Scott Horton Interviews Jean MacKenzie

Scott Horton, April 22, 2012

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Jean MacKenzie, senior correspondent for GlobalPost, discusses her article on why the March 11 Kandahar massacre is much more surprising to Americans than Afghans; the success of US night raids in killing mid-level Taliban commanders – who are quickly replaced by younger, more hardcore fighters; the lack of a US endgame strategy, other than spinning withdrawal as a “victory;” and Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s odds of survival without US backing.

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Jean MacKenzie is a senior correspondent for GlobalPost formerly based in Kabul, Afghanistan. After five years as program director for the Institute for War & Peace Reporting in Kabul, she is now working as a journalist trainer and consultant. Her work has taken her to the farthest corners of Afghanistan, where she has met hundreds of Afghans from all walks of life. She has created a network of Afghan reporters who can gather news and information from all over the country, lending an all-important local perspective to coverage of the conflict there.

MacKenzie has forged a reputation as an analyst and commentator, contributing frequently to broadcast and online projects, including National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., CNN, and the Australian Broadcasting Corp. She spent nearly two years in Helmand Province, where she covered the Taliban insurgency as well as the booming poppy industry. 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.

10 Responses to “Jean MacKenzie”

  1. Afghan night raids and New York stop and frisk — A common goal

    Our global police night raid only laboring-class homes in Afghanistan, our city police stop and frisk only fighting age laboring men, a common act of terrorism to accomplish a common goal — to achieve fearful submission to authority.

    And rightly understood, a starvation minimum wage that forces the 49% of people in America to not know where their next meal is coming from, this is a premeditate act of terrorism to keep in fearful submission all those who hard labor generate society’s wealth. For Empire USA has a third of all the wealth on planet earth, still 25% of America’s children suffer malnutrition.

  2. Afghan night raids and New York stop and frisk — A common goal

    Our global police night raid only laboring-class homes in Afghanistan, our city police stop and frisk only fighting age laboring men, a common act of terrorism to accomplish a common goal — to achieve fearful submission to authority.

    And rightly understood, a starvation minimum wage that forces the 49% of people in America to not know where their next meal is coming from, this is a premeditate act of terrorism to keep in fearful submission all those who hard labor generate society’s wealth. For Empire USA has a third of all the wealth on planet earth, still 25% of America’s children suffer malnutrition.

  3. Very good post.

  4. It's the Iron Firs of Authoritarianism……….. over there and here—— Too..!! One could say it's the occupation of a foreign force in these places ALL….!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Jean speaks truth, why do people reject it? — Because she destroys their fake happiness

    There is temporary pleasure that we cannot remember from one moment to the next, it being of the emotions that never get stored in memory except in the form of some addiction. But then there is happiness which is entirely of the mind, for they are the high watermarks in life and our notable accomplishments remembered for a lifetime by our mind.

    So, imagine how our mainstream public feels when Jean MacKenzie tells them that their tax billions spent in the Afghan war do not end terrorism, but increase by a factor of ten the amount of vengeance and future terrorism.

  7. Scott … if this was referenced in another location, at another time … I apologize for the redundancy – BUT – I'm hoping the anti-war speech you delivered (yesterday? today?) was recorded … and might be posted here in the archive. Possibly?

    As for elections: generally speaking (on the national level) yeah, I would agree … who cares? But here in Wisconsin there is an electoral battle that will define the ruthlessly cold-edged future of our state (in June) – and perhaps the nation (in November) as opposed to a governance with a human face and heart. And even if it's only a facade, I'll take the fiction any day and work to make it accountable … which is simply not an option in a 1% Empire.

  8. Empire USA is a democracy ruled by the 51% of voters who own all the wealth. As for the half of voters who never go to the poles, that would be my laboring-class, for not so fool are we as to waste time voting for our next set of dictators.

  9. John … your "laboring class"? May I assume that would include Union members?
    Well, at least in Wisconsin's current battle, fools do not suffer governors gladly – especially those of the marionette variety. The blow-back was swift. Off-duty cops and firefighters (whose Union's were exempted from the legislative carpet-bombing of the public sector's collective bargaining rights) were a common sight on the picket-line or occupying the Capitol building, alongside myself and my laboring-class brothers and sisters. Why? Because connecting the dots has never been easier: 1) private sector Unions are all but extinct, 2) Wisconsin was at the forefront, a few moons ago, in granting rights and power to laborers via legislation – including the first public sector unions, 3) destroy that evil entity, and four 4) you have the "new Chinese labor force".

    So in the end, workers at Georgia-Pacific (a Koch enterprise) will still attend mandatory political indoctrination lectures, but now they'll be forced to "waste their time voting" for unopposed candidates. At least our Packer games won't be interrupted by those "foolish" campaign ads. Score one for the laboring-class.

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