Feature / Analysis

 What Google Knows About You


 Earlier, we reported the personal narrative of Michele Catalano who recounted how one day she found herself face to face with six agents from the joint terrorism task force. The reason? "Our seemingly innocent, if curious to a fault, Googling of certain things was creating a perfect storm of te...

 Permanent victimhood


Politically speaking, Malala’s gravest error was to survive the attack by the Taliban gunmen who shot her in the head on her way back from school in 2012. Had she succumbed to her injuries or deteriorated to a vegetative state in some underequipped Swat hospital then she may have been forgiven (...

 Taliban leader says still willing to talk


KABUL, Afghanistan: The Taliban's reclusive leader said Tuesday that his group was willing to start peace negotiations, even as he urged more attacks — including insider shootings by government security forces — on foreign troops. In a wide-ranging emailed message, Mullah Mohammad Omar blamed...

 How much influence will Iran have in post-US Afghanistan?


Those who speculate that Iran will somehow absorb western Afghanistan into its sphere of influence when US and NATO forces drawdown in 2014 have not been through the doors of the threadbare “Public Library and Cultural Center” in Herat. Iran built the domed structure and stocked its library a...

  Plenty of Challenges for Afghanistan But a Rise of Student Militancy on College Campuses Is Not One of Them


The 123 graduates lined up cautiously, as they had rehearsed, jostling to get in position amid the cheers of proud parents as an Afghan flag more than 150 feet long flapped above them in the sharp wind. Former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker had just finished his commencement address, remarkable as...

 Existence of Illegal Armed Groups Posing Threat to Life and Security in Ghor


Local officials of Ghor province on Monday revealed that around 8000 armed men belonging to 130 illegal armed groups are extorting money from the residents and posing threat to security in the region. Sayed Anwar Rahmati, Provincial Governor, said that a number of National Assembly members ...

 U.S. looks to smartphones and satellites to monitor Afghan projects


Supervision of the massive U.S. reconstruction effort in Afghanistan would be done remotely, a plan some call risky. Washington : As the U.S. military presence dwindles in Afghanistan, officials are finalizing a $200-million plan to use smartphones, GPS-enabled cameras and satellite imagery ...

 Regimental Combat Team 7 Rolls Up Its Flag In Afghanistan


At the peak of fighting in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, there were 20,000 Marines battling the Taliban. Now there are 8,000. And more are heading home every month. Among the latest to pack up was Regimental Combat Team 7. At their mission's recent closing ceremony, several hundred Marin...

 Uncertain future for Afghan businesswoman as West leaves


KABUL: The United States and its allies have put promoting women's rights at the core of their 12-year mission in Afghanistan and Liza Ghausi Nooristani has profited nicely from their intervention. Nooristani is one of the few women in conservative, male-dominated Afghanistan to set up and ru...

 From classrooms to suicide bombs: children's lives in Afghanistan


Child casualties in Afghanistan are rising, among them children recruited as suicide bombers by the Taliban – often with their parents' blessing. But education is the way ahead At the juvenile detention center in Kandahar there are two sets of children. The first are riotous and loud, arrested...

 Can Farming Provide a Solution to Climate Change?


Farming is one of the few human activities that can pull CO2 from the atmosphere and store it safely When the heavy rains came to Iowa this spring, corn farmer Dave Miller tilled the rolling portions of his 255-hectare plot. Cutting into the soil slows runoff and, particularly, prevents water f...

 Relocation of Alaska's sinking Newtok village halted


Setback for tribal communities threatened by climate change as government freezes funding over local political dispute An Alaskan village's quest to move to higher ground and avoid being drowned by climate change has sputtered to a halt, The Guardian has learned. Newtok, on the Bering Sea coas...

 Scandal in South Korea Over Nuclear Revelations


SEOUL, South Korea: Like Japan, resource-poor South Korea has long relied on nuclear power to provide the cheap electricity that helped build its miracle economy. For years, it met one-third of its electricity needs with nuclear power, similar to Japan’s level of dependence before the 2011 disas...

 The 10 most oil-rich states


Ten states accounted for roughly 94% of all onshore U.S. reserves as of the end of 2011, with roughly a third of this in Texas alone — just over 7 billion barrels. In many of these states, the oil industry is a major part of their economies. Based on the U.S. Energy Information Administration's ...

 Afghan Militants Kill 9 Near Indian Consulate


KABUL, Afghanistan : Armed with assault rifles and an explosives-laden vehicle, three men tried to attack an Indian consulate in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least nine people and offering a brutal reminder that tensions beyond this country’s borders threaten to fuel the conflict ...

 Intercepts suggest Pakistan's ISI hired 'assassins' to attack Indian envoy in Kabul


New Delhi: The killing fields of Afghanistan have again taken center-stage. India has warned its ambassador to Kabul, Amar Sinha, of a plot by Pakistan-based bombers to assassinate him, and has recommended that he not leave home without a bullet-proof jacket nor travel in a convoy of less than t...

 India blame outside forces for attack on Jalalabad consulate


The government of India on Saturday condemned deadly attack on Indian consulate in eastern Jalalabad city of Afghanistan and blamed outside forces for the attack that left at least 9 people dead and 23 others injured. Suicide bombers detonated an explosives-packed car, killing nine civilians...

 Attack on Indian mission in Afghanistan raises specter of regional struggle


JALALABAD, Afghanistan: Insurgents attacked the Indian consulate in Afghanistan's eastern capital on Saturday, killing nine people and reinforcing fears that a bloody regional power struggle will be played out in the country once most foreign troops leave. Twenty-three people were wounded whe...

 Afghan troops in the lead ahead of 2014 — or are they?


Achin, Nangarhar Province , Afghanistan : Positioned on a hilltop overlooking plowed farm fields dotted with mud-walled compounds, U.S. soldiers trade fire with gunmen across a shallow valley. A second platoon of soldiers moves off to flank the enemy. When they arrive, they find the gunmen hav...

 Army officer convicted in shooting deaths of 2 Afghans


Last summer, days into a new assignment leading a platoon in a volatile patch of southern Afghanistan, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army asked one of his soldiers to open fire on two Afghan men on motorcycles. The fatal shots set in motion an extraordinary criminal investigation that unfol...


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