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pamela-ferris-olson's picture
Life is tough for women in Afghanistan. The lack of childcare may seem like a trivial matter until you consider the need of one mother. Without child care options she has to fly dangerous supply missions to remote areas and disaster zones in a military helicopter – her 5-year-old daughter alongside...
steven-robert-travers's picture
In April of 1995, bin Laden told a French journalist that his decision to fight alongside Afghan Mujahadeen dated from "the time when the Americans decided to help the Afghans fight the Russians. "To counter these atheist Russians, the Saudis chose me as their representative in Afghanistan… I did...
eric-p-nichols's picture
I've discovered that one of the great benefits of being an "official" Red Room author is that I can make blog posts without waiting for moderational (or is that moderatory) approval.  What this means is that my wisdom (or lack thereof) is immediately propagated with no human intervention...
pamela-ferris-olson's picture
U.S. women talking to Afghan women is an idea far too long in coming. U.S. Marines are undertaking an experiment in Afghanistan. They are embracing the power of women’s work. A few women have been added to duty on the front lines. Read more about this on my Living in the Heartland blog.
monty-heying's picture
One form of religious oppression has been going on for millennia-zealots using religion as a either a club or an opiate to control the masses for economic or political gain. The dotted line runs from cave-dwelling witch doctors, through Jesus and the Pharisees and moneychangers, through Socrates'...
farzana-versey's picture
We cannot say it was only a matter of time. We can say it is good timing. Barack Obama makes an announcement about the US killing Osama bin Laden, but there is not a word from him about NATO forces murdering the Libyan leader’s youngest son and grandchildren even as there were rumours that...
ganesh1982's picture
The private observance of religious minorities is at stake when it comes to the anti-secularism in practice. It could be denied but true that the whole world is in against ‘freedom of religion and faith’ as the anti-secularist approach has got a solid embodiment even in a ‘constitutionally...
farzana-versey's picture
The American president, who has been talking about democracy, did not have the basic courtesy to inform another democratic president that he planned to visit his country. Barack Obama made an unscheduled visit to Afghanistan, skirted the capital Kabul and landed straight at the Bagram Air...
jayne-lyn-stahl's picture
What better way to insulate the White House, the Defense Department, and the State Department from the glare of media scrutiny than by publication of a scathing interview with the leading general in Afghanistan, Stanley McChrystal?     Clearly, General McChrystal crossed the line which should come...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
Since 9/11, journalists and writers have tried to understand the extremists committed to the destruction of the West and, often, that of their own societies in the Middle East. Writers have mostly done this by “going inside” the world of those extremists, giving us the inner life of suicide bombers...