We Stay And Deliver

By Yasmine Sherif – Kabul 1990. I land in the capital of Afghanistan for my very first mission with the United Nations. Controlled by the government, Kabul was surrounded by the Mujahedeen. As a young female professional, living and working across the country, I felt protected by the Afghans, whether walking in the bustling cities [...]

US Arms in Afghanistan

By Thalif Deen - NEW YORK (IDN) — When the last of the US troops pulled out of Kabul on August 31—after a prolonged 20-year military occupation of Afghanistan—they left behind a treasure trove of weapons but most of them abandoned by retreating Afghan forces who were American allies.
These weapons, including combat helicopters, armoured vehicles, battle [...]

Western hypocrisy & Afghanistan

By Waslat Hasrat-Nazimi (DW) – Europe has long been ignoring the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan. But now that the Taliban has seized power, some Western countries act stunned. This hypocrisy must stop, says DW’s Waslat Hasrat-Nazimi.
Within just a few days of the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban began capturing one province after another. As [...]

Richard Haas on Afghanistan

By Richard Haass  – NEW YORK – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has fled the country. His government has collapsed as Taliban fighters enter Kabul. Bringing back memories of the ignominious fall of Saigon in 1975, two decades of America’s military presence in Afghanistan has vanished in a matter of weeks. How did it come to this?

There [...]

Turkey – Healthy Food

WebPublicPress NEW YORK –  Turkey offers a table of abundant resources for sustainable gastronomy tourism, according to a Turkish culinary expert who says authenticity should be preserved to maintain it, Hurriyet Turkish Daily News in English has reported from Istanbul.
“To make the most of this potential, we should make the preservation of the local gastronomic heritage our focus,” Zeynep Kakınç, chair of [...]

Calm Before Next Storm

By Sarah Hofmann (DW – Deutsche Welle)  - The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas is giving people on both sides time to breathe. But it is not a real step toward peace in the Middle East,

The full significance of a cease-fire can possibly be comprehended only by those who have experienced what it is like while the firing is [...]

Why AP Was Targeted

By Thalif Deen* - NEW YORK (IDN) — The destruction of a 12-storeyed building in Gaza City on May 15—which was home to several news organizations including the Associated Press (AP) and Al-Jazeera—has triggered a loaded question: was it a deliberate Israeli airstrike to silence the media or was it an avoidable accident?
Norman Solomon, Executive Director [...]

Lasting Consequences

By Kersten Knipp (Deutsche Welle) – The escalation of violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories is straining Israel’s relations with the Arab world. Countries that have agreed to a normalization of bilateral relations are now under pressure.

The recent street fights in east Jerusalem, which led to an open military confrontation between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza [...]

Decade of Despair

By John J. Metzler - A decade ago, winds of change and calamity blew across the Middle East.  From Tunisia to  Egypt, Syria, and later Libya, entrenched autocracies were challenged politically by what became known as the Arab Spring, a series of popular and quasi-democratic uprisings which shook the status quo and smashed the old order.
Sadly the Arab Spring soon [...]

Will Lebanon Recover

By Samira Sadeque - UNITED NATIONS – Lebanon must “shield and preserve” the skills, knowledge, and experience of its people in order to move forward with its development, according to Christophe Abi-Nassif, the Lebanon programme director for the Middle East Institute (MEI).
“Shielding and preserving whatever is left of Lebanon’s human capital should be the main policy-making concern at [...]

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