Robert Young Pelton: Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

I am working on MOAS.EU 59 million people are considered displaced. Lot of people. Our new ship arrives in the Aegean on the 18th Europe may turn its back on refugees this winter. But our rescuers won’t

Robert Young Pelton: Foreign Policy Gets It Wrong on Afghanistan — PBI: Funded Disinformation?

There is a need to establish a truthful narrative, background and facts. Below is antithetical to all that. Fraud and Folly in Afghanistan The  runoff round of the Afghan presidential election on June 14 was massively rigged, and the ensuing election audit was “unsatisfactory,” a result of Afghan government-orchestrated fraud on a scale exceeding two …

Robert Young Pelton: Finding Bergdahl — A Tale of Deceit

Finding Bergdahl Inside the Search for the Last Prisoner of America’s Longest War VICE, 21 July 2014 PART 1 EXTRACTS: The next intercepts from the elated kidnappers, using their CDMA or RUIM phone while still inside the vehicle, provided the first real piece of evidence on how Bergdahl was grabbed: “We were attacking the post. He …

Robert Young Pelton: Analysis of the Afghan Run-Off — Ghani Won, Abdullah’s Claims Without Merit

In the controversy and protesting stirred up by Abdullah, what is missing is a calm review of today’s political landscape in Afghanistan. Javid Ahmad a Program Coordinator for Asia at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and Ahmad Hemmat, a D.C.-based researcher and advisor to the chairman of International Energy Partnerships makes some …

Robert Young Pelton: Finally an Intelligent Article on Afghan Election — Ashraf Ghani’s Secret to Success

Finally an intelligent article on the election The South Asia Channel Ashraf Ghani’s Secret to Success Javid Ahmad & Ahmad Hemmat Foreign Policy  1 July 2014 Full Text Online Below the Fold (Emphasis Added)

Robert Young Pelton: ON AFGHANISTAN – Why Abdullah and Fraud Will Destroy the Country and Destabilize the Region

Phi Beta Iota: RYP wrote this in part to react to Abdullah’s cavalier rejection of the Iraq scenario playing out  today, for Afghanistan. His over-all point is that both candidates — Abdullah and Ghani — have pluses and minuses  that voters and donors must consider BUT that there is only one clean candidate capable of …

Robert Young Pelton: Hamid Gul Endorses Abdullah — Does This Make Ghani’s Victory Certain? UPDATE Adds Poll Showing 49 to 41

Given how Afghans feel about Pakistan, this endorsement will probably have the opposite effect and reinforce Ghani’s bid. UPDATE: Just in from Telegraph on 11 June: Economist may lead Afghanistan after forming alliance with warlord in presidential elections ORIGINAL POST: Afghan Election: Endorsement From Pakistan’s Ex-Spy Chief Causes Stir Fred Bezhan Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, …

Robert Young Pelton: VICE Saving South Sudan & Hunt for Kony

The VICE documentary “Saving South Sudan” Part One is now online (Parts Two and Three will go up between now and Wednesday) VICE Magazine “Saving South Sudan”  (The entire 50,000 word article is available free online. The first time VICE has dedicated an entire magazine to one article) Article on the VICE Project At the …

Robert Young Pelton: General Dostom is INNOCENT of the Dasht-i-Leili Massacre [PBI: What’s It Worth To Set Record Straight in Time for Run-Off?]

ROBERT STEELE: General Dostom is accused of the being directly responsible for the Dasht-i-Leili massacre aka container massacre that has been hugely overblown — as well as civilian collateral damage over time — and this remains a sore point with many Pashtuns and of course those that also consider themselves Taliban. What is your understanding? ROBERT …