It is estimated that Afghanistan produces up to 85% of the world’s opium and heroin. With that in mind, today we take a close look at the global drug trade, its connections to Afghan state formation, and the role of the United States’ military presence and imperial project. Our guest is James Tharin Bradford, author […]
President Trump recently announced that he be increasing the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, currently the longest war in U.S. history. Brian Terrell from “Voices for Creative Nonviolence” talks about his experiences in that country, and how the U.S. is affecting it.
We’ve got another packed show today. First up, Greg Rouillard discusses sociocracy. Rouillard studies and practices the Sociocratic Circle-Organization Method. He is also the Executive Director of Family HEART Camp, a community of summer camps for all ages based in the principles and practices of Compassionate Communication. Next, Kathy Kelly, a co-coordinator of Voices for […]
A February Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) investigation revealed widespread sexual abuse of schoolboys by teachers in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province. IWPR said it discovered an alarming rate of alleged abuse by teachers in conversations with more than 50 students and with education and government officials. Students said they were offered good grades for […]
How have anthropologists and other social scientists been used by the Pentagon and the CIA on the ground in places like Afghanistan as part of broader “counter-insurgency” programs? What are contracted civilians, embedded academics doing in the field as part of “human terrain teams?” Host Allen Ruff talks with anthropologist David Price to explore this.
How did the United States bring the Taliban back from the dead? How did Americans resurrect the insurgency that persists to this day? What is the truth behind out country’s longest war? Listen to this edition of A Public Affair to find out more!