Terrorism, Opium and International Politics
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Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has backed out tomorrow's summit with President Hamid Karzai of Afganistan. Will Karzai have to go it alone against terrorists funded by the opium trade? Is Musharraf's action partly a snub to the United States? Also, the Olympic Games in Bejing begin one year from today and, on Reporter's Notebook, a San Francisco perspective on Barry Bonds, who last night broke Hank Aaron's home-run record.
Pakistani tribal leaders and political agents attend a meeting in Quetta, prior to departing for Kabul to attend the joint Pak-Afghan "jirga" in Afghanistan. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has pulled out of the council.
Photo: Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty Images
Countdown to the Beijing Olympic Games Begins ()
When the clocks counted down to 8pm in Tianamen Square, China marked exactly 12 months until the 2008 Olympic Games, that country's chance to show the world its rising political and economic power. Alan Abrahamson, who has covered the Olympics for the past eight years, is a staff writer with NBC Sports.com.
Poppies, Jihadis Stand in the Way of Progress in Afghanistan ()
At Camp David on Monday, with Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai by his side, President Bush warmly endorsed a "jirga," a traditional meeting to resolve disputes. Pakistan's President, Pervez Musharraf, had agreed to attend tomorrow's meeting in Kabul, but today declined, saying the press of business will keep him at home in Islamabad. Musharraf says he hopes lower-ranking officials can resolve issues between the two countries, but his withdrawal is seen as a snub to the United States. Bush and Karzai say al Qaeda in Pakistan is helping the Taliban stage a bloody resurgence, which is also fueled by a record crop of opium poppies. Will Karzai have to go it alone? Would legalizing poppy-production help ease the pressure. Can the "jirga" make a difference, without either Musharraf or the Taliban?
- Carlotta Gall: Correspondent, New York Times
- Marvin Weinbaum: Senior Scholar at the Middle East Institute
- Paul Fishstein: Executive Director of the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit
- Emmanuel Reinert: Executive Director of the Senlis Council
- Aziz Qarghah: Director, Afghan Health and Development Services
Bonds Breaks Aaron's Record ()
Last night, Barry Bonds did it before hometown fans, breaking Hank Aaron's long-standing record of 755 career home runs. Today's San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants' slugger achieved his record despite distractions and pressures. His personal trainer sits in prison for refusing to testify against him, Major League Baseball has a legal team investigating suspected steroid use, and a federal grand jury has targeted Bonds in a perjury probe. Chronicle sports columnist Scott Ostler has more on the record holder and his troubles.
- Scott Ostler: Sports Columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle
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