New Book to be released on US policy in Afghanistan
Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence
Release Date: September, 2006
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
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 womenâ€™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.
Drawing from declassified government documents and on-the-ground interviews with Afghan activists, journalists, lawyers, refugees, and students, Bleeding Afghanistan examines the connections between the U.S. training and arming of Mujahideen commanders and the subversion of Afghan democracy today. Bleeding Afghanistan boldly critiques the exploitation of Afghan women to justify war by both conservatives and liberals, analyzes uncritical media coverage of U.S. policies, and examines the ways in which the U.S. benefits from being in Afghanistan.
About the Authors
SONALI KOLHATKAR and JAMES INGALLS are the co-directors of the Afghan Womenâ€™s Mission, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that works with the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA).
Their writings have appeared in Z Magazine, Foreign Policy in Focus, on Alternet, Common Dreams, and in CounterPunch.
In February 2005, Kolhatkar and Ingalls traveled to Afghanistan to witness firsthand the results of U.S.policy, and to understand how ordinary Afghans felt about the war.
Sonali Kolhatkar is the host and producer of Uprising, a popular, daily, drive-time program on KPFK, Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles.
James Ingalls is a Staff Scientist at the Spitzer Science Center at the California Institute of Technology.