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Becoming Hezbollah’s Air Force

Waging endless war in the Middle East means not only turning old enemies into allies but exposing our inability to free ourselves from the mechanisms of violence and collapse.

Posted on Sep 28, 2014 READ MORE



mobyhill (CC-BY)

Dead Americans, Dead Goats, and Half a Million Gunmen on the Loose

Since May 2007, 76 NATO soldiers have been killed and an undisclosed number wounded in 46 recorded “deliberate attacks” by members of the Afghan National Security Force. These figures suggest more than a recent “trend of Afghan treachery.”

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Blurred Vision

My first reaction to the video released recently of the four U.S. Marines urinating on the bodies of dead Afghans was that it was too ham-fisted and bombastic a metaphor to add anything of real value to the ongoing critique and analysis of this country’s über-mortiferous foreign policy.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 READ MORE    



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Michael Bracken

Afghan Police Force on Shaky Ground

New statistics show that the Afghan police force, upon whose shoulders eventual U.S. and British military withdrawal is based, is experiencing an unsustainable rate of attrition that sees one in five recruits bailing every year.

Posted on Dec 12, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Farzana Wahidy

Remodeling Karzai’s Cabinet

Hamid Karzai is having issues in his second term as Afghanistan’s president. It seems that the Afghan parliament has nixed 17 of his 24 Cabinet nominees.

Posted on Jan 2, 2010 READ MORE


Parwez Kambakhsh
syracuse.com

Afghan Court Resentences Activist

Want proof that the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan has brought the democracy it promised? You won’t find it in this case. An appeals court resentenced Parwez Kambakhsh, a student arrested for distributing an article on women’s rights, to a mere 20 years in prison, overturning the controversial death sentence he was given last year.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE


Afghan Detainees File Preemptive Suit Against Bush

Lawyers for 25 men being held in Afghanistan filed a habeas corpus petition in advance of Bush’s plan to outlaw that exact motion.
If Congress isn’t going to stand up to Bush on this travesty of a law, it’s good to see that some parties are.

Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


Child brides of Afghanistan
From Stephanie Sinclair / The New York Times

The Child Brides of Afghanistan

The N.Y. Times presents a photo essay on girls as young as 11 being married off to men three or four times their age, sometimes to settle gambling debts. The last line of the accompanying textual essay is as heartbreaking as anything you’ll ever read.

Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


Christian Afghan Freed, but Issue Remains

Afghan authorities are planning on releasing the man who faced the death penalty for converting to Christianity, but they will base the action on a technicality. So a showdown with the U.S. still looms.

Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


Radio Host: I Have No Tolerance For Islam

In light of the possible death sentence faced by the Afghan who converted to Christianity, a popular secular radio talk show host sounds off about the insanity of faith….

Posted on Mar 24, 2006 READ MORE


Afghan_girl
From Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone / Yahoo! News

An Afghan Girl’s Tale of Torture and Hope

Pioneering war zone journalist Kevin Sites tells the story of a 12-year-old Afghan girl who was savagely beaten and tortured for years by her in-laws. But wonderfully, the story ends on a note of optimism. (You can even e-mail the girl here. Or at this e-mail address: gulsooma_afghanistan@yahoo.com)

Posted on Mar 22, 2006 READ MORE


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AP

Afghan Could Get Death for Becoming a Christian

He converted to Christianity 16 years ago as an aid worker in Pakistan, an offense punishable by death under Sharia law. (Above: A judge holds the accused’s Bible.)
If you’re shaking your head over this resurgence of religious fundamentalism, check out this earlier story on the Taliban’s return to Afghanistan.

Posted on Mar 20, 2006 READ MORE


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