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NYT: News Analysis: Afghan President's Critics Losing Patience Over Delayed Vote

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:38:34 GMT
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An image of President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan on the Ministry of Education building in the capital, Kabul.

NYT: Hunting Taliban and Islamic State Fighters, From 20,000 Feet

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:07:12 GMT
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Afghan youths near the site of a American bombing during an operation against Islamic State militants in Asadkhil, Afghanistan, in April.

The Guardian: UK falls to eighth place in Good Country Index, below Ireland

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:06 GMT
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Netherlands, Switzerland and Denmark top list of countries contributing most to good of humanity as a wholeFor the second year in a row, the UK has slipped in the ranks of the Good Country Index: it still ranks as doing more good and less harm than 150 other countries, with Afghanistan in last place, but is now in eighth place after Ireland.The top three are the Netherlands, Switzerland and Denmark, on the index created using 35 separate indicators to rank the countries that contribute most to the greater good of humanity rather than for their own citizens. Continue reading...

NYT: Harassment All Around, Afghan Women Weigh Risks of Speaking Out

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:30:54 GMT
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Maryam Mehtar in the office where she works in Kabul, Afghanistan. She said on a recent morning that she had already been harassed or assaulted at least five times.

The Guardian: Marriage equality vote nears as amendments tumble ? politics live

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 01:53:10 GMT
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MPs poised to legalise same-sex marriage after marathon campaign while standoff over citizenship reaches uneasy truce. Follow here for all the day's events 1.53am GMT Lo and behold, this debate has me agreeing with Andrew Laming again."As far as I am concerned the armed forces are an apparatus of the state. The state has agreed to a broadened definition of marriage. If you are a seconded religious chaplain from the church, an exemption exists for you. But if you are not, you are part of the state's apparatus, that is the armed forces, you follow a chain of command."This is a matter for the Chief of the Defence Force. If they are marrying, they are receiving a state salary and they adhere to the law of the land.

The Guardian: Sex, lies and the special relationship | Letters

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:23:27 GMT
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Aidan Hollis on the lesson from wars, John Webster on our military dependence and Ian Sinclair on the truth about US presidentsIn recent months, the bizarre behaviour of Donald Trump has left many in the UK worried about the connection with Britain's "closest ally" (Retweeting Britain First, 29 November). As a Canadian, I find it odd to hear that the US is considered by Britons to be their closest ally. In the great wars of the last century, Americans initially profited from neutrality, delaying entry for three years, until 1917 and 1942; and in the case of the second world war they only committed to the war when they were directly attacked. (In 1941 then Senator Truman even proposed to aid Germany if the Russians appeared to be winning in the East.

CNN Top Stories: High-level al Qaeda commander killed in Afghanistan, US says

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:53:33 GMT
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Afghan forces, with support from the US, targeted and killed one of the highest-level al Qaeda commanders inside Afghanistan since the 9/11 attacks, according to a US official. Omar bin Khatab, also known as Omar Mansoor, was targeted by Afghan forces Monday in Ghazni province and killed, according to a US official.

NYT: 11-Year-Old Has Spent Her Life in Jail, a Serial Killer as a Cellmate

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 18:09:16 GMT
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Shirin Gul and her daughter Meena, 11, in the women's wing of the Nangarhar provincial prison, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, where Ms. Gul is serving a life sentence.

The Guardian: Blackwater founder pitches plan to quell Libya migrant crisis with private police

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 05:01:20 GMT
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The military contractor and Trump ally Erik Prince, who has faced scrutiny for his human rights record, has a "˜humane' proposal to try to stop the flow of migrants Erik Prince, the founder of the private military contractor Blackwater, is pushing a plan to intervene in the migrant crisis in Libya with a proposal involving a privately-trained police force that would mirror his company's work in Afghanistan.The proposal, he said, would be a more humanitarian option for the European Union compared to the chaos that is now gripping the oil-rich nation, given widespread reports of grave human rights abuses by militia groups against migrants. Continue reading...

NYT: Afghan Girls' Robotics Team Overcomes Setbacks to Win Contest in Europe

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:33:59 GMT
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Members of a girls' robotics team from Afghanistan at a competition in Washington in July. The team won an award this week at a major competition in Estonia.

The Guardian: The Guardian view on child marriage: wedlock is a padlock for girls | Editorial

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 19:13:02 GMT
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From the US to Bangladesh, underage brides are likely to leave education and face increased risks of poverty, domestic violence, and high rates of maternal mortalityWhat kind of place would set the age of consent at 17 – but allow pregnant girls as young as 11 to marry? Florida: its law is less progressive than Afghanistan's. It is one of 25 US states that allow girls of any age to marry in certain circumstances, such as with judicial approval. Others have minimums set as low as 13.Though boys too are affected, those affected are overwhelmingly female: almost nine in 10 children who marry are girls, and only rarely do they wed a peer. Almost a third wed men of 21 or older.

The Guardian: Rex Tillerson: state department can be cut as we will soon solve global conflicts

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 20:00:50 GMT
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The secretary of state defended the Trump administration's plan to slash US diplomacy by 31% despite North Korean missile test and Afghanistan escalationRex Tillerson said on Tuesday that the Trump administration's proposal to slash the state department and foreign aid budget is partly based on an expectation it will be able to resolve some of the global conflicts that have been absorbing costly diplomatic and humanitarian support.But in a vivid display of the most urgent diplomatic challenge facing the US, Tillerson was speaking as North Korea carried out a new ballistic missile test – the first since it fired a missile over Japan in mid-September. Continue reading...

NYT: Kabul Journal: In This Film About Afghan Life, the Woman Slaps Back

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 16:00:42 GMT
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Roya Sadat with her son at her film company's offices in Kabul, Afghanistan. Ms. Sadat's latest film, "A Letter to the President," is Afghanistan's submission for best foreign language film at the Oscars.

The Guardian: US military trio investigated over claims of improper conduct with women on Trump trip

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:56:48 GMT
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Pentagon: "˜We are aware of the incident, and it is currently under investigation'Trio removed from positions at White House Communications AgencyThree US military personnel have been reportedly reassigned from their posts at the White House following allegations that they had improper conduct with women during Donald Trump's trip to Asia earlier this month. Related: UN concerned by controversial US plan to revive Afghan militias Continue reading...

CNN Top Stories: US airstrikes pound Afghanistan opium labs

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:22:35 GMT
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The US conducted airstrikes targeting opium processing labs in Afghanistan Sunday, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Michael Andrews tells CNN.

NYT: U.S. Airstrikes in Afghanistan Take Aim at Taliban Opium Labs

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:05:34 GMT
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Poppy buds on the outskirts of Kandahar Province in Afghanistan. The country produces around 85 percent of the world's opium.

The Guardian: Canadian American family on surviving Taliban captivity: 'We tried to make it fun'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:37:54 GMT
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Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle used lessons about British history and constellations to help their children after being abducted in AfghanistanAn American woman kidnapped in Afghanistan and held for five years said she and her Canadian husband did all they could to make captivity as fun as possible for their three children, concocting games out of garbage and teaching their eldest son British history to diminish his fears around beheadings. "We tried to make it fun for them, as best we could," Caitlan Coleman, 31, told ABC News in an interview released on Monday. "We would just teach them to use things like bottle caps, or bits of cardboard – garbage essentially – but what we could find to play with, tell them these are toys, we can make a game with this.

CNN Top Stories: 15 people rescued from Taliban prison

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:44:21 GMT
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Fifteen people were freed from a Taliban prison in the southern Afghanistan province of Helmand on Sunday, the international coalition said in a statement.


A tool for them long posts ..
18.11 - 2007


I wrote this tool some months ago while developing on the xPresso publishing system (NO), and has done some rewriting this week to implement further functionality.

The Codificator now provides:
- automatic code wrapping in DC board format
- conversion of regular HTML-formatted text to DC board formatted text
- link extraction from HTML to DC board format
- auto fetch of webpages, with on-select conversion of content to DC board format.

It won't boil your coffee or knit you a warm sweater for the winter, but it may help you to be more efficient when you're online discussing politics.
Codificator downloads
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AnoBBS - free BBS software

AnoBBS downloads
**** Bug fix, new release ****
Bug in bbsFunctions.php, xAuth.php and some language fixed.
For fix of existing installation, download the package, then extract progs/bbsFunctions.php and progs/xAuth.php to replace your current versions.
**** Bug fix, new release ****

AnoBBS is a opensource 3DES-encrypted Bulletin Board where users encrypt their messages before submit with a common known phrase, using javascript. The server does not know the key, so this is end-to-end encryption where the key is never submitted. The technology used is Ajax and PHP, the forum files are stored as XML.
Below is a list of the basic functionality:
- user authentication
- topic list and topic view
- three userlevels; admin, moderator and user
- post threads
- post and edit replies
- print or save threads
- edit, delete and lock threads (mod)
- edit forumdata and users (admin)
- save BBS (admin)
- delete BBS (admin)

The BBS is very simple to install and even simpler to use. It requires only a standard php distro on the server and a javascript enable browser to function.

Download | About AnoBBS v. 1.0

AnoChat - free chat software

AnoChat downloads
**** Bug fix, new release ****
Bug in cFunctions.php fixed.
For fix of existing installation, download the package, then extract progs/cFunctions.php to replace your current versions.
**** Bug fix, new release ****

AnoChat is an opensource 3DES-encrypted chat where users encrypt their messages before submit with a common known phrase, using javascript. The server does not know the key, so this is end-to-end encryption where the key is never submitted. The technology used is JX, similar to Ajax.
The chat is very simple to install and even simpler to use. It requires only a standard php distro on the server and a javascript enabled browser to function.

Download | About AnoChat v. 1.1

Peace demonstrations in the US October 26-28 2007
29.10 - 2007


Large number of US citizens demonstrated against the war in Iraq (and the possible war in Iran) during this October weekend. Massive turnout in Boston and San Fransisco, and also in Chicago, LA and DC people took to the streets.
The message was: NO more war in Iraq! NO to a war with Iran!