical theories of guerrilla warfare by Mao Zedong, Vo Nguyen Giap, and Ernesto Che Guevara.

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Dr. Najib — A Sketch of A Man and A Country by Gaither Stewart

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
October 9, 2017

When in 1978 the 31-year old Afghan Communist politician-activist, Mohammad Najibullah, arrived in Tehran, “exiled” to neighboring Iran as Afghanistan’s Ambassador, I had just left Iran where I had worked throughout the year of 1977. Najibullah’s political party, the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) had come to power in Kabul in April, 1978 in what is known as the Saur Revolution, the name of the month in the Afghan calendar when the Communist Revolution took place. Far from united, the PDPA was divided into two factions: the more revolutionary faction (Khalq-People’s) that first took power in Kabul in that crucial year of 1978 (crucial in both Afghanistan and Iran), preferred to have the charismatic Najibullah of the Parcham faction (Banner) of the PDPA far from the halls of power.

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David Swanson: Senate Refuses to Stop Endless War

No War

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 15, 2017

TheRealNews on Sep 14, 2017

Sixteen years after its passage, the Senate has rejected an effort to repeal the Congressional authorization that has been used as a blank check for military action around the globe, says David Swanson of World Beyond War.

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Caleb Maupin: Anti-war Amendment Killed: “Endless” War in Iraq and Afghanistan Will Continue

Caleb Maupin: Anti-war Amendment Killed: "Endless" War in Iraq and Afghanistan Will Continue

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with Caleb Maupin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Caleb Maupin (website)
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September 14, 2017

Caleb Maupin on Sep 14, 2017

The US Senate has voted 61-36 to kill the amendment, proposed by Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) which would repeal the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Matthew Hoh: Trump’s New Afghanistan Strategy: Windfall for the Military-Industrial Complex​

Matthew Hoh: Trump's New Afghanistan Strategy: Windfall for the Military-Industrial Complex​

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TheRealNews on Aug 21, 2017

After 16 years and over a trillion dollars’ worth ​of fighting, the U.S. has accomplished none of its stated goals–except the goal of​ enriching the ​flourishing military-industrial complex.

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The 16 Year War in Afghanistan – Headlines Tell the Story by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
August 15, 2017

Since 2001 the US has been at War in Afghanistan – the longest war in US history. Headlines concisely tell the story of this cruel boomeranging quagmire of human violence and misery. Below are some newspaper headlines from 2010 to the present to show that a militarized foreign policy without Congress exercising its Constitutional duties and steadfast public engagement will drift on, costing our soldiers’ lives and limbs, nearly three-quarters of a trillion taxpayer dollars, hundreds of thousands of Afghani lives and millions of refugees, with no end in sight.

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Chris Hedges and Matthew Hoh: Afghanistan War Keeps Going Because the Money Keeps Flowing In

Chris Hedges Afghanistan

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RT America on Jul 15, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges takes an in-depth look at the 16-year-old conflict in Afghanistan with Matthew Hoh, a Marine Corps veteran and diplomat who resigned his State Department post in Afghanistan in protest over the war. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the decades of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.

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John Pilger: The Smoking Gun

John Pilger: The Smoking Gun

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goingundergroundRT on Jun 3, 2017

We speak to legendary filmmaker and journalist, John Pilger about MI5’s connection to the Libya-Manchester atrocity ahead of tomorrow’s Arianna Grande’s benefit gig for those affected by the Manchester attack.

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The Tragedy of Forced Displacement by Graham Peebles

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
May 19, 2017

It constitutes the greatest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War affecting huge numbers of people and demanding all that is best in us. Yet instead of compassion, understanding and unity, all too often intolerance, ignorance and suspicion characterise the response to the needs of refugees and migrants.

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The Losing Warfare State by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
May 11, 2017

The USA is still bogged down in Afghanistan (the 16 year-old occupation is the longest in American history) and in Iraq (since the unconstitutional, illegal invasion of the country 14 years ago).

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The Bolton Threat to Trump’s Middle East Policy by Gareth Porter + Glenn Greenwald: Genuinely Terrifying Prospect

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by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
Washington
November 14, 2016

Disastrous consequences could ensue if President-elect Donald Trump picks John Bolton for Secretary of State

Post-election comments on Middle East policy last week by President-elect Donald Trump and one his campaign advisers have provoked speculation about whether Trump will upend two main foreign policy lines of the Obama administration in the Middle East.

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The U.S. National Bird Is Now a Killer Drone by David Swanson

Death from Above / Drones

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
October 27, 2016

Officially, of course, the national bird of the United States is that half-a-peace-sign that Philadelphia sports fans like to hold up at opposing teams. But unofficially, the film National Bird has it right: the national bird is a killer drone.

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Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of WikiLeaks with Julian Assange

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

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RBC NETWORK BROADCASTING on Oct 4, 2016

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will address a news conference via video-link to mark the 10 year anniversary of the organization, announcing new initiatives and providing updates on publishing and legal events.

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How We Could End the Permanent War State by Gareth Porter (#NoWar2016)

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by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
worldbeyondwar.org
September 26, 2016

Remarks at #NoWar2016

My remarks are related to the problem of media as a factor in the war system but not focused primarily on that. I have experienced first hand as a journalist and as an author how the corporate news media hews to a set of well-delineated lines in the coverage of issues of war and peace that systematically block out all data that conflict with those lines. I’d be glad to talk about my experiences especially in covering Iran and Syria in Q and A.

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If Afghan Lives Mattered, Dallas Lives Would Matter by David Swanson

"Am I next?" - Justice for Philando Castile

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 8, 2016

The man who murdered police officers in Dallas, Texas, this week had earlier been employed in a massive operation, now in its 15th year, that has killed many thousands of people in Afghanistan. He was trained to kill by the U.S. military using U.S. tax dollars. He was conditioned to believe violence an appropriate response to violence by the examples everywhere to be found in U.S. public policy, history, entertainment, and language.

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