Originally published in Milestones: By Jalil Kochai On November 17th, 2017, about one month after the 16th anniversary of America’s invasion of Afghanistan, Nora Twomey’s filmic adaptation of the children’s … Continue reading The Breadwinner; or, The Cinema as Secular Hegemony
Mohammed Harun Arsalai is an independent journalist and political activist from the Bay Area of California, and co-founder of the independent media project, Documenting Afghanistan. Currently based in Afghanistan, Mohammed has reported on U.S. social movements, police violence, and racism for Bay Area Intifada which he also co-founded. His recent work focuses on war crimes, refugees, the War on Terror, and militant groups operating in Afghanistan.
Originally published on Mangal Media There is a colonial relationship that exists within the media. Western journalists and bureau chiefs parachute in and stamp down pre-existing plans as all settler … Continue reading Decolonizing Media; why Im writing about white people instead of a US warcrime
A wave of insurgent attacks in recent weeks in Afghanistan has led both President Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to call for an end to negotiations with the … Continue reading Why is Europe Sending Refugees Back to War-torn Afghanistan?
Originally published on IRIN Days after militants attacked international NGO Save the Children’s office in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, Jehanzeb Sherzad, an employee at a local organization nearby, stood … Continue reading Afghan attacks force aid rethink, leave local NGOs more exposed
Originally published on The New Arab Just over a year after it was signed, the EU-Afghanistan “Joint Way Forward” agreement, which has allowed for the EU to deport an unlimited … Continue reading EU – Afghan “Joint Way Forward’ deal puts Afghan refugees in danger
Originally published on Mangal Media It’s hard to talk about Afghanistan’s recent history without talking about a much longer history and tradition. Those of us who are the children of … Continue reading Afghanistan: A Personal History
MSF secured Pentagon assurances that medics would not be targeted, but the military has either botched air raids or disregarded Afghan lives with reckless drone strikes, reports Mohammed Harun Arsalai. … Continue reading Roadblocks and no investigations in US Airstrikes in Afghanistan
The number of dead or wounded in Afghanistan remains at record levels, but the European Union is deporting refugees to Afghanistan under the pretext that the country is “post-conflict”. The … Continue reading Stop deporting refugees back to Afghanistan
Originally published in The New Arab With the return of one of Afghanistan’s most notorious warlords, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the war-torn nation has taken a cautious, but concrete step towards national … Continue reading Choosing peace over justice: The return of Hekmatyar
It has been over 150 days since Donald Trump became president of the US and the world finally has his position on the country’s longest standing war. Trump has decided … Continue reading If EU Backs Trump’s Afghan Surge, It Should Be Ready to Welcome Refugees of an Intensified War
A month after the US military dropped the largest ever non nuclear bomb on the mountains of Achin district in Nangarhar province, the world seems to have lost interest … Continue reading Between Ignorance and Malice: ‘Anti-Establishment’ Journalism on Afghanistan
Originally published on TeleSur Afghanistan and Pakistan are both U.S. allies, but the latter is accused of destabilizing the former with U.S. help. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani gave a blistering … Continue reading In Afghanistan, the US Is Accused of Backing Both Sides