December 17, 2014, Truthdig: There is a pattern emerging in my Facebook feed this week. One group of friends has been posting stories of police brutality and protests accompanied by personal statements of outrage. Another group has been remarking on the disgusting revelations from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA torture report and the need for accountability.
December 16, 2014, The Hill: The war in Afghanistan has cost the United States nearly 1 trillion USD, according to a report published Monday. The calculation was by the Financial Times and independent researchers. They found that the war has cost nearly 1 trillion USD, and that most of that was spent under President Obama, who escalated the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan upon taking office.
December 15, 2014, The Killid Group: The Ashraf Ghani government’s failure to restore investor confidence by announcing a cabinet and ending political uncertainty has worsened fears of insecurity. With no clear end to the grave economic crisis in the country, millions of jobless Afghans face a bleak future. The National Labour Union (NLU) estimates there are 12 million unemployed. Maroof Qaderi, the chairman, accuses the government of failing people.
December 14, 2014, AFP: Taliban insurgents killed at least 20 people in a series of gun and suicide attacks in Afghanistan on Saturday, underlining worsening security as US-led NATO forces end their combat mission in the country. A suicide blast wrecked an Afghan military bus in Kabul, killing seven soldiers, while a senior court official was assassinated in the city and 12 Afghan mine clearance workers were gunned down in the south.
December 13, 2014, Los Angeles Times: Taliban fighters shot dead at least 12 workers clearing mines Saturday in southern Afghanistan, authorities said, part of a series of attacks that saw two U.S. troops killed and a top Afghan court official gunned down. Security in the capital, Kabul, has been stepped up as the Taliban have warned that attacks will continue as most foreign troops prepare to withdraw at the end of the month...