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November 1, 2014
IN THE JOURNAL

ESSAY
THE MAN BEHIND "UNMANNED"
Robert Greenwald
A Hollywood director tells how he tracked down an American drone pilot and Pakistani victims of drone strikes to make the powerful documentary film Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars.
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MIDAN
ARCHITECTURE FOR ALL
Fernanda Uro Aboites
Magda Mostafa, an architecture professor at the American University in Cairo, is a pioneer in practical solutions to the challenges of living with autism.
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MIDAN
ORIENTAL HALL, ETC.
Rozina Ali, Aaron T. Rose
Happenings, speakers, and events at the American University in Cairo.
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MIDAN
NILE VIEW: BACK TO THE FUTURE
Laila El Baradei
I have to wonder if we Egyptians are traveling backwards in a time capsule. Lately, we seem to have arrived in the 1960s.
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Q&A;
FOREIGN POLICY MESS
Cairo Review
Lawrence Wilkerson, who was chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, is a harsh critic of the Bush administration he served from 2001 to 2005. The retired U.S. army colonel discusses the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the end of the American Empire.
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ESSAY
COMPROMISE IN KABUL
Thomas Barfield
Ashraf Ghani became the new president of Afghanistan in a power-sharing deal that followed a contested election. Can he now address poor governance, corruption and the Taliban insurgency?
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ESSAY
WHAT WENT WRONG
Edward Girardet
The American-led invasion and occupation of Afghanistan is proving to be a failure. A military approach thwarted a long-term development strategy for the country. With foreign troops on the way out, the country braces for its uncertain fate.
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ESSAY
THE TALIBAN QUESTION
Zahid Hussain
It is unlikely that the Taliban insurgency will topple the Kabul government and return to power anytime soon. But the group could command the Pashtun region—and threaten security in Pakistan across the border.
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ESSAY
NEW THREAT TO AFGHAN WOMEN
Manizha Naderi
Afghanistan has recorded tremendous progress in women’s rights. The world must understand how this achievement is an essential component of the rule of law and advance to democracy.
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ESSAY
ROAD TO GANDAMAK
William Dalrymple
“Not one benefit, political or military, has been acquired with this war.” That was G.R. Gleig, writing in 1843 about the British retreat from Afghanistan. While the West may have forgotten the Afghan hatred of foreign rule, Afghans have not.
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ESSAY
TRAY OF CANDIES
Qais Akbar Omar
Kabul Memoir: An Afghan writer recalls family disagreements, and a wise patriarch’s way of settling them.
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ESSAY
EYEING THE GENERALS
Shuja Nawaz
Pakistan is watching the battle of two Sharifs—Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif versus powerful army chief General Raheel Sharif. A political crisis is fueling tensions between the country’s civil and military institutions.
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ESSAY
SCRAMBLE FOR IRAQ
Nabeel Khoury
America’s toppling of Saddam Hussein unleashed new forces in the Middle East. The latest fallout: the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
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BOOK REVIEW
A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
Neil Bhatiya
Should climate change be left to nation states to resolve? Not on your life.
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BOOK REVIEW
AMONG THE RUINS: SYRIA PAST AND PRESENT
Frederick Deknatel
Touring the ruins of Syria
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BOOK REVIEW
THE TRUE AMERICAN: MURDER AND MERCY IN TEXAS
Matthew Duss
The 9/11 tale of an American vigilante and his Bangladeshi immigrant victim
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BOOK REVIEW
THE SON ALSO RISES: SURNAMES AND THE HISTORY OF SOCIAL MOBILITY
Sophie McBain
Questioning how to measure social mobility
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DOCUMENTS
TEXTS: THE UNITED STATES IN AFGHANISTAN
Rozina Ali

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TIMELINES
TIMELINE: AFGHANISTAN SINCE 1700
Fritz Lodge

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ESSAY
IMAGES FROM A LAND AT WAR
Robert Nickelsberg
“Face to face with the fragility of the human condition”—a portfolio of a veteran photojournalist’s work in Afghanistan spanning twenty-five years.
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Egypt’s 1984
ISIS is the Latest of Many Different Islamisms
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Essay by Director Robert Greenwald
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