This program to mark the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003, includes a panel of speakers addressing the changing face of war. Abroad, the US' increased use of drones for "targeted killings" in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, has resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians. Here in the US, deadly cuts continue to be imposed on domestic programs in order to fund the Pentagon's excessive spending and line the pockets of wealthy corporations, such as Boeing. The fights for public education, housing, and healthcare are intricately tied to the fights against war and imperialism.
As President Obama announces more troops to come home from Afghanistan, a veteran from Chicago’s Austin neighborhood says the Department of Veterans Affairs isn’t doing enough. So he’s running his own service organization hand-to-mouth.
Some veterans face negative stereotypes about how their military service experience may affect their ability on the job. That's just one reason Josh is skeptical about the opportunities for veterans like him to climb the economic ladder.
Before Estaifan Shilaita was a cab driver in Chicago, he was Iraq's national boxing champion, reigning in the ring from 1968 to 1976. He tells Worldview what it was like to box before Saddam Hussein came to power.
Across the Middle East, William Shakespeare is just as much of a literary staple as he is in the United States. That is, if you switch out classical English for classical Arabic, swap Hamlet for an Arabian prince, and assign opposing Sunni and Shia’ identities to the star-crossed lovers.
As political instability continues in Iraq, the country's alliances are deteriorating. Disputes about revenue between Baghdad and the semi-autonomous Kurdistan have slowed the country’s oil production.
The story of Robert Bales, the 38-year-old sergeant who stands accused of killing 16 Afghanis (9 of them children, knifed and shot at close range), is a catastrophe for myriad reasons. The families of the dead, no matter how acclimatized to constant and endless war, are surely devastated.