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HOST: Currently, foreign assistance supports all aspects of Afghan public service, from the police force to road infrastructure to farming. Unintended consequences often limit the effectiveness of these programs, but there is an alternative to the standard development model that results in waste, corruption, and conflict.

In the first segment of this series documenting the economy of Afghanistan and the measures required to sustain the Afghan state, War News Radio’s Jared Nolan examined the administration of foreign aid in Afghanistan and concluded that in many cases, the aid does just as much harm as good. In this part, Nolan focuses on a program practicing small-scale development at the community level.

NOLAN: You may never have heard of it, but the National Solidarity Program is the most successful development initiative in Afghanistan. And it’s not new; the project started back in 2003. Since then it has received over $1.5 billion in funding from international donors and reached all 34 of Afghanistan’s provinces and 25,000 communities countrywide. All told, the program has directly affected over 18 million Afghans out of the country’s population of 29 million. So what sets this program apart?

 

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Since the NATO intervention in Libya and the preceding rebellion, many cities in the country have been embroiled in violence. This has damaged infrastructure across the country. Particularly, communications networks have suffered significantly. Aaron Moser has more on the situation.


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Earlier this month, Afghan civilians stormed a UN compound in northern Afghanistan, killing 7 employees. They were incited by a video of a small-time Christian pastor setting fire to a Qur’an halfway around the world. Amandine Lee looks deeper at the incident, and at the coverage of the protests in American and international media, in a new installment of our media analysis series.


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The former Libyan flag used during the monarchy (1951–69) has been used by some protesters as an opposition symbol.

Since the start of the NATO intervention in Libya, there have been instances in which NATO forces have accidentally fired upon the Libyan rebels they have been supporting.

Collin Smith takes a look at one of these misplaced attacks and the Libyan response to the resulting damage.

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U.S. Army soldiers cross a river during a dismounted mission to Khwazi village, Afghanistan, Dec. 14, 2010.

Karim Sariahmed checks in on the Obama Administration’s troop increase in Afghanistan.


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A U.S. Army soldier photographs herself with President Obama during his recent visit to Bargram Air Field.

War News Radio’s Aaron Moser examines coverage of President Obama’s recent trip to Afghanistan.

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