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Nine Boys And A War

The New Yorker | Amy Davidson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Ten boys went out to gather firewood in a valley in Afghanistan on Tuesday. Only one came home; his name is Hemad, and this is what he had to say, as ...

Petraeus Apologizes For Deaths Of Afghan Children

The Wall Street Journal | DION NISSENBAUM | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL--U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, the coalition's commander in Afghanistan, issued a rare apology Wednesday for a helicopter strike that killed nine ch...

Justice Remains Elusive for Many at U.S. Prison in Afghanistan

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

As the war in Afghanistan drags into its tenth year, the United States doesn't need more martyrs. It does need to do a much better job of winning regional support for its mission. Sending innocent prisoners home would be a good start.

Afghanistan: Child Soldiers and Dancing Boys

Radhika Coomaraswamy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Radhika Coomaraswamy

It was the religious elders of the Reis Shura Ulema in Afghanistan who initially apprised me of the practice of Bacha Bazi, where young boys are made to dance and then exploited sexually by the police.

Kabul Can Survive Without Gold...

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

While the local pollution that fouls Kabul's air is the responsibility of Afghans, the climate change that is rapidly diminishing its snow pack is not.

The Failure of Iran's Public Diplomacy in Afghanistan

Ahmad Shuja | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmad Shuja

The real extent of damage from the Iranian fuel blockade on ordinary Afghans is not fully clear yet, but protests across Afghanistan are an indicator that many people are feeling the pinch.

Suicide Bomb Kills At Least 8 In Kabul

AP | HEIDI VOGT and AMIR SHAH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up Friday inside a supermarket popular with Westerners, killing eight people – ...

U.S. Ramps Up For Proxy War Against Pakistan

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Contrary to mass assumption, the U.S. goal is not to achieve stability in Afghanistan as much as it is to maintain control -- control via a client regime that can best serve Western economic and security concerns.

Afghanistan: The Karzai-Medvedev Russian Roulette

Khalil Nouri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Khalil Nouri

As Western powers ready themselves to exit Afghanistan, the country's relationship with Russia will become an increasingly key factor. But could Hamid Karzai spark conflict first?

NATO Official: Kabul Not That Dangerous For Kids

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — A senior NATO official said Monday that children in New York or other major Western cities face a greater risk of violence ...

Gandamack Lodge, Afghanistan 'War Hotel,' Offers Comfort And Safety For Media

GlobalPost | HDS Greenway | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- In Kabul, journalists often seek out guest houses, avoiding the larger, high-profile hotels that could be, and have been, target...

Karzai: U.S. Should Reduce Intensity, Stop Night Raids In Afghan War

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the United States must reduce the visibility and intensity of its military operations, e...

Why Does Karzai Need to Join the Taliban?

Abdulhadi Hairan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abdulhadi Hairan

President Karzai recently threatened that he may join the Taliban. I think he badly needs to do that because his corrupt and inefficient government has already been helping in strengthening the Taliban.

Experts Say Arrests of Taliban Leaders to Deflate Insurgency

Abdulhadi Hairan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abdulhadi Hairan

For now it is not clear whether Pakistan will hand over the captured Taliban leaders to Afghanistan, but Pakistan's army chief recently visited Kabul to seek bilateral cooperation on the matter.

Twitter, Facebook Speed Up Afghan Coverage

Abdulhadi Hairan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Abdulhadi Hairan

"Is anyone in Kabul hearing booms and pop-pop of gunfire? Or is it just me?" This was one of first tweets about the January 18th terrorist attacks in the heart of the capital of Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: An Election Without Results

Abdulhadi Hairan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abdulhadi Hairan

Everyone here is impatient to know the outcome of the much-discussed, controversial Afghan elections, but two months have passed and still no one has a clue about the real situation.

Road to peace in Afghanistan doesn't run through Islamabad or Langley

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Most Afghans cringe when hearing the words "regional settlement" because to them it's nothing more than a euphemism for the meddling of foreign powers...

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...

Kabul Rooftops

Doug Ulman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Doug Ulman

I was honored to visit the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. Below is the view from the rooftop overlooking the city. ...

Streets of Afghanistan: Cultural Immersion

Shannon Galpin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shannon Galpin

Couple the lack of security with the media coverage of the war on terror, and it becomes difficult to connect to the real Afghanistan today. That mkes connecting communities and cultures more important than ever.

Afghan War's 9th Anniversary: U.S. Nears Decade Of Fighting

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — It's make-or-break time in Afghanistan. The war enters its 10th year Thursday, and this is no ordinary anniversary....

Street Art -- An Afghan Voice Emerging?

Shannon Galpin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Shannon Galpin

The root of street art is Freedom. Expression. A voice. A point of view. Youth culture has always been rooted in these ideals. But the youth in Afghanistan have grown up under the darkness of the Taliban.

WikiLeaks Cables Show Our Whole Afghan Project Is Flawed

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

The new WikiLeaks cables provides more evidence of government corruption in Afghanistan. What will it take for the allies to agree that the Afghan government isn't worth supporting?

A Call To Our Ancestors: Ariana Delawari's "We Came Home"

Rachel Fleischer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rachel Fleischer

In the chaos of the everyday we sometimes forget to remember the past. Too often we take for granted what we have, forgetting the courageous sacrifices made by those who came before us.

The Stimulus Package in Kabul (I Was Delusional -- I Thought One Monster 'Embassy' Was the End of It)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Few in the U.S. notice the stimulus package in Kabul, Islamabad, Baghdad, and elsewhere is going great guns. Nowhere is it clear that Washington is committed to packing up its tents, abandoning its billion-dollar monuments, and coming home.