Jean MacKenzie, Afghanistan reporter for GlobalPost.com, 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.