Category Archives: Afghanistan

Army Manual Instructs Soldiers Not to Raise Taboo Subjects like Women’s Rights with Afghans

Wasn’t one of the purposes of sending soldiers into Iraq and Afghanistan to promote democracy and human rights? It may have been added after the fact, but it was the argument. The argument in the Iraq War was WMDs. In … Continue reading

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Taliban Ringtones — Don’t Leave Kabul Without One

The Taliban hate music. During their reign, possession of a music tape meant a beating for the owner, and destruction of the tape. Today, things aren’t much different in Taliban-controlled areas. Those selling music tapes have seen their stores bombed. … Continue reading

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Afghan Woman Jailed for Not Reporting Rape Quickly Enough

The only difference between Afghanistan under the current government and under the Taliban is that the man who raped then 19-year-old Gulnaz is in prison also. Gulnaz hesitated for four months to report the rape because of the stigma it … Continue reading

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Canadian MP Retouches Photo to Cover Cleavage

As cleavage goes, it is not overly revealing. However, Canadian MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan must have had some doubts after the original photo was published on the House of Commons website. Sitsabaiesan is from Sri Lanka. She is the first person … Continue reading

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Over 90% of Afghans do not Know of 9/11

It is an impossible task to win the hearts and minds of a people during war time when the purpose for the war is not understood. Amazingly, a poll reveals that 92% of Afghan men in a province never heard … Continue reading

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Afghan Women Fight in Parliament

It isn’t just the men who can’t stop fighting each other in Afghanistan. Here is a video of a two women in Parliament who got into a fight after one threw a shoe and the other a water bottle at … Continue reading

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$20 Billion Spent Annually for Air Conditioning in Iraq and Afghan Wars

Wars are expensive, and there are many hidden costs, but air conditioning? NPR reports that $20.2 billion is spent annually by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan. That is more than NASA’s budget. “When you consider the cost to deliver … Continue reading

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Is Afghanistan the First Robot War?

Fareed Zakaria does justice to this topic far better than I can. In this video, he suggests that Afghanistan is the first robot war. There are 2,000 robots in the country now. That equates to one for every fifty soldiers. … Continue reading

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U.S. Brings Farmers into the Afghan Struggle

Sending soldiers and their support personnel are expected, but in an attempt to wean Afghan farmers off opium, the U.S. government is bringing in the farmers. Although this sounds unusual, any real attempt at peace in Afghanistan requires winning an ideological … Continue reading

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92% of Afghans in South Unaware of 9/11; Nearly Half in North Don’t Know What is Good about Democracy

For some reason both the Bush and Obama administrations believe that the war against terrorism can be won with bullets. To a degree that is true. But most terrorists have been indoctrinated for years with ideological and religious propaganda. Not … Continue reading

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