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The Afghanistan War's Tenth Year Must Be Its Last

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

Can anyone name a single way in which this war still serves the national interest, if it ever did? We talked to a group of veterans of the conflict, and their answer was a very clear, "no."

Women Leaders Burn $100,000 Check, Tell Craigslist to Keep Their Money

Tanene Allison and Crystal Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Tanene Allison and Crystal Page

Despite needing additional funding for their organization, the Center for Young Women's Development decided it was more important to keep their integrity than to financially benefit from the exploitation of women.

Love Music and Politics? Here Is a Gift for You

Axel W. Caballero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Axel W. Caballero

Cuéntame is excited to announce the release of a free, innovative and provocative online Latino Music Series. As an introductory gift, we are giving you our first Latin music album ever -- for free!

Who's Really "Relying on Assumptions and Beliefs to Shape Reality" in Afghanistan War Debate?

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

The Afghanistan Study Group report is out, and the fight is on. A number of critiques have been leveled at the report, one of the most influential being Joshua Foust's over at Registan.net.

Security in Afghanistan Crumbles as Counterinsurgency Fails

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

As President Obama's strategy review for Afghanistan commences, let's hope he's balancing the information coming to him from his happy-talking generals with some independent news reading of his own.

$547 Million Can't Paper Over Failure of Afghanistan War

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

No matter how much the Pentagon spins their message into the mainstream media, the facts on the ground show the U.S. lacks one of counterinsurgency's own premises for success: a legitimate host nation government.

It's Time We Take the "For Sale" Sign Off the Capitol Lawn

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

When candidates have to raise millions of dollars just to run a competitive campaign, they're going to turn to wealthy donors, and the voice of the everyday American isn't going to be heard.

Does What Happened in New Orleans Stay There?

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

As communities around the nation combat dramatic challenges, we face an unprecedented need to create effective new systems to support more efficient and sustainable community and economic development efforts.

Glenn Beck Is Not Martin Luther King Jr.

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

On Aug. 28, 47 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous I Have a Dream speech. This Aug. 28, Glenn Beck's presence at the Lincoln Memorial reminds us how much work still needs to be done.

The Runaway General, Part II: General Conway

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

President Obama needs to come out right now and reiterate that there will be a drawdown that begins no later than July 2011 and that it will involve significant numbers of U.S. troops.

Petraeus' Oily Spin About Progress in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

There is virtually no data that shows strategically significant security "progress" in Afghanistan since the start of the latest escalation.

Ask Katie Couric to Challenge Petraeus on Afghanistan War 'Progress'

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Greenwald

Petraeus is on a media blitz, disingenuously trying to sell the idea of "progress" in Afghanistan. NBC's David Gregory failed to sufficiently challenge Petraeus on his easily disproved spin. CBS' Katie Couric is next at bat.

Media Failing to Ask Tough Questions on Afghanistan War...Again

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

2010-08-15-youveheard.jpgIf the media fail to ask hard questions, there's a chance Petraeus could get the freedom to extend an extremely unpopular war that's not making us safer.

1,200 Crosses Say No to Afghanistan War

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

The movement to rethink the Afghanistan War is picking up steam. The Aug. 8 demonstration in Santa Barbara is just one example of the growing discontent and the creative actions by local activists to express it.

Spike in Civilian Casualties Shows U.S. War Policy Is Failing Afghans and Americans

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

The United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan reports that the number of civilians killed in the first six months of 2010 spiked by 25 percent compared to the same period last year.

Invitees to President Obama's UT-Austin Speech: Get Out of Afghanistan, War's Failing, Set a Timetable

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Today, President Obama came to my town to give an invite-only speech at the University of Texas. Lacking an invite, I wondered what people with invites had to say about the Afghanistan War.

NATO Forces in Afghanistan Can't Deny They Killed Civilians in Sangin Anymore

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Exclusive, on-the-ground interviews obtained by Brave New Foundation's Rethink Afghanistan project confirm what NATO forces repeatedly denied: U.S. an...

Covering for the Neglect of Afghanistan's Women: A Response to Ms. Magazine's Rafia Zakaria

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Over on Ms. Magazine's blog, Rafia Zakaria takes issue with my response to Time Magazine's pro-war, propaganda cover art. Zakaria and I agree on the...

TIME's Epic Distortion of the Plight of Women in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Help us push back against TIME Magazine's distortion of women's issues in Afghanistan. Tomorrow, TIME Magazine will treat newsstand customers everyw...

Busting White House Spin on WikiLeaks: No Leak Required

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

We're supposed to believe that the WikiLeaks information is "proof" that the president was right to initiate a massive escalation. If I were the president, this would be the drop-dead last argument I'd be making

WikiLeaks Release Shows Need to Rethink the Afghanistan Fiasco

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

When I got off the plane in Kabul for a series of on the ground interviews the reality of the 3rd poorest country in the world hit hard. The poverty is overwhelming and it stands in stark contrast to the billions being spent on military efforts.

Carly Fiorina: Runs to the Tea Party, Away From the Truth

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

The fact of the matter is that Fiorina has sought to align herself with the Tea Party. She believes in what they stand for and what role they've played in the political dialogue. We believe she should denounce them.

Movement to Rethink the Afghanistan War Gains Traction

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

Newsweek's cover is just the latest sign that opposition to this brutal, costly war is now the norm, and American policy-makers had better take notice. Public opposition for to this war has exploded.

Afghanistan Rights Monitor Slams Washington Spin About "Progress" in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

If you can't protect the population generally, from the perspective of COIN doctrine, you lose. If you lack a legitimate host nation government as a partner, you lose. And guess what? According to that doctrine the United States is losing. Badly.

Hope: Rethink the Afghanistan War Meetups Nationwide This Weekend

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

This evening, I spent a couple of hours at Central Market in downtown Austin, Texas, with 7 other people in one of the first Meetups to Rethink the A...