Afghanistan News Links 20-21 September 2021

21 September 2021 • 16:00 — The New Dark Age

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A Shift In Militants’ Strategy Could Shine A More Positive Light On Failed US Policy

Morrison’s Dangerous Fantasies Represent a Danger to Australia’s Future

India Seizes 3 Tons Of Heroin Allegedly Originating From Afghanistan

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Iran’s SCO membership is a big deal

21 September 2021 — Indian Punchline

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi (R) participated in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Dushanbe on Sept 16-17, 2021

Like in a Wagnerian music drama, there is an associated melodic theme that accompanies the situations behind the two big regional developments last week — the announcement of the AUKUS, security alliance of three “maritime democracies” on September 15 and Iran’s accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation as full member on September 17.

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The Fallout From The AUKUS Deal

20 September 2021 — Moon of Alabama

The AUKUS deal allowed Australia to cancel an order for diesel driven submarines from France by taking up a U.S. and British offer to eventually acquire nuclear driven submarines.

It is not clear at all that Australia will find the money to actually pay for nuclear submarines. These are 50-100% more expensive that conventional ones. Australia also wants to make sure that at least 60% of the price flows back to Australian manufacturing. But there are no companies in Australia who have experience with work on nuclear technology. It is also unlikely that the U.S. or UK would let Australia gain such capacity.

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Syria’s so-called ‘cradle of the revolution’ has been liberated The West’s campaign to topple Bashar al Assad is all but over

20  September, 2021 — Off Guardian

Vanessa Beeley

After three years of a fragile ceasefire and a campaign of assassinations of Syrian government ‘loyalists’ by embedded fundamentalist armed groups, the Syrian flag has once more been raised in Daraa Al Balad.

Western media persists in portraying the emergence of extremist armed groups in Daraa, south of Damascus, as the “cradle of the revolution” to overthrow the Syrian government. The reality is that Daraa was the touchpaper lit by hardline Libyan mercenaries imported into the city prior to 2011.

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Almost a Quarter of COVID Patients in England Are Being Treated For Something Else

20 September 2021 — Summit News

Half of daily hospitalizations test positive for COVID after having entered for something else.

Almost a quarter of people in hospitals in England who are being counted as ‘COVID patients’ are actually being treated for other illnesses, according to a new report.
“Health service statistics show there were 6,146 NHS beds taken up by people who were Covid positive on September 14th, the latest date data is available for,” reports the Daily Mail.

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