Afghanistan

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Malalai Joya

Malalai Joya was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2010. An extraordinary young woman raised in the refugee camps of Iran and Pakistan, Joya became a teacher in secret girls’ schools, hiding her books under her burqa so the Taliban couldn’t find them.

She helped establish a free medical clinic and orphanage in her impoverished home province; and at a constitutional assembly in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2003, she stood up and denounced her country’s powerful NATO-backed warlords. She was twenty-five years old.

Two years later, she became the youngest person elected to Afghanistan’s new Parliament. In 2007, she was suspended from Parliament for her persistent criticism of the warlords and drug barons.

Malalai Joya has a pair of events in our region today. She will be speaking tonight at 7:00 pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany on Washington Avenue and at 1:00 pm at the Bush Memorial Auditorium at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY

WAMC News
12:48 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Malalai Joya Speaking In NY & MA

Joya's book is entitled "A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice"
Credit WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

One of Afghanistan's most notable freedom fighters, women’s rights advocate Malalai Joya, is back in the US this fall for a national tour coinciding with the 12th anniversary of the start of the US war in Afghanistan.    The lecture series  includes several stops across the WAMC listening area. Joya’s tour is sponsored by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) and Afghan Women’s Mission (AWM).

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New England News
5:10 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Crowds Line Pittsfield Streets To Welcome Home Fallen Soldier

Crowds line North Street in downtown Pittsfield.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

The body of a Berkshire County native killed in Afghanistan earlier this month was welcomed home by supporters who lined the streets of downtown Pittsfield.

The body of 24-year old U.S. Army Specialist Mitchell Daehling arrived Wednesday morning at Barens Air National Guard Airport in Westfield, and shortly after 10:30 was transported through downtown Pittsfield to the Dery Funeral Home.

A long line of supporters gathered along South Street and North Street, many holding American flags.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed May 15, 2013

"Beyond War" by David Rohde

    In Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence in a New Middle East, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Rohde distills eleven years of expert reporting into a call for change.

An incisive look at the evolving nature of war, Rohde exposes how a dysfunctional Washington squandered billions on contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, neglected its true allies in the war on terror and failed to employ its most potent nonmilitary weapons.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue March 19, 2013

"Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan" by Rajiv Chandrasekaran

      The author of the acclaimed bestseller and National Book Award finalist, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, tells the startling, behind-the-scenes story of the US’s political and military misadventure in Afghanistan in his new book, Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan.

In this meticulously reported and illuminating book, Rajiv Chandrasekaran focuses on southern Afghanistan in the year of President Obama’s surge, and reveals the epic tug of war that occurred between the president and a military that increasingly went its own way.

New England News
1:00 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Peace Activist Traveled To Pakistan To Protest Drone Strikes

An American drone strike Thursday in Pakistan reportedly killed a militant commander who had directed attacks on U.S. forces in neighboring Afghanistan.  The U.S. military for several years has waged a campaign of drone attacks in Pakistan.  Recently, a peace activist from Northampton Massachusetts, Paki Wieland traveled to Pakistan, and the region of Waziristan, where most of the drone strikes occur, to protest American policy.   She spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed January 2, 2013

"No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan"

In a remote, enemy-held valley in Afghanistan, a Special Forces team planned to scale a steep mountain to surprise and capture a terrorist leader. But before they found the target, the target found them…

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New York News
5:40 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

3 Soldiers From Upstate NY Killed in Afghanistan

Military officials say three U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from upstate New York have been killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense has identified the soldiers as 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Dain Venne of Port Henry, 22-year-old Spc. Ryan Jayne of Campbell and 27-year-old Spc. Brett Gornewicz of Alden.
 
The Pentagon says they died of wounds suffered Saturday when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device in Paktia province.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:28 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Rabbi Michael Rothbaum: A Picture's Worth a Thousand Lives

When the most recent Iraq war began, I was serving as student rabbi at a wonderful little synagogue in New England.  One of the regulars at our monthly Torah study was a World War II veteran – let’s call him Sam.  Sam would always bring consideration and deep insight to text study.  But more than that, Sam was – and is – a mensh.

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