As the United States debates health care reform, peace campaigners have pointed out that the cost of sending one US soldier to Afghanistan is equivalent to the cost of health insurance for 690 children for a year.
Six members of the nonviolent campaigning group Trident Ploughshares have been arrested after blocking the entrance to a meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly at Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
America can either tolerate constant and crippling conflict, or recognise that the yearning for peace is universal, and strengthen its resolve to end conflicts around the world, say US Christian leaders, echoing President Obama's words back to him. They are calling for a new approach to Afghanistan based on "a humanitarian and development surge".
Joe Glenton, a British soldier who refused to return to Afghanistan after developing a principled opposition to the war, has been re-arrested and charged with five more offences following his part in an anti-war demonstration.
Politicians and generals have been struggling to justify the Afghan war after a poll revealed the extent of public opposition. They have put forward different, and at times contradictory, arguments for keeping UK troops in Afghanistan.
The United States faces mounting problems in the three leading conflict zones of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, says Paul Rogers. The escape-route lies not in military escalation but in a change of thinking.