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 Coal Missing Boom as Climate Foes Clean Asia’s Backyard


Bowie Resource Partners LLC wanted to export coal from the port of Oakland, California, promising thousands of construction jobs and a $3 million-a-year payroll in a city whose unemployment rate was almost double the national average.Oakland’s response: No, thanks.“We weren’t going to sell our souls...

 INSURING THE APOCALYPSE


Last week, the White House released the National Climate Assessment, and the news is grim. Coral reefs are dying, shellfish will increasingly make us sick, and cherries are being decimated by weather extremes. Along the Eastern Seaboard, waters will rise up to four feet—perhaps six feet—by the end o...

 US military presence to remain significant in Afghanistan


The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, James Dobbins has said that the US-led military presence in Afghanistan will remain “significant” despite military withdrawal from the country this year. Dobbins further added that Washington was still considering the details of the withdrawal pla...

 Lack of Humanitarian Aid for Natural Disaster Victims


Recent floods in northern and northwestern regions of Afghanistan brought massive financial loss and human casualties, leaving hundreds homeless and drowning thousands of acres of land. The affected provinces were Faryab, Jowzjan, Samangan, Parwan, Takhar, and Ghor. Floods in Faryab killed 43 people...

 Dodging Rockets in Afghanistan as the Taliban’s Fighting Season Begins


Rockets are raining down on bases in Afghanistan as the Taliban’s fighting season begins, and one military officer is taking extra precautions while he dodges the incoming fire. Don’t let anyone say that the war is almost over. There’s no almost in Afghanistan. The Taliban’s spring offensive kicked ...

 Lessons from Afghanistan: Warlord politics aren’t always bad for democracy


The following is a guest post from political scientists Dipali Mukhopadhyay, of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and Frances Z. Brown, of the University of Oxford. “Without branding all generals and statesmen as murderers or thieves a portrait of war makers and state...

 Essay: Nature is not a designation


What good is wilderness if we can't see the nature in our backyards? By separating ourselves from nature – walling off wilderness preserves in far-away places – we worry less about trashing the wilds right at our feet. BOZEMAN, Mont: Its spring and the rivers are up, so a couple of times a week I tr...

 ‘Global partnership for sustainable development in the context of the post-2015 development agenda’


I am honored by the opportunity to share my views with such an esteemed audience who are participating in the ‘United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’ at UN headquarters in New York. The issue of global sustainable development is the issue of the twenty-first century. Never before have s...

 Are those who destroy idols and shrines really


Robert Spencer is a vile Islamophobe. So disturbing and divisive are Spencer’s views on Muslims that even the Home Secretary Theresa May denied him entry into the UK [1]. He and his fellow hate preacher, Pamela Geller, were prevented from coming to the Britain to speak at an EDL march in Woolwich, w...

 Dance away the war


HOW does one get one’s message across to a large audience when a cacophony of sounds drowns out one’s voice before it is heard? Politicians scream into microphones making aggressive gestures before a captive audience that has been assembled for their benefit by their minions. Extremists and militant...

 Afghanistan veterans seeking help over mental health is on the rise, says charity


Combat Stress says there was a surge in 2013 and the number is expected to peak again this year as Britain’s military involvement in Helmand Province comes to an end after 13 years The number of Afghanistan veterans asking for help over mental health problems is on the rise, according to new figures...

 Afghanistan’s Fragile Gains


Parnian Nazary, a representative of Women for Afghan Women, a grassroots civil society organization, recently told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee how far both she and the women of Afghanistan have come in just over a decade by recounting a harrowing story of the challenges she faced and the ...

 Reduced to eating grass, Afghanistan’s forces are in dire need of our help


When Canadian troops were surrounded by insurgents in a desolate part of southern Afghanistan known as Ghorak district in 2007, trapped in the stony desert under a relentless sun, their lives depended on supplies dropped by parachute from transport planes. Today the situation is even more desperate ...

 Afghanistan's 'forgotten' poor wince as billions in aid go to badlands


For all the billions of dollars in foreign aid that have poured into Afghanistan over the past 12 years, Sajeda, her head-to-toe burqa covered in dust, sobs that the world has forgotten the poorest of the poor in the largely untroubled north of the country. A deadly landslide last week exposed the e...

 US military worried as CIA plans to close its satellite bases in Afghanistan


The US officials have said that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is planning to close its satellite bases in Afghanistan and pull all its personnel back to Kabul by early summer. The officials further added that the US military commanders were informed of the plan by CIA Director John Brennan i...

 Let Afghan Voters Finish the Job


Kabul has been full of rumors about an attempt to reach a "political deal" in order to avoid a second round of voting required by the constitution. Strangely, most of the commentary in the western press has treated such a deal as if it would be desirable. We believe it would be a huge mistake. Accor...

 The mosquito solution


Dengue fever infects millions and kills tens of thousands of people around the world each year. But an Australian-led program is showing positive signs of turning this brutal disease into a bite-sized issue.Hungry mosquitoes float out into the steamy air as soon as Sularto snaps open the container l...

 Why We Get Mad


Why some people get angrier, more often than others In the past, I've written that people become angry in fairly predictable circumstances. Specifically, that people become angry when they perceive something as unpleasant, unfair, blameworthy, etc. That's prompted some questions, though, as to why s...

 Keith Alexander Unplugged: on Bush/Obama, 1.7 million stolen documents and other matters


The just-retired long-time NSA chief, Gen. Keith Alexander, recently traveled to Australia to give a remarkably long and wide-ranging interview with an extremely sycophantic “interviewer” with The Australian Financial Review. The resulting 17,000-word transcript and accompanying article form a model...

 Landslide Casualty Count Still Unclear, Concerns Over Aid Management


Afghan officials have said that exact casualty numbers from last Friday's devastating landslide in northern Badakhshan province will remain unknown until excavations efforts are completed. Meanwhile, for survivors, concerns over the management of supplies and financial donations continue to grow. Th...


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Opinion

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