Book: Revolutionary Afghanistan

15 August 2021 — The New Dark Age

[I got sent a link to this PDF, of a book written I think in 1981 and it’s well worth reading to give some context to current events. WB]

The idea for this book arose from a visit to Kabul in March 1979 when it became immediately obvious that what was happening in Afghanistan bore little relation to reports appearing in the Western media. Further research subsequently reinforced that impression. Much of the material on which the book is based was collected in the course of my 1979 field trip which took me to India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom as well as Afghanistan and during a follow-up trip to India and Pakistan from December 1980 to January 1981. Unfortunately by then times had changed and on this second occasion the Afghan government refused me a visa.


Afghanistan News Links 14-15 August 2021

15 August 2021 • 21:45 — The New Dark Age

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

Taliban Officials Interviewed At Afghan Presidential Palace Following Reports Of Explosions In Kabul (Videos, Photos)

Afghanistan’s Ghani claims he resigned to prevent Taliban slaughter in Kabul as BLASTS reported at palace & abandoned US embassy

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Marxism in Africa (1975)

6 August 2021 —

Walter Rodney

Walter Rodney was born in Guyana in 1942, acquired his doctorate in England at the age of 24, and then traveled widely in the Caribbean and Africa.

In 1972 he published his legendary work How Europe Underdeveloped Africa.

He was assassinated via a car-bomb in Georgetown in 1980, and the crime is widely believed to have been orchestrated by Forbes Burnham, the president of Guyana at the time.

Rodney gave this speech at Queen’s College in New York, USA in 1975. [1]

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From nuclear winter to boiling summers, capitalism continues to threaten the world

15 August 2021 — theplanningmotivedotcom

This article is not about saving the world, but why the capitalist class cannot save it. Capitalism has given rise to global warming through its drive for profits, and this drive will prevent it from reversing global warming. It is said capitalism is eminently adaptable. True, but that adaption has only occurred when and if such adaption led to more profit not less. 


Haiti News Links 14-15 August 2021

15 August 2021 — The New Dark Age

First Footage From Haiti Hit By 7.2-Magnitude Earthquake (Number Of Casualties Updated)

5.8-magnitude tremor rocks Haiti as it reels from devastating quake that killed over 300

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Afghanistan – Taliban Enter Kabul – Will Announce Interim Government

15 August 2021 — Moon of Alabama

All cities are now in Taliban hands as are all border crossings. President Ashraf Ghani has resigned.

Fixing Failed States: A Framework for Rebuilding a Fractured World Paperback – 6 Oct. 2009
English edition by Ashraf Ghani


A new interim government will be announced as soon as Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar arrives in Kabul. The U.S. is frantically evacuating its embassy.

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Afghanistan – Taliban Make New Peace Offer And Other Bits

14 August 2021 — Moon of Alabama

More from Afghanistan where history now happens at a speed seldom seen before.

The current situation:

At least three more province capitals are now under Taliban control. In total 21 out of 34 provinces are now in Taliban hands. Most of the others are contested.

    • August 14 – Sharana (Paktika)
    • August 14 – Asasabad (Kunar)
    • August 14 – Gardez (Paktia)

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Russia, China circle the wagons. Iran is in it

15 August 2021 — Indian Punchline

10000 troops from PLA’s Western Theatre Command and Russia’s Eastern Military District wrapped up Zapad/Interaction-2021 exercises in Ningxia region, east of Xinjiang, August 13, 2021

The Tehran Times reported on Wednesday that Moscow has conveyed to Tehran that the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) has reached a consensus on Iran’s admission as a full member of the grouping.

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How to improve pesticide regulation


Poisoned fruits

New scientific commentary explains reforms needed to protect public health

Concrete steps to improve pesticide regulation are proposed in a new open-access commentary, “Novel strategies and new tools to curtail the health effects of pesticides”, published on August 3, 2021 in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health.

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