Washington’s Twenty-First-Century Opium Wars

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by Alfred W. McCoy After fighting the longest war in its history, the United States stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How can this be possible? How could the world’s sole superpower have battled continuously for 15 years,… Continue Reading  

Afghan Army Now Ready … to Lose to the Taliban

Afghan National Army (ANA) cadets practice drills on the parade grounds at the Afghan National Defense University in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 7, 2013. The university trained future ANA officers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dustin Payne/Released)

by Charles Knight One need not be prophetic to sense a bad outcome for the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Almost nothing has gone by plan since the Bush administration joined forces with the Northern Alliance in 2001 to kick the… Continue Reading  

There’s a Glaring Omission in the Economist’s Special Report on Iran

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by Jahandad Memarian According to a recent special report on Iran in The Economist: “The revolution is over.” The article concludes by suggesting that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s approach to the country’s controversial nuclear program and international relations is a departure… Continue Reading