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Afghanistan: The Haunted Battleground

When: Monday, October 17, 2011, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: First Parish • 35 Church St • 71 bus from Harvard Square • Watertown
Jonathan SteeleJonathan Steele has covered Afghanistan for the Guardian (London) for more than thirty years, and was part of the Guardian  team which published the Wikileaks Afghanistan cables.  His latest book, Ghosts of Afghanistan: The Haunted Battleground,  will be published by Counterpoint in October.
October 2011 marks ten years of U.S. war and occupation in Afghanistan.   Steele was one of the few Western analysts who predicted that a US invasion of Afghanistan would be a disaster.  Although President Obama has announced withdrawal of some troops, the Administration’s plan really envisions a long-term military occupation. So Afghanistan should remain high on everyone's agenda as the 2012 election campaign approaches.
Steele will explain the strategic partnership agreement that the Obama administration wants to sign with Karzai's government and argue that it is a disaster for Afghanistan and the US.  Instead he calls for peace talks and an agreement that will end the country's thirty-five years of civil war.  
The New Yorker's Seymour Hersh strongly endorses Ghosts of Afghanistan as an “original look at the West's obsession with Afghanistan,” in which “Steele...puts to rest the notion that America had no choice but to go to war after Osama bin Laden's orchestration of the 9/11 attacks."
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Mr. Steele will also speak at the Jamaica Plain Forum, Tuesday, October 18, 7pm, at 6 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain.
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