The Future of Afghanistan

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The UN says it will take $28 billion to keep the world-s second-poorest country from regressing to chaos, but at this week-s conference of donor nations, Afghanistan will be lucky to get a third of that amount. As President Hamid Karzai links his country's survival to ending its massive opium trade, which could pry more money from western countries, regional warlords still control much of Afghanistan, and much-awaited elections have been postponed until September. What has Karzai-s government done for the lives of the Afghan people? Will the rest of the world help rebuild a troubled nation that could be a terrorist breeding ground? We get an update from an Afghan political activist, a former US Defense Department official and Afghanistan's ambassador to the UN, and get a progress report from Berlin from a political scientist attending the Berlin conference,
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Reuters story on today's attacks in Iraq

Afghanistan and the International Community, a Partnership for the Future

United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan

UN anti-drug chief calls for greater financial help for Afghanistan

OPEC's decision to limit oil production

Bush campaign

Kerry campaign



Warren Olney