Open thread for night owls. Ann Jones: Afghanistan—the never-ending war against women

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Afghan women in Kabul protest violence against women.

Ann Jones has observed the U.S.-Afghanistan war from its inception, first as a humanitarian worker, then as a reporter. Her book They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars—The Untold Story was published in 2014. At TomDispatch, she writes—The Never-Ending War:

Ten months ago, on December 28, 2014, a ceremony in Kabul officially marked the conclusion of America’s very long war in Afghanistan. President Obama called that day “a milestone for our country.”

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Open thread for night owls: Médecins Sans Frontières issues report on U.S. attack on its hospital

An Afghan man walks in front of the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan October 14, 2015.

The MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, 11 days after it was bombed by the U.S.

Krishnadev Calamur at The Atlantic takes a look at the 13-page report issued Thursday by Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) regarding the hour-long U.S. bombing and strafing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, October 3. At least 30 patients and MSF staff members were killed. A month after the attack, NATO and the United States have not yet produced their own promised reports. Apparently the 50 buckets of whitewash they ordered haven’t yet arrived:

In the aftermath of the bombing, MSF called for a never-before-used mechanism of the Geneva Conventions to investigate the strike, and General John Campbell, the senior-most U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said the “hospital was mistakenly struck”—an apparent evolution of the U.S. position on what happened that day in Kunduz. […]
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Open thread for night owls: Médecins Sans Frontières issues report on U.S. attack on its hospital

An Afghan man walks in front of the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan October 14, 2015.

The MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, 11 days after it was bombed by the U.S.

Krishnadev Calamur at The Atlantic takes a look at the 13-page report issued Thursday by Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) regarding the hour-long U.S. bombing and strafing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, October 3. At least 30 patients and MSF staff members were killed. A month after the attack, NATO and the United States have not yet produced their own promised reports. Apparently the 50 buckets of whitewash they ordered haven’t yet arrived:

In the aftermath of the bombing, MSF called for a never-before-used mechanism of the Geneva Conventions to investigate the strike, and General John Campbell, the senior-most U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said the “hospital was mistakenly struck”—an apparent evolution of the U.S. position on what happened that day in Kunduz. […]
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Open thread for night owls: Kris Kobach defends now-open ties to white nationalist hate groups

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach head shot

Yet another fixture of the Republican anti-immigration movement has been caught in yet another active relationship with a designated hate group.

Kansas Secretary of State and the right-wing’s most prominent anti-immigration activist Kris Kobach was recently outed for speaking at the annual Writers’ Workshop of the The Social Contract Press (TSCP), a group classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a white nationalist publishing house.
According to SPLC, The Social Contract Press‘ publisher John Tanton is also the founder of the modern nativist movement. Kobach was spotted by the Center for New Community at the October 25 gathering in Washington, D.C. U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, a Republican freshman from Texas who recently proposed legislation to suspend refugee resettlement programs as the Syrian crisis finally made U.S. headlines, was also a featured speaker.

Kobach has been a key author of anti-immigrant laws adopted or attempted by

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Open thread for night owls: Coalition pushes for a ‘Global Frackdown’

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Nadia Prupis at Common Dreams writes—Ahead of Paris, Unparalleled Coalition Demands Global Fracking Ban:

Marking the broadest effort ever orchestrated to oppose controversial extraction methods, over 1,200 groups from around the world have signed a letter to policymakers calling for a global ban on fracking—a false solution, they say, which has no place in an agreement designed to lower emissions.
In Washington, D.C., activists planned to deliver the letter [Tuesday] as part of a rally staged outside the White House.

“President Obama should go to Paris as a real Climate Leader in Chief,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. “The only way he can show true and necessary leadership during the negotiations next month is to stop facilitating the greenwashing of fracking and to do everything in his power to move our nation quickly towards a renewable and energy efficient future.”

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Open thread for night owls. Michelle Obama—Let girls learn

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Schoolgirls in Laos

At The Atlantic, Michelle Obama writes—Let Girls Learn

Right now, 62 million girls worldwide are not in school. They’re receiving no formal education at all—no reading, no writing, no math—none of the basic skills they need to provide for themselves and their families, and contribute fully to their countries.
Often, understandably, this issue is framed as a matter of resources—a failure to invest enough money in educating girls. We can solve this problem, the argument goes, if we provide more scholarships for girls so they can afford school fees, uniforms, and supplies; and if we provide safe transportation so their parents don’t have to worry that they’ll be sexually assaulted on their way to or from school; and if we build adequate school bathrooms for girls so they don’t have to stay home when they have their periods, and then fall behind and wind up

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Open thread for night owls. Will a Paris climate agreement spark $90 trillion energy transformation?

Arctic Protest sign outside Chevron offices.

The 21st Conference of the Parties of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change will begin in Paris in four weeks. As in the past, there are both high hopes and jaded expectations for the outcome of COP21. Between then and now, Night Owls will be highlighting numerous and diverse outside essays and analyses as well as original Daily Kos material regarding what outcome activists and others believe is needed from the Paris talks. “Diverse” in the sense that some of these pieces will contradict one another.
Here are excerpts from a piece by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard at the Daily Telegraph:

The fossil fuel industry has taken a very cavalier bet that China, India and the developing world will continue to block any serious effort to curb greenhouse emissions, and that there is, in any case, no viable alternative to oil, gas or coal for decades to come.

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