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Why Sticks and Stones Will Beat Our Drones?

By Rosa Brooks "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought," Albert Einstein warned President Truman, "but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." It doesn't do to quarrel with Einstein, and he's no doubt right about World War IV. But implied in Einstein's famous adage is an assumption that right up until the moment we knock ourselves back into the Stone Age, the technologies of ...

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The Ambiguous Process of Summoning Ministers

Ministers of Mines and Culture and Information received votes of confidence by the lawmakers in the lower house of the Parliament. Last Wednesday, the two ministers were unable to satisfy the lawmakers about under-spending development funds of their related ministries in fiscal year of 2011. During last week, the lower house of the parliament summoned eleven ministers for under-spending their budgets in 201 ...

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Kabul’s Economy Is Worse Than Its Security Issues

Last month, President Hamid Karzai issued a fierce rebuke of the United States. As if having imbibed the volatility of his surroundings, he accused American forces of inflaming fears of violence regarding the 2014 withdrawal. The reaction has been swift and derisive. Yet while most agree that Karzai was wrong with respect to American intentions, what's less understood is that he may also have been wrong abo ...

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Assad Says Rebel Victory Would Destabilize Middle East

Damascus - President Bashar al-Assad has warned that if rebel forces battling to overthrow him take power in Syria they could destabilize the Middle East for decades. The Syrian leader locked in a two-year conflict which he says has been fuelled by his regional foes, also criticized Turkey's "foolish and immature" leaders and Arab neighbors he said were arming and sheltering rebel fighters. "If the unrest i ...

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We Release Taliban, They Kill Our People: Karzai

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai spoke out against the Taliban attack in Farah province saying on Friday that while his administration is endeavoring to release imprisoned members of the Taliban, the group responds with suicide attacks. "We went another step towards preserving national sovereignty and providing peace in the country, the responsibilities of Bagram Prison were handed over to the government of A ...

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Gen. Dempsey Arrives at Bagram Airbase

KABUL - The US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman on Saturday arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit to meet military commanders on the post-2014 situation in the country. Gen. Martin Gen. Martin Dempsey, who flew from Germany to the Bagram Airbase, is likely to receive briefings from top ISAF officials, including Gen. Joseph Dunford, on future training needs of Afghan forces. A well-placed source confi ...

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Pentagon: ANSF Stronger but Attacks Expected

WASHINGTON - Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) had emerged stronger than ever, fully capable of defending their country, but the Taliban would continue to attack in a war-like situation, the Pentagon said Friday. “We remain very confident in the growing capabilities of the ANSF. There have been attacks. We expect the Taliban to lash out. This is still a war and we know that we have to continue to pursu ...

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Rahin, Shahrani Satisfy Mps on Budget Spending

KABUL - Lower house members on Saturday accepted the explanations offered by ministers of information and mines about under-spending development funds in 2011. Information and Culture Minister Syed Makhdoom Rahin and Mines Minister Wahidullah Shahrani testified before the house about their failure to use more than half of their budgetary allocations. Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi ruled parliamentarians were s ...

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100 Taliban Killed in Warduj Offensive

MAZAR-I-SHARIF - A hundred militants have been killed and 60 others wounded during a security operation in remotenorthern Badakhshan province, a military commander claimed on Saturday. The militant casualties happened in the first phase of the offensive -- codenamed Arrow -- in Warduj district, the 209th Military Corps commander told a news conference in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh provinc ...

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Steve Bould Finds Key to Arsenal Success

The Gunners defensive home record has been a cause for concern throughout the campaign, with the North London side conceding a whopping 20 goals at the Emirates in the Premier League. Although their overall total number of goals conceded is just one less than table-toppers Manchester United (32). To Arsenal’s credit their defensive record has started to improve having conceded just the one goal since their ...

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Food is now the ultimate class signifier

"When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose." I hate to argue with Bob Dylan, but I am afraid there are many ways to chip away at human dignity. Even that of those who have nothing. At the end of last year, many celebrated a fantastic 12 months for Britain, with the Olympics showcasing the best of what we could be, but I called 2012 the year of the food bank. We are the seventh richest nation in the worl ...

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Letter to Editor

By: Afghan Refugees With all due respect: We, the Afghan Refugees, hope to be solve part of our problems and critical conditions by sharing it with you as fellow-creature and those who care about humanity and oppressed people all over the world via of this open letter. On the 19th of July The conflict started in the outskirts of Syeda Zainab area and threatened all Afghan Refugees by load speakers to leave ...

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Who Will Follow Hamid Karzai?

By Javid Ahmad The options are limited. Some may even undermine a decade of progress. As Hamid Karzai's Afghan presidency enters its final year, it's not too early to consider the question of who will become his successor. The options are limited, with some of the potential candidates threatening to steer the country on a course toward alienation and political unrest, undermining a decade of progress. Altho ...

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Taliban Still Justify Violence

High Peace Council’s officials say that many of senior leaders of the Taliban are willing to talk for peace with the government of Afghanistan, and the group’s leaders find it difficult to justify continuation of the ongoing violence. Top HPC official Masom Stanikzay told a BBC correspondent it was difficult for Taliban leaders to open support peace efforts, because, in the past, many of them lost their liv ...

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North Korea Asks Russia to Consider Evacuating Embassy

Pyongyang - North Korea asked Russia on Friday to consider evacuating staff from its embassy in Pyongyang because of increasing tension on the Korean peninsula, a spokesman for the embassy said by phone from Pyongyang. Denis Samsonov said Russia was examining the request but was not planning an evacuation at this stage, and there were no outward signs of increased tension in the North Korean capital itself. ...

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Taliban Playing into Outsiders’ Hands: Karzai

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Thursday accused the Taliban of playing into the hands of outsiders and contradicting their own slogans regarding respect for Afghanistan’s sovereignty and civilian lives. “Whenever we take a significant step toward shielding the country’s sovereignty and self-reliance, the Taliban commit such an act as paves the ground for more violence and fuels the conflict,” the preside ...

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New Zealand Military Mission in Bamyan ends

BAMYAN - New Zealand, ending its decade-long military mission, has promised to continue supporting Afghanistan well beyond the withdrawal of its troops. Visiting Minister of Defence Jonathan Coleman held out the assurance at a joint press conference with Bamyan Governor Habiba Sarabi here late on Thursday. He announced New Zealand’s decision on offering asylum to the 30 Afghan civilians who worked as interp ...

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UN Condemns Farah Attack, Backs Peace Bid

WASHINGTON - Strongly condemning the terrorist attack in Farah province, the UN Security Council on Thursday reiterated its commitment to the democratic and peace process in Afghanistan. Following a special meeting, Security Council President Eugène-Richard Gasana from Rwanda said no terrorist act could reverse the path toward Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability. The Security Council met to condemn th ...

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Kubis to Taliban: Keep Civilian Protection Promise

KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), denouncing the April 3 attack in western Farah province, on Friday reminded the Taliban of their commitment to protecting civilians. At least 41 civilians, mostly government workers, were killed and more than 100 others wounded in the Taliban’s bomb-gun attack on a crowded courthouse in Farah City. The assault was the deadliest for civili ...

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Qatar Office: US Says Ball in Taliban Court

WASHINGTON - Expressing satisfaction over the Qatar visit of President Hamid Karzai, the United States on Thursday said it was up to the Taliban to take a call on opening their political office in Doha. “I think that there is no question in our mind that the Taliban understand very clearly what’s required if they want this office to open,” the State Department spokesperson told reporters at her daily news c ...

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