Feature / Analysis

 Insecurity Springs From Afghan Dam Projects


As international forces leave Afghanistan, a flood of disputes over water resources threatens to be the main source of regional conflict. Afghanistan is looking for ways to harness the potential offered by its water resources, and has major infrastructure projects in the works. But neighboring dow...

 Afghan league points the way for football development


ZURICH: Afghanistan's fledgling soccer league started out with a reality show has turned into one soccer's unlikeliest success stories and is now considered a model for football development elsewhere. Inaugurated last year, the Afghan Premier League featured eight teams from different regions, who...

 US, Afghanistan OK detention center transfer


WASHINGTON: The U.S. has reached an agreement with the Afghanistan government to transfer the Parwan Detention Facility to Afghan control, the Pentagon said Saturday, two weeks after negotiations broke down over whether the U.S. would have the power to block the release of some detainees. Accordin...

 Water as vital to national security as defense, U.N. says


Stresses on water supplies aggravated by climate change are likely to cause more conflicts and water should be considered as vital to national security as defense, the United Nations report said on Friday.About 145 nations share river basins with their neighbors and need to promote cooperation over ...

 How the Focus on 'Energy Intensity' Is Hurting the Fight Against Climate Change


It is widely assumed that over the coming decades, increased energy efficiency will help the world meet its energy needs and reduce carbon emissions. That may be true, but recent research suggests that energy intensity—a widely used way of measuring efficiency—isn't the right metric.Energy intensity...

 Has 'peak oil' gone the way of the Flat Earth Society?


The theory was straightforward and seemed to hold with common sense: One day soon, the Earth would hit its halfway point of global oil production -- its "peak" -- and thereafter, it would see a steady decline. Those behind the concept called it "peak oil."The theorists wrote books and rose high in a...

 Himalayan Adventure Foretells Climate's Effects


NEW YORK: The distribution of water in Asia's highest mountains and driest deserts tells an important story of climate change.Almost half the world's population gets its water from glacier melt and rainfall in the Himalayas and other lofty peaks, yet little is understood about how climate change wil...

 China to Produce First Afghan Oil, Kabul Contends


HONG KONG: China’s largest oil company is due to start commercial production of crude oil in Afghanistan shortly, heralding a resource boom that could transform the country's economy over the next decade, the country's mining minister said. Extraction of metals and oil could account for 45% of Afg...

 Disabled swimmers make a splash in Kabul


Afghanistan's largest indoor swimming pool is helping youths, including those with no arms, learn to enjoy the water. Kabul, Afghanistan: Light bounces off the blue water and shimmers on the ceiling one early morning in Kabul, at the Lajaward Swimming Complex, the capital’s largest indoor swimming ...

 Feature: Afghan New Year marked with hope for peace


KABUL: On the eve of the Afghan New Year, President Hamid Karzai called on Taliban militants to lay down arms and join the government in the rebuilding of Afghanistan. "I once again call on Taliban as brothers... to lay down foreigners' arms from your shoulders," Karzai said in his message. "Com...

 Typecasting 'AfPak'


The West's clichés about Pakistan and Afghanistan don't match the signs of democratic progress or opposition to Islamic radicals like the Taliban. Americans are inclined to write off Pakistan and Afghanistan as chronic hotbeds of Islamic fanaticism, beset with weak governance and prone to tamperin...

 Afghan supporters rally for renewal of UN mission


UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Tuesday unanimously renewed for another year the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) while dozens of nations voiced support for Kabul taking responsibility in 2014 for most of its own security, governance and development. Most of t...

 US military, Afghan government reach deal for partial troop pullout from contentious province


KABUL: The U.S. military and the Afghan government reached a deal Wednesday on the pullout of American special operations forces and their Afghan counterparts from a strategic eastern province after complaints that they were involved in human rights abuses. American military officials have steadfa...

 Afghan govt hits back at NATO chief, says war aimless


KABUL: The Afghan government has hit back at remarks by the head of NATO who said Kabul must recognize the sacrifices made by other states, calling the alliance's war on terrorism in Afghanistan "aimless and unwise". In the latest outburst of vitriol from the Afghan leadership deriding its Western...

 At least 25 dead in Syrian 'chemical' attack as govt and rebels trade blame


Syrian rebels have used a rocket chemical warhead in Aleppo, killing 25 people and injuring 86, says Syria's Information Minister. The attack escalates the Syrian conflict and brings the violence to a new level, believe Russian diplomats.The Syrian government's SANA news agency reported that terrori...

 Who Did You Rape in the War, Daddy? ‏


A Question for Veterans that Needs Answering   "Tom Dispatch" -- On August 31, 1969, a rape was committed in Vietnam.  Maybe numerous rapes were committed there that day, but this was a rare one involving American GIs that actually made its way into the military justice system. And that wasn’t th...

 The Shame of America’s Gulag‏


 -"Truth Dig" - If, as Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote, “the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons” then we are a nation of barbarians. Our vast network of federal and state prisons, with some 2.3 million inmates, rivals the gulags of totalitarian states. Once you disappe...

 Cyclical nature of Afghan fighting may mask deeper trends, experts warn


FORWARD OPERATING BASE APACHE, Afghanistan : On a blustery, subfreezing night in a sandbagged guard tower, Army Spc. Anthony Ross, 24, of Carson, Calif., twisted and spun in a brief dance. Sometimes Ross does push-ups on guard duty to stay alert, sometimes he dances. His fellow boredom-fighter for...

 Afghanistan's Forests A Casualty Of Timber Smuggling


Despite Afghanistan's fierce winter, it's rare to find a house with insulation or a modern heating system. So Afghans rely on bukharis, stoves that look like an oil drum with a big rusty pipe growing out of the top that bends off into a hole in the wall. That fact keeps the hundreds of wood vendor...

 A partitioned Afghanistan is better than chaos


America’s war in Afghanistan, the longest and costliest in U.S. history, is finally drawing to an official close. How this shapes Afghanistan’s future will have a significant bearing on the security of countries far beyond the region. After all, Afghanistan is not Vietnam: The end of U.S.-led combat...


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Opinion

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