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Afghanistan peace deal: Taliban talks hit deadlock | guardian.co.uk

Western hopes of leaving Afghanistan within reach of a peace deal when Nato troops pull out in 2014 are dimming, with planned negotiations in Qatar at a stalemate and Pakistan cutting back on support for talks. Afghans and foreigners across the political spectrum have been pushing hard for negotiations for several years, driven by concerns that the already-bloody insurgency could ...

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We need to keep shouting | equityandpeace.com

Obama’s call on Israel to end the occupation was strong on rhetoric but light on details about how the peace process might move forward. Obama did send an implicit warning to Israel; while it can bank on America as an ally, Israel will be far less secure, democratic and more isolated, should it fail to achieve peace. The ongoing disunity ...

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Afghanistan’s Karzai heads to Qatar to discuss peace with Taliban | Reuters

(Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai will travel to Qatar within days to discuss peace negotiations with the Taliban, the Afghan Foreign Ministry said on Sunday, as efforts intensify to find a negotiated solution to the twelve year war. Karzai’s trip to Qatar would represent the first time the Afghan president has discussed the Taliban peace process in Qatar, and ...

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US cedes full control of Bagram to Afghan forces | GlobalPost

Afghanistan on Monday took full control of Bagram military prison from the United States, healing one running sore in their testy relationship as US-led forces wind down more than a decade of war. President Hamid Karzai had made the fate of the detention centre north of Kabul part of his ill-tempered push to regain sovereignty over key matters from the ...

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In the Wait for Peace, At Least Allow Basic Access to Water | Rebecca Iwerks, The Huffington Post

The Israeli Civil Administration systematically denies thousands of Bedouin in the South Hebron Hills access to drinking water. The Palestinian Authority, limited by the transitional powers of the stalled Oslo accords, can do little to increase water access without Israeli approval. Similarly, inside of Israel, the Israeli government has created policies that require Bedouins to pay up to twice as ...

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