Commentaries, Evaluation, And Editorials — October 21, 2019


Afghan army soldiers, National Directorate of Safety intelligence officers, and a Panjshiri mujahideen commander greet every single other at the frontline in between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Panjshir on August 13, 2019. Christopher Jones

Christopher R. Jones, VOX: “America’s surrender”: What Afghans assume about US-Taliban peace talks

Lots of Afghans worry US-Taliban peace talks are coming at their personal expense.

KABUL, Afghanistan — At a time when America is vehemently divided politically, there is 1 policy that appears to have virtually unanimous help: ending the US war in Afghanistan. Poll just after poll shows that Americans across the political and social spectrum want the war to finish, and it is 1 of the couple of factors that President Donald Trump and almost every single 2020 Democratic candidate agree on.

But these who’ve fought against and lived below the Taliban think a US troop withdrawal now would come at the expense of Afghan peace tomorrow. I lately spent 3 weeks in Afghanistan speaking with government officials and citizens alike about their point of view on the existing US negotiations with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, to finish US involvement in the war.

And what I heard from almost everybody I spoke to — from academics in Kabul to mujahideen in the Panjshir Valley who fought against the Soviets in the 1980s — was a deep distrust of America’s target in the peace talks.

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Commentaries, Evaluation, And Editorials — October 21, 2019

Turkey’s Syria Policy Could Lead to Its Personal Destruction — Michael Rubin, National Interest

The Kurdistan Area of Iraq Is Struggling to Survive — Seth J. Frantzman, National Interest

Is ISIS Back? — Julianne Geiger,

Lebanon demands far more than just protests and outrage — Rainer Sollich, DW

Lebanon is experiencing a social revolution — Lina Khatib, Al Jazeera

Hong Kong locked in spiral of violence and chaos — Jimmy Yee, Asia Instances

How did Indonesia’s Jokowi and Prabowo go from enemies to greatest mates? — Max Walden and Erwin Renaldi, ABC News On-line

Slain student fuels ‘second revolution’ in Bangladesh — Sabria Chowdhury Balland, Asia Instances

In Congo, an Ebola survivor with a motorbike aids ease worry — Al-Hadji Kudra Maliro, AP

Greece’s half-miracle — Paul Taylor,

The Spanish constitutional settlement is in crisis — Javier Moreno Zacares, Al Jazeera

Bolivia election uncertainty: Evo Morales win or runoff? — Paola Flores and Carlos Valdez, AP

The U.S.-China Trade War Will not Finish Anytime Quickly — Christian Whiton, National Interest

Canada Sleepwalks Into the Future — Ryan Heath, Politico


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