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Carlyle, Gabriel

One war

On 3 May, more than 100 Afghan civilians were killed during airstrikes on the villages of Gerani, Gangabad and Koujaha in Farah province, western Afghanistan.

Obama's escalation

British commentators have been greatly impressed by Obama’s “new” strategy for the wars in Afghanistan/Pakistan (unveiled on 27 March, after PN2508 went to press), with the Independent’s l

Drones "kill 687 Pakistani civilians"

On 10 April 2009, Pakistan’s second-largest English-language newspaper (circulation 140,000), the News International, cited figures on US drone attacks “compiled by the Pakistani authoriti

US-UK state terror in Pakistan

While newspapers and politicians fulminate against the terrorist threat to Britain that supposedly emanates from Pakistan, few British commentators have even noticed the large-scale state

Obama escalates two wars

US president Barack Obama came to power promising both to talk to his enemies and to “finish the job” in Afghanistan (a phrase he used while visiting Kabul in July 2008).

In other news...

Obama’s Guantanamo

Robert McChesney, 'Communication Revolution: Critical Junctures and the Future of the Media'

New Press, 2007: ISBN 978-1595584137; 301pp; £13.99


Election fraudsters

Confronted with evidence of wide-ranging fraud on his behalf in Afghanistan’s recent presidential election, Hamid Karzai told Le Figaro: “There was fraud in 2004, and there is today, and t

Afghans reject US escalation and demand negotiated solution to the war

A recent poll in Afghanistan has found a majority condemning Western airstrikes in the country, and calling for a negotiated settlement with the Taliban.

Why is Britain in Afghanistan?

“Are you really asking me this goddamn silly question?” – Walt Rostow, National Security Adviser to Lyndon Johnson