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What Your Mainstream Media Isn't Telling You About Afghanistan

Colleen Turner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Colleen Turner

I believe we would be taking a giant step forward if our media made a greater effort to tell us about what is actually working in Afghanistan (and Iraq) rather than telling us about so much that is not.

Guam: Self-Determination, or More U.S. Troops?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Usually, when someone refers to a place as a "U.S. colony," they are making an analogy. But, we rarely discuss the fact that there are places in the world that are actual U.S. colonies.

The GAO Transcripts: Part 3, Aegis Defence Interview

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This April 11, 2005 interview as conducted with an official of Aegis Defence, a major British-headquartered private military company.

Mark Kirk Mixed Military Service With Politics, Says Pentagon

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk's newest adversary in the latest controversy over his military service is the Defense ...

Afghan Police Training Delayed: DynCorp Contract Extended As Pentagon Plans For Re-Bid

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By Christine SpolarHuffington Post Investigative Fund A troubled multi-billion contract that has failed to create a reliable national police force in...

Contractor Deaths Surge In Afghanistan As They Outnumber US Soldiers

ProPublica | T. Christian Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A recent Congressional Research Service analysis obtained by ProPublica looked at the number of civilian contractors killed in Afghanistan in recent m...

Is The US Army Losing Its War On Suicide?

TIME | Mark Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The surge in suicides, which have risen five years in a row, has become a vexing problem for which the Army's highest levels of command have yet to fi...

Afghanistan Fraud Is Focus Of US Military Intelligence

New York Times | THOM SHANKER and ERIC SCHMITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The military's intelligence network in Afghanistan, designed for identifying and tracking terrorists and insurgents, is increasingly focused on uncove...

Doctor Removes LIVE AMMO From Soldier's HEAD

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — A U.S. military doctor removed a live round of ammunition from the head of an Afghan soldier in an unusual and harrowing surgery. ...

Christian Fundamentalism, Anti-Gay Bigotry, and Conservative Fratricide

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael J.W. Stickings

According to Coral Ridge Ministries Senior Writer Robert Knight, if you are not a bigot, then you're a "moral relativist -- this even includes conservative voices like George Will and Charles Krauthammer.

Petraeus Takes the Genie Out of the Bottle

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Petraeus has made a courageous statement that could play a key role in weakening the pro-Israel lobby and allow for a much more balanced US approach to the Middle East conflict.

Guantanamo Bay Cost: $500 Million In Renovations Since 9/11

The Washington Post | By Scott Higham and Peter Finn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the first public accounting of how much has been spent on the base since the first detainees arrived in January 2002, The Washington Post obtained ...

Film Review: Camp Victory, Afghanistan

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Stewart Nusbaumer

If you watch only one film on Afghanistan, make it Camp Victory, Afghanistan. You will have a front row seat for the most crucial U.S. military mission in Afghanistan.

Endgame: WikiLeaks Video Right On Target

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

WikiLeaks and Reuters should receive an award for their work in bringing this video into the public spotlight. The public should demand that all war zone videos be placed in the public domain.

Dan Froomkin

Bush's Glib Waterboarding Admission Sparks Outrage | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

George W. Bush's casual acknowledgment Wednesday that he had Khalid Sheikh Mohammed waterboarded -- and would do it again -- has horrified some former...

Army Plans $100 Million Special Operations Headquarters In Afghanistan

Wired | Noah Shachtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Army is looking to spend as much as $100 million to expand its Special Operations headquarters in northern Afghanistan. ...

Is Obama Avoiding Responsibility for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"?

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

Last week, with a vote of 230 to 191, the House of Representatives voted to repeal former President Bill Clinton's 1993 "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT)...

Are Drone Strikes Legal? Koh Offers Assurances, Not Answers

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

Following years of official silence, State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh's statements on the legality of drone strikes last week were welcomed by many. But Koh failed to address serious concerns over the U.S.'s use of drones to kill al-Qaeda and Taliban militants.

Scott Anderson, U.S. Soldier, Uses Magic Tricks To Cheer Up Children In War-Torn Afghanistan And Iraq

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

When Scott Anderson began his first tour of duty as a MedEvac pilot in Afghanistan, he had no idea he would be able to use his talent for performing m...

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Bringing U.S. Military Culture Into the 4th Century B.C.

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

We are now poised to see this ridiculous law ended. Patriotic Americans will be able to serve their country regardless of sexual orientation. The 4th century B.C. is finally here.

Striking a Spark on Memorial Day

Rick Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Allen

Strong post about mem day films, the day after mem day. -SH

Remembering What a Military Is For

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Tea partiers and residents of the Gulf Coast take note: could it be that we've so scorned and dismantled our government that the only loved and well-functioning institution left is the military?

Entertaining Warriors in an Avatar Age

Rick Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rick Allen

The USO and SnagFilms are teaming up to bring the best in documentary film to 130 USO Centers around the world. This special USO Theater will give service members full length films for free.

Pentagon 'Mentor' Overhaul: Retired Officers Must Disclose Business Ties

USA Today | Tom Vanden Brook and Ken Dilanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday ordered an overhaul of the Pentagon's use of retired senior officers to advise the military, ...

Sharp Rise in U.S. Military Psychiatric Drug Use and Suicides

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Bruce E. Levine

One in six service members is now taking at least one psychiatric drug, with many soldiers taking "drug cocktail" combinations. There has also been a large increase in military suicides over the last eight years.