Afghanistan Topics

Democracy Now! has regularly covered the Afghanistan War since it was launched Oct. 7, 2001. Over the years, we have interviewed dozens of independent journalists, civilians living in the conflict zones, scholars, veterans, and antiwar activists.

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  • While much of the world’s attention focuses on Iraq, the people of Afghanistan, especially women, continue to suffer from President Bush’s other war. The liberation of Afghan women–one of the Bush administration’s stated reasons for overthrowing the Taliban — has failed. Insecurity, sexual violence and oppression continue to dominate life for women in Afghanistan. We talk to KPFK’s Sonali Kolhatkar
    Apr 22, 2004 | Story
  • In hearings yesterday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the head of US Central Command Gen. John Abizaid said the U.S. military has investigated 75 cases of abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan since late 2002. Abizaid is responsible for US military operations in both countries. He said the army was still investigating several homicides in Afghanistan that went as far back as December 2002.

    The issue of the US military’s treatment...

    May 20, 2004 | Story
  • During Reagan’s 8 years in power, the CIA secretly sent billions of dollars of military aid to the mujahedeen in Afghanistan in a US-supported jihad against the Soviet Union. We take a look at America’s role in Afghanistan that led to the rise of Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda with Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion...
    Jun 10, 2004 | Story
  • We speak with Afghan women’s rights activist Malalai Joya, an elected representative to the December 2003 Loya Jirga convention in Kabul to create Afghanistan’s new constitution. She received numerous death threats for speaking out against fundamentalist leaders–including from Ismail Khan–the governor of Herat who was recently fired by President Karzai, sparking demonstrations and violence. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 13, 2004 | Story
  • Two weeks ago an Afghan court convicted two former U.S. soldiers and an Emmy Award-winning journalist and sentenced them to 8-10 years in prison for torturing Afghan prisoners in an illegal, private jail. Their U.S. attorneys are accusing the Afghan court system of conducting a sham trial. At the trial the attorneys attempted to introduce video evidence that indicates one of the defendants, Jonathan "Jack" Idema had close ties to the...
    Sep 23, 2004 | Story
  • In a rare uncensored letter from Guantanamo Bay, British detainee Moazzam Begg writes that he was tortured and abused by U.S soldiers during detention and that he witnessed U.S. soldiers murder two detainees in Afghanistan. We speak with president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Michael Ratner. [includes rush transcript]
    Oct 05, 2004 | Story
  • When asked about the situation in Afghanistan and the upcoming election, Vice President Dick Cheney called it a success in democracy and compared it to El Salvador in the 1980s. We speak with veteran investigative journalist Robert Parry about what he calls the "bloody mess" of El Salvador and Rahul Mahajan about voter manipulation in Afghanistan. [includes rush transcript]
    Oct 06, 2004 | Story
  • As the Bush administration lauds the upcoming presidential election in Afghanistan as a success in democracy, the elections are marked by U.S. pressure, fraud and corruption.
    Oct 08, 2004 | Story
  • We go to Afghanistan to speak with The Nation’s correspondent covering Saturday’s election where all 15 of incumbent Hamid Karzai’s opponents announced they were boycotting the election because of voting problems. [includes rush transcript]
    Oct 12, 2004 | Story
  • The new documentary "The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror" examines the link between oil interests and current U.S. military interventions. It includes original footage shot over a four-month period in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as many interviews with a large array of personalities including Bush administration officials. [includes rush transcript]
    Oct 22, 2004 | Story