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 If Charles Taylor is a War Criminal, Then So are Obama, Bush and Clinton‏


“Clinton, Bush and Obama have instigated, encouraged and collaborated in the worst genocide since World War Two.” “Whereas Liberian president Charles Taylor was accused of encouraging the slaughter of possibly 50,000 people in Sierra Leone, Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have armed, fin...

 The Party Game is Over. Stand and Fight‏


"Rise like lions after slumber In unvanquishable number! Shake your chains to earth, like dew Which in sleep had fall'n on you: Ye are many - they are few." These days, the stirring lines of Percy Shelley's "Mask of Anarchy" may seem unattainable. I don't think so. Shelley was both a Romantic ...

 Can Long-Distance Migrating Shorebird Survive?


Rufa red knot faces depletion of its food sources and its Arctic breeding grounds. Twice a year, the rufa red knot performs one of the planet's most amazing migrations. After wintering in the southern reaches of Argentina and Chile, the red knot will fly roughly 9,300 miles (15,000 kilometer...

 Can We Finally Have a Serious Talk About Population?


Alan Weisman, bestselling author of The World Without Us, tackles the world’s exploding human population in his new book, Countdown. Today, as the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releases its latest mega-report, averring a 95 percent certainty that humans are heating up...

 Spanish coast hit by waves of earth tremors linked to huge offshore gas storage plant


Thousands of Spanish homeowners on a 200km stretch of Mediterranean coastline have suffered a month of sleepless nights after a wave of minor earthquakes. Many people, including the country’s Minister of Industry, say a massive offshore gas storage plant could be to blame. More than 300 earthqua...

 Afghan military faces surge in roadside bombs


GARDEZ, Afghanistan: Raqam Jan was at home on furlough after two years of fighting for the Afghan army when he stepped out of his house and onto a homemade mine. It had been planted not just to kill him but to send a message to his fellow villagers about the perils of serving in the Afghan secur...

 Disputes Snarl U.S.-Afghan Talks


Two Sides Split on Fundamental Issues KABUL : U.S. and Afghan negotiators are far from agreement on some fundamental issues in talks on a long-term American military presence here, senior officials in both countries said, with the Pentagon warning that further delays could scuttle the deal alt...

 Candidate Warns Against Fraud in Vote to Succeed Karzai


KABUL: A leading opposition candidate for president in Afghanistan cautioned Wednesday against fraud and government meddling in the April elections, urging the incumbent President Hamid Karzai to stay neutral and guarantee a fair vote. "There are concerns about the government taking sides and...

 Afghan Media Fears Loss of Editorial Independence


KABUL: The independence of Afghan journalists and editors is increasingly at risk in Afghanistan and a proposed new media law could make conditions even tougher, activists say. Afghanistan’s fledgling independent media are under threat. A draft media law to create a government watchdog com...

 Mineral Wealth Could Harm, Not Aid, Afghanistan's Future


Afghanistan's mineral wealth is closely tied to its future prospects. If managed well, the theory goes, the mining sector could be the backbone of a sustainable economy, fund national security, and stabilize the government. But the country's natural resources could just as easily undercut ...

  Afghan Women's Movement Enters Political Arena


When Wave of Change, a female-led political movement, was unveiled last week in Afghanistan, it was greeted with applause by women's rights activists. The movement, led by influential female lawmaker and outspoken rights campaigner Fawzia Koofi, was hailed as an important step in consolidati...

 Lax U.S. oversight of Afghani fuel purchases could waste another $1 billion


Poor oversight by U.S. officials has put millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars at risk of waste and fraud in Afghanistan and could risk more than $1 billion more if officials continue with a plan to give the Afghan National Army direct funding for its fuel purchases. The Combined Security Transition...

 Efforts to teach Afghanistan troops to read may be NATO’s lasting legacy


DARLAMAN TRAINING BASE, Afghanistan: As it prepares to start its fifth and final year, the NATO-led $200 million literacy program for the Afghan national security forces quietly has created what is likely to be one of the most important legacies that the international military coalition will lea...

 2nd Afghan Human Rights Film Festival to be Held in Kabul City


The organizers of the "2nd Afghanistan Human Rights Film Festival" (AHRFF) recently said that so far, they have received nearly 380 film entries from different countries. AHRF is an international film festival focusing on the subject of human rights. The event aims to encourage filmmakers who us...

 Two Marine generals fired for security lapses in Afghanistan


The commandant of the Marine Corps on Monday took the extraordinary step of firing two generals for not adequately protecting a giant base in southern Afghanistan that Taliban fighters stormed last year, resulting in the deaths of two Marines and the destruction of half a dozen U.S. fighter jets...

 Interpreter kept Guardsmen safe in his country, they help him relocate to Des Moines


Nabiullah Mohammadi knows exactly how lucky he is to have made it to Des Moines. The young Afghan man risked his life for years to help waves of American soldiers navigate the complicated politics, customs and languages of his country. When interpreters were scarce, he went on multiple missio...

 Brave staff but grim outlook after Afghan hospital attack


MAIDAN SHAR, AFGHANISTAN: A Taliban attack wrecked the operating theatre and left 160 staff and patients wounded, but the Maidan Shar hospital has never stopped serving the people of one of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan. During the attack, which targeted a nearby office of the intel...

 News Analysis: Security to remain major threat ahead of Afghan elections


KABUL: The Taliban-led insurgency, which has caused untold sufferings to the Afghan people, would remain a major threat to country's third presidential election scheduled on April 5 next year, according to local analysts. In fact, the Taliban has on several occasions publicly said that the u...

 Afghanistan mourns victims of communist era


Afghans have begun two days of mourning for victims of the communist government in the late 1970s. It was prompted by a list naming 5,000 people who were killed or disappeared in that time. Many were conservative opponents of the government which seized power in April 1978 - a year before the So...

 At American University of Afghanistan, anxiety about the future as U.S. pullout nears


KABUL: It is easy to drive past the American University of Afghanistan, barricaded by blast walls and guard towers. There is no sign, no American flag, no emblem. But those who slip through its nondescript door enter a tiny corner of this country that is unique, wondrous and heavily subsidize...


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