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  • Is War Over?
  • Is War Over?

    Soldiers who served in Iraq have a different timeline than the president’s
      justifications offered for the Iraq War have morphed and changed since American and coalition forces invaded in 2003. The one constant is that the war has kept going, year after year. Nearly 1 million American soldiers have served in Iraq, President Obama noted recently.
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  • He Is Legend
  • He Is Legend

    In 1967, a young black soldier disappeared into the jungles of Vietnam. People are still searching for him.
      Nov. 9, 1967, a black Army private named McKinley Nolan ran into the jungles of Vietnam and disappeared. No one is exactly sure what happened next. No one is sure whether he was a traitor or a thief. He may have been a prisoner of war or a communist propagandist.
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  • Downplayed
  • Downplayed

    Ten stories the mainstream media ignored in the past year, according to Project Censored
      The rundown of stories Project Censored calls attention to this year serves as a reminder that mainstream media outlets favoring the superficial over the substantive don’t give us all the information we need.
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  • Ask and Tell
  • Ask and Tell

    On Sept. 20, soldiers can legally disclose they're gay. And a Spokane woman is one reason why.
      She had served for 18 years. Her record was exemplary — a year earlier she earned an Air Force commendation medal for saving someone’s life. So when, in July of 2004, Margaret Witt, a reserve flight-nurse from Spokane, was escorted to the commander’s conference room to speak with an investigator, she was still smiling.
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  • 'The Taliban Shuffle,' Kim Barker
  • 'The Taliban Shuffle,' Kim Barker

    A former Spokesman-Review reporter digs into Afghanistan and lives to tell about it.
      There you are, hustling to get a fresh angle on the terror attacks in Mumbai. You’ve worked your sources. You’re about to get the scoop from a former Pakistani prime minister at his groomed estate in the countryside. You are the only reporter in the room.
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  • Enough Already
  • Enough Already

    Julian Schnabel says Miral is a balanced portrait of the Israel-Palestine conflict. It’s anything but.
      sympathizer Vanessa Redgrave) calls the gathering an oasis for everyone, a place where no politics will be discussed, the film jumps to black and white stock footage of the birth of the state of Israel.
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  • Feeling Paranoid?
  • Feeling Paranoid?

    Reefer rally at City Hall and the start of another war.
      On Monday, Ryan Seeley helped organize a group of dispensary owners to go before the Spokane City Council to demand clarification in the state law. Seeley, who co-owns Spokane Indicare, shut his dispensary down Friday after his bank account was frozen, he says.
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  • The Homefront
  • The Homefront

    Patty Murray meets with local vets about the challenges of returning home.
      Among the topics that emerged locally: DD Form 214: This is the official record of completed military service that is needed in order to apply for many veterans’ services from health care to burial in a military cemetery. It’s supposed to be presented upon discharge but many people at the VFW post told Murray of delays ranging as long as half a year.
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  • 'You Know When the Men Are Gone,' Siobhan Fallon
  • 'You Know When the Men Are Gone,' Siobhan Fallon

    Her husband’s in Afghanistan. How does an Army wife fill the long wait?
      When you’re an Army wife living on a base like Fort Hood in Texas, you learn to get along with others, even though you might never see them again after this deployment. You’ll be moving in six months or a year or two — but that doesn’t mean you won’t baby-sit in a pinch.
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  • Restrepo
  • Restrepo

    Usually, we only get the horrors of war after they happen — Restrepo gets up close and personal.
      the documentary consists of footage shot by two journalists, sebastian Junger and tim hetherington, who accompanied the platoon for the duration of their stay, and one-on-one interviews conducted after their return home.
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  • A Fleeting Memorial
  • A Fleeting Memorial

    An Idaho veteran's run has created a monument that's materially ephemeral, rooted more in spirit.
      It’s striking that it was an infantryman, Corporal Jan Scruggs, who inspired this national memorial to war dead — one with no raised sabers, no rearing stallion; so rare in its somber mood, so inclusive of all ranks..
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  • God Hates Who?
  • God Hates Who?

    A visit from the Westboro Baptist Church. Plus, old folks rock the vote.
      It’s a surefire blueprint for media publicity. Swing through a city, throw out some incendiary rhetoric, pepper a few area colleges with hit-and-run half-hour picketing sessions and reap the massive exposure that comes from the outrage and much larger counter-protests.
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