Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Azami, Dawood. “Why Are Taliban Resurgent In Afghanistan?”: BBC World Service. 5January  


1. What is the title of the article? Who is the author of the article? Where did the article come from? When was the article published?

Why Are Taliban Resurgent In Afghanistan? By Dawood Azami BBC World Service. Posted January 5 2016 From Asia

2. What is this article about? What are the main facts/points that the journalist/author is making?

The article is about why the Taliban have reentered in Afghanistan again. Why are their Taliban getting bigger rather than declining? This article talks about reasons why the Taliban are increasing Afghanistan: The United States and NATO withdrew their forces to go help other areas that were in crises such as Syria, Iraq, and the Ukraine. The military bases were left unprotected so the Taliban seized what they could like weapons and vehicles. The Pakistani military came in and joined the Taliban groups. Afghan security forces lack equipment like air power and reconnaissance to fight the Taliban. There is also political infighting / corruption in the central government of Kabul.  

3. What do you think about the article? Do you agree/disagree with the subject/perspective? Why?
I agree with the author that the Taliban are coming back and that Afghanistan doesn't have a good strong fighting force to keep them out. I believe that we should go back and try to bring peace back in and to stop the fighting while they figure out what they’re going to do.  

4. How does this article connect to what we are studying in class? 

We are learning about Afghanistan and this news article is current about this country. 
1. What is the title of the article? Afghan Forces on Offensive against Taliban
Who is the author of the article? Masoud Popalzai and Ed Payne
Where did the article come from? CNN
When was the article published? December 24th, 2015


2. What is this article about? Afghan security forces launched most recent security offensive in an area largely controlled by the Taliban. They have taken over the whole district with the exception of two compounds: one where the police chief is based and another where a battalion of the Afghan National Army is based. Afghan forces (police and ANA) killed several Taliban fighters and their commander during the operation on Dec. 24th. This commander is supposed to be closely related to Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour. There was some US support in the operation, we led two airstrikes on Sangin Taliban fighters to support the Afghan forces. British support was also evident in Helmand, and Sangin is said to be specially important to them as they lost 100 troops there.
What are the main facts/points that the journalist/author is making?


3. What do you think about the article? Do you agree/disagree with the subject/perspective? Why?
4. How does this article connect to what we are studying in class?

  1. What questions do you still have after reading this article?

Current Events: Afghanistan


1. What is the title of the article? Who is the author of the article? Where did the article come from? When was the article published?
The title of the article is “Airstrike hits Doctors without Borders hospital in Afghanistan”. Written by Daniel Costa-Roberts, the article was published on PBS Newshour on October 3, 2015.

2. What is this article about? What are the main facts/points that the journalist/author is making?
This article describes airstrikes employed by the United States army in the city of Kunduz which resulted in the death “19 civilians and seriously wounding dozens of others at a hospital run by the medical nonprofit Doctors Without Borders”. The author from this article is trying to make a point about how the United States is not completely innocent through the havoc going on throughout the world and that the U.S. must take caution as to where they target and how the bombs are situated.

3. What do you think about the article? Do you agree/disagree with the subject/perspective? Why?
I think that this article is something very embarrassing to the United States government, and I also think that it was an occurrence that flew under the radar to United States citizens since the government did not want others finding out about such a horrible act. I agree with the perspective of the author in this way because I do think that it is sad that so many people died at a hospital when the attacks were meant to be against the Taliban but instead killed civilians and doctors.

4. How does this article connect to what we are studying in class?
This article connects to what we are studying in class because it is describing the actions that the U.S. military are taking against Taliban fighters in Afghanistan and also it describes some of the consequences from airstrikes and the instability that this choice of weaponry causes.

5. What questions do you still have after reading this article?
What were the repercussions from this horrible event?

Was this deemed a war crime by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights?

Afghanistan Current Events

1. What is the title of the article? Who is the author of the article? Where did the article come from? When was the article published?
Ashraf Pahlavi, twin sister of Iran’s late shah, dies at 96. The author is Brian Murphy. Article came from the Washington Post. Published January 8, 2016.

2. What is this article about? What are the main facts/points that the journalist/author is making?

The article is about the passing of the twin sister of the late Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi. The article goes in depth about her life and how she fought for the rights of women in her country, and making Iran more westernized.

3. What do you think about the article? Do you agree/disagree with the subject/perspective? Why?
I think it is a good article on her life as it tells the reader the history of the Pahlavi family and the impact she had on Iran and the world.

4. How does this article connect to what we are studying in class?
It connects to the influence Iran had on Afghanistan during the middle of the 1900s when her family was in power.

What questions do you still have after reading this article?
 I would like to know more about her influence on Iranian politics and if the rest of her surviving family members are still connected to Iran.

Afghanistan Current Events

1. What is the title of the article? Who is the author of the article? Where did the article come from? When was the article published?

Afghan forces in desperate fight to hold off Taliban in Sangin by Masoud Popalzai and Tim Hume published by CNN on December 22, 2015

2. What is this article about? What are the main facts/points that the journalist/author is making?

The Taliban currently has control of the whole Helmand Province, in the south of the country, apart from two compounds. This district where the two compounds are is called the Sangin district. The Sangin district was one of the hardest parts of Afghanistan for US and UK troops to keep under control. NATO shifted the responsibility of keeping peace from itself to the Afghan Army, which isn’t nearly as capable as NATO. The two compounds have been under siege for days, and the troops inside are running out of supplies, and the federal government isn’t coming to their troops aid. This area is significant because it is very fertile and a major part of the poppy industry. If the Sangin District falls, the whole Province will fall under heavy Taliban control.

3. What do you think about the article? Do you agree/disagree with the subject/perspective? Why?

I think this article is very objective and based solely on fact. It doesn’t really take a side on the story; rather, it just gives you the fact and lets you decide.

4. How does this article connect to what we are studying in class? 

This connects to what we have covered in class because we have talked about the Taliban and what it does with the lands it controls. Also we have talked about the US Army pulling out and what that has done to the area which is a main theme in this article.

What questions do you still have after reading this article?


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1. What is the title of the article? Who is the author of the article? Where did the article come from? When was the article published?

Flawed Justice After a Mob Killed an Afghan Woman

By: Alissa J. Rubin for the New York Times
Dec. 26, 2015
2. What is this article about? What are the main facts/points that the journalist/author is making?
A young Afghan women, Farkhunda, was beat to death, run over by a car, then set on fire after being falsely accused of burning a Quran. The incident occurred within 2 miles of the presidential palace. The author is highlighting how there is still very little protection for women’s rights in Afghanistan, even after 10 year of Western involvement.
3. What do you think about the article? Do you agree/disagree with the subject/perspective? Why?
I agree how the author thinks that it is unacceptable how the mob treated this woman. Women are mistreated and abused in Afghanistan, and action has to be taken to curb this violence.
4. How does this article connect to what we are studying in class?
We have learned about the harsh restrictions placed upon women under Shari’a law and the taliban. This is reminiscent of those old practices.
  1. What questions do you still have after reading this article?

I wonder if charges were ever pressed, and how the investigators determined she was innocent after the execution.

Afghanistan Current Events

1. What is the title of the article? Who is the author of the article? Where did the article come from? When was the article published?
Young Afghan Woman, Scaling Mountain Peaks Brings High and Low, Sorya Sarhaddi Nelson, Afghan mountain peaks. Published December 19th

2. What is this article about? What are the main facts/points that the journalist/author is making?
The article is about two young Afghan women who were part of a 16 day expedition that scaled peaks in Afghanistan, a feat no other Afghan women have accomplished. One mountian was 16,500 feet, taller than any mountain in the United States. 

3. What do you think about the article? Do you agree/disagree with the subject/perspective? Why?
I loved the article, I think it's great that they were able to break out of their shells and have the opportunity to do something beautiful.

4. How does this article connect to what we are studying in class?
These women are from Afghanistan, climbing Afghan peaks. 


Afghanistan Current Events


What is the title of the article? Who is the author of the article? Where did the article come from? When was the article published?

Seven Afghanistan troops killed in suicide bombing outside Pakistani consulate by Ali M. Latifi from the Los Angeles Times, January 13, 2016

What is this article about? What are the main facts/points that the journalist/author is making?

On Wednesday in Eastern Afghanistan seven were left dead after a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle with explosives near the consulate in Jalalabad.  The bombing occurred just before 9 AM. Gunman tried to storm the compound before entering an empty guesthouse adjacent to the compound to begin a gun battle. The Interior Ministry reported that two gunmen were shot and killed after a two hour long battle. No terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. However, The Taliban has sparked many attacks over the recent weeks the Taliban claimed responsibility for three attacks in Kabul that killed at least nine people and injured more than 50 others according to the United Nations. Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, and the U.S. Have began peace talks with the Taliban, However, they were not present in the most recent recent meeting this past week.

What do you think about the article? Do you agree/disagree with the subject/perspective? Why?

After reading this article, I highly assume that the Taliban was responsible for the attack that took place. I just can’t seem to understand why the Taliban continues to pursue senseless violence during a time of great assistance in Afghanistan. I also don’t see why the Taliban would not show up to the peace talks when four other countries have made the effort to come to a peaceful apartment.

How does this article connect to what we are studying in class?

In class we have began to study Afghanistan and have taken a look into the history of the Taliban. We have also discussed Political suicide attacks that have taken place in order to display their belief.

What questions do you still have after reading this article?

Why has the Taiban not shown up to the peace talks?

Who would represent the Taliban in the peace talks

What is the significance of attacking the consulate?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Afghanistan Current Event

What is the title of the article? Who is the author of the article? Where did the article come from? When was the article published?
Diplomats Meet in Pakistan in Effort to Restart Peace Talks With Taliban by Salman Masood from The New York Times. Published on January 11, 2016

What is this article about? What are the main facts/points that the journalist/author is making?
This past Monday delegates from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, and the United States met in Islamabad, Pakistan to discuss new peace talks with the Taliban. The article states there were originally hopes for peace talks between Afghan and Taliban representatives within the next month, but it seems tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan will have to be smoothed over first. Since July, the last attempt at peace talks with the Taliban, Pakistan and Afghanistan relations have soured. Both sides are accusing the other for not helping with enough with the fight, but both sides wish to form a better relationship. The next meeting is for scheduled for next Monday, January 18th. Hopes are still high for talks with the Taliban in the next month or soon.

What do you think about the article? Do you agree/disagree with the subject/perspective? Why? 
The article is basic and to the point, mainly just facts. I do agree that in order for Pakistan and Afghanistan to work together to work out peace with the Taliban they will have to form a better relationship. It would be very hard for the two to work together if they continue having a sour relationship. They need to be able to trust one another and work together. I think the author did a great job writing the facts and not showing many feelings about a hard topic.

How does this article connect to what we are studying in class? 
In class we are starting a new unit on Afghanistan and just finished a unit on ISIS. Although ISIS and the Taliban aren't related, they are both major issues the world needs to work with to deal with. This article shows that in order to reach peace talks with the Taliban peace talks between Afghanistan and Pakistan are needed first.

What questions do you still have after reading this article?
What would peace talks with the Taliban look like?
How would peace between Pakistan and Afghanistan look?


Refugee Healthcare Crisis Current Event

Refugee Healthcare Crisis Current Event

1. What is the title of the article? Who is the author of the article? Where did the article come from? When was the article published?
How do you keep a million refugees healthy?
Meera Senthilingam
CNN
January 12, 2016

2. What is this article about? What are the main facts/points that the journalist/author is making?
This article is about the ever growing refugee crisis, however it takes a new stand on the issue. Refugees now face problem of their own health.  Many are leaving extremely volatile areas such as a about half of all refugees fleeing Syria.  These people have experienced trauma and the mental effects that go along with it; as well as the mental toll the forced migration can have.  Many need treatment from undergoing the exhausting journey to reach refuge in a safe place.  The extensive amounts of walking greatly weakens a lot of the people.  The diseases that pose the biggest threat to refugees currently are NCD’s, such a diabetes. These aren not contagious but require regular treatment and going without that treatment can allude to considerable complications.  For health aid centers the issue stands.  Aid providers are accustomed to working with infectious diseases so the sudden need for NCD treatment has become a challenge.  These health care providers are also having trouble with the continuously moving population.  Making it almost impossible to keep track of people and make sure everyone is getting the care that they need.  Many refugees say that they cannot afford the health care in their area; often times the country that they came from provided free healthcare to them.  The inadequate number of facilities constitutes possibly an even bigger problem.  The article presents the biggest issues that go along with healthcare within the refugee crisis which is a subject that the media doesn’t portray.

3. What do you think about the article? Do you agree/disagree with the subject/perspective? Why?
The article was written in the point of view of people from the United Nations high commissioner for refugees and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  These people are the ones struggling in providing aid to the people that really need it.  I so agree with the viewpoint on the article because there is a big issue regarding health care within an even bigger crisis.  These people have taken in head on in an effort to aid the people in need.  It explains that there are still big problems that need to be sorted out.  For now it seems that they are doing everything in their power to help the refugees and that’s all anyone can ask for.

4. How does this article connect to what we are studying in class?
In class we have looked into the refugee crisis.  Our main points in looking at the crisis have been how countries such as Jordan have been impacted when taking in refugees.  We did watch a video about the lives of a family of refugees funded by Angelina Jolie.  The oldest son in the video often experiences seizures because of the trauma that he has been through.  Other than that video we don’t hear a whole lot about the actual lives of the people fleeing from terror.  This article was intriguing because it exhibited a new side to the refugee crisis that I hadn’t really thought of.

  1. What questions do you still have after reading this article?

  • Why doesn’t the media portray the lives of the refugees more often?
  • How is the growing population in certain countries affecting the health of the citizens already living there?
  • Is there a way for the refugees to receive and easily access free healthcare?