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Blackwater's Secret War in Pakistan

by Jeremy Scahill from The Nation At a covert forward operating base run by the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, members of an elite division of Blackwater are at the center of a secret program in which they plan targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, “snatch [...]
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The Fifty-Year War

by Jonathan Schell from The Nation I was about to write that there can be no military solution to the war in Afghanistan, only a political one. But I almost fainted with boredom and had to stop. Who, as President Obama lengthily ponders his decisions regarding the war, wants to repeat a point that’s been made 11,000 [...]
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Afghanistan: the natural State

by Alex de Waal from The Times The hard-bought election in Afghanistan was a reality check for the United States and its allies, compelling them to look again at their promise of building a modern state in that country. After overthrowing the Taliban, Afghan exiles and their foreign backers assumed that they would put the aberration of [...]
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How the US Funds the Taliban

by Aram Roston from The Nation On October 29, 2001, while the Taliban’s rule over Afghanistan was under assault, the regime’s ambassador in Islamabad gave a chaotic press conference in front of several dozen reporters sitting on the grass. On the Taliban diplomat’s right sat his interpreter, Ahmad Rateb Popal, a man with an imposing presence. Like [...]
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Dairy Queen and Barbed Wire: The New Reality of US Occupation

by Charles Simic from The New York Review of Books Blog Back in September, I read an article in The New York Times about an American base in Iraq that I haven’t been able to get out of my mind. It describes a U.S. military installation in the Sunni Triangle north of Baghdad that houses 28,000 American [...]
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The Revolution Will Not be Televised

A mighty interesting documentary about the fall and rise, again, of Hugo Chavez. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (a.k.a. Chavez: Inside the Coup) is a 2002 documentary about the April 2002 Venezuelan coup attempt which briefly deposed Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. A television crew from Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTÉ happened to be recording a documentary [...]
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War and Politics in Afghanistan

by Steve Collfrom THE NEW YORKER Over the summer, the Afghan Taliban’s military committee distributed “A Book of Rules,” in Pashto, to its fighters. The book’s eleven chapters seem to draw from the population-centric principles of F.M. 3-24, the U.S. Army’s much publicized counter-insurgency field manual, released in 2006. Henceforth, the Taliban guide declares, suicide bombers [...]
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