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Uniform justice

Veterans’ courts are being set up around the country to help veterans suffering from untreated mental health problems. But are these courts giving special treatment to veterans? Need to Know correspondent Maria Hinojosa went to Texas to find out.


When the pundits toe the general’s line

The recent revelation that Gen. Petraeus — now installed as the third commander of the flagging Afghan War in two years — collaborated with at least one pundit to get his story into the public isn’t exactly earth-shaking. But it might point to deeper problems with the commentary industry: namely, who’s driving the discussion?


Driven to abstraction: Why Obama’s words are not reaching us

When Obama compares the oil spill to 9/11, his words zoom right past the part of our brains that need him most. “The Invisible Gorilla” authors explain.


Is success possible in Afghanistan?

In this extended web interview, Andrew Bacevich, a retired army colonel and professor of history at Boston University, talks about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.


The view from Afghanistan

There’s a sense that the victims of the Gen. McChrystal debacle are the Afghan people.



Gen. David Petraeus will replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as commander of American forces in Afghanistan.


Kidnapped by the Taliban

An interview with Jere Van Dyk, whose new book chronicles 45 days in captivity.


Past vs. future in Afghanistan

The U.S. military is focused on the future, but Afghan culture venerates the past.


  Women at the jirga

The idea of reconciling with the Taliban has been of particular concern to women, who fear that their hard-won rights could be negotiated away.

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