FROM Matthew Green
Monsoon Flooding Creates Humanitarian Crisis in Pakistan Pakistan's worst floods in more than a century have left three million people homeless. Among the hardest-hit places is the Swat Valley, where two million people were driven away last year by fighting between government forces and the Taliban. That's according to Matthew Green who's currently in Islamabad for the Financial Times .
Hamid Karzai Declared Afghan President Again With Abdullah Abdullah out of the run-off election, Hamid Karzai has been declared re-elected as President of Afghanistan. In Kabul, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has offered congratulations , at the same time saying it's now up to Karzai to demonstrate his government's credibility to the international community and to his own people.
Hamid Karzai Declared Afghan President Again With Abdullah Abdullah out of the run-off election, Hamid Karzai has been declared re-elected as President of Afghanistan. In Kabul, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has offered congratulations , at the same time saying it's now up to Karzai to demonstrate his government's credibility to the international community and to his own people. How will the results influence the Obama Administration, which has been waiting to establish a "credible partner" in Afghanistan, before deciding whether to send more troops?
Afghanistan, US Troops and the Run-off Election President Hamid Karzai insisted that his re-election was fair and square. He agreed to a run-off only after heavy pressure from the US and other countries, citing evidence of massive election fraud. Sending more US troops to Afghanistan now depends on the political culture of a country famous for incompetence and corruption. The White House wants a “credible” partner, and today the United Nations announced that more than half of Afghanistan's election officials are being fired. Will that guarantee free and fair voting next time around? Will there be protection against the Taliban for those brave enough to go back to the polls? Will the outcome earn the public support that's needed for General Stanley McChrystal's strategy of counter-insurgency? With Barack Obama on the verge of decisions that could define his presidency, what lessons can be learned from America's history in Vietnam?
UN-Backed Commission Says Karzai Failed to Win Re-election A United Nations-backed commission says Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai failed to win re-election , but Karzai himself is reportedly furious over the prospect of a run-off election. President Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel says a credible government is key to any increase in American troops. Matthew Green is Afghanistan and Pakistan correspondent for the Financial Times .
Rwanda and the Strife in the Democratic Republic of Congo After the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, world leaders said they'd never let it happen again. But another humanitarian disaster is taking shape in Rwanda's neighbor. The Democratic Republic of Congo, a country the size of Western Europe, is rich in minerals but desperately poor in infrastructure. More than a million people are already displaced, and 250,000 civilians have fled their homes during weeks of violence. Government forces, rebels, rival tribes and UN peace-keepers all are part of the story. The Financial Times ' Matthew Green is in Goma in the eastern part of the country.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?