The scenes out of Afghanistan are heartbreaking. It took only a matter of days for the Taliban to take the capital city of Kabul after 20 years of U.S. invasion and occupation. Now that President Biden has made the decision to end the U.S. military involvement, but carried it out in such a reckless fashion, we still have a tremendous responsibility to the Afghan people. Thousands are fleeing Afghanistan to neighboring countries and others have flooded the Kabul airport, which is now an epicenter of panic, desperation, and sadness. Please use the resources below to learn, stay informed and take action in solidarity with Afghanistan
- Join Ann Wright's letter to Blinken to keep the US Embassy in Kabul open & increase humanitarian aid for Afghans!
- Hold Biden, Blinken and the U.S. Accountable for Afghanistan!
- Tell your Senators to Support the National Security Powers Act!
- Demand your Rep. support Barbara Lee's bill to cut the Pentagon budget!
Where to Donate:
Voices to Follow:
- Ann Wright, Retired Colonel, CODEPINK & Veterans for Peace
- Ariel Gold, Co-Director of CODEPINK & U.S. Middle East Foreign Policy Expert
- Medea Benjamin, Co-Founder of CODEPINK
- Jodie Evans, Co-Founder of CODEPINK
- Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies
- Sonali Kolhatkar, Rising Up with Sonali, Yes Magazine
- Matthew Hoh, Former Marine, Center for International Policy
- Vijay Prashad, Author, Director of Tricontinental
- BreakThrough News
Organizations to Follow:
- "Afghan Crisis Must End America’s Empire of War, Corruption and Poverty", Medea Benjamin & Nicolas Davies, Common Dreams
- "Washington's War in Afghanistan is Over: What Happen's Now?", Phyllis Bennis, The Nation
- "Surrender or Withdrawal? The Kabul Contradiction Nobody Will Talk About", Ryan Grim, Bad News
- "Afghan Activist: George W. Bush’s Claim U.S. War in Afghanistan Protected Women Is a 'Shameless Lie'", Democracy Now
- "Costs of Afghan Civilians", Costs of War, Brown University Watson Institute
- "U.S. Costs to Date for the War in Afghanistan", Costs of War, Brown University Watson Institute
- "Afghanistan's Tragedy", Valentine Moghadam, Against the Current
- "U.S. Geopolitics: Afghanistan and the Containment of China", Joseph Fallon, Small Wars Journal
- "Afghanistan: Hidden Voices from a Forgotten War", Maya Evans, Afghanistan Peace Project
- "Reckoning and Reparations in Afghanistan", Kathy Kelly, The Progressive Magazine
- "The Return of the Taliban 20 Years Later", Vijay Prashad, People's Dispatch
- "Create Two, Three, Many Saigons", Vijay Prashad, Tricontinental
- "How the War On Terror Became America’s First 'Feminist' War", Rafia Zakaria, Literary Hub
- "Will Americans who were Right on Afghanistan Still be Ignored?", Medea Benjamin & Nicolas Davies, CODEPINK
- "How the Taliban Chased the West out of Afghanistan", Vijay Prashad, People's Dispatch
- "The U.S. War in Afghanistan is Over - But the War on Terror Continues", Chris Megerian, LA Times
- "Ass-Kicking in Afghanistan Offers Opportunity to Reorient U.S. Foreign Policy—Or Will it Just Be Another Groundhog Day?", Ed Rampell, CovertAction Magazine
Listen & Watch:
- Jodie Evans & Vijay Prashad: The U.S.'s forever Wars from Afghanistan to China, Webinar, CODEPINK
- Afghanistan: Who's to Blame & What's Next?, Webinar, CODEPINK
- Ann Wright Interview, RT
- Ann Wright Interview, Democracy Now!
- Ann Wright, Vijay Prashad & Jon Shwarz, Rumble with Michael Moore
- Matthew Hoh Interview, Democracy Now!
- Kathy Kelly & Medea Benjamin Interview, The Indypendent
- "Afghanistan War Is 'Cash Cow' for Pentagon. Biden Must End 'Delusional' China Rivalry", Medea Benjamin, Democracy Now!
- Ann Wright Interview, (1:34:50) "The Freedom Side", BreakThrough News
- Proof that Afghanistan was all About the Money, RT America
- Breaking The Silence: Truth And Lies In The War On Terror, John Pilger
Dick Cheney–– war architect, profiteer, and criminal.— CODEPINK (@codepink) August 18, 2021
Dick Cheney can be considered the main architect of the War on Terror, driving home the need for war in the Middle East when he served as George W. Bush’s VP. #WarCriminalWednesdays pic.twitter.com/dsniq0ni25
Established during the War on Terror & in the wake of 9/11, the notorious Guantanamo Bay (GITMO) prison is a major breach of civil liberties that exists in the shadow of the US empire. #WarCriminalWednesday pic.twitter.com/pQtdrJAbwF— CODEPINK (@codepink) August 18, 2021
In Feb 2003, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell told the UN there was “no doubt” in his mind that Iraq had a nuclear weapons program.— CODEPINK (@codepink) August 25, 2021
18 years later, we know that the US had no valid evidence. Colin Powell lied through his teeth to justify invading Iraq. #WarCriminalWednesday pic.twitter.com/2EjezboVN4
We MUST hold weapons manufacturers accountable for their role in the War on Terror. Since 9/11, weapons makers have made BILLIONS from Pentagon contracts. The war machine continues to churn as war-profiteers continue to make a killing on killing. #WarCriminalWednesdays pic.twitter.com/qayfR0MjxE— CODEPINK (@codepink) September 2, 2021
Despite the fact that drones have been touted as a way to keep boots off the ground of other countries, drones are still very much terrorism. And no one knows that better than President Obama, who conducted 10x as many drone strikes as George W. Bush. #WarCriminalWednesdays pic.twitter.com/b0lAFHAPqp— CODEPINK (@codepink) September 1, 2021