December, 2006

EXTRA: Losing interest in Afghanistan’s plight

Extra! December/November 2006 issueA new article by Bleeding Afghanistan authors Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls was published in the November/December 2006 issue of Extra!, a hard-hitting bimonthly magazine of media criticism published by the media watchdog Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR). The article is entitled “The Propaganda of Silence: Losing interest in Afghanistan’s plight” and featured an excerpt from Chapter 6 of Bleeding Afghanistan. The statistics on media coverage have been updated for the publication.

Copies of Extra! are available on newsstands across the US.

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Sonali and Jim on Alternative Radio

AR logoBleeding Afghanistan authors, Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls were recently featured on the award winning public affairs radio program, Alternative Radio. The program was founded by David Barsamian, who also wrote the foreward to Bleeding Afghanistan.

The program was a recording of a recent talk given by Sonali and James in September 2006 in Los Angeles, CA.

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Review on Winnipeg Free Press

Bleeding Afghanistan was reviewed by Michael Stimpson in the Winnipeg Free Press:

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‘Propaganda of silence’ ignores U.S. Afghan role

Sun Dec 10 2006

Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence
By Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls
Seven Stories Press, 313 pages, $22

Reviewed by Michael Stimpson

THE terrorist attacks of 9/11 sparked a lot of new phenomena in U.S. popular culture. Among the most curious was an obsession over a blue garment.

Well-meaning U.S. liberals like Jay Leno’s wife and self-serving conservatives like Laura Bush agreed that a traditional women’s robe known as the burka — which covers the wearer’s head and body — represented the epitome of oppression.

Under Taliban rule, Afghan women were required to wear the burka whenever they stepped out of their homes. That made the garment, usually blue in Afghanistan, a symbol of “gender apartheid.”

To the California-based authors of Bleeding Afghanistan, the fuss over the burka …

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