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Book cover for Bleeding Afghanistan
Book cover for Bleeding Afghanistan

Foreword by David Barsamian

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 Ingall's 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.

Book cover for Bleeding Afghanistan
Book cover for Bleeding Afghanistan

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“A wake-up call to everyone who thought the war in Afghanistan was a success story.”

“This is not The Bookseller of Kabul or The Kite Runner. It is not for latte-drinking liberals who want to save exotic Afghan women or men. It's about what America is really doing today in Afghanistan after the Taliban was ousted, and what we did before.”

Sonali Kolhatkar by Amanda McIntosh

SONALI KOLHATKAR is an award-winning multimedia journalist. She is the racial justice editor at YES! Magazine and the host of YES! Presents: Rising Up With Sonali, a weekly television and radio program that airs on Free Speech TV and Pacifica Radio stations and affiliates around the United States. Sonali is a senior correspondent of the Economy For All Project at the Independent Media Institute and the author of Rising Up: The Power of Narrative in Pursuing Racial Justice. She has won numerous awards, including Best TV Anchor and Best National Political Commentary from the LA Press Club, and has been nominated for Best Radio Anchor four years in a row.

Sonali earned her MS in Astronomy from the University of Hawaii, and two undergraduate degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin. She resides with her husband and two sons in Pasadena, California.

James Ingalls

JAMES INGALLS is a Staff Scientist at the Spitzer Science Center at the California Institute of Technology. He is the co-director, with Sonali Kolhatkar, of the Afghan Women’s Mission, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that raises funds for the projects of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA). He is the author of Bleeding Afghanistan and lives in Southern California.