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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.

Obama White House To Start Publicly Walking Away From 2011 Afghan Withdraw Date

McClatchy | Nancy A. Youssef | McClatchy Newspapers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Obama administration has decided to begin publicly walking away from what it once touted as key deadlines in the war in Afghanistan in an effort t...

Planting the Seeds

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathy Kelly

After stories of death and dislocation from the Soviet invasion of 1979, and now from the American occupation, Nur Akbari imagines communities learning to provide for themselves.

Big Men, Big Money, Big Voting Scam: The American Midterm Election -- in Afghanistan

Ann Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ann Jones

Put yourself in the place of an Afghan. When you see photographs of Karzai's men stuffing ballot boxes, and a U.S. president telephones to congratulate him on his victory, while admitting the election was "messy," what are you to make of it?

From Bamiyan to Gaza: You're Not Alone

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathy Kelly

A week ago, at the small guest house where friends and I stayed while visiting Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers (AYPV) in Bamiyan, eight of us huddled ar...

This Is Your Brain on War

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathy Kelly

Khamad Jan, age 22, remembers that, as a youngster, he was a good student who enjoyed studying. "Now, I can't seem to think," he said sadly, looking at the ground. There was a long pause. "War does this to your mind."

Afghan Govt Throws Out Nearly A Quarter Of Ballots Due To Fraud

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan has thrown out nearly a quarter of ballots cast in last month's parliamentary elections because of fraud, but i...

Caught on Video: Ballot Stuffing in Afghanistan

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

If the Kabul government can't be trusted to run a legitimate election, they certainly can't be trusted with U.S.-bought weapons and a massive U.S. taxpayer-funded military force.

Sole Survivor Of Taliban Attack On Medical Team Recounts Assault

AP | DEB RIECHMANN and AMIR SHAH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — One of the gunmen who killed 10 charitable health workers in northern Afghanistan hitched a ride with the medical team shor...

Taliban Makes New Advances In Once-Peaceful Northern Afghanistan

Washington Post | Joshua Partlow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In the past year, security in northern Afghanistan has deteriorated rapidly as insurgents have seized new territory in provinces such as Kunduz and Ba...

Kabul Plane Crash: Airplane Down In Afghanistan Mountains

AP | AMIR SHAH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — A cargo plane contracted by a U.S.-based company crashed into mountains east of Afghanistan's capital Kabul, with initial r...

Progress in Afghanistan? The Youth Movement in Kabul

Shannon Galpin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shannon Galpin

Afghanistan's youth are living their lives every day under great strain, never knowing if their country will one day be at peace again, but determined to find their own voice in amongst the rubble that surrounds them.

Afghan War Enters 10th Year With Uncertain Future Under Obama

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....

Karzai Weeps For Slain Afghan Official, Son's Future

AP | AMIR SHAH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber killed a deputy provincial governor and five others Tuesday in eastern Afghanistan, police said. Later, a ...

Senate Should Reject Bryza as Ambassador to Azerbaijan

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harut Sassounian

At the request of Sen. Barbara Boxer, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had postponed from early August to mid-September its vote on Matt Bryza, ...

'Serious Concerns' Of Fraud In Afghan Elections

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP)-- The main Afghan election observer group said it had serious concerns about the legitimacy of this weekend's parliamentary vo...

Afghan Parliament Election 2010: Ballot-Stuffing Witnessed In Wardak

The Christian Science Monitor | Anand Gopal | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

"There were almost no elections in Wardak," said Ghulam Hassan, a local elder. "The votes were stolen right in front of our eyes." The turn of events...

Weaving Our Stories Into the Carpets of Afghanistan

Seema Jilani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Seema Jilani

I recently assisted in a surgical procedure in Kabul on a young boy. The chief surgeon was an Afghan man. I didn't know how he would respond to a woman as our fierce Asian eyes met over surgical masks.

Afghanistan Is More Dangerous Despite Troop Surge, Say Aid Groups

New York Times | ROD NORDLAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Even as more American troops flow into the country, Afghanistan is more dangerous than it has ever been during this war, with security deteriorating i...

Petraeus, Karzai Clash Over Afghan Village Miltias

Washington Post | Joshua Partlow and Karen DeYoung | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As he takes charge of the war effort in Afghanistan, Gen. David H. Petraeus has met sharp resistance from President Hamid Karzai to an American plan t...

Enough Is Enough: War Chatter From the Oval Office

Jake Diliberto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Diliberto

2010 is the deadliest year thus far in Afghanistan. How much war chatter do Americans have to endure? When does the President call it "game over"?