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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  • At his first news conference, President Obama emphasized the importance of removing "safe havens" for al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan and said he had no timetable for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. We speak to Cherif Bassiouni, a former UN human rights investigator in Afghanistan. He was fired in 2005 after releasing a report criticizing the US for committing human rights abuses in Afghanistan. [includes rush transcript]
    Feb 10, 2009 | Story
  • Hamburg is home to Der Spiegel, the largest circulation news magazine in Europe. After Barack Obama won the presidential election in the United States, Der Spiegel had him on its cover with the headline "President of the World." We speak with Mathias Müller Von Blumencron, editor-in-chief of Der Spiegel. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 11, 2008 | Story
  • Sweden is home to more Iraqi refugees than other European countries. The nation has also let in many Afghan refugees. We speak to Faisal Enayat Khan. He is a reporter for the Swedish newspaper The Local. Originally from Afghanistan, he is in Sweden after being granted asylum. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 09, 2008 | Story
  • War veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan came to Capitol Hill earlier this year to testify before Congress and give an eyewitness account about the horrors of war. Like the Winter Soldier hearings in March, when more than 200 service members gathered for four days in Silver Spring, Maryland to give their eyewitness accounts of the injustices occurring in Iraq and Afghanistan, “Winter Soldier on the Hill” was designed to drive home the human...
    Nov 28, 2008 | Story
  • Investigative journalist Nir Rosen has just returned from Afghanistan, where he embedded with the Taliban and traveled far from capital city of Kabul, "Afghanistan’s version of the Green Zone." He doesn’t think the US-led NATO occupation is winning in Afghanistan. His latest article for Rolling Stone magazine is "How We Lost the War We Won: A Journey into Taliban-Controlled Afghanistan." [includes rush transcript]
    Oct 15, 2008 | Story
  • The latest official count of US servicemembers who have died in the Iraq war is 4,180; in Afghanistan, 610. At Arlington National Cemetery, the nation’s preeminent military cemetery, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are buried in Section 60. A new documentary film follows some of the families that come to visit their graves. [includes rush transcript]
    Oct 10, 2008 | Story
  • While the state of the economy dominated the opening portion of last night’s debate, the focus later shifted to foreign policy. Voters questioned Senators Barack Obama and John McCain about Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Israel and Iran. [includes rush transcript]
    Oct 08, 2008 | Story
  • Robert Fisk is Britain’s most celebrated foreign correspondent and has borne witness to countless tragedies in the Middle East for over three decades. With the publication of a new collection of essays, Fisk joins us to talk about the US elections and their bearing on Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Israel-Palestine. [includes rush transcript]
    Oct 02, 2008 | Story
  • Stock prices are continuing to fall sharply across the globe today, following the collapse of Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch, two of the world’s largest investment banks. On Monday, the Dow Jones index fell 504 points. It was the Dow’s sixth-largest point drop ever. We speak with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who heads up the Wall Street Project, about the crisis, as well as about Barack Obama’s historic Democratic presidential...
    Sep 16, 2008 | Story
  • Nearly seven years after the first bombs were dropped on Afghanistan, the US war there continues to escalate. President Bush recently announced he will send an additional 5,000 troops to Afghanistan. Both major party presidential candidates, John McCain and Barack Obama, have pledged to send more troops if elected. The United States launched the war in Afghanistan in response to the 9/11 attacks. The stated purpose of the invasion was to capture...
    Sep 15, 2008 | Story