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Amid Explosions and Clashes, Volatile Turkey-Syria Border Gets More Dangerous | TIME.com

Amid Explosions and Clashes, Volatile Turkey-Syria Border Gets More Dangerous | TIME.com | Afghanistan and Turkey-Colin Clark | Scoop.it
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Afghan paper says UK, Pakistan want Taleban to return to power

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AFGHANISTAN 

P=Political

S= Social 

E= Economic

ntk= Need to Know

 

P- President Karzai is in Great Britain in the fourth trilateral mmeting between Britain, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

ntk- What is a trilateral meeting?

P- The British Prime Minister has been enginerring tripartite meetings for the past several years

ntk- What are tripartite meetings?

P-The past three meetings have focused on the fight against terrorism and the Afghan governments peace talks, with no results

P-In this meeting, there may be new issues discussed

P- Previous talks were held behind closed doors a little over a year ago about the Taliban and Taliban Prisoner prisoner release

P- From this meeting there were a large amount of Taliban released

P- Pakistan and Britain are key supporters for the Taliban

 

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The Taliban’s Qatar Office: Are Prospects for Peace Already Doomed? | TIME.com

The Taliban’s Qatar Office: Are Prospects for Peace Already Doomed? | TIME.com | Afghanistan and Turkey-Colin Clark | Scoop.it
As far as diplomatic prospects go, the omens don’t augur well. On Tuesday, the Afghan Taliban announced the opening of their first political office in the Qatari capital, Doha.
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P= Political

E= Economic

S= Social

ntk= Need to Know

 

P-In June 2013 the Taliban announced that they were going to open a political office in Doha

S-At the opening they cut a ribbon, played their anthem, and put up the Taliban Flag

P- In the building they had talks of foreign delegations

P/S- Not long after the meeting, the Taliban attacked Bagram Air Base that killed 4 US soldiers

P- President Hamid Karzai was not pleased with the Talibans Office Opening.

ntk- What is the Islamic Emirate?

S- This seemed to suggest the Taliban Office was an embassy of a different government other than Afghanistan's

P- Karzai wanted to cease going to these meetings

P- In part of this he suspended discussions with America about a security pact

ntk- What is an agitprop?

P- plans for the Taliban office was advanced by the US and Qatar's Leader

S- the hostilities got mad in Afghanistan

ntk- Who are the Hostilities?

S-The Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers continued to attack the areas in Kabul

P- the need for peace process in Afganistan remained Imperative throught this whole thing

ntk- What does Imperative mean?

P/S- The Taliban knows that they will not be able to get rid of the Afghan government

P- the US has talked with the Taliban, it was rumored that some Taliban would be returned that were in Guantánamo Bay

 

                                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Turkey’s Erdogan Battles Country’s Most Powerful Religious Movement | TIME.com

Turkey’s Erdogan Battles Country’s Most Powerful Religious Movement | TIME.com | Afghanistan and Turkey-Colin Clark | Scoop.it
The intensifying hostility between Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Gulen movement, an influential religious organization once seen as a key Erdogan ally, shows how the Turkish premier's power is unraveling...
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E= Economic

S=Social

ntk= Need to Know

 

P- The pact between the Gulen Community and Tayyip Erdogan is crumbling

ntk- What is the Gulen Community?

P- The leader of the community, Fethullah Gulen is a septuagenarian preacher

ntk- What is a septuagenarian preacher?

S- the followers are in millions in Turkey alone, preach a feel-good gospel of tolerance, almsgiving and education.

ntk- What is almsgiving?

S- The Community is very Islamic.

S- They run hundreds of schools all over the world

S- They also engage other religions with an Inter-Faith dialogue

P- the community has no political agenda

S- The gulens influence the civil service, the media, and the business communities

S-The gulenists have become a thorn in Erdogans side

S- the gulenists have taken Prime Minister to task ro the government's restriction on press freedoms

S- This was part of a post- Gezi crackdown

ntk- what is Gezi?

P- Erdogan cshut down the country's "Gulen" private schools

P- Erdogans excuse was that the schools were perpetuation social inequalities that people can not afford the schools.

 

 

 

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Amid Explosions and Clashes, Volatile Turkey-Syria Border Gets More Dangerous | TIME.com

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How Afghanistan Is on the Leading Edge of a Tech Revolution | TIME.com

How Afghanistan Is on the Leading Edge of a Tech Revolution | TIME.com | Afghanistan and Turkey-Colin Clark | Scoop.it
Mobile banking has made a bigger advance in the country than in the rest of the world, including the U.S. — with potentially huge repercussions
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P= Political

E= Economic

S= Social

ntk= Need to Know

 

S- Afghanistan is on the leading edge of the mobile-money and banking revolution.

ntk- What is mobile-money?

S- Nothing like mobile-money happens in the US

S- Nearly 70% of the 30,000,000 Afghans are illiterate and Fewer than 5% of the people have a bank account

ntk- What is M-Paisa

S- M-Paisa was first introduce in Afghanistan in 2009 as a trial to pay the Afghan national police with mobile-money instead of cash

S- the results were immediate and dramatic

S- Costs dropped by 10% because it eliminated phantom payments to non- existent officers.

ntk- What are "Phantom Payments"?

S- The officers thought they had recieved a 30% salary raise when they did not.

E- Afghanistans banking system is a corrupt mess.

E-M-Paisa got around this by not using the country's banks

E- You do not need a bank account

E- In place of ATMs is a mobile phone

E- The "Mobile Money" is accepted at mostly Mom & Pop shops

E- Bills can also be paid for by just texting to the biller

 

 

 

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