Afghanistan will send a team to the US to take part in a major policy review of the region, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has announced. In a joint news conference with the new US envoy in the region, Richard Holbrooke, Mr. Karzai said he was “very thankful” to be involved in the talks.
In recent weeks US officials have been critical of Mr. Karzai’s leadership. US President Barack Obama, who regards Afghanistan as a priority, accused his government of being “very detached”.
Is always amazing when you read something like that. So they were going to talk about the future of Afghanistan without including the people of Afghanistan in this talk? That says something on how American foreign policy worked all these years and why Americans are so popular all around the world!
Media in Afghanistan Before and After the Taliban
Media is improved to the extent we cannot imagine in Afghanistan after the Taliban.
The OPEC Jitters and the Fear Monger Boogie
Toot-a-toot! Hear the Brass and the driving Beat of the Drum! The OPEC Cartel Oil Drums! Yeah, Man! We had All better Dance and Jive to Their Global Beat ‘n Tune.
Germany is the destination for our intrepid Euro Reporter today.
Lift Spirits #08
Lift doors slide open, you enter, press the button and then face that awkward proximity to a stranger… perhaps this will lift your spirit.
Militants in Pakistan have carried out what officials have called a “public execution” of two Afghans before thousands of cheering supporters.
The pair was alleged to have helped an American missile strike that killed 14 people in a border village last month. Correspondents say that the brazen nature of the killings – one man was decapitated and another shot – show the Taliban’s growing power. The deaths took place in the Bajaur tribal agency near the Afghan border.
American spies? That sounds like they cover their failures with innocent but then what more to expect from religious freaks?
The Taliban made an estimated $100m in 2007 from Afghan farmers growing poppy for the opium trade, the United Nations says.
Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said the money was raised by a 10% tax on farmers in Taleban-controlled areas. The UN estimates last year’s poppy harvest was worth $1bn.
Mr. Costa said the Taleban made even more money from other activities related to the opium trade.
I presume they were blessing and pray to Allah before spreading death!
Washington has pinpointed the frontier areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan as the most pressing central point in which to win the war on terror.
Michael Chertoff, the US secretary for homeland security, said that successes against al-Qaeda should not lead to a weakening of resolve. He warned that militants in Pakistan were training recruits who could mix inconspicuously in Western society.
He questioned whether Pakistan’s rulers had the right strategy to respond. Mr. Chertoff said the US had succeeded in pushing back al-Qaeda in Iraq and argued that Muslims in Iraq were now reacting against indiscriminate militant violence. But he warned that: “If we lose our resolution, we could find ourselves actually losing ground.”
Perhaps they should start thinking if Musharraf is an ally or a foe!
The head of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has said al-Qaeda is essentially defeated in Iraq and Saudi Arabia, and on the defensive elsewhere.
Michael Hayden’s remarks, which correspondents describe as strikingly upbeat, come less than a year after the CIA warned of a resurgent al-Qaeda. He told the Washington Post that US counter-terrorism successes extended to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is thought to be hiding out in the area. “On balance, we are doing pretty well,” said the CIA director. “Near strategic defeat of al-Qaeda in Iraq. Near strategic defeat of al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia. Significant setbacks for al-Qaeda globally.”
Strange retreat because Bin Laden is still alive organizing and acting and Taliban returning strong as ever in Afghanistan! Perhaps the head of the CIA should tell us what fiction films is he watching!
Legalizing production of opium in Afghanistan for medical use would be unworkable and fuel the drugs industry, a UK Foreign Office minister has said.
Lord Malloch Brown said Afghanistan lacked the infrastructure and resources to control crops. Legalizing crops could drive up prices and lead more farmers to grow opium, he told the British Medical Journal.
Doctors have suggested the opium, which contains morphine, could help plug NHS shortfalls of pain relief drugs. Diamorphine, also known as heroin, is used to relieve pain after operations and for the terminally ill, but in recent years doctors have reported supply problems.
The British Medical Association and some Tories have suggested in the past that Afghan crops could be used to help boost supplies, arguing this would help meet demand and provide much-needed income for Afghans.
Smoke the world! That’s all missing!