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The Tribal Truths Of Afghanistan Failure Of Democracy

  THE WAR THAT COULD NOT BE WON   In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns,” wrote legendary Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu in The Art of War. In Afghanistan, Western politicians should have heeded this two-and-a-half-thousand year old axiom from the oldest known book on the strategy of war….


America Continues To Spend In Afganistan: Corporate States Continue Making Profits

Second phase of Afghan security handover to be announced next month Oct 26, 2011     Kabul – Afghanistan is set to take security responsibility from NATO-led forces for 17 provinces in the second phase of transition, officials announced Wednesday. All or parts of 17 of the 34 provinces likely to be handed over, said…

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Desert Rats: Blackwater Eric Prince Training Another Secret Army

Desert Force Set Up by Blackwater’s Founder Adam Ferguson/VII Network Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, has a new project. By MARK MAZZETTI and EMILY B. HAGER Published: May 14, 2011 ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Late one night last November, a plane carrying dozens of Colombian men touched down in this glittering seaside…

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It is time to question armies and wars and killing

  A Think Piece   In the last chapter of “All Quiet on the Western Front,” Paul Baumer, a young German soldier, sits alone in a garden trying to recover from a poison gas attack and the deep emotional scars and psychological wounds of war. At the age of 21, he is already a veteran…


Three Horseman of a New Apocalypse

What a world! Much of North Africa remains roiled with mass protests against autocratic or crazed leaders. One predictable result has been skyrocketing oil prices with potentially adverse consequences for recovering economies. And, in the United States, a possible shutdown of government looms because America’s two political parties prefer to indulge in a game of…