Jim Lobe: Europeans see US engaged in new cold war but want no part of it

Jim Lobe: Europeans see US engaged in new cold war but want no part of it

Artwork by Shubham Dhage Jim Lobe October 4, 2021 But there’s a prevailing view that the EU is more aligned with Washington’s military competition with China and Russia. Even as President Joe Biden insisted at the United Nations this week that he seeks cooperation with potential foreign rivals, most Europeans believe that the United States is already […]

Neta C. Crawford: Calculating the costs of the Afghanistan War in lives, dollars and years

Neta C. Crawford: Calculating the costs of the Afghanistan War in lives, dollars and years

Neta C. Crawford Listen to this article here September 24, 2021 The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 to destroy al-Qaida, remove the Taliban from power and remake the nation. On Aug. 30, 2021, the U.S. completed a pullout of troops from Afghanistan, providing an uncertain punctuation mark to two decades of conflict. For the past 11 […]

Alex Lo: China a godsend for the US arms industry

Alex Lo: China a godsend for the US arms industry

Listen to this article here With the end of the failed ‘forever war’ in Afghanistan, the US military-industrial complex needs to find another struggle to further enrich itself, and China now fits that bill Alex Lo September 24, 2021 “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought […]

Pepe Escobar: 9/9 and 9/11, 20 years later

Pepe Escobar: 9/9 and 9/11, 20 years later

Massoud leaving Bazarak in the Panjshir after our interview in August 2001, roughly three weeks before his assassination. Photo: Pepe Escobar We may never know the full contours of the whole riddle inside an enigma when it comes to 9/11 and related issues Pepe Escobar September 13, 2021 It’s impossible not to start with the […]

Biljana Vankovska: Reclaiming Utopia

Biljana Vankovska: Reclaiming Utopia

Listen to this on Spotify Biljana VankovskaTFF Associate 13 september, 2021 Contribution to GTI Forum(Great Transition Initiative) Can Human Solidarity Globalize? To envision a better world of tomorrow calls for great courage because the dominant paradigm reads There Is No Alternative. Or, to quote the Borg from the Star Trek: The Next Generation series, “Resistance is futile!” It is […]

Håkan Wiberg: Afghanistan – War for the Sake of War

Håkan Wiberg: Afghanistan – War for the Sake of War

U.S. Army NATO, the United States and its vassal-states in Afghanistan Håkan Wiberg †2010 Former TFF Board member and Associate 9 september, 2021 AS FAR BACK as it is possible to trace the history of what is now Afghanistan, it has alternately been invaded — by among others the Median, Persian, Mongol, British and U.S. […]

Rachael Mellor: Better World Info – Platform for Peace Activists

Rachael Mellor: Better World Info – Platform for Peace Activists

Hear this on Spotify By Rachael Mellor September 7, 2021 Over the years people have found incredible inspiration in the brave words, actions, and leadership of peace heroes – Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr and Mahatma Gandhi, to name a few. They display courage, moral strength and compassion to gain the right to freedom […]

David Swanson: Lies, Damn Lies, and What We’ve Been Told About Afghanistan

David Swanson: Lies, Damn Lies, and What We’ve Been Told About Afghanistan

David Swanson August 25, 2021 It’s far from the longest U.S. war. There was no peace before or after it. There is no after it until they end it — and bombing has always been most of what it is. It has had nothing to do with opposing terrorism. It has been a one-sided slaughter, […]

The Ides of August

The Ides of August

Sarah Chayes August 25, 2021 I have been silent for a while. I’ve been silent about Afghanistan for longer. But too many things are going unsaid. I won’t try to evoke the emotions, somehow both swirling and yet leaden: the grief, the anger, the sense of futility. Instead, as so often before, I will use […]

Internal US politics drives country’s conflict, not COVID-19 or China: former Danish diplomat

Internal US politics drives country’s conflict, not COVID-19 or China: former Danish diplomat

© Jan Oberg, “Capitol Hill, January 6, 2021” By Global Times August 7, 2021 Editor’s Note: “No alternative to the CPC in terms of people or a party with a program and a vision is known of inside or outside China,” said Carsten Boyer Thøgersen, a former diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of […]