The Longest War: Afghanistan after the Taliban
Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7pm.
Arbor Cafe- 4210 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA

Eleven years after the Taliban was ousted, the war in Afghanistan has surpassed Vietnam as the longest in US history. With media attention elsewhere and foreign armies preparing to leave, we look at where the country is headed and what it means for a people scarred by decades of conflict.

Please join us for a casual discussion and film screening with veteran journalists who have covered the story from the ground up. 

Masood Farivar, Radio Manager, Internews Network — Afghanistan

Born and raised in Afghanistan, Masood began his journalism career in the late 1980s as a fighter in the anti-Soviet resistance, reporting on the war for a local news service. He went on to spend more than a decade as a New York-based journalist for Dow Jones. In 2007, he returned to Afghanistan for Internews Network, an international media development organization, mentoring local journalists and managing the country’s largest network of independent radio stations. His memoir, “Confessions of a Mullah Warrior,” was published by Grove Atlantic Press in 2009. He is currently a Knight Fellow at Stanford University.
 
Tim McGirk, Managing Editor, Investigative Reporting Program — U.C. Berkeley
A former Time magazine Bureau Chief, Tim started reporting on Afghanistan in 1990, covering the fall of the Soviet-backed regime, the civil war between the Mujahideen factions, the rise and fall of the Taliban, the US invasion and its chaotic aftermath. In December 2007, National Geographic ran his story, “On the Trail of Bin Laden,” the product of a three-month assignment in the Pashtun borderlands. He was last in Afghanistan in Feb. 2010, reporting on the Afghan army and a major US offensive in Helmand province. He lives in Santa Cruz.
 
With Jason Motlagh, Freelance journalist/filmmaker and former Time magazine correspondent in Kabul
*The evening will include a screening of Million Dollar Militia, a short documentary by Rick Rowley and Jason Motlagh, to be followed by Q&A with the guests.
This event is free and open to the public. Café and bar drinks will be available for purchase.
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