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Why Don't the Candidates Talk About Afghanistan?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Heading into its sixteenth year, with no endpoint in sight, America's longest war is its least talked about. Afghanistan has not come up in any Repu...

14 Years Later, What Was Liberated in Afghanistan?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Economically speaking, how did the "reconstruction" of the country work out, given that Washington pumped more money (in real dollars) into Afghanistan in these years than it did into the rebuilding of Western Europe after World War II?

How a Pink Flower Defeated the World's Sole Superpower

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
Alfred W. McCoy

After fighting the longest war in its history, the United States stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How can this be possible?

The Narco-Republic of Afghanistan

Abdullah Sharif | Posted 05.26.2016 | World
Abdullah Sharif

While Afghanistan can stand out with its beautiful landscapes and certain historical events such as defeating the invading USSR, for some time now it has had the dubious distinction of being by far the world's largest producer of opium, the raw material of heroin.

End the International Drug War to Control the Afghan Narco-State

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

The U.S. government has failed to stop the drug trade at home. Washington also has not created a competent, effective, and honest central government in Afghanistan. How effective will Kabul be in limiting opium production when American troops go home?

World's Oldest Cat Is A Party Animal, Eats KFC

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 05.23.2014 | Weird News

Who needs health when you've got nine lives? The world's oldest living cat has a taste for KFC and kebabs. Poppy, now blind and deaf and feisty as ...

The Afghan-China Connection

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
SidneyAnne Stone

So, why we still have troops in Afghanistan? The list of reasons are endless, depending on whom you ask. One might even say the United States is keeping troops in Afghanistan as a way of maintaining leverage over China due to our recently acquired debt.

Poppy Seed Cake (No Secrets, No Shame)

Laura Kumin | Posted 11.10.2012 | Taste
Laura Kumin

Should I hide the fact that one of my favorite (and most requested) cakes is made with a mix? I don't care. The cake is delicious and I'm not ashamed of it.

'Human Barbie' Mom Bringing Daughter To Compete In US Pageants

The Huffington Post | Ileana Llorens | Posted 05.07.2012 | Parents

Parents on "Toddlers & Tiaras" might have a new pageant mom in their midst. Sarah Burge, a British woman known as the "Human Barbie," wants her dau...

Afghan Farmers Reportedly Ditch Poppies For Bees

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 10.09.2011 | Green

Afghan farmers are leaving their poppy harvesting days behind them in favor of a more lucrative beekeeping future, reports British Forces News. Af...

An Obvious, But Ignored Strategy to Defeat the Taliban

Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D. | Posted 07.18.2011 | World
Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D.

The most effective way to critically disable the Taliban is to drastically reduce their income and delegitimize them among local populations. What has not been achieved on the battlefield may yet be accomplished in the marketplace.

Karzai Blasts Opium Drug Raid As Violation Of Afghan Sovereignty

LA Times | Laura King, Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday denounced a large-scale drug raid in which U.S. forces and Russian drug agents took part, calling it a viola...

Poppy Day

Sally Thorner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Thorner

This was supposed to be a post about Election Day from the sidelines. My first since 1978 neither voting nor reporting the results. We are in Vancou...

PHOTOS: 7 Unexpected Uses For Flowers

Huffington Post | Alden Wicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In their brief but expensive life, flower arrangements are often seen as impractical and even a waste of money. But flowers have a long and rich histo...

Let's Eliminate Welfare for Terrorists

Mike Gray | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mike Gray

International drug prohibition, headed by the United States, has, in effect, created a global mechanism that is in the process of eating our civilization alive. Fortunately, we can reverse it with a pen stroke.

The CIA, The Brothers Karzai and Spinning our COIN Wheels

Richard Allen Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Allen Smith

We are partnering with a symbol of government corruption, which undermines any trust we might receive from the population. We are funding the insurgency we are attempting to counter.

Afghanistan: Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Reese Schonfeld

I would like to propose that we consider another strategy -- strategic bombing. Take poppy fields, for example ... For once, we could be using our billion dollar bombers on billion dollar targets.

Afghanistan Elections Could Hinge On Provincial Poppy Production

The Washington Post | Pamela Constable | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

FAIZABAD, Afghanistan -- The economic fortunes of Badakhshan province, a remote and wildly beautiful corner of far northeastern Afghanistan, have rise...

Afghan Poppy Palace Photo Tour

True/Slant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Here in Kabul, the poor live in unimaginably squalid conditions and the rich live like kings. Kings in very ugly castles. We call them Poppy Palaces ...

Rangoon Raids Yield 28 Kilograms Of Heroin

Irrawaddy.org | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Police and customs officers in Rangoon have confirmed that a special anti-narcotics task force has seized substantial quantities of heroin in a series...

A Salute to Those Who Have Fought For Us

John Tepper Marlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Tepper Marlin

Our honoring of Veterans Day suffers by comparison with Memorial Day, which has a similar purpose and is more widely observed as a holiday because it starts the U.S. summer season.