Tag Archives: Afghanistan

Sad but true: Americans know little about the war in Afghanistan

June was another brutal month in Afghanistan. More than 100 soldiers lost their lives. Scores of Afghan civilians were killed. A country that has seen war and bloodshed for almost 10 years is still no closer to peace, despite billions … Continue reading

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Why some Taliban media reports from Pakistan may be dubious at best

One of the thrills of teaching journalism at a university (I’ve taught at UCLA and Pakistan’s Punjab University) is seeing your students graduate and do articles on weighty subjects. Farooq Sulehria, a former student who now lives in Sweden, sent … Continue reading

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Pakistan before the Taliban: A photographic journey (part 2)

The second in a series of ‘round-the-world photo essays (here’s the first one) that will also spotlight Iran, Iraq, Syria, North Africa, West Africa, Europe, and other destinations. Muhammad Iqbal, the great 20th-century poet-intellectual whose ideas on Muslim identity and … Continue reading

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Images of war dead: Why don’t Americans see more?

The photo shows a U.S. Marine on the brink of death in Afghanistan. Blood and flesh are visible, with the Marine’s face half-way buried in mud and dirt. A photographer for the Associated Press took the image, which the news … Continue reading

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The Jews (and Sikhs and Christians) of Pakistan

They are a visible minority in Pakistan, one of many non-Muslim groups who’ve lived in the country for centuries. This week, though, because of fighting between the Taliban and Pakistan’s military, the Sikhs of Pakistan are fleeing their longtime homes … Continue reading

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Bin Laden: A Terrorist Who Drinks Coke

Hamid Mir is the only journalist to interview Osama bin Laden three times – and the only one to speak with him after 9/11. Mir, who is based in Pakistan, is an expert on al-Qaeda, Afghanistan, and the politics of … Continue reading

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Fox News and the ‘Clash of Civilizations’

Harvard political scientist Samuel P. Huntington died in December of 2008, but his legacy – unfortunately – lives on with his book, “The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order,” an altogether distorted look at (among other things) … Continue reading

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