Today on Fresh Air we explore the remarkable
story of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, his family, and the U.S. war in
Afghanistan. “The course of the war, the infusion of so much money into Afghanistan and
their rivalry for money and power really tore this family apart,” says Washington Post foreign correspondent Joshua Partlow. His new
book about the Karzai family is called A Kingdom of Their Own. One of President Karzai’s brothers, Ahmed
Wali, wielded immense power in the southern Afghanistan. “He had worked closely with the CIA and U.S. Special Forces, he was constantly
providing intelligence, at the same time Ahmed Wali was at the center of
allegations of being in control of a drug empire in Kandahar.”
“If not only the girls in Afghanistan but all girls around the world learned code, the world would be a better place for everyone.” Fereshteh Forough started Code to Inspire, Afghanistan’s first coding school for girls. Learn about the women making a difference with code: https://goo.gl/hvmOr2
An IS attack in Kabul, Afghanistan today (23.07.16) has killed 80 people (May they rest in peace) and wounded more than 250. A peaceful gathering of the Hazara minority Shi’a Muslims were targeted. (Sources: x / x / x )
I ask everyone to reblog to remember that Non-Western countries, POC, Muslims, and more specifically Muslim Minorities are not to be swept under the rug and forgotten while everyone pours attention and support on selected European countries.
President Obama Speaks On Pulse Nightclub Shooting: “Not Just an Act of Terror, an Act of Hate” (Video)
We’ve had to witness President Obama give one of these way too many times. During his speech, on the mass shooting that occurred at Pulse nightclub in Orlando that has so far left 50 people dead and another 53 wounded, the President said he just finished a briefing with
FBI Director James Comey and his advisers.
said authorities have reached no definitive conclusions on the
motivations of the killer and that it is not clear how a terrorist group
inspired the shooting. Stream the full statement after the jump:
Iceland is officially the #1 most peaceful
country on Earth. According to the
Global Peace Index’s 2016 report of 163
surveyed countries, Denmark, Austria,
New Zealand, Portugal, Czech Republic,
Switzerland, Canada, Japan, and
Slovenia also land in the top 10, while
the United States ranks 103rd.
it’s sad that when a city like kabul trends on social media everyone already knows why… today it faced the dealiest attack since 2001 killing 80 people and injuring more than 230 people.. keep Kabul in your prayers
A teacher in Afghanistan turned his bike
into a mobile library. Every weekend,
Saber Hosseini rides to villages that
don’t have schools so that children can
borrow his books and get an education. SourceSource 2Source 3
In the quarter-century from the end of the Vietnam War in the 1970s until Sept. 11, 2001, the United States rarely went to war, and when it did, the conflicts were so brief they were measured in days. The Gulf War in 1991 lasted 43 days. Airstrikes in the former Yugoslavia in 1995 went on for 22 days, followed by another round in 1999, that time for 78 days.
But since the Sept. 11 attacks, the United States has been fighting every single day for 15 straight years, the longest unbroken period in American history. The U.S. has carried out airstrikes, sent in ground forces, or both, in seven countries stretching from Pakistan in the east to Libya in the west. None of these conflicts has been resolved, and all signs point to years of strife ahead.
Sept. 11 has reshaped the U.S. in countless ways, but perhaps the most profound has been the transformation from a country where peacetime was the norm into one seemingly locked into a permanent state of war. Yet strangely, the country doesn’t feel much like it’s at war.
“Like the war on drugs or the war on poverty, the war for the greater Middle East has become a permanent fixture in American life and is accepted as such,” writes Andrew Bacevich, a retired Army colonel and professor at Boston University.