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Andrew Bacevich on Afghanistan War: ‘The President Lacks the Guts to Get Out’

Retired US Army colonel and historian Andrew Bacevich joins us for his first interview about his new book, Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War. “The question demands to be asked: Who is more deserving of contempt?” Bacevich asks. “The commander-in-chief who sends young Americans to die for a cause, however misguided, in which he sincerely believes? Or the commander-in-chief ...

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Through Others’ Eyes: A Photography and Dialogue Project of Givat Haviva, Aug. 3, 7 p.m., NYC

Join Givat Haviva Educational Foundation and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations for a special evening to meet and view the work of Israeli Arab and Jewish youth. Middle Eastern food will be served. For more information, contact Julie Spiegel at 212-989-9272 x3. via Through Others’ Eyes: A Photography and Dialogue Project of Givat Haviva « B’nai Jeshurun.

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Should Time Magazine have asked ‘What happens if we stay in Afghanistan?’

Time Magazine: We Cannot Leave Afghanistan, by Peter Hart In case you thought the WikiLeaks story might change everything: The forthcoming Time magazine (out tomorrow) has a cover photo of a disfigured Afghan woman with the headline “What Happens If We Leave Afghanistan.” The implication would seem to be that the Taliban will commit similar atrocities without the presence of ...

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How Important Are Dead Afghan Civilians? | FAIR Blog

The story of the day is obviously the large pieces in the London Guardian and the New York Times that are based on tens of thousands of documents related to the Afghanistan War published by WikiLeaks. The leak is already being compared to the Pentagon Papers. How newspapers determine what is most newsworthy about the leaks is interesting. via FAIR ...

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What travels 20km per year? Watch ‘Endgame in Afghanistan’

As the war in Afghanistan enters its final chapter, Sean Smith’s brutal, uncompromising film from the Helmand frontline shows the horrific chaos of a stalemate that is taking its toll in blood. On Friday, read Sean Smith’s extraordinary diary of his time on the Afghanistan frontline on guardian.co.uk. Sean Smith’s brutal film from the Helmand frontline shows the horrific chaos ...

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Why Afghans fear village defence forces.

Talks between the Afghan government and the US to create village-level defence forces to tackle the Taliban may not succeed, argues Hekmat Karzai, who heads independent think-tank the Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies in Kabul. Creating such a defence force – intended to provide more peace and stability at a local level – is one of the key pillars ...

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Stop the Funding for the Afghan War — Call your Congressperson today

U.S. intervention in Afghanistan is facing increasing challenge, and this week’s dramatic Wikileaks revelations — the biggest U.S. war expose since Dan Ellsberg’s Pentagon papers — make it all the more difficult for Congress to keep funding this horrific war. It is an important moment for all of us who want immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, Afghanistan and ...

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Senate returns $60B stripped out war bill to House

WASHINGTON — In a take-it-or-leave-it gesture, the Senate voted Thursday night to reject more than $20 billion in domestic spending the House had tacked on to its $60 billion bill to fund President Barack Obama’s troop surge in Afghanistan. Instead, the Senate returned to the House a measure limited chiefly to war funding, foreign aid, medical care for Vietnam War ...

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Leaked files lay bare the war in Afghanistan | The AP via The Washington Post

Thousands of classified documents related to the Afghan war released without authorization by the group www.Wikileaks.org reveal in often excruciating detail the struggles faced by U.S. troops as they battle an increasingly potent Taliban force and also try to work with Pakistani allies who often appear to be helping the Taliban. via Leaked files lay bare war in Afghanistan | ...

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Iran threatens to hit back as EU tightens nuclear programme sanctions | World news | The Guardian

Iran has told the EU it will “regret” imposing its toughest economic sanctions yet to force Tehran to halt uranium enrichment and return to negotiations about its nuclear program. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised that the Islamic republic would “respond strongly to any threat” hours before EU foreign ministers were to meet in Brussels to approve the sanctions. EU officials ...

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