Last update 12:10 - 10.1.2008
Afghanistan: false success

Over 90% of the thousands of “Taliban” US General Petraeus claimed captured in SOF night-time raids turn out to be innocent civilians

Every superpower tends to produce a culture that becomes global. Will that be true for China as well?

While most Serbs who fled the 1995 offensive in Croatia have built new lives, more than 300 others are still stuck in a refugee camp on the outskirts of Belgrade

A new social security law will make China a little more like the West and apply to foreigners as well. But we’re already complaining about it

Spratly, Senkaku, Kurile: a mega-game between superpowers and mini players

New proof of secret agreements with the USA that contradict with the pacifist principles of Eisaku Sato

A video documenting labour rights abuses at Foxconn’s plants in Chengdu, a factory exclusively producing for Apple

Horrifying new images of the atrocities committed by the regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa during the final phase of the war against Tamil separatists

More than three million children forced to work. Awareness and concrete action needed for pressing and complex social problem

Israeli restrictions on aid to Palestinians cost agencies $4.5 million a year

Shanghai freezes property loans. A brief red-light for an economy on the gallop

A new political movement to fit a new political scenario, in which the Basque left tenaciously continues its search for a peaceful solution

The new National Defence Programme: moving from a Cold War to an anti-China mood

A new pension reform: men will become eligible for retirement at the age of 58, instead of the previous 66, and women and miners will be eligible at 56

Groups with paramilitary links pull out all the stops to evict Zapatista communities from their lands in a low-intensity but ongoing conflict

Abdullah is a very old Afghan man hospitalised at the Emergency Hospital in Lashkargah. Having spent most of his life skirting around the edges of warfare, he had finally collided directly with it

Congress has voted to remove the legal bulwarks protecting the Amazon rain forest from stripping by livestock farmers and large property owners

Campaign aims to collect one million signatures and create fact-finding commission for the events of 1991-2001

Thanos, a protester in Syntagma Square, explains why austerity measures have been met with violence

One of the Freedom Flotilla’s coordinators, Maria Elena Delia tells us about the waiting game in Athens

Restored boat will be transformed into floating clinic to bring help to people in remote villages

Reserves in New South Wales are the key to new global energy strategies

The Obama administration and Monsanto want to extend planting of GE crops to wildlife refuges

An interview with Professor Rodney Barker. “The violence is affecting working class neighborhoods, destroying the very places people in need depend on.”

VIDEO. Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich said he could explain the problems with the economy in less than 2 minutes, 15 seconds—and he did it (from MoveOn)

Interview with the acclaimed Serbian graphic journalist, guest of the Komikazen Festival

In Nairobi, mining ministers from eleven African states have signed an agreement on ending “the raw materials war”. A conduct code for companies that trading in “high risk” minerals.

Ex anti-terrorism director: “George Tenet concealed information about two of the hijackers that could have helped us stop the attack on the Pentagon”

It looks like a teabag, but it turns dirty water into drinking water

China’s economic model is creating opportunities for the Global South. But the Dragon still has a lot to learn

Tajikistan, the poorest of the five ex-Soviet republics in Central Asia, is slowly turning into a Chinese colony

The decision has been taken: the famous trans-Afghanistan pipeline - the goal behind US support of the Taliban movement in the 1990s and also (according to many people) the real reason for the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 - will be completed by 2014.

The Pentagon is increasingly relying on Central Asia as a supply route for its troops in Afghanistan: a strategy that risks destabilising the region.
Good news: Things like this also happen in Afghanistan. 

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