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200,000 Military Personnel in Afghanistan: Republicans ‘Bungle’ War Powers | accuracy.org

The New York Times reports in a piece titled “Obama to Announce Plans for Afghan Surge Pullout” that: “Even after all 30,000 troops are withdrawn, roughly 68,000 troops will remain in Afghanistan, twice the number as when Mr. Obama assumed office.” Read more here: * 200,000 Military Personnel in Afghanistan * Republicans “Bungle” War Powers | Accuracy.Org.  

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Never Mind The Drawdown: Taliban Talks, Not Troop Numbers, Are What Really Matter for Afghanistan | Wired.com via Common Dreams

However the peace talks go, the Taliban have proven that they can remain a fighting force even as the U.S. military batters it. No U.S. officer, from Gen. David Petraeus on down, thinks the Afghanistan war can be won militarily. Hopes for Afghan President Hamid Karzai to step up his governing skills have evaporated, as Karzai spends more time denouncing ...

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The battle lines are drawn | Popular Resistance

Israel’s UN ambassador met with major American Jewish organizations telling them to work hard to ensure there will not be passage of any votes on Palestine at the UN. President Obama met with 80 influential Jewish donors (who each gave $25-35,000 to attend the private dinner with the President) and Obama assured them that the U.S. has iron-clad commitment to ...

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Afghanistan: Momentum For Withdrawal | The Progress Report

A dispatch from The Progress Report: Jun 21, 2011 | By Ben Armbruster When President Obama announced in December 2009 a surge of 30,000 U.S. troops into Afghanistan, he made it clear that those troops would begin to withdraw in July 2011. “It will be clear to the Afghan government — and, more importantly, to the Afghan people — that ...

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Did Egypt Really Open Rafah Crossing? | Ramzy Baroud, CounterPunch

For most Palestinians, leaving Gaza through Egypt is as exasperating a process as entering it. Governed by political and cultural sensitivities, most Palestinian officials and public figures refrain from criticizing the way Palestinians are treated at the Rafah border. However, there is really no diplomatic language to describe the relationship between desperate Palestinians – some literally fighting for their lives ...

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Subversives: From the Freedom Riders to the Gaza Flotilla | Mark Chmiel, CounterPunch

Fifty years ago, the Freedom Riders sought to hasten the end of segregation and, by doing so, they faced harassment, beatings, bombing, and defamation. As far as the white supremacists were concerned, the Freedom Riders were subversives. In 1961 how many American senators expressed solidarity with such “subversive” citizens? Likewise, those who are willing to defy Israel’s brutal policies and ...

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U.S. in talks with Taliban, says Karzai | guardian.co.uk

The US and other foreign powers are engaged in preliminary talks with the Taliban about a possible settlement to the war in Afghanistan, the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, has said. It is the first official confirmation of US involvement in such negotiations. Diplomats have already said there have been months of preliminary talks between the two sides, and Karzai, who ...

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Revisiting Chomsky’s January Op-Ed: Breaking the Israel-Palestine Deadlock | Truthout

While intensively engaged in illegal settlement expansion, the government of Israel is also seeking to deal with two problems: a global campaign of what it perceives as “delegitimation” – that is, objections to its crimes and withdrawal of participation in them – and a parallel campaign of legitimation of Palestine. Read more here: Breaking the Israel-Palestine Deadlock | Truthout.

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Afghanistan facing insolvency within a month, say officials | The Guardian

The Afghan government will struggle to pay its bills “within a month” after the International Monetary Fund rejected proposals for resolving the Kabul Bank scandal, western officials have warned. Although the war-torn country’s biggest bank nearly collapsed last September, the government of Hamid Karzai and the international community are still at loggerheads over plans to fund an $820m (£507m) bailout ...

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Activists urge boycott over Israeli occupation of Palestinian land | RT

There is growing anti-Israeli feeling in Europe, with calls on EU and US governments to stop ignoring the occupation of Palestinian land. And though politicians remain silent, activists rally to draw attention to the plight of the Palestinian people. In a day of rage against Israel, thousands call for the boycott of Israeli goods, over its continued expansion on Palestinian ...

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