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The Afghan elections

Afghanistan’s second parliamentary election is happening on Saturday. Here are five things you need to know about it.

Wednesday morning roundup

Environment This disturbing photo of a waterway clogged with dead fish in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana was sent to local media outlets by Parish President Billy Nungesser. Residents fear that the massive fish kill could be related to the BP oil spill.

On the roads again in Afghanistan

The U.S. military continues to insist that better roads are the key to securing Afghanistan, writes Joshua Foust. All evidence to the contrary.


  Need to Know, August 6, 2010

This week on Need to Know: Life in a war zone. An embattled outpost where the U.S. military trains Afghan soldiers. Steve Mumford’s paintings of the war in Iraq. And a special pledge week edition of Next Week’s News.


  Dispatches from Afghanistan

A heavy metal band in Kabul, a peacock named Groundhog and an exchange of gunfire in a remote outpost. War artist Steve Mumford shares his experiences and drawings.

  Kinetic environment

War artist Steve Mumford shares a dispatch from Afghanistan.

District unknown

By Steve Mumford War artist Steve Mumford shares a dispatch from Afghanistan. Around 11 pm someone I’ve never met sitting at the next table pulls out a joint and offers me a hit. I’m working on my third glass of white wine and the proposal has an organic logic. I’m a little tired, having been [...]


  Next week’s news: WeekyLeaks edition

In light of this week’s big news — the release of thousands of pages of confidential military documents on the war in Afghanistan — Andy has decided to leak a few secrets of his own.


  Need to Know, July 30, 2010

This week on Need to Know: Could the WikiLeaks be dangerous? 100 days after the start of the oil spill in the Gulf, we check in on an ailing community in Grand Isle. Plus a look back at the life of prison reform advocate David Lewis.

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