September 5, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton's campaign fired back at Donald Trump on Saturday over his characterization of Philadelphia as a city plagued by crime, poverty, and decline . "Trump is full of insults, fear, and stereotypes that set our communities and city back and further divide our country," Rep. Robert Brady (D., Pa.), chairman of the city's Democratic Party, said in a news release circulated by the Clinton campaign. Brady and several other Philadelphia Democrats blasted Trump in the statement.
July 28, 2016
EXCEPT FOR THE tried-and-true applause lines praising our veterans, delegates to both political conventions - like the candidates during the interminable primaries - rarely talk as if they know there's a war going on. Actually, two. Or maybe it's three, four - or more. There's Afghanistan, the longest war in the nation's history. A few weeks ago, President Obama announced that, instead of leaving a residual force in Afghanistan of 5,000 at the end of his term, as he promised, it would be 8,500.
July 15, 2016 |
In a photo, six Pashtun men sip tea in Kunduz province, blocks from where al-Qaeda devised the Sept. 11 attacks. The man most in focus has a scraggly beard tinged with gray. He looks strikingly similar to Osama bin Laden - or at least that's what Steve McCurry thought when he snapped the shot in 2002. In the background sits a picture of downtown Manhattan, with the twin towers looming above the skyline. "I don't know that they were even aware that that was New York and that was the World Trade Center," McCurry said.
May 22, 2016
Answer: Pakistan. It borders Afghanistan, China, India, and Iran.
March 8, 2016 |
War is hell. More often than not, getting a great war scoop is anything but. Going on crazed missions with troops, digging into the absurdity of a chaotic, faraway state and bringing accurate, coherent stories back home is many a journalist's dream job. The dream came true for Kim Barker, who became an initially unqualified but increasingly insightful war correspondent for the Chicago Tribune in 2004, covering the growing insurgency in Pakistan...
February 1, 2016 |
Despite Taliban gains and ISIS's emergence in Afghanistan, one amazing Kabul school continues to teach 4,000 students (half girls) to think independently and to believe in tolerance. The private Marefat school, along with its founder, Aziz Royesh, and several girl students, is the subject of Jeffrey Stern's moving new book, The Last Thousand: One School's Promise in a Nation at War . The book raises painful and very pertinent questions: Can liberal values take root in a conservative Muslim country that is threatened by Islamist radicals?
March 30, 2015 |
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's trip to Washington last week was so triumphant one could almost imagine how his troubled country might morph into a future success story. At a joint session of Congress and a glittering White House dinner, the brilliant World Bank technocrat and Columbia University grad turned politician pledged a new era in Afghan-U.S. relations. The slight but elegant Ghani presented himself as the antidote to prickly former President Hamid Karzai, under whom corruption soared and U.S.-Afghan relations soured.
January 22, 2015 |
If anyone still needed proof of President Obama's reluctance to let foreign policy distract from his domestic agenda, he provided an excess in his State of the Union address. In the brief foreign policy portion of the speech, Obama revisited his constant themes: He trumpeted the end of America's combat missions abroad (last year he cited Iraq, this year Afghanistan) and the need for allies to shoulder the burdens of fighting terrorism - with our assistance. "I believe in a smarter kind of American leadership.
January 20, 2015 |
UP IN THE high desert of northeastern Utah near the Colorado border, a teen with a jawline as rugged as the surrounding mountain ranges decided early in life that he was a Marine. Staff Sgt. Daniel D. Gurr enlisted before his senior year at Uintah High School, where he was an all-state soccer player, a defender known to sacrifice his body on the field. Days after graduating in 2008, he left his hometown of Vernal for boot camp. Three years later, when Gurr came home from Afghanistan in 2011, thousands of people lined the highways and small streets.
December 17, 2014 |
In a crowded aircraft hangar at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, President Obama told thousands of military service members Monday that they "are the backbone of the greatest nation on Earth," and thanked them for their "selfless character. " Obama also praised base personnel for flying supplies and building infrastructure as part of the fight against Ebola in West Africa, and aerially refueling U.S. warplanes degrading "the brutal terrorist group ISIL in Iraq and Syria. " "When the world calls on America, we call on you - our men and women in uniform - because nobody can do what you do," the president said.