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  1. The Phases of War: Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and Israel

    Phyllis Bennis
    19 April 2012
    Article

    The U.S. is 11 years into its current war in Afghanistan and still losing. We never had a chance to "win" this war of vengeance – and while few in Washington are ready to admit that, they’ve continued to revise and redefine just what "winning" might look like.

  2. September 11th Didn't Change the World. September 12th Did

    Phyllis Bennis
    12 September 2011
    Article

    It wasn’t the events of September 11th that changed the world, but the events of September 12th and beyond, when the Bush administration took the world to war in response; that changed the world, and continues to threaten U.S. and global security, and shred U.S. democracy.

  3. The Afghanistan War in the Mirror of the Tet Offensive

    Richard Falk
    23 August 2011
    Article

    U.S. foreign policy still fails to incorporate the lessons learned from the Tet Offensive. The refusal to admit goals weren't achieved in Afghanistan is frustrating to say the least.

  4. Justice or Vengeance: lessons from Bin Laden's death

    Phyllis Bennis
    02 May 2011
    Article

    Vengeance may have been wreaked on the infamous Al Qaeda leader, but as long as deadly U.S. wars continue in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and beyond, justice has not been done.

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    Video: The Zone of Turbulence: Afghanistan

    Praful Bidwai, Michael Warschawski, Director of the Alternative Information Centre, Jerusalem
    21 January 2011
    Multi-media

    Afghanistan is a classic instance of the political and military mess that empires leave behind.

  6. What can we expect to see in 2011?

    Marcos Arruda, Mariano Aguirre, Phyllis Bennis, Walden Bello
    13 January 2011
    Article

    Changing global power balances, continuing crises, Iran, Afghanistan. Four TNI fellows share their predictions for 2011.

  7. Selling Off Af-Pak

    Tariq Ali
    14 September 2010
    Article

    The notion that the Afghan governance model could be transferred to Pakistan is risible.

  8. It's no secret what Pakistan's been doing with the Taliban

    Tariq Ali
    03 August 2010
    Article

    British politicians "shock" over wiki-leaks shouldn't be taken seriously: Pakistan's ties to the Taliban have never been a secret.

  9. In Afghan Negotiations, Who's at the Table?

    Phyllis Bennis
    30 May 2010
    Article

    Real negotiations mean everyone who has a legitimate stake in the outcome of Afghanistan must be at the table.

  10. Obama: President of Cant

    Tariq Ali
    28 May 2010
    Article

    Has US foreign policy really changed since the departure of Bush and the arrival of Obama?

  11. War Crimes Then and Now

    Phyllis Bennis
    28 April 2010
    Article

    The US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq do not improve the lives of the people living there and the cost is devastating the US economy. The sooner we acknowledge that, the sooner we can begin to make good on our real debt -humanitarian, not military- to the peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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    Israel-U.S. Relations, Obama Visits Afghanistan, and Another Occupation Election

    Phyllis Bennis
    01 April 2010
    Article

    President Obama is using firmer diplomatic language with Netanyahu, but there’s no evidence yet that the administration is ready to use this moment to actually change U.S. policy.

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    Rethinking Afghanistan eight years later

    Phyllis Bennis
    31 March 2010
    Multi-media

    Phyllis Bennis explains in an in-depth briefing why military occupation is causing a resurgence of the Taliban and how rising popular opposition could still end this imperial war.

  14. Have Taliban arrests undermined peace talks?

    Jochen Hippler
    31 March 2010

    The recent arrests of senior Taliban figures in Pakistan, which UN officials have said undermine Afghanistan peace talks, reveal a confused US strategy in Afghanistan.

  15. Ending the US War in Afghanistan

    Phyllis Bennis
    24 February 2010

    The recent civilian casualties demonstrate, for any who doubted it,  that this is a war against a vast population of Afghanistan, and the only way to stop killing civilians is to stop the killing. That means to stop all offensive actions and withdraw the troops.

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    Afghanistan: this war won't work

    Phyllis Bennis
    26 January 2010
    Article

    Obama's announced troops escalation will not bring security to Afghans, it won't turn Afghanistan into a democracy, and it won't make the US safer.

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    US no business in the middle of Afghan civil war

    Phyllis Bennis
    07 December 2009
    Multi-media

    Obama said that there was no military solution, but that's all he's really offering.

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    President Obama's Afghanistan Escalation Speech: An Assessment

    Phyllis Bennis
    03 December 2009
    Article

    President Obama's speech reflected accountability not to his base, the extraordinary mobilization of people who swept this anti-war and anti-racist candidate into office, but rather to the exigencies of Washington's traditional military, political, and corporate power-brokers who define "national security."

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    Reprise? Obama and Afghanistan

    Phyllis Bennis
    30 November 2009
    Article

    Obama's caving in to the pressures of Pentagon to escalate the war in Afghanistan will inevitably mean weakening his programmes at home and losing the support of the broad progressive coalition that brought him to power.

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    Corruption in Afghanistan - Blame and shame

    Martin Jelsma, Tom Kramer
    19 November 2009
    Article

    If the international community is serious about dealing with corruption in Afghanistan, they need to revise their own dubious practices.

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