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Decline and Stagnation: Why Rural Afghans are Staying Poor

Despite the influx of millions of foreign aid, rural communities across large parts of Afghanistan are getting poorer. A recent study by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit has investigated the factors that have crippled the situation in rural areas

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A Young Afghan Reaching Out to Those in Need

Project Amina is a project specifically designed to provide help for the distressed women and children in Afghanistan, especially widows and orphans. This project ensures the distribution of goods, such as food, blankets and clothing, to those in need. Project

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Should job-hogging over-50s all resign?

Too few jobs. Rising unemployment, especially for young people. Here’s a radical solution, says commentator on office and workplace life, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times (born 1959). Wasting time on the internet recently I came upon a nasty statistic.

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Cash flight out of Afghanistan

Will the country’s economy collapse as billions in aid money leave the country along with international security forces? There is a lot of concern about security in Afghanistan as international forces look to a 2014 drawdown. But few have given

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Slaves to the Smartphone

“THE SERVANT” (1963) is one of those films that it is impossible to forget—a merciless dissection of the relationship between a scheming valet (played by Dirk Bogarde) and his dissolute master (James Fox). The valet exploits his master’s weaknesses until

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Life in Iran–on-nuclear families

IT WAS the first time in 15 months that Iranian envoys had met the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany. Their talks in Istanbul on April 14th were cordial, though the sole agreement was to carry

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How military spending has changed in the past decade

WORLDWIDE military spending was flat in 2011 compared with the year before, according to data released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, a think-tank, but this masks some significant changes. America, Western Europe and Latin America, which between them make up

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Afghanistan’s Sectors Worth Investment

1. Agriculture and agriculture-related industries Agriculture is a fundamental means of livelihood in Afghanistan, generating 50% of the country’s GDP and supporting 85% of its people. The climate of Afghanistan is well suited for the cultivation of horticultural crops and

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Afghanistan’s Sectors Worth Investment

1. Agriculture and agriculture-related industries Agriculture is a fundamental means of livelihood in Afghanistan, generating 50% of the country’s GDP and supporting 85% of its people. The climate of Afghanistan is well suited for the cultivation of horticultural crops and

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Public-Private Partnerships for Health and Development

The health of people is intricately linked with the health of the global economy.  High mortality and morbidity rates in poorer countries drag down whole economies and have major trade, social, and health implications beyond a nation’s borders. New models

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Dialing down corruption in Afghanistan

Foreign Policy By Anjana Ravi and Eric Tyler  Last week, Afghan president Hamid Karzai surprised U.S. and coalition officials by announcing the creation of a special tribunal and prosecutor to seek redress for the almost two year old Kabul Bank

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Fixing Development Aid in Afghanistan

Written by: Abid Amiri Washington, DC – Tuesday, April 10, 2012   Recently in Washington there is a lot of talk about what’s gone wrong in Afghanistan. It is now considered the longest war in U.S. history. American public is

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The First Afghan Female Entrepreneur

In an Afghan capital scarred by years of war, a young Afghan woman has bet $1 million that her countrymen could use a little fun. Meena Rahmani, who has spent most of her life in Pakistan and Canada, returned to

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Afghan traders feel ethnic squeeze on fuel

Fuel traders in Afghanistan say they are being frozen out of the import business by suppliers in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, whom they accuse of favoring businessmen from their own ethnic groups. Some 70% of Afghanistan’s oil and natural gas is

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Clothing "downsizing"

ONE of the many mysteries surrounding the female sex is that a woman who weighs roughly the same as she did 20 or more years ago now wears smaller-sized clothes than she used to. The explanation is “size inflation”: clothes

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Clothing “downsizing”

ONE of the many mysteries surrounding the female sex is that a woman who weighs roughly the same as she did 20 or more years ago now wears smaller-sized clothes than she used to. The explanation is “size inflation”: clothes

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The Plight of Millennials

The future of work in advanced economies remains uncertain, as global unemployment rates remain high. Approximately 40 million workers across advanced economies are unemployed and with many nations still struggling to recover from the most recent recession while facing the

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Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is also Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. From 2002 to 2006,

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Foreign troop withdrawal, fear about impact of Afghan economy

President Obama’s announcement of troop withdrawal in 2014 has given rise to grave concerns about the future of the Afghan economy. Afghan and American officials fear that the pull back of American and other foreign forces will send the already

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Adam Smith

Why Adam Smith is important Adam Smith (1723-1790) was a Scottish philosopher and economist who is best known as the author of An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth Of Nations (1776), one of the most influential

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Love the One You’re With?

David White took this lovely photo in Jerusalem on February 9.  Have you ever seen a happier donkey? Yes, it is scraggly and looks goofy with its ears all askew, but it feels loved.  (Or, it has a full tummy.

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