Patrick Cockburn


Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent, discusses the extreme poverty on display in Kabul despite the many NGOs and billions of dollars in aid spent since 2001; subcontracted rebuilding projects in dangerous and remote areas that are especially prone to fraud and waste; the Afghan government’s inextricable ties to the heroin trade; how the US squandered any goodwill remaining from overthrowing the Taliban; and how the US praises Afghan “democracy” while ignoring the request of supposed-potentate Hamid Karzai to stop night raids.

MP3 here. (22:10)

Patrick Cockburn was awarded the 2009 Orwell Prize for political writing in British journalism. He is the Middle East correspondent for The Independent and a frequent contributor to Cockburn is the author of The Occupation: War, Resistance and Daily Life in Iraq and Muqtada Al-Sadr and the Battle for the Future of Iraq.

3 thoughts on “Patrick Cockburn”

  1. If we could just concentrate on the little girls and how many there are in school now. If we could only bear in mind that the Afghan ladies don't get whipped any more for going shopping. That there is democracy and justis in Afghanistan that wasn't there before. If we could just stay positive, the taliban would begin to love our freedoms, too. Then they'd start to support our troops and give us all their oil.

    And all this ennertainment, ladies and gennamum, only cost you $200 000 000 000 this year.

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