Endless battle for power in Afghanistan Pakistani support Pakistan has been under pressure from Kabul and Washington to stop offering safe havens to militants blamed for attacks in Afghanistan, a charge Islamabad denies and insists that its influence over the insurgents has been exaggerated. Kabul and Islamabad regularly trade accusations of harboring the other country's militants and the harsh language has underscored the strains between them. … [Read more...] about Direct talks with Taliban: ‘US exploring all avenues,’ State Department tells DW
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A 2009 report prepared by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction noted officials had raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest because of Cheney's former position with Halliburton, but that "White House officials said the mission took priority over whatever political fallout might occur" from awarding contracts to KBR. … [Read more...] about The Iraq War, private military contractors and ‘dividing the spoils’ – was this the Deep State in action?
'This forced the pilot to make a forced wheels-up landing on the beach just ouside the perimeter of the airfield. No injuries were reported by either Sgt A.W. Burborough or his navigator. The aircraft was deemed a total write-off and the wreck is still visible today.' … [Read more...] about Dog walkers find wreckage of WWII RAF fighter plane on Cleethorpes beach where it’s been buried under the sand for 76 YEARS after crashing when its engines failed in 1944 shortly after take-off
Garcia became a one-man consumer culture, lending his name to a brand of ice cream, Cherry Garcia, and reinvented himself as a designer. More than a million Jerry Garcia neckties have been sold in the United States, a Beverly Hills hotel suite was reshaped by the guitarist and he had a range of sports shirts, cummerbunds and wool rugs from Nepal. … [Read more...] about From the archive, 10 August 1995: Jerry Garcia dies in clinic
With the advent of the third way in the 1990s, it became fashionable in some quarters to declare that the adversarial model of politics was now obsolete – so categories of right and left were no longer needed. But even the champions of a post-political consensus cannot avoid drawing a frontier between themselves and their rivals. Since they refuse to draw it in an adversarial way, they create a moral divide, which does not permit a true agonistic debate. Tony Blair pitted the modernisers against the traditionalists; for Emmanuel Macron, the frontier is between the progressives and the conservatives. … [Read more...] about Centrist politics will not defeat Boris Johnson’s rightwing populism