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

Chris Hedges Afghanistan

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

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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Chris Hedges and Loretta Napoleoni: The Islamic State and the Crisis in US Foreign Policy

Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

LeighaCohen on Dec 4, 2014

No New War On Iraq DC Rally 14

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Chris Hedges and Loretta Napoleoni, author of The Islamic Phoenix spoke on December 2, 2014 at the New York Society for Ethical Culture and co-sponsored the event along with Seven Stories Press, New York Society for Ethical Culture, and AlterNet. Ted Rall was the moderator of the event.

Much of the evening gives one a brilliant clarification of how world policy starting after World War 1 carved up the Islamic State. The discussion then goes into how US foreign policy has interfered and created Islamic Fundamentalist Groups such as the Taliban and now a more state Islamic State driven group such as ISIL as a continuing reaction to outside interference within the region.

The video has opening statements by Chris Hedges and Loretta Napoleoni, then a dialogue between the two speakers. After 15 minutes Ted Rall asks audience questions to both speakers on topics including the history of ISIS, what the Caliphate is, and is ISIS accepted by other Islamic States?

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Drone Strike Served CIA Revenge, Blocked Pakistan’s Strategy by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at ISP
Washington
November 7, 2013

After a drone strike had reportedly killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud Nov. 1, the spokesperson for the U.S. National Security Council declared that, if true, it would be “a serious loss” for the terrorist organisation.

That reaction accurately reflected the Central Intelligence Agency’s argument for the strike. But the back story of the episode is how President Barack Obama supported the parochial interests of the CIA in the drone war over the Pakistani government’s effort to try a new political approach to that country’s terrorism crisis.

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Pakistan Drone Story Ignored Military Opposition to Strikes by Gareth Porter

Marching Against Drones

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by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at ISP
Washington
October 25, 2013

The Washington Post on Thursday reported what it presented as new evidence of a secret agreement under which Pakistani officials have long been privately supporting the U.S. drone war in the country even as they publicly criticised it.

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Kabul Attacks: Later, she turned pale + Photos of Soldiers With Afghan Corpses

by Hakim
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
http://ourjourneytosmile.com
April 19, 2012

Enough! Stand for Peace and Justice!

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This video was filmed as we kept each other company nearby the attacks on the Afghan Parliament building, the Parliament being one of seven separate locations in Kabul where the ‘Taliban’ launched 18 hours of co-ordinated attacks on the 15th of April 2012.

In the video as it was in our hearts that day, the senseless sounds of the fighting could be ‘felt’.

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The mission is the atrocity by Phil Aliff

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by Phil Aliff
SocialistWorker.org
March 28, 2012

Stop the Wars!

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THE LAST few weeks have been catastrophic for the U.S./NATO occupation of Afghanistan.

Days of violent protests against the U.S. military followed the burning of Korans at a military base in late February, leaving scores dead and injured. Then, 38-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales left his outpost before dawn on March 11 and murdered 17 Afghan civilians.

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The Crisis of Civilization (must-see)

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Growing Red Raspberries

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on Mar 13, 2012

A dark comedy remix mash-up bonanza about the end of industrial civilization.

The Crisis of Civilization is a remix documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system.

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Peace Groups Call For U.S. Withdrawal After Army Sergeant Kills 16 Civilians in Afghanistan

Updated: March 13, 2012

with Hakim
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
http://ourjourneytosmile.com
Mar. 12, 2012

Love is how the kites in Gaza, Afghanistan and the world will fly
photo by Hakim
used with permission
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on Mar 12, 2012

democracynow.org – We go to Kabul to speak with an Afghan peace activist about the shooting spree by an U.S. Army sergeant in Afghanistan, which killed 16 Afghan civilians, nine of them children. Calls for a more rapid withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan have escalated after the U.S. soldier reportedly walked more than a mile from his base, breaking in to three separate houses to attack families as they slept. Continue reading

Fawzia Koofi’s The Favored Daughter reviewed by Guadamour

by Guadamour
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
March 7, 2012

Fawzia Koofi starts her autobiographical book, The Favored Daughter (Palgrave MacMillan 2012), by offering true insight into growing up as a girl in a large Afghanistan family, the 19th child of 23, and the last child of the second wife of a man who ended up marrying seven women in the Islamic tradition, many of the marriages for political and tactical reasons to form a dominate family kinship and political network. Remarkably enough, Koofi, left outside to die because she was a girl, survived, and because she survived, became the “Favored Daughter.” Continue reading

Ch. 9: Comparing Evils by William T. Hathaway

by William T. Hathaway
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
February 22, 2012

Stop the Wars!

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Comparing Evils

From the book
RADICAL PEACE: People Refusing War
By William T. Hathaway
Published by Trine Day

Jamal Khan is an Afghan journalist who fled his country because of Taliban persecution and now lives in Germany. We met in the apartment of a mutual friend from the Deutsche Friedensgesellschaft, the German Peace Society. Jamal is mid-forties, thin, with curly brown hair, tan skin, and clear green eyes that take everything in. We spoke in German, then later reworked the interview from my English translation.

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Karzai Demand on Night Raids Snags U.S.-Afghan Pact By Gareth Porter and Shah Nouri

by Gareth Porter and Shah Nouri
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted at IPS
Feb. 20, 2012

Stop the Wars!

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WASHINGTON/KABUL, Feb 20, 2012 (IPS) – Nearly a year after the Barack Obama administration began negotiations with the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai on a U.S. military presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014, both sides confirmed last week that the talks are still hung up over the Afghan demand that night raids by U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) either be ended or put under Afghan control.

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Gareth Porter: UN is not doing a responsible job tracking civilian deaths in night raids by Special Ops + Army Officer’s Leaked Report Rips Afghan War Success Story

with Gareth Porter
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Feb. 10, 2012

Stop the Wars!

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on Feb 10, 2012

Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has accused NATO of killing eight children in an air strike on the country’s territory. The incident adds to the already strained relationship between Afghanistan and its Western allies.

Last week the United Nations released a report stating there had been a rise in civilian casualties in Afghanistan from 2,790 in 2010 to 3,021 in 2011. It noted that most deaths were caused by insurgents.

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I Ain’t Nobody’s Fool, Not Today by Daniel N. White

by Daniel N. White
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
February 4, 2012

Palgrave Macmillan’s publicity department saw what I wrote here on Dandelion Salad and sent me a free copy of their newly published book, The Favored Daughter: One Woman’s Fight To Lead Afghanistan Into the Future in exchange for a review of it. Got to wonder if the folks actually read what I’ve written about us and our adventures abroad before making me this deal. Shoot I am flattered to actually get some recompense of sorts for the writing I’ve done, but I aint pulling any punches on this turkey. I’m calling it as I see it, now as always.

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The Jirga Medal of Honor by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
January 24, 2012

President Obama: Stop the Wars!

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The U.S. war in Afghanistan is testing so much futuristic detect and destroy weaponry that it can be called the most advanced all-seeing invasion in military history. From blanket satellite surveillance to soldiers’ infra-red vision to the remotely guided photographing, killer drones to the latest fused ground-based imagery and electronic signal intercepts, the age of robotic land, sea, and air weaponry is at hand.

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Ralph Nader: Debating Taboos: Legality of Afghanistan and Iraq Wars

Dandelion Salad

with Ralph Nader

C-SPAN Video Library
Nov. 18, 2011

President Obama: Stop the Wars!

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Panelists debated the legality of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and actions taken by the George W. Bush and Obama administrations since the start of them. Topics included the the use of waterboarding or other enhanced interrogation techniques, continued detainment of combatants without due process, and the killings of Osama bin Laden and American al-Qaeda member Anwar al-Awlaki.

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