Gul Agha Gets His Province Back. In Kandahar, the Warlord Has Returned.

The New York Times Magazine
January 6, 2002

Gul Agha Shirzai was the governor of Kandahar Province in the early 1990’s, an infamous period filled with anarchy that was shocking even by Afghan standards. Gul Agha was personally acquainted with the ethos of those times. In 1989, his father, who ...  (Read more)

Paying for the Powell Doctrine: The Delusions behind 200,000 Deaths in Bosnia

Dissent
January 2002

In the early days of the Bosnian War, Colin Powell, who at the time chaired the Joint Chiefs of Staff, came to the conclusion that stopping the fighting would require the use of 250,000 troops. Then-President George Bush took his advice to heart and, fearing another Vietnam, opted ...  (Read more)

Emroz Khan Is Having a Bad Day: Why Peshawar’s Youth Are Tinder for Extremism

The New York Times Magazine
October 21, 2001

Emroz Khan destroys for a living. He dismantles car engines, slicing them open with a sledgehammer and a crooked chisel, prying apart the cylinders, tearing out pistons, dislodging screws and bolts and throwing the metal entrails into a pile that will be ...  (Read more)