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Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, a husband and wife team, began
working together in 1979 co-producing a documentary for Paul's
television show, Watchworks. Called, The Arms Race and the Economy, A Delicate Balance, they found themselves in the midst of a swirling
controversy that was to boil over a few months later with the Soviet
invasion of Afghanistan. Their acquisition of the first visas to
enter Afghanistan granted to an American TV crew in the spring of
1981, brought them into the middle of the most heated Cold War
controversy since Vietnam.

Following their exclusive news story for the CBS Evening News, they
produced a documentary (Afghanistan Between Three Worlds) for PBS and in 1983 they returned to Kabul for ABC Nightline with Harvard
Negotiation project director Roger Fisher. It was at the time of the
first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 when Paul and Liz were
working on the film version of their experience under contract to
Oliver Stone, that they began to piece together the mythic
implications of the story. During the research for the screenplay many
of the documents preceding the Afghan crisis were declassified. Over
the next decade they trailed a labyrinth of clues only to find a
profound likeness in Washington's official policy towards Afghanistan
- in the ancient Zoroastrian war of the light against the dark - whose
origins began in the region now known as Afghanistan. It was a
likeness that grows more visible as America's involvement deepens. As
the horrors of the Taliban regime began to grab headlines in 1998 Paul
and Liz began collaborating with Afghan human rights expert Sima Wali. They contributed to the Women for Afghan Women: Shattering Myths and Claiming the Future book project. In 2002 they filmed Wali's first return to Kabul since her exile in 1978. The film they produced about Wali's journey home, The Woman in Exile Returns, gave audiences the chance to discover the message of one of Afghanistan's most articulate voices and her hopes for her people. They are featured alongside Zbigniew Brzezinski, Stansfield Turner, John K. Cooley, Benazir Bhutto, Noam Chomsky and Jack Blum in an award winning documentary by Samira Goetschel. Titled, Our own Private Bin Laden that traces the creation of the Osama bin Laden mythology in Afghanistan and how that mythology has been used to maintain the "war on terror" approach of the Bush administration. Ultimately their book Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story, City Lights, January 2009) lays bare why it was inevitable that the Soviet Union and the U.S. should end up in Afghanistan and what that means to the future of the American empire.

Gould and Fitzgerald have appeared on Democracy Now!, GRITtv, and
C-SPAN Book TV. For more information visit
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Entries by Elizabeth Gould

Medieval Nightmare Finds a Home in the American Way of Making War

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 12:16 PM

Ten years ago this fall we sat in the walled garden of a bullet-pocked Kabul villa on a brilliant sunlit afternoon, interviewing American reporters about what they thought the prospects were for a U.S. success in Afghanistan now that the "war" was over.

At that particular moment Afghans were open...

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The Biggest Jaw-Dropping Journalism Scandal of All?

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 1:13 PM

As the first journalists to enter Kabul in 1981 for CBS News with Dan Rather following the expulsion of the Western media the previous year, we continue to be amazed at how the American disinformation campaign between Hollywood, Washington and Wall Street built around the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan lives...

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Crossing Bones at Zero Line

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2011 | 10:26 AM

The stakes are perhaps as high as they have ever been for the post-Cold War United States as Senator John Kerry wades through the Central Asian quagmire in Islamabad. Ironies abound. A war begun ten years ago by Skull and Bonesman George W. Bush requires another Skull and...

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Mission Accomplished?

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 5:00 PM

So Osama bin Laden is dead. The man who spawned the "war on terror," launched a thousand drones and a new industry called Homeland Security has been shot in the head and killed by U.S. forces at his home in Abbottabad, north west Pakistan. Despite the loss of a U.S....

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