March 27, 2010 |
On the dusty plains of Afghanistan, a surprising number of people are said to know the word "Nebraska." It began as a fluke in the early 1970s, when administrators at the University of Nebraska at Omaha launched the Center for Afghanistan Studies. They wanted to distinguish the school as an international institution, and no other university was studying the then-peaceful nation half a world away. As Afghanistan became a central battleground in the Cold War and then in the war against terrorism, the center -- and its gregarious, well-connected director, Thomas Gouttierre -- were fortuitously poised.
December 6, 2001 |
Peace has been dangled in front of Afghans and snatched away so many times that hope always comes with caution. Yet many here are daring to believe that war may finally be loosening its grip. Afghans have suffered with war for 23 years, and ordinary people tired of it long ago. But each time Afghan leaders and their foreign sponsors promised to end the fighting, brute self-interest won out. The difference now is that most of the world seems to be tired of Afghanistan's war too.
December 2, 2009
It's commonplace to hear Afghans describe a rush of mixed feelings when a Western military convoy roars past. They're glad for the protection from insurgents, but they don't want foreign soldiers in their homeland forever. So President Obama's pledge to send more troops now to fight the Taliban -- coupled with talk of an eventual pullout -- is a message that resonates with many here. Still, there are misgivings. Some Afghans fear that the U.S. strategy will prompt the Taliban to simply wait out the Western presence.
December 16, 2010 |
Along rutted streets in newly revitalized neighborhoods hang green, red, yellow and black banners commemorating Imam Hussein, the prophet Muhammad's grandson, whose death more than 1,300 years ago continues to forge the identity and fuel the grievances of Afghanistan's Shiite Muslims. For centuries, Shiites, most of them ethnic Hazaras with distinct East Asian facial features, were absent from public life, regarded as an economic underclass and the target of occasional pogroms by Sunni Pashtun-dominated governments.
September 8, 2004 |
Dr. Massouda Jalal walked up to the podium Tuesday, pulled a blue scarf tightly around her face, and launched into a speech outlining her vision for an Afghanistan where poverty has ended, every homeless person has a house, and war is a distant memory. Her speech officially opened the first day of the presidential campaign between President Hamid Karzai and 17 challengers.
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October 9, 2001 |
Abdul Rafie and his wife sat, mournful, giving up on a half-eaten lunch of kebabs. Safe in the heart of American suburbia, their thoughts went to a tortured land 11 time zones distant. Rafie has 50 relatives in Afghanistan, target of America's new bombing campaign. His wife, Afghani, has a couple dozen cousins back in their native nation. They've heard nothing from any of them.
November 13, 2002 |
At least one student was killed and five others injured after a protest against lack of food and electricity at Afghanistan's leading institution of higher learning. It was the first such demonstration against the new government since the Taliban regime was driven out of Kabul a year ago. The demonstration erupted at Kabul University on Monday night and lasted well into Tuesday.
November 13, 2002
The Pentagon's shift from bombing Afghanistan to rebuilding it recognizes that although much has been done to provide emergency food and shelter for Afghans, longer-lasting remedies are needed. Doubling to more than 300 the number of civil affairs troops dispatched to bases around the country would allow for the building of more roads, bridges and schools.
April 14, 2005 |
Despite growing concern here about the United States' influence in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai called Wednesday for a tighter bond between the two nations and possibly a permanent U.S. military presence. In a news conference with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld in Kabul, the capital, Karzai said Afghan citizens wanted a long-term relationship with the United States.
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September 27, 2003 |
Badi Badiozamani, one of the 135 people running for governor, has invited four of his fellow candidates to accompany him on a mission to Afghanistan, where they hope to share the lessons from the campaign trail with a country struggling to create democratic institutions. "I would like to tell them about the democracy we have, that ordinary people can run for any position," said Badiozamani, a nonpartisan candidate from San Diego who moved to America from Iran in the early 1980s.