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 The strength of Afghan women unveiled in 'Patience Stone'


'Patience Stone' seeks to portray their 'dreams, desires, courage,' writer says. The patience stone (syngue sabour) of Persian mythology is a magical black stone that receives the problems of those who confide in it. According to myth, when the stone has absorbed all the pain and suffering o...

 Why Russia is Worried About the “Zero Option” in Afghanistan


With America’s decade-long entanglement in Afghanistan coming to a close, the debate over the size and scale of any remaining American involvement in the country has come to the forefront of Washington’s policymaking circuit. From the Department of Defense and the State Department, to USAID and ...

 Afghan 'insurgents' now called 'enemies of Afghanistan'


Washington: Military announcements of deaths in Afghanistan — generally terse, bare-bones statements — have undergone a subtle change this summer, reflecting the shift to Afghans for the security of their country. The date, number of troops killed, general location and the type of attack acc...

 Afghanistan the “Saudi Arabia of lithium”


The Afghanistan’s natural resources are considered to be a silver lining for the economy of Afghanistan, as the NATO-led international coalition security forces are preparing to leave the country. The withdrawal of the NATO troops and reduction of international community’s aid to Afghanistan ...

 Why John Kerry Should Be Treated As A Thief


Kerry isn’t on the Palestinian side. He’s going all out for ‘peace’ on Israeli government terms Has John Kerry no shame? First he cuddles up to both Palestinians and Israelis and announces the renewal of a “peace process” which the Palestinians don’t trust and the Israelis don’t want. Then ...

 New Mexico is the driest of the dry


As an extended drought bakes the West, nowhere are ravages of changes in the climate worse than in New Mexico. Scientists in the West have a particular way of walking a landscape and divining its secrets: They kick a toe into loamy soil or drag a boot heel across the desert's crust, leaning down ...

 Afghans Report Progress on Security Pact with US


ISLAMABAD: Officials in Afghanistan report progress in their “informal” talks with U.S. interlocutors on hammering out “a joint text” of a proposed bilateral security agreement. The U.S. is calling for a quick end to the talks, but a foreign ministry spokesman in Kabul reiterated Sunday the fate...

 BSA Agreement Critical for Afghanistan: Gen. Dunford


General Joseph Dunford, commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, spoke out again on Sunday to emphasize the importance of signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) as quickly as possible in order to prepare for the coming changes to the...

 The Dead Afghan’s Tale: How Afghanistan’s Poorest Are Bearing the Brunt of the War


Dasht-e-Qala, Afghanistan: The young boy does not say a word. His eyes water as he turns away, staring out the window or at the mud walls of his family home in Dasht-e-Qala, in Afghanistan’s northern Takhar province. Just across the river and over the hills lie Tajikistan and the vast expanse of...

 Pakistani Al-Qaeda and Haqqani Network Pose Threat to Afghanistan: Security Officials


Afghan security officials on Saturday said that Al-Qaeda and Haqqani Network activities in Pakistan pose a major threat to Afghanistan's current and future security, adding that while Afghan forces are capable of combating the threat, they will need further support to be fully successful. Se...

 Officials confident Afghanistan’s April elections will lead to a peaceful transfer of power


International coalition officials are expressing confidence that Afghanistan’s presidential elections will occur in April as scheduled and mark a peaceful transfer of power from President Hamid Karzai, who has held the office since December 2001. “Our money is on that it’s happening on time i...

 Afghanistan objected for imposing exit tax on Australian military


The Australian defense ministry strongly objected the government of Afghanistan for imposing tax for the withdrawal of its military equipment from the country. Australian defense officials are saying that Afghan government has imposed a $3545 per container exit tax on every container leaving ...

 The long arc of justice in Afghanistan


No one knows who killed Islam Bibi. The 37-year old police lieutenant, the most senior female officer in southern Afghanistan's dangerous Helmand province, was riding a motorcycle to work in early July with her son-in-law, when she was shot and killed. During her career, she faced many threats, ...

 Al-Qaida remains significant threat to west – UN report


Affiliates and self-radicalized terrorists pose ongoing threat despite damage to al-Qaida's core, authoritative report says Al-Qaida remains a significant threat to western targets as it "continues to diversify" into increasingly self-radicalized extremist groups, despite significant damage to ...

 Afghan ambassador leaves after 15 months


Afghanistan’s ambassador to Canada left his job after 15 months and is now working in the United States private sector, amid media reports of an international uptick in Afghan diplomats not returning home. But Barna Karimi disagrees it’s a trend. And he says that even if it were, he wouldn’t ...

 John Sopko, watchdog for U.S. reconstruction spending in Afghanistan, battles bureaucrats


A year after John Sopko became the chief watchdog for U.S. reconstruction spending in Afghanistan; he has turned a failed agency into the bane of the existence of American bureaucrats scrambling to bring the war to a dignified end. Mentioning his name to U.S. commanders, diplomats and aid wor...

 Out of sight, out of mind – a rotten way to quit a war


The west’s errors in Afghanistan – strategic, political and military – are too legion to list Whatever happened to the war? You know the one. The west has been fighting it for a decade. The costs run to a trillion dollars plus. Tens of thousands of soldiers and civilians have been wounded or...

  The Great Burning: How Wildfires Are Threatening the West


Terrifying blazes are the new normal in the West, where a mix of climate change and Tea Party politics has put an entire region at risk It was the sound of her neighbors' propane tanks exploding that convinced Nancy Myers she had run out of time. Twenty minutes earlier, the 57-year-old potte...

 Anti-Islamic policies of India


On the other hand a self-proclaimed mini superpower, a country whose stench of idolatry and racism is suffocating mankind, India, is gradually posing a grave threat to the millions of Muslimun in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Maldive Islands, is scared stiff of the Islamic Movements. In the recent pa...

 How to make passwords uncrack-able


For years now I've harangued relatives about their shoddy password practices. Either they use easily-hacked passwords or forget the passwords they've created—sometimes both. If you won't take it from me, beloved family, consider this Password Day (yes, apparently it's a thing ) statement from Mc...


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