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 How Obama’s Afghan gambit could backfire


President Barack Obama’s administration has decided to keep U.S. military bases and conduct counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan after bringing the longest war in America’s history there to an end next year. But its decision, centered on keeping a substantial residual military force, risks...

 Afghan president softens some demands on US deal


KABUL , Afghanistan : Afghanistan’s president on Wednesday softened some of his demands on a security agreement with the United States governing the future of American troops in the country— even as concerns grew among Afghans and the country’s military, which would be hard hit if his failure to...

 Karzai’s Bet: U.S. Is Bluffing in Warning on Security Pact


KABUL, Afghanistan: When President Hamid Karzai met with an audience of supporters gathered by the Afghan state television network, RTA, six months ago, he was asked what he would consider a favorable conclusion to the security negotiations he was conducting with the United States. “It is fav...

 Karzai Demands Risk Pushing U.S. to Total Afghan Exit


Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s expanding list of demands before he’ll sign an agreement for U.S. forces to stay in his country is testing the Obama administration’s patience and risking blunders by each side. Unless Karzai backs off soon on his shifting demands and his refusal to sign the ac...

 Karzai Taking BSA 'Hostage': Senators


A number of Afghan Senators on Tuesday came out in condemnation of President Hamid Karzai's recent assertions that he would not sign the Kabul-Washington security pact until after the April elections, and only if the U.S. met three new preconditions he set. On Sunday, an Advisory Loya Jirga c...

 Reading Karzai's Mind


A contentious security deal between Afghanistan and the United States looked all but signed. The Loya Jirga, a key national gathering of Afghan elders, had given its unanimous backing. All that was left was for both parliament and Afghan President Hamid Karzai to approve it. But Karzai has...

 Ghazni Man Calls for Justice After Daughter Flogged


A young girl was recently publicly flogged in Jaghori District of Ghazni province after a local cleric ordered the punishment based on allegations of her having sexual relations with a boy out of wedlock. Since then, the girl's father, Iqbal Masoomi, has demanded things be made right. The yo...

 Taliban-Linked Provincial Candidates Worry Ghazni Officials


Ghazni Deputy Governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi on Monday raised concerns about a number of candidates from his province who were approved by election officials yet are affiliated with Taliban insurgents. His comments come after the Independent Election Commission's (IEC) release of the final list...

 Presidential Names Ordered for Ballot


The 11 Presidential candidates who made the Independent Election Commission's (IEC) final list last week gathered in Kabul for a meeting with elections officials on Monday regarding the ordering of names on ballots to be used in the April vote. The final list was published last week and saw t...

 Just Ignore Karzai and Press On


Uncertain signals from the Obama administration have sapped Afghans' confidence in the future. Just as U.S. and Afghan negotiators reached an agreement to keep U.S. forces in Afghanistan through 2024, Afghan President Hamid Karzai blinked. Mr. Karzai now wants the agreement signed after the 20...

 Candidates' Silence on BSA Rebuked


Civil society activists have criticized Presidential candidates for not weighing in on the debate surrounding the Kabul-Washington security pact. As the accord is expected to be a major factor in the coming years, the lack of clarity and input from those who wish to succeed Hamid Karzai has frus...

 Uganda: Arabica Coffee Vulnerable to Drastic Weather Changes


Arabica coffee, one of Uganda's flagship exports, could easily be wiped out unless something is done to help it withstand drastic weather changes. A report assessing Uganda's vulnerability to climate change has indicated that the country is facing a lot of challenges as a result of climate vari...

 Battling Flames in Forests, With Prison as the Firehouse


PRESCOTT, Ariz.: The men cluster in a tight pack, identities obscured by fire-resistant Nomex clothes, each one anonymous except for the color of his helmet: red for corrections officers, blue and yellow for inmates. When the air was hot and the woods were parched last summer, the peak of the w...

 Are gassy cattle a bigger problem than US government thought?


Cattle generate twice as much methane as the EPA supposed, according to a new report. The study's findings may also change assumptions about the safety of extracting natural gas, which consists primarily of methane. The gassy rumblings of ruminating cattle, along with the hisses and sloshes a...

 A North Atlantic Mystery: Case of the Missing Whales


Endangered North Atlantic right whales are disappearing from customary feeding grounds off the U.S. and Canadian coasts and appearing in large numbers in other locations, leaving scientists to wonder if shifts in climate may be behind the changes. Every summer and fall, endangered North Atla...

 Penny Lane: Gitmo's other secret CIA facility


WASHINGTON: In the early years after 9/11, the CIA turned some Guantanamo Bay prisoners into double agents then sent them home to help the U.S. kill terrorists, current and former U.S. officials said. The CIA promised the prisoners freedom, safety for their families and millions of dollars fro...

 What future does security pact give Afghanistan?


Afghanistan's Loya Jirga - grand traditional assembly - of 2,500 delegates on Sunday endorsed a crucial security agreement with the US and urged President Hamid Karzai to sign it by the end of this year. The bilateral security agreement between the US and Afghanistan is one of the most import...

 Mixed Pakistani reactions to US-Afghan deal


An assembly of Afghan tribal leaders has endorsed a deal to enable some US troops to operate in the country beyond 2014. Experts say the decision is a setback for Pakistan, which was hoping to regain influence in Kabul. After four days of deliberations in the Afghan capital Kabul, the Loya J...

 Why Hamid Karzai won't sign a popular U.S.-Afghanistan security pact


The U.S. and a council of Afghan elders are in agreement. What's Karzai's problem? In the 1980s, the Soviet Union learned that it's much easier to invade Afghanistan than to leave on your own terms. And nearly 25 years after the Russians left the country defeated; the U.S. is learning the sa...

 Are We Stupid? ‏


The following is the text of the address I made to the Seek, Speak and Spread Truth Conference in London on 23 November. Its main thrust is about the need for citizens to become politically engaged to make democracy work (before it’s as dead as the two-state solution for Israel-Palestine) in ord...


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