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Our book today is Peregrine Hodson’s Under a Sickle Moon, his 1986 account of the 1984 trek he made through over a thousand miles of Afghanistan, and the book is a perfect little reminder of the three kinds of travelogue-writers: The Whining Interloper,...
From: Open Letters Monthly | By: Steve Donoghue | Monday, August 3, 2015
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After the hysteria stirred up by the Islamic State lopping off a few heads in a faraway land, including those of a very small number of Americans, Republicans running for president fell all over themselves in beating the drums of war. That response was...
From: Ecofabulous | By: Ivan Eland | Monday, August 3, 2015
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Writer and former US Army infantryman Colin D. Halloran on his new collection, Icarian Flux, how he used experimental narrative to explore his life with PTSD, and why he doesn't want to be known only as a "war poet."
From: The Rumpus | By: Olivia Kate Cerrone | Monday, August 3, 2015
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A Rutgers University professor who is under fire for saying that the U.S. is “more brutal” than ISIS has used racial slurs against white men, attacked a leading advocate against female genital mutilation and even led a successful protest last year...
From: Free Republic | By: Fox News | Sunday, August 2, 2015
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The latest Swedish data on world battle-deaths (through 2014) add to the evidence of a serious reversal of the decades-long trend toward fewer and smaller wars. From fewer than 25,000 battle-deaths in 2011, the total has jumped to nearly 40,000 in 2012,...
From: AOL Television | By: Joshua S. Goldstein | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Ten of the Republican Party candidates for president will participate in the first debate of the 2016 Presidential Campaign on Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio. Fox News, the official network of the GOP, has announced the names of nine of the candidates in...
From: AOL Television | By: Christopher Lamb | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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THE CHALLENGE to the Taliban created by the death of leader Mohammad Omar was manifest in last week’s startling revelation that the movement had covered up his death for two years. When his death did become public, there was no consensus in the Taliban...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Monday, August 3, 2015
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After receiving an Emmy nomination for her work on Netflix’s “House of Cards,” Rachel Brosnahan has found her next big role opposite James Franco and Melissa Leo in “The Fixer,” Variety has learned exclusively. Ian Olds will direct and co-write...
From: Variety | By: Justin Kroll | Monday, August 3, 2015
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From: AOL Television | By: Michael McAuliff | Monday, August 3, 2015
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In an audio message, a speaker purported to be the Taliban's new leader denies that the Sunni Islamist group is attempting to work toward a peace process with the Afghan government....
From: CNN | Saturday, August 1, 2015
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The American-installed Afghan government on July 29th announced that its elusive bane, Mullah Omar, was finally dead. While there had been vague rumors of his death in the past, this report was more specific and stated that he died of a kidney issue...
From: AOL Television | By: Brian Glyn Williams | Monday, August 3, 2015
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As everyone is certainly aware, a gunman opened fire in a screening of Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck in Lafayette, Louisiana last month, a shooting that ended with nine people injured and three—including the shooter, who killed himself—dead....
From: A.V. Club | By: Sam Barsanti | Monday, August 3, 2015
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Dougie J's Cafe is named after co-owner Suny Chabrow's son, Spc. Douglas J. Green, killed in action in Afghanistan, and the restaurant is a sort of tribute to members of the military.
From: Las Vegas Review-Journal | Monday, August 3, 2015
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Owning a top English football club used to be every tycoon’s dream, but five stalled sales this summer suggest the asset appears to have lost some of its lustre Fears are growing that Ukraine’s Right Sector, the only big volunteer battalion Kiev...
From: Financial Times | By: FT | Monday, August 3, 2015
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The first test of a foreign policy's coherence is whether its actions and declarations meet the standard of elementary logic. There is abundant evidence that American policies in the Middle East fail that test. Let us look at several examples of manifest...
From: AOL Television | By: Michael Brenner | Monday, August 3, 2015
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If you’re a government pondering the development of newly discovered natural resources, how do you avoid the so-called “resource curse” – the tendency of high value extractive resources, like oil, gas, or minerals, to, instead of prosperity,...
From: The New Security Beat | By: Carley Chavara | Monday, August 3, 2015
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"Am I your friend to wish me a good day?" a soldier asks a Palestinian youth of 18 at Hebron checkpoint, then clubs him with a rifle, breaking his jaw. Naser Jaber had said, "Good day" to the soldier after being waved through
From: Mondoweiss | By: Kate | Saturday, August 1, 2015
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KABUL — On a street corner, surrounded by unemployed men, Ibrahim Abed is holding court. Wearing a mop-top wig and ragged clothes, his eyes are hazy as he slurs toward a television camera. On this day, he’s a drug addict — and he’s running for...
From: Washington Post | By: Sudarsan Raghavan | Monday, August 3, 2015
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan government addressed the growing leadership crisis in the Taliban for the first time Monday, saying it will not deal with the militant group separately from other "armed opposition" in the country.
From: St. Paul Pioneer Press | By: The Associated Press | Monday, August 3, 2015
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The Afghan government acknowledged the growing leadership crisis within the Taliban for the first time on Monday before stating that it would not deal with the militant group separately from the other armed opposition groups in the country...
From: Hindustan Times | Monday, August 3, 2015
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The Afghan government addressed the growing leadership crisis in the Taliban for the first time Monday, saying it will not deal with the militant group separately from other "armed opposition" in the country....
From: Fox News | Monday, August 3, 2015
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Afghanistan's government has addressed the growing leadership crisis in the Taliban for the first time, saying it won't deal with the militant group separately from other "armed opposition" in the country.
From: San Diego Union-Tribune | By: Associated Press | Monday, August 3, 2015
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's government has addressed the growing leadership crisis in the Taliban for the first time, saying it won't deal with the militant group separately from other "armed opposition" in the country.
From: U.S. News and World Report | Monday, August 3, 2015
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Local council struggling to cope with huge surge in young asylum seekers, as Calais chaos deepens...
From: Telegraph | By: Colin Freeman | Monday, August 3, 2015
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Political scientist Ian Bremmer's new book looks at the changing nature of American power in the 21st century, but just how many false premises does the book employ?
From: Open Letters Monthly | By: Greg Waldmann | Saturday, August 1, 2015
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Guests at headquarters in Sheberghan, the capital of Jowzjan, are greeted by two-by-three metre portraits of the general hung on the walls.
From: The Economic Times | Monday, August 3, 2015
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The new Afghan Taliban chief, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, has not closed the option of the fragile peace talks in his first audio message the group released to the media at the weekend.
From: China.org.cn | Monday, August 3, 2015
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General Abdul Rashid Dostum, a former warlord and current vice-president of Afghanistan, has said he and his followers are ready to take on the Taliban.
From: Channel News Asia | Monday, August 3, 2015
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The surprise announcement of the death of longtime Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, reportedly in April 2013, brings the role of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to the forefront again, nearly 14 years after the 9/​11 attacks on America.
From: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | By: By the Editorial Board | Monday, August 3, 2015
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KABUL, Afghanistan — The brother of the late figurehead of the Afghan Taliban on Sunday joined a growing challenge to the extremist group’s newly appointed leader, even as it offered a statement purportedly quoting a well-known militant supporting...
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How high must an American president get to escape the sweltering heat of the Washington summer? About 1,700 feet. That's how high Camp David, the official presidential retreat, sits in the relatively cool Catoctin Mountains, 62 miles from the White House....
From: TV Squad | By: Mark Silva | Sunday, August 2, 2015
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The brother of Mullah Mohammad Omar on Sunday joined a growing chorus of opposition to the opaque selection of the late Taliban leader's successor, indicating widening rifts within the militant group as it weighs whether to revive peace talks or intensify...
From: Fox News | Sunday, August 2, 2015
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Signs of a divide in the Taliban emerged Sunday when the apparent brother of former leader Mullah Mohammad Omar said he and others have yet to swear allegiance to the new head of the group....
From: Los Angeles Times | By: Ali M. Latifi | Sunday, August 2, 2015
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John Allen, the retired marine general charged by Obama to coordinate the campaign against ISIS is a man confident of his facts. Fresh from Turkey, which had just agreed to enter the air campaign against the militants, he told the Aspen Security Forum...
From: Ecofabulous | By: David Hearst | Sunday, August 2, 2015
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Warfighting gear has dramatically improved over the past 15 years. It goes by many names: Deuce gear, TA-50, or 782 gear. Whatever the nickname, load-bearing equipment is some of the most important kit carried by infantry, special operations, and anyone...
From: Business Insider | By: Christian Beekman | Sunday, August 2, 2015
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The Taliban has a successor to Mullah Omar. But he has challengers.
From: Politico | By: Michael Semple | Sunday, August 2, 2015
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PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug 2 (Reuters) - The family of late Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has not backed his announced successor, it said on Sunday, and wants the new chief to be chosen by leading Islamic scholars and veterans of the movement. An...
From: AOL Television | By: Nick Robins-Early | Sunday, August 2, 2015
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Days after the release of a new audio message from the Taliban's leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour calling for insurgents "to fight until we bring an Islamic rule" to Afghanistan, Gov. Chris Christie says he would not bring home the nearly 10,000...
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The brother of the late figurehead of the Afghan Taliban on Sunday joined a growing challenge to the extremist group's newly appointed leader, even as it offered a statement purportedly quoting a well-known militant supporting him....
From: Chicago Tribune | By: Tribune wire reports | Sunday, August 2, 2015
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Afghanistan's Haqqani network militant group posted a statement Sunday backing the appointment of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour whose legitimacy has been challenged internally.
From: The Economic Times | Sunday, August 2, 2015
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Belated admission exposes rifts and underlines Pakistan’s extremist haven role
From: Financial Times | Sunday, August 2, 2015
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Belated admission exposes rifts and underlines Pakistan’s extremist haven role
From: Financial Times | Sunday, August 2, 2015
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The Afghan Taliban’s new leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, called for unity in his first public message released Saturday amid reports of splits in the group’s ranks following the announcement of his predecessor’s death.
From: France 24 | Sunday, August 2, 2015
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The Afghan Taliban has issued a written statement purportedly quoting Jalaluddin Haqqani, the leader of the notoriously brutal Haqqani insurgent group, in an effort to quell rumors of his death.
From: San Diego Union-Tribune | By: Associated Press | Sunday, August 2, 2015
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The Afghan Taliban has issued a written statement purportedly quoting Jalaluddin Haqqani, the leader of the notoriously brutal Haqqani insurgent group, in an effort to quell rumors of his death....
From: Fox News | Sunday, August 2, 2015
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The atrocities in Afghanistan are very real, says an Australian artist and filmmaker who works there, but the villains are not who you'd expect.
From: Sydney Morning Herald | Sunday, August 2, 2015
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