Reflections on Events in Afghanistan-9

27 August 2021 — Indian Punchline

US President Biden enters Roosevelt Room in the White House to give a statement on US withdrawal from Afghanistan, Aug 24, 2021

9. A political windfall for Taliban

The horrific terrorist strikes in Kabul on Thursday which killed at least 12 US servicemen and dozens of civilians will lead to a higher level of cooperation between the US and the Taliban.

The commander of CENTCOM Gen. Kenneth McKenzie disclosed to journalists on Thursday that  the US was already sharing information on terror threats in Afghanistan with Taliban. As he put it, “We share versions of this information with the Taliban so that they actually make searches… We think they’ve thwarted some.”

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Reflections on Events in Afghanistan -8

25 August 2021 — Indian Punchline


Taliban fighters patrol Kabul, Afghanistan, August 24, 2021

8. US senses that Taliban is reality – Implications

This week will stand out as a pivotal moment in President Joe Biden’s presidency. It has been a humble moment yet bold and decisive, far-sighted but tactical, and focused on America’s self-interests. It underscores that the US’ capacity to force its will on other countries (or even non-state actors) has dramatically diminished.

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John Pilger: Afghanistan, The Great Game of Smashing Countries

25 August 2021 — MintPress News

Great game

Crocodile Tears

In 2010, I was in Washington and arranged to interview the mastermind of Afghanistan’s modern era of suffering, Zbigniew Brzezinski. I quoted to him his autobiography in which he admitted that his grand scheme for drawing the Soviets into Afghanistan had created “a few stirred up Muslims”.

“Do you have any regrets?” I asked.“Regrets! Regrets! What regrets?”

By  John Pilger

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I Awakened Here When the Earth Was New: The Thirty-Fourth Newsletter (2021)

26 August 2021 — Tricontinental

ChangingAlisa Singer (USA), Changing, 2021. Source: IPCC.

Dear friends,

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

In late March 2021, 120 traditional owners from 40 different First People’s groups spent five days at the National First People’s Gathering on Climate Change in Cairns (Australia). Speaking on the impact of the climate crisis on First People, Gavin Singleton from the Yirrganydji traditional owners explainedthat ‘From changing weather patterns to shifts in natural ecosystems, climate change is a clear and present threat to our people and our culture’.

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