Obama's Afghan strategy in tatters

The change of top military command in Afghanistan is not about personalities, writes Peter Manson

Last week’s sacking of general Stanley McChrystal signals the total failure of US strategy in Afghanistan. Barack Obama clearly no longer believes that the US can win and will not only push ahead with the winding down of the US presence in a year’s time. His new commander, general David Petraeus, will front some kind of exit strategy that will leave the US with bases but with Afghans killing Afghans, instead of Afghans killing Americans.

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Letters

Ultras; Pissing in wind; Swiss model; United action; Cuts war; Crazy agenda; Long time ago

Pension con job

Working life should end in material comfort, demands James Turley

Liberal Islamic AKP government at the crossroads

The AKP government milked the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara as much as it could, writes Esen Uslu. But this international posturing is an attempt to divert attention from its domestic crisis

Endlessly plundering the Earth

Fighting for a sustainable planet requires fighting for anti-capitalist revolution, argues Eddie Ford

Representation, not referendums

The basis of decision-making under the dictatorship of the proletariat is not the same as under communism, argues Mike Macnair

State propaganda day

Jim Gilbert looks at the establishment's 'non-political' mobilisation behind the Afghanistan war effort

Take note

Howard Roak points out that the political work of the SO can actually be fun

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