Happy Valentine’s Day: U.S. (Hearts) Karzai

By: Friday February 14, 2014 12:05 pm

In an article headlined The U.S. Has Finally Outfoxed Hamid Karzai, the occasionally-respected Fiscal Times explains how for months Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a long-term security agreement with the United States, causing mounting frustration within the White House and the Pentagon. Now, according to the Times, “it appears as if President Obama and his advisers have finally outfoxed Karzai, marking the end of a long and tumultuous relationship.”

Delusions Drive (More) U.S. Aid to Afghanistan

By: Monday February 10, 2014 12:50 pm

The Obama administration unveiled Monday yet another aid package for Afghanistan. The announcement from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) of three new development initiatives worth almost $300 million is part of a U.S. effort to ensure that Afghanistan, as its ‘war economy’ ends, won’t “reverse gains made over the last twelve years.”

Washington’s Wedding Album From Hell

By: Friday December 20, 2013 11:40 am

The headline — “Bride and Boom!” — was spectacular, if you think killing people in distant lands is a blast and a half. Of course, you have to imagine that smirk line in giant black letters with a monstrous exclamation point covering most of the bottom third of the front page of the Murdoch-owned New York Post. The reference was to a caravan of vehicles on its way to or from a wedding in Yemen that was eviscerated, evidently by a U.S. drone via one of those “surgical” strikes of which Washington is so proud. As one report put it, “Scorched vehicles and body parts were left scattered on the road.”

US Drone Strike In Pakistan Blows Up Afghanistan Peace Talks

By: Tuesday November 5, 2013 10:30 am

No one seems to have a valid explanation as to why the US and NATO are killing people in Afghanistan currently. The only explanation given for anything related to US military action in Afghanistan is the alleged need to keep the killing machine going for fear that Al Qaeda will retake the country and use it as a base, maybe.

Our Twisted Politics of Grief

By: Tuesday May 28, 2013 5:25 pm

Darwin observed that conscience is what most distinguishes humans from other animals. If so, grief isn’t far behind. Realms of anguish are deeply personal—yet prone to expropriation for public use, especially in this era of media hyper-spin. Narratives often thresh personal sorrow into political hay. More than ever, with grief marketed as a civic commodity, the personal is the politicized.

Karzai Accuses America of Collaborating With Taliban

By: Monday March 11, 2013 8:25 am

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is pointing the finger at America for continued instability in his country. To America’s shock and dismay, Karzai claimed that the America and Taliban were colluding to continue the war beyond 2014 when US forces are set to withdraw by working together in series of recent bombings. His comments came as Chuck Hagel made his first visit to the country as Defense Secretary.

FDL Movie Night: Black Tulip

By: Monday January 14, 2013 5:00 pm

Based on a true story, The Black Tulip takes us to Kabul in 2001 after the Taliban has been routed, as the hope of freedom returns. Written, directed, and produced by our guest Sonia Nassery Cole, who stars as Farishta Mansouri, The Black Tulip follows Faishta and her family as they open a restaurant in Kabul in the building where her father had his bookstore, Poet’s Corner. As children, Farishta and her sister witnessed Taliban troops kidnapping her father and burning his shop. Now despite the worries of her mother, and concerns of her husband, Farishta hopes to honor his memory with poetry readings and hospitality. Poet’s Corner restaurant grows in popularity, becoming a place where both the military and those opposed to them can enjoy traditional food, music, and an open microphone.

Reuters Reporter’s Hit Job on a Recent Report on US Drone Strikes in Pakistan

By: Thursday October 4, 2012 5:38 pm

A blog post published by Reuters reporter Myra MacDonald and on the internet today highlights a recent report from clinics at Stanford University and New York University and argues the “anti-drone campaign” is doing damage. It has been widely circulated on the internet yet makes a number of dubious or completely disingenuous arguments about critics of drones, which is why it deserves to be deconstructed and examined.

Manufacturing Low Drone Civilian Casualty Counts

By: Monday June 18, 2012 12:21 pm

Today, The Guardian reports on the United Kingdom’s increased reliance on drones to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan. More than 280 laser-guided Hellfire missiles and bombs have been fired at “suspected insurgents.” Additionally, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) claims that only four Afghan civilians have been killed. But neither the US nor the UK has any consistently applied, credible means to verify who the targets are, let alone determine who the victims are that are killed around them.

Rescuers Targeted by US Drone Strike in Pakistan (Again)

By: Monday June 4, 2012 11:30 am

At least fifteen people were killed in a drone strike in North Waziristan when at least two missiles hit a compound in the village known as Hesokhel. Three people were killed by the first missile. Then, following the attack, twelve people arrived to rescue and bury the dead and were killed by a second missile.

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