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'Sisters in War': A Vermont Journalist Recounts the Stories of Women in War-Torn Baghdadnew

In 2004, as Baghdad became increasingly dangerous for journalists, Christina Asquith took refuge in the apartment of two sisters. Now she tells their story in Sisters in War: A Story of Love, Family, and Survival in the New Iraq, which was published by Random House in September.
Seven Days  |  Margot Harrison  |  12-09-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Cartoon: More is Lessnew

Obama is sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. You know, to get out quicker.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  11-25-2009  |  Cartoons

Scholar Leads Effort to Catalog Civil-Rights Abuses at Guantanamo Baynew

As director of UC Davis' Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas, Almerindo Ojeda is heading up a project to collect testimonies on civil rights abuses at the detention center.
Sacramento News & Review  |  Kel Munger  |  11-24-2009  |  War

Juan Cole: Afghanistan 'Needs a Light Touch'new

"You just have to accept that there's going to be a certain amount of disorder in the countryside as long as people are organized tribally. And if you put 100,000 or 150,000 Western troops in there, that's just more people to feud with."
Metro Times  |  Curt Guyette and W. Kim Heron  |  11-17-2009  |  War

A Powerful New Art Installation Brings the War (and the Pain) Home to Bostonnew

For the majority of us Americans, Iraq and Afghanistan are a series of news-data points by now. That's what makes Krzysztof Wodiczko's new video installation, ... Out of Here: The Veterans Project, so powerful, and so necessary.
Boston Phoenix  |  Greg Cook  |  11-12-2009  |  Art

The Difference Between Deaths Here and 'Over There'

Thirteen soldiers die in Texas and it's all we talk about. Two million die in Afghanistan and Iraq and we don't notice -- and we don't even want to hear about it.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  11-12-2009  |  War

One Helicopter Crew Looks Back on an Unforgettable Rescuenew

With the Afghan war back in the headlines, and none of the news good, the rescue led by the Air Force's 305th Rescue Squadron provides a glimpse into one story that began horribly and ended well, thanks to the ordinary Americans who made it happen.
Tucson Weekly  |  Leo W. Banks  |  11-11-2009  |  War

From Solider to Student: Colorado Vets See Growing Support on Campusnew

Some questioned the reception veterans received on campus a couple of years ago. Today, many veterans acknowledge that they felt some trepidation about coming to a such a liberal, anti-war campus environment, but they say they have received nothing but encouragement and gratitude.
Boulder Weekly  |  Marissa Hermanson and Jeff Dodge  |  11-09-2009  |  War

Cartoon: Liberals Make a Differencenew

It's different now that liberals are doing the bombing.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  11-02-2009  |  Cartoons

Cartoon: X-Treme Democracynew

Hamid Karzai finally sees reason...
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  10-21-2009  |  Cartoons

Drop the Drones: Remote Attacks Inflame Afghan Anti-Americanism

To Afghans on the ground, drones symbolize American callousness and project a smug sense of superiority -- because they protect us at the Afghans' expense.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  10-21-2009  |  War

How the Nuclear Double Standard Endangers Us Allnew

As long as the U.S. and other nuclear powers hypocritically uphold a double standard in which we claim nuclear weapons are essential for our national security, but other nations such as Iran are not allowed to make this claim, we are probably in a losing struggle for the cause of disarmament
Pasadena Weekly  |  John Grula  |  10-19-2009  |  Commentary

How Canada Got Caught in an Afghan Election That Doesn't Add Upnew

The news on the Afghan election, backed so earnestly by Canada and its $35 million contribution, has gone from terrible to tragic.
NOW Magazine  |  Paul Weinberg  |  10-16-2009  |  International

The Afghan War: Too Illegit to Quit

Eight years. We've been in Afghanistan longer than any other war in American history. The party of the president who invaded Afghanistan has been repudiated at the polls. Yet we still haven't altered the flawed strategy that allowed uneducated tribesmen with outdated weapons to defeat us year after year.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  10-15-2009  |  War

Animated Cartoon: Git-Mo Help

President Obama says he can't close Guantanamo because he doesn't know where to send the detainees. How about a free-market solution to this conundrum: the Gitmo Helpers servant service!
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall and David Essman  |  10-13-2009  |  Cartoons

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