Tag: afghanistan

Andrew Bacevich: Milestones (Or What Passes for Them in Washington)

June 2016

A Multi-Trillion-Dollar Bridge to Nowhere in the Greater Middle East.

Daniel Nima Moattar: After the War

May 2016

The liberals who endorsed the war in Iraq now labor to whitewash its legacy.

William J. Astore: What’s the Meaning of Failure?

April 2016

A Dictionary of Euphemisms for Imperial Decline.

The Buddha of Kabul

March 2016

At Tepe Naranj, archaeologist Zafar Paiman is working to preserve the remnants of an ancient monastery—and the memory of Afghanistan’s Buddhist past.

Alfred W. McCoy: How a Pink Flower Defeated the World’s Sole Superpower

February 2016

America’s Opium War in Afghanistan.

Megan McCloskey: The US Spent a Half Billion on Mining in Afghanistan With ‘Limited Progress’

January 2016

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has labelled yet another project in danger of failing. This time its US plans to develop the country’s oil, gas and minerals industries.

The Book Lady of Kabul

December 2015

Block by block she maneuvers through the teeming sidewalks of Kabul’s Shar-E-Naw shopping district until she enters Ice-Milk Restaurant, stops at tables.

Tom Engelhardt: The Fog of Intelligence

October 2015

With a massive intelligence program, the US is still caught off guard

Moving the Needle

October 2015

The filmmaker and journalist on the future of girls’ education in Afghanistan, “white savior narratives,” and documentary as an antidote to compassion fatigue.

Just Out of Frame

August 2015

The journalist on the “strange, extractive” process of interviewing; second-, third-, and fourth-act stories; and coming to reporting as “a real, whole person.”

Global Kleptocracy

July 2015

The foreign policy expert on global corruption, violent extremism, and how the West “has lost the balance between rectitude and liberty.”

Ann Jones: “Farkhunda is Our Sister”

May 2015

A "martyr," a murder, and the making of a new Afghanistan?

Dilip Hiro: Afghanistan’s China Card

April 2015

The US is losing the great game in Afghanistan.

Tom Engelhardt: The National Security State in 2015

January 2015

In an almost enemy-less world in which the American economic system was triumphant and the US possessed by far the strongest military on the planet, nothing seems to have gone as planned or faintly right.

Tom Engelhardt: The War Party Ascendant

December 2014

Thirteen years after 9/11, the War Party is on the rise.

Tom Engelhardt: What if it Weren’t Us?

December 2014

Russians invade Afghanistan (again!), Chinese fight Iraq War (again!).

Ann Jones: The Missing Women of Afghanistan

November 2014

After thirteen years of war, the rule of men, not law.

Verses of Love and War

November 2014

The writer on the faces of violence in conflict zones, and why poetry offers a form of liberation that journalism cannot.

Rory Fanning: Thank You for Your Valor, Thank You for Your Service…

October 2014

Still on the thank-you tour-of-duty circuit, thirteen years later.

From Baghdad to the Bakken

October 2014

American Empires: Home from the oil wars abroad, US service members and military contractors are flocking to North Dakota’s emerging boomtowns.

Ann Jones: War Wounds

November 2013

Wounded veterans face a long road to recovery.

Ann Jones: The Losers From Our Lost Wars

November 2013

How the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan first silenced our soldiers and then defeated them.

Bob Dreyfuss: A Field Guide to Losing Friends, Influencing No One, and Alienating the Middle East

November 2013

Don’t think for a second that Washington’s ineffectiveness stops with the ongoing Syrian fiasco.

Tom Engelhardt: Why Washington Can’t Stop

October 2013

The coming era of tiny wars and micro-conflicts.

Ann Jones: The Forgotten War

October 2013

The lack, or sheer failure, of the US exit strategy from Afghanistan's ruined battlefields.

Dilip Hiro: A World in Which No One Is Listening to the Planet’s Sole Superpower

October 2013

Dilip Horo writes about America's impotence in front of the deepening quagmire in the Middle East.

Peter Van Buren: What if Congress Says No?

September 2013

Why refusing to attack Syria matters.

Mystery Is All There Is

August 2013

The prize-winning novelist on learning English by copying out Moby Dick, politics in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and his compulsion to write from a terrorist’s perspective.

The Sea Floor

August 2013

In a pile, like sea anemones, the boys’ penises were dusted with sand and, in the starlight, bluish.

Nick Turse: The Classic Military Runaround

July 2013

If you're reporting on the U.S. military, always expect evasion.

Nick Turse: The Terror Diaspora

June 2013

The U.S. military and the unraveling of Africa.

Chase Madar: How Dystopian Secrecy Contributes to Clueless Wars

June 2013

The future of U.S. security depends on freeing Bradley Manning, not punishing him.

Cora Currier: Four Years Ago Obama Promised to Investigate Afghan Massacre

June 2013

Has anything happened since?

Andrew Bacevich: Naming Our Nameless War

May 2013

How many years will it be?

Thawra’s Loom

May 2013

Weaving carpets in Afghanistan.

Tom Engelhardt: Filling the Empty Battlefield

April 2013

A new book from Jeremy Scahill, America's blowback reporter.

Dilip Hiro: The Great Afghan Corruption Scam

April 2013

How Operation Enduring Freedom mutated into Operation Enduring Corruption.

Tom Engelhardt: Dumb and Dumber

February 2013

A secret CIA drone base, a blowback world, and why Washington has no learning curve.

Ann Jones: Counting Down to 2014 in Afghanistan

January 2013

Three lousy options: pick one.

Nora Connor: Learning to Fly

December 2012

Two women bridge the military-civilian gap to talk about machine guns and womanliness, dealing with trauma, and breaking old rules.

J. Malcolm Garcia: Old Guns

December 2012

An antique weapons dealer in Kabul collects Kalashnikovs and nostalgia.

Nick Turse: America’s Nation-Building

November 2012

The United States is in the midst of a tremendous building spree, but it isn't happening in America.

Peter Van Buren: Don’t Ask and Don’t Tell

October 2012

During the next two presidential debates, some important foreign policy questions won't be asked.

Tom Engelhardt: Monopolizing War?

September 2012

War has become a sort of American monopoly--but the American people don't seem to know, or care.

Nick Turse: Afghanistan’s Base Bonanza

September 2012

Despite years of talk about American withdrawal from Afghanistan, the number of military bases there has steadily expanded.

Brandon Lingle: Queen’s Creek

August 2012

Back from Iraq, a veteran meditates on the past, present, and future of American warfare, and the small creek in Virginia where they all flow together.

Tom Engelhardt: The Best Laid Plans

August 2012

How quickly will the U.S. leave Afghanistan?

Peter van Buren: How Not to Reconstruct Iraq, Afghanistan, or America

August 2012

A guide to disaster at home and abroad.

Tom Engelhardt: Mission Failure: Afghanistan

August 2012

A message written in blood that no one wants to hear.

Tom Engelhardt: It Couldn’t Happen Here, It Does Happen There

June 2012

The value of American—and Afghan—lives.

Nick Turse: The New Obama Doctrine, A Six-Point Plan for Global War

June 2012

Civilian soldiers, drones, and cyber attacks are just a few elements of the Obama formula for contemporary war.

Dilip Hiro: Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride

April 2012

Dilip Hiro describes how the Pakistani government has outmaneuvered Washington to the tune of several billion dollars.

Full Metal Racket

May 2011 The Rolling Stone reporter on his blockbuster articles, how the generals pushed Obama into a war he didn’t want to fight, and the Pentagon’s effort to tear down the wall between PR and propaganda.

Live Webcast: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Speaks at Asia Society

February 2011
 Tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. EST, Hillary Clinton will deliver the inaugural Richard C. Holbrooke Address on U.S. relations with Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Asia Society, honoring the former Asia Society Chairman who was President Obama’s envoy to the Af/Pak region.

Shoes for Napoleon

February 2011 Like every soldier he had deployed with, he would probably buy himself a new car, but for now, he bought his friends drinks and dinners and gifts as if it was Christmas and he was some lean and tan Santa Claus.

The Wrong Question

December 2010 Journalist Joshua Phillips on the left media’s standard torture story, untrained soldiers making it up as they go, and becoming a suicide hotline.

Blood Without Guts

October 2010 Why fight wars our president doesn’t believe in and we can’t pay for? asks retired colonel and military historian Andrew Bacevich.

Norman Solomon: Escalation Scam: Troops in Afghanistan

July 2009 "Escalation" is a word for a methodical process of acclimating people at home to the idea of more military intervention abroad -- nothing too sudden, just a step-by-step process of turning even more war into media wallpaper.

Ex-detainees allege US, Afghan abuse (video)

June 2009 According to the BBC, as the Obama administration takes action to shut down Guantanamo, a detention facility in Bagram (a US military base in Afghanistan) expands. Ex-detainees talk to the BBC about their time at Bagram.

The Devil’s Advocate

December 2005

The former deputy assistant attorney general on his new book, the Geneva Conventions and the legal case for torture

A People’s History of Howard Zinn

October 2004 "Historians hate to make predictions."