How Russia-China are stage-managing the Taliban

18 August 2021 — The Saker

By Pepe Escobar: The Saker Blog and cross-posted at the Unz Review.

The first Taliban press conference after this weekend’s Saigon moment geopolitical earthquake, conducted by spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, was in itself a game-changer.

The contrast could not be starker with those rambling pressers at the Taliban embassy in Islamabad after 9/11 and before the start of the American bombing – proving this is an entirely new political animal.

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The Return of the Taliban 20 Years Later

18 August 2021 — Consortium News

Washington spent more than $2 trillion on a war that it knew could not be won, writes Vijay Prashad.

100402-N-6031Q-007 KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan commandos from the Sixth Commando Kandak wait for two Mi-17 helicopters to land as they practice infiltration techniques using the Afghan National Army Air Corps Mi-17Õs on April 1, 2010 at Camp Morehead in the outer regions of Kabul. The training was in preparation for future air assault missions needed in order to disrupt insurgent activity and bring stability to the population and the region. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Quillen/ RELEASED).

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Afghanistan News Links 17-18 August 2021

18 August 2021 • 20:30 — The New Dark Age

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

How Russia-China are stage-managing the Taliban

Taliban 2.0: Claims Of Rights For Women, Free Media, No Terrorism

Video: Afghans Desperate to Escape as the Reality of “Regime Change” Settles In

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Black Agenda Report, August 18, 2021

18 August 2021 — Black Agenda Report

Once Again, the Vultures Circle Haiti | Black Agenda Report

Jemima Pierre, BAR Contributor
Another earthquake in Haiti provides another opportunity for the NGO community, the Haitian oligarchy, and foreign imperialists to consolidate their profits and power.


MANIFESTO: The Attica Liberation Faction Manifesto of Demands and Anti-Depression Platform, 1971  | Black Agenda Report

Editors, Black Agenda Review
Remembering Attica prisoner demands as the 50th anniversary approaches.
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Reflections on Events in Afghanistan — 3

18 August 2021 — Indian Punchline

Top Taliban leader from the Haqqani Network called on former Afghan President Hamid Karzai with a delegation to discuss the formation of an inclusive government, Kabul, August 18, 2021

3. The Return of the Native

There is immense curiosity about the Taliban’s first moves following the dramatic return to Kabul after two decades. The big question on everyone’s mind is whether the Taliban has ‘changed’ since the 1990s. Opinions vary. But, so far at least, there are no signs of a return of repressive authoritarian rule.

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The People vs. Medical Tyranny? Resistance on a Global Scale Grows Against Mandatory Vaccinations, Health Pass Requirements and Face Masks

17 August 2021 — Global Research

A continuous fear campaign by the mainstream media against those who are skeptical about the covid-19 pandemic is obvious when you read this headline from the Washington Post ‘Goldilocks Virus; Delta Vanquishes all Variant Rivals as Scientists Race to Understand its Tricks’ says that “The variant battle in the United States is over. Delta won.”  That’s it, it’s all over.  Now we must take the vaccines because the world has lost the battle with the Covid-19 delta variant. If this is not a fear campaign, I don’t know what is: