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Entries by Virginia M. Moncrieff from 12/2008

India's Prime Minister Hosts Pajama Party.

| Posted 12.03.2008 | World

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's public appeal for peace and unity in the face of such terror in Mumbai was obviously sincere, but Indians gathering in the street demanding war drowned his message.

Burma - Another UN Failure

| Posted 12.04.2008 | World

The UN Secretary General turned down a request by over 100 former world leaders to visit Burma to petition the military regime to release all political prisoners. I have a friend in jail in Burma for 142 years.

Death in Kabul

| Posted 12.05.2008 | World

Abid was the victim of the cheating lawlessness in Afghanistan. Whoever killed him will never be questioned, charged or jailed for the crime.

Karzai and Eide: Point Your Fingers the Other Way!

| Posted 12.08.2008 | World

UN Representative Mr. Kai Eide has called for more cultural sensitivity from NATO in their in-country operations. Hamid Karzai's failure to act on corruption condemns him more than he can admit or acknowledge. Both of them need to shape up.

Life in a War Zone: Text Messages, Shopping, and Bad TV

| Posted 12.11.2008 | World

Long ago, I learned that you are still the same person when you enter a war zone. You need to do your washing, satisfy your urge to shop for luxuries, meet friends and watch bad TV.

Taliban Support Increasing, Holds 72 % Of Afghanistan: Report

| Posted 12.11.2008 | World

If you are currently living in Kabul, you are residing in a city with a "permanent Taliban presence" according to a new report by The International Co...

Can We Negotiate With the Taliban?

| Posted 12.18.2008 | World

As each day brings bleaker news for Afghanistan, the possibility of talking with the Taliban seems to be gaining support as an essential step out of the quagmire.

Potentially Lethal: Increased Relationship Between Military And Aid

| Posted 12.22.2008 | World

Who will have the final say if U.S. foreign policy and development goals conflict with military objectives in unstable countries?

US-Backed Militias: New Strategy Against Taliban Will Face Same Old Challenges

| Posted 12.26.2008 | World

A new multi-million dollar strategy, with the impressively bland title Afghan Social Outreach Program, has just been approved by Afghanistan's Preside...

Benazir Bhutto: Myth vs. Reality

| Posted 12.27.2008 | World

For Bhutto's many flaws, she was enormously brave. You cannot for a moment imagine that she did not know she had a target almost tattooed over her heart.