For Immediate Release
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167
Just Back From Afghanistan
WASHINGTON - Just back from Afghanistan, Institute for Public Accuracy executive director Norman Solomon and veteran Rick Reyes are available for interviews.
While in Kabul they met with scores of officials and policy analysts at UN agencies, the World Bank, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission and the Center for Conflict and Peace Studies (run by the president's cousin Hekmat Karzai). On Tuesday, Solomon and Reyes met with Mohammed Ehsan Zia, the Afghan government's minister of rural rehabilitation and development. They also had meetings with independent Afghan journalists, visited a refugee camp for displaced people from southern Afghanistan and met with prominent Afghan advocates for women's rights.
Solomon is executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy.
After enlisting in the Marine Corps, Reyes served as an infantry rifleman. He was deployed in "Operation Enduring Freedom" (Afghanistan) 2001 and then “Operation Iraqi Freedom” (Iraq) 2003. In 2008 he got involved in the Brave New Foundation's Rethink Afghanistan project and testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Video of that testimony is posted here.
Reyes is a co-founding member of Veterans for Rethinking Afghanistan.
This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.
Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.
A nationwide consortium, the Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA) represents an unprecedented effort to bring other voices to the mass-media table often dominated by a few major think tanks. IPA works to broaden public discourse in mainstream media, while building communication with alternative media outlets and grassroots activists.