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Rethink Afghanistan

A New Muslim Identity for Afghans?

Nushin Arbabzadah | Posted 10.02.2014 | 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
Culture-ist

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
Culture-ist

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.

10 Reasons to Bring Our Troops Home From Afghanistan on 10th Anniversary of War

Rep. Jackie Speier | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jackie Speier

With bin Laden dead and al Qaeda largely gone from Afghanistan, I believe it is long past time to bring our troops home. On this 10th anniversary, I offer 10 reasons we should end the war in Afghanistan.

Energizing Afghanistan -- Economic First Step

Edward Corcoran | Posted 12.06.2011 | World
Edward Corcoran

Afghanistan is on the verge of blossoming into a modern nation and sweeping the Taliban aside, though almost no one believes this.

Attack On U.S. Embassy Highlights Need To Exit Afghanistan

Malou Innocent | Posted 11.13.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

Political leaders and military commanders will dismiss the Taliban's recent coordinated assault on the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul as a "one-off" incident. But the attack is a vivid reminder of how poorly things are going, and why America needs to leave.

How Afghanistan Is Rebuilding Itself

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 11.12.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

"One of the things that people don't appreciate is how dramatically far Afghanistan has come in the last ten years, in terms of the capacity for governance."

General Petraeus' Parting Spin

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 09.13.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

Violence in Afghanistan is at the highest levels observed in the 10-year conflict. The simple fact is that security for Afghans is worse now than it was before the Obama Administration's repeated escalations. Nothing General Petraeus can say will change this fact.

Shift Against War Spending a Sign of People Power

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

We can't afford to spend a trillion dollars a year on the war budget. Thanks to constant pressure from fed-up Americans, Washington, D.C. is starting to get the message.