Must read for Friday, June 30, 2017

Must read for Friday, June 30, 2017

I'm going to ask you to read this, by Major Danny Sjursen, U.S. Army, in TomDispatch. As I hope readers have figured out by now, I see absolutely no case for a U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. Neither does Major Sjursen. Do read, but I'll just...

‘Before my brother died, I had dreams’: the Kabul attack that unravelled a family ‘Before my brother died, I had dreams’: the Kabul attack that unravelled a family The female journalists defying taboos and braving death threats in Afghanistan | Sune Engel Rasmussen 'I am a criminal. What is my crime?': the human toll of abortion in Afghanistan

‘Before my brother died, I had dreams’: the Kabul attack that unravelled a family ‘Before my brother died, I had dreams’: the Kabul attack that unravelled a family The female journalists defying taboos and braving death threats in Afghanistan | Sune Engel Rasmussen 'I am a criminal. What is my crime?': the human toll of abortion in Afghanistan

As an only son, Hossein Panahi was his family’s sole provider. He supplied his sisters with clothes, his ailing parents with food and medicine, and built them all a house to live in. His salary meant his two older sisters did not have to marry young...

Chelsea Manning leaks had no strategic impact on US war efforts, Pentagon finds Chelsea Manning leaks had no strategic impact on US war efforts, Pentagon finds Chelsea Manning prepares for freedom: 'I want to breathe the warm spring air'

Chelsea Manning leaks had no strategic impact on US war efforts, Pentagon finds Chelsea Manning leaks had no strategic impact on US war efforts, Pentagon finds Chelsea Manning prepares for freedom: 'I want to breathe the warm spring air'

The publication of hundreds of thousands of secret US documents leaked by the Aarmy soldier in 2010 had no strategic impact on the American war efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, a newly released Pentagon analysis concluded. The main finding of the Dep...

One Afghan killed and seven US troops wounded in attack on base – US military One Afghan killed and seven US troops wounded in attack on base – US military US sending almost 4,000 extra forces to Afghanistan, Trump official says

One Afghan killed and seven US troops wounded in attack on base – US military One Afghan killed and seven US troops wounded in attack on base – US military US sending almost 4,000 extra forces to Afghanistan, Trump official says

Seven American soldiers were wounded and one Afghan soldier was killed in a shooting at a base in northern on Saturday, a US military official said. US sending almost 4,000 extra forces to Afghanistan, Trump official says Read more The spokesman for...

Ramadan on the Afghan frontline: after heavy fighting, hunger and boredom Ramadan on the Afghan frontline: after heavy fighting, hunger and boredom We foreigners in Kabul marvel at Afghan 'resilience'. But they have no other choice | Sune Engel Rasmussen What is fuelling Islamic State's wave of Ramadan violence?

Ramadan on the Afghan frontline: after heavy fighting, hunger and boredom Ramadan on the Afghan frontline: after heavy fighting, hunger and boredom We foreigners in Kabul marvel at Afghan 'resilience'. But they have no other choice | Sune Engel Rasmussen What is fuelling Islamic State's wave of Ramadan violence?

For most of his adult life, Juma Khan, a husky Afghan policeman, enjoyed breaking the fast with his family after returning home from duty. The evening Ramadan dinner, called iftar, is a moment shared not just by families but by the entire country: at...

Football club that ‘saved’ disconnected refugees needs fundraising win Football club that ‘saved’ disconnected refugees needs fundraising win 'We have nothing to live for': anguish of family split by detention system The Messenger podcast wins top honour at international radio awards

Football club that ‘saved’ disconnected refugees needs fundraising win Football club that ‘saved’ disconnected refugees needs fundraising win 'We have nothing to live for': anguish of family split by detention system The Messenger podcast wins top honour at international radio awards

When Zakarya Shojaie was released from immigration detention in 2012, he went straight to Dandenong. “I had a friend in the detention centre, he said he heard about Afghanis, they live in Dandenong in ,” Shojaie said. 'We have nothing to live for': a...