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25 August 2021

Afghanistan in crisis:

A colossal failure of western capitalism: After two decades of military occupation and trillions of dollars spent by western governments, millions of Afghans are now back to where they were in 2001 - under the brutal rule of the Taliban.

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25 August 2021

Afghanistan: The Taliban takeover - what are the lessons for the workers' movement internationally

On Sunday 15 August, Taliban militiamen, packed onto their trademark pick-up trucks, drove unopposed into Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, ousting the US-backed government of Ashraf Ghani.

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17 August 2021

Kabul falls: A devastating blow to the US and Western imperialism

Afghans' suffering continues under Taliban

On Sunday 15 August, the Taliban reached the capital of Kabul, forcing the US-backed government of Ashraf Ghani from power. Thousands of residents tried desperately to board planes to flee the hard-line Islamic force.

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28 July 2021

In brief: News, reports & analysis from the CWI

The following short extracts are from recent articles posted on the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) website.

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25 November 2015

Bombing Syria won't stop Isis

While Cameron's plan to bombard Isis can weaken it, it cannot remove it completely; and extending Britain's military action from Iraq to Syria will make terrorist attacks on British targets more likely.

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5 August 2015

Hiroshima - 70 years on

Can a future nuclear conflict be avoided?: Seventy years ago, on 6 August 1945, a single bomb dropped by a US bomber on the Japanese city of Hiroshima killed between 90,000 and 166,000 men, women and children.

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18 February 2015

Decades of disastrous and bloody interventions

Review - Bitter Lake: Why do the mass media and politicians tell "stories" about Western foreign policy which are "increasingly unconvincing and hollow"? To answer this, film-maker Adam Curtis examines the western "narrative" through the "prism of Afghanistan"

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12 November 2014

Afghanistan war: A legacy of destruction

British combat troops were finally pulled out of Camp Bastion on 27 October

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Drone Warfare by Medea Benjamin

Drone Warfare by Medea Benjamin

26 June 2013

Deadly long distance weapons of war

Geoff Jones reviews Drone Warfare by Medea Benjamin (Verso Books, 2013)


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Lincoln Socialist Party protests against war and occupation, photo by Lincoln Socialist Party

26 September 2012

Afghanistan war: end this 'pointless waste of life'

The Afghanistan war has been a "pointless waste of lives and not worth the billions of pounds it has cost since it started eleven years ago" think 78% of the people in a new poll by the Mirror

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Demonstrating against war in Afghanistan, photo A Hill

Demonstrating against war in Afghanistan, photo A Hill

17 November 2010

Afghanistan: Withdraw the troops now!

The Nato onslaught on Afghanistan is now in its tenth year. Ten years of horrific brutality inflicted on those who have fought against the invasion and on many thousands of civilians in the areas under...

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4 August 2010

Afghanistan: US strategy in disarray

The concerted might of the strongest and largest military force in the world, that of the US, is failing to defeat the disparate and crudely equipped Taliban militias in one of the poorest countries of the world...

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Youth Fight for jobs demonstrate against war, terror and racism

Youth Fight for jobs demonstrate against war, terror and racism

30 June 2010

Western strategy on Afghanistan in tatters

ANOTHER GRISLY milestone has been reached in Afghanistan: over 300 British soldiers have now died, since the war began in 2001. The average age of those killed is 22.

No such records are kept of civilian deaths in Afghanistan. It is estimated that thousands of Afghan civilians have been directly killed due to military action, including use of air strikes by the US forces, writes Niall Mulholland.

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Former Prime Minister Tony Blair as Pinocchio - cartoon by Alan hardman

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair as Pinocchio - cartoon by Alan hardman

3 February 2010

Taliban insurgency, poverty and corruption Brown's Afghan crisis deepens

WITH THE body count of UK troops at over 250 and with a general election looming, Gordon Brown is desperate for an exit strategy from Afghanistan, writes Dave Carr.

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Stop the War Coalition demonstration October 2009, photo Bob Severn

Stop the War Coalition demonstration October 2009, photo Bob Severn

9 December 2009

End the war in Afghanistan

THE OCCUPATION of Afghanistan has lasted eight years; it has cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, writes Ken Douglas.

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Anti-war demo October 2009, photo Bob Severn

Anti-war demo October 2009, photo Bob Severn

24 November 2009

Afghanistan: Brown and Obama scrabbling for an exit strategy

THE CORONATION of Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai offers no solution to the long suffering workers and poor peasants of Afghanistan, writes Nick Chaffey.

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3 November 2009

Pakistan - New wave of terrorism as the guerrilla war escalates

In recent weeks attacks carried out by Taliban fighters and a new ground offensive by the Pakistani government in the Waziristan region on the Afghan border, have deepened Pakistan's social, political and ethnic fault lines...

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22 September 2009

Afghanistan: an unwinnable war

THE US and NATO's top military chief in Afghanistan has told his political bosses that western forces will fail there unless there is a change in policy...

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26 August 2009

Afghanistan: Withdraw foreign troops

Demonstrate

Saturday 24 October, Central London

Called by Stop the War Coalition, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and British Muslim Institute


The August presidential elections in Afghanistan will bring no relief to the Afghan people. A similar government to the previous one is the expected outcome, with even less room to make meagre concessions...

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12 August 2009

Afghanistan: 40 years of failure?

FACED WITH a mounting death toll of civilians and military forces and Nato's failure to build a democratic state, the incoming head of the British Army says that British troops may have to stay in Afghanistan for 40 years...

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