By Imad Zafar Published: September 27, 2019 Tweet Email Afghans listen to speeches during the final campaign rally for Abdullah Abdullah. PHOTO: AFP Amidst growing fears of violence during the elections, the people of Afghanistan will head to the polls September 28th to decide their future president. A country which has been riddled with war, tenuous stalemates, and terror since the Soviet invasion, finds itself having to now contend with an uncertain future because of the resurgence of the Taliban. The knife’s edge on which Afghanistan is precariously balancing at the moment received another shock recently when talks between the United States (US) and the Taliban collapsed. Donald Trump’s pledge to pull US troops out of Afghanistan seems to have fallen by the wayside, and Afghanistan desperately need a leader who can steer them through these uncertain times. Additionally, a development which will only further complicate the elections is the call by the … [Read more...] about Who will emerge on top after Afghanistan’s elections?
Cara Anna and Tameem Akhgar Associated Press Published 4:49 PM EDT Aug 9, 2019 Kabul, Afghanistan – Afghanistan faces a presidential election next month but few believe the vote will take place as the United States and the Taliban inch closer to a deal that could end the nearly 18-year war but bring uncertainty about almost everything else. Few candidates – 18 are running for the country’s top job – have openly campaigned after the Taliban last week attacked the office of President Ashraf Ghani’s running mate on opening day of the campaign, killing at least 20 people. Amrullah Saleh, known for his fierce anti-Taliban stance, was unharmed. This week, the Taliban declared the election a “sham” and warned fellow Afghans to stay away from campaign rallies and from the polls, saying such gatherings could be targeted. A day later, a Taliban car bomb aimed at Afghan security forces ripped through a Kabul neighborhood, killing 14 people and … [Read more...] about Afghanistan election in doubt as U.S., Taliban near deal
Cara Anna and Tameem Akhgar, Associated Press Updated 6:11 am PDT, Friday, August 9, 2019 Afghan men rides cycle past an election hoarding of a presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani in Kabul,Afghanistan Friday, Aug. 9, 2019.Afghanistan faces a presidential election next month but few believe the vote will take place as the United States and the Taliban inch closer to a deal that could end the nearly 18-year war but bring uncertainty about almost everything else. less Afghan men rides cycle past an election hoarding of a presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani in Kabul,Afghanistan Friday, Aug. 9, 2019.Afghanistan faces a presidential election next month but few believe the vote ... more Photo: Nishanuddin Khan, AP Photo: Nishanuddin Khan, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 … [Read more...] about Afghanistan election in doubt as US, Taliban near deal
Twitter and Facebook both announced action against malicious accounts originating from Iran, Russia, and Venezuela on Thursday. They accused the banned accounts of spreading disinformation in an effort to influence the 2018 midterm elections, among other political objectives. According to the Washington Post on Thursday, Twitter banned thousands of malicious accounts. The somewhat surprising news is that most of them came from Iran. 418 of the suspicious users were sourced to Russia, and 764 to Venezuela, while over 2,600 of them were linked to an Iranian influence campaign first detected in 2018. Twitter noted that the Iranian government blocks its service but many Iranians are able to evade the block by using virtual private networks.The Washington Post said that roughly a third of the Iranian accounts posted tweets in English and only a “small fraction” of them were related to the U.S. midterm election. The Venezuelan accounts were far more active, pumping out some … [Read more...] about Twitter and Facebook Ban Election Meddling Accounts from Iran, Russia, Venezuela
Kabul, Afghanistan -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Monday the Taliban should "enter serious talks" with his government, as both the Taliban and Washington's top envoy touted significant progress during unprecedented negotiations in Qatar last week. A months-long diplomatic push by the United States to get the Taliban to talk to Kabul culminated in six days of meetings between the U.S. and the insurgents in Doha, but the Taliban have long refused to negotiate with the government of Afghanistan to end the 17-year conflict, branding them as "puppets." Even while engaging in the talks with the U.S., the militants have continued to stage deadly attacks on Afghan security forces. "I call on the Taliban to... show their Afghan will, and accept Afghans' demand for peace, and enter serious talks with the Afghan government," Ghani said in a nationally televised address from the presidential palace in Kabul.Both the Taliban and the U.S. cited "progress" over the weekend, and the U.S. envoy … [Read more...] about US and Taliban “draft” framework for Afghanistan peace deal on ceasefire and withdrawal as President Ghani calls for talks