Afghanistan Elections 2010

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Election day 2010 in Afghanistan was dominated by spotty turnout, fake voter cards, and some feisty voters. Afghanistan's election 2010 yielded reports of intimidation in unstable regions. Already in the first hour of voting the observers from the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan reported 224 "serious acts of intimidation" and this continued throughout the day. So, what has the NATO presence if Afghanistan archived?

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Pine Nut Truce Brokers Temporary Peace in Afghanistan

Green Prophet

Some say all is fair in love and war , but for guerrilla warfare between the Taliban and Haqqani in Afghanistan, there are limits. Browned and sprinkled over hummous and Middle East dishes, in the Paktika Province of Afghanistan, near its border with Pakistan, insurgents put down their guns so the able bodied can collect the pine cones, which house the little nuts. Travel & Nature Afghanistan conflict nature PakistanTaliban holds fire thanks to tooth-sized nut.

Afghanistan’s Traditional Irrigation Network Gets Green Upgrade

Green Prophet

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization is boosting its technical support for rehabilitation of Afghanistan ‘s dilapidated traditional irrigation systems, in a bid to help farmers increase crop production. This comes after decades of war in Afghanistan and migration away from rural areas have contributed to the degradation and neglect of the country’s irrigation system. It directly affects the food security situation in Afghanistan,” said Steduto. :: FAO.

Afghanistan’s Opium Protected by Taliban and Fuelling World’s Heroin Supply

Green Prophet

There are many ways to fund terror, and one way is by consuming opium or heroin: Opium production in Afghanistan is seeing record increases for the third year straight, reports the United Nations. Afghanistan is currently the world’s largest producer of opium, and it supplies about 75 percent of the global market. Food & Health Afghanistan conflict Helmand Kandahar sustainable farming Taliban terror

Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan among the world’s hungriest countries (UN report)

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In Afghanistan, 3.6 Yemen — Village in the Manakhah District of the Sana’a Governorate in the Haraz Mountains. Some 41 countries continue to be in need of external assistance for food, with conflicts acting as the primary cause of high levels of food insecurity and adverse weather conditions – particularly rainfall shortages in Africa – acutely affecting food availability and access for millions of people, a quarterly report by the United Nations says.

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Bling for Books: Angelina Jolie Opens School in Afghanistan

Green Prophet

Angelina Jolie funds girls’ schools in Afghanistan with the proceeds of her luxury jewelry line. In 2010, she opened her first school in eastern Afghanistan, according to the UNCHR. Procop’s website says the “first funds from our collaboration together have been dedicated to the Education Partnership for Children in Conflict (founded by Jolie) to build a school in Afghanistan.”

Analysis: Could the Afghan crisis derail climate action?

A Greener Life

The crisis in Afghanistan reached a new peak this month when the US officially withdrew its forces from the country. analysis Asia climate change conflicts COP26 Geopolitics International Politics US politics Afghanistan climate action climate impacts security Taliban US war

Afghanistan to back Pakistan if the would be a war with the U.S.

Green (Living) Review

Afghanistan would support Pakistan in case of military conflict between Pakistan and the United States, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in an interview to a private Pakistani TV channel broadcast on Saturday. God forbid, if ever there is a war between Pakistan and America, Afghanistan will side with Pakistan,” he said in the interview to Geo television. “If If Pakistan is attacked and if the people of Pakistan needs Afghanistan's help, Afghanistan will be there with you.”

Can Afghanistan’s First National Park Signal Green Hope in a War Torn Land?

Eco Friendly Daily

Afghanistan’s National Environment Protection Agency denominated Band-e-Amir as the nation’s first national park. The lakes lie in Central Afghanistan near the location of the Buddhas of Bamyan. It is a park created for Afghans, by Afghans, for the new Afghanistan. Band-e-Amir will be Afghanistan’s first national park and sets the precedent for a future national park system.”

Burning of Quran by Florida pastor causes uprisings in Afghanistan

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) But, says pastor's colleague, it is the Muslims' fault not ours. We put the Quran on trial and condemned it to be burned. Sorry, they put a book on trial? They are out of their tiny little minds, it would appear, and appear to be in need of some serious help. What planet are Terry Jones and his ilk are actually on? And calling them pastors, let alone Reverends, definitely does not compute and would be giving the wrong signals.

The hijab is the bombshell sportswear in this Afghan gym

Green Prophet

Women work out in a concealed gym in Afghanistan. While some women may dream of going to a post-workout Starbucks in Lululemon hot pink workout pants – in Afghanistan women are fighting for the right to work out at all. So times are changing, even in Afghanistan.

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Landmine detection using lasers and engineered glow bacteria

Green Prophet

Green Tech and Gadgets Afghanistan Bedouin bioengineering conflict Israel landmines SinaiGlow bacteria activated to sniff out nitrogen oxide, a gas emitted from old landmines. Buried landmines left and forgotten from wars and conflict of the past maim women, children and men alike.

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Skateistan Skateboarding School for Girls Surrounded by War

Green Prophet

The Skateistan skateboarding school first established in Kabul shelters girls and street kids from Afghanistan’s harsh realities. Many do-gooders go to countries like Afghanistan, where culture prohibits girls from certain activities common in the west, in an effort to save them, but Australian skater Oliver Percovich took his mission one step further by consulting with the local community and government to establish a facility that fits in with the prevailing cultural ethos.

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Massoud Hassani Turns Childhood Toy into Wind-Powered Mine Sweepers

Green Prophet

There are more land mines in Afghanistan than there are people, so Massoud Hassani turned a childhood toy into an extraordinary wind-powered bamboo mine sweeper that destroys and tracks them. Massoud Hassani recalls on his personal blog childhood memories of making wind-powered toys and chasing after them in areas of Afghanistan that were pocked with destructive land mines.

She’s Making Graffiti at the Most Dangerous Place on Earth (PHOTOS)

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She says on her website, “Children in Afghanistan are often forgotten by their families or just left as victims to fiend for themselves so I wanted to capture their pain in the sculpture. ” Thirty years of war following the 1979 Soviet invasion sent Afghanistan’s art scene into hibernation. Her longterm goal is to travel throughout Afghanistan, conducting workshops, introducing future artists to drawing, painting, sculpting and graffiti.

2013 87

Policemen Blast Afghan Boys While Fishing

Green Prophet

Fishing with grenades might sound like a strange way to have fun, but it is common practice in Afghanistan, Qasim Hamayoun, an official with the National Environmental Protection Agency, told the paper. Sometimes people will use electricity to stun their dinner - I’ve seen men fish with live wires in remote Vietnamese villages, so this crude technique is not restricted to Afghanistan. Map of Afghanistan , Shutterstock. Travel Afghanistan fishing travel

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Afghans for Afghans: Crafting a Cultural Connection

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The knitted or crocheted blanket we call an afghan turns out to be named for the folks in Afghanistan. “Afghan” first appeared in English usage in the late 1700′s as a name for the Pashtuns of eastern and southern Afghanistan. Afghans for Afghans is one of the most famous: a humanitarian project that sends handknit and crocheted goods to the good people of Afghanistan. Fashion & Design activism Afghanistan humanitarian aid knitting recycling wool

Earth Day 2013 Recap: Picnic Superlatives

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to Kabul, Afghanistan, over 12,000 nature-lovers threw down picnic blankets and celebrated Earth Day outdoors with good food and great company. Most Exotic Picnic: Kabul, Afghanistan. We have to admit, we were pretty excited when we got word that the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan was planning an Embassy-wide community picnic and plant sale. A huge Earth Day thank you to everyone who participated and made Picnic for Earth a worldwide celebration.

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Afghanis Prepare for Food Crisis

Green Prophet

Afghanistan is likely to face a significant food shortage in the coming months, following poor rains which have affected this season’s wheat crop. The harvest season runs from May to late August, but according to the US Agency for International Development’s Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET), most of Afghanistan received inadequate or ill-timed rain and snow this year, which will lead to heavy losses as almost all wheat production is rain-fed. Afghanistan produced 4.5

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Bin Laden is Dead – Will the Environment Benefit?

Green Prophet

Business & Politics Afghanistan conflict Saudi ArabiaKilled in a hide-out in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden’s body will be transferred to America. United States President Barack Obama has confirmed that al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is dead. Bin Laden was killed in a hide-out in Pakistan, north of Islamabad, according to the White House. The Jihadi terrorist was the mastermind of the Trade Tower bombings on September, 11, 2001.

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Jewelry by Pippa Small: Impactful and Joyous (in More Ways than Just Aesthetically)

Eco Chic

And the designer doesn’t just have an eye for style, she works with what is the world’s 1st registered Fairtrade gold mine in Bolivia , and partnered with Afghanistan-based charity Turtle Mountain , which is working to regenerate the country’s traditional arts. ” Creative Arts Fair Fashion Featured afghanistan bolivia british charity cocktail ring earrings fairtrade gold Jewelry necklace

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At least no one said 'Canada'

Environmental Economics

In fairness, the vast majority of students named Iraq and Afghanistan (Aphganistan, Afganistan, Afganastan, Aphgan). I randomly take attendance in my Intro class (for exam bonus points).    Today, to record attendance, and for fun, under the guise of 'current events are important,' I asked the class to put their name on a sheet of paper and list three countries in which the U.S. has active military engagements--that is, fighting. 

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Designer creates 'Mine Sweeper' that's powered by wind


In Afghanistan, the number of mines amount to thousands, posing a hazard to soldiers and ordinary folk alike. Growing up in Afghanistan, Hassani witnessed an incident where local boys were injured by a landmine after the toys they were playing with blew towards the mined area. Afghanistan is a country long affected by war. Hassani’s design will hopefully aid in this removal and some day in the future, we may see Afghanistan finally being landmine free. Please login.

2012 74

Ecological unequal exchange is helping Europe maintain its leading role, greenhouse gases and overconsumption

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“To secure future oil imports USA is now using “force to reassert dominance” via “state terror and coercion” in Afghanistan and Iraq.&#. To secure future oil imports USA is now using “force to reassert dominance” via “state terror and coercion” in Afghanistan and Iraq. Ecological unequal exchange, or the zero-sum model, can help us understand many things about the world’s international trade, political order and environmental degradation.

Q: Why do all of the businesses in Westview fail?

Environmental Economics

Instead of buying the comic low and selling high (and what would make a more inelastic demand than trying to complete a comic book collection for your military son who is in Afghanistan?) A: They don't maximize profits. I was hoping that was an April Fool's joke but it is too consistent with the strip to be one. Today's strip proves me right (it wasn't a joke).

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Accountability of People, Politicians, Corporations and Countries for War Crimes and Climate Crimes

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Global Warming 300 ppm 350 ppm Afghanistan Australia Canada climate change climate crimes Climate Genocide EU Gaza governments Israel Nato Palestine Palestinian Genocide Peter Doherty UK UN USA war crimes worldPhoto credit: andriux-uk. Top climate scientists in the top scientific journal Nature recently stated that we have exceeded crucial planetary boundaries beyond which we are at high risk of unacceptable environmental change.

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Most Islamist terror plots in UK “homegrown”

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) So, remind us again, please, Mr. Prime Minister, why our troops are in Afghanistan? The fairy tale that the British forces are in Afghanistan being so that the British people can be safe on their streets is beginning to wear thin, especially when findings such as this come along. The truth for the military presence in Afghanistan is entirely different to what we are being force fed by the powers-that-be.

2010 117

Afghan Women’s Cycling Team Is Working All Gears

Green Prophet

” A group of women in the mountains of Afghanistan, who likely never read his strip, don’t agree. She made her first trip to Afghanistan in 2008. Inspired, she spent the past winter fundraising and returned to Afghanistan last month to distribute 40 duffel bags stuffed with tools, bike seats and jerseys. Afghanistan has 45 licensed female cyclists, according to the International Cycling Union (ICU).

Native Americans: They're Illegal Immigrants, Essentially

Green (Living) Review

Many ordinary Americans also suffer from the same or similar lack of knowledge as could be seen when the US embarked on its illegal war in Afghanistan. It was only good that the military leaders knew where the country was and could, more or less, read a map otherwise it might be Germany which would be under constant drone attacks, for that is where many placed Afghanistan.

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Afghan elections 2009 – Fraud and intimidation

Green (Living) Review

We are not talking democracy in a country like Afghanistan. Afghanistan has always been a problem, if we want to put it that way, and is a very fractured place due to the varying tribes and groups of peoples with the Pashtuns, aka the Pathans, having been, due to their warrior nature, being more often than not he dominant group and been running the country. Afghanistan is a feudal society and will remain such for many years and more than likely decades to come.

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Over 75 Nationalities Can Now Apply for an Egypt Visa Online

Green Prophet

This is dependent on the traveler having a confirmed ticket for onward travel and does not apply to passport holders from Afghanistan, Lebanon, Palestine, or the Philippines. .

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The murder of the Taliban leader by US drone strike in Pakistan

Green (Living) Review

The United States has no wish to bring the Taliban to any negotiating table to create peace, neither in Pakistan nor in Afghanistan, as it would not benefit them and their war on terror. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) November 2013 : The murder of the Taliban leader by US drone strike in Pakistan, on Friday, November 1, 2013, on the eve of peace talks between the government of Pakistan and the Taliban can have had only one aim; to scuttle the talks.

Karzai seizes control of election watchdog

Green (Living) Review

The USA, and Britain especially, in the person of Gordon Brown, are talking that we must allow the Afganization of the process in Afghanistan and this seems the way it is going to go. The problem is that Afghanistan is totally different and western democratic systems are alien to their ways. Either the job in Afghanistan is to bring peace, stability and democracy to the country or it is not. So, what are we really doing in Afghanistan?

2010 109

The joke that is the Afghan elections

Green (Living) Review

US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, stated that it would make no difference to the validity of the election even if there be just one candidate, namely the current president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai. Why are we in Afghanistan? That question is probably in many a mind for it is obvious that it has absolutely nothing to do with fighting Islamist world terrorism for the Taliban have no interest outside Afghanistan.

2009 109

Dare to ride your bike in solidarity with Afghan women?

Green Prophet

The Global Ride for Solidarity coming up this weekend is designed to catalyze a new cultural paradigm in the country, one that finds riding a bicycle in Afghanistan as normal as walking. American National Geographic Adventurer and Afghan Cycles Producer Shannon Galpin has spent the last seven years working in Afghanistan, driven it seems by a powerful conviction that bicycles can be used as a conduit for social change and justice – particularly for young girls and women.

2014 84

Waste in U.S. Afghan aid seen at billions of dollars

Green (Living) Review

efforts to rebuild – oh, is that what it's being called – Afghanistan while fighting al Qaeda and the Taliban may have cost the American taxpayers billions of dollars, special investigator have said. Arnold Fields, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, said the cost of U.S. auditors have described as a giant, poorly coordinated aid effort that has sunk some $56 billion into Afghanistan since 2002.

2011 109

Charity begins at home

Green (Living) Review

Libya is not our business and neither is Afghanistan and especially not drought and hunger in Africa, e.g. Somalia or wherever. Neither does the government have any business being involved in a conflict that we have created by invading the various countries, such as Iraq and Afghanistan. There is no threat to the realm coming from those tinpot outfits over there and if then the defense of the realm begins in the territorial waters and not in Iraq and Afghanistan.

2011 109

Daily Demand and Supply: The war on drugs

Environmental Economics

researchers reviewed drug supply in the United States, Europe and Australia and drug production in regions such as Latin America, Afghanistan and Southeast Asia. The global war on drugs is failing, new research suggests, as the price of heroin, cocaine and cannabis has fallen while their purity has increased. Using seven sets of government drug surveillance data, a team of Canadian and U.S.

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World’s Largest Quran is Bound With the Skin of 21 Goats

Green Prophet

A master calligrapher has lovingly unveiled the world’s largest Quran in Kabul, Afghanistan, according to a Reuters report released last week. Pine Nut Truce Brokers Temporary Peace in Afghanistan. For Mohammad Sabir Khedri, compiling the pages of this enormous and intricately detaied holy book was a 5 year labor of love. The giant holy book measures 7.5 feet, weighs over 1,000 pounds, and cost half a million US dollars to put together.

2012 76

US Army's mammoth spy blimp readies for debut


The missile-armed and highly computerized airship of Air Force by the name Blue Devil 2 was to be tested in Afghanistan. The theater in all probabilities is likely to be Afghanistan. Brown says that the LEMV can help assist the army in removing the gear and weapons from Afghanistan at the time the U.S. The alternative becomes all the more attractive as Pakistan has imposed a blockade on all the roads into Afghanistan.

Israeli WaterGen gadget pulls drinking water from thin air

Green Prophet

From there, it has also received attention from the US, French and UK militaries; which have been looking for a more economical way to provide fresh water to troops stationed in desert locations like Iraq, North Africa and Afghanistan, where transported drinking water can cost anywhere from $15 to $17 a gallon. Finding ways to augment supplies of fresh drinking water have been around for years.

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OP ED: Do We Really Need To Send Rich People Into Space?

Green Prophet

Will it stem the violence in Afghanistan , Iraq, or Syria ? At this time of economic and ecological uncertainty, can we really justify $200,000 adrenalin hits for the rich? In 2010, according to the World Hunger Organization , 925 million of our fellow human beings went hungry. Meanwhile, untold millions (billions?) of US dollars are being spent to develop the Virgin Galactic Spaceship, of which the BBC has been given an exclusive first glance.

“Sniper in Helmand”, the book the MOD tried to stop, has been published

Green (Living) Review

Pen and Sword Books Launch New Title “Sniper in Helmand” - the Book That the MOD Tried to Stop Being Published by Michael Smith (Veshengro) “Sniper in Helmand” is a thrilling action-packed, yet very human, account of both front line service in the intense Afghanistan war and first-hand sniper action.

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