What has brought a non-violent future closer to Afghanistan - giant sized military and surveillance systems or the accomplishments of young volunteers working to develop inter-ethnic projects?
Being in the midst of history sometimes mean events are not seen in the "big picture" view that historians often later take, when looking back at the period.
Drone strikes and the anger they generate effectively serve to recruit people into the Taliban and other extremist organizations. Even those involved in the program have come to the same conclusion.
Memorial Day isn't about those who came home to their families. It is about those brave souls who died in a strange land, who never got to say goodbye, never got married, never saw their children grow up.
Mullah Mansour's assassination is a great setback for Pakistan's army and a major vindication for the Afghan government, which has claimed all along that Pakistan, through its Taliban and HQN proxies, is waging an undeclared war against Afghanistan.
There has been a lot of euphoria in Afghanistan about Mullah Mansoor's demise. President Obama called it a "milestone." But eliminating one person may not produce the results that Washington and Kabul desire.
When British Prime Minister David Cameron was overheard calling Afghanistan and Nigeria "fanatically corrupt" countries on the eve of an anti-corruption summit in London, the incident was labeled as "embarrassing" and "unfair" by some in both countries.
The drone strike happened in a province called Baluchistan. Local officials say they found a burned-up car and two bodies--one is suspected to be Mansour, though it has not been confirmed.
During the 1960s and early 1970s, U.S. leaders somehow thought the backwater country of Vietnam was strategic and became embroiled in a tar pit. The same is true today in the Middle East.
View from cave, Mali. © Curt Carnemark/World Bank For the first time in history, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen...
So the next time you hear a politician claim to support the troops, ask him or her if that includes supporting prevailing wage laws.
The ability to make and receive payments electronically has emerged, in recent years, as a technology hero during natural disasters and health pandemics. At a time when more people than ever are affected by conflict and crisis, there is good news.
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The reason establishment, conservative Republicans have swallowed their pride, eaten their words, and have held their noses at the prospect of a Donal...
In a time when U.S. warplanes are bombing Syria and Iraq and the army has placed troops in both, when the U.S. is perpetually droning Yemen and Afghanistan, none dares call any of these activities what they are.
Like a buzzing mosquito that just won't go away, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is back in the news. He sent a video from his unknown hideout in Pakistan, asking for reconciliation with Afghanistan's government and presenting himself as a peacemaker.