War in Afghanistan
Dec 8, 2013 — The secretary of defense is trying to shore up alliances in both regions. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Larry Abramson about Chuck Hagel's trip to visit troops in Afghanistan and his next stops in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Dec 4, 2013 — In 2000, Auliya Atrafi paid thousands of dollars and risked his life to escape Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. He spent 12 years in England, but recently returned to his homeland, where he is trying to readjust to — and change — life in a conservative society.
Nov 30, 2013 — Afghanistan is a poor country with very expensive weddings. There is no alcohol, the sexes are completely segregated, and the families may negotiate over the dowry right up to the last minute.
War in Iraq
Dec 4, 2013 — What's a fobbit? How about rumint? And then there's a self-licking ice cream cone. A dozen years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have spawned a whole new military vocabulary.
Nov 29, 2013 — The discovery is reminiscent of the period following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq when Sunni and Shiite death squads roamed the streets. More than 5,000 people have been killed this year, making it one of the deadliest years in Iraq since violence hit a peak in 2006-'07.
Nov 12, 2013 — Citing high rates of sexual harassment and female genital mutilation, a new survey finds that women in Egypt face the worst treatment in the Arab world. Other countries with high levels of unrest — Iraq and Syria — are also among the worst for women, according to a new survey.
Soldiers learn to spot IEDs at Ft. Drum
Improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, kill more American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan than any other weapon. David Sommerstein visits a hands-on IED training exhibit at Fort Drum near Watertown.
Crash-course in combat photography in Iraq
Photojournalist Bill Putnam was in the Army when he met David Sommerstein in Kosovo in 2002. Hes been living in the heart of the chaotic, violent world of Baghdad for two years. Putnam spoke with David Sommerstein about war-time photojournalism.
Prairie Summer has lived in southern Lebanon for the last half year, working with teenagers, and was on the way home when war broke out. She told Martha Foley she's fallen in love with Lebanon and is planning to return there as soon as she can.
Peace Poets in Potsdam
Primary and secondary students from six New York counties read their peace poetry at SUNY Potsdam May 19, 2006. Artists displayed their peace posters in the lobby. Todd Moe previewed the event with organizer Paul Saint-Amand.
Iraq Through a Camera Lens: Watertown Daily Times Photojournalist Mark Dye
Mark Dye, a photojournalist with the Watertown Daily Times, spent a month in Baghdad earlier this winter. He was embedded with troops from Fort Drum, and sent daily photos and stories documenting the lives of soldiers and civilians in Iraq.
Iraq Diary: A Soldier Goes Home
Earlier this month, Army photojournalist Cpl. Bill Putnam completed his tour of duty in Iraq. He flew out of the country on a Blackhawk helicopter and sent one last audio diary.
Iraq Diary: A Raid on an Insurgent Suspect
Army photojournalist Corporal Bill Putnam is stationed in Baghdad with the 122nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. Troops frequently conduct raids to find insurgent leaders. Putnam went on one raid last month in the Al-Rashid neighborhood of Baghdad. Soldiers were looking for a suspected cell leader of Sunni insurgents.
Iraq Diary: Chatting at a Baghdad Bakery
Corporal Bill Putnam is a photojournalist with the Army's 122nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment at Camp Ferrin-Huggin in southern Baghdad. A few days ago he was with a unit patrolling through a run-down neighborhood of Baghdad near the airport. They came upon a bakery, a hotspot for conversation and gossip, and stopped to chat.
An Iraq Diary
Maj. Eric Olsen is chaplain to a battalion of the New York Army National Guard stationed in the Sunni Triangle north of Baghdad. His thirty-part audio diary begins in 2004. He and his family live in Saranac Lake.
Lysistrata Project Reading in Canton
North Country residents joined more than a thousand groups worldwide in readings of the Greek antiwar comedy Lysistrata on March 3, 2003.
Rally and Walk for Peace in Iraq
Hundreds turned out in the zero-degree chill in Canton NY as part of an international day of protests supporting peace with Iraq on Saturday, February 15, 2003. Audio includes complete addresses of rally speakers, and conversation with walkers and onlookers. David Sommerstein reports.
UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter--The Iraqi Threat: How Real Is It?
Scott Ritter, former chief weapons inspector for the United Nations Special Commission in Iraq, in a recent North Country Tour, made the case against unilateral military action in Iraq.
Return from Afghanistan
NCPR News talks with Ft. Drum soldiers and families.
On Patrol in Vitina
10th Mountain Division Peacekeepers in Kosovo. pt 1
The Real Life of Peacekeepers
10th Mountain Division Peacekeepers in Kosovo. pt 2
10th Mountain Peacekeepers in Kosovo
David Sommerstein spends a week living and patrolling with 10th Mountain Division troops on a peacekeeping mission in the Serbian province of Kosovo.