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Yesterday’s photo of the day showcased four U.S. servicemen from the 333rd Horizontal Engineer Company (HEC) at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, courtesy of NCPR listener SGT Matthew Coletta. The saying “out of sight, out of...
First, an aside. Until fairly recently, Sunday was a national day of slow down. Most businesses–other than restaurants–were closed. In virtually all communities, this was legislated–so-called “blue laws.” My...
NCPR’s Joanna Richards has a great story this morning on the ways that deep military cuts could affect the community around Fort Drum. There’s a lot of uncertainty, but national reorganization efforts brewing in the Pentagon could mean...
On March 20, 2003, the United States invaded Ba’athist Iraq. Dale Hobson filed this blog entry a few days later. Nations fight wars for a range of reasons: to protect against invasion, to secure resources, to retaliate, to advance ideology. As...
I have a vivid, bleak memory of sitting in a hotel room in Havana, Cuba, watching CNN as Colin Powell addressed the United Nations about the deadly risk of Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. Like millions of Americans, I was...
News stories tagged with "war"
by Martha Foley
Mar 31, 2003 — With war underway in Iraq, the burden of homeland security has increased for members of New York's National Guard. Dozens of National Guardsmen from the North Country have been called up. Some for active military service, others to guard facilities around the state. Martha Foley talks with Chaplain Eric Olsen, from Saranac Lake, who's been working in New York City. His job is to keep morale high among the troops. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Mar 28, 2003 — Over the last several months, the border north of Plattsburgh has been overwhelmed by Pakistani families trying to leave the U.S. Shelters in Plattsburgh and Burlington have been full since late December. Now, activist groups in those cities are bracing for a much larger wave of asylum seekers, this one triggered by a new US-Canada immigration treaty that goes into affect on April 21st. Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann to help sort this out. Go to full article
by Martha Foley
Mar 28, 2003 — One things is certain about the war with Iraq: we are seeing it in a brand new way. Satellite video phones, embedded reporters and the play-by-play nature of contemporary news, particularly television news, are combining for a dramatic new way of getting the story. Martha Foley talks with Dan Dullea who teaches mass communications and society at Clarkson University in Potsdam. Part of his curriculum is a history of journalism. Go to full article
by Todd Moe
Mar 27, 2003 — With another war between the U.S. and Iraq, Vermont writer Tom Paine's The Pearl of Kuwait is especially relevant. It's a surreal, comic look at star-crossed lovers during the Persian Gulf War. Paine got a taste of life in the military during Officer Candidate School while attending college. Todd Moe talks with author Tom Paine, who says his first novel is strangely timely. Go to full article
Mar 26, 2003 — In Watertown, the military infuses nearly every aspect of life, and people are supporting the troops in Iraq. But patriotic displays are subdued. No more flags than normal. Few yellow ribbons that were ubiquitous during the first Gulf War. As David Sommerstein reports, divisions and uncertainty may be dampening the patriotic fervor. Go to full article
by NCPR News
Mar 26, 2003 — Earlier this month, David Sommerstein sat down with a group of soldiers waiting for war. They were members of the 4th battalion, 31st Infantry, known as the Polar Bears on the base. They are still at Fort Drum, still waiting. But with the war in Iraq underway, escalating as soldiers approach Baghdad, we thought we would listen again to parts of the conversation. Go to full article
by Todd Moe
Mar 25, 2003 — A Malone-based program to boost the morale of U.S. military personnel overseas is flourishing. Gladys Walker runs the non-profit organization called "Have a Heart-Adopt a Soldier". It's a mom-and-pop program that mails supplies and treats to members of the armed services stationed in Kuwait, Afghanistan and other parts of the Middle East. As Todd Moe reports, what began as a request for a chocolate bar has turned into a nearly round-the-clock operation. Go to full article
Mar 25, 2003 — The General Accounting Office has released a report saying that there's no way to know how secure the nation's chemical plants are from terrorist attacks. The Congressional Research Agency says that no federal department has looked into the problem yet. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Bill Poorman reports. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Mar 24, 2003 — Media attention over the weekend focused on the war in Iraq - and on massive protests in New York City. But the war has also come home to small towns here in the North Country. Rallies and vigils and prayer services have been held across the region. In Glens Falls, peace protesters and those who support the war squared off Saturday in a tense confrontation. Both sides say they want American troops home safely. But as Brian Mann reports, the two rallies demonstrated a deep divisions in the way people see this war. Go to full article