Francine Koubel

The Boy Mir

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Ten years on from the invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 and the start of the "war on terror", this documentary follows the life of one Afghan from childhood to early adulthood.

This film aims to show real Afghani village life against a backdrop of war. The director, Phil Grabsky, first visited Afghanistan after the Taliban's destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in March 2001. There he encountered Mir, who was first introduced in Grabsky's 2004 documentary on Afghanistan, "The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan".

Fuel on the Fire

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Greg Muttitt

It is nearly ten years since the original invasion of Afghanistan. However it was the invasion of Iraq which really stirred up the population of Britain. They knew it was wrong, knew it was about oil, and up to two million came out to protest. Greg Muttitt's excellent book shows that we were right all along.

Bombing Civilians

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Yuki Tanaka and Marilyn B Young (eds), The New Press, £14.99

Is it ever acceptable to bomb civilians? This book brings together ten academic essays which discuss how and why such strategies have been used in Iraq in 1921, China in the 1930s, on all sides during both world wars, Korea and Vietnam. It finishes with an examination of the moral debates and legal frameworks concerning aerial bombardment of civilians. The more recent bombing of civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan has its precedents in these strategies.

Rules of the Game

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Asim Qureshi, Hurst and Co, £12.99

This is a book about atrocities. Asim Qureshi, a lawyer and researcher for Cageprisoners, outlines some of the worst excesses of the US and British governments' "war on terror" and provides interviews with former detainees and the families of those who have suffered injustice, torture and worse.

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