As U.S. Weighs War, Iraqis Prepare a Carnival for Peace

by Laura Gottesdiener There’s a dark joke going around Baghdad these days. Noof Assi, a 30-year-old Iraqi peace activist and humanitarian worker, told it to me by phone. Our conversation takes place in late May just after the Trump administration… Continue Reading  

Burning Raqqa

by Laura Gottesdiener It was midday on Sunday, May 7th, when the U.S.-led coalition warplanes again began bombing the neighborhood of Wassim Abdo’s family. They lived in Tabqa, a small city on the banks of the Euphrates River in northern… Continue Reading  

Two Versions of the U.S. Destruction of a Hospital in Afghanistan

by Laura Gottesdiener When people ask me what my new job is like, I tell them that I wake up very early and count the dead. When I say “very early,” I mean a few minutes after four a.m., as the… Continue Reading