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Afghan Warlords

The Real Costs of CIA Cash

John Sifton | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
John Sifton

The twist of the latest CIA cash scandal is not the CIA is handing over wads of U.S. bills to a corrupt president. It is that the CIA has continued to hand over cash for so long, which is not merely unethical but now antithetical to the U.S. government's stated policy goals.

Context in the Fog of Afghan War

Suleiman Wali | Posted 07.27.2012 | World
Suleiman Wali

As the West continues to cite the quantity and cost of the war, let us also ask what the quality of the help has been.

Afghanistan: Operation Enduring Musery

Eric Margolis | Posted 12.11.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

Operation Enduring Freedom -- the dreadfully misnamed ten-year US occupation of Afghanistan -- has turned into Operation Enduring Misery.

Eliminating Waste, Fraud and Abuse in Defense Contracts

Rep. John F. Tierney | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John F. Tierney

We cannot continue to ask the brave men and women of our Armed Forces to put their lives on the line while we jeopardize their safety by failing to ensure that Defense Department funds are not siphoned off to warlords in Afghanistan.

Keep on Trucking

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Holy freaking Yahweh! I go away for just one week and, of course, all sorts of contractor related items happen. Well, let's start with the issue of lo...

Tribal Police Force

Heidi Kingstone | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Heidi Kingstone

Earlier this year Chief Ajmal Zazai, an Afghan Canadian decided to unite his 11 tribes to form a Tribal Police Force. He hoped his effort would eventually create momentum across the country, against historic precedent.

Vision of a State: Ultra-Federalism in Afghanistan

Mike Signer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mike Signer

An ultra-federalist culture would constantly seek to discover and bridge gaps between local systems for administering justice and the official machinery of the state courts.

The Most Famous Woman in Afghanistan

Vivien Lesnik Weisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Vivien Lesnik Weisman

Malalai Joya is the one-time youngest member of Parliament who has survived four assassination attempts on her life and routinely lambastes the Taliban, the Karzai government and President Obama.

Afghanistan's 'Bravest Woman' Pins Hopes on USA, not Obama

Aaron Glantz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aaron Glantz

Malalai Joya has been called "Afghanistan's bravest woman." But that doesn't mean she supports President Obama's decision to double the number of American troops in her country.

Hamid Karzai's Brother Only Tip Of Iceberg Of U.S. Dependence On Afghan Warlords: IPS

Inter Press Service | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Gareth Porter WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (IPS) - The revelation by the New York Times Wednesday that Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of Afghan President ...

15 Afghan Ministers In Corruption Probe

AP | RAHIM FAIEZ and DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Three Afghan Cabinet officials and 12 former ministers are under investigation for alleged corruption, the attorney general's office sai...

CIA Pays Off Another Afghan Despot, Hopes for the Best

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Allison Kilkenny

It appears as though the CIA is -- yet again -- employing the good ol' "The Enemy of My Enemy is The Guy Who Screws Me In The End" foreign policy doctrine.

Karzai And Afghan Warlords Mount Massive Vote Fraud Scheme

Inter Press Service | Analysis by Gareth Porter | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Gareth Porter WASHINGTON, Aug 19 (IPS) - Afghanistan's presidential election has long been viewed by U.S. officials as a key to conferring legit...

Afghanistan's Karzai - Pretty Much Loathed but Pretty Much Re-elected

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

Karzai has shown great political wile in the past year, sugaring up policies, revving up his campaign, maneuvering like a man possessed: he is determined to keep the presidency.

Bush's 'Puppet In Kabul' Will Not Go Quietly: Patrick Cockburn

The Independent | Patrick Cockburn | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Hamid Karzai is fighting for his political life. He has often been written off as "the mayor of Kabul", but he does not intend to go quietly just beca...