American forces conducted two airstrikes on Taliban positions, killing an unknown number of fighters. At least 10 Afghan security forces were killed on Friday morning in an ambush in Zabul province. The Taliban is suspected but has not claimed responsibility for the attack. Former UK MP George Galloway and former Pentagon official Michael Maloof share their insights.
From the new documentary Can 't Get You Out of My Head by Adam Curtis globinfo freexchange The first settlers had come from Europe to America to flee from the corruption of power in the Old World. But although they had got away from the old power, they hadn't got away from their suspicious minds, and alone, out in the vast wilderness of the new America, that led them to imagining dark, hidden conspiracies in their own government, far away in Washington. One of the first of these, in the early 19th century, said that a secret group from Europe, called the Bavarian Illuminati, were running a giant conspiracy in America to destroy the new democracy. In reality, the Illuminati had been a utopian movement who wanted to replace religion with reason. But instead, they now became the first of a series of frightening suspicions that fed off the isolation of the settlers in the New World. One night (in 1958, somewhere in the vicinity of Whittier, California), Kerry Thornley