San Francisco International Film Festival 2013—Part one
By Joanne Laurier, 16 May 2013
The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival recently concluded. The event this year screened 158 films from 51 countries, including 67 fiction features, 28 documentary features and 63 short films.
By Thomas Gaist, 15 May 2013
Further revelations of torture and murder by elite US soldiers in Afghanistan highlight the neo-colonial character of the occupation.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 May 2013
The Afghanistan president’s statement underscores the intention of the Obama administration and the Pentagon to maintain a permanent military presence.
Eight US-NATO troops killed in one day
By Patrick Martin, 6 May 2013
Both the US-NATO occupation and the stooge regime of President Hamid Karzai are widely hated by the Afghan population.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2013
The report that the CIA regularly hands over sacks of cash to Afghanistan’s President Karzai is only the latest episode in Afghanistan’s long and tragic encounter with US imperialism.
By Johannes Stern, 25 April 2013
On April 18, German ministers announced that at least 800 soldiers would be kept in Afghanistan beyond the official date for the withdrawal of NATO combat troops.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 April 2013
The attempt to exploit the death of a young State Department official to cast the Afghanistan war as an exercise in US altruism is belied by the continuing murder and oppression inflicted upon the civilian population.
By Thomas Gaist, 8 April 2013
A NATO airstrike killed 20 people in eastern Afghanistan during the weekend, including at least one woman and 10 children ages 1 to 12.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 April 2013
A Bonn court recently opened proceedings in a case brought by two survivors of a NATO air strike near Kunduz, Afghanistan.
By Thomas Gaist, 2 April 2013
US-backed Afghan President Hamid Karzai travelled to Doha to make political overtures to the Taliban, as Taliban officials open an office in the Qatari capital.
By Alex Lantier, 27 March 2013
US Secretary of State John Kerry left Kabul for Paris yesterday, after a Middle Eastern tour to Jordan and Afghanistan to plan broader wars across the region.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 March 2013
Obama’s newly confirmed defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, confronted suicide bombings, an “insider” attack and vitriolic criticism from the US-backed puppet, Hamid Karzai.
By Alex Lantier, 25 February 2013
The Afghan government asked US Special Forces to leave Wardak and Logar provinces after reviewing reports that they tortured and murdered Afghan civilians.
By Harvey Thompson, 18 February 2013
The US-puppet Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai is facing an increase in attacks by insurgents as the US/NATO occupation continues to unravel.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2013
A US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday killed 10 civilians, including five children.
By Harvey Thompson, 22 January 2013
All eight deaths among British soldiers on the current tour have been the result of attacks by uniformed Afghan security forces.
By Patrick Martin, 21 January 2013
The Obama administration is institutionalizing the process of White House-sanctioned remote killings.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 January 2013
White House talks between Obama and Karzai were aimed at laying the foundations for a continuing US military presence in Afghanistan after the 2014 withdrawal deadline.
By Peter Symonds, 5 January 2013
Claims that the US occupation will end in 2014 are belied by plans for an indefinite American military presence in Afghanistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2012
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told a press conference in Kabul last week that “we are not departing Afghanistan.”
As American commanders target Afghan children
By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2012
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he is willing to offer US troops immunity from prosecution after 2014, amid fresh reports of war crimes.
By Naomi Spencer, 15 November 2012
Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers, could face the death penalty if the Army recommends a court-martial.
By Naomi Spencer, 15 November 2012
In testimony from Afghanistan, witnesses to the March 11 massacre described scenes of terror and grief.
By Naomi Spencer, 10 November 2012
Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accused of carrying out a massacre of Afghan civilians, faces 16 counts of murder.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 October 2012
The killing of Afghan children in a US raid and the disappearance and murder of civilians at the hands of occupation troops have provoked growing anger and protests.
By Harvey Thompson, 23 October 2012
A recently leaked report reveals that schools and health clinics built by the British military across Helmand province are to be closed down by 2014.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 October 2012
The talks are aimed at cementing an open-ended US military presence in Afghanistan.
By Harvey Thompson, 16 October 2012
Five British Royal Marines have been charged with the murder of an insurgent in Afghanistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 October 2012
The 2,000th American soldier died in Afghanistan last weekend as the result of a so-called “insider” attack, underscoring the crisis of the 11-year-old US war.
By Patrick Martin, 24 September 2012
The Obama administration has withdrawn 33,000 troops, but more than twice as many still remain in Afghanistan.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 September 2012
A steady escalation of so-called insider attacks has forced the Pentagon to suspend joint patrols and combat training with Afghan security forces.
By Harvey Thompson, 19 September 2012
Saturday’s attack on NATO’s Camp Bastion in Afghanistan has thrown into sharp relief the cabal around Prince Harry, including the British royal family, the military and the media.
By Alex Lantier, 18 September 2012
Protests that began one week ago at US embassies in Egypt and Libya against an anti-Islamic YouTube video are rapidly spreading throughout the Muslim world.
By Alex Lantier, 17 September 2012
An air strike killed nine young Afghan women shortly before dawn Sunday morning in Laghman province’s Alingar district, near the Afghan capital, Kabul.
By Mark Church, 4 September 2012
In a neo-colonial act of collective punishment Australian forces shot and killed two men, detained and beat others in retaliation for the recent shooting deaths of three Australian soldiers.
By John Braddock, 1 September 2012
The recent fatalities—which have brought the NZ death toll in Afghanistan to 10—have prompted the government to announce an early withdrawal.
By Patrick Martin, 20 August 2012
The proliferation of attacks on US soldiers by uniformed Afghan soldiers and policemen is an expression of popular hatred for the occupation regime.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 August 2012
The slaying Thursday night of three members of a US Marines special operations unit by a uniformed commander in the US-backed security forces brought to eight the number of Americans killed this week in Afghanistan.
By Peter Symonds, 1 August 2012
The report exposes not only the criminal past of Afghanistan’s current leaders, but also the powers that backed them, especially the United States.
By Mike Head, 10 July 2012
The Tokyo gathering was the third recent step taken by the Obama administration to cement Washington’s grip over Afghanistan far beyond 2014.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 June 2012
At least 18 Afghan civilians, including seven children, were killed early Wednesday morning after US special operations troops called in an air strike on their homes.
By Patrick Martin, 28 May 2012
Six children are among those killed in the eastern Afghanistan province of Paktia.
By Patrick O’Connor, 24 May 2012
Prime Minister Julia Gillard functioned as little more than a mouthpiece for Washington during the discussions at the NATO summit in Chicago.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 May 2012
For all the rhetoric about “transition” and “transformation,” the proposals laid out at the NATO summit in Chicago mean a continuation of a dirty colonial war and the slaughter of Afghan civilians.
By Harvey Thompson, 18 May 2012
Two British soldiers were shot dead last week by Afghan policemen, the latest in a rising tide of “green-on-blue” attacks on foreign forces in Afghanistan by supposed allies in the more than decade-long occupation and counterinsurgency.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2012
US bombardments claimed the lives of dozens of Afghan civilians, including women and children, prompting a formal protest from Karzai that such actions would render the recent pact he signed with Obama “meaningless”.
By Peter Symonds, 3 May 2012
The agreement signed sets the stage for an open-ended US military presence in Afghanistan after the bulk of American troops withdraw.
By Patrick Martin, 24 April 2012
The purpose of the deal is the clear the way for a NATO summit at which the Obama administration will pressure its European allies to cough up more money and manpower for the Afghanistan war.
By Peter Symonds, 21 April 2012
The US is escalating military operations to shore up the detested Afghan puppet regime, even as it prepares to pull out most combat soldiers by 2014.
By James Cogan, 20 April 2012
The timetable for Australian troop withdrawals is linked to the unconditional alignment of the Gillard government with the US “pivot” to maintain American dominance in the Asian region.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 April 2012
The images of young American paratroopers playing and posing with dismembered Afghan corpses provide a revolting but accurate reflection of a decade-old war and the demoralizing impact it has had on the US military.
By David Walsh, 19 April 2012
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times published horrific photographs of American troops in Afghanistan posing with dead and dismembered insurgents.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 April 2012
At least three US soldiers were killed and several others wounded in a suicide bombing in northern Afghanistan as US and Afghan officials continued talks on a permanent American military presence after 2014.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 March 2012
An opinion poll released Tuesday shows nearly seven out of 10 Americans opposing the war in Afghanistan, a record level of antiwar sentiment since the US invaded the country over a decade ago.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 March 2012
The US government Friday officially charged Staff Sergeant Robert Bales in connection with the March 11 massacre of Afghan civilians, most of them children.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 March 2012
Gen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, told Congressional committees this week that a “robust” American combat force must remain the country.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2012
President Karzai denounced the US military in connection with last Sunday’s massacre of 16 civilians, but Washington dismissed his demand that it speed up the transfer of security to Afghan forces.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 March 2012
With the Taliban breaking off of talks with Washington and President Hamid Karzai demanding that US-NATO troops withdraw to their bases, key elements of the Obama administration’s Afghanistan policy are in tatters.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 March 2012
US President Obama and British Prime Minister Cameron used a joint press conference Wednesday to stress there would be no shift in Afghanistan war strategy in the wake of the savage massacre of 16 civilians in Kandahar.
Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president
By Jerry White and Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 14 March 2012
As the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for US president, I share the revulsion felt by millions of people in Afghanistan, in the United States and throughout the world over the brutal murder of at least 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children, by a US soldier Sunday in Kandahar province.
By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2012
Sunday’s mass murder by an Army staff sergeant demonstrates both the brutality and the deepening crisis of American imperialism’s war in Afghanistan.
By Patrick Martin, 12 March 2012
A sergeant in the US Special Forces walked into a village near Kandahar and systematically shot to death nine children, three women and four men.
By Harvey Thompson, 8 March 2012
The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed that six soldiers are missing, believed dead, after an explosive device hit their armoured vehicle Tuesday in southern Afghanistan.
By Patrick Martin, 2 March 2012
The incident was the third such killing of American soldiers by their Afghan “partners” in little more than a week.
By Patrick Martin, 27 February 2012
The Koran-burning incident that triggered nationwide protests in Afghanistan is the product of the neo-colonial US occupation.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 February 2012
Two American soldiers and at least 15 Afghans have been killed as crowds besieged US and NATO bases for a third day Thursday, in an escalating protest over US troops burning copies of the Koran.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 February 2012
At least eight Afghan civilians, all children according to some reports, were killed Thursday when a NATO warplane bombed a village in Afghanistan's northeast Kapisa province.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 February 2012
Amid growing signs of crisis in the decade-old US-led war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Wednesday that the US would make a “transition” from combat to “training” and “advising” puppet Afghan forces by the end of 2013.
By Olivier Laurent, 28 January 2012
Sarkozy will keep French troops in Afghanistan despite rising popular opposition to the NATO occupation following the January 20 deaths of four French soldiers.
By Alex Lantier, 21 January 2012
At least ten NATO soldiers were killed in Afghanistan when a US helicopter crashed and an Afghan soldier shot four French troops after a training session.
By James Cogan, 13 January 2012
A video published yesterday shows four US marines in Afghanistan urinating on the heads of three Afghan dead, joking among themselves as they desecrate the corpses.
By John Chan, 10 January 2012
China’s oil contract with Afghanistan will exacerbate tensions with the US and India.
By James Cogan, 10 January 2012
The puppet government of President Hamid Karzai has accused the American military of torture and arbitrary detention at the largest US-run prison in the country.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 January 2012
US and Taliban sources have confirmed a deal to set up an office of the Islamist group in Qatar as part of Washington’s attempt to negotiate a settlement of its decade-old war in Afghanistan.
By James Cogan, 3 January 2012
The tenth year of the US and NATO occupation of Afghanistan was among the deadliest and most destructive of the entire conflict.
By Shantan Kumarasamy, 29 December 2011
Homeless Afghan asylum seekers discuss their dangerous journeys to Europe and their desperate struggles for survival.
By Julie Hyland, 23 December 2011
A strict media blackout was in force for Prime Minister David Cameron’s pre-Christmas visit to British troops in Afghanistan Tuesday.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 December 2011
In the latest round of conflict between Obama and his top military commanders, the senior US general in Afghanistan is opposing the administration’s plans for the withdrawal of troops from the US-occupied country.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 December 2011
A decade after the first international conference on Afghanistan in Bonn, delegates returned to the former West German capital under conditions of growing regional crisis and increasing pessimism over the 10-year-old war.
By Patrick O’Connor, 14 November 2011
The SAS forces are highly valued by American commanders, having functioned for years as brutal death squads, hunting down and assassinating individuals identified as opponents of the US-led occupation.
By Will Morrow, 4 November 2011
Far from “stabilising” Afghanistan, the continued presence of foreign troops is generating deep-seated enmity that will inevitably lead to further attacks.
By Barry Grey, 12 October 2011
A report released Monday by the United Nations documents what it calls "systematic" torture at Afghan government prisons of suspected insurgents captured by US, NATO and Afghan authorities.
By Peter Symonds, 8 October 2011
The war has been a disaster for the Afghan people and a tragic waste of the lives of American and allied soldiers. It has profoundly destabilised regional and world politics.
By James Cogan, 6 October 2011
The agreement is a clear threat that India, in conjunction with the US and its allies, will continue to build its political and economic influence in Afghanistan at Pakistan’s expense.
By Oliver Campbell, 29 September 2011
The Taliban’s ability to penetrate the security structures in Afghanistan stems from the deep-seated resentment felt by broad layers of the population to the decade-long US occupation.
By Peter Symonds, 22 September 2011
The killing of Burhanuddin Rabbani will only exacerbate ethnic tensions and weaken the Afghan government as it balances precariously between the country’s rival factions and tribal groups.
By Harvey Thompson, 16 September 2011
NATO admitted last week that a US soldier shot dead BBC journalist Ahmed Omaid Khpalwak in Afghanistan in July.
By Peter Symonds, 14 September 2011
Coordinated Taliban attacks in the Afghan capital yesterday have again highlighted the tenuous nature of the US-led military occupation of the country.
By Harvey Thompson, 23 August 2011
The compound of the British Council headquarters in the Afghan capital, Kabul, came under a sustained guerrilla attack on Friday, resulting in nine deaths and 22 casualties.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 August 2011
Nearly two months after President Obama announced plans for a limited withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, US strategy in the nearly 10-year-old war points to a steady escalation of bloodshed.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 August 2011
The Pentagon claimed Wednesday to have killed the Afghan fighters responsible for last week’s downing of a helicopter that resulted in the worst US losses to date in the decade-old war.
By Patrick Martin, 8 August 2011
Nearly 10 percent of the elite SEAL Team 6 were killed in the incident Saturday.
By James Cogan, 3 August 2011
The Taliban government-in-exile has claimed responsibility for a wave of attacks last month in which assassins were able to circumvent the security surrounding their intended victims.
By James Cogan, 20 July 2011
The deaths of Karzai’s half-brother, and now Jan Mohammad Khan, are significant blows to the US puppet regime in Kabul.
By Julie Hyland, 15 July 2011
Last week’s admission that Britain’s Royal Air Force killed four civilians and injured two others in Afghanistan has highlighted the growing resort to remote-controlled “drones” as weapons of choice by the major powers.
By James Cogan, 13 July 2011
Defence department records released this week show that the Australian government covered up the torture committed by American forces at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison in late 2003.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 July 2011
The killing of Ahmed Wali Karzai, the Afghan president’s half brother, represents a serious blow to US strategy in the key southern province of Kandahar.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 July 2011
The latest civilian casualties come amid indications that the phased withdrawal of the US troops sent into Afghanistan as part of Barack Obama’s surge will mean an escalation of the bloodshed.
By James Cogan, 5 July 2011
The ICG report contradicts President Obama’s claim that the US-led occupation was in a “position of strength”.
By Alex Lantier, 1 July 2011
The June 28-29 attack by Afghan insurgents on the luxury Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul has again exposed the political isolation of the US occupation regime in Afghanistan.