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  1. Anonymous

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    they should have withdran trops from afghanostan after war is over but

  2. Fareed Khan

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Amercan has no sense..

  3. Mike Hall

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Why is the taliban still a thing. We spent billions of dollars and 20 years trying to get rid of them and now we're talking about negotiations…..

  4. Ronnie Baker

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Good job, trump!

  5. 0202 pmurT

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    They’re taking our guns and promoting death to Americans. Thank you Democrat’s for destroying our freedoms and liberties of a free nation.

  6. Rooster Blues

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    So basically the liberal media is going to blame President Trump, for something the goat lovers been doing for decades. Thank you liberal media for the update.

  7. sybille dubois

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    They are so dishonest these Taliban. When there were talks they were STILL fighting. In Islam we call them the munafiqoon, they will inhabit the bottom of the hellfires.

  8. Don Capone

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Peace talks with terrorist gtfoh

  9. Khaleb Titus

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    I say we wipe them all out unmercifully

  10. solomon king

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    This people are slaves of their own making stupid

  11. Joseph Walden

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Taliban is a loose organization of Islamic Terrorist,
    there is no centralized leadership to negotiate with.
    It was incredibly to even imagine that was possible,
    I was laughing so hard when they announced a peace talk I coughed up a burger.

  12. Thats Okreally

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Another failed negotiation by Trump.

  13. Debbie Richardson

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Full force military and take them out.

  14. polifatts

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    NANI!?!?

  15. Censored 1

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Trump peace talks CBS NOOOOOO Trump calls off peace talks CBS NOOOOO just another day in TDSville

  16. ramo moreno

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    if your in usa YOU WILL BE BROKE & MEXICO is only taking the women this time pilgrims .
    Its not a fake recession. Look at car sales?

  17. se7en

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Hahahahahahaha you deserve this america. And on this day of all days. Watch 9/11 new pearl harbour to see why the Taliban will fight till the last one left. They did not attack america, america created the taliban in the 80s to fight the Russians, kinda like isis, wait it seems like the common theme is to promote a terrorist group then fight them. MONEY IN THE BANK.

  18. Kadir Mohmand

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    If the United Nations will not or cannot prosecute the war criminals then the United Nations needs to close its doors. October 7th is a black day for Afghanistan and the world. eighteen years ago on that date the United States invaded Afghanistan. Even though there is no evidence that Afghanistan is responsible for the tragic events of 9/11, the United States has used Afghanistan as a scape goat. It has waged its illegal and ugly war against the Afghans/Pashtun people, who are the native majority. It has occupied Afghanistan and selected Afghan puppet administrations to control Afghanistan's Rare Earth Elements (REEs) in order to establish the United States' new REE supply chain and stockpiles of vital elements such as lithium It has occupied Afghanistan to establish its new outer defense perimeter in Central Asia. It has committed war crimes against the Afghans especially the Pashtun, who reside in areas with vast deposits of REEs. It has used communist war criminals like First Vice President, Rashid Dostum, to commit these war crimes against the Afghans. It has used private mercenaries to commit these war crimes. These war crimes are still happening on a daily basis. Recently, they are escalating. These Afghan/Pashtun villagers do not have a voice. They are human beings with rights protected by international law.

    Yet the world, the United Nations do not seem to care about these war crimes being committed against the Afghans. Even the perpetrators of documented war crimes like those committed by Rashid Dostum and his militia, the killing of Afghan women and children with U.S. armed drones, and the U.S. bombing of the Doctors without Borders Hospital in Kunduz last year have not been prosecuted in lawful tribunals. There has been no justice for these Afghan victims of war crimes. When is the United Nations going to do its job and wake up? When are Americans going to wake up and stop its government, its Pentagon and its agents, the war profiteers, from committing these crimes?

  19. Kadir Mohmand

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    The Afghan villagers want peace, but there cannot be peace without justice, which requires that first there be an end to the U.S. war and occupation of Afghanistan. There also must be transparency, investigations, accountability, prosecutions, justice and humanity by the United States and NATO forces. There must be an end to their war crimes. The U.S. and NATO must accept its loss in Afghanistan. These horrendous war crimes committed against the Afghan people by the US special operation forces, by the United States and its agents/mercenaries and by NATO forces are the true impediment or roadblock to negotiations and peace. It is not the Afghan Freedom Fighters. Would it be rationale for an Afghan villager to eagerly sit at a peace negotiations table with the perpetrators of these war crimes? Would it be rationale to expect an Afghan villager/freedom fighter, whose child was killed, wife raped, culture disrespected, home invaded, home bulldozed, village bombed, religion disrespected, natural resources and treasures stolen, and a country occupied, to eagerly sit to negotiate peace with the perpetrators of those crimes? There needs to be an immediate end to war crimes, an immediate end to the war and occupation and there must be a true seeking of justice before rationally there can be peace. The war mongers/war profiteers/occupiers /perpetrators of these war crimes in Afghanistan demand everything of their Afghan victims, they require nothing of themselves. Without justice there can be no peace.

  20. Kadir Mohmand

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    As history has shown, Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires. I believe that may happen to the United States if Americans do not wake up. With President Trump, who appears to be the Russia's selected puppet, the war will escalate. There is no winning for the U.S., which is exactly what Putin wants. The Trump Administration is not letting the American people know what really is happening in the war which is evidenced in the Pentagon's refusal to release the Afghanistan's war data, which has always been done in the past. As a democracy, the people have a right to know. In his State of the Union address, Trump did not talk too much about Afghanistan and Russia because he has everything to hide about these two issues. Our democracy is of the people, by the people and for the people. Trump thinks it is all about him.

    This war and occupation in Afghanistan, with JSOC special operation forces, CIA operatives and private mercenaries is beyond the rule of law, outside congressional oversight and fits the definition of terrorism. The Afghan villagers, who are the majority, are the victims of these terrorist acts. They are the victims of these war crimes. These war criminals, Afghan and American, whoever they are and whatever positions or jobs they hold, including the executive office, must be prosecuted in lawful tribunals for these crimes.

    In addition, the United States “selection” of and support of an Afghan puppet government with communist war criminals, the same old warlords and thugs, CIA agents and drug traffickers in in high positions in the Afghan government is not “responsible”.

    It is obvious that the U.S. is using these puppet war criminals and thugs to do its dirty work, which means getting rid of the Afghan/Pashtun majority, who are the road block to the United States’ and its war profiteers’ long term plans for Afghanistan, i.e. permanent U.S. military bases and control of and exploitation of Afghanistan’s Rare Earth Elements (REES), which just happens to be in the Pashtun areas.

  21. Kadir Mohmand

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    I am concerned about the United States and Afghanistan. The United States is my homeland and Afghanistan is my motherland. History does repeat itself. In the 19th century, the British superpower lost its wars in Afghanistan. Soon after it lost its status as a global superpower. In the 20th century, the Afghans defeated the Soviets, who were forced to withdraw in 1989. It lost the war and was drained economically by the decade long war. Soon after the Soviet Union fell apart, the Warsaw Pact was demolished and it did not exist. In the 21st century, the United States invaded Afghanistan and has occupied it and waged war for 18 years. It has spent trillions on this war/occupation, but yet it has not won anything. In fact, the U.S has more debt and is less secure. Only the war profiteers have won and lined their pockets. The United States has borrowed trillions from China and others. China is winning. Right now, the U.S. must be very careful not to slip down the slope like the former superpowers because China and Russia want to see the United States fail and topple economically. China wants to be the only superpower. Russia wants to be with China and be a superpower again. Afghanistan is a money pit and a war that cannot be won. I believe the solution is that the U.S. must change its policy from a war policy to a peace policy. The war profiteers are pushing for a continuation of the war. To achieve true peace, the U.S. must carefully hold direct negotiations with the Afghan resistance and hold sincere talks to bring true peace. Otherwise, I fear that the U.S. will crumble just like the other superpowers have and there will not be peace in Afghanistan. Both countries will lose. If the United States continues on the same course in Afghanistan, China will be the only superpower.

  22. Kadir Mohmand

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    During these past seventeen years, the U.S. with its war strategy, has terrorized Afghan women and children in the villages. Everyday Afghan women and children, especially the Pashtun, are raped, kidnapped, tortured, bombed, their houses demolished, their Rare Earth Elements and other natural resources exploited, imprisoned for political views, forced into prostitution, and killed. In many spots in Afghanistan, the U.S. especially its CIA, holds Afghan women in secret detention centers. The United States has and is committing war crimes against the Afghan villagers. The majority ethnic group, the Pashtun, who are the natives, who live in areas rich with Rare Earth Elements, are being ethnically cleansed and genocide is occurring. A peace conference is not gong to stop this terror. There has to be an end to the U.S. war and occupation, which has been escalated by the Trump Administration.

  23. S C

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Hahaha.
    When your own dog bites u

  24. canteen

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    america really loves losing wars lol they're so bad at anything military related

  25. brenda poole

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    So if we don't talk peace, they want to attack us until we do? That just makes no sense. That's like, I am going to beat you until you love me.

  26. elizabeth Howard

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Hmmm….has anyone told them yet that obummer is no longer the president ?…That DJT is NOT his spokesman ? ….That DJT DOES have a red line in the sand and that he holds a GRUDGE … FOREVER ?? ….Are they ready for the orange man's revenge ?…

    Somehow…..I think not….
    Go ahead, talibani…..MAKE HIS DAY !

  27. Paul Lavelle

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    weve been going at it for 18 years now and there still not accepting peace negotiations? what a surprise!

  28. anroid user

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    95% of opioid drugs worldwide is from Afghanistan.

  29. Kermit of Rivia

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Trump: “Fake news! Taliban are good people. Some of the best people I have ever met. Very good people, I told the fake news media…”

  30. Mark Anderson

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Keep on dying moron's.

  31. lightfighter25TH

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Hahaha Trump will crush the TBan..

  32. EvanJap

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Maybe..if you go to another persons county with a gun and you get killed its not that surprising
    ..

  33. gibic400

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    yeeeaaah like they were ever going to stop lol

  34. harsh harsh

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Leave them alone

  35. Andy Mcgraw

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    MSM is on top of the story. Breaking news!!!!!!!
    Taliban continues to do what they’ve done for the past decade.
    In other news US government officials continue to be corrupt

  36. Rose Phoenix

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Tomorrow is going to be for the anniversary of an September 11th 2001. To remember that other men women and meaning of fire department + officer service I'll let you sacrifice yourself that of a saving of a civilian and many others have different Americans different people different language with a life that of this accident do airplanes ever many people died as well that is responsibility but let's see what's going to happen next by tomorrow 2019 September 11th and for remember of September 11th 2001

  37. lil bean

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    If they are soldiers at Taliban territory why not pull them out and just bomb them not nuke but bomb and I bet they will calm down

  38. Disaster P

    September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Dammm just drops a nuke on then remove women and children and let the bombs drop

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Dressed as Aladdin, but No Happily Ever After

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In the early 20th century, the Middle East was portrayed in popular culture as a gaudy and savage world where lecherous sheikhs lived in extravagant palaces among their harems.

It was “One Thousand and One Nights” on steroids. The region was depicted as backward and Arab peoples were treated as a monolith.

I was reminded of that magical Arabia when I saw the photographs of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, at an “Arabian Nights” party when he was 29, costumed as Aladdin in brownface makeup and a turban (a video also showed Mr. Trudeau in blackface).

The media scholar Jack Shaheen, who died in 2017, said the demonizing of Arabs and Muslims accelerated after the war between Israel and its Arab neighbors in 1967. The perception of Arabs worsened with the 1973 oil embargo by Middle East oil producers, and even more so after the Cold War ended. “We have replaced the red threat with the green threat, namely Islam,” Dr. Shaheen said.

Orientalism, or stereotypical, colonialist representations of Asia, especially the Middle East, has been pernicious and persistent. In 1992, the opening song in Disney’s “Aladdin” contained these lyrics: “Where they cut off your ear if they don’t like your face” and “it’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home!” It was changed in the home video version, but it left out only the ear cutting.

The setting, Agrabah, was a stand-in for Baghdad, which had been bombed by the American military only the year before. In an editorial in 1993, The New York Times wrote that “one form of ethnic bigotry retains an aura of respectability in the United States: prejudice against Arabs.” They were seen as “billionaires, bombers, belly dancers and boisterous bargainers,” Dr. Shaheen said.

It took another generation to fix the other problematic lyric: In Disney’s 2019 live-action remake, “chaotic” replaces “barbaric” in the opening number of “Aladdin.”

The story “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp” was not even in the original Arabic-language version of “One Thousand and One Nights,” according to scholars. While the earliest manuscript dates back to ninth-century Baghdad, the story of a boy and his magical lamp first appeared in French in the early 18th century.

A translator in France said a traveler from Syria had told him the story. So “Aladdin” reflects the Orientalist imagination of a European, layered on a tale from an Arab. To add another cultural layer, “Aladdin” was originally set in a nameless kingdom in China.





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Want to Hold Your Own 2020 Caucus? Now You Can (if You’re an Iowan)

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Iowa Democrats will allow some voters to organize their own presidential caucuses in 2020, part of a plan to make the state’s first-in-the-nation nominating contest more accessible for people who cannot attend one of the party’s 1,678 designated caucus sites.

The state party’s plan, which the Democratic National Committee’s rules committee sanctioned on Friday, is designed to assuage concerns that Iowa’s caucuses are exclusionary and depress turnout because they require in-person participation at a midwinter evening event.

The plan will allow Iowans to apply to hold their own ad hoc caucuses Feb. 3 wherever there are groups of Democrats who wish to participate. These satellite caucuses could take place at locations like factories, restaurants or group homes, or at overseas or out-of-state military installations where Iowans are posted, party officials said.

The onus will be on people who cannot attend the regular caucuses to apply to hold their own gatherings. A state party panel would then approve or reject the satellite caucus locations. Satellite caucus results would be reported through an app, officials said.

“Iowa Democrats have worked incredibly hard to bring more voters into our party, and a satellite caucus system is the best solution for us to build on that work while increasing participation on caucus night,” Troy Price, the Iowa Democratic Party chairman, said in a statement.

The party’s proposal came after more than a year of debate about how to increase accessibility for the caucuses. In a state of more than three million people, the most that have participated in a presidential caucus was about 240,000 for the 2008 Democratic contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

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In August 2018, D.N.C. members voted to adopt new rules for the 2020 presidential primary that encouraged states that held caucuses to switch to primaries and required remaining caucus states to allow for a form of participation that did not require attending an event. Other reforms included reducing the power of the party’s superdelegates.

Iowa Democrats had worked for months to design and implement a “virtual” caucus system, which would have allowed participation through a dial-in phone system. The D.N.C. rejected that proposal last month after party security officials said it was vulnerable to hacking.

Iowa Democrats also considered mailing absentee paper ballots, but feared such a system would be considered a primary by New Hampshire officials, who are bound by their state Constitution to hold the nation’s first primary and could have tried to leapfrog Iowa on the presidential calendar.

Mandy McClure, an Iowa Democratic Party spokeswoman, said Iowa and New Hampshire officials had communicated about the latest Iowa proposal. “We’ve been partners with New Hampshire,” she said.

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The satellite caucuses must take place at the same time as Iowa’s regularly scheduled caucuses, which are set to begin at 7 p.m. Central time on Feb. 3. That could require some groups of overseas caucusgoers to hold middle-of-the-night gatherings and could still hinder participation by shift workers and restaurant employees who work in the evenings.

“Voting by mail for all those who sign affidavits saying they are working that night or physically unable to caucus would be a much simpler and more equitable solution,” said Larry Cohen, a D.N.C. member from Maryland who played a leading role in developing the party’s rules and guidelines for the 2020 primary process.

In 2016 the party allowed four satellite caucus locations after permitting groups who “demonstrated a clear need” to petition to hold their own caucuses. The new plan for 2020 will be “moved into full compliance after further review by D.N.C. staff,” the committee said Friday.

Democratic officials in Iowa and Washington said they did not have an initial estimate of how many people would participate in the satellite caucuses, and by Friday morning the presidential campaigns had not been briefed on the specifics of how they would operate.

Matt Stevens contributed reporting from New York.



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Lonely Deaths of a Refugee Mother and Her Son Unsettle South Korea

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SEOUL, South Korea — It was sad enough when the bodies of Han Sung-ok and her 6-year-old son were found in their $74-a-month apartment in Seoul in July, two months after they had died.

But the story became national news after it emerged that Ms. Han, 42, was a North Korean who had fled famine in her homeland, and that the two had died alone and impoverished in one of Asia’s richest cities.

Their bodies were so decomposed that the cause of death could not be determined, according to the authorities. But several South Korean news outlets have reported that they died of starvation, and officials have not disputed those reports. The news channel that broke the story last month quoted an unidentified police officer as saying that there was no other possible explanation.

The deaths have been a shocking reminder of the hardships faced by many North Koreans in the South, as they try and sometimes fail to adjust to a radically new life. Since the news became public, thousands have visited a mourning station built for Ms. Han and her son, Kim Dong-jin, in central Seoul, laying white chrysanthemums in front of portraits of them.

The most emotional visitors were other North Koreans and their supporters, hundreds of whom came from across the country on Saturday to attend a funeral ceremony for the mother and son. Speaker after tearful speaker apologized for not protecting them from the prejudices, indifference and ostracism that many North Koreans say they experience in the South.

“I am still struggling to understand this: She escaped a famine in North Korea — only to starve to death in the heart of South Korea, where there is so much food that going on a diet is its biggest fad,” said Heo Kwang-il, who leads a North Korean defectors’ organization.

Not much is known about Ms. Han’s life in either Korea. But she appears to have become increasingly isolated and despondent in her last months, though help for her and her son was just a few hundred yards away at a district government office.

She first arrived in South Korea in 2009, according to government records. Like all defectors from the isolated, totalitarian North, she went through 12 weeks of mandatory classes, learning basic skills like using a credit card and driving a car.

The government provides North Korean refugees with low-rent apartments, welfare payments and free health care and job training. But many struggle to make the transition from the North’s highly regimented system to the South’s fast-paced, capitalistic one. A few have even returned to the North, complaining that they had been treated like second-class citizens in the South.

Ms. Han got off welfare in nine months, suggesting that she was adapting quickly to her new life. But Kim Yong-hwa, the head of the NK Refugees Human Rights Association of Korea, who knew Ms. Han, said she had been carrying an emotional burden.

She had originally fled the North for China in the wake of the famine that killed millions of North Koreans in the late 1990s, according to Mr. Kim. He said she became one of the thousands of North Korean women sold by human traffickers to rural Chinese men looking for wives.

Such women live with the constant fear of being returned to North Korea and sent to a labor camp. Rights groups say that many of the women’s Chinese husbands exploit that vulnerability and sexually abuse them.

Some North Korean women in that situation have made their way to South Korea with children they had in China, only to face the stigma of being a single mother in the South, along with all the other difficulties of adjusting to life there.

Ms. Han initially came to the South alone, leaving a young son behind with her husband, according to Mr. Kim, who said he helped arrange her escape through Thailand, using smugglers. She paid the smugglers $2,000 after arriving in the South and getting cash support from the government, Mr. Kim said.

“But she terribly missed her son in China,” he said.

In 2012, Ms. Han asked her husband, an ethnic Korean, to join her in South Korea with their son. The man found work at a shipyard. Another son — Dong-jin — was born in 2013. They soon discovered that he had epilepsy.

South Korea’s shipbuilding industry entered a slump, and Ms. Han’s husband lost his job. In 2017, the family moved back to China.

Last September, Ms. Han returned to South Korea with Dong-jin, having divorced her husband, according to Mr. Kim. He said she called him, sounding depressed. She was afraid she wouldn’t be able to work, because she couldn’t find a child-care center that would accept an epileptic child. He said he advised her to apply for welfare benefits.

What happened to Ms. Han and Dong-jin after that is not clear.

North Korean defectors are closely supervised by the government for five years, but that time period had expired. The district office says Ms. Han never applied for welfare. Other North Koreans in Seoul have said that she did not have close friends among them.

She apparently could not afford a cellphone, meaning she would have been even more isolated. In her last months, her only income was $165 per month in government child support. In March, when Dong-jin turned 6, that amount was cut in half. A social worker visited in April and reported that no one was home.

On May 13, Ms. Han withdrew the last money in her bank account: $3.20.

On July 31, a meter man went to the apartment because the gas and water bills had gone unpaid for months. The smell was terrible, and he called the police. (Neighbors later told reporters that they thought it had been from a compost pile.)

The police later estimated that Ms. Han and Dong-jin had died in late May. Forensic investigators found no evidence of poisoning or physical trauma, nor was there any sign of a break-in. The refrigerator was empty except for a bit of chili powder.

Lee Jung-bin, an emeritus professor of forensic medicine at Gachon University near Seoul, said that starvation would be hard to prove in such a case, even if circumstantial evidence pointed to it. “If they don’t find any clear clues, like poisoning, forensic examiners will have to settle for ‘cause of death unknown,’ ” he said.

Many other questions are unanswered. Why didn’t Ms. Han ask for emergency assistance at the district office? Why didn’t she report her son’s illness, which would have entitled them to disability support? Kang Mi-jin, a North Korean defector-turned-journalist in Seoul who has been investigating the case, said Ms. Han could have withdrawn $4,500 that she had originally deposited to secure the apartment.

“She either didn’t know how to navigate the South Korean system and find the help that was available, or just felt so hopeless about her situation that she gave up trying,” Ms. Kang said.

Another North Korean refugee, Lee Min-bok, said: “She died not because she didn’t have any food, but because she had no hope.”

Helping defectors from the North has not been a political priority for South Korea in recent years, as the government has focused on improving ties with Pyongyang. And as the economy has slowed, there has been resistance to increasing subsidies for the refugees, who some see as competitors in a tough labor market.

But the deaths of Ms. Han and her son have unsettled many people. Government officials stood in silence in their memory this month, at a meeting to discuss how to repair gaps in the welfare system for defectors.

Later, they announced that the government would check in with all 31,000 North Koreans living in the South, to make sure that anyone who needed help received it.



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