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 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 itís as dead as the two-state solution for Israel-Palestine) in ord...

 IEA: China, India increasingly drive global energy demand as US moves to self-sufficiency


China and India are increasingly driving world energy demand as the United Statesí production boom puts it on track to become independent of the global market, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. China is close to becoming the worldís largest oil importer, while India will turn into th...

 Snow season shrinking by 11 days/decade: Study


SHIMLA: While tourist places like Manali and Dalhousie have witnessed early snowfall this year resulting into tourism boom, Shimla is still awaiting season's first snowfall. warming has not only resulted in rise in temperature, but has also affected snow and rain pattern in the region. Temperatu...

 Activist sits in Russian jail; family waits, worries


Dima Litvinov and other Greenpeace activists were arrested while protesting oil drilling in the Arctic. For his sister, the situation is depressingly familiar. The irony is cruel for Lara Litvinov. Nearly half a century ago, she and her brother, Dima Litvinov ó children in a family with a lo...

 Clock ticks on authority for Guantanamo as terror suspects remain in limbo


The Authorization for the Use of Military Force law, or AUMF, is what allows the U.S. to keep the al-Qaida and Taliban militants at the terrorist detention center. But will it still be valid if U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan at the end of 2014? GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba: A persi...

 The Long Goodbye in Afghanistan


From his first campaign for the White House, President Obama has vowed to end more than a decade of war, bring the troops home and put America on a less militaristic footing. He has reduced the forces in Afghanistan from about 100,000 in 2010 to about 47,000 today and has promised that all Ameri...

 Why Pakistan fears foreign pullout from Afghanistan


Islamabad: Pakistanís role in the war in Afghanistan appears to have come full circle, with many quarters now hoping for a drawn-out, "phased" withdrawal of Western troops from the region instead of an immediate one. This reflects a change of perception within the Pakistani establishment whi...

 Afghan Loya Jirga Endorses Security Pact With U.S., But Karzai Demurs


A four-day gathering of Afghan elders has ended in Kabul amid confusion over whether President Hamid Karzai will sign a key security deal with the United States. At the conclusion of the so-called Loya Jirga, Karzai conditioned his signing of the deal on an end to international raids on Afgha...

 How Afghans see America: the cowboy that divided the village


Many view the US as an enemy dividing Muslims, while others see a vital partner. The latest 'deal' will only add to that "Don't be foolish. America is still the lion of the jungle!" This is what an Afghan commentator said dismissively about an article on the worldwide decline in US power. Be...

 Say Sorry? What Is Afghanistan's Karzai Smoking?


So, letís get this straight: Barely 6 percent of Americans even think their president should focus on foreign policy; Afghanistan's government badly needs continued U.S. help to hold off its enemies; yet President Hamid Karzai wants Washington to say sorry before heíll allow U.S. troops to sta...

 Tehran Softens Tone with Kabul


Iranian diplomacy has seen major shifts since Hassan Rouhani became the president of the Islamic Republic this year. Rouhani became the first Iranian president to speak with an American president when he and Barack Obama talked by phone in September. He has also led a robust diplomacy geared to ...

 Kicking Afghanistan's opium habit


On November 13, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime released its annual Afghanistan Opium Survey, which found that opium cultivation reached record levels in 2013, despite a decade of attempted counter-narcotics activities by U.S. and NATO forces. It also comes just a few weeks after NA...

 Mangrove plantings helped limit typhoon damage


Replanted mangrove trees in Southeast Asia are getting credit for protecting against deadly tsunamis and typhoons such as Haiyan in the Philippines and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Mangrove regeneration in Northern Samar, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of the worst-hit Philippine ci...

 If Youíre Not Worried About Dengue Fever, Hereís Why You Should Be


Aided by global warming, the potentially deadly mosquito-borne virus is spreading around the world to an alarming extent It doesnít have its celebrity fundraisers, unlike AIDS. It hasnít made the headlines in the way that bird flu or SARS have. It isnít feared in the way that polio or TB are, a...

 DEVASTATION IN THE PHILIPPINES


Measuring the Might of Haiyan Typhoon Haiyan, which ravaged the Philippines earlier this month, might have been one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever to hit land, but its exact strength was a matter of dispute. Forecasting agencies said it would pack winds of up to 195 miles (about 315 k...

 Flooding undermines Seattle's flower farmers


Bright blooms are a specialty of Seattle's farmers markets, but the Hmong farmers cultivating that niche market are losing their livelihood to an increasingly erratic Snoqualmie River. A 'Climate at your Doorstep' story. CARNATION, Wash: Even on a foggy fall day, the view is beautiful nea...

 Endless Occupation? Afghanistan To Have US Troops Indefinitely? Security Agreement Draft Leaked‏


† Afghanistan may not be seeing a full withdrawal of US troops soon, as many had expected. A newly obtained US-Afghanistan security agreement draft suggests that US forces will stay for much longer than originally expected, possibly indefinitely. The draft includes an agreement for US military o...

 Whose land is this?


MR. Abid Hasan Minto, president of the Awami Workersí Party, has done well to go before the Supreme Court to challenge the 1990 judgment of the Federal Shariat Courtís appellate bench declaring land reforms to be un-Islamic. After that judgment it became fashionable to pronounce the demise of f...


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