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U.S. Aid Program Vowed to Help 75,000 Afghan Women. Watchdog Says It’s a Flop. - The New York Times
I am fairly confident distributing the $280m equally among 75,000 randomly selected Afghan women would have done a lot more good
cash  aid  afghanistan  sigar 
5 days ago by yorksranter
John Bolton threatens war crimes court with sanctions in virulent attack (The Guardian)
Proudly trying to complete what he started, and furthering our long tradition of not holding ourselves to the standard we use as an excuse to be just as ugly, if not uglier than the others.
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11 days ago by mjb
The end of Atlanticism: has Trump killed the ideology that won the cold war? | News | The Guardian
"special relationship" - The foreign policy establishment has been lamenting its death for half a century. But Atlanticism has long been a convenient myth // Atlanticism has never had a very stable meaning. For one thing, the US and Europe have not always considered each other natural political partners. For most of American history, there hasn’t even been a unified “Europe” to partner with. [...] Advertisement

In 1973, Henry Kissinger, himself a transatlantic refugee, launched a “Year of Europe” tour to try to save the relationship in the name of containment, preventing the further growth of the Soviet Union. Speaking as Nixon’s national security adviser, he asked whether the Atlantic community could thrive as the memory of the second world war began to fade. As the “rigid divisions of the past two decades diminish, new assertions of national identity and national rivalry emerge”. He argued that Americans should continue to support European unity. “If we permit the Atlantic partnership to atrophy … we shall miss our historic opportunity for even greater achievement.”
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18 days ago by asterisk2a
A Music So Beautiful the Birds Fell from the Trees
How two exiled Sufi musicians returned to make traditional music in postwar Kabul, Afghanistan.
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21 days ago by gmisra

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