Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Richard Engel's Appearance on The Colbert Report

Richard Engel appeared on The Colbert Report and discussed his move to Pakistan, foreign policy, news coverage, etc.

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U.S. Sets Fight in the Poppies to Stop Taliban

Today's New York Times article by Dexter Filkins discusses U.S. commanders plans to go after the Taliban's main source of money, the country's opium crop.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Taliban Shift Forces, but Hold Pakistan Valley

Carlotta Gall and Dexter Filkins write about recent events in Pakistan in the April 24th edition of the New York Times.

In other news, Dexter Filkins received another award for his nonfiction book, Forever War, by the Overseas Press Club of America (OPC). CNN's Chief International Correspondent, Christianne Amanpour presented Dexter Filkins with the Cornelius Ryan Award at a dinner on April 22. You can read about all the award winners here.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cal Perry in Baghdad

Cal Perry is back in Baghdad and had two pieces air on CNN Domestic today. The first is about the reported arrest of the head of al Qaeda in Iraq and the two bombings that made today the bloodiest day of 2009:

The second clip updated both of the earlier stories but focused on Cal's interview with General Ray Odierno:

Monday, April 20, 2009

Running For Your Life

I thought we might veer slightly off the "War-Path" for a moment in order to bring you a powerful report Oliver Steeds made for the UK's Channel 4. It's about the North Korean refugees that have escaped and are now hiding in China. As I watched this report I kept asking myself "How bad must it be in N.K. if this is an improvement?"

If anyone watching this thinks "That guy looks familiar." This is probably why.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Afghan Women Protest New Law on Home Life

Dexter Filkins writes in today's New York Times about the women in Kabul demanding the repeal of a law that permits, among other things, marital rape.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The latest from Afghanistan

CNN has a slideshow by photojournalist Todd Baxter titled Scenes from Kabul. What a stunningly beautiful area, and despite decades of violence, so many of the faces remain open and friendly. 

Also, last night's Frontline was Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's report on the resurgence of the Taliban. She makes a very dangerous journey into the Swat Valley region. She speaks to several children during the piece, young girls who are no longer allowed to go to school and young boys who are determined to fight to free their country, whether that means fighting with or against the Taliban. If you can't catch a replay, Children of the Taliban is available online.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Saving the Future by Saving the Past

If you happen to be reading a blog entitled "War Journos" I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that you have at least a passing interest in war journalism. Call me crazy...
If, however, this is not the case and you in fact have no curiosity whatsoever about the topic, go some where else. It's a big Internet, people. May I suggest Stuff On My Cat. com It's stuff... on cats! Brilliant!
While the cat people quietly exit, those of you remaining, please take a moment to read Rory Stewart's piece in the UK Telegraph regarding his journey of starting the Turquoise Mountain Foundation . Regenerating Afghanistan This is what it takes to revitalize ONE neighborhood in Kabul- now think about the entire country. BTW, Mr. Stewart, I know you're busy and all, but if you could by any chance write a 3rd book, I would be most grateful. Thanks.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Yuri Kozyrev on Charlie Rose, 26 May 2003

Charlie Rose interviewed four of Time magazine's photographers for the release of "21 Days to Baghdad." The clip is available on Charlie's website, here.