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 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...

 U.S. diplomat died 'doing what she loved' in Afghanistan


Anne Smedinghoff lived inside a heavily secured compound. But the public diplomacy officer for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul was always pushing to get out. "We thought she was relatively safe in the embassy compound, but as it turned out, Anne really wanted to do a lot more," her father, Tom Smeding...

 Greens ask U.S. to delay Keystone decision after Arkansas leak


Environmental groups on Monday asked the Obama administration to extend the approval process of the Keystone XL pipeline, using last month's spill of heavy Canadian crude oil in Arkansas as their latest reason to delay the project.The Obama administration is deciding whether to approve the Canada-to...

 The 'Iron Lady's' strong stance on climate change


Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday, pushed Britain to the right during her 11 years as prime minister. A 1990 speech shows she also saw climate science as credible and global warming as a threat – anathema to today's right. Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" of British politics who died Monday at t...

 U.S. reconstruction effort in Afghan provinces is unfinished work


As an 11-year effort winds down, U.S. provincial reconstruction teams, or PRTs, have made gains but have also left infrastructure that is incomplete, unsustainable or incompatible with local needs.   CHARIKAR, Afghanistan: At the doorstep of the U.S.-funded schoolhouse in this mountain-fringed nor...

 Leaving Corruptistan: Washington Favors Exit over Fight with Karzai


Declare victory and then leave. That seems to be Washington's line in Afghanistan these days. The United States has even caved in to Afghan President Hamid Karzai on a dispute over an airline alleged to have transported drugs. Getting out, it seems, has become more important than fighting corruption...

 'Afghan Interpreters Are Being Abandoned By Britain' Say Sir Mike Jackson And Lord Ashdown


Britain has a "moral obligation" to help Afghan interpreters who are in danger of being abandoned and left at the mercy of the Taliban, a number of key figures have said. In an open letter, the high-profile names, including former Chief of the General Staff Sir Mike Jackson and Lord Ashdown, said ...

 Taliban Have Second Thoughts About Fighting in Afghanistan


News of peace talks in Qatar are giving some Taliban fighters doubts about the jihad. Sami Yousafzai and Ron Moreau report on the indecision in the ranks. As the spring weather warms and the snow melts off the high mountain passes separating Pakistan and Afghanistan, hundreds of Taliban fighters wh...


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