Transaction? We call it a "bribe" here in Illinois.
I congratulate the LAT for bringing the matter up - but why so coy?
A Risk Managing Citizen-Retired Soldier, He Who Hunted Heads, A hoopy e-learning frood who is also a generative artist/teacher, A PMP'n Migratory Executive, A Running Dog Capitalist/Economist, A CSM who has had a Kipling Experience and an Author/Prop - Yummy as Krispy Kreme and as strong as Dunkin' Donuts Coffee!
Not quite the Chatanooga Choo-choo, but I sure hope they build this.
I remember when Tony Blair became a father while PM, oh what the hype was like - how about this?!
"OK, that's enough of this you two, now make nice."
An Afghan dry fruits seller cleans almonds in his shop, in Kabul, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007. Afghanistan is one of the leading producers of dried fruit & nuts in the world. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup) [thanks to e-ariana.com]
No matter what.
Terrible, awful, loathsome...I have started to run out of adjectives to describe this sort of thing.
This sucks for two reasons - Iran won't keep it's paws to itself, and it is setting up the Hazara, a picked upon minority, for more of the same old, same old. Damn.
"Spray? My fields? With what?!!!"
[photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images]
I rather imagined they would say "no", and they have.
India flexing it's humanitarian/aid muscles!
I suspect this will not turn out to be a good thing.
If the Taleban are fighting for Afghanistan - why do the Afghan people find themselves desperate to avoid them...? They could use some help too.
NEWS SOURCE OF THE WEEK
A Russian APC hulk at Bagram AF (photo by...Me!)
New Zealand Army = Afghan Tourism?
Photograph by : CanWest News Service
And not to forget the Canadians!
Oh no - I sure hope this works out peacefully.
This man has excellent qualifications - Columbia/Afghanistan? Sure!
EU, to the rescue?!
Economic and pricing news.
Water, water...hopefully everwhere!
An Afghan man looks on at U.S. Special Forces soldiers and International Security Assistance soldiers patrol, not seen, in Spawan Ghar, Panjwayi province, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007. Panjwayi district is the site of NATO's biggest ever ground battlefield. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) [via e-ariana.com]
Tribal Tribulations. Heh...Nice pun!
You're fired! Donald Trump? No, Hamid Karzai!
A govenor escapes...other innocents don't.
"Hey 'Prop. C'mon, it's time for our shift!"
Pack today - move tomorrow. I have no idea if I will be able to get at an internet connection, so you may note a shocking lack of posts. If possible, I will try to at least get the News up on Fridays.
Out for now.
P.S. If I canot get the news posted, try this site (which I have blogrolled recently).
Taliban and human shields.
Audits?! Of Government spending?!
Speaking of Canada...
Ah, it is good to see some complaints are universal.
I experienced the Afghan passion for sports, so this is unfortunate.
An outbreak in one of my old areas of operation. Argh.
"OK you two, knock it off and get along!"
[Richard Boucher, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Jan. 11, 2007. Pakistan's commitment to fighting terrorism is genuine and the country remains an important ally of the United State , Boucher said Thursday. The praise for Pakistan from Boucher comes at a time of heightened acrimony between Pakistan and Afghanistan over border incursions and alleged help that militants get from Pakistan. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)]Bollywood normally gets a warm reception in Afghanistan - not this time. [see this too, however].
Iran take advantage of tensions? Really?!
How to fund the Taliban? Pass the plate amongst the fanatical.
As if I didn't have enough reasons to hate Gulbuddin already!
Pakistan plans to lay the mines along its western border with Afghanistan
UN: "We'd rather you don't."
Transit and trade...please.
Pashtun tribesmen gather to protest against fencing plans on parts of the Pak-Afghan border at Chaman border (see here)
As I continue to nag all of you - Iran figures big into what happens in Afghanistan - for good or ill.
Fighting, down south.
Unleash the Poles and Croats!
And how about the Afghans?
FBI agents haul in a not-so-rare Chicago Bottom Feeder
You never write or call anymore!
Uh, no kidding.
Photos of Afghanistan Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.
photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images
Same old, same old from Mullah Omar
Remember, this is what the enemy is all about.
Someone doing great good for people that almost nobody will or can help? This man qualifies. And you can help him too.
photo: U.S. Army by Staff Sgt. Marcus J. Quarterman
Say, what will the zip code for Afghanistan be...?
All for one and one for all, right?
"Don't like our mine and fence idea? Tough!"
Huh...? Gulbuddin, you one crazy dude.
Ungood, plus ungood.
An old tradition continues.
Go here to watch a slideshow of an Afghan patrol.