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The U.S. war on Afghanistan



Tariq Ali: Six years of a war of terror

Arundhati Roy: The day of the jackals

Arundhati Roy: The outline of the beast

Howard Zinn: What Bush's "war on terror" is really about

Tariq Ali: The mood is changing

David Barsamian, Amy Goodman, Matthew Rothschild and Norman Solomon: Media lapdogs

David Potorti: This war has nothing to do with justice

Marc Herold: The cost of U.S. bombing

John Pilger: The gang in Washington

Howard Zinn, Ahmed Shawki and Sharon Smith: Can the U.S. bring justice?

Noam Chomsky, Rania Masri and others: Why we say no to war and hate

Impact of the U.S. war
Did the U.S. liberate Afghanistan?
Background to the war
What they want from this war
The history of Washington's wars


The "other occupation" unravels
Afghanistan was hit by the worst suicide bombing since 2001, offering further evidence that the "other" U.S. occupation continues to falter.

Charlie Wilson's not-so-good war
Charlie Wilson's War is well made--which is why it's important to say that this is a thoroughly reactionary film from beginning to end.


Innocent victims of Washington's other occupation
A series of high-profile civilian killings by U.S. forces in Afghanistan have caused new outrage at the continuing occupation of the country.

The story of another Pentagon war lie
Congressional hearings into the cases of Pfc. Jessica Lynch and Cpl. Pat Tillman exposed more of the Bush administration's war lies in Iraq and Afghanistan.

U.S. fuels violence and chaos in Afghanistan
Unraveling of the other occupation
One deadly incident after another has forced the "other" U.S. occupation back into the headlines and proved that the U.S. definition of "progress" means more misery for Afghans.

Five years after "liberation"
U.S. escalates the violence in Afghanistan
For ordinary Afghans, the rosy picture of their country painted by the Bush administration bears little resemblance to the grim reality they face.

Detainees commit suicide in U.S. prison camp
"There's no hope in Guantánamo"
Three detainees at the U.S. prison camp at Guantánamo Bay took their own lives. But as far as the U.S. government is concerned, their suicides were an act of aggression.

Video of U.S. atrocity in Afghanistan sparks outrage
Bush's racist "war on terror"
Shocking images from Afghanistan have again exposed the racist barbarism of the U.S. "war on terror."

Tortured at Guantanamo Bay
Washington's concentration camp
Locked up in a concentration camp. That's the only way to describe what Jamal al-Harith says he endured over the past two years that he spent locked away at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo.

Will the "new Afghanistan" fall apart?
Afghanistan is a country that is ripping apart at its U.S.-sewn seams.

How the U.S. organized a massacre
Body parts were scattered across the Qala-i-Jhangi fort near Mazar-i-Sharif following the slaughter of as many as 600 prisoners by Northern Alliance troops--with help from U.S. Marines and American warplanes.

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Bush and Co.'s campaign of lies to justify abuse
Masters of deception
Besieged by evidence detailing U.S. war crimes at detention centers at Guantánamo Bay, Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld are showing signs of fraying at the edges.

Bush uses rhetoric about "liberation" to sell war
Their hypocrisy about Islam
Ever wondered why the Bush administration seems so committed to promoting the "liberation" of Muslim women while systematically opposing it inside U.S. borders?

Massive fraud in Afghanistan vote
"This election is just for show"
"Freedom is beautiful," George Bush said as elections were held in the country he conquered. Ordinary Afghanis would use different words to describe the "vote"--like "fraud."

Is the U.S. fighting for women's liberation?
Many voices are applauding the U.S. war in Afghanistan for supposedly putting an end to the horrible conditions that women suffered under the Taliban government. But Washington's newfound concern for women's rights is utter hypocrisy.

Why the U.S. won't wage a "just" war
The Bush White House doesn't even try to hide it anymore. "If Osama bin Laden was gone today, the war would continue tomorrow," press secretary Ari Fleischer declared. But at the liberal Nation magazine, the editors are still recommending a "just war."

Why we oppose all U.S. interventions
"So what should the U.S. do?" Most opponents of the U.S. government's war on Afghanistan have been asked this question. If the bombing campaign is only causing more misery and making the crisis worse, then what do we propose?

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How oil interests shaped U.S. policy
What the U.S. wants from this war
"Either you accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs," one U.S. diplomat reportedly told the Taliban during negotiations with the U.S. that ended weeks before September 11.

How Afghanistan was bled dry
The U.S. is prepared to rain death and destruction on a country that has already been devastated by more than 20 years of military occupation and civil war.

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The U.S. and its allies have made the world more dangerous
Why the "war on terror" is a war of terror
In the name of the "war on terror," the U.S. and its allies have inflicted suffering across the Middle East and around the globe--and made the world a far more dangerous place.

U.S. maneuvers to maintain its grip on the Middle East
Washington's "democracy" double-talk
The Bush administration's grandiose claims that it was spreading "democracy" through the Middle East have melted away, revealing imperial politics as usual.

Behind bipartisan consensus
What the U.S. "war on terror" is really about
Invoking the "war on terror" hasn't made the occupation of Iraq more popular. Yet the White House has preserved a bipartisan consensus in favor of aggressive use of military force.

Tied together by the U.S. drive to control the Middle East
Palestine and Iraq: The tale of two occupations
Toufic Haddad, the coeditor of the left-wing magazine Between the Lines, looks at what connects the occupations of Palestine and Iraq.

Washington hawks on the attack
The new U.S. war on Iraq began on March 20. But for a hard core of "hawks" in the Bush administration, the planning for it began years before.

What does Washington want from this war?
Socialist Worker looks at two motivations behind the Bush administration's desire for war with Iraq--the thirst for oil profits and Washington's drive to expand its power.

The Bush Doctrine: What it means
The Bush administration has produced a National Security Strategy document that goes further than ever before in asserting U.S. military and economic power as the world's unchallenged super-cop.

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Thirty years after the end of the Vietnam War
The fall of Saigon
On April 30, 1975, the U.S.-backed government in Saigon collapsed, ending three decades of war in Vietnam and serving the U.S. its greatest military defeat ever.

The truth about empire
A growing chorus of right-wing ideologues is encouraging Washington to take pride in being a world superpower. But this project depends on erasing the bloody history of imperial conquest.

The Gulf War of 1991
It was a one-sided slaughter
The 1991 Gulf War against Iraq wasn't really a war at all. It was a one-sided slaughter in a country that was no match for the massive armed might of the U.S. military and its many allies.

Brendan Sexton III on what really happened in Somalia
What's wrong with Black Hawk Down
The Pentagon brass love Black Hawk Down, the movie about a U.S. mission gone wrong during the 1993 occupation of Somalia. But as actor Brendan Sexton III, who appeared in the movie, explains, the real story of the U.S. government's "humanitarian" mission is very different.

History of U.S. violence across the globe
Washington's war crimes
When George W. Bush announced that the U.S. bombing campaign against Afghanistan had begun, he declared, "We are a peaceful nation." Not exactly. Here is a partial time line of America's imperialist adventures.

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