Your Call's media roundtable: The human cost of the war in Afghanistan, and privatizing the war

Jul 28, 2017

On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon’s plan to privatize the war in Afghanistan by handing it over to Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary army Blackwater, and Stephen Feinberg, the owner DynCorp, the largest US contractor in Afghanistan.

We’ll also discuss the surge in violence against Afghan civilians and journalists. What grabbed your attention in the media this week?


Ali Latifi, freelance journalist based in Kabul

Tim Shorrock, investigative journalist, and author of Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing

Web Resources:

The Guardian: Pro-Union Rally in Mississippi United Workers With Community: 'We Are Ready'

The New York Times: A Dangerous Idea: Eliminating Chemical Safety Board

Democracy Now: "Far From Over": Senate Narrowly Defeats Obamacare Repeal, But More Attacks Loom on Healthcare

The New York Times: Living to Modernize Afghanistan, and Meeting a Grim End

The Nation: Kushner and Bannon Team Up to Privatize the War in Afghanistan

The New York Times: How Iran Recruited Afghan Refugees to Fight Assad’s War

The New York Times: Trump Finds Reason for the U.S. to Remain in Afghanistan: Minerals

Bloomberg News: At Cerberus, Feinberg Built a Web of National Security Ties