Although Pakistan's political leaders have expressed optimistic sentiments with respect to the election of the right-wing Narendra Modi as prime minister of India, let us not forget that the country's true center of power does not lie in Islamabad -- it resides in the cantonments of Rawalpindi.
No one said the "sausage-making" of public policy is interesting to watch, but it is nonetheless a vitally important part of the legislative process.
"I don't think there is a civil society in Afghanistan. There are many people from overseas who are working in Afghanistan, but they will leave as soon as there is some turbulence."
Their brazen assault could act as a springboard for international engagement, not only aimed at curbing the violence, but also directed at the ideology that Boko Haram and other groups use to recruit followers, emulate each other and legitimize brutality.
If the War Party wins in 2016, all bets are off. We will prepare to fight in the Eurasian heartland, the South China Sea, and the resource-rich lands of Africa -- because if we don't fight them there, we'll have to fight them here. Just when it seemed like we were about to give peace a chance, the United States will suddenly revert to a three-war doctrine.
"The most important factor is the conservatism that prevails with respect to social issues. Lack of education and economic poverty are other factors. Women are consistently used as a means of labor in families."
"The key to our success, as testified by history, is our national unity. We must protect our Islamic unity and brotherhood and adhere to it."
"Poverty, violence, ignorance, plunder, and deception are the fruits of the class society, based on profit-making at any cost."
The real budget fights may not come from the House's version of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic -- stealing from readiness to pay for unneeded weapons systems. They are likely to come on two other fronts.
"Against such a backdrop of fundamental, structural changes, the Taliban will not be able to dominate Afghanistan again. The free people of Afghanistan would never allow that scenario to be repeated."
Perhaps military enthusiasts in the United States and other nations should consider whether military power is a reliable source of influence in world affairs. After all, just because you possess a hammer doesn't mean that every problem you face is a nail.
What brings comfort to my heart as a mother? I long for the day when my kids want for themselves what I want for them -- pure hearts, faith, health, open minds, great character and the drive to succeed.
How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.
One of the most viable routes to solving Tajikistan's ongoing power problem may now run through--or falter in--Afghanistan.
"My greatest fear is that after 10 years of efforts to promote women's rights, a group may take over the political power that does not believe in women's identity or even the fact that they are human beings."
Tension has grown on the ground as frustrated and desperate survivors of the sudden disaster struggle to survive with little food or shelter, limited cooking fuel, no utensils.