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]
posted by gerryblog
on Apr 24, 2013 -
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]
posted by Sleeper
on Apr 24, 2013 -
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.
posted by MimiC
on Apr 14, 2012 -
Effective steps for the average American citizen to help to end our foreign wars? [more inside]
posted by Kwine
on Sep 13, 2011 -
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.
posted by tnygard
on Jun 6, 2011 -
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]
posted by kensington314
on May 2, 2011 -
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]
posted by limeonaire
on Apr 26, 2011 -
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]
posted by jsturgill
on Feb 3, 2011 -
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?
posted by luxperpetua
on Aug 5, 2010 -
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]
posted by ChrisHartley
on May 13, 2010 -
Please help me formulate a great question (or two) for a panel on Afghanistan/Pakistan/Iraq! [more inside]
posted by HopperFan
on May 4, 2010 -
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]
posted by thewalrus
on Feb 23, 2010 -
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.
posted by defenestration
on Dec 16, 2009 -
Of the 30,000 additional troops President Obama has now committed to sending to Afghanistan, how many will be killed or wounded? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog
on Dec 5, 2009 -
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]
posted by perpetualstroll
on Nov 30, 2009 -
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!
posted by epersonae
on Nov 13, 2009 -
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.
posted by jchaw
on Sep 4, 2009 -
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?
posted by evanbsmith
on Jun 10, 2009 -
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?
posted by thewalrus
on Oct 19, 2008 -
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]
posted by Camofrog
on Oct 6, 2008 -
Can you provide information on acts of animal abuse/cruelty taking place in other countries during war time? More inside... [more inside]
posted by hammerthyme
on Mar 3, 2008 -
What are some objective criteria/metrics by which to measure progress towards success or failure in a war or other extended conflict? [more inside]
posted by EatenByAGrue
on Jan 13, 2008 -
What are good sources for seeing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through the eyes of the soldiers fighting? [more inside]
posted by CaptMcalister
on Mar 16, 2007 -
Where can I find good quality free video footage of the "war on terror" for use as b-roll in a documentary? [more inside]
posted by kookoobirdz
on Mar 13, 2007 -
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]
posted by loquax
on Dec 5, 2004 -
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]
posted by Shanachie
on Nov 23, 2004 -
Where were you on 9/11? How did you find out what was happening and what do you remember about that day? [more inside]
posted by caddis
on Sep 11, 2004 -