Archive for October, 2007

Afghanistan: Everything we know is wrong

Friday, October 19th, 2007

There are some things we just know.
For example, we all know that the US-led mission to Afghanistan has been a complete failure. The Taliban is resurgent and more popular than ever. The government headed up by Hamid Karzai has no support among the population. The Afghan army is a joke. Ask any Afghan and they’ll tell you that the sooner the foreign troops leave the country, the better.
These are the things that we know – and yet they are completely wrong.


A 21st Century Free Speech Fight

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Several months ago, I was approached by a friend with a request that LabourStart launch an online campaign in support of local care home workers in the area where I live – north London, England.
“We don’t do local,” I said. LabourStart specializes in global campaigns in support of workers’ rights around the globe. A local campaign in support of a couple of hundred workers was out of the question.