Feature / Analysis

 U.S. Arms Industry Would Lose Big from Egypt Aid Cut-Off‏


UNITED NATIONS: The United States, which has refused to cut off its hefty 1.3 billion dollars in annual military aid to Egypt, continues to argue that depriving arms to the 438,500-strong security forces will only “destabilize” the crisis-ridden country. There is perhaps a more significant – b...

 Obama's Egypt Address: A License to Kill‏


August 15, 2013 President Obama's pallid audio address this morning from Martha's Vineyard made it sound as though he regarded the events in Egypt as a rude imposition on his vacation. Instead of enunciating a firm and clear policy, he moved from banality to platitude before veering off-course ...

 Come on Fareed Zakaria, it’s a big success!


This is the question asked by Fareed Zakaria to a sympathizer of Egyptian Army in a Television interview: “So, Bret, when you look at what's going on in Egypt, you now have a military coup that it's very difficult to make the case it was a soft coup.  And I understand the niceties of the American...

 Rejuvenating rains don't come to Namibian desert


ORUPEMBE, Namibia: The police are about the only people left in this village of 400 in the Namibian desert because the infrequent rains have ceased due to a drought, forcing residents to seek precious water and grazing ground elsewhere for their livestock. "They left for the other side of the mo...

 China's quiet achiever makes mark on energy's new frontier


As China's solar tycoons go, "Sun king" Shi Zhengrong and Miao Liansheng occupy different ends of the spectrum. In 2007, Shi's Suntech Power became the first Chinese solar energy company to list on the New York Stock Exchange. Its value rocketed to $US16 billion, valuing the Australian-trained so...

 In North Asia, a growing crisis of confidence in nuclear power


 A nuclear power plant in Taiwan may have been leaking radioactive water for three years, the government has said, adding to a growing crisis of confidence in North Asia about nuclear safety. Japan is struggling to contain radioactive water pouring out of the Fukushima nuclear plant that was wre...

 China and the environment: The East is grey


China is the world’s worst polluter but largest investor in green energy. Its rise will have as big an impact on the environment as on the world economy or politics ALL industrial nations one day hit an environmental turning-point, an event that dramatizes to the population the ecological conseq...

 High profile attacks on women in Afghanistan undermine rights campaign


KABUL/GHAZNI, Afghanistan: Taliban fighters have kidnapped a female parliamentarian who was travelling by car through Afghanistan's central Ghazni province with her children, a local police commander said on Tuesday, the latest in a string of high-profile, violent attacks on women. Successiv...

 Afghanistan's future depends on foreign soldiers: U.S. commander


KABUL: Afghanistan's security will remain dependent on international troops for many years after most foreign combat forces leave by the end of 2014, the U.S. commander of the NATO-led force in the South Asian country said. With the formal security handover to Afghans approaching, intense de...

 Govt. Reforms Vital for Success of Afghan Forces


Lt. Gen. John Lorimer, the Deputy Commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, warned on Tuesday that unless the Afghan government pushes major reforms in the defense sector, the progress the country's security forces have seen would not be sustainable. While applauding the recent progress of the A...

 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...


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