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How Trump broke through the moralistic BS of American foreign policy

Today 06:06 GMT

This conflict between pursuing the good of the nation and the good of the world at large produces the moralistic muddle that is American foreign policy, with the U.S. constantly conflating what's good for itself with what's good for our allies with what's good for those in foreign countries suffering from poverty and oppression with what's good for the world as a whole.

It's in this one, limited respect that the presidency of Donald Trump, for all of the man's considerable faults, may well end up doing a bit of good — by forcing defenders of America's bipartisan foreign policy consensus to reflect critically on the foolishness that so often follows from their moralistic assumptions.

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Source: DW

Afghanistan: Taliban kills 'renowned communist' days before elections

Today 06:06 GMT

The Taliban militant group on Wednesday claimed responsibility for killing an Afghan parliamentary candidate and three of his advisers days before parliamentary elections.

Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. The Taliban are against elections in Afghanistan, describing them as a foreign political process imposed by Western nations in the wake of the US-led invasion in 2001.

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Source: BBC

Drought affecting Afghans 'more than war'

Wednesday 09:58 GMT

A deadly drought in Afghanistan is causing a humanitarian crisis that has displaced more people this year than the war between the government and the Taliban.

The UN says that this year, the drought has displaced more Afghans than even the conflict between the Taliban and the government. Qadir Assemy from the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) is helping co-ordinate the relief effort in Herat, which has seen an influx of people fleeing their homes.

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Source: DW

Afghanistan election: Can young candidates turn things around?

Tuesday 22:48 GMT

Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. "We don't have exact numbers, but according to an estimate, at least 60 to 65 percent of candidates running in the October 20 polls are below the age of 40," Zabi Sadat, a deputy spokesperson for Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission, told DW.

Samiullah Mahdi, a former journalist, believes it is high time the young generation in Afghanistan takes a lead in political affairs and turns things around.


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