Asia

Reading Karzai’s Mind

Reading Karzai’s Mind

November 27, 2013 at 11:46 am

RADIO FREE EUROPE 11/27/13 By Frud Bezhan A contentious security deal between Afghanistan and the United States looked all but signed. The Loya Jirga, a key national gathering of Afghan elders, had given its unanimous backing. All that was left was for both parliament and Afghan President Hamid Karzai to […]

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Turkmenistan Cautiously Opens to the World

Turkmenistan Cautiously Opens to the World

November 26, 2013 at 2:14 pm

WASHINGTON TIMES 11/26/13 By Michael Shank and Kim Toogood WASHINGTON, November 26, 2013 — The Republic of Turkmenistan has turned a new corner. It is a country that has spent the last few years shedding its ultra-conservative status, thanks to a slightly more progressive President. As a result, the country […]

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Loya Jirga To Decide Whether U.S. Troops Stay Or Go

Loya Jirga To Decide Whether U.S. Troops Stay Or Go

November 20, 2013 at 9:38 am

RADIO FREE EUROPE 11/20/13 By Frud Bezhan For both Kabul and Washington, having a traditional gathering of Afghan tribal chiefs and political leaders decide the fate of a contentious bilateral security deal offers strategic advantages. The Loya Jirga, which opens on November 21, can provide legitimacy to the decision-making process, […]

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Discerning US Design in Afghanistan and Repercussions

Discerning US Design in Afghanistan and Repercussions

November 16, 2013 at 11:48 pm

EURASIA REVIEW 11/17/13 By Brigadier (Retd.) Dr. Ahsan ur Rahman Khan At long last, after more than a decade of extreme human misery in Afghanistan and adjoining Pakistan inflicted by the US in the name of ‘war on terror’, there had been some hope of an end to this ‘human […]

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The Only Way Forward in Afghanistan

The Only Way Forward in Afghanistan

November 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 11/13/13 By Michael Shank Tribal elders in Afghanistan are preparing to meet next week to discuss the Bilateral Security Agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan, which governs details of the relationship between the countries after 2014. But news this week of Afghans protesting against the […]

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Tea Party, Progressives Unite on Fast-Track Trade Authority

Tea Party, Progressives Unite on Fast-Track Trade Authority

November 13, 2013 at 9:44 am

WASHINGTON TIMES 11/13/13 By Michael Shank WASHINGTON, November 13, 2013 — With the Tea Party coming out hard against President Obama’s trade agenda, there may be some synergy among conservatives and progressives in tackling this year’s hottest transnational conflict. Outspoken critic of the Obama trade agenda and Washington Times Communities […]

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Why the White House Won’t Win the Afghanistan War

Why the White House Won’t Win the Afghanistan War

November 7, 2013 at 1:46 pm

WASHINGTON TIMES 11/07/13 By Michael Shank WASHINGTON, November 7, 2013 — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry desperately needs a win on the Afghanistan war. Unfortunately, however, it appears increasingly unlikely he will get one. Despite repeated visits and discussions, Kerry has so far failed to secure a clean Bilateral […]

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Report: Food Insecurity Rising as Crop Production Falls

Report: Food Insecurity Rising as Crop Production Falls

November 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm

WASHINGTON TIMES 11/03/13 By Michael Shank WASHINGTON, November 3, 2013 — America’s food security is at immediate risk, according to a report leaked this month by the New York Times. Americans should expect crop production to fall by as much as 2 percent each decade for the rest of the […]

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Creating Just Jobs Around the World

Creating Just Jobs Around the World

October 31, 2013 at 3:59 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 10/31/13 By Michael Shank and Sabina Dewan One of the biggest drivers of inequality is a lack of jobs. But not just any jobs, just jobs, ones that come with appropriate wages, rights, protections such as healthcare and pensions and opportunities for economic mobility. As […]

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Drones Strikes in Pakistan Are Hurting America

Drones Strikes in Pakistan Are Hurting America

October 25, 2013 at 11:00 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 10/25/13 By Michael Shank Irrespective of the latest reports on possible collusion between U.S. and Pakistani spy agencies, Amnesty International’s newest report on the unlawful American drone killings in Pakistan – that kill more civilians than the White House admits and could amount to war […]

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