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Young People, Iraq, Afghanistan, PTSD and Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Programs must be established with experts from every field to deal with the bio-psycho-social nature of the co-occurring disorder of PTSD and chemical addiction. We must have professionals from both the mental health and addiction camps...Show More Summary

A Look Back

Even though The Duffel Blog is a satirist site (yes it really is people), this look back on the war in Afghanistan is not only funny, but also highly accurate. November 2009: With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Activision brings real Afghan action to living rooms everywhere. Show More Summary

Photography exhibition explores emotional, psychological impact of war

yesterdayArts : Artdaily

Past and present connect in a selection of photographs of American servicemen and women dating from the Civil War to recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. American Soldier opened at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City on Jan. Show More Summary

Australia and UN peacekeeping: Time for a reset

The UN is the go-to organisation for virtually every forgotten international crisis. While the West has struggled on in Afghanistan and Iraq, the UN and its peacekeeping missions have been deployed to just about everywhere else: Congo,...Show More Summary

The Interpreter's best of 2014: Photos from Afghanistan, Ukraine, the nine-dash line and the TPP

Throughout the Christmas-New Year break, we feature some of The Interpreter's best pieces from 2014. More to come between now and 12 January when The Interpreter returns for 2015. Kabul, Buzkashi and palachman: Photos from life in Afghanistan, by Claire Stewart, 20 February. Normally winter snow in Kabul is nothing special. Show More Summary

A President Against Himself

On the international front, President Barack Obama seems to pride himself on being a man of peace, not war. In his latest State of the Union speech, he proudly announced that the U.S. had ended its combat mission in Afghanistan. Before...Show More Summary

A New Dawn for India and Afghanistan

For years now, India has been heralded as the next rising Asian giant after China. Yet the country's growth in both international stature and economic size, while certainly substantial, has failed to live up to those grand expectations. Show More Summary

The Forgotten Wars in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq

There is a terrifying enemy threatening civilians in war-torn Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. This is another foe besides the Taliban, Al Qaeda, the Syrian regime or ISIS. It's a silent menace that may yet be the most powerful. It is hunger. Show More Summary

Afghanistan, Iraq Direct War Spending To Date: $1.7 Trillion (and Counting)

yesterdayNews : Reason

Here we go again. On Tuesday, the president asked Congress to let him go back to war in he Middle East. He said: “In Iraq and Syria, American leadership?—?including our military power?—?is stopping ISIL’s advance. Instead of gettingShow More Summary

American Sniper and the Politics of Ignorance

As a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, I looked forward to the release of the film American Sniper, and my wife and I saw it as soon as we could. I found it an excellent portrayal of one exceptional serviceman's experience. My wife called it the best depiction she's seen of what a spouse goes through during deployments. The controversy surprised me. Show More Summary

Dog Welcomes Owner Home from Afghanistan: Grab Your Tissues!

As previously documented, Golden Retrievers are terrible at racing when the course is littered with toys and treats. But they are great at eating corn on the cob like a human being... and even better as getting crazy excited when their...Show More Summary

Afghan Government Takeover Plan for Women’s Shelters Alarms Human Rights Groups

The Afghan government’s recent proposal to take control of women’s shelters has human rights groups and women’s rights advocates alarmed that the move further threatens the safety of women and girls in Afghanistan. The new regulation, drafted by the Ministry of Justice, would subject victims of domestic abuse to compulsory forensic examinations and severely limit women’s [...]

The Battle Over American Sniper

For years it’s been a film-industry truism (and, one imagines, a studio-boardroom cautionary tale) that movies about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan perform poorly at the box office. Kimberly Peirce’s Stop-Loss, Paul Haggis’ In theShow More Summary

Presidential War Lies, Standing Ovations and the Great Waste of Everything

"In war, truth is the first casualty." -- Aeschylus 525-456 BC As reported by the BBC this month, the Taliban have rejected an offer by the newly installed President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, of Cabinet positions and governorships in three Afghan provinces. Show More Summary

Rights report details threats to journalists in Afghanistan

Afraid of losing his radio show, Aqel Mohammad Waqar refused to tell anyone about the threatening calls and messages he received for his unvarnished reports on the conflict in Afghanistan.

Obama Says SOTU Is Strong – Frank Luntz Focus Group Doesn’t Buy It (Video)

Barack Obama opened his SOTU Address tonight saying the State of the Union is strong. Tonight, for the first time since 9/11, our combat mission in Afghanistan is over. Six years ago, nearly 180,000 American troops served in Iraq and … Continue reading ?

To defeat terrorism, moderates need to unite

In response to deeply unpopular drone strikes, a public rally in Karachi demands the blocking of NATO supplies from Pakistan to neighbouring Afghanistan. The banner reads, in Urdu 'Rulers! Come out of the US war'. EPA/Rehan Khan To defeat terrorists, we need a new game plan to unite all moderates read more

US charges Yemenis over alleged murder plot

Suspects extradited after arrest by Saudis to US, where they face charges for attacking American troops in Afghanistan.

The War Nerd: Getting “Women Warriors” wrong

I read a long article called “My Terrifying Night with Afghanistan’s Only Female Warlord” last month. It was utter crap, and so similar to a lot of utter crap I’ve been reading about the women fighters of the Kurdish YPJ militia in Syria...Show More Summary

Yemen: The New Afghanistan

Robin Wright: Yemen could become another Afghanistan—a failed state dominated by warlords and extremists.

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