India’s move on Article 370 came six months late

8 August 2019 — Indian Punchline

by M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

The site where a Taliban car bomb detonated in Kabul on Aug 7, 2019, killing 14 people and wounding 145.

The statement issued by the Taliban on Thursday regarding the situation surrounding the state of Jammu & Kashmir merits serious attention.

The statement recalls media reports on the abrogation of the special status of J&K by the Modi government, the deployment of additional troops in the state, and the lockdown in the valley that have created “difficulties and hardships for the Muslim population.”

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PEPE ESCOBAR: US and Iran Stuck on Negotiation Ground Zero

26 July 2019 — Consortium News

Donald Trump says he’s ‘okay either way’, whether there’s war with Iran and Tehran seems to be okay  with that too, warns Pepe Escobar.

By Pepe Escobar
in Paris
Special to Consortium News

All bets are off in the geopolitical insanity stakes when we have the President of the United States (POTUS) glibly announcing he could launch a nuclear first strike to end the war in Afghanistan and wipe it “off the face of the earth” in one week. But he’d rather not, so he doesn’t have to kill 10 million people.

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The BBC slanders the English Revolution: a reply by Alan Woods – part two

24 July 2019 — In Defence of Marxism

Alan Woods

Image: public domain

This is the second part of Alan Woods’ reply to the BBC’s documentary, ‘Charles I, Downfall of a King’. The programme presents a slanderous and misleading account of the English Revolution, which resulted in the death of the corrupt and arrogant King Charles, crippled the feudal system, and laid the basis for modern democracy. Click here for part one.

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A New Phase in the Great Game: U.S., Soviets, India, Pakistan vied to shape a new Afghanistan in late 1980s

1 February 2019 — National Security Archive

U.S. Ambassadors Dean and Raphel warned Washington unconditional support to Pakistan and fundamentalist factions of mujahedin was destabilizing the region

Reagan administration supported India’s active role in connection with Soviet withdrawal, but changed position when Delhi tried to keep extreme fundamentalists from coming to power

Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program was major Indian concern in connection with U.S. aid to Islamabad; New Delhi and Washington consulted closely on arms control, cables show
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Afghanistan Takes Center Stage in the New Great Game By Pepe Escobar

17 November 2018 — Asia Times

Moscow hosted talks last week to promote peace in Afghanistan as neighbors and regional heavyweights eye the rewards of stability in the long-troubled land

In the “graveyard of empires,” Afghanistan never ceases to deliver geopolitical and historical twists. Last week in Moscow, another crucial chapter in this epic story was written when Russia pledged to use its diplomatic muscle to spur peace efforts in the war-torn country.

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Hollywood’s Dangerous Afghan Illusion: “Charlie Wilson’s War”. Legacy of the late Robert Parry

29 January 2018 — Global Researchconsortiumnews.com

By Robert Parry

Robert Parry, editor and publisher of Consortiumnews.com, passed away on January 27th.

The Global Research team pays tribute to Robert Parry and his unwavering commitment to independent and honest journalism. His legacy will live.

On January 1st, I sent a short note to Robert Parry. Today our thoughts are with Robert Parry and his family. 

Robert Parry was a powerful voice, incisive in his analysis of complex foreign policy issues, with a longstanding commitment to peace and social justice.  

To consult  The Robert Parry Archive of articles posted on GR, click here. 

Below is Robert Parry’s incisive and timely April 2013 article on Hollywood’s slanted interpretation of the Soviet Afghan war.  The US supported “Freedom Fighters” were Al Qaeda. The Afghan Mujahideen were jihadist mercenaries recruited by the CIA. It was all for a good cause: destabilize a progressive secular government, occupy and destroy Afghanistan, undermine the Soviet Union.

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Can Donald Trump really believe this slaughter will “make America great again”?

10 October 2017 — Drone Wars

Britain’s special friend: NATO Watch’s grim update of US ‘defence’ developments

The emphasis on air power by the Trump administration has led to an unprecedented 20,650 bombs being dropped on seven countries (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia and Syria) during his first six months in office and a large increase in the numbers of civilians being killed.

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Remembering the Inception of the “War on Terrorism” – 16 Years of Afghan Crisis: Selected Articles

9 October 2017 — Global Research

Longest War in US History Turns 16 Today – Thousands Dead, No End in Sight & It’s Getting Worse

By Rachel Blevins, October 09, 2017

After the US began ‘spreading democracy’ there 16 years ago, Afghanistan has become more dangerous, more corrupt, and deadlier than ever. Continue reading

Trump ‘Presidential’ Again–for Ramping Up War in Afghanistan

24 August 2017 — FAIR

Foreign Policy: Trump's Presidential Afghanistan SpeechForeign Policy‘s Paul Miller (8/22/17) liked the speech in part because “Trump said ‘win’ and ‘victory’ more times in 15 minutes than President Barack Obama did in eight years.”

Donald Trump is finally “presidential” again, pundits insist, now that he is ratcheting up another US war.

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More American Troops to Afghanistan, To Keep the Chinese Out? Lithium and the Battle for Afghanistan’s Mineral Riches By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

24 August 2017 — Global Research

Trump calls for escalation of the war in Afghanistan. Why? Is it part of the “Global War on Terrorism”, going after the bad guys, or is it something else? 

Unknown to the broader public, Afghanistan has significant oil, natural gas and strategic raw material resources, not to mention opium, a multibillion dollar industry which feeds America’s illegal heroin market. 

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