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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  • Last year’s revelations in the San Jose Mercury News about the role
    of the CIA-backed Nicaraguan Contra rebels in California’s crack-
    cocaine trade in the 1980s highlighted the CIA’s relations with
    illegal narcotic traffickers. But CIA alliances with international
    narcotics traffickers is nothing new. Professor Alfred McCoy of the
    University of Wisconsin-Madison argues in his acclaimed book, The
    Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in...
    Feb 05, 1997 | Story
  • President Clinton ordered cruise missile attacks on targets in Afghanistan and the Sudan. Anywhere from 75 from 100 missiles were launched, at least one of which errantly landed in Pakistan, killing 5 people. The administration was targeting areas linked to Osama Bin Laden, a wealthy Saudi businessman whom the U.S. maintains was behind the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania on August 7th. While information on what was actually hit inside Afghanistan...
    Aug 21, 1998 | Story
  • An unexploded U.S. missile reportedly has been found in western Pakistan, but Pakistani officials would not comment today after a similar report last week was later denied. Local officials said the missile was found in a remote area Sunday and handed over to the military the same day, four days after U.S. missiles struck an alleged training camp in neighboring Afghanistan. They said the missile fell in Kharan, 380 miles south of the U.S. target...
    Aug 24, 1998 | Story
  • The kind of information you just heard about the American cruise missile attacks is not getting out into the mainstream media. While journalists scrutinized every word President Clinton uttered about Monica Lewinsky in an effort to catch him in a lie, the same standard was not applied to U.S. officials when they described so-called terrorist targets in Afghanistan and the Sudan. It seems as though when U-S military officials say they have credible...
    Aug 25, 1998 | Story
  • The U.S. media may be blindly following where the State Department leads them, but the American public is less willing to follow Clinton’s hawkish line. You wouldn’t know it watching TV or reading the corporate papers, which rarely report on peace groups. A look at what peace groups are doing around the country in response to the Sudan and Afghanistan bombings.
    Aug 25, 1998 | Story
  • Noam Chomsky calls the U.S. bombings of the Sudan and Afghanistan an act of international terrorism. By not going to the UN Security Council for authorization to take action against the alleged targets, the U.S. violated international law.
    Aug 25, 1998 | Story
  • Army divisions from nine Iranian provinces are heading for the border with Afghanistan for military maneuvers that could begin as early as this weekend. This follows weeks of increased tension between the two countries, which may go to war in the next few weeks.
    Sep 17, 1998 | Story
  • As the emergency peace talks are underway in Egypt, we continue with the joint speech of Edward Said and Noam Chomsky given last year at Columbia University. We go now to Professor Noam Chomsky. [includes rush transcript]
    Oct 16, 2000 | Story
  • The current election results in Israel have roots in a legacy of occupation and failed peace efforts. Noam Chomsky, longtime activist and professor of linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, takes a look at Middle East politics. [includes rush transcript]
    Feb 07, 2001 | Story
  • The international community is reacting with sadness and anger over the destruction of priceless Buddhist statues in Afghanistan. Museumsand governments around the world had hoped to save two giant Buddhas that had been carved into the stone cliffs of Bamiyan.
    Mar 13, 2001 | Story