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  1. Lost souls inside Afghanistan's graft-riddled narco state

    Posted Jan 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Bron Sibree Opium Nation by Fariba Nawa Harper Perennial In her prologue to this gripping narrative, veteran American-Afghan journalist and author Fariba Nawa describes the mixture of 'aching nostalgia and lingering survivor's guilt' that f ...

  2. Talking points

    Posted Oct 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories... Hainan province girds for second tempest in a week Tens of thousands of fishing boats have been called back to port in preparation for strong tropical storm Nalgae, expected to land in ...

  3. An election milestone, but how free are Afghan voters?

    Posted Sep 13th 2005, 12:00am by Maseeh Rahman

    ... Afghanistan goes to the polls on Sunday poised on the brink of historic change. Maseeh Rahman begins a series on the challenges facing this budding democracy Ahmed Khan gestures towards the election poster on the door of a refrigerator repair shop in the ...

  4. The Punishment of Virtue- Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban

    Posted Jul 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... Tim Cribb The Punishment of Virtue- Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban by Sarah Chayes Penguin, HK$128 'Kandahar has arguably replaced Moscow as the ideological antipode to everything we Americans think we believe in,' Sarah Chayes recently wr ...

  5. With luck, and courage, Afghans can turn a corner

    Posted Oct 09th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The people of Afghanistan go to the polls today, and they do so in a climate of fear. But if the many problems threatening this historic election can be overcome, voters will set their troubled country on the road to recovery- and give it fresh hope. This ...

  6. China offers hope for Afghanistan

    Posted Jul 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Developed nations have always had good intentions towards Afghanistan. But the peaceful and prosperous country envisaged at their first donors' meeting a decade ago remains a dream despite hundreds of billions of dollars spent on aid and military ope ...

  7. A futile war grinds on, this time in Afghanistan

    Posted Apr 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Gwynne Dyer In the midst of the Taliban attacks in central Kabul on Sunday, a journalist called the British embassy for a comment. 'I really don't know why they are doing this,' said a diplomat. 'We'll be out of here in two years& ...

  8. Talking points

    Posted Jan 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories... Beijing envoy to attend African Union summit Jia Qinglin, head of Beijing's top political advisory body, will attend the 18th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa to inaugurate the ...

  9. Bomb threat on Afghan plane to Urumqi

    Posted Aug 10th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A plane from Afghanistan scheduled to land in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, received a bomb threat and landed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Xinhua reported early today. Armed police sources in Xinjiang had earlier said the plane had been hijacked. ...

  10. The world is cheating Afghanistan

    Posted Mar 29th 2008, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty It is a magnificent land, a high plateau, landlocked, windswept and freezing in winter, sweltering, parched and dry in summer. It has a proud people who almost reflect the tough climate; rugged, stubborn, fiercely tribal, traditionally loya ...




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