Robert Wing and Coleen Rowley: A numbed, distracted America has reached the point where bellicose presidential threats to destroy North Korea with its puny nuclear arsenal, and cancel the agreement keeping Iran from developing one, barely elicit shrugs among us.
Hakim Young: A U.S. and Afghan Geological Survey of Kabul Basin’s water resources found that about half of the shallow groundwater supply wells could become dry by 2050 due to declining recharge and stream-flows under projected climate change.
Dr. Tech Young Wee: Like a mad fever, I saw the blood-stained history of humanity streaming into that spartan room in Kabul.
Kathy Kelly: Without any input from the centralized government, the Afghan Peace Volunteers build community and share resources. They steadily develop ways to connect with young people in other Afghan provinces.
John Peeler: Trump has now ordered 5000 more American troops back into the country. That is just the beginning. Like both his predecessors, he’s going to find that the longer we stay, the more insurgency and terrorism we will provoke.
Besides committing fresh U.S. Marines to more Afghan security forces “training,” the U.S. military has responded with PR spin.
Plenty has been written on MOAB, the biggest non-nuclear weapon used by any side in any war since the end of World War II. But nobody has examined the story like we do here.
Trump’s slashing of US contributions to UN relief agencies must be condemned as the exact opposite of what the US can and should do.
Kathy Kelly: U.S. think tanks cleverly promote cartoonized versions of foreign policy wherein the mighty giant strikes a fist and eliminates the “bad guy” whom we are told has caused our problems. Building Trust in Afghanistan
David Smith-Ferri: To begin with, while leaving their country of origin, people risk their lives traveling through contested parts of their country or over roads controlled by militias or warlords known to capture and kill people of their ethnicity or religious sect. River of Refugees
Murray Polner: Now, with the rise of ISIS, there is the haunting fear that in pursuit of ISIS and similar groups, the blind will once again lead the blind and the crucial lessons to be learned will be ignored.