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

‘We Will Coup Whoever We Want’: Elon Musk and the Overthrow of Democracy in Bolivia – CounterPunch.org

On July 24, 2020, Tesla’s Elon Musk wrote on Twitter that a second U.S. “government stimulus package is not in the best interests of the people.” Someone responded to Musk soon after, “You know what wasn’t in the best interest of people? The U.S. government organizing a coup against Evo Morales in Bolivia so you could obtain the lithium there.” Musk then wrote: “We will coup whoever we want! Deal…Continue reading ‘We Will Coup Whoever We Want’: Elon Musk and the Overthrow of Democracy in Bolivia – CounterPunch.org

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 Fascists Won World War II – CounterPunch.org

Come you masters of war You that build the big guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks –“Masters of War,” Bob Dylan This is a mystery story. More Source: How the Fascists Won World War II – CounterPunch.org

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.