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Rethink Afghanistan

A Path to Liberation: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

All over the world, people are rising up to support their communities towards sustainability and collective liberation. This week we share about two grantees in Oakland California who have launched local businesses that support and empower marginalized communities.

Pieces of Afghan Peace

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

Contrary to the principle of reconciliation, during the last decade the government's efforts have not resembled negotiations, but an offer of surrender and the Taliban declared that they will not give up, surrender, and accept imprisonment - rather, they will continue their resistance.

U.S. Dilemma of Cost Benefit Analysis of Afghanistan War

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Nake M. Kamrany

As the U.S. grapples with other pertinent issues such as wage stagnation, healthcare funding, and education, the billions that were spent on the Afghanistan War has detracted from governmental investment in other vital areas.

How we See Ourselves in Afghanistan

Mina Sharif | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Mina Sharif

What children in places like Afghanistan show us is so different from what we as adults show them. When they are exposed to media they hear about the political shortcomings and violence. When they see themselves, the reflection is refugee camps with sad faces and poverty.

Boosting India-U.S. Ties: A Regional Imperative?

Samarth Pathak | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
Samarth Pathak

In the backdrop of U.S. President Barack Obama's historic visit to India, Samarth Pathak gets you fresh perspectives on bilateral ties in a candid interaction with three of India's leading strategic thinkers.

Ryan Grim

Remember When Fox News Used To Pretend It Wasn't A Political Operation? | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.04.2014 | Media

Ten years ago, documentary maker Robert Greenwald released a film with a controversial premise: Fox News Channel is not a reliable media outlet but ra...

A New Muslim Identity for Afghans?

Nushin Arbabzadah | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Nushin Arbabzadah

Protecting Islam was his first pledge when Ashraf Ghani took leadership in Kabul yesterday.

Envisioning Invisible Afghanistan

Edward Corcoran | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Edward Corcoran

It is our task, our challenge to envision this invisible Afghanistan, to enable it, to seek the spark that can ignite the flames of hope and enthusiasm within everyday Afghans.

Why Afghanistan Matters: Renewing America and Renewing the World

Edward Corcoran | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Edward Corcoran

The world is in an unprecedented strategic situation: No major nation faces a serious threat of invasion or subjugation. The Cold War had posed an exi...

Call Hamid Karzai's Bluff

Ivan Eland | Posted 02.03.2014 | World
Ivan Eland

Karzai's insistence that all U.S. raids on Afghan homes by such residual forces be stopped shows that Obama has simply redefined the word 'combat.' Counterterrorism missions do involve extreme danger and shooting people.

An Empowering 'Peace Journalism' Program for Young Afghans -- Part II of a Series

Culture-ist | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact

Jalal was born in 1994 and comes from a blue-collar background. When he talks about the hardships of his youth, he does not refer to any financial difficulty but immediately hones in on the challenge of attaining a quality education.

An Empowering 'Peace Journalism' Program for Young Afghans - Part I of a Series

Culture-ist | Posted 10.07.2013 | Impact

In 2010, Emal co-created Afghan Voices, a six-month "peace journalism" training program for teens and people in their early 20s from different ethnic backgrounds and provinces across Afghanistan.

TimeLine's Blood and Gifts Makes Afghanistan Make Sense

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 08.06.2013 | Chicago
Kelly Kleiman

The good news is that Blood and Gifts is an intimate show staged in TimeLine's home space, the church on Wellington just west of Broadway. The bad news is that the intimacy restricts the number of people who will get to experience the work.

Minding Afghanistan's Financing Gap

Borany Penh | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Borany Penh

Afghanistan has journeyed through nearly thirty years of war and dislocation. It should be no surprise then that it may take just as long for the country to arrive in its own.

In Afghanistan, a Call for Peace

John Dear | Posted 02.12.2013 | World
John Dear

After 10 years of Soviet war and occupation in the 1980s, then the Civil War in the early 1990s led by the corrupt warlords, then the years of oppression under the Taliban, and now 11 years of American war and occupation, they are sick of war.

Afghanistan: The Ends, Ways, and Means

D. Robert Worley | Posted 12.22.2012 | World
D. Robert Worley

One argument for staying the course is to recall the extraordinary costs already expended. What will withdrawal say to those who served and sacrificed?

Afghan Funeral Bomb Attack Kills 10

AP | AMIR SHAH | Posted 11.04.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber killed at least 25 civilians and wounded another 30 at a funeral for a village elder in a remote part of e...

More U.S. Folly in Afghanistan

William Astore | Posted 09.06.2012 | World
William Astore

When the United States finally tired of the corruption and waste of Vietnam, we pulled out our props, only to witness the unviability of our client state without massive U.S. aid. What happens when we finally tire of Afghanistan?

In Afghanistan, the Dam Breaks

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.16.2012 | World
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

The war for hearts and minds is over. It's lost in Afghanistan, and it's lost at home. The president and Congress should do us all a favor and stop letting people get killed for it, and get our people out of there.

Sorry's Not Good Enough in Afghanistan. Here's Why

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 04.29.2012 | World
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

It turns out that after all this time, all these lives, and all this money, not only have we not won over the Afghan street, we've not even won over the hearts and minds of the people we're giving guns and paychecks.

Assembly Time

Kathy Kelly | Posted 02.26.2012 | World
Kathy Kelly

Not only do Weeda and her co-workers assemble stories, documents and pictures from the families of victims of war, they also help build supportive communities amongst the families whose trust they have gained through their repeated visits.

War Industry's Accountants Can't Count

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

The war profiteers' shady lobbying campaign took another hit to its credibility today, as an accounting firm on which they relied to support their bogus "military spending = jobs" argument was cited for severe audit deficiencies.

No Success in Iraq -- Unless You're a War Profiteer

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 02.14.2012 | World
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

Nothing about the Iraq fiasco should be called a success, despite President Obama's attempt to provide closure to the troops misused and abused since the launch of that war.

Five Things Afghan History Can Teach Us

Suleiman Wali | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Suleiman Wali

Today, Afghanistan is an Islamic Republic, a middle path between a secular and theocratic form of government. It's time to realize the potential of this compromise, and to allow the great powers of democracy and Islam to finally reconcile in Afghanistan.

Afghan Reset

Edward Corcoran | Posted 01.18.2012 | World
Edward Corcoran

The United States can help Afghans build a dynamic, prosperous country at a far lower cost than the current military effort.