Afghanistan – Is this the end?

13 August 2021 — Moon of Alabama

This was fast. The Taliban have as of now 18 of 34 provinc[ial] capitals under the[ir] control.

  • August 6 – Zaranji (Nimruz)
  • August 7 – Sheberghan (Jowzjan)
  • August 8 – Kunduz (Kunduz)
  • August 8 – Sar-e Pol (Sar-e Pol)
  • August 8 – Talquan (Takhar)
  • August 9 – Aybak (Samangan)
  • August 10 – Farah (Farah)
  • August 10 – Pul-i Khumri (Baghlan)
  • August 11 – Faizabad (Badakhshan)
  • August 12 – Ghazni (Ghazni)
  • August 12 – Kandahar (Kandahar)
  • August 12 – Herat (Herat)
  • August 12 – Qala-e-Naw (Badghis)
  • August 13 – Lashkar Gah (Helmand)
  • August 13 – Tirin kot (Uruzgan)
  • August 13 – Chaghcharan (Ghor)
  • August 13 – Pul-e Alim (Logar)
  • August 13 – Qalat (Zabul)

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Afghanistan News Links 12-13 August 2021

13 August 2021 • 23:40 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back

Selected Articles: What Is the Future of Afghanistan?

“It’s Not So Bad In Afghanistan”: Hypocritical Europe Not To Allow New Refugees

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Israeli cities impose beach apartheid on Palestinians

13 August 2021 — The Electronic Intifada

Asa Winstanley

[The irony of this is that on New Year’s Day, 2000, I went through something similar on South Africa’s Wild Coast and wrote about it here, ‘Washed Up on the Wild Coast‘.  But in Israel, it’s even worse, as Palestinians are being denied access to the beaches, not just segregated from Israelis on the beaches. WB]

Women and children play on a beach in the seaPalestinians on Jaffa beach last month. The city is inaccessible to most Palestinians from the West Bank, but some managed to get permits or evade Israeli restrictions. Other Israeli cities are now closing beaches to Palestinians. – Oren Ziv ActiveStills

Three Israeli coastal cities are being slammed by a civil rights group for effectively banning Palestinians from their beaches.

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Environmental Demonstrators vs Militarized Police

12 August 2021 — Consortium News

The movement against climate chaos is running up against intense repression funded by private corporations as well as the federal government, writes Shea Leibow.

A huge column of smoke from the Bootleg Fire in Oregon could be seen for miles on July 8. (National Interagency Fire Center, Wikimedia Commons)

By Shea Leibow

This summer, we’ve seen the Bootleg fire rage through Oregon. East Coasters have been breathing West Coast smoke. Massive floods have slammed towns from Germany to China. The town of Lytton, British Columbia, burned to the ground.

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Delta Variants, PCR Tests and Cognitive Dissonance

11 August 2021 — Origin: New Eastern Outlook

Author: F. William Engdahl

CVD834233To paraphrase a famous quip from then Presidential candidate Bill Clinton in a debate with his Republican opponent in 1992, “It’s the vaccine, stupid!” The daily mainstream media and government narrative we are being inundated all over the world with is confusing to most, to put it mildly. So-called Delta or “Indian” variant is spreading like chicken pox we are told, but not what that “spreading” means. Unvaccinated are accused of spreading COVID-19 to those supposedly vaccinated. The USA, UK and EU are leading this confusing and deadly narrative.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, August 2021

12 August 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

A bumper crop! Ten new books for red-greens and green-reds

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is a monthly column, hosted by Ian Angus. Books described here may be reviewed at length in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that C&C agrees with everything (or even anything!) these books say.

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A Day in the Death of British Justice

12 August 2021 — MintPress News

By John Pilger

I sat in Court 4 in the Royal Courts of Justice in London yesterday with Stella Moris, Julian Assange’s partner. I have known Stella for as long as I have known Julian. She, too, is a voice of freedom, coming from a family that fought the fascism of Apartheid. Today, her name was uttered in court by a barrister and a judge, forgettable people were it not for the power of their endowed privilege.

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