At a time when there is much talk of US troops withdrawal from Afghanistan, Abhishek Srivastava tries to understand the definition of 'peace' in a highly volatile and trigger-happy context.
The war which was started on fictitious evidence of Iraq possessing Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) destroyed the life of ordinary Iraqi. Even going by the official figures in last seven years of American occupation some 70,000 Iraqis are killed. The secular fabric of Iraqi society was purposely smashed which resulted into ethnic conflicts and presently it is the hurdle for peace and tranquillity.
The rejuvenation of jihadi forces in Pakistan and Afghanistan, its traditional backers in the Pakistani Army and the changed emphasis of the US vis-a-vis these forces, points to the failure of the Indian reliance on the "Am-Pak" strategy - using US leverage to take on terror directed at India, from within Pakistan.
"Apparently, the US strategy from the beginning, was to play along with the coup plotters' strategy in a case of running with the "we are against the coup" hare and hunting with the "don't let Honduras turn left" hound."
Extract from a short article on the (Barack) Obama administration's role in Honduras and Afghanistan.
UPDATE - A Real News Network Production exposing the fraudulent claims of participation in the Honduran "elections" -
From a country that had a stable, socialist and secular government which delivered for the people even two decades ago, Afghanistan now resembles a laboratory of infinite carnage presided over by neocolonial terror-technology. Imperialisms in retreat always inflict terrible blows on subject populations. The half-starved and maimed people of Afghanistan are a testimony to this.
''Despite the fact that 300 women protestors in Kabul faced with more than a 1000 counter protestors who throw stones at them and called them " dog" and spat at them, despite the fact that the Iranian women who demand change to the discriminatory laws in Iran are facing arrest and detention, despite the fact that their websites being filtered, papers being banned, and their safety and security is fragile, the movements for rights and dignity, for equity and equality, keep moving forward and gaining more strength''. -Elahe Amani writes for Pragoti
For those who believe that one can effectively fight and defeat the Taliban by aligning with this destructive troika live in a fool's paradise,writes Ammar Ali Jan.
Current developments in the three-way equations involving the United States, Pakistan and India highlight that for the foreseeable future, they would need to factor in a “sleeping partner” — Afghanistan. India, in particular, needs to be cognisant of this strange coupling. Retired Indian Foreign Service official MK Bhadrakumar writes in The Hindu.
A "People's Democracy" editorial which demands India to stop dovetailing its Afghan policy to the strategic interests of the US and NATO.
Robert Fisk's report on the state of affairs in Afghanistan.
Robert Fisk,writing from Afghanistan, reflects on a failed state informed by the 'open market' and cursed by brutal fundamentalism and rampant corruption.