An elderly villager in #Zhonghxin, #guizhou province, #china, smoked a pipe while his son, who is a manager at the local rice farming collective made dinner at their modest, rural home. President #Xi Xinping's pledge to combat rural poverty has made heavily rural provinces like #Guizhou a sought after posting for party officials looking to succeed #Xi. Chen Min'er, who is the provincial governor of #Guizhou, has sought to combat poverty by consolidating small family plots into collective farming units in an effort to revitalize the rural economy in places like Zhongxin. Photographed in assignment for the @nytimes#farming#agriculture#photojournalism
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Local farmers collected young rice shoots to replant in collectively farmed fields in the small village of #zhongxin#china. President #Xi Xinping's pledge to combat rural poverty has made heavily rural provinces like #Guizhou a sought after posting for party officials looking to succeed #Xi. Chen Min'er, who is the provincial governor of #Guizhou, has sought to combat poverty by consolidating small family plots into collective farming units in an effort to revitalize the rural economy in places like Zhongxin. Photographed in assignment for the @nytimes
I spent most of 2009 through 2013 covering Afghanistan and specifically, the US military's war against the #Taliban, or "Anti-GIROA" forces (anti-Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan) as the kaleidoscope of groups were known in a military culture famous for its euphemisms and acronyms. The US launched its war in Afghanistan with an almost crystal clear mandate after 9/11, but 8 years later, the mission had both accelerated and changed. Catch-phrases like "COIN," "government in a box," and "Afghan good-enough" started to define the politics of the war and the media's coverage of it, and were repeated until they became gospel.
I participated in that as a journalist, but my experiences on the front lines during the "surge" and a bit of time and perspective have made me wonder if in concerning ourselves with "winning" or "losing" militarily in Afghanistan, we haven't become lost within that conflict as a nation and condemned the people of Afghanistan to a similar, if not more brutal fate. It is an absurd thing to think that myself, who watched the second plane strike the south tower on 9/11 as an incoming freshman at NYU might now embed with 18 year old PFC's or Lances who were barely out of the womb on that terrible day-repeating what their older brothers, or even uncles and fathers did almost a generation ago.
Afghanistan's future remains grim, but also infinitely complex and in desperate need of nuance and realpolitik. I hope our politicians will recognize that in the coming months as they deploy American lives, and place value on the lives of Afghans, in the name of solving this quagmire. #war#afghanistan#conflict#history#photojournalism#helmand#kandahar#usmc#usarmy#oef
The wheel of war in Afghanistan has been reinvented countless times by generals, defense department officials and now three US presidents, including President #Trump–all at a tremendous cost to the US taxpayer, and to the families of the more than 2300 dead and over 22,000 wounded US servicemen and women. Additionally, at least 91,000 Afghans on all sides of the conflict have lost their lives. As a resurgent #Taliban continues to make advances across the country and civilian casualties reach an all time high, it is worth asking where, and how this all ends, and what another phase of American military deployment to the country might accomplish. .10/3/2010 Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
A US Marine wounded by a Taliban improvised explosive device in South Marjah is treated by Flight Medic Sgt Tyrone Jordan, Charlie Co. 1-214th, US Army, on a Medevac Helicopter over Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. #afghanistan#usmc#woundedwarrior#dustoff#usarmy#medevac#helmand#photojournalism#war#conflict#ied#marjah