Jean MacKenzie


Jean MacKenzie, Afghanistan reporter for, discusses how the Taliban protection racket takes a cut of U.S. reconstruction funds, the Afghan dislike of (even the kinder, gentler U.S. version) all foreign occupations, the Afghanistan opium trade that is too deeply entrenched to stop and Gen. McChrystal’s assessment that 500 thousand more troops will be needed over 5 years.

MP3 here. (32:01)

Jean MacKenzie covers Afghanistan for GlobalPost. She is program director for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in Afghanistan, which she’s held for four years and that has taken her to the farthest corners of the country. She has created a network of Afghan reporters who can gather news and information from all over Afghanistan, lending an all-important local perspective to coverage of the conflict there. She also has forged a reputation as an analyst and commentator, contributing frequently to broadcast and online projects, including several for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., CNN, and the Australian Broadcasting Corp. MacKenzie has covered the Taleban insurgency, civilian casualties, the opium poppy industry, and the insurgency. Prior to moving to Afghanistan, MacKenzie spent more than a decade in Moscow, where she worked for a variety of newspapers. She began her career as a journalist with the Moscow Times in 1992, branching out to write for publications such as the Christian Science Monitor, Newsday and the Boston Globe.

9 thoughts on “Jean MacKenzie”

  1. delta is closer to the truth than many will admit or want to know… It is a big shell game to enslave the human race. The elite party and the rest pay for it with their taxes and their lives…

  2. Didn't we pay the Iraqi insurgents too? We, the Tax Payers, also pay all the war-mongers in the US — Just look at all those lucarative contracts Black Waters is just one of them.

  3. Deltafarce is a FARCE, indeed. "Liberating transexuals in order to liberate women"? Where the hell does that come from? Being transexual is not really sexual – it is not a matter of 'sex', but its renunciation – and seeking refuge in the artificial realm of "gender'. Real women, on the other hand, would wish to remain 'WOMEN' – not fakes.
    As for real liberation. Only recently, I heard a program by a BBC team flying in a helicopter over Afghan regions. The pilot was . . . . . a woman! who had learned her skill and got her wings . . . . . under Soviet occupation!
    Now, that is what I call Women's Liberation! They also had schools, and jobs, and no burkha – obviously: There was more freedom than now, under glorious "liberation".

  4. The Taliban wanted to manipulate the price of poppies by not growing ANY? Hello? HELLO?

    I suppose it would be too radical to point out on that heroin money gets processed through the Western banking system, and that maybe it's not entirely a coincidence that Afghanistan was invaded shortly after the Taliban destroyed that revenue stream, JUST IN TIME for a new crop to be planted. I'm not saying that's the only reason Afghanistan was invaded, these things are always coalition efforts, but DESTROYING *ALL* THE POPPIES TO MANIPULATE THE PRICE?!? That makes no sense whatsoever and you should be ashamed of yourself for uttering it, I don't go here to get nonsensical propaganda.

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