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Why We Resist
The refusal to pay my taxes if we go to war with Iran, and the portion of my taxes spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan if we do not cut off funding for these two conflicts, is not a means. It is an end. I do not know if my refusal, and the refusal of others, will be effective in halting these...
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Playing Roulette in Pakistan
It was a very good week for Saudi Arabia. The royal family's favored Pakistani "president-in-exile," Nawaz Sharif, returned in a triumphant homecoming, throwing down a major challenge to the rule of Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who's still favored, for the moment, by the United States. Although Sharif...
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Afghanistan 'Falling into Hands of Taliban'
The Taliban has a permanent presence in 54% of Afghanistan and the country is in serious danger of falling into Taliban hands, according to a report by an independent thinktank with long experience in the area. Despite tens of thousands of Nato-led troops and billions of dollars in aid poured into...
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The War Comes Home: PTSD; Addiction; Homelessness and Suicide All Coming to a Neighborhood Near You!
There have been many stories about the vast majority of Americans being insulated from the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that only a small percentage of Americans-the families of those fighting overseas-are shouldering the brunt of these wars. We predict that In the next couple of years...
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Too Much Aid to Afghanistan Wasted, Oxfam Says
KABUL - Too much aid to Afghanistan is wasted -- soaked up in contractors' profits, spent on expensive expatriate consultants or squandered on small-scale, quick-fix projects, a leading British charity said on Tuesday. Despite more than $15 billion of aid pumped into Afghanistan since U.S.-led and...
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Pakistan's Con Continues
"You're either with us, or against us." Bush had his then-Secretary of State, Colin Powell, deliver that stark message to Pervez Musharraf after 9/11. "Be prepared to be bombed," Musharraf says Powell's number two at State, Richard Armitage, told him. "Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age."...
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Amnesty Urges NATO to End Afghan Prisoner Transfers Amid Torture Fears
BRUSSELS - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International urged NATO-led forces in Afghanistan Tuesday to stop transferring prisoners to the Afghan authorities, saying it feared they could be tortured. In a new report, Amnesty said the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) could be...
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2007 Deadliest for US in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan - Six U.S. troops were killed when insurgents ambushed their foot patrol in the high mountains of eastern Afghanistan, officials said Saturday. The attack, the most lethal against American forces this year, made 2007 the deadliest for U.S. troops in Afghanistan since the 2001...
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Facing Defeat in Afghanistan
As the allies squabble about burden-sharing, the situation on the ground is becoming increasingly grim.
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US Ignores Angry Reaction To Secret Poppy Spraying Test
WASHINGTON - In 2004, U.S.-contracted aircraft secretly sprayed harmless plastic granules over poppy fields in Afghanistan to gauge public reaction to using herbicides to kill the opium poppies that help fund the Taliban and al Qaida. The mysterious granules ignited a major outcry from poor farmers...
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