Qatar’s Next Steps As the U.S. Prepares to Withdraw Its Military Combat Forces From Afghanistan

As the analysts pounce on the story of the prisoner release as a swap for American soldier Bowe Bergdahl, one thing is certain.  The five Taliban who had been detained at the Guantanamo Bay camp will have nothing good to report about the United States and their experiences at Gitmo. 
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Iraq as Prelude for Afghanistan. (Or…Bigfoot is a Myth)

The Middle East remains a region of consequence for the entire world as the catastrophe in Syria unfolds and the gamesmanship between Israel and Iran continues.  Both conflicts hold radiating consequences for the E.U., Russia, China, the U.S. and an endless number of nation-states.  W
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The True Price of Ignorance

The self-serving video released by the Taliban showed the hideous and brutal shooting of an Afghan woman revealing the true price of ignorance.  A great many of the Taliban are simply a woefully ignorant band of fighters who have been able to regurgitate a corrupt form of Islam withou
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Afghanistan good’nuf

There has been a phrase in use in Afghanistan for several years now.  This phrase captures the stated objectives for the overall mission.  This phrase represents the real objective, over and against the publicly stated objectives.  The phrase is “Afghanistan good enough“. 
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The Intrigue of Kepler-22b

Why do we care about a new planet? NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered more than 1,000 new planets that fall within the range of a “habitable zone“, but 22b looks most promising. This planet is 2.4 times the radius of Earth and the enduring question is, “Could
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Suicide bombing in Afghanistan

The suicide bombing on 30 October was a deadly attack against a convoy traveling along the American University campus.   The attack was directed at ISAF forces and resulted in the death of 17 persons; at least 12 of whom were American.  ISAF stands for International Security Assistanc
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