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Afghanistan should be warned about intimidating journalists

Back to work, now, Mr. President. What is the precise status between the United States government and Afghanistan today? According to a report by Ebscohost.com, the situation in Afghanistan is as follows:

Abdullah Abdullah, they liked him so much they named him twice
Abdullah Abdullah, they liked him so much they named him twiceShah Marrai/AFP/Getty Images
  • Extremely deficient infrastructure
  • No sustainable economy
  • Illegal drug trade
  • Central government is limited to Kabul
  • Civilian casualties are increasing and is not a ‘safer place’ citing Amnesty International
  • Taliban and al Qaeda remain well entrenched along the Pakistan border
  • Drone strikes are ineffective

In conclusion, Afghanistan will be insecure indefinitely.

See the source: http://connection.ebscohost.com/world/afghanistan/current-situation-afghan-war

Now, the government in Afghanistan remains under the strong influence from the United States, and perhaps it needs to be strengthened by actions since it is intimidating journalists. The United States should make it clear that the free world will not tolerate reactionary autocratic government from Afghanistan especially after having to go to war with the country.

Afghanistan needs continued nation-building and that will require investment. Investment and assistance should be on a short string with the leadership. Any action by the government that undermines freedom and the rule of law as the free world defines it is unacceptable.

If the Obama administration had a clear foreign policy, it would make clear as a matter of principle that it will not tolerate governments and terrorist organizations interfering with and threatening journalists.

Acts of violence by governments against journalists are tantamount to acts of war against free people. America is at war against all entities in the Middle East who threaten free people by acts of terror and state sponsored terrorism. Acts against journalists by governments is state-sponsored terrorism.

What is the Obama administration going to do about it when they come back from vacation, for crying out loud?

Let’s not have more “fits and starts” foreign policy, Mr. President. It is essential to produce a complete and cohesive foreign policy at once.

“Afghan Officials Interrogate Reporter; Pak Court Issues Notices to Protest Leaders; Party Denied Position in Indian Parliament

BY EMILY SCHNEIDER, NEELI SHAH, JAMEEL KHAN
AUGUST 20, 2014

Afghanistan

Afghan officials interrogate New York Times reporter

The Afghan attorney general's office questioned New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg on Tuesday and barred him from leaving the country after the Times published an article Monday about discussions among Afghan officials regarding the possibility of imposing an interim government (NYT). Gen. Sayed Noorullah Sadat, the senior prosecutor who summoned Rosenberg, asked him to identify his anonymous government sources, which Rosenburg declined to do. He was then allowed to leave the interrogation room on the condition that he return the following day with an attorney. Later on Tuesday, Tolo News reported that a travel ban was in effect for Rosenberg. The attorney general's office then confirmed that the ban was in effect "until this issue over this article is resolved."

This incident marks the fourth time this year the Afghan government has threatened or initiated legal action against the Times because of complaints by senior Afghan officials over articles it published. Rosenberg's article said that a coterie of powerful ministers were threatening to impose a new government to ensure stability in the country, and that the officials were hoping the threat would prompt the two presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, to compromise and end the crises. The U.S. State Department criticized the Afghan government's actions, saying: "We...urge the Afghan government to respect fundamental freedoms of expression and expression of the press, and we'll continue to monitor it."

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