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The Jehoshua Novels


Yet another journalist murdered in Kabul before elections

Sardar Ahmad, charming and versatile AFP journalist

a few days after Swedish-British journalist gunned down in Kabul

Russian forces storm Ukrainian air base in Crimea

Washington Post, By Carol Morello, Will Englund & Griff Witte, March 22

Belbek, Crimea — Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea.

After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions [...]

Obama orders Pentagon to prepare for full troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

President speaks with Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai and says US is ‘moving forward with additional contingency planning’

The Guardian, By Spencer Ackerman & Dan Roberts, February 25

Washington – Barack Obama formally ordered the Pentagon on Tuesday to make plans for a full pullout of American troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year, [...]

Karzai tells US to ‘stop harassing’ Afghanistan

AFP-AFGHAN President Hamid Karzai yesterday said Washington should respect his country’s judicial authority after the release of 65 alleged Taliban fighters triggered US condemnation. “Afghanistan is a sovereign country. If the Afghan judicial authorities decide to release the prisoners, it is of no concern to the US and should be of no concern to the [...]

UN: Civilian drone deaths triple in Afghanistan

Informed Comment, By Alice K. Ross, February 13

Civilian drone deaths in Afghanistan tripled last year, according to a report by a UN agency. Forty-five civilians died in drone strikes in 2013.

The report, by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama), found that drone strikes accounted for at least a third of all [...]

Afgoneistan

To understand Afghanistan, it helps to understand a little economics:

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U.S. has ‘failed’ narcotics fight in Afghanistan, says inspector general

CNN, By Mick Krever, February 3

Despite spending $10 billion in reconstruction money fighting narcotics in Afghanistan, the U.S. has “failed,” the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, John Sopko, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

“If you look at production, if you look at cultivation, if you look at breaking the tie between [...]

Blustering to Sell Books

Here’s what’s really weird about Robert Gates’ new book:

In Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War, Mr Gates recounts how Mr Obama appeared to lack faith in a war strategy he had approved and the commander he named to lead it, General David Petraeus, and did not like Afghan President Hamid Karzai, according to [...]

Things come full circle on the Neoconservatives

The Obama Administration’s effort to rally public and congressional support for retaliation against Syria for using chemical weapons has come up against unexpectedly strong and broad-based opposition. This must come as an unwelcome surprise to the Neocons, whose international aspirations regarding the Middle East and the Iranian nuclear progeam are now very much in question. [...]

TeeHee :)

Compare and Contrast American Military Justice

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan sentenced to death for Ft. Hood shooting

A military jury has sentenced Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan to death in connection with the mass shooting at this central Texas Army post four years ago that killed 13 and wounded more than 30.

Soldier gets life in prison for Afghan massacre

A [...]

Afghanistan Update

CIA closing bases in Afghanistan as it shifts focus amid military drawdown

The CIA has begun closing clandestine bases in Afghanistan, marking the start of a drawdown from a region that transformed the agency from an intelligence service struggling to emerge from the Cold War to a counter­terrorism force with its own prisons, paramilitary teams [...]

U.S. Considers Faster Pullout in Afghanistan

(NYT) -Increasingly frustrated by his dealings with President Hamid Karzai, President Obama is giving serious consideration to speeding up the withdrawal of United States forces from Afghanistan and to a “zero option” that would leave no American troops there after next year, according to American and European officials.

Echoes of Nam

Lemme see….lengthy war, delicate negotiations, frustrated allies…yup! Sounds like Nam all over again!

WASHINGTON — President Obama is expressing guarded optimism about the Taliban’s announcement Tuesday that it will sit down for direct peace talks with U.S. and Afghanistan officials.

In comments at the Group of Eight summit in Northern Ireland, Obama said the direct [...]

US to open direct Taliban talks

(BBC) – The US is to open direct peace talks with the Taliban, senior White House officials have announced.

The first meeting is due to take place in the next few days in the Qatari capital, Doha, where the Taliban is poised to open its long-awaited office.