Monday’s news links – August 16, 2021

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi: “The military defeat and the withdrawal of the US from Afghanistan should become an opportunity to restore life, security and lasting peace in this country.”

Collapse of the Afghan Army M. K. Bhadrakumar 

Book: Revolutionary Afghanistan Beverly Male, PDF

The idea for this book arose from a visit to Kabul in March 1979 when it became immediately obvious that what was happening in Afghanistan bore little relation to reports appearing in the Western media. Further research subsequently reinforced that impression. Much of the material on which the book is based was collected in the course of my 1979 field trip which took me to India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom as well as Afghanistan and during a follow-up trip to India and Pakistan from December 1980 to January 1981. Unfortunately by then times had changed and on this second occasion the Afghan government refused me a visa.

Disasters aren’t natural — they’re political, a new book argues Grist

Is Western U.S. experiencing a ‘megadrought’? Climate Connections

Intense, prolonged droughts called ‘megadroughts’ occurred regularly during the Middle Ages. Now the U.S. West may be in a new, climate-fueled megadrought period.

Targeting Cuba and China: Disinformation against Communism Dissident Voice

How Jazz Was Declared Dead—Then Came Roaring Back to Life The Honest Broker

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