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Interview in Seven Oaks Magazine

In November 2006, Derrick O’ Keefe interviewed Bleeding Afghanistan authors, Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls.

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An interview with the authors of Bleeding Afghanistan, Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls
November 2, 2006
Derrick O’Keefe

Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls are co-authors of an important new book, Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence. The product of extensive research including a 2005 trip to Afghanistan, as well as years of work with Afghan women’s organizations, Bleeding Afghanistan is a significant contribution to our knowledge of the recent history of that war-torn country.

Derrick O’Keefe of Seven Oaks interviewed the authors in advance of their book launch events in Vancouver and Victoria this weekend, November 3-4.

Derrick O’Keefe: Could you explain the “propaganda of silence” around Afghanistan in the United States? Here in Canada, for instance, we find the propaganda machine to justify the military intervention working pretty much around the …

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Review in Z Magazine

Z coverBleeding Afghanistan
Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence

By Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls
Seven Stories Press, 2006, 315 pp.

Review by Gabriel San Roman

Published in Z Magazine, November 2006

In the five years since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 and the subsequent U.S. invasion of Afghanistan under the guise of “Operation Enduring Freedom,” Afghans have indeed endured. According to a new report issued by the Senlis Council, a security and development think tank, the Taliban, ousted in 2001, has effectively regained military control in nearly half of Afghanistan. The expanding frontline of the resurgent Taliban has deteriorated the national security situation to a point where it is worse than it had been in 2001. Furthermore, a severe hunger crisis continues while one out of every four children is not expected to live …

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Canada’s Afghanistan mission destabilizing: James Ingalls

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The Hill Times (Ottawa), October 23rd, 2006
By Simon Doyle

Opinion of the Afghan mission is shifting in Liberal caucus, says one Grit, as opposition parties step up their criticism of the mission.

As opposition parties step up their pressure on the Conservative government to rethink its mission in Afghanistan, the co-author of a new book on the war says that the Canadian-led mission is destabilizing the country and pushing the population into the arms of the Taliban.

James Ingalls, co-author of Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence, a new book on U.S. foreign policy in Afghanistan, said in an interview that the Canadian-led combat mission in southern Afghanistan is counter-productive and destabilizing to the country.

“Canada right now, they’re in full support of what the U.S. is doing, in terms of the worst aspects of U.S. policy in Afghanistan, which I think are …

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Sonali and Jim Interviewed on the Peter B Collins Show

On Monday October 16th, 2006, Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls, co-authors of Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence, were interviewed by Peter B. Collins, the veteran San Francisco talk show host. The Peter B. Collins Show is syndicated in cities in California, Arizona, and Oregon.

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Sonali Kolhatkar on Chat

As part of their week-long series examining the situation in Afghanistan five years after the American invasion, invited Bleeding Afghanistan co-author Sonali Kolhatkar to be a guest on the Rediff Chat, where she shared her experiences and views on the war-ravaged nation.

The chat was held on Monday October 9th at 9 am PST. Read a transcript of the chat here:

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Sonali and Jim on Democracy Now!

Sonali and Jim in studio on Democracy Now

On Friday October 6th, Sonali and Jim appeared on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman to discuss the fifth anniversary of the US bombing of Afghanistan.

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AMY GOODMAN: My next guests are the authors of the book, Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords and the Propaganda of Silence. Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls are also co-directors of the Afghan Women’s Mission. They traveled to Afghanistan last year to witness firsthand the results of U.S. policy there and to understand how ordinary Afghans felt about the war. Sonali and Jim join us from Los Angeles. We welcome you to Democracy Now!

SONALI KOLHATKAR: Thank you, Amy. It’s good to be with you.

AMY GOODMAN: It’s great to have you with us. And, …

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Sonali and Jim Speak on Austin Campus

On Wednesday October 4th, Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls addressed a crowd of over 100 people on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, as part of their on-going book tour. The event was spearheaded by Robert Jensen, a Professor of Journalism at UT, and Third Coast Activist. The campus newspaper, The Daily Texan, covered the story. Sonali graduated from UT in 1996.

Alumna discusses U.S. presence in Afghanistan
Speakers claim United States failed to deliver on promises in ‘world’s largest forgotten tragedy’
Sonali speaking in TexasChristina Garcia
Posted: 10/5/06

Amnesty International has called Afghanistan “the world’s largest forgotten tragedy.”

Afghanistan is being remembered in the culmination of six years’ worth of research in a new book by UT alumna Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls. More than 45,000 troops are stationed in the country, Ingalls said.

Kolhatkar and Ingalls visited UT Wednesday evening to …

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Sonali Kolhatkar on Redeye 102.7FM

RedeyeBleeding Afghanistan co-author Sonali Kolhatkar was interviewed on September 30th on Redeye, a program on Vancouver Cooperative Radio, CFRO 102.7FM.

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Canadian Troops in Afghanistan – Halifax

On Sunday September 25th, Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls made a presentation in the Canadian city of Halifax. The event was organized by the Halifax Peace Coalition and focused on the presence of Canadian troops in Afghanistan.

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Introduction by Stuart Neatby | James Ingalls | Sonali Kolhatkar

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The Other War – Pasadena Weekly

September 7, 2006

The other war

KPFK’s Sonali Kolhatkar and Caltech’s Jim Ingalls offer a new way to look at Afghanistan

By Joe Piasecki

Among progressive thinkers and anti-war activists, American foreign policy in Afghanistan is, at best, a gray area.

Feelings about the war in Iraq are comparatively simple: There were no weapons of mass destruction or terrorist connections, but there was plenty of money to be made by Bush administration cronies though lucrative oil and rebuilding contracts. Bring the troops home now!

But the mission in Afghanistan at least has something to do with the defense of America, right? Those who attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11 were trained and encouraged by Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda, a group the indefensible, oppressive Taliban regime allowed to operate there.

That the left is questioning little about Afghanistan was illustrated by musician Neil Young’s comments during his Aug. 17 …

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