William J. Astore: What’s the Meaning of Failure?April 2016
A Dictionary of Euphemisms for Imperial Decline.
The Buddha of KabulMarch 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 SuperpowerFebruary 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 KabulDecember 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 IntelligenceOctober 2015
With a massive intelligence program, the US is still caught off guard
Moving the NeedleOctober 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 FrameAugust 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 KleptocracyJuly 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 CardApril 2015
The US is losing the great game in Afghanistan.
Tom Engelhardt: The National Security State in 2015January 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 AscendantDecember 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 AfghanistanNovember 2014
After thirteen years of war, the rule of men, not law.
Verses of Love and WarNovember 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 BakkenOctober 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 WoundsNovember 2013
Wounded veterans face a long road to recovery.
Ann Jones: The Losers From Our Lost WarsNovember 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 EastNovember 2013
Don’t think for a second that Washington’s ineffectiveness stops with the ongoing Syrian fiasco.
Tom Engelhardt: Why Washington Can’t StopOctober 2013
The coming era of tiny wars and micro-conflicts.
Ann Jones: The Forgotten WarOctober 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 SuperpowerOctober 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 IsAugust 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 FloorAugust 2013
In a pile, like sea anemones, the boys’ penises were dusted with sand and, in the starlight, bluish.
Nick Turse: The Classic Military RunaroundJuly 2013
If you're reporting on the U.S. military, always expect evasion.
Nick Turse: The Terror DiasporaJune 2013
The U.S. military and the unraveling of Africa.
Chase Madar: How Dystopian Secrecy Contributes to Clueless WarsJune 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 MassacreJune 2013
Has anything happened since?
Andrew Bacevich: Naming Our Nameless WarMay 2013
How many years will it be?
Thawra’s LoomMay 2013
Weaving carpets in Afghanistan.
Tom Engelhardt: Filling the Empty BattlefieldApril 2013
A new book from Jeremy Scahill, America's blowback reporter.
Dilip Hiro: The Great Afghan Corruption ScamApril 2013
How Operation Enduring Freedom mutated into Operation Enduring Corruption.
Tom Engelhardt: Dumb and DumberFebruary 2013
A secret CIA drone base, a blowback world, and why Washington has no learning curve.
Ann Jones: Counting Down to 2014 in AfghanistanJanuary 2013
Three lousy options: pick one.
Nora Connor: Learning to FlyDecember 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 GunsDecember 2012
An antique weapons dealer in Kabul collects Kalashnikovs and nostalgia.
Nick Turse: America’s Nation-BuildingNovember 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 TellOctober 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 BonanzaSeptember 2012
Despite years of talk about American withdrawal from Afghanistan, the number of military bases there has steadily expanded.
Brandon Lingle: Queen’s CreekAugust 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 PlansAugust 2012
How quickly will the U.S. leave Afghanistan?
Peter van Buren: How Not to Reconstruct Iraq, Afghanistan, or AmericaAugust 2012
A guide to disaster at home and abroad.
Tom Engelhardt: Mission Failure: AfghanistanAugust 2012
A message written in blood that no one wants to hear.
Tom Engelhardt: It Couldn’t Happen Here, It Does Happen ThereJune 2012
The value of American—and Afghan—lives.
Nick Turse: The New Obama Doctrine, A Six-Point Plan for Global WarJune 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 RideApril 2012
Dilip Hiro describes how the Pakistani government has outmaneuvered Washington to the tune of several billion dollars.
Full Metal RacketMay 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 SocietyFebruary 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 NapoleonFebruary 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 QuestionDecember 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 GutsOctober 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 AfghanistanJuly 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 AdvocateDecember 2005
The former deputy assistant attorney general on his new book, the Geneva Conventions and the legal case for torture