Henry Mortimer Durand takes a lot of hits in modern days. The line he negotiated between the government of Afghan Amir Abdur Rahman Khan and the British Raj in India split the Pashtun people in two, leaving one ungovernable half in Pakistan, and their equally tempestuous cousins in Afghanistan.
Pashtuns here, and Pashtuns there, [...]
It cannot have escaped the attention of the casual observer that the US economy is in something of a shambles. Although the recession officially ended in June 2009, persistent jobless rates hovering around a historically high level of 9% have caught the attention of the workforce, economists and politicians. Each of whom, it must [...]
Tehran is in deep, public denial over implications that its nuclear program is being deliberately sabotaged:
On Monday, Isfahan residents reported a blast that shook tower blocks in the city at about 2.40pm and seeing a cloud of smoke rising over the nuclear facility on the edge of the city.
“This caused damage to [...]
That’s the optimistic take from the WSJ on the latest deadly clash on Pakistan’s border:
The investigation may clear up what happened but it won’t address the root of the problem. Pakistan continues to play both sides in this conflict. The military accepts billions of dollars in U.S. aid and fights some terror groups.Since [...]
Back in the days when it was a discussion worth having, some critics of feminizing the US armed services worried that sexual tensions and jealousies might adversely affect unit cohesion. Others worried about privacy in the field, special needs, and the value added from a strictly military perspective. Still others worried – albeit less [...]
The tribulations of the F-35 program in the current fiscal environment is shaking the investment plans of an old ally: The UK’s National Audit Office reveals that the only reasons government preserved two aircraft carriers in “extended availability” were to preserve “diplomatic and commercial sensitivities”.
If DoD cancels the F-35C in favor of more [...]
One of the hidden reasons used to prevent the Medal of Honor from being awarded to living recipients is that the story is not quite ended. When a man rolls on a grenade, he saves the lives of his team at the cost of his own, in certain knowledge of immediate death. Greater love [...]