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Afghanistan's new president invited the Taliban to join in a peace process backed by the international community on Friday, an unusual direct reference to the insurgents who have stepped up attacks in an attempt to bring down his month-old government....
From: Fox News | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Will foreigners soon flock to the Hermit Kingdom? Should they?...
From: The Atlantic | By: Kim Wall | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Maclean's readers write inThe post Letters: ‘If it is perceived that we are divided, we will be defeated’ appeared first on Macleans.ca....
From: Macleans | By: macleans.ca | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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China is hosting an international conference on Afghanistan's security and reconstruction that highlights its growing role in the country as U.S. and NATO forces depart....
From: Fox News | Friday, October 31, 2014
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On September 29th, power in Afghanistan changed hands for the first time in 13 years. At the Arg, the presidential palace in Kabul, Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as president, while the outgoing Hamid Karzai watched calmly from a front-row seat.  Washington,...
From: Truthout | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Norway's prime minister says her country will send 120 soldiers this year to join the international campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and help train local troops there....
From: Fox News | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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It seems safe to say that the GOP will pick up the Senate this year. No one can quite know the details yet, and the scale and extent of the wave (or not) remains again up in the air. But what this actually means – for policy and this presidency –...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Many readers are scratching their heads over this video: Oh c’mon – street harassment? I watched the video, read the posts, and I don’t see what the fuss is all about. Yes, it is cringe-worthy, especially where the guy walks along beside her for...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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From the encroaching lava of the Hawaii volcano to the U.S. Marines withdrawal from Helmand Province, Afghanistan and the World Series victory for the San Francisco Giants to a terrifying Tokyo Halloween, TIME presents the best pictures of the week....
From: Time | By: Phil Bicker | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Helmand comes to Staffordshire REMEMBRANCE DAY, the annual commemoration of Britain’s war dead on November 11th, will be especially poignant this year for two reasons. Britons will mark the centenary of the start of the first world war. Already, sombre...
From: The Economist | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Well, if somebody had to do it, why not some guy in Virginia? “I’m not doing this because I’m against President Obama,” Kearon explained, “I’m doing this because I’m for the Constitution.” Kearon believes that Obama unconstitutionally...
From: Liberaland | By: Alan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Basically nothing is as bad for you as smoking. Short of fairly obvious things like blunt-force trauma or falling out of buildings, anyway. That is a fact worth keeping in… Continue readingThe post Lies, damn lies and health statistics – smoking...
From: Spectator | By: Tom Chivers | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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A Federal Court decision last year said the current program is unconstitutional, but the government argues it needs more time to comply The post Plans in the works if government loses refugee health care case appeared first on Macleans.ca....
From: Macleans | By: The Canadian Press | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Several years ago, in the vicinity of 2004-2006, I spoke with a former classmate of mine who was just returning from a deployment in Afghanistan or Iraq. He described a technique his unit would employ on foot patrols to disable (he said blow up) cars...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: stinkfoot | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Tom Engelhardt: In the wake of 9/11, the militarization of the country has happened at a relatively rapid pace (and domestically of the police as well). The result, it seems - even in the Ebola crisis, the military is invariably the first option.......
From: Truthout | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrives in Beijing today to talk minerals and stability. China is not ready to fight the Taliban but wants a regime that doesn't foment jihadi trouble in Xinjiang....
From: Christian Science Monitor | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Into that good night(click to view full) The 5th-generation F-22A Raptor fighter program has been the subject of fierce controversy, with advocates and detractors aplenty. On the one hand, the aircraft offers full stealth, revolutionary radar and sensor...
From: Defense Industry Daily | By: Joe Katzman | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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After the debacle of the Iraq War, Democrats were suddenly the party Americans trusted to protect them. This midterm election suggests that's over....
From: The Atlantic | By: Noah Gordon | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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I'm really excited to see this book come out at last. I met Laurinda Reddig in person a couple years ago, and I could tell then that she'd what I'd call "the real deal" – a crafter who possesses deep technical skill, but also thinks in very original...
From: CraftyPod | By: Diane | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The lesson of Vietnam was that the U.S. should not have been there, and the Afghan war gained little for the sacrifice of so many lives.
From: China.org.cn | By: By Zhao Jinglun | Friday, October 31, 2014
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The same Tuesday night that a senior official in US President Barack Obama's administration was quoted calling Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu "chickens**t," yet more officials indicated the US is warming up to cooperation with Iran - the Islamic regime...
From: Free Republic | By: Israel National News | Friday, October 31, 2014
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China on Friday pledged to provide non-reimbursable assistance of 500 million yuan (US$81.43 million) to Afghanistan this year at an international meeting on Afghanistan held in Beijing.
From: China.org.cn | Friday, October 31, 2014
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China is hosting an international conference on Afghanistan's security and re-construction, highlighting China's growing role in Afghanistan as U.S. and NATO forces depart. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani attended the opening...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Friday, October 31, 2014
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BEIJING (AP) — Afghanistan's new president invited the Taliban to join in a peace process backed by the international community on Friday, an unusual direct reference to the insurgents who have stepped up attacks in an attempt to bring down his month-old...
From: Denver Post | By: Christopher Bodeen Associated Press | Friday, October 31, 2014
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BEIJING (AP) -- China is hosting an international conference on Afghanistan's security and reconstruction that highlights its growing role in the country as U.S. and
From: Taiwan News | By: Associated Press | Friday, October 31, 2014
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China is hosting an international conference on Afghanistan's security and reconstruction that highlights its growing role in the country as U.S. and NATO forces depart.
From: San Diego Union-Tribune | By: Associated Press | Friday, October 31, 2014
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British and US military bases in Helmand Province have been handed over to Afghan forces. Some former British military officials question the strategy of their military's 13-year combat mission. ...
From: Christian Science Monitor | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize has become a staple in the photo calendar, drawing crowds to the National Portrait Gallery while reigniting the debate around the characterization of portraiture...
From: Time | By: Olivier Laurent | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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This post Confessions of a Newsletter Man appeared first on Daily Reckoning. Being a financial newsletter writer certainly has a few advantages. Namely, it affords one the opportunity to comment on the financial markets without having to take them seriously....
From: The Daily Reckoning | By: Bill Bonner | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Afghanistan's opium economy provides more employment — "up to 411,000 full-time-equivalent jobs" — than even the country's armed forces, according to a quarterly report released today by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction...
From: Business Insider | By: Pierre Bienaimé | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A move by U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan to classify a key assessment of multibillion dollar efforts to train and equip local security forces is "inexplicable" and hides issues from the public, a U.S. government watchdog said....
From: Reuters | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Paris AFP - Fighting between French military forces and jihadists continued overnight in northern Mali where soldiers are carrying out a large-scale operation, the army said Thursday after a staff sergeant was killed.Thomas Dupuy, a 32-year-old Afghanistan...
From: Modern Ghana | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Gov. Cuomo wants the doctors and nurses who volunteer to work in Ebola-wracked West Africa to be paid like military reservists who have been fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq....
From: New York Daily News | By: JENNIFER FERMINO, CORKY SIEMASZKO | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Norway's prime minister says her country will send 120 soldiers this year to join the international campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and help train local troops there. Another 75 Norwegian soldiers will go to Afghanistan next year.
From: San Diego Union-Tribune | By: Associated Press | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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If you’re curious what America is getting for its multi-billion dollar effort to train and equip local security forces in Afghanistan, sorry, that’s now classified. In its most recent quarterly report to Congress, the Special Inspector General for...
From: ABC News | By: Lee Ferran | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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With only days left in the New Hampshire Senate race, GOP candidate Scott Brown pulled out the epidemic-caused-by-illegal-immigrants-and-that's-why-we-need-stricter-border-control-laws card.
From: Mediaite | By: Tina Nguyen | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Politico Magazine is featuring a fascinating photo essay about the Border Patrol:In 2007, artist David Taylor began documenting the quickly changing face of the U.S.-Mexico...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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The lawyer, journalist and provocateur on the Islamic State, attacks on Canada, and the U.S. after 9/11The post Glenn Greenwald on what Canada should not do now appeared first on Macleans.ca....
From: Macleans | By: Martin Patriquin | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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The UK awarded a £1.5 billion contract ($2.4B) to Aquila, a joint venture set between Thales and NATS to update and sustain military air traffic management. They’re merging what used to be about 70 contracts into a single program called Marshall,...
From: Defense Industry Daily | By: Olivier Travers | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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The afghan president is in Beijing on his first official trip abroad. To Xi Jinping, he vowed to tackle Islamist-controlled pockets on the border with Pakistan. By 2017, Beijing will provide Kabul with US$ 327 million dollars in aid.
From: Asianews.it | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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NATO abruptly classifies assessments of Afghan army and police, which the U.S. spent billions building up.
From: Center for Public Integrity | By: Julia Harte | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Insurgent attacks rise as poppy cultivation reaches a post-Taliban high in Afghanistan.
From: Foreign Policy | By: Gopal Ratnam | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Recidivism.
From: Hot Air | By: Allahpundit | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Our invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan along with subsequent efforts to shove western democracy at them has gone so very well indeed, hasn't it? So well that Keith Ablow thinks we should strut around the world shoving it down everyone's throats! Huffington...
From: Crooks and Liars | By: karoli | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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The “friendly fire” airstrike that killed five American soldiers in Afghanistan on June 9 is the first known case of a battlefield catastrophe that can be linked to automatic defense spending cuts that greatly curtailed prewar training. A review...
From: Free Republic | By: Washington Times | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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British soldiers pack up their lives in Afghanistan and return home...
From: Telegraph | By: Telegraph Staff | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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In a new cover story for Mother Jones magazine, "The Making of the Warrior Cop," senior reporter Shane Bauer goes inside the corporations and government departments involved in enabling police departments to acquire anything from bayonets to semi-automatic...
From: Truthout | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Australian military personnel in Afghanistan are set to have their daily pay bonus cut because the war-torn country is considered "less dangerous" than in the past....
From: Sydney Morning Herald | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Military personnel to have their pay bonus cut because Afghanistan is considered "less dangerous"....
From: Sydney Morning Herald | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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