America’s War on Terror is the True Cause of Europe’s Refugee Crisis – CounterPunch.org

Desperate refugees crammed into cockle-shell boats landing on the shingle beaches of the south Kent coast are easily portrayed as invaders. Anti-immigrant demonstrators were exploiting such fears last weekend as they blockaded the main highway into Dover Port in order “to protect Britain’s borders”. Meanwhile, the home secretary, Priti Patel, blames the French for not doing enough to stop the flow of refugees across the Channel. More Source: America’s War…Continue reading America’s War on Terror is the True Cause of Europe’s Refugee Crisis – CounterPunch.org

War in Afghanistan in 2020: Just as much violence, but no one wants to talk about it – Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

As memories of the relative peace of the Eid ul-Adha ceasefire fade and direct talks between the government and the Taleban should be about to begin, it seems a good time to look again at what has been happening in the conflict since the United States and the Taleban signed their agreement on 29 February. […] Source: War in Afghanistan in 2020: Just as much violence, but no one wants…Continue reading War in Afghanistan in 2020: Just as much violence, but no one wants to talk about it – Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Australia: Willing Pawn in US Struggle with China – TheAltWorld

News headlines declare, “Australia’s new defence strategy unveils a significant strategic shift in foreign policy to meet new threats from China,” “China the unspoken threat at centre of new defence strategy,” and “Australia to buy ship-killing missiles and shift focus to Indo-Pacific” to “to protect overseas forces, allies and the mainland against rising threats including China.” Source: Australia: Willing Pawn in US Struggle with China – TheAltWorld

How the House Armed Services Committee, in the Middle of a Pandemic, Approved a Huge Military Budget and More War in Afghanistan

The least-discussed congressional proceedings are often the most consequential — and almost always bipartisan. While the country is subsumed by both public health and an unemployment crisis, and is separately focused on a sustained protest movement against police abuses, a massive $740.5 billion military spending package was approved last week by the Democratic-controlled House Armed Services Committee.