An effective peace process is possible and desirable in Afghanistan. Success, however, will require a careful, step-by-step course to test bona fides, build confidence, reduce violence and encourage the difficult negotiations in which Afghans themselves determine the political future of Afghanistan.U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad has been working to re-engage the peace process in visits to the region, in meetings with international players, and in fostering the just completed detainee swap — two kidnapped professors from American University of Afghanistan in exchange for three Taliban prisoners in Afghan government custody.The detainee release is a welcome sign that the Afghan government and the Taliban are interested in continuing efforts toward peace, and it signals hope for a fresh approach to confidence-building. However, the complicated process to accomplish the swap and the finger-pointing along the way underscore the serious challenges to seeking an end … [Read more...] about A fresh approach to peace in Afghanistan
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Story highlights McCain returns to Arizona to continue recovering from side effects of chemotherapy treatment for glioblastoma Ongoing clinical trials are shaping the future of glioblastoma treatment options (CNN)Sen. John McCain returned to Arizona on Sunday to continue recovering from the side effects of chemotherapy for an aggressive type of brain cancer called glioblastoma. McCain, 81, was diagnosed with the brain tumor in July after surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye. Last week, McCain received treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland for the side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy, according to his office. Then on Sunday, McCain's office said in a statement that he "will undergo physical therapy and rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic. He is grateful for the excellent care he continues to receive, and appreciates the outpouring of support from people all over the country. He looks forward to returning to Washington in January." Sen. … [Read more...] about The future of treatment for glioblastoma
There are many reasons for welcoming the return of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America to the National Theatre in London, where the epic play’s two parts were played together for the first time in 1993, but one stood out at its opening on Thursday. The British producers had imported Broadway’s Nathan Lane to play the homophobic and gay Roy Cohn, and he brought subtlety as well as mesmeric power to a non-fictional personage described by another gay character as “the worst human being who ever lived.” Marianne Elliott’s production made for a long day’s journey that lasted well into night. Millennium Approaches started at 1 p.m. and Perestroika ended after 11, with time to gulp supper beside the Thames in between. But if ever a show earned its length, or Kushner his garrulity and occasional repetitiveness, here it was. In the 1980s the American theater seemed determined to keep confirming the critic Kenneth Tynan’s view that its dramatists had … [Read more...] about The Dark Trump Truths In ‘Angels in America’
South Koreans, in a high turnout presidential contest, just gave an overwhelming victory to the “progressive” Moon Jae-in. The candidate of the Democratic Party of Korea won with 41 perecent of Tuesday’s vote, according to the final tally of the National Election Commission. Two conservative and center-left figures trailed far behind. Moon, the son of North Korean refugees, campaigned on engaging Pyongyang and reorienting his country away from the U.S. In coming months, therefore, Seoul may end up blocking President’s Donald Trump’s determined efforts to stop Pyongyang’s weapons programs. Moon, who took office Wednesday, has advocated a far softer approach to the North. He wants, for example, to initiate talks with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader. Moon also campaigned on restoring economic links with the North, like reopening and expanding the Kaesong Industrial Complex, closed by his predecessor, Park Geun-hye, last February. The complex, just … [Read more...] about Will Election of S. Korea Leftist Derail Trump’s N. Korea Policy?
When Lauren Conrad first hit television screens in 2004 on the MTV reality show Laguna Beach, no one thought that the then-18-year-old would still be going strong at 27—but she is. It’s been four years since Conrad last appeared on one of the network’s quasi-scripted cinematic dramas, leaving Laguna’s spinoff show, The Hills, in 2009. But the consummate Cali girl is still booking major magazine covers: she was just announced as Marie Claire’s July cover girl last week, following massively successful covers for fashion titles like Lucky and Glamour. Last week also marked the release of Conrad’s eighth book, Infamous. And that’s not to mention the sustainable e-commerce site on its way, which will add to her already-successful fashion and beauty lines. All this makes Conrad something of a reality-star anomaly—and it reflects her exhaustive campaign over the last nine years to get young women to love her. To be sure, she attracts more of the … [Read more...] about Lauren Conrad Is The World’s Most Successful Reality-TV Defector