Feature / Analysis

 Al Qaeda a big threat to Afghanistan and the region: UN


Al-Qaeda fighters and supporters are a big threat to peace and stability of Afghanistan and it will affect the region soon. Al Qaeda affiliates from Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, China and Uzbekistan are participating regularly in attacks on Afghan military forces and pose “a direct terrorist ...

 Commentary: Beyond Elections -- What Is Required For Real Democracy In Afghanistan?


Much noise was made about the unprecedented voter turnout for the first-round elections in Afghanistan on April 5, with almost 7 million people (60 percent of all eligible voters) making their voices heard despite serious insecurity. Yet just two months after they filled the streets of Kabul, Mazar-...

 Shipping coal to China could wipe out the benefits of Obama’s climate-change policy


The centerpiece of Barack Obama’s climate policy, announced this month, limits greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants largely by cutting the country’s reliance on coal. The policy was touted as a major piece of the President’s environmental legacy but it raised an important question: what w...

 China's deserts are expanding at an alarming rate. So it's fighting back, with straw mats


The expanding sands have already claimed ancient relics, cities and even sections of the Great Wall.BAIJITAN NATURE RESERVE, China — We were surrounded by sand.It stretched in undulating waves to the horizon in all directions.Wei Men, who works for the Baijitan Nature Reserve in Ningxia province, be...

 China’s Clean-Fuel Focus Tests U.S. Coal-Export Lifeline


The mud-colored air that blankets Chinese cities these days is bad for the people who live there. It may prove unhealthy for U.S. coal producers, too.Intense opposition on the U.S. West Coast, over climate change, rail congestion and damage to Native American fisheries, already is blocking new expor...

 How Environmental Disaster Is Making Boko Haram Violence Worse


Drought, population explosion, and poverty are aggravating conflict in Nigeria. Climate change will likely add fuel to the fire.Blessing sits on the floor, knees into chest, in an empty room in Bukakotto village in eastern Nigeria. She's "40 something," but looks 25, and her face is scarred with tri...

 Anger rises as India swelters under record heatwave


Swathes of north India are sweltering under the longest heatwave on record, triggering widespread breakdowns in the supply of electricity and increasingly angry protests over the government's failure to provide people with basic services.The power crisis and heatwave, which some activists say has ca...

 Hitting Mosquitoes Where It Hurts


In Maryland and the rest of the U.S., mosquito season begins with a new species, a new disease, and new strategies for pest control.Early in the morning of June 4, two twin-engine Beechcrafts lifted into the air on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.Their goal: to head off swarms of Eastern Salt Marsh mo...

 Afghanistan Faces Financial Blacklisting


Anti-Money-Laundering Law Required to Avoid Possible Cutoff from International Financial SystemKABUL: Afghanistan faces the possibility of being cut off from the international financial system unless it quickly passes an anti-money-laundering law that President Hamid Karzai has indicated he will blo...

 Kabulis Ignore Security Warnings Ahead Of Election


In an effort to keep Afghan civilians off the streets and out of harm's way, government schools, universities, and some state buildings have been closed down nationwide. Security officials have urged Kabul residents to avoid busy areas and stay indoors, while hundreds of soldiers and police have sta...

 The presidential choice before Afghans


As Afghans prepare to vote in the presidential run-off later this week, the BBC's David Loyn in Kabul considers the choice before them. The leading candidate in the Afghan presidential election, Abdullah Abdullah, says he will debate with his opponent, Ashraf Ghani, if the conditions are right. Unti...

 Election Materials Transferred to Remote Districts by Helicopter


With just four days until Afghans head to the polls for the presidential runoff, Abdul Wahab Wardak, the commander of the Afghan Air Force, confirmed on Tuesday that remote and insecure districts around the country have already received the majority of their election materials thanks to the use of h...

 What the Troops in Afghanistan Are Saying About Bergdahl


A military officer in Afghanistan reports on how troops there have reacted to the news of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release. I was working late that night, when the first reports about Bowe Bergdahl’s release in exchange for five Taliban leaders streamed on the television. Just a few blocks from me on my...

 Afghanistan's first ever female cabbie meters out election advice


When Afghan taxi driver Sara Bahai has male passengers in her cab, she takes the chance to lobby them on female rights -- and she hopes the country's next president will also listen to her. Bahai has been driving the streets of Mazar-i-Sharif city for 10 years, during which Afghanistan has experienc...

 For Afghan Lovers, Joy Is Brief, Ending in Arrest


KABUL, Afghanistan: His Juliet thinks she is pregnant with her Romeo’s child. So much for the good news. Neither is now taking much joy from that, as the escape of this pair of star-crossed Afghan lovers, who eloped in March after her family threatened to kill them, came to an abrupt end on Friday. ...

 Middlebury couple to help Afghans relearn music


The Taliban had completely banned music in Afghanistan, destroying instruments with hand grenades and even jailing those who dared to listen to songs on the radio. Since the regime was toppled, the United States and its allies have been helping to rebuild the country’s infrastructure and restore its...

 Military Source: Bergdahl Says He Was Beaten, Caged by Taliban


The U.S. soldier involved in the swap for five suspected Taliban terrorists is telling American military officials his captors at times tortured, beat and caged him during his nearly five years of captivity. U.S. sources told news agencies Sunday that Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl said he was punished...

 Afghanistan election: Will country ‘turn the page,’ or descend into chaos?


The only election that might matter as much to America as the midterms this year is taking place next week, as Afghanistan chooses a new leader to guide the country after more than a decade of war. For the first time since 2001, Afghans will be choosing a president whose name is not Karzai. The tran...

 Israel's First US Espionage and Smuggling Network Exposed


Newly declassified postwar Naval Intelligence files shine new light on a little-known chapter of U.S.-Israel relations. Massive supplies of American WWII military surplus under liquidation by the War Assets Administration were an irresistible target for Israel’s government-in-waiting the Jewish Agen...

 Heat wave, power cuts, riots in India


Lucknow, India: Thousands of people enraged by power cuts during an extreme heat wave rioted across northern India, setting electricity substations on fire and taking power company officials hostage, officials said Saturday.The impoverished state of Uttar Pradesh has never had enough power for its 2...


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