20-year-long war: media silence

U.S. withdrawal from 20-year-long war: takes over full news cycle

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I have similar media frustrations with when the U.S. is first deciding whether to invade somewhere. Suddenly all this news comes out of nowhere with no actual context provided.

Sometimes I wonder how different the U.S. would be as a democracy if our media spent as much time on day-to-day international news as they currently spend on celebrity gossip.

As I alluded to at the start of this thread, I've been frustrated with the lack of context provided by American media on what's happening right now in Afghanistan.

This interview partially ameliorated my feeling of having no idea what's actually going on there: democracynow.org/2021/8/18/mat

It might be of interest to anyone who is feeling similarly.

When there's a major international news story going on I really adore Democracy Now as a source for coverage that doesn't feel utterly vacuous. I also went to them (and was not disappointed) when I needed to help make sense of the U.S. assassination of Soleimani.

All the other coverage I have access to seems to feel painfully biased, or extremely shallow, or both.

*That said*, I also feel that Democracy Now is guilty of the overall trend I described at the start of this thread. When there isn't some kind of headline-grabbing incident going on, I feel like their coverage skews to relatively minor domestic stories. They cover protests and strikes a lot, which are certainly worthy news stories that deserve coverage, but I continually feel that I have no idea what's going on outside my country's borders.

I recently remembered that Aljazeera is a thing, and I'm going to try adding it to the core news sites I check regularly and see how it goes. If nothing else, it is a different angle on what's going on internationally.

@dynamic Independent media is mostly funded by the people these days, so there is a constant struggle to be relevant enough to get an audience; which is pretty much the same as the mainstream media fighting for ad dollars, but with better content.

@dynamic What I've wondered is why some of these similar-leaning sites don't just merge and pool resources. Is it ego or money related?

@dynamic Ted Rall has some good insight on Afghanistan. rall.com/ scroll down and there are three recent articles.


Thanks. I didn't listen to the podcasts, but what I'm seeing in the two articles seems to focus heavily on U.S. policy. What I'm most interested in is insight into what the experience has looked like from the Afghan side, who the players are over there, how things have changed over time, etc. Has he written about those kinds of issues elsewhere on the internet?

For example, I dimly recall seeing an article (like 20+ years ago, pre-2001) about how prior to the rise of the Taliban, women had access to "Western"-style education and careers. The impression that stayed with me was that this was a real-world situation closely analogous to the experience of women in Margaret Atwood's _A Handmaid's Tale_. I'm sure I lost some details along the way, but I find myself cringing whenever I see a news story that makes it sound like the U.S.-supported Afghanistan government was the first time that women had access to education, etc.

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