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Christopher Dickey puts a fresh spin on the debate over whether arming participants in foreign civil wars “works”: Has the CIA failed repeatedly to meet its covert goals? Actually, the problem has been exactly the reverse. With the exception of the...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Sen. Mark Udall atop a Siemens test turbine near the National Wind Technology Center just south  of Boulder, Colorado, at Rocky Flats where the U.S. used to build plutonium triggers for nuclear warheads. You don't have to go back too many years to find...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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The Taliban are claiming that two senior members of the Haqqani terror network recently visited the five former Guantanamo detainees who were traded for an American soldier, raising new questions about the terms of their one-year house arrest in Qatar...
From: Fox News | By: Catherine Herridge | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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For most of 2014, Afghanistan was suffering from economic paralysis as its presidential election teetered on the brink of collapse. The inauguration of President Ashraf Ghani eased tensions and buoyed optimism that business will turn around.
From: NPR | By: Sean Carberry | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction found that despite U.S. counternarcotics efforts, poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record high in 2013.
From: NPR | By: Eyder Peralta | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Cultivation of the illegal poppy plant in Afghanistan has reached an “all time high” following a $7.6 billion counternarcotics campaign paid for by the United States, according to government oversight investigators....
From: Fox News | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Around 14 million people live along highway one, a 2,000-kilometre ring road that connects the countries largest cities Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Kabul, Ghazni and Kandahar. Snaking around the Hindu Kush across barren deserts and imposing mountain passes,...
From: The Guardian | By: Tehran Bureau contributors | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Via the Washington Free Beacon comes a link to this new study from the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The title kind of gives it away: POPPY CULTIVATION IN AFGHANISTAN: AFTER A DECADE OF RECONSTRUCTION AND OVER $7 BILLION...
From: Reason | By: Nick Gillespie | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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America's drug war in Afghanistan is failing badly, according to a new report from a U.S. government watchdog....
From: CNN | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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The group seemed sad that Shahidullah Shahid pledged allegiance, along with several other top leaders, to the Islamic State....
From: The Atlantic | By: Adam Chandler | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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A U.S. report shows that opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan grew to an all-time high in 2013 despite America spending more than $7 billion to fight it over the past decade....
From: Fox News | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz has been a postseason hero several times over during his potentially Hall of Fame worthy career. This year, though, with his Boston Red Sox long eliminated from the October scene, he's changing his role up in order to...
From: Yahoo Sports | By: Mark Townsend | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Legendary’s Dead Rising: Watchtower continues to cast up. Rob Riggle has just been added to the zombie video game adaptation in a major role, along with Aleks Paunovic (This Means War) and Harley Morenstein (Tusk). The trio join previously cast stars...
From: SlashFilm | By: Angie Han | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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One of QP's leading characters on the value of conflictThe post Pierre Poilievre on partisanship appeared first on Macleans.ca....
From: Macleans | By: Aaron Wherry | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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The Boston Red Sox’s season is over, but David Ortiz isn’t done coming up in...
From: NESN | By: Anna Fogel | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Three members of the military—two veterans and one active servicewoman—went to Fenway Park recently for a tour of the legendary stadium. What they didn't know was that Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz would make it a very memorable trip...
From: Bleacher Report | By: Kyle Newport | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Los Angeles Times: Calm Down, America, Ebola Isn't About To Kill Us All A Texas university refuses to accept students from Nigeria, where there were a couple dozen Ebola cases before the disease was quickly stopped. Louisiana refuses to allow incinerated...
From: Kaiser Health News | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Hatim Kanaaneh writes an open letter to author, and fellow Palestinian citizen of Israel, Sayed Kashua about the recent correspondence between Keshua and Israeli novelist Etgar Keret that was published in the New Yorker.
From: Mondoweiss | By: Hatim Kanaaneh | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Eighteen months ago Britain’s Nigel Farage was a political curiosity, head of a fringe party, gadfly member of the European Parliament, an ex-commodities broker who never went to college—dismissed as a nutcase by ruling elites in London and Brussels....
From: Weekly Standard | By: Richard M. Langworth | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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We begin today's roundup with Ari Berman at The Nation, whose latest piece chronicles the distributing progress Republicans have made in curtailing the right to vote: Since the 2010 election, the Republican Party has waged a long and aggressive war on...
From: Daily Kos | By: Georgia Logothetis | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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I really thought we were done writing about Walter O'Brien -- the claimed "inspiration" for the TV show Scorpion. We already wrote two separate posts detailing the questionable, unbelievable or obviously false claims that he has made recently. And we...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, October 20, 2014
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The curse of being a writer is knowing other people. I need other people (to write about) but I can’t handle other people (the way I can literary characters).
From: The Rumpus | By: Dave Madden | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Dysturb, a collective of photographers, takes to New York City's streets to bring photojournalism directly to the crowd...
From: Time | By: Olivier Laurent | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver recently featured a segment about the US abandonment of its Afghan interpreters. As Oliver notes, these Afghan interpreters served the US government by fulfilling the much needed role as a liaison between the military...
From: Reason | By: Amanda Winkler | Monday, October 20, 2014
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A Saudi court has sentenced 13 people, including an Afghan and a Qatari, to between 18 months and 30 years in prison for plotting an Al-Qaeda attack against U.S. forces. The defendants were convicted of “forming a terrorist cell” to target American...
From: The Raw Story | By: Agence France-Presse | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Opium poppy production covers a record 209,000 hectares in 2013, providing nearly 90 per cent of the world's supply. The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) calls into question the efficacy of the US$ 7.6 billion counter-narcotics...
From: Asianews.it | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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There are many things I could call posers of your military warriors but I think the internet police will send me another finger shaking notice. Eh.. Below read about this knob who figured it was cool to serve a very...
From: One Marine's View | By: Maj Pain | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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New data show Afghan troops are dying in ‘horrific’ numbers just as international combat forces prepare to leave the country by the end of this year.
From: Wall Street Journal | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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As of June 30, 2014, the U.S. had spent approximately $7.6 billion on counter-narcotics efforts in Afghanistan...
From: Time | By: iyengarrishi | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Summary: Today’s must read is a retrospective on our expedition to Afghanistan, now that the cloud of lies slowly dissipates. Since Vietnam we’ve masked our failures by myths, short-circuiting our ability to learn. A hegemonic power can substitute...
From: Fabius Maximus | By: Editor of the Fabius Maximus website | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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US counter-narcotics efforts costing $7.6bn fail to stop production of opium poppies in Afghanistan reaching an all-time high, a new report says.
From: BBC | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Obama admistration must justify suppression of never-before-seen photographs depicting US military torture of detaineesThe Obama administration has until early December to detail its reasons for withholding as many as 2,100 graphic photographs depicting...
From: The Guardian | By: Spencer Ackerman in New York | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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What dismantling ten years of war in Afghanistan looks like.
From: Foreign Policy | By: Meghan Dhaliwal | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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One of the important things to understand about US military strength is that the size of the armed forces is one of the most intensively studied subjects in the USThe post Chuck Hagel: the Army could maybe focus on coastal defense appeared first on RedState....
From: Red State | By: ( | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Now that’s definitely better than any pumpkin....
From: Break | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Cultivation of the illegal poppy plant in Afghanistan has reached an “all-time high” following a $7.6 billion counternarcotics campaign paid for by the United States, according to government oversight investigators.
From: Free Republic | By: Washington Beacon via Fox News | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Record Store Day will continue its Black Friday tradition this year with a smattering of limited releases from big groups and cult bands. Most notable among them are David Bowie's brand new song "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)" – which is backed with...
From: Rolling Stone | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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2014 marked the deadliest year for Afghan forces struggling to take control of the country
From: Time | By: Dan Kedmey | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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This comes despite $7.6 billion in counternarcotics spending by the U.S. there over the last decade -- and is projected to increase even more in 2014....
From: PBS | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Hawks need Obama to be some hybrid holdover from the 1970s, because they are still arguing with their old opponents from forty years ago.
From: The American Conservative | By: Daniel Larison | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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An emotional homecoming captured on video
From: Time | By: Olivia B. Waxman | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Poppy production in Afghanistan grew to an all time high in 2013 despite the United States spending some $7 billion in eradication efforts over the past 10 years. A report by the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said Afghan...
From: Voice of America | By: VOA News | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Time's running out for you to book your slot in the culinary event of the season (if not the whole calendar year): Chi Fan for Charity, the annual eatathon where more than 50 of the Jing's best restaurants host tables where 100 percent of the proceeds...
From: The Beijinger | By: thebeijinger | Monday, October 20, 2014
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New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani signaled a new day for women in Afghanistan during his inauguration speech with a simple but emotional thank you to his wife  for her support and a promise that she will have influence in his presidency. Ghani’s public...
From: Voice of America | By: Spozhmai Maiwandi | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Just a few days after moving to the presidential palace, Afghanistan’s new First Lady Rula Ghani said that she hopes to encourage greater respect for women. Related posts: Afghan Girls Compete in Bike Race to Raise Awareness About Violence Against...
From: Ms. Magazine | By: Feminist Newswire | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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How do you become a bagpiper? The answer may just be blowing in the wind.The post Cool Jobs Q&A: Bagpiper appeared first on Macleans.ca....
From: Macleans | By: Genna Buck | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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A U.S. report shows that opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan grew to an all-time high in 2013 despite America spending more than $7 billion to fight it over the past decade.
From: San Diego Union-Tribune | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Dressed in matching combat fatigues with days worth of beard, the man known as Sipan barely stands out from the crowd of Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters. But unlike his fellow fighters, Sipan is an American who has taken up the cause against ISIS not for...
From: Business Insider | By: Jeremy Bender | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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The Defense Department’s Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released its required quarterly report to Congress Tuesday. In it we learn that after 11 years and $7.6 billion dollars’ worth of counter-narcotics operations...
From: Liberaland | By: Russell Burgos | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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The UK on Tuesday said it is sending Reaper spy drones to fly intelligence-gathering missions over Syria in an extension of British operations against Islamic State (IS) militants. Rivet Joint electronic surveillance aircraft will also be used in the...
From: Novinite | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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