People in Baghdad are still talking about what happened on September 16 - the day an incident involving the private security company Blackwater USA left at least 17 Iraqis dead. Ahmed Abdullah visited the scene in Nisour Square and talked to witnesses.
Ahmed's latest entry is a study of the two Baghdads that he sees in Iraq. During the day, the city has become somewhat calmer, but at night, the city itself becomes the biggest fear weighing on its citizens' minds.
Ahmed recently visited the military base at Ft. Bragg, NC. He talks to Dick Gordon about the profound ambivalence he felt about meeting troops there: how it was both difficult on one level and yet humanizing on another.
Konrad Jarausch's father served in a reserve battalion of Hitler’s Army. As a young man, Konrad struggled with his father’s role in the war. Recently, as an historian, Konrad began to re-read the war-time letters that his mother had saved.
Peggy Kuo was a prosecutor working for the Justice Department when she accepted a job at The International Court at the Hague to represent 16 women who were raped during the Bosnian war. The case became the first rape case ever treated as a war crime.
When people go to war, it marks them, and not only them, but family as well. Dave Alvin is a singer-songwriter. He heard the story of his great-great uncle who was in Andersonville prison on the grounds of Fort Sumter, and that story became a song.