Afghanistan
Guantanamo bay and the legacy of global “War on Terror”

The failure of the successive governments in the US to shut Gitmo in which the majority of the detainees, past and present, were never charged with any crime formally, even after spending years in prison and suffering inhuman acts of torture, exposes their complete disregard to human rights.

US troops in Syria. Calls for end of US military intervention in Syria grow louder

Iran, Iraq and Russia have raised the issue at the ongoing UN General Assembly session, while some representatives in the US Congress have proposed an amendment in the annual defense spending bill. If passed, it will stop all funding for US military operations in Syria   

Climate crisis and vaccine inequity on the agenda for UNGA meeting and other stories

Today we look at the start of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, assassinations of social leaders and Indigenous people in Colombia, and more

76th session of the UN General Assembly begins in New York; focus on climate change and vaccine equity 

Secretary General Antonio Guterres asked rich countries to deliver on their promise to provide USD 100 billion annually to help developing countries in their fight against climate change

20 years of ‘war on terror’ have caused nearly a million deaths, says report

The overall estimate of the monetary cost of the war goes beyond USD 8 trillion by the US alone. Its allies, including the UK, Australia, and Germany, would have spent a greater amount collectively

Several civilians, including children, killed in US drone attack on Kabul 

The drone targeted a car which was reportedly being loaded with explosives to attack the Kabul airport. While US sources claimed that the civilian casualties were due to secondary explosions, residents of the area have disputed this

Sporadic protests break out in Afghanistan on independence day

Amidst the news that millions in Afghanistan face the risk of severe hunger, the IMF  suspended the country’s access to its resources, citing a lack of clarity on the government. The US has already blocked Afghan assets worth billions since the Taliban took over

UN calls for a united, inclusive and representative new government in Afghanistan  

The Taliban issued a general amnesty to all government employees on Tuesday. It also promised the formation of a new government soon

Anti-war and rights groups demand end to “unlawful” US airstrikes and drone attacks

A letter signed by 113 groups reminded Joe Biden of his promise to end forever wars and center the protection of human rights in his foreign policy, an assurance he has given repeatedly since assuming presidency in January

US orders its staff to leave embassy in Kabul fearing rise in violence

The Joe Biden administration has decided to withdraw all remaining US troops from Afghanistan by September 11. However, reports indicate a number of US personnel could remain in different capacities, along with mercenaries

Almost everything Biden said about ending the Afghanistan War was a lie

While Americans hailed the announcement that the US would withdraw troops from Afghanistan after nearly two decades of war, President Biden left out the most important details about the war and how it will in fact continue.

Diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks helped CIA torture victim get justice

Wikileaks strengthened the case of Khalid El-Masri in the European Human Rights Court which handed first ever punishment to CIA operatives involved in rendition in 2012.

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