- Community radio struggling in hostile environment
Despite serious funding shortages - most are dependent on foreign donors - Solh is now one of 12 independent local radio stations in the country trying to promote freedom of expression and providing a voice to rural Afghans. Given the high percentage of illiteracy among women, radio offers one of the most powerful ways to reach and educate women
- Film Documents Alleged Massacre of 3,000 Taliban Prisoners in Afghanistan
Witnesses say that when the trucks arrived most of the people inside were dead. They also say US Special Forces re-directed the containers carrying the living and dead into the desert and stood by as survivors were shot and buried.
- Afghans Protest Shootings at U.S. Embassy
Angry Afghan demonstrators hurled stones at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Saturday to protest this week's shooting deaths of three Afghan soldiers by U.S. Marines.
- Afghans' uranium levels suggest US may have used new types of radioactive weapons
The UMRC says its team identified several hundred people suffering from illnesses and conditions similar to those of Gulf veterans, probably because they had inhaled uranium dust.
While we deplore the attacks on the USA and the deaths of thousands of people we are also aware that the 'retaliation' to this attack is designed to advance the control of the USA and other western powers over the people of the world
The tragedy of
Afghanistan is a tragic country. The Soviet-backed coup and subsequent invasion in 1979 ushered in more than two decades of brutal war. During the 1980's, the US supplied at least USD 32 billion  of military aid to the mujahadeen, the Islamic opposition to the Soviet regime
Terror and Madness
Terror has a long history in the service of counter-revolution, and will always work towards undermining the very foundations of a new, free, postcapitalist, society, or even one where forces of death, oppression and exploitation are significantly weakened
"Why do they
A small group of militants, hundreds or a few thousand, hated the U.S.A. so much that they spent years planning their attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. A New York anarchist looks at there motives as they related to US foreign policy.
The anarchist movement has a long tradition of fighting imperialism. This reaches back into the 1860s, and continues to the present day. From Cuba, to Egypt, to Ireland, to Macedonia, to Korea, to Algeria and Morocco, the anarchist movement has paid in blood for its opposition to imperial domination and control. (This article was translated into French as Pour une histoire de l'anti-impérialisme anarchiste)
Islam for Absolute Beginners
Roughly 1 in 5 of the world's population is muslim - that's over a billion people. Yet for all the talk about a global society with the telecommunication revolution bringing knowledge to the masses, what most westerners from christian backgrounds know about Islam can be written on the back of a small postage stamp
the Free Press
Why don't we have a media which attempts to be unbiased and objective? Why don't we have a media which presents all relevant information rather than selecting some information for prominent display and largely rejecting other information? Why don't we have a wider diversity of opinion in the media?
The key ingredients of success in building a successful anti-war movement are confidence in ordinary people's potential, solidarity with each other and a long-term view: we have not been able to prevent the first bombs falling, but over time we can reverse the dynamic and stop the war.
A successful anarchist revolution then, would result in society being organised by the free association and federation of workers (and peasants, in some countries), with decisions made directly by the people affected by them. A new era, of international solidarity, peace and co-operation is born.
Limbs of no body
An Iranian film maker on current conditions in Afghanistan and the social base of the Taliban. Long and very detailed but from a somewhat Iranian nationalist perspective
Afghanistan: Persistent crisis challenges the UN
Report for the UNHCR published August 1998
Academic Info: Afghanistan Studies
An archive of material
How can the US bomb this tragic people?
almost unbelievable preparations now under way for the most powerful nation ever to have existed on God's Earth to bomb the most devastated, ravaged, starvation-haunted and tragic country in the world
Silient Soldier: The Man behind the Afghan Jehad
"while this book is primarily written to make public the contribution of General Akhtar to the Afghan Jehad, nothing could have been achieved without the endeavours of the Mujahideen, their commanders, and their political leaders"
The bear trap: Afghanistan's Untold Story
"I was an infantry brigadier in the Pakistan Army when I was suddenly summoned to take over the Afghan Bureau of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)"
Afghanistan Crisis and Relevant Geopolitical
Written by Jamal Hasan in 1989,"In this essay I attempted to shed light on the dichotomies and fallacies of global power politics and their impact on the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan"
Crisis of Impunity
The Role of Pakistan, Russia, and Iran in Fueling the Civil War. Human Rights Watch on the regional imperialist rivalries behind the Afghan civil war.
Interview With Ahmed Rashid
Interview with the author of 'Taliban: Story of the Afghan Warlords' Made by Radio Netherlands.
Afghanistan: A People Adrift, A Country
A 1993 account of the pre-Taliban Afghan civil war.
The Crisis at Hand
PDF file of aid agencies information on the humanitarian crisis as of November 2001
US gave silent blessing to Taliban rise to power:
Suggesting that the U.S. Govt. encouraged the Saudi Arabian and Pakistani rulers to support the Taliban.
Osama Bin Laden: How the U.S. Helped Midwife a
an excerpt from the book "Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia"
Bush's Faustian Deal With the Taliban
Robert Scheer writing in the Los Angeles Times May 2001 warns "The Taliban may suddenly be the dream regime of our own war drug war zealots, but in the end this alliance will prove a costly failure"
Fundamentalists without a common cause
1998 article for Le Monde Diplomatique, looking at the relationship between the United States and the Arab volunteers fighting in Afghanistan in the 1980ies. Also deals with the tensions between Iran and the Taliban and what those arab volunteers went on to do in the1990ies as jihad went global.
An Afghan Tragedy
1999 article from Al-Ahram claiming that a friendly relationship originally existed between the U.S. Government and the Taliban.
ARAB VETERANS OF AFGHANISTAN WAR LEAD NEW ISLAMIC
Federation of American Scientists investigation into what America's cold war friends did after they graduated.
baseAmerica's Link to the Taliban / Reviving the Great Game
Two pieces from 1996 arguing that Pakistan and the U.S. promoted theTaliban as a force against Iran and Islamist terrorism.
America feels the pain of its own Stinger
1999 article on efforts by the C.I.A. to buy back the stinger surface to air missiles it supplied to Afghan Islamic fundamentalists in the 1980ies.
Frankenstein the C.I.A. created
"American officials estimate that, from 1985 to 1992, 12,500 foreigners were trained in bomb-making, sabotage and urban guerrilla warfare in Afghan camps the CIA helped to set up."
Iran slams U.S. and Pakistan as it ponders how to
tackle the Taleban challenge
The rival imperialist interests behind the warring factions in Afghanistan, also the1998 tensions between Iran and the Taliban.
Who are the Northern Alliance
Afghanistan Fact Sheet
U.S. Government Website on the natural resources of Central Asia and on the Afghan pipeline projects of American multi-national UNOCAL.
Testimony by John J. Maresca, VP, International
Relations, Unocal Corp
February 12, 1998 Mr. Maresca was George Bush Sr.'s Ambassador to Cyprus
The New Great Game - Guardian, March 5,
Looking at international competition for the potential profits represented by the oil and gas resources of Central Asia.
February 1999 UNOCAL statement
Unocal reiterates position on withdrawal from trans-Afghanistan pipeline project
March 2000 Business Recorder article
UNOCAL trying to re-enter Turkmen gas pipeline project
Pipe Dreams: Afghanistan's Coming Gas
An account of the potential for investment opportunities offered by a conquest of Afghanistan.
Afghanistan is key to Oil Profits.
Analysis from the Centre for Research on Globalisation. American foreign policy as the mailed fist of the corporate barons.
The oil behind Bush and Son's campaigns
'Asia Times' on the pipelines and on the energy resources of Afghanistan itself.
Missing the Oil story
According to this report it's not mentioned in the U.S. media but is a "hot topic" at elite dinner parties.
THE NEW "GREAT GAME": OIL POLITICS IN THE
CAUCASUS AND CENTRAL ASIA
Document from the Heritage Foundation, a Washington based 'right wing' think tank and lobby group.
US Interests in Central Asia
Testimony to the House of Representatives by author of above Heritage Foundation document.
Oil in the Caspian Region and Central Asia - the Political Risk
of the Great Game Continued
Contribution to a conference in the United States, published by the Danish Association for Research on the Caucasus . Extensive, informative and non-partisan.
The New Imperialism
From 'Asia Times', discusses how various pundits are promoting the notion of a re-introduction of colonialism on "failed states", and again the Afghan pipeline projects.
General: Capturing Bin Laden is not part of the
From 'USA Today'. General Tommy Frank surgically strikes his mouth with his foot . This is the U.S. General in command of ground operations in Afghanistan.
U.S. INTERESTS IN THE CENTRAL ASIAN
United States Congress hearing from 1998. Straight from the proverbial horses mouth.
Control of Central Asia's oil is the real
Article from the London 'Telegraph' says "the real game in Central Asia is control of the region's lucrative oil supply". Partly written by Ahmed Rashid now semi-famous for his book on this subject (re-published as 'Taliban: The story of the Afghan Warlords' and well worth reading).
Transcript of Current Affairs talk show from American T.V. in '97 on the Central Asia energy situation, with of JULIA NANAY of the Petroleum Finance Company and CHARLES WILLIAM MAYNES of the Eurasia Foundation.
Gas, Oil and Afghanistan.
Overview of the international competition surrounding the oil and gas reserves of Central Asia, with a nice map, lots of links and information about the links between top U.S. politicians and Big Oil.
This War is A Fraud.
Passionate article by John Pilger published in Britain's 'Daily Mirror'.
Reports and Analysis on imperialist competition in Central Asia, from official and academic sources.
The following are long detailed and in-depth studies which are well worth reading.
US Military Engagement with Transcausia and
Large PDF file from the U.S. Army detailing American imperialist interests in the former "Soviet" Union and proposing military intervention in those regions. Essential.
Russian Policy Towards Central Asia Part 1
Russian Policy Towards Central Asia Part 2
Report on Russian imperialism in Central Asia, from an Indian think tank.
Central Asia's New States: Political Developments
and Implications for U.S. Interests
Study from some branch of the American civil service that provides non-partisan reports for politicians.
The Geopolitics of Central Asia
Another long detailed report.
US policy toward Central Asia and the South
Study from a high ranking American military bureaucrat.
World History Archives: Contempory Political
History of Central Asia as a Whole
A selection of mostly Leninist essays on Central Asia in the 90s.
Big Brother dumped for 1$ Billion
Article from the Russian Press on America's new bases in Central Asia.
Uzbekistan sells itself for to Washington for $8
Another Russian media report concerning America's new proxies in Afghanistan and new influence in Central Asia.
U.S. Aircraft Carrier "Uzbekistan"
Bin Laden is not in Georgia!
Georgia, next target in the "war against terrorism" against a backdrop of American-Russian competition.
Profits: The Prize
If bombing Afghanistan is making a bad situation worse, why is it being done? Might the oil and gas of Central Asia have something to do with it.
A war against terrorism? A war for the people of Afghanistan? A war for security?
Hunger is a
Is the U.S. Government taking advantage of the famine conditions in Afghanistan? Why are the appeals for a pause in the bombing meeting deaf ears?