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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  • Nairn-democracynow
    In an extended interview, award-winning journalist and activist Allan Nairn looks back over the Obama administration’s foreign policy and national security decisions over the last twelve months. "I think Obama should be remembered as a great man because of the blow he struck against white racism," Nairn says. "But once he became president...Obama became a murderer and a terrorist, because the US has a machine that spans the...
    Jan 06, 2010 | Story
  • 2009-webok
    As 2009 comes to a close, today we begin by taking a step back and putting this year of war in perspective. Salon.com blogger Glenn Greenwald discusses US foreign policy, including the escalation of the war in Afghanistan, drone strikes on Pakistan, cruise missile attacks on Yemen, operations in Somalia, the ongoing operation in Iraq, and much more. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 31, 2009 | Story
  • Obama-nobel
    President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize today in Oslo, Norway, less than two weeks after he ordered 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. In a possible attempt to avoid questions about the Afghan war, the White House has canceled the traditional press conference held by Nobel Peace Prize winners. In addition, the White House has canceled other events held every year, including a dinner with the Norwegian Nobel Committee, a television interview,...
    Dec 10, 2009 | Story
  • Tariq-ali-hampshire
    Speaking before a packed audience at Hampshire College, Tariq Ali argues that an immediate exit strategy from Afghanistan and Pakistan is vital both for the region and for the United States.
    Dec 07, 2009 | Web Exclusive
  • Care-intl-web
    As President Obama prepares to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, aid agencies have issued a warning about what they describe as the increasing militarization of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. Oxfam, CARE International and other groups say humanitarian aid is often being used by the United States and other nations as part of a counterinsurgency strategy and that military plans are dictating how aid is distributed. We speak to Lex Kassenberg,...
    Dec 03, 2009 | Story
  • Obama-address
    President Obama announced Tuesday night that he would send an additional 30,000 US troops to Afghanistan in the coming months, bringing the total number of American troops occupying Afghanistan to nearly 100,000. Describing the war as "not just America’s war," Obama vowed to start bringing the troops back home by the middle of 2011. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 02, 2009 | Story
  • Kucinich-web
    As President Obama unveils his plan to escalate the war in Afghanistan, we speak with Ohio Congress member Dennis Kucinich. "The United States is going deeper and deeper into debt," says Kucinich. "We have money for Wall Street and money for war, but we don’t have money for work...for healthcare. We have to start asking ourselves, why is it that war is a priority, but the basic needs of the people of this country are not?"...
    Dec 02, 2009 | Story
  • Bacevich-web
    Andrew Bacevich, a retired colonel and a Vietnam War veteran who spent twenty-three years in the US Army, responds to President Obama’s plan to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Bacevich is a professor of history and international relations at Boston University and the author of The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 02, 2009 | Story
  • Rosen-dn-web
    Nir Rosen, independent journalist and fellow at the NYU Center on Law and Security, responds to President Obama decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan. Rosen has covered both Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003. His latest articles cover the current state of the US occupations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 02, 2009 | Story
  • Afghanistan-web
    President Obama has issued orders for a major escalation of the US occupation of Afghanistan by sending 34,000 additional troops. Has the media helped beat the drum for war? A new study by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting reveals pro-war voices outnumbered antiwar ones by a huge margin in the op-ed pages of the nation’s two leading newspapers, the New York Times and the Washington Post. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 01, 2009 | Story