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Outrunning 'The Kite Runner'
Two-thirds of the way into "The Kite Runner," the popular 2003 novel by Khaled Hosseini about the friendship of two Afghan men through the decades, Amir, the narrator, returns to Kabul after years of exile in California. The experience in Amir's eyes is "like running into an old, forgotten friend...
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US Wants to Bring Colombia Tactics to Afghan Drug War
The Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, is resisting American pressure to authorise a major programme of crop spraying to eradicate the country's massive opium crop amid warnings that it would lead to a rise in support for the Taliban. The plan has been strongly opposed by the British, who hold that it...
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U.N.: Violence In Afghanistan Up Almost 25 Percent In '07
WASHINGTON - Afghanistan is currently suffering its most violent year since the 2001 U.S.-led intervention, according to an internal United Nations report that sharply contrasts with recent upbeat appraisals by President Bush and his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai. "The security situation in...
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More Bounties in Afghanistan and Pakistan Will Result in Detention of Innocent Civilians
300 Uncharged Prisoners Still in Guantanamo from 2001 Reward Program
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Counting The Casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan
As if proving a widely held view that Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan tend to be trigger happy, Blackwater USA, a private security firm, is embroiled in a controversy over its involvement in a roadside shootout in Baghdad that killed eight Iraqis. It turns out that the 30,000 American private...
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Iraq and Afghanistan Two Sides of Same Coin
On the sixth anniversary of 9/11, Canadians have been inundated with what are largely American concerns: Is it time to scale back the annual commemoration at the World Trade Centre? What to make of the week-long photo-op by Gen. David Petraeus, Ambassador Ryan Crocker and President George W. Bush?...
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In Pakistan: Fighting Someone Else's War
The war the Pakistan army is being made to fight in the two Waziristans is not our war. It is a war calibrated to an American agenda, Pakistan being asked to pull the chestnuts out of a fire the Americans have started.Yet so helpless is this government, so tightly held in America's embrace, that it...
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Drug War's Latest Achievement: Boosting Global Terrorism
Thirty-eight million arrests, most for simple possession. Lives ruined, families disrupted. America turned into the most prison-happy nation on the face of the earth. Illegal rewards incentivizing shooting fields in inner-city neighborhoods - enough bloodshed to appall even an Al Capone. More than...
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When Mental Healthcare Goes AWOL
America must quit treating its National Guardsmen and reserves like second-class soldiers. To an unprecedented extent, President Bush has been relying on the men and women of our National Guard to help fight his war in Iraq. Today, they make up approximately 20 percent of the force, down from a...
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In May 2013, protesters marched in Washington D.C. to demand that government hold the "too big to jail" banks accountable for the ongoing home foreclosure crisis. (Photo: Stephen D. Melkisethian/ cc via Flickr) Views
How the Bush Administration Is Turning the USA into a Subprime Borrower
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." - George W Bush Much in the same way that US investors were "steered" into rip-off mortgage loans, the entire country has been "steered" into...
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