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 Afghan soldiers desperate for pact with U.S., criticize President Karzai for delay


ZABUL, Afghanistan: The Afghan soldiers fighting the Taliban have grown confident in their ability to combat an agile insurgency. But for those on the front lines, one question casts a shadow over the young army’s progress. What if the United States — and its funding — vanish from Afghanistan? That ...

 Afghanistan Continues to Be Hub of Poppy Cultivation


A recent U.S. government report notes that more Afghan land is under poppy cultivation today than it was under the Taliban in 2002. Demand for drugs, especially on the streets of rich countries, and the poor economic and security situation in Afghanistan are often cited by experts as the reasons for...

 Wagging the dog in Afghanistan


A dog captured by the Taliban is bigger news than human suffering. How have Afghanistan's people become so amorphous?On Saturday, the United Nations released its annual report on the protection of civilians in the Afghan conflict. At just under more than 8,000 people killed or injured, this year’s c...

 Bamiyan Buddhas unauthorized reconstruction work stopped


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have reportedly stopped the unauthorized reconstruction of Buddhas in central Bamiyan province of Afghanistan. According to reports, the action by UNESCO was taken after a group of German archaeologists from the German bra...

 Harder to assess Afghanistan’s local forces once U.S. troops leave, report says


Fewer U.S. troops in Afghanistan means it will be harder for military leaders to assess the readiness of local security forces; and the Pentagon currently has no plan on how to address the difficulties it might face in making sure Afghan forces are prepared before international troops leave, a new r...

 HPC Reacts to Karzai's Secret Taliban Meetings


In response to a recent report by The New York Times exposing secret meetings between President Hamid Karzai's circle and the Taliban, the High Peace Council (HPC), officially charged with managing the peace process, has said it had no knowledge of the talks. According to the The New York Times, Aim...

 Historic Debate Put Policy First, Showed Growth in Afghan Democracy


For the first time in Afghan history, the top Presidential candidates debated on live television Tuesday night. The debates provided the best opportunity yet for candidates to explain their stances on pressing national issues, with many commentators calling the event a major step for democracy in Af...

 HOW CLIMATE CHANGE HITS ASSAM TEA – ANALYSIS


The flavor has changed from what it was before. The creamy and strong flavor is no more. A study by Toklai Experimental Station (TES) in Jorhat, Assam revealed that the changes have already been observed everywhere in the Indian tea industry and scientifically it is established that these are gravel...

 Public Ignorance About Iraq War Deaths Is Imposed By The Corporate Media


 The following brief letter was sent in to the UK Guardian on November 24:In May 2013 the reputable polling company ComRes asked a representative sample of the British public the following question: “How many Iraqis, both combatants and civilians, do you think have died as a consequence of the war t...

 Afghan presidential candidates appear in first televised debate


Afghan presidential candidates’ debate in Tolo television A number of the Afghan presidential candidates appeared in the first televised debate of a crucial election campaign which is expected to be organized earlier in April this year. Five presidential candidates including Dr. Abdullah, former for...

 Secret Afghan Talks Frustrate US Officials


WASHINGTON: Reports that Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been holding secret peace talks with Taliban officials led to high-level meetings in Washington Tuesday. U.S. officials are again calling on the Afghan leader to sign an agreement to allow U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond this year....

 NATO Chief: Afghanistan Will Sign New Security Deal


WASHINGTON: Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the head of NATO, said he expects the Afghan government will soon agree to a new security deal on the engagement of foreign troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014. President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a deal before his country's April 5 presidential election, and ...

 Obama Weighs All Afghanistan Options in Meeting Generals


The Obama administration is considering its options to withdraw some or all U.S. forces from Afghanistan as time runs out for a new security agreement, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said. “They’re planning for all options,” Senator Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, said after a ...

 Candidates Present Platforms on First Campaign Day


Presidential campaigns officially kicked off on Sunday, ushering in the final stage ahead of the historic elections set for April. The candidates rolled out their platforms on the first day after much has been said in the media about the need for the contenders to focus on substantive policy issues ...

 Afghan and English football families team up to boost football in Afghanistan


The English Football Association will provide comprehensive support to Afghanistan Football Federation and Afghan Premier League, after an agreement was reached between the two sides to establish a partnership between the Afghan and English football families. The Afghan and British football official...

 U.S. has ‘failed’ narcotics fight in Afghanistan, says inspector general


Despite spending $10 billion in reconstruction money fighting narcotics in Afghanistan, the U.S. has “failed,” the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, John Sopko, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday. “If you look at production, if you look at cultivation, if you look at br...

 Candidates Make Unrealistic Promises: MPs, Activists


A number Afghan MPs and civil society activists on Monday responded to the campaign announcements of the Presidential candidates that came the day before. They said the Presidential hopefuls' promises were unrealistic and vague. The 11 Presidential candidates were asked to share their platforms with...

 Sao Paulo Biggest Water-Supply System May Run Dry Within 45 Days


The system that provides half the drinking water to South America’s largest city, Sao Paulo, will run dry in 45 days if there’s no rain, amid the biggest drought on record.The Cantareira water system, which supplies 10 million people in the region, is at less than a quarter of capacity, Francisco La...

 Rivers run dry as claims of illegality surround Romania's hydropower boom


Green tariffs are driving development in the Southern Carpathian Mountains, but with ecological and legal consequencesDeep into the wilderness of Romania's Southern Carpathian Mountains, Bogdan Binescu, an avid angler and environmental campaigner, stops by the white waters of a mountain stream. "Thi...

 Dignity, not charity


ONE problem with our poverty alleviation strategies is that they benefit the givers more than the recipients. Yet another problem is that they generally involve doling out in public view money to the underprivileged which is demeaning and robs them of their dignity.The government itself has reduced ...


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