Bonn 0 + Iran
With empty chairs for both Pakistan and the Taliban, two major stakeholders in Afghanistan's future stability, the much-anticipated Bonn II conference in Germany might as well be called Bonn 0.
For sure the two-day conference that began on Monday and wrapped day one with a communique promising sustained international support for the war-ravaged, ethnically fragmented country that has been under foreign troop occupation for the past 10 years, was impressive in terms of the number of delegates (over 1,000) from some 110 nations and international organizations.
Afghanistan: A Necessary War?
The broadcast is online in English and German versions:
With Malalai Joya, civil rights activist and former member of the Afghan parliament, Afghanistan
Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies, Washington D.C.
The broadcast has two parts:
1. Malalai Joya:
War crimes by US- and NATO-troops / Afghans live like in hell
2. Phyllis Bennis:
One billion dollars for war in spite of poverty and huge deficit in the US
Losing in Afghaistan:
Last week, the House of Representatives voted 215-210 for $33 billion to fund Barack Obama’s troop increase in Afghanistan. But there was considerable opposition to giving the President a blank check. One hundred sixty-two House members supported an amendment that would have tied the funding to a withdrawal timetable. One hundred members voted for another amendment that would have rejected the $33 billion for the 30,000 new troops already on their way to Afghanistan; that amendment would have required that the money be spent to redeploy our troops out of Afghanistan. Democrats voting for the second amendment included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and nine Republicans. Both amendments failed to pass.
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Die unaufhaltsame Illusion
Dieser Krieg ist nicht zu gewinnen – alles andere ist eine Illusion – eine „unaufhaltsame“ Illusion der Politiker und hohen Militärs, wie Rory Stewart, ein ehemaliger britischer Offizier und Provinzverwalter im Irak, in einem längeren Aufsatz überzeugend darleg.
[ Aufsatz ]
is a ground-breaking, full-length documentary focusing on the key issues surrounding this war. By releasing this film in parts for free online, we are able to stay on top of news of the war as it continues to unfold. We strive for more discussion among experts on Afghanistan, like the debates seen below released in conjunction with our documentary campaign.