In seeking the origin of the supposedly Klingon proverb from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, I have come across claims online (for example, here and here) that it is a popular central Asian or Afghan saying and not, as asserted elsewhere, a line from the book "Dangerous Liaisons." (See here.) Is this true?
Should I pursue an amazing professional opportunity in Kabul, or is this the stupidest idea you've ever heard? [more inside]
Crowd-sourcing a student's question: I'm looking for contemporary novels about Iraq, Afghanistan, 9/11, and the war on terror that have been authored by women. [more inside]
Are there any organizations I can donate to or help with that are devoted to cleaning up the messes we made in Afghanistan and Iraq? I keep seeing news of American and allied bombings accidentally killing children and civilians, and it seems like all these require something more than just an "oopsie!" or indifferent silence. [more inside]
I need updated info on the best way for a deployed solider in Afghanistan to send and receive calls from the US. He is taking a macbook. Do we buy a GSM cell phone, use Google voice, skype or something else? I am willing to spend $50-100 per month for options. He is starting at Bagram AFB but will move around some. He will be deployed for 6 months starting in May. There will be a period in the summer where the kids will be at camp and will only have access to a phone. Thanks.
Effective steps for the average American citizen to help to end our foreign wars? [more inside]
What is the most interesting art being made about the culture and war in Afghanistan? Art that has received a wide audience, engendered debate, or otherwise become culturally significant would be most interesting to know about.
I'm curious about the immediate birth of conspiracy around two aspects of Osama bin Laden's death. Wondering if any AskMeFites can provide clarity: [more inside]
I'm looking for a blog about a civilian embarking on a short-term deployment to Afghanistan (or Iraq?) in some sort of support role—I think he was involved in engineering or computer modeling or mapping or something similar. I believe he was either a MeFite or was mentioned somewhere on MetaFilter. Anyone have a link? [more inside]
Is the latest Libyan intervention really about oil? [more inside]
I want to write a short, not-very-detailed fictional anecdote about a soldier who gets separated from his unit during a (short) firefight and winds up lost for a few minutes in a Middle-Eastern city, before his fellows find him. This will be just a few paragraphs in a larger story. [more inside]
What are some good icebreaking activities for cross-cultural friendship groups? [more inside]
I'm looking for novels (or short stories) written about the Gulf War, the Iraq War, or Afghanistan. There are good memoirs and nonfiction books, but are there any good works of fiction centering on these conflicts?
Can you recommend a book about post-9/11 Afghanistan? [more inside]
I'm having trouble tracking down Troy Hurtubise's "Don't fuck with Canada" YouTube response to Fox News host Greg Gutfeld's inflammatory commentary about the Canadian military on Red Eye. I'm sure the numerous violent threats that pepper the video might have something to do with why I can't find it anywhere, but I've never had this much trouble tracking down something that got a fair bit of press when it first aired... Can you help me out, hivemind?
I have a friend who is in Afghanistan. He has a local cell phone with the prefix 793, which I think is through Roshan. What is the cheapest way for him to call the US? [more inside]
Please help me formulate a great question (or two) for a panel on Afghanistan/Pakistan/Iraq! [more inside]
Handmade Persian/Turkish/Pakistani wool carpet question: If you have bought one recently in the US or Canada, or have visited a store where they are being sold, can you tell me what the level of quality and prices are like for varying sizes? [more inside]
In Thomas Friedman's weak OP-ED entitled www.jihad.com, he writes: “Let’s not fool ourselves. Whatever threat the real Afghanistan poses to U.S. national security, the “Virtual Afghanistan” now poses just as big a threat. The Virtual Afghanistan is the network of hundreds of jihadist Web sites that inspire, train, educate and recruit young Muslims to engage in jihad against America and the West.” If this is true, could someone provide examples? I mean, I'm sure they're using the internet to recruit people, but this makes it sound far more sophisticated than I would have assumed.
Of the 30,000 additional troops President Obama has now committed to sending to Afghanistan, how many will be killed or wounded? [more inside]
How much does it cost for a letter and/or a package to be sent from Canada to a US soldier deployed in Afghanistan? [more inside]
I was talking with a friend about the "graveyard of empires," b*tching about politics, and we both realized that we knew pretty much nothing about the British experience in Afghanistan in the 19th century. (I have a vague recollection about it being background for some Sherlock Holmes stories. She remembered some Kipling.) What books would you recommend for getting a good understanding of that period of history? Bonus points for an engaging writing style and for not being the length of an encyclopedia. Thanks!
Bringing alcohol to Afghanistan: worth it? Risks? Fines? [more inside]
Hi! I will soon graduate from a top computer science program with a PhD. I am interested to work in Iraq and Afghanistan for a year or two. Clearly, I prefer to work in the "green zone", but am willing to work alongside troops in the combat zone. I am quite versatile and can do alot of stuff, e.g., teaching, designing software, engineering work, testing, maintaining complex systems, etc. Does anyone know how I can go about this? I tried looking at KBR's and FLOUR's job postings for contractors. But they primarily list jobs that are in food service, transportation, warehousing, etc. I like to get a job that is intellectually fulfilling. Oh. One more thing. I am a foreign national from a country that is friendly to the US and the NATO countries. Thanks! :)
What are some companies operating in Afghanistan (Kabul especially) that can provide logistical and operational support (finding and setting up office space, finding accommodations for international staff, recruiting local staff, managing IT and communications, etc.) to an international firm opening a short-term office with no current country presence?
Wanted: Your favorite books and articles on the Soviet army's time in Afghanistan. [more inside]
Why is the Taliban not on the US or UK proscribed lists of terrorist organisations? [more inside]
What are the banks and mail system like in Afghanistan? [more inside]
Vancouver Persianfilter: Where can I find Farsi language books, Iranian style clothing, preserved foodstuffs/snacks and authentic Afghan or Iranian (or any Central Asian style) style carpets and household accessories in Vancouver BC?
What are good (non-Alex Jonesy, please) documentaries, websites, and other resources that explore and explain al Qaeda, the Taliban, and all related matters? [more inside]
Can you provide information on acts of animal abuse/cruelty taking place in other countries during war time? More inside... [more inside]
Regularly scheduled air cargo service from the USA/Europe to Afghanistan? [more inside]
What are some objective criteria/metrics by which to measure progress towards success or failure in a war or other extended conflict? [more inside]
What are we bombing them with, exactly? A question for weapons geeks. [more inside]
Should we leave Afghanistan? [more inside]
What are good sources for seeing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through the eyes of the soldiers fighting? [more inside]
Where can I find good quality free video footage of the "war on terror" for use as b-roll in a documentary? [more inside]
Anyone know any way to send cans of Silly String overseas? [more inside]
Looking for video online of Afghan war footage. [more inside]
Help me find a certain tee shirt [more inside]
Does anybody know of any expansive polling of Canadians with respect to their feelings on foreign military intervention, particularily in Afghanistan?
Does anybody know of any expansive polling of Canadians with respect to their feelings on foreign military intervention, particularily in Afghanistan? Of course, the more detailed the better. If that's too specific, can anyone point me to general repositories of Canadian polling data that allow free access (if such places exist)? Thanks as always! [more inside]
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about Jonathan "Keith" Idema. The guy who was sentenced to 10 years in Afghanistan for running a prison and anti-terror group supposedly outside of US and Afghan control. I've read the BBC stuff that's out there. Does anyone have any other information about this guy? I heard he went to jail for fraud in the US. Also, he had a documentary filmmaker named Ed Carballlo with him. I'm interested in learning more about him as well... Anyone? [more inside]
Where were you on 9/11? How did you find out what was happening and what do you remember about that day? [more inside]