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Life in Kabul: Will Afghan women finally stop being seen as a freak show?

This is one of my clearest memories of life in Kabul. The year was 2007, I had just arrived in the city and spring had come early. The sun shone and women swam in the cold water. Men and women wearing bikinis lounged by the poolside, swam in the cold water and drank Martinis, inside…
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What fuels China’s Africa policy?

Steven Spielberg’s conscience finally got the better of him. The Oscar-winning director resigned as ‘artistic adviser’ to the upcoming 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics last night.  His “energy”, he said, “must be spent on doing all I can to help bring an end to the unspeakable crimes against humanity that continue to be committed in Darfur.”…
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