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 Will we ever understand 2012 drought? Study blames 'random weather'


The drought of 2012 was more about unusual weather patterns than global warming, says a study. But its authors acknowledge the record-smashing event likely will be a puzzle for years to come. Last summer's record-smashing drought in the US heartland was driven far more by natural variability in wea...

 Ice melt is worst in 1,000 years


THE melting of ice on the Antarctic Peninsula during the summer months is now at its highest level for 1,000 years, according to research. Scientists have for the first time been able to demonstrate that increasing temperatures since the 1960s have caused 10 times more ice to melt than in medieval t...

 Afghanistan goes backwards while Taliban chiefs live it up in Qatar


Taliban leaders came to Doha as a neutral base from which to negotiate with America - two years on they're driving fast cars and "making babies" with negotiations no closer Afghanistan is not the only place on the planet which makes a speciality of going backwards rather than forwards, but it is th...

 State Department denies cover-up over diplomat killed in Afghanistan


Anne Smedinghoff was killed walking to a media event, not in an armoured vehicle, but US denies misleading reporters A US diplomat killed by a suicide bomber in southern Afghanistan was walking to a media event at a nearby high school when the attacker struck, and not travelling in a vehicle convoy...

 Report: Afghan militants could get contract funds


WASHINGTON : Militant groups in Afghanistan could still obtain U.S. government contracts and siphon off American taxpayer dollars because administrative flaws and misunderstandings are hampering a law aimed at weeding out corruption, a top auditor warned Thursday. The special inspector general for...

 Civil war is the price Afghans will pay for the criminals the west installed


This week civil war was predicted, a result of giving so much power to warlords after the Taliban's overthrow This week the defence select committee published a report which concluded that civil war in Afghanistan is likely when international forces leave next year. If the predictions of Securing t...

 Two Obamas, Two Classes of Children


An Associated Press photograph brought the horror of little children lying dead outside of their home to an American Audience. At least 10 Afghan children and some of their mothers were struck down by an airstrike on their extended family household by order of President Barack Obama. He probably dec...

 Three Key Lessons From The Obama Administration's Drone Lies‏


The axiom that political officials abuse their power and lie to the public when operating in the dark is proven yet again "The Guardian" - For years, senior Obama officials, including the president himself, have been making public claims about their drone program that have just been proven to be ca...

 Zionist Lunacy Taking World to Hell in Handbasket‏


 - Zionism. Of course, you can be forgiven for thinking it’s extreme lunacy. Extreme lunacy is beyond nightmares; beyond the ravings of perverted murderers; beyond grotesque, drug-induced hallucinations; beyond that which could be conceived by a drunken Nero; beyond something thought up for Caligula...

 Failed city? Karachi's violent spiral‏


Last Wednesday night, four members of Pakistan's paramilitary Rangers force were killed when an attacker threw a grenade at their vehicle in Korangi Town, a neighborhood on the east side of Karachi. Despite the Pakistani government touting its historic democratic victory, concern over escalating vio...

 Some suggestions for Najam Sethi‏


Najam Sethi Sahib, Assalamu Alaikum!You may not like to make major policy decisions, nor would you like to incur new expenditure. Here are some suggestions that will not involve either factor but still make your short stay as Chief Minister of the Punjab memorable. Reverse the present policy on offi...

 Balkh Governor Says US, NATO Failed in Afghanistan


Atta Mohammad Noor, Balkh provincial governor and possible presidential candidate, on Wednesday said the US and NATO has failed in their mission in Afghanistan, although he conceded that some positives have come as a result of the foreign presence. In an interview with TOLOnews, Noor said the US-l...

 Success in Taliban stronghold might not be lasting


FOB ZANGABAD, Afghanistan: The sniper and mortar teams were just finding their positions when automatic gunfire rang out from a distant tree line. The staccato sounds echoed over rows of mud walls as the soldiers scrambled first for cover, then to spot the source of the shots. Squinting out over the...

 How to stalk elusive truths as a correspondent in Afghanistan


KANDAHAR, Afghanistan: Truth is elusive in Afghanistan. You have to stalk it with stealth and energetic enterprise. You have to vet people by asking them questions you already know the answers to. You have to listen in on conversations you're not a part of. No matter how candid they seem, generals...

 Colleagues Recall Steady Rise of a Young Diplomat Killed in Afghanistan


She was an unassuming young diplomat, only 25, who greeted journalists at the heavily fortified American Embassy gates in Kabul, escorting them to interviews and impressing them with her organization and her studied wish to build bridges between Afghan and American cultures. Anne Smedinghoff arrived...

 The socio economic effects of American withdrawal


Visit any government office in Kabul and you will see young employees in their twenties or early thirties, flashing expensive cloths, smart phones and the latest computer gadgets. They are the so called National Technical Assistants; receiving their salaries in dollar values averaging thirty thousan...

 Afghan Women in Kabul Prison Over 'Moral' Crimes


KABUL: Lost and alone in a strange city Mariam called the only person she knew, her husband's cousin. She worried he wouldn't help her because she had left her home in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province, fleeting to the capital Kabul to escape his relentless and increasingly vicious beatings. Bu...

 U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey says Taliban likely to remain long-term threat in Afghanistan


BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan: The United States accepts that a diminished but resilient Taliban is likely to remain a military threat in some parts of Afghanistan long after U.S. troops complete their combat mission next year, the top U.S. military officer said Sunday. In an Associated Press inte...

 With Swagger, Afghan Army Takes the Lead


DAMDARA, Afghanistan: Through the crackle of the hand radio, the Taliban fighter could be heard screaming at his comrades, berating them to strike from their mountain hide-outs and kill the infidel forces gathered nearby. A burly Afghan Border Police commander, eavesdropping on the enemy’s open-ch...

 Afghan soldiers enter a Taliban nest — without U.S. troops by their side


TANGI VALLEY, AFGHANISTAN: When the first Afghan soldiers arrived at the mouth of the Tangi Valley last week, they saw a Taliban flag waving over a towering bluff. They had entered a sliver of their own country that did not belong to them, beginning one of the most daunting missions in the short his...


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