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Give Malalai Joya a visa

In a display of mendacity worthy of the days when the late Senator Joseph McCarthy stifled free speech from coast to coast, the United States Department of State has denied a visa to Afghanistan's most internationally recognized activist, Malalai Joya.
Plus, Obama's Libyan War
By EDITORIAL  |  March 25, 2011

Front lines

Sebastian Junger gets up close and personal with Restrepo
Sebastian Junger gets up close and personal with Restrepo
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 26, 2010
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Ransom Notes

While reporting from Afghanistan two years ago, David Rohde became, for the second time in his career, an unwilling participant rather than an observer. On October 29, 1995, Rohde had been arrested by Bosnian Serbs. And then in November 2008, Rohde and
Was the NY Times being hypocritical when it suppressed coverage of its journalist who was kidnapped by the Taliban?
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 12, 2010
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Company, present pillows!

All right, sorority girls and sleepover fiends, get those pillows fluffed and ready.
Down and Up For a Fight
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 01, 2009
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Propping up a puppet

"If you ask me anything I don't know, I'm not going to answer," Yogi Berra once said. President Obama should do the same.
Obama gets it wrong on Afghanistan
By TED RALL  |  February 25, 2009
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Terror masala

After living in fear of terrorism for more than half a decade, it’s something of a relief to sit in the dark at the Somerville Theatre and . . . laugh at it.
Bollywood introduces the singing, dancing terrorist
By SEETHA NARAYAN  |  November 25, 2008


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Explosively bad

Abroad and at home, the future looks grim.  
The potential for even more public disillusionment and anger is huge as events outstrip the nation’s political imagination
By EDITORIAL  |  October 09, 2008
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Far out

Carol Abbe sat very still on the international flight taking her from Beirut to Taipei.
As the war escalates, a onetime hippie chick reflects on the groovy time she spent in Afghanistan and Iran in the late ’60s
By LAUREN WOLFE  |  May 04, 2007

Flashbacks: November 24, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Dan Peleschuk, Ian Sands, and Eva Wolchover.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By FLASHBACKS  |  November 21, 2006
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When GI Joe says no

A young former US Army sniper wearing a desert-camo uniform, an Iraqi kaffiyeh, and mirrored sunglasses scans a ruined urban landscape of smashed homes, empty streets, and garbage heaps.
What critics of the Iraq War must understand about the new culture of the military  
By CHRISTIAN PARENT  |  April 26, 2006
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The Beauty Academy of Kabul

Shot in Afghanistan just months after the seeming smashing of the Taliban, Liz Mermin’s engaging film already seems a nostalgia item remembering a better, more optimistic time.
Compelling doc avoids coming off too didactic
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 19, 2006


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College students be damned

Neither public nor private institutions are doing enough to contain costs.
Plus, Islamic democracy?
By EDITORIAL  |  March 22, 2006
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War and peace

Since September 11, publishers have been rushing to supply Americans with non-fiction books about the war on terror, the war in Iraq, and anything relating to the upheavals in the Middle East.
Books that travel from the Mecca to Memphis
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  January 02, 2006

Suicide Attacks Target Kabul Peacekeepers


KABUL, Afghanistan - Two separate suicide attackers rammed car bombs into vehicles belonging to     NATO-led peacekeepers Monday in Kabul, killing at least one German soldier and wounding at least 13 people in the first major attack on foreign troops in the capital in more than a year.
By Mike Smith  |  December 18, 2005