Corruption Undermines Afghan Self-Governance
In western Afghanistan, U.S. Special Forces are working to help villages govern themselves; that includes helping them fight corruption. A recent example, in which local officials are complicit in kidnappings and ransom demands, illustrates the challenges they face.
New Revelations In Deadly Afghan Airstrikes
The U.S. military has been investigating the incident last month in which U.S. planes killed Afghan civilians. Initial findings suggest U.S. forces didn't follow procedures for the use of air power.
Reagan Statue Unveiled In U.S. Capitol
A statue of President Reagan is unveiled in the Capitol Rotunda in the presence of former first lady Nancy Reagan and House Speaker Pelosi. The unveiling ceremony was poignant and sweet, but was not without its political moments.
Egyptians Look For More Than Rhetoric From Obama
Cairo, the Egyptian capital, is gearing up for President Obama's visit and his much-anticipated address Thursday to the Muslim world. If Obama wants to win over Muslims, he will have to win over Egyptians first. But many have a wait-and-see attitude toward the U.S. leader's outreach.
Obama Claim On U.S. Muslim Numbers Examined
In an interview this week, President Obama called the U.S. "one of the largest Muslim countries in the world." But some fact checking reveals that the U.S., in fact, has 6 million Muslims, making it No. 34 worldwide.
Two Arab Novels Reviewed
Reviewer Alan Cheuse takes a look at three newly translated novels Leaving Tangier by Tahar Ben Jelloun and The Novel by Nawal El Saadawi. He says Jelloun's characters are as alienated and disturbed as any in contemporary literature. Cheuse calls The Novel "beautiful if flawed."
As Slump Drags On, Retirement Dreams Slip Away
Many people look forward to retirement with hopes of spending more time with their families and on their hobbies. But as the stock market and the job market have headed south, some people near retirement age are having to push that date off a bit.
Buying The Farm: A Good Bet For Rural Retirees
People who have invested in Midwest farmland in this recession, instead of 401(k)s, may have made a wise choice, according to one economist. Dan and Lorna Wilson of Paullina, Iowa, are counting on their 640 acres to fund their retirement.
Texas Horse Could Be World's Largest
Cheryl Davis' horse Remington may turn out to be the world's tallest horse. Davis, of Princeton, Texas, hopes to get Remington into the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest living horse, but she has had difficulty measuring him because she can't hold him and he wants to eat everything.
Corvette Lovers Lament GM's Rocky Ride
Despite General Motors' vote of confidence in its Corvette line, many "Vette heads" are deeply pained that the maker of their beloved macho cars has been brought to its knees.