Monday, November 2, 2009

Talk on Afghanistan policy by Jonathan Landay

Jonathan S. Landay of the McClatchy Newspapers’ Washington News Bureau, just returned from a two-month investigative tour in Afghanistan, will speak in Bristol, RI this weekend on the direction of the war, and its effects on the United States and the nations of Central Asia.

Bob Kerr recently interviewed Jonathan Landay for an article in the Providence Journal to come out this Wednesday November 4, 2009. (Look for an article in the Bristol Phoenix on Thursday as well.)

He has titled his talk and its theme “The Stakes in Afghanistan: The Debate We Ought to Have.” Landay will then take audience questions on his remarks. The event, sponsored by the East Bay Citizens for Peace, is scheduled for 8 pm Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Old State House in Bristol. Suggested contribution is $5 at the door.

Landay has served for ten years as senior national security correspondent for the 26 daily McClatchy newspapers, and the Knight-Ridder chain that it acquired. He was a central reporter in the investigative team that revealed in 2005 how the Bush Administration had manipulated the American Intelligence community to justify its decision to invade Iraq. His stories began several months before the invasion. For that work, Landay and his team received the coveted National Headliners Award, and the Award of Distinction from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. In his current assignment, he has made regular trips to Afghanistan. Landay has appeared with some frequency on NPR’s Talk of the Nation and MSNBC programs to discuss developments in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

He previously covered the Indian subcontinent as New Delhi bureau chief for UPI, and the war in the former Yugoslavia for The Christian Science Monitor.
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