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Reports offer conflicting views of war in Afghanistan

Grim warnings of an unending war and of Afghan civilians dying and fleeing in ever increasing numbers paint a gloomy picture ahead of a much rosier review expected Thursday as U.S. President Barack Obama takes stock of the surge that pits more than 100,000 U.S. troops against the Taliban insurgency. The official Pentagon assessment is expected to say the war ...

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Analysis: Outlook grim as U.S. touts progress in Afghan review

A long-awaited review of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan due on Thursday will report some progress despite the bloodiest year in nine years of war and signal no major change in President Barack Obama’s plans. The review of the revised strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, which Obama unveiled a year ago, comes amid mounting concern about rampant corruption in Afghanistan and ...

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FBI entrapment and human rights | War Resisters League

It was on this day in 1948 that member countries of the UN General Assembly, including the U.S., adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. During and since its founding, the U.S. has violated what is now considered human rights law and these violations continue today. As the Obama administration continues to uphold and, in some cases, expand policies of ...

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US-Iran Talks: A Good Start

The scuttlebutt in Washington is that the Obama administration is prepared, going into the talks, to present Iran with a very favorable offer. According to insiders, they’ll ask Iran to ship nearly all of its low-enriched uranium LEU to Russia for reprocessing into fuel rods. Last year, the deal was for Iran to ship the bulk of its LEU to ...

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US and S Korea to hold war games

A US aircraft carrier is heading for the Korean peninsula a day after North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire on a border island, which left two South Korean soldiers and two civilians dead. The USS George Washington, which carries 75 warplanes and has a crew of over 6,000, left a naval base south of Tokyo on Wednesday morning to ...

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Consider Smaller Afghan Force: US Panel

Influential US experts on Friday painted a grim picture of the Afghanistan war, calling on President Barack Obama to consider scaling back the military mission without signs of progress. The task force of the Council on Foreign Relations largely backed the Obama administration’s plan of intensifying military operations against the Taliban and starting a withdrawal in mid-2011. Read: Consider Smaller Afghan ...

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Obama’s Pro-Israel Record | The Progress Report

Earlier this week, Israel announced plans to build more than one thousand new settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem, the first such announcement since a similar move in March during a visit by Vice President Biden led to serious tension between the two governments. Settlements have been a major sticking point in the negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, with ...

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Obama Heads to Asia (video)

President Obama arrives in Asia today on a ten-day trip to four Asian democracies. After touring India on his first stop, Obama continues to Indonesia, South Korea, and Japan and will attend both the G20 summit and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference. In a video Q&A, Douglas Paal discusses the trip and U.S. reengagement in Asia. “It’s a time when ...

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In Indonesia, Obama voices concern over Mideast peace process (with update from Amy Goodman)

JAKARTA – President Obama expressed concern Tuesday over the flagging Middle East peace process he helped inaugurate two months ago, as Israel announced plans for new building on land that Palestinians claim as the capital of their future state. Asked at a news conference here about the Israeli government’s new plans to build 1,300 apartments in East Jerusalem, Obama said: ...

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