A U.S. Marine embedded trainer with the Afghan National Army describes the atmosphere in northeastern Afghanistan, a well-known insurgent haven, ahead of national elections.
Archive for August, 2009
On Tuesday, the Taliban launched a series of attacks on the Afghan city of Kabul. Kimberly Marten of Columbia University discusses U.S. strategy ahead of the election and examines whether the attacks are a sign of what's to come on election day.
In Afghanistan on Tuesday, with the election two days away and the campaign winding down, the Taliban is doing all it can to let voters know they are not safe. Zeina Khodr of Al Jazeera English reports on the dangers in the southern city of Kandahar.
Twelve people have been confirmed dead and 64 remain missing after an accident at Russia's largest hydroelectric power station on Monday. A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes that the incident is symptomatic of serious infrastructure problems in the country.
When it comes to smoking, the hookah -- or water pipe -- is a common sight throughout most of the Arab world. The pipes are often shared by many smokers, but health officials in Jordan, worried about the spread of swine flu, are now offering smokers what they say is a healthier choice.
The United States believes that upcoming elections in Afghanistan will legitimize the government, but the Taliban is doing all it can to disrupt the vote. Alex Their of the United States Institute of Peace and Worldfocus partner Al Jazeera English break down Afghanistan's complex political scene
The talk of India is the detention of one the country’s most famous actors -- Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan -- by customs officials at Newark Airport in the U.S. Professor Nitin Govil discusses how the incident has been portrayed and perceived in India, and bloggers share their opinions.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is in Washington for high-level talks with Obama administration officials. But Egypt's future is murky. Salameh Nematt of The Daily Beast discusses U.S.-Egyptian relations.
This weekend the National Security Archive published documents showing that President Richard M. Nixon had sought help from Brazil in 1971 to overthrow Chilean President Salvador Allende. Peter Eisner discusses the significance of these documents and what we haven't learned from history.