Afghanistan Readies for Its First Presidential Election

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With 18 candidates on the campaign trail, in less than a month more than ten million men and women will cast their votes in Afghanistan's first-ever presidential election. While the vote is seen as part of the nation-building process that President Bush has praised, many people, including Afghans, wonder whether the country is ready for this kind of test. How will the volatile security situation affect a process that has already been postponed once? With much of the country still run by warlords, will back-room deals decide the victor? What are the implications for the current interim President, who has been supported by the US? Guest host Sara Terry gets perspective from journalists in Kabul, an Afghan policy researcher, women's-rights advocates, experts in reconstruction and a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
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Guest host Sara Terry is an award-winning writer and photographer, who has written for the Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, Fast Company, Rolling Stone and the Boston Globe. Her photo-documentary project, Aftermath: Bosnia's Long Road to Peace, will be published in September, 2005. Blogs mentioned in our 'Reporter's Notebook' section:

Jerusalem Post article on Israeli cabinet's approval to issue settler compensation

Afghanistan, Islamic Traditional State of

US Government on rebuilding Afghanistan

60 Minutes segment on President Bush's National Guard duty

Columbia Journalism Review's Blog Report

Kitty Kelly's The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty

Swift Boat Veterans for Truth



Warren Olney