Category: International

Afghan Election Could Be Scrapped Due to Instability

The Financial Times reports members of the Afghan government, European diplomats and NATO military officials are pushing to delay, or even scrap, next year’s presidential election in Afghanistan. They argue that the poll could dangerously aggravate political tensions. Analysts said…

“War is the crime of our times.”

Despite the Threat of Harsh Punishment, Soldier Says “No” to Deployment in Afghanistan By Sarah Lazare, AlterNet, October 23, 2008 “I believe war is the crime of our times,” Blake Ivey, a specialist in the U.S. Army, said over the…

Parwez Kambakhsh sentenced to 20 years

by AMIR SHAH, Associated Press, Oct. 21, 2008 KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan appeals court overturned a death sentence for a journalism student accused of blasphemy and instead sentenced him Tuesday to 20 years in prison. The death sentence against…

Secrets of Iraq’s death chamber

Prisoners are being summarily executed in the government’s high-security detention centre in Baghdad. by Robert Fisk, The Independent, Tuesday, Oct. 7,  2008 Like all wars, the dark, untold stories of the Iraqi conflict drain from its shattered landscape like the…

Talking with the Taliban

Click here for part 2 of this Al Jazeera Inside Story report on the beginnings of peace negotiations in Afghanistan. Negotiated peace takes tentative step Former Taliban envoy describes meeting on Afghanistan as an ‘icebreaker’ Peter Goodspeed, National Post Published:…