Topic archives: Afghanistan

Deadly day for Afghan journos … Alan Jones in defamation case … BuzzFeed’s new politics show …

May 1, 2018

Alan Jones is in Brisbane to defend a defamation case brought against him relating to his coverage of the 2011 Queensland Floods. And other media stories of the day.

Afghanistan is no closer to peace, despite what the US claims

January 29, 2018 9

16 years on and despite peace talks, the corrupt Kabul government is still on the back-foot in its war with the Taliban.

Happy warmonger Trump joins the circle of a perpetual war

August 23, 2017 18

While the foreign policy establishment applauds Trump's conversion to military intervention, they never ask the question of why the War on Terror has been such a spectacular failure.

Crikey Worm: what Trump’s Afghanistan call means for Australia, tech giants avoiding tax and Tasmanian murder mystery

August 23, 2017

Will we commit more troops to Afghanistan? How much is Google really earning in Australia and the "most pure" Aussie in parliament. It's the news you need to know.

Actual soldier refutes Devine in the value of women in combat

April 5, 2017 16

Gender diversity is not a PC buzzword -- it saves lives and wins wars, a senior Defence servicewoman has said.

He saved my life in Afghanistan. So why did Australia want to send him to Nauru?

August 26, 2016

Many people in Afghanistan risked their lives and their families to help foreign journalists. But foreign correspondent John Martinkus says after the West has no need for such people anymore, we often leave them to be killed.

The grim, deadly reminders that the war in Afghanistan has failed

April 26, 2016 5

Since Australian troops left, Afghanistan has become even more dangerous, writes former foreign correspondent John Martinkus.

The devil wears Shahada: how IS uses radicalised women to market jihad

The devil wears Shahada: how IS uses radicalised women to market jihad

February 18, 2015 5

The increased use of female suicide bombers by Islamic State militants is, in large part, due to the increased media coverage they generate.

US Senate torture report: the essentials

US Senate torture report: the essentials

December 10, 2014 6

The CIA engaged in a torture program that didn't work, tortured and killed innocent people, and the agency lied systematically to the authorities while intimidating those who raised concerns, a congressional report finds.

Follow Friday: @combatjourno, live-tweeting battle in Afghanistan

Follow Friday: @combatjourno, live-tweeting battle in Afghanistan

June 13, 2014 1

In a country bound by government-related media restrictions, live-tweeting breaking news is both a sensible and revolutionary act, says Mustafa Kazemi.

Afghanistan’s second election: not exactly democratic consolidation

Afghanistan’s second election: not exactly democratic consolidation

April 7, 2014 2

Afghanistan went to the polls with minimal violence. But it was hardly a triumph in democracy. Irregularities were many, and the Taliban sits in wait for the main presidential run-off.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

December 5, 2013 4

Defence officers cashing in on Afghan war's end? ... new 7.30 host revealed ... another education program canned ...

In Afghanistan, we fought a smart war in dumb ways

In Afghanistan, we fought a smart war in dumb ways

October 29, 2013 21

Australian troops leave behind a better Afghanistan. We made the right decision to commit. But the prolonged, unpopular campaign could have been fought smarter, says Army veteran and Lowy fellow James Brown.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

October 29, 2013

Tony Abbott continues his worldwide quest to get pictures with women to prove they don't hate him.

Which party should get academics’ dough?

June 21, 2013 3

Crikey readers talk the next PM, what should be done about Afghanistan and whether the NTEU should give money to the Greens.

No peace with honour in Afghanistan

No peace with honour in Afghanistan

June 20, 2013 5

There might not be a way for the US to "win" the war in Afghanistan. It also might not be able to achieve a Vietnam-style "peace with honour" defeat.

Through porous borders, a new world order flows

Through porous borders, a new world order flows

June 20, 2013 8

Turkey, Greece, Syria, Brazil, Afghanistan, Obama, Cameron, Assange ... something is shifting, as borders of even first-tier nations become porous and action once off the table now is very much on.

Escalation in Syria may (or may not) be a step to peace

May 29, 2013 7

The Syrian conflict is beginning to look a lot like a proxy war between Russia and the West. Is this a return to the Cold War?

Media briefs: <em>Tele</em> ‘exaggeration’ … <em>Age</em> execution …  man: a hate story …

Media briefs: Tele ‘exaggeration’ … Age execution … man: a hate story …

May 22, 2013 3

Daily Tele┬ástance against fearmongering. We enjoyed The Daily Telegraph’s editorial on Monday, supporting moves to review the GST and hinting it could be a good idea to increase it. The Tele reckons “discussion on this issue, free of fear-mongering and exaggeration, would be welcome”. The Tele certainly knows a thing or two about “fearmongering and […]

Fraud just the beginning of aid program’s woes

Fraud just the beginning of aid program’s woes

March 27, 2013 3

AusAID's scholarship program is wasteful and is possibly being defrauded, writes AID/WATCH's Matt Hilton. Why are we spending millions on programs that don't work or just help a handful of people?