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The Afghan Toll

by JBB — last modified May 29, 2017 06:24 PM
by Vijay Prashad | CounterPunch | It is unlikely that even an increase of 5,000 U.S. troops will have an impact on the Taliban’s rush towards Kabul. The style of U.S. warfare is likely to increase civilian casualties, and the deterioration of the Afghan National Army will not raise the population’s confidence. The Taliban, which had been delegitimised for its cruel rule 20 years ago, has now positioned itself once more as the only viable force to bring stability to the country. The reality of this is clear to many in U.S. intelligence. The return of the Taliban would be a major blow to U.S. prestige, the worst U.S. military defeat since Vietnam. Every contingency will be taken to prevent that outcome, even the destruction of Afghanistan.

Patrick Cockburn: We Know What Inspired the Manchester Attack, We Just Won’t Admit It | Counter Punch

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified May 29, 2017 01:37 PM
"The culpability of Western governments for terrorist attacks on their own citizens is glaring but is seldom even referred to. Leaders want to have a political and commercial alliance with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf oil states. They have never held them to account for supporting a repressive and sectarian ideology which is likely to have inspired Salman Abedi."

Paris Mayor to Ban 1st Afro-Feminist Fest on Far-Right Claims | teleSUR

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified May 29, 2017 12:08 PM
"Organized by the afro-feminist collective Mwasi, founded in 2014, the festival planned for July was organized in four venues — three of them exclusively for Black women, Black people and racialized women (defined as women experiencing the racist hegemony), while the fourth one would be open to everyone. Only the public event is to take place in a venue owned by the city of Paris in the 11th district, thus the organizers said the mayor has no jurisdiction over the other events."

Ontario Liberals to unveil sweeping labour reforms Tuesday | The Toronto Star

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified May 29, 2017 11:51 AM
"Although the Liberals plan to reduce the barriers to unionization in many sectors, they are unlikely to ban replacement “scab” workers as the NDP briefly did while in office a quarter-century ago. ... The labour minister strongly favours unions signing up members using card-based certification, which reduces the risk of workers being intimidated by their bosses into not joining a guild."
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