National Security
Making a Killing
Former NSA Chief Signed Deal to Train Saudi Hackers Months Before Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder
Lee Fang – Sep. 26
Retired Gen. Keith Alexander’s company IronNet signed an agreement with a Saudi Arabia cyberwarfare institute led by the official who oversaw Khashoggi’s killing.
Losing Afghanistan
I Watched the Afghan Government Collapse Under the Weight of Its Own Greed
Elyas Nawandish – Sep. 25
Our leaders failed to give Afghan soldiers the food, tools, and respect they needed to defeat a brutal insurgency.
Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright Conduct a MasterClass on the Banal Horror of U.S. Foreign Policy
Jon Schwarz – Sep. 24
Watching the 3.5 hour video is like being forced to eat gallons of stale banana pudding. Also, the pudding contains a small amount of botulism.
Losing Afghanistan
No Way Home, Episode Four: Getting Out Alive
No Way Home, Summia Tora – Sep. 21
After a year in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, one family gets an unexpected chance to leave.
Drone Wars
Drone Debt: U.S. Refuses to Help Wounded Survivor of Wrongful Attack in Yemen
Nick Turse – Sep. 19
Adel Al Manthari was injured in a 2018 drone strike — and now he’s releasing his medical bills. Will it finally shame the U.S. government into helping?
Losing Afghanistan
No Way Home, Episode Three: Born Again
No Way Home, Maryam Barak – Sep. 18
An Afghan refugee finds new purpose teaching fellow migrants Italian.
Losing Afghanistan
Livestream: Leaving Afghanistan
The Intercept – Sep. 15
Afghans forced into exile after the Taliban took over last summer tell their stories in a conversation with The Intercept and New America.
Losing Afghanistan
No Way Home, Episode Two: The Desert of Death
No Way Home, Mir Abdullah Miri – Sep. 14
As a desperate family tries to flee Afghanistan, a father disappears. His cousin sets off in search of answers.
Losing Afghanistan
When the Taliban Took Kabul, an Afghan Pilot Had to Choose Between His Family and His Country
Humaira Rahbin, Candace Rondeaux – Sep. 13
The U.S. apparently had no plan in place to stop the Taliban from seizing Afghan Air Force planes and pilots if the republic collapsed.
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