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May 16, 2011

Analysis: Fearing power vacuum, Russia cozies up to Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) – Still haunted by its own disastrous war in Afghanistan, Russia is tiptoeing back into Kabul’s affairs ahead of a gradual withdrawal of NATO troops that could leave a dangerous power vacuum in what was once a traditional sphere of influence.

Moscow has refused to send troops to the war, which is becomingly increasingly unpopular as it drags into its 10th year, but it has backed drug raids, and increased support for NATO and local forces. It has also showed interest in business deals as it vies to boost its clout in Afghanistan.

May 16, 2011

Russian veteran warns of “unsolvable” Afghan

RUZA, Russia (Reuters) – Violence will erupt in Afghanistan once NATO-led forces complete their planned pullout, repeating the aftermath following the Soviet exit, the head of Russia’s Union of Afghan Veterans said in an interview.

Moscow is still haunted by its own disastrous, decade-long war in Afghanistan, where some 15,000 Soviet soldiers died fighting mujahideen insurgents before pulling out in 1989.

May 16, 2011

Fearing power vacuum, Russia cosies up to Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) – Still haunted by its own disastrous war in Afghanistan, Russia is tiptoeing back into Kabul’s affairs ahead of a gradual withdrawal of NATO troops that could leave a dangerous power vacuum in what was once a traditional sphere of influence.

Moscow has refused to send troops to the war, which is becomingly increasingly unpopular as it drags into its 10th year, but it has backed drug raids, and increased support for NATO and local forces. It has also showed interest in business deals as it vies to boost its clout in Afghanistan.

May 15, 2011

Afghan peace plan needs better explanation: Kerry

KABUL (Reuters) – Reconciliation efforts between the Taliban and the Afghan government lack clarity and need more explanation, U.S. Senator John Kerry said on Sunday, two months before Washington plans to begin a gradual troop drawdown.

Washington and NATO have backed a peace plan by Kabul that includes reintegrating mid-level Taliban fighters and reconciling with some leaders after nearly 10 years of fighting in an increasingly unpopular war.

May 15, 2011

Russian veteran warns of “unsolvable” Afghan violence

RUZA, Russia (Reuters) – Violence will erupt in Afghanistan once NATO-led forces complete their planned pullout, repeating the aftermath following the Soviet exit, the head of Russia’s Union of Afghan Veterans said in an interview.

Moscow is still haunted by its own disastrous, decade-long war in Afghanistan, where some 15,000 Soviet soldiers died fighting mujahideen insurgents before pulling out in 1989.

May 13, 2011

Outsiders should not decide Afghan affairs – Manmohan Singh

KABUL (Reuters) – India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, backing Kabul’s peace plan to reconcile with Taliban-led insurgents, urged Afghanistan on Friday to shake off outside “coercion”, while at the same time seeking to boost India’s waning influence.

Singh’s strong words to a session of the Afghan parliament come at the end of a two-day visit to Kabul aimed at renewing Indian ties with Afghanistan, where New Delhi has been jockeying for influence to counter historical rival Pakistan.

May 13, 2011

Outsiders should not decide Afghan affairs-India PM

KABUL, May 13 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh, backing Kabul’s peace plan to reconcile with Taliban-led
insurgents, urged Afghanistan on Friday to shake off outside
“coercion”, while at the same time seeking to boost India’s
waning influence.

Singh’s strong words to a session of the Afghan parliament
come at the end of a two-day visit to Kabul aimed at renewing
Indian ties with Afghanistan, where New Delhi has been jockeying
for influence to counter historical rival Pakistan.

May 12, 2011

PM Singh says backs Afghan peace plan

KABUL (Reuters) – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on a visit to Afghanistan on Thursday, said India strongly supported a plan by Kabul to reconcile with Taliban-led insurgents, New Delhi’s first public backing of the plan.

India was rattled when the United States and NATO agreed earlier this year to a plan by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to reintegrate Taliban fighters and reconcile with their leaders after nearly 10 years of fighting.

May 12, 2011

India’s PM Singh backs Afghan peace plan

KABUL, May 12 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh, on a visit to Afghanistan on Thursday, said India
strongly supported a plan by Kabul to reconcile with Taliban-led
insurgents, New Delhi’s first public backing of the plan.

India was rattled when the United States and NATO agreed
earlier this year to a plan by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to
reintegrate Taliban fighters and reconcile with their leaders
after nearly 10 years of fighting.

Apr 29, 2011
via FaithWorld

Russian Church: Ditch beer for books in nightclubs

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(A man walks across Red Square near the GUM state department store (L) and St Basil's Cathedral on a rainy day in Moscow, November 26, 2007/Oksana Yushko)

Russian revelers can now swap vodka and dancing for tea and reading at new “spiritual nightclubs” being set up by Orthodox Church, media said quoting a top religious official. In the latest suggestion by the increasingly powerful Church, youths will be able to “have the opportunity for serious dialogue, reading, unhurried conversation so they can have a cup of tea,” said Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin.

    • About Amie

      "Based in Kabul, Amie reports on the NATO-led war in Afghanistan. She was previously based in Moscow, where she reported across the former Soviet Union for almost five years, covering energy, politics and lifestyle stories. For over two years there, she focused on the Islamist insurgency in Russia's Muslim North Caucasus. She has also reported in Greece and Britain."
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