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Afghanistan Restricts Media Ahead Of Election; Press Told Not To Report Attacks

The Associated Press | Fisnik Abrashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL -- Insurgents struck the Afghan capital two days before national elections, firing rockets or mortars at the presidential palace and unleashing ...

HuffPost Review: Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi

Katya Wachtel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Katya Wachtel

This is the story of one of the thousands of silhouettes who roam war-zones every day so that we, thousands of miles away, can grasp what is happening on the front-line of wars that affect life on this continent too.

Afghanistan Dispatch: Inside Kabul

Gilles Dorronsoro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gilles Dorronsoro

The attack earlier this week on Pul-i-Alam, only 50 kilometers from Kabul, exemplifies the next step in the Taliban's winning strategy in Afghanistan: destabilizing the cities in the country's Pashtun belt.

"We Totally Missed The Boat" - Counterinsurgency Director In Afghanistan

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

At every turn in Kabul, there are the remains and ruins of old kingdoms and empires that provide hard lessons, for those willing to learn them, on the...

Afghan Elections Will Continue With Taliban Truces

The New York Times | CARLOTTA GALL and SANGAR RAHIMI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Afghan government said Monday that it had arranged a truce with a group of Taliban in a district in northern Afghanistan in ...

A New Approach to Global Problem-Solving

John W. McArthur | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John W. McArthur

Obama's critics must ask: Which among macroeconomic coordination, food production, energy, climate change, or disease control could be considered optional at this stage?

Sundance Film Afghan Star Incredible

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Afghan Star is the perfect window into a country's tenuous, ongoing struggle for modernity. What I would normally consider frivolous entertainment is downright revolutionary here.

CharityHelp: An Electronic Bridge to Kids in Need

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

"When you help a child, you help an entire family. That family, in turn, inspires a whole village. That village affects a whole society; and a changed society impacts the world," the orphanage director explained.

Taliban Leaders Report Progress In Secret Talks With The US, Afghanistan

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL -- Moderate leaders of the Taliban say they have quietly and steadily made progress in third-party talks between the active Taliban insurgency a...

Obama's Deepening AfPak Crisis

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

With the appropriate huzzahs for Obama's first 100 days still ringing in the air, his new AfPak strategy, for the linked crisis of Afghanistan and Pakistan, is already in deep trouble.

Hamid Karzai Announces Re-Election Bid

Al Jazeera English | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Afghanistan's president has said that he will soon register his candidacy for August's presidential election....

Taliban: Claim Of Government Talks Is 'Propaganda'

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Afghanistan's Taliban has denied that it was holding peace talks with the government, saying such claims were propaganda aimed at creating a schism am...

If David Brooks Thinks He Knows So Much About Afghanistan, He Should Debate Robert Greenwald

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
ZP Heller

I'm curious to know what Afghanistan David Brooks visited? Either Brooks spent all his time hanging out with military leaders or there's a whole crisis he's deliberately trying to downplay.

Twittering from Kabul

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

The final day in Kabul: We were on our way to the peace and reconciliation committee when our "fixer" let me know that there would be 20 or so members of the Taliban turning in their weapons that day!

Who Are the Taliban?

Anand Gopal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anand Gopal

If there is an exact location marking the West's failures in Afghanistan, it is the modest police checkpoint that sits on the main highway 20 minutes south of Kabul. Here, the American-backed government of Afghanistan no longer exists.

Taliban Insurgents Poised At Gates Of Kabul

CNN | Paula Newton | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A top Taliban commander has told CNN his insurgents are poised and ready to attack Kabul and could strike virtually anywhere in the city....

Afghan Journalist's 20-Year Blasphemy Sentence Upheld By Court

New York Times | ABDUL WAHEED WAFA and CARLOTTA GALL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan's Supreme Court has upheld a 20-year sentence for an Afghan university student journalist accused of blasphemy in a ...

Salt in the Wound: The Case for Compensation

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

While troops say they have an "open door" to Afghan civilians, Afghans find that door is barricaded by barbed wire and heavily armed, hostile men.

Hamid Karzai Accused Of Brinkmanship Over Call For Early Election | Jon Boone in Kabul | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Opposition politicians in Afghanistan have accused the president, Hamid Karzai, of constitutional brinkmanship that threatens to turn Afghanistan into...

Afghanistan: Russia to the Rescue

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

Russia can certainly help the US greatly in Afghanistan. And the price -- ending the NATO encroachment strategy -- may be an inevitable one anyway, and thus perhaps easily paid.

NATO Mired In Stalemate With Afghanistan's Taliban

Times Online | Michael Evans, Defence Editor, Tom Coghlan in Kabul and James Bone in New York | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Britain and her Nato allies in Afghanistan are stuck in a stalemate with the Taleban, David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, admitted yesterday. Hi...

Afghanistan: Where Empires (US, USSR) Go To Die | By Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

It is now a commonplace -- as a lead article in the New York Times's Week in Review pointed out recently -- that Afghanistan is "the graveyard of empi...

US Should De-Escalate In Afghanistan: Policy Brief

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace | Gilles Dorronsoro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

After seven years of war, the international community has failed to create the conditions for a sustainable Afghan state. The reality is that the inte...

Afghan Stars at Sundance

Havana Marking | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Havana Marking

Last Saturday night, we were presented two awards by the good people of Sundance. it was the first time an Afghan film had made it there, and the people of Afghanistan were over the moon.

Why We're Failing In Afghanistan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

When it takes seven bone-jarring hours to drive just 90 miles over war-scarred dirt roads from Kabul to the troubled Helmand Province in southwest Afg...