On Sept. 10, we will host a conference call with our Kabul correspondent, who prompted a government investigation into aid money flowing to the Taliban.
Workers load bags of food aid from the U.S. during food loading operations in Quetta back in 2001. USAID has recently initiated a probe into accusations that the Taliban takes its money meant for large development projects, like roads and bridges. (Reuters)
“It is the open secret no one wants to talk about, the unwelcome truth that most prefer to hide,” wrote GlobalPost’s Kabul correspondentJean MacKenzie. “In Afghanistan, one of the richest sources of Taliban funding is foreign assistance…” including U.S. taxpayer money that’s supposed to help stabilize the country.
To give you an opportunity to discuss this, GlobalPost Passport will host a conference call with MacKenzie on Thursday Sept. 10 at 12:30 p.m Eastern time.
Conference calls with GlobalPost correspondents are a regular feature of Passport’s premium content service. Although these discussion are usually restricted to members, this one will be open to the first 100 members of the public. We will give listeners the opportunity to ask questions during the 30 minute call.
If you would like to join us, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org before 9:30 a.m. Eastern time to reserve your spot. We will send you instructions on how to join the call.