Third-Country Nationals and the US Military: A Harrowing Report

A recent story in the New Yorker entitled “The Invisible Army” chronicled problems with a phenomenon most of us have not heard about: third-country nationals who serve our armed forces overseas.  According to Sarah Stillman, workers from economically weak countries are recruited to serve in high-paying jobs in global cities like Dubai.  They enthusiastically sign up, [Read More…]

Democracy Fights for its Life: Profile of Hamid Karzai

Elizabeth Rubin of the New York Times magazine has an engrossing story on Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai that is worth reading.  Here’s the intro paragraph: On a sunny June morning in Kabul, I sat among hundreds of turbaned men from Afghanistan’s Helmand and Kandahar provinces in a chandeliered wedding hall where they had gathered for [Read More…]