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Afghanistan Reconstruction

Billions In U.S. Assistance To Afghan Soldiers And Police Is Still Based On Ragged Data

Center For Public Integrity | Julia Harte | Posted 04.29.2015 | World

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. The U.S. governmen...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

U.S. Will Continue To Protect Women's Rights In Afghanistan, Senator Vows | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the majority of international troops set to leave Afghanistan this year and anxiety about that country's future growing within the ...

Build We Must -- Abroad But Not at Home

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

As of this year, more U.S. and NATO money had been "squandered" on the "reconstruction" of Afghanistan than was spent on the full post-World War-II Marshall Plan to put a devastated Europe back on its feet. And how has all that spending turned out?

Afghans Don't Like Soybeans, Despite a Big U.S. Push

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
The Center for Public Integrity

Afghanistan has a rich culinary tradition, but soybeans have not been a part of it. American agricultural experts who consider soybeans a superfood find this dismaying, and so over the past four years, they have invested tens of millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to try to change the way Afghans eat.

Eugene Mulero

Watchdog: 'We Don't Even Know What We Spend' On Afghanistan Reconstruction | Eugene Mulero | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top watchdog in Afghanistan said Thursday that the U.S. is potentially paying the salaries of nonexistent Afghan police officers, du...

Matt Sledge

Watchdog Warns Of Corruption As $1 Billion In U.S. Aid Heads To Afghanistan | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.30.2014 | World

Afghan government ministries are teed up to receive $1 billion in direct aid as U.S. and NATO troops leave the country -- but that loosely supervised ...

Amanda Terkel

$200,000 Wasted On Afghanistan Medical Clinic That Was Poorly Built, Never Used | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government has wasted almost $200,000 on a medical clinic in Afghanistan that was built improperly and sits unused nearly two y...

Kerry Warned Of 'Serious Deficiencies' In Justice Program

AP | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A contract award made to an organization to promote the rule of law in Afghanistan does not appear to contain basic provisions that...

New Report Reveals Alarming Fraud By Private Contractors In Afghanistan

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 07.23.2013 | World

Thousands of simple systems that were commissioned to ward off IED attacks on troops and civilians in Afghanistan have not been installed or were put ...

Watchdog Warns Of Major Waste In Afghanistan Purchase

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is spending more than three-quarters of a billion dollars to buy Russian-made helicopters and other aircraft for an Afghan ...

Joshua Hersh

Afghanistan War Waste: Lawmakers Gear Up For Fight Over Development Aid | Joshua Hersh | Posted 08.03.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- Top Democratic lawmakers are gearing up for a fight to drastically scale back America's foreign aid to Afghanistan when Congress returns...

Up To $8 Billion Wasted In Rebuilding Iraq

Center For Public Integrity/NBC News | Zach Toombs | Posted 07.18.2012 | World

The official in charge of monitoring America’s $51 billion effort to reconstruct Iraq has estimated that $6 billion to $8 billion of that amount was...

Why Doesn't Reconstruction Work?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

When a relationship begins with a war and an invasion, and all the acts of violence that go along with that, you start deep in a hole. As corruption, mistakes, accidents and half-hearted efforts plague reconstruction, that hole only gets deeper.

Reconstruction of Post-War Afghanistan

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 11.01.2011 | World
Nake M. Kamrany

Rebuilding Afghanistan through economic/employment transformation: a shared responsibility.

Amanda Terkel

Key Afghanistan Reconstruction Watchdog Spot Still Vacant | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the Obama administration begins to draw down U.S. troops from Afghanistan and the war effort undergoes significant transition, the of...

Road To Nowhere: Afghanistan Highway Project A Parable Of Failed U.S. Development

New York Times | Posted 07.01.2011 | World

The vast expenses and unsavory alliances surrounding the highway have become a parable of the corruption and mismanagement that turns so many well-int...

U.S. Contractor Accused Of Fraud Still Winning Big Projects In Afghanistan

McClatchy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

On July 31, 2006, an employee of the Louis Berger Group, a contractor handling some of the most important U.S. rebuilding projects in Afghanistan, han...

Anatomy of an Afghan Culture of Corruption

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pratap Chatterjee

The tale of the "reconstruction" of Kabul's electricity supply is a classic story of how foreign aid has often served to line the pockets of both international contractors from the donor countries and the local political elite.

Afghanistan's Rebuilding Looms As Sequel To Iraq's

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The job of rebuilding Afghanistan is shaping up as an ominous sequel to the massive, mistake-riddled U.S. effort to get Iraq back o...