For every misguided action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Two women walk past the huge cavity where one of the ancient Buddhas of Bamiyan, known to locals as the “Father Buddha,” used to stand, June 17, 2012. The monumental statues were built in A.D. 507 and 554 and were the largest statues of standing Buddha on Earth until the Taliban dynamited them in 2001. 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. Photo by Sgt. Ken Scar. Date Taken:06.17.2012 Location:BAMYAN PROVINCE, AF. ()

The news coming out of Afghanistan in recent weeks has troubled the world. It is 2021, and the revolution (for good or ill) will be live-streamed.

As bad as the violence has been on the ground in Afghanistan, the worst is far from over for the Afghan people. The Taliban, well-known for its brutality, isn’t even . ISIS-K and other fringe radical groups even more committed to bloodshed are also vying for control via their preferred method.

Which is terrorism.

While Afghanistan bleeds, and…


But it could reconcile humanity to its differences.

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“Good manners,” according to the very best definition of good manners, “is making people feel more comfortable.”

No matter how fraught the situation, using this particular, near-universal definition of good manners can improve it. It means everything from politely offering someone a chair, to refraining from using profanity in certain company, to not offending others with our table manners, and a hundred other things besides.

Good manners, like most other “soft skills” is a competency which can be taught, learned and practiced. Honing good manners is important because most of would like…


Religious fundamentalists the world over have a great deal in common. Some are better at hiding it than others.

GHŌR, Afghanistan (May 28, 2012) — Former Taliban fighters line up to handover their Rifles to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan during a reintegration ceremony at the provincial governor’s compound. The re-integrees formally announced their agreement to join the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program during the ceremony. (Department of Defense photograph by Lt. j. g. Joe Painter/RELEASED)

“Our ignorance of the Islamic State is in some ways understandable: It is a hermit kingdom; few have gone there and returned,” wrote Grahame Wood for the Atlantic way back in 2015 in a piece called “”.

At the time, the world’s worst terrorists seemed to be concentrated within the newly christened “ISIS”.

Around then ISIS was also, unfortunately for them as it turned out, attempting to run a terrorist operation and their own country out of the…


Why invest billions in education and abandon the returns?

Happier Days: “. Supported by EU funding, Norwegian Refugee Council ensures access to school in Heart, Afghanistan, for children from different regions of the country who had to escape conflict or drought. The majority of them have never received any education before.” April 3, 2019. (photo: . ©2019 European Union)

Many heroic, savior-types the world over and throughout history have had the exact same problem- at least at first.

Those uninitiated to peace work- though they are usually people who genuinely want to help make the world a better place- sometimes try to help in ways that are not helpful. Missionaries, human aid workers, volunteers, governments; many have fallen victim to a kind of self-centered, myopic thinking which usually makes a mess of things.

It goes like this:

Imagine a guest is invited to a party. When they arrive, things are…


After decades of evading justice, the subject of HBO’s award-winning documentary, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” at last.

This photo includes the crew of “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” including Producer/Director of Photography Marc Smerling, Executive Producer Jason Blum and Director/ Producer Andrew Jarecki. (Photo/Sarah E. Freeman/Grady College, freemans@uga.edu in New York City, Georgia, on Saturday, May 21, 2016)

In the annals of true crime history, no story is quite like that of Robert Durst.

As any fans of the genre likely know, the Information Age has brought with it a plethora of clues about famous unsolved murders and disappearances, the Durst case being no exception.

It isn’t as if humans haven’t always been fascinated by such things. The kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby is only one famous crime which captured the…


Facebook changed its business plan from successfully running a social media platform to unsuccessfully saving the world. Can it last?

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Back when Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t an expert on politics, social policy, censorship or electioneering, he was just a college kid with a big idea.

Or perhaps, depending on who you believe, he was a college kid looking for a big idea. Whatever the case, when Mark Zuckerberg met the Winklevoss twins, Facebook was born. …


Amid all the chaos, sports organizations, non-profits, and world governments have been working together to evacuate Afghanistan’s female athletes.

(KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 29, 2010) Afghanistan’s national women’s football (soccer) team and a pickup team of women assigned to the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters in Kabul pose for photos during halftime of a friendly match Friday. The Afghan women controlled much of the game, but scored just once. That goal, which came in the first half, was enough for the win. ()

Once upon a happier time, former Afghan national soccer team captain Khalida Popal told her teammates to, “to stand strong, to be bold, to be visible” as ambassadors of equal rights for women in Afghanistan.

After Kabul fell to the Taliban, Popal- who currently resides in Copenhagen- had a much different message for her teammates.

“Today I’m calling them and telling them, take down their names, remove their identities, take down their photos for their safety,” she


Testifying on Capitol Hill this week, star athletes Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Maggie Nichols, and McKayla Maroney demanded answers.

Simone Biles (left, gold) and Alexandra Raisman (silver), both from the USA, at the Olympic Games in Rio after competitions in all-round. 11 August 2016. (photo: Danilo Borges/brasil2016.gov.br)

This isn’t the time for “” jokes.

No; - nor is , , or - but it is certainly no joke.

Maroney, together with hundreds of her fellow athletes including Biles, Raisman, and Nichols, came forward with accusations of sexual assault against longtime Gymnastics USA coach Larry Nassar after the

By February of 2018, Nassar was safely behind bars for the rest of his natural-born days. …


Governor Gavin Newsom may have survived his recall, but his troubles are far from over.

President Joe Biden campaigns for California Governor Gavin Newsom. September 13, 2021. (photo: )

While he has probably lost his taste for French Laundry- permanently- California Governor Gavin Newsom handily fended off a challenge to his Governorship yesterday amid a high Democrat turnout.

The recall effort generated unexpected enthusiasm from voters in the state, but the chances were never good. Only 24% of the California electorate votes Republican.

So it likely didn’t hurt Newsom’s chances that every registered voter in California was mailed a ballot, whether they requested one or not.

The Newsom campaign also outspent its competition, sometimes…


When someone shows you who they are with a beheading video, believe them.

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While the Biden Administration attempts to turn the page on Afghanistan via any means necessary, and Republicans refuse to let them by ruthlessly grilling Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Congress, the situation on the ground in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate apace.

To the surprise of very few, and the disappointment of many, the Taliban’s lofty promises of a kinder, gentler, totalitarian rule than the one they inflicted on Afghanistan two decades ago have proven completely empty.

No: The Taliban has not started publicly executing American citizens…

Dr. Munr Kazmir

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