The Road to Bamiyan: A Public Works Debacle that Defines Afghanistan

The Road to Bamiyan: A Public Works Debacle that Defines Afghanistan
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It was to be a symbol of reconstructed Afghanistan: a paved highway from Kabul to the beautiful valley of Bamiyan. Construction has long been underway, but the project may never be completed -- a victim of the realities in present-day Afghanistan. By Jochen-Martin Gutsch more... Comment ]



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Germany's Disarmed Forces Ramshackle Military at Odds with Global Aspirations

Germany's Disarmed Forces: Ramshackle Military at Odds with Global Aspirations

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The Caliphate Next Door Turkey Faces Up to its Islamic State Problem

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Interview with Ebola Discoverer Peter Piot: 'It Is What People Call a Perfect Storm'

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The Syrian Front Waiting to Die in Aleppo

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German Central Bank Head Weidmann 'The Euro Crisis Is Not Yet Behind Us'

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