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Why can't Afghanistan be more like Sweden?

Why can't Afghanistan be more like Sweden?

If Osama bin Laden cannot be found, if the Taliban cannot be eliminated, if troops cannot be withdrawn, if victory cannot be declared, then western leaders must find a reason for soldiers to die.

By Simon Jenkins,, 20 October 2009
Cartoon by Leon Kuhn,

From Stop The War Coalition. Read On >>>



Interview with Malalai Joya

I have an interview with Malalai Joya about Afghanistan and US/NATO policies at Foreign Policy in Focus:
Julien Mercille

There are currently more than 100,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan, about 65,000 of which are American. U.S. General Stanley McChrystal is asking for more, perhaps as many as 45,000 soldiers. However, there is rising opposition to the war in the United States and several NATO countries. The Taliban now have a permanent presence in 80% of Afghanistan, up from 72% in November 2008, and are spreading their influence to the north. The recent elections have been marred by fraud, and it is still unclear how and when the problems will be resolved. Obama has a lot on his plate and hears many conflicting voices on what should be done. But what do Afghans actually think?

Malalai Joya is Afghanistan's youngest member of parliament, well known for openly challenging the US/NATO, warlords, and the Taliban. She spent her childhood in refugee camps in Iran and Pakistan, and returned to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan in the late 1990s, where she worked for underground organizations helping women. Read on >>>

Candlelit Vigil for the Miami 5

12/10/2009 - 17:30
12/10/2009 - 19:30

We call on all supporters of the Miami Five to join us in a candle-lit vigil outside the American Embassy at 5.30 to 7.30pm on 12th October 2009. 


In June 2008, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled that the sentences given to Ramon, Antonio and Fernando were imposed incorrectly and agreed to return them to the original biased Miami court for reconsideration of their sentences before the same vindictive judge.   


"Nobel Peace Prize appears to be a bad joke."

Brian Cowen congratulated President Barack Obama on behalf of the Irish people on winning the Nobel Peace Prize. However, Galway Alliance Against War along with the Galway Palestine Childrens Fund plus many other people around the world are livid at the award. Press and media are in fact shocked. Why has he been awarded this prize? Obama joins former winners Henry Kissenger and Menachan Beagan- no wonder the whole Nobel Peace Prize appears to be a bad joke.

On 7th October a legal case was filed at the Spanish Audiencia Nacional against the United States president for commissioning, condoning /perpetuating multiple war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in Iraq - this did not receive international media attention.

The US leader’s effort to strengthen international diplomacy is acknowledged, but how much substance does it contain?
Obama’s willingness to talk with leaders of Iran and Syria appeared progressive, yet he has extended sanctions against both countries.
His declaration to pursue a worldwide reduction of nuclear weapons and decision to end the Eastern European missile defence system are welcome, yet Obama is supporting Israel’s 200 nuclear warheads while repeatedly raising the threat against unconfirmed Iranian nuclear plans.

Richard Boyd Barrett Speaks Against Lisbon

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