If the new security agreement between Washington and Kabul is signed it will mark a major change from a broad counter-insurgency war to a limited counter-terrorist operation.
One way or the other most American troops will leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and the war as we know it will end. The question now being decided in fraught negotiations between Washington and Kabul is whether the U.S. can purchase the right to keep a military presence in Afghanistan after the main war effort is over that can protect national interests and launch targeted operations against terrorists. If the Afghan government agrees to the plan currently being discussed what remains after 2014 will be a much smaller more specialized force refocused from fighting the Taliban and maintaining security to hunting hardcore al Qaeda affiliates across the region.
Italians are blaming sky-high child cancer rates on the mob’s alleged dumping of toxic chemicals—contaminating water, mozzarella, and the developing brains of babies.
Ten years ago, there was no pediatric cancer ward anywhere near the tiny village of Acerra, in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius just outside of Naples, Italy. Now, the local hospitals have set up facilities equipped for radiation and chemotherapy for children. A mobile blood test unit putters around the area to test white blood counts. The national average for juvenile brain tumors in Italy is just 0.5 per every 100,000 children. But in Acerra, a town of just 56,000 residents, the average number is three children with brain cancer at any given time, which locals attribute to the rogue dumping of toxic chemicals in the countryside by the Camorra crime syndicate.
The alleged gunman who terrorized the city over the last few days turns out to be the accomplice of a pair of romanticized would-be revolutionaries back in 1994.
The shooting spree that terrorized Paris over the last few days turns out to be one hell of a sequel. The alleged gunner, Abdelhakim Dekhar, was the “third man” who served as lookout for a murderous pair of students dubbed the “Natural Born Killers” of France back in 1994. Dekhar did four years in prison for his part in their brief rampage, after he failed to persuade the court that he was really working undercover for the Algerian secret services, trying to penetrate anarchist groups that might be connected with Islamist and terrorist organizations.
Thanks to an arcane law, the country’s rich and famous are able to block publication of books on their lives—but the Supreme Court may be set to loosen the publishing stranglehold.
Like torture and curfews, book banning in Brazil went out with the military dictatorship almost 30 years ago. Back then, intellectuals, artists, and politicians hailed the end of the long night of authoritarian rule (1964 to 1985) with a burst of creativity and civic commotion. É proibido proibir—“Prohibition is prohibited,”—proclaimed singer and songwriter Caetano Veloso, who was censored under the military and spent years in exile. Veloso’s slogan became the meme for the new era of democratic liberty.
As NATO forces prepare to leave Afghanistan, the group is waging a battle for the hearts and minds of Afghan youth—and it’s spilling onto social media.
The Taliban are avid tweeters.This may come as a surprise, given that the group’s reign in the 1990s has often been described as “medieval,” with the outlawing of modern technology just one item on a laundry list of brutal policies informed by its austere brand of Islam. Yet tweet it does—and, in what’s likely to come as less of a surprise, the Taliban is engaged in a longstanding Twitter feud with NATO.The microblogging hostilities began in September 2011, after a Taliban attack on a foreign diplomat neighborhood in Kabul.
Two explosions near the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital Beirut kill at least 22 people, wound scores of others, and cause widespread damage to the mission and nearby buildings
At least 22 people were killed and 146 people wounded in a double bomb attack outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut on Tuesday, Lebanon's health minister said.Ali Hassan Khalil said the toll in the blast, which took place in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital, was not final and it could rise further.The mid-morning blasts hit Beirut's upscale neighborhood of Janah, a Hezbollah stronghold. One explosion blew out the large black main gate of the Iranian mission, damaging the three-story facility.
The French can be thankful the man trying to terrorize their journalists and bankers does not have the mindset—or the arsenal—of your usual American mass murderer.
The shooter roaming Paris, France, right now is a morning person, and he’s not very good with guns. In America, a madman on a mission like his would no doubt have carried automatic pistols and probably an assault rifle. This guy’s got a 12-gauge pump that jams.In the United States, men, women and children would have died: there were, on average, more than 30 mass killings (of four or more people at a time) every year in the USA from 2006 through 2012.
Two years ago, the country’s security services massacred protesters during a violent week of activism. Now, the military is planning to honor the very ‘martyrs’ it shot to death.
Days before the country’s first post-revolution parliamentary election in November 2011, central Cairo exploded in violence. Following yet another case of flagrant police brutality, protesters had taken to the streets to agitate against the security services and a military elite that had stepped in to rule after Hosni Mubarak’s downfall. In some of the fiercest rioting ever to have erupted in the capital, dozens of civilians were gunned down during several dark days of bloodshed and burning.
Running from assault, abduction, and assassination at the hands of jihadists and FSA rebels, Syria’s ancient Christian community fears a religious pogrom is set to erupt.
Traumatized by what they have endured inside Syria and fearful for their future, Christians fleeing the 32-month-long civil war say the persecution of Christians is worsening in rebel-held territories in the country’s north—and that the kidnapping, rape and executions of Christians aren’t just being carried out by jihadist groups, but also by other Sunni Muslim rebels, including those affiliated with the Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA).
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She is a true inspiration. Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai has released a video statement for the first time since being shot by the Taliban last October. 'God has given me this new life,' Malala says, and in return, she is launching the Malala Fund, created to help educate children all over the world.