The A-Team Killings
"Last spring, the remains of 10 missing Afghan villagers were dug up outside a U.S. Special Forces base – was it a war crime or just another episode in a very dirty war?"
More than ten years after it began
, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has announced
a "mid-2013" end to combat operations in the Afghan War
, the longest
in US history. [more inside]
Casualties in Afghanistan decreasing?!
After a push into Taliban-controlled territory resulted in 103 Coalition casualties in June, casualties have fallen steadily and significantly, to 59 casualties last month -- lower than in September last year. October also is on track for lower casualty levels than in the year prior. With secret talks between Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Taliban intermediaries
, reports of significant security gains based on tips from informers
, improved ANA training
and military capability
, and a chaotic, bustling Kabul
trying to cope with rapid growth
, could the country be on the path to gradual stabilization?
In Mamas Kitchen
was born in the experience of living in New York where a bodega
exists within blocks of a Jewish deli
which is around the corner from an Italian salumeria
which shares space with Chinatown
which abuts Soho's gourmet stores
. While this speaks of the legendary variety available in New York, it also tells of similarity, for in every bodega, every salumeria is someone shopping for the food that sustains physical life with a recipe
that nourishes our hearts.
An ancient tradition
or despicable exploitation? As in ancient Greece and Shakespeare's theatre, boys dress as women
to entertain men. A hint of Afghan homosexuality was included in the movie The Kite Runner
. An Uzbekistan theatre group is presenting two plays
on this theme in Seattle this month. The homosexual element of Afghan culture has waxed and waned depending on who is invading their country at the time.
American cult actor is an Afghan prince...
Scott Reiniger, who appeared in the 1978 movie Dawn of the Dead, is the great, great, great grandson of Josiah Harlan, the first American to set foot in Afghanistan.
IN AFGHAN PROVINCE, POPPY PLANTING HAS STRONG APPEAL
It isa good to be freed from the constraits of the Taliban and to engage in capitalism at the global level. Chhers for the family farmers.
Bizarre results showing elevated levels of NON-depleted uranium in Afghan civilians who showed symptoms of uranium poisoning following Operation Enduring Freedom. "Uranium levels found in the Afghan civilians’ urine are 4-20 times higher than those of a control group and the isotopic signature is that of Non-Depleted Uranium. The only explanations of this finding are either anomalous geological and agricultural conditions (fertilizers) or the presence of uranium extracted from the front-end of the fuel or weapons production cycles. [...] There are no geological, commercial and agricultural phenomena or activities and uses in the environs of the contaminated populations that might explain the contamination."
This is very odd. [via wrh
; these preliminary results are unpublished but UMRC’s Gulf War Veterans’ studies
are in peer-reviewed journals]
A petition to give the Nobel Peace Prize to Afghan Nuclear Scientists
for hiding radioactive material that could have been used for a nuclear bomb by Al Qaeda. I think it's an inspired and appropriate suggestion, and the petition could be of great use in attraction the attention of nominators and Nobel committee.
Fascinating stuff... Sights, sounds and stories; a photo-audio-essay, with excerpts from Scott Carrier's Harper's article and ambient recordings of the streets, songs and prayers of the Afghan people.
Operation Infinite Mercy
: Emergency relief for Afghan refugees
fleeing Taliban rule and/or threats of American attack. Amid the scores of funds, accounts, websites, banner ads, and buttons that have popped up advertising ways to 'help the victims', it's been near-impossible to find somewhere online to make a donation to assist some of the other
people affected by the aftermath of September 11th...
A heartening story about the increased patronage of an Afghan restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Have you heard/seen/been a part of reaching out to Afghans and Muslims who are as shocked and against the terrorist attacks? "Ahmad and Rahimi say they are living in an extraordinary moment. When they expected suspicion, they found trust. When they worried about rejection, they found the embrace of friends and customers."
Taliban Magic Trick: $43m...now you see it, now you don't!
"Afghan farmers are ready to swamp world markets with heroin amid signs that the Taleban has dropped its ban on opium growing."
Okay...can we please end the War on Plants now?
Afghan Cabby Beaten Into Paralysis in London:
This after two white men pounced on a 19-year-old Asian woman in Swindon on Friday and repeatedly hit her in the head with a bat.
The Australian HMAS Manoora
is taking hundreds of Afgan asylum seekers to the island of Nauru after they were rescued by a Norwegian freighter. Many Australian's supported the Government's move not to let them into the country but much of the rest of the world (and a few Australian do-gooders who took the Government to court and won) think we should let these people in.
Today on the radio I heard the mother of one of the sailors on the Manoora saying that the majority of these "refugees" cheered and celebrated when they heard the news of the WTC and Pentagon attacks. And these are the people that the do-gooders want in our free country???
And when you think "the people of Afghanistan" think "the Jews in the concentration camps."
Despite the barrage, I think this is worth posting. It's a post from the DaveNet mailing list, by an Afghan American writer (via Mark at boing boing) I don't know if I would trust the opinions on military actions in the second part - but the first part is well worth reading. I know many MeFiers are knowledgeable about world affairs, but this is a nice concise account for those who don't know about Afghanistan - or perhaps to pass along.