Tech Exec Will Explain Why Mobile Payments Are A Bigger Deal In Kabul Than Portland

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Sure, Google's mobile phone payment pilot project in Portland may not have taken off in a big way. But mobile transactions are increasing faster elsewhere in the world—including in some poor and far-flung corners. A former executive with Afghanistan's largest telecom provider, Roshan, will be visiting Portland to talk about the mobile money transfer system the company launched there in 2007. Since ...   More
Thursday, June 7, 2012 by Corey Pein

Anti-War Rally Planned For Pioneer Square This Saturday

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Supporters of more than 50 groups plan to turn out this Saturday, March 19 at Pioneer Courthouse Square to protest the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The date marks the eighth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Saturday’s rally of labor, faith-based, peace and environmental justice organizations will highlight the link between the economic downturn and the ongoing wars in the Middle East, ...   More
Monday, March 14, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

Cali Bagby: Embedded Photojournalist in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Cali Bagby plunged into two war zones after graduating from the University of Oregon in 2008, armed with a journalism degree, camera and sense of reporting duty. The 27-year-old Eugene native spent one year as an embedded journalist in Iraq with the Oregon National Guard Medevac Unit based out of Salem and three months in Afghanistan with Marines in the 2nd Platoon, 6th Engineer Support Battalion. Bagby’s ...   More
Saturday, February 12, 2011 STACY BROWNHILL

A Grim Reminder This Thanksgiving

The New York Times had a thought-provoking piece this week about a Georgia man who's made it his business to track the casualties among coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. We point out the web site run by Michael White because one of the site's many functions is to enable readers to track fatalities by state. And it's worth remembering this Thanksgiving eve that among the ...   More
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 HANK STERN

Get Your War Off: 'Rethink Afghanistan' Coming to Portland

While President Obama is busy escalating U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, some Portlanders are taking it into their own hands to protest the troop surge. Next week they'll get a lift from a documentary film swinging through town that urges Americans to rethink the war. Rethink Afghanistan is showing at the Clinton Street Theater on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 7 pm. The film by the nonprofit Brave ...   More
Thursday, January 7, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

One Year Later, an Oregon Military Analyst Still Questions Obama's Afghan Surge

A retired Air Force general who served as a military adviser to Barack Obama's 2008 campaign says the president made the wrong choice doubling down on Afghanistan. Merrill McPeak, who's now living in Lake Oswego, helped plan the first Gulf War as a member of President George H.W. Bush's Joint Chiefs of Staff. He tells WW he would have advised Obama against his decision last year to send 30,000 ...   More
Friday, March 5, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Another War Anniversary, Another Anti-War Rally

The seventh anniversary of the Iraq War becomes a sad fact this Saturday. Here's how some people who are pissed off about that fact plan to mark that date this March 20 in Portland: What: Rally and March to End the Wars When: Saturday, March 20th 11:00 am at PSU, Noon at Terry Schrunk Plaza Where: Portland State University South Park Blocks Who: PSU March 4th Coalition Why: March 20th ...   More
Monday, March 15, 2010 HANK STERN

Pakistan, Afghanistan & Global Security, According to Pervez Musharraf

Key U.S. ally and peace advocate or treasonous military dictator? People's opinions on Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf vary widely. But good or bad, Musharraf's reputation didn't come up for the most part during his lecture last night at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, save for a small pre-lecture protest arising from allegations that he violated human rights. In fact, for ...   More
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 NATALIE BAKER

DeFazio: Obama Should Use McChrystal Firing for Revisit of Afghanistan Policy

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) isn't shedding any tears over President Obama's decision to can Gen. Stanley McChrystal. The always-opinionated Lane County Democrat went on the House floor this week for a speech ridiculing McChrystal's approach in Afghanistan as a "fantasy." And DeFazio urged Obama to use the firing of McChrystal as a time to overhaul U.S. policy in a country that the congressman ...   More
Friday, June 25, 2010 HANK STERN


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