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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  • In the immediate wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, U.S. officials immediately speculated that Osama bin Laden was likely to be found responsible. A CNN anchor said, "Whenever something like this happens, you have to look to the Middle East." Amidst this climate of official and media speculation, Muslim and Arab-American organizations have immediately reported harassing and threatening emails and phone calls...
    Sep 12, 2001 | Story
  • Reaction on Capitol Hill and from Bush administration officials was swift and angry, as government officials fairly fell over themselves to vow military retaliation against those responsible for Tuesday’s attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 12, 2001 | Story
  • This is a special one-hour live report on the WTC and Pentagon attacks.

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    Sep 11, 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
  • The UNESCO chief denounced the plunder of the Bamiyan Buddhas: "It is abominable to witness the cold and calculated destruction ofcultural properties which were the heritage of the Afghan people, and, indeed, of the whole of humanity." Meanwhile, the people ofAfghanistan are facing unprecedented upheaval. Decades of war have brought widespread death and economic devastation. The Taliban haveimposed an extreme interpretation of militant...
    Mar 13, 2001 | Story
  • Some of the responsibility for the religious and political upheaval in Afghanistan today is traceable to the US intervention in thecountry during the Cold War. After the Soviets invaded the country and took control, Afghanistan became a battleground for East Westdisputes.
    Mar 13, 2001 | 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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