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Afghanistan Watchdog: Poor U.S. Planning Puts $488 Million at Risk

According to a new report from the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, lack of government strategy puts $500 million of American taxpayers' money at risk.

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Afghan Watchdog Finds That If You Build It, They Won’t Necessarily Come

A 37-acre industrial park in Kandahar built with $7.8 million in USAID funds has sat mostly empty since construction finished more than four years ago, says a new report.

Voice

‘Here They Can Be Themselves’

How the trials and triumphs of an ancient transgender community could make headway for the slow-moving fight against a blame-the-victim culture in India.

Shadow Government

Some Sandinistas Never Change

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is cozying back up with Russia as his country's economy falls apart. Washington couldn't care less.

Passport

Want Your City-State to Become a Capitalist Success Story? Ban Spitting.

The governing philosophy of Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew contained multitudes: a belief in the enriching power of the free market; a development agenda ...

Shadow Government

China’s Trans-Atlantic Wedge

China is challenging Washington's privileged position in Europe.

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