Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence
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  • July 2006
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Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence

Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls

In the years following 9/11, U.S. policy in Afghanistan has received little scrutiny, either from the media or the public. Despite official claims of democracy and women's freedom, Afghanistan has yet to emerge from the ashes of decades-long war. Through in-depth research and detailed historical context, Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingall's report on the injustice of U.S. policies in Afghanistan historically and in the post-9/11 era. Drawing from declassified government documents and on-the-ground interviews with Afghan activists, journalists, lawyers, refugees, and students, Bleeding Afghanistan examines the connections between the U.S. training and arming of Mujahideen commanders and the subversion of Afghan democracy today. Bleeding Afghanistan boldly critiques the exploitation of Afghan women to justify war by both conservatives and liberals, analyzes uncritical media coverage of U.S. policies, and examines the ways in which the U.S. benefits from being in Afghanistan.

"A wake-up call to everyone who thought the war in Afghanistan was a success story." —Eve Ensler "This is not The Bookseller of Kabul or The Kite Runner. It is not for latte-drinking liberals who want to save exotic Afghan women or men. It's about what America is really doing today in Afghanistan after the Taliban was ousted, and what we did before." –Pratap Chatterjee, author of Iraq, Inq.: A Profitable Occupation

About Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls

SONALI KOLHATKAR and JAMES INGALLS are the co-directors of the Afghan Women’s Mission, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that works with the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA). Their writings have appeared in Z MagazineForeign Policy in Focus, on Alternet, Common Dreams, and in CounterPunch. In February 2005, Kolhatkar and Ingalls traveled to Afghanistan to witness firsthand the results of U.S. policy, and to understand how ordinary Afghans felt about the war. Sonali Kolhatkar is the host and producer of Uprising, a popular, daily, drive-time program on KPFK, Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles.

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