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 Washington fuelling rampant graft in Afghanistan


Washington has long maligned Kabul for being weak on corruption. But the Central Intelligence Agency has reportedly been buying access to President Hamid Karzai's inner circle for a decade. The United States and its NATO allies have complained for years about rampant corruption in Afghanistan, voi...

 Afghan female rock fest triumphs, but anxiety over future looms


All-female music concert in Kabul draws more than 400 women and girls, amid fears that freedoms could dwindle after NATO-led forces withdraw from Afghanistan by end of 2014 KABUL : More than 400 Afghan women and girls jumped from their seats, screaming and even head banging to rock and rap music at...

 Russia looks ahead to the new Afghanistan


Yevgeny Shestakov is confident that Russia isn’t going to send its troops to Afghanistan after the coalition forces withdraw in 2014. Will Russia send its troops to Afghanistan after the coalition forces withdraw in 2014? The subject was brought up after media reports cited Russian Defense Ministry...

 Afghanistan's Civil Society Blossoms


The fight for democracy and stability can succeed, but short-term deals with the Taliban would hurt the effort. Kabul: President Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan finally seems to be losing patience with Pakistan and the Taliban. He lashed out at Pakistan this month for its unilateral installation of gat...

 Afghanistan's web of intrigue is a poor basis on which to rebuild a nation


The corruption and brutality associated with Hamid Karzai's government has become a major driver of the insurgency Spies are meant to do things in secret. Their job is to deal with characters too unsavory for governments to do business with openly, in the search for life-saving information. By the ...

 US panel: Afghans need more religious freedom


Kabul, Afghanistan: Despite significant improvements since the hard-line Taliban ruled Afghanistan, religious freedom remains poor, especially for minorities, and Afghans still can't debate religion or question prevailing Islamic orthodoxies without fear of being punished, a U.S. commission said in ...

 Ghost money from MI6 and CIA may fuel Afghan corruption, say diplomats


Failure of peace initiatives raises questions over whether British eagerness for political settlement may have been exploited The CIA and MI6 have regularly given large cash payments to Hamid Karzai's office with the aim of maintaining access to the Afghan leader and his top allies and officials, b...

 Karzai: US gives funds to national security team


KABUL, Afghanistan: Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday that his national security team has been receiving payments from the U.S. government for the past 10 years. Karzai confirmed the payments when he was asked about a story published in The New York Times saying the CIA had given the Afgha...

 India, Russia agree on Afghan peace, but differ on drawdown


Moscow: The Istanbul Process conference on Afghanistan held in Kazakhstan’s Almaty on Friday confirmed a close affinity of views between India and Russia, even as they differ in their assessments of the planned withdrawal of the U.S.-led NATO mission. “India and Russia have a strong convergence of...

 Summary amputations: Taliban justice in Afghanistan


Two cases of forced amputations in Afghanistan's Herat province have served as a grim reminder of Taliban-style justice almost 12 years since the movement was ousted from power. Just over a month ago, Fayz Mohammad and his neighbor Zarin were two ordinary young Afghan men. They held down good jo...

 Departing French Envoy Has Frank Words on Afghanistan


KABUL, Afghanistan: It is always hard to gauge what diplomats really think unless one of their cables ends up on WikiLeaks, but every once in a while, the barriers fall and a bit of truth slips into public view. That is especially true in Afghanistan, where diplomats painstakingly weigh every word a...

 With Bags of Cash, C.I.A. Seeks Influence in Afghanistan


KABUL, Afghanistan :For more than a decade, wads of American dollars packed into suitcases, backpacks and, on occasion, plastic shopping bags have been dropped off every month or so at the offices of Afghanistan’s president — courtesy of the Central Intelligence Agency. All told, tens of millions ...

 I could justify fighting in Afghanistan — until the Boston bombing


Thomas Gibbons-Neff, a sergeant in the Marines, is president of the Georgetown University Student Veterans Association. He served as a rifleman in the 1st battalion, 6th Marines in Afghanistan in 2008 and 2010. This past week, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reportedly told investigators that he and his brother...

 Seeking asylum in Afghanistan


The plight of Afghan refugees is known, but less familiar are the dissidents and victims of civil war who have sought refuge in Afghanistan although the war-torn country has no asylum law as yet. Amir Hamza Halimov fled to Kabul in the early 1990s. He was one of tens of thousands of Tajiks who cro...

 In Afghanistan, focusing on the details


Brody describes the ground beneath his feet in Zabul Province. Qalat, Afghanistan - EDITOR’S NOTE: Eastern Afghanistan was hit with an earthquake and flash flooding this week, which killed as many as 33 people and demolished thousands of homes. The epicenter of the quake was 17 miles from Jalalabad...

 Afghans stranded in Pakistan's no-man's land


Quetta, Pakistan: Ali Muhammad, an Afghan resident of Chaghai, in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, was born in 1981, as his family was fleeing the Afghan-Soviet war for the relative safety of Pakistan. Today, 32 years later, he and 12 of his family members are returning to their homel...

 Comprehensive Report Finds Evidence of US Torture at Guantánamo


The Constitution Project, a non-profit organization that brings together legal and policy experts to foster dialogue about pressing constitutional challenges, has published a comprehensive report examining the treatment of people detained by U.S. forces under the War on Terror.In addition to finding...

 ‘Americans don’t have good intelligence about almost anything’ – Guantanamo lawyer


With Gitmo authorities saying only 92 detainees are taking part in the hunger strike, lawyer Clive Stafford claims they know little about what is really happening on the base, expressing concerns of "systematic torture" and a high risk of inmate death.Clive Stafford Smith, the well-known human right...

 THE ISLAMIC JIHAD


Journalists are doing the terrorists a favor when they use the word ‘jihad’ in connection with terrorist acts attributed to Muslims.  The terrorists like to think that they are involved in jihad, but the fact is they are committing acts of ‘irhad,’ which is not permissible in Islam. The word ‘jihad’...

 The US Perpetrates a Boston Bombing Weekly in Pakistan, Yemen & Afghanistan


"Antiwar" - The Boston Bombings left three dead and more than 100 injured and some have suggested circumventing the rule of law to prosecute the perpetrator. Yet, in Pakistan the unconstitutional drone war continues to kill innocents. On April 14, between 4 and 6 Pakistanis died in drone strike and ...


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