September, 2006

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.

Click here to listen to the interview.

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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.

Click on the following links to download the audio of the event:

Introduction by Stuart Neatby | James Ingalls | Sonali Kolhatkar

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Praise for Bleeding Afghanistan

“If you want the real story behind the US war in Afghanistan, read this book now! Bleeding Afghanistan is a thoroughly researched analysis of US policy. Kolhatkar and Ingalls show how Afghan women were used to dupe us into a war that has neither improved the security of Americans, nor liberated the people of Afghanistan. A wake-up call to everyone who thought the war was a success story.”

— Eve Ensler

“Bleeding Afghanistan is without a doubt the most realistic and sincere reflection of the ongoing tragedy in my ill-fated Afghanistan, covering every aspect of life under the US domination and its fundamentalist criminals and warlord hirelings…The book breaks the silence on many hidden agendas of the US administration in Afghanistan.”

— Malalai Joya, member of Afghan Parliament

“Sonali Kolhatkar and Jim Ingalls worked with RAWA before it was cool and have continued to do so after Afghanistan has fallen off everyone’s radar screen. …

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New Book to be released on US policy in Afghanistan

Bleeding Afghanistan Cover Image (original)

Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence

By 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 Ingalls report on the injustice of U.S. policies in Afghanistan historically and in the post-9/11 era.

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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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Table of Contents


FOREWORD by David Barsamian



1. Destroying a State: U.S. Policy Before September 11, 2001


2. Bombs, Threats, and Torture: Afghanistan Becomes a U.S. Target

3. Replacing One Brutal Regime with Another:
The Return of the Warlords

4. A Client “Democracy”: Reshaping Afghan Politics


5. “Liberation” Rhetoric and Burqa Obsessions:
Objectifying Afghan Women

6. The Propaganda of Silence: Impunity and the Mass Media

7. Power, Prestige, and Pipelines: The Uses of Afghanistan


From the Belly of the Beast: Activism and Solidarity


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