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This is what it takes to pack up the US war in Afghanistan

"For size and complexity, think of something in between D-Day and the moon landing.”

Here’s how the world is funding its armies

April 14th is the Global Day of Action on Military Spending and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has just released a bunch of new findings to help you understand why such a day is necessary.

Afghan election love fest is officially over

It took exactly one week for the Afghan elections to lose their luster. Delays in reporting, news of violence and fraud have all contributed to a more critical assessment of the process than the general euphoria that followed the vote.

The British army doesn’t want you to read this book

LONDON — Three years ago, the Defense Ministry commissioned a young officer to write a book about British military operations in Helmand Province, the volatile region in Afghanistan that has claimed hundreds of British casualties. This week, the ministry made a last-ditch effort to keep its own history from going to press.  

Afghanistan Newspeak: 10 ways the US skews the narrative

As George Orwell described the wonders of Newspeak: ‘It means a loyal willingness to say that black is white … But it means also the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary.’ Welcome to the war in Afghanistan.

7 armed conflicts the world failed to stop, proving we learned little from the Rwanda genocide

It's been 20 years since the start of the Rwandan genocide. For those who lived it, the mass killing was an indescribable horror. For those who watched from afar, it was a source of international shame. The world stood idle as hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children were slaughtered in the course of 100 days.

Violence a day late in Afghanistan

A roadside bomb killed two Afghan election workers and one policeman and destroyed dozens of ballot papers on Sunday, police and an election official said, the day after an election that ended without any major violence despite Taliban threats.

Only one report of violence in the first hours of Afghanistan polls

Afghans braved the threat of Taliban violence Saturday to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai in the country's first democratic transfer of power as US-led forces wind down their 13-year war.

Remembering Anja Niedringhaus, AP photographer and Nieman Fellow

Niedringhaus infused her Nieman class of 2006 with a joy of life after covering fighting for more than 20 years. On Friday she was murdered in Afghanistan.
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A Palestinian girl named Ayat, 10, the niece of Billal Nabham, reacts after he was found dead in the rubble of one of the houses destroyed during Israel's army operation in Gaza on January 19, 2009. This image is one of so many taken by photographer Anja Niedringhaus that depicts human suffering brought about by war and conflict. Niedringhaus was killed in Afghanistan on Friday, April 4, 2014. (Anja Niedringhaus/AFP/Getty Images)

There is a generation of war correspondents out there, and every fall a few of them arrive at Harvard University as part of the Nieman Foundation’s fellowship. They come from assignments in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere and many land with a sense of unease.

They are veterans of covering combat who typically use this special moment in their lives to sort out their experiences, dig for deeper understanding of the chaos they chronicle and struggle with personal decisions whether to return to far-flung conflicts, to once again bear witness to the tragedy of war.

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