The Future of Drones in the US: As the war in Afghanistan scales down, drone manufactures are looking to domestic uses, including weather and agriculture monitoring, law enforcement and border control, and disaster management.
Graphic: Allison Terry and Jacob Turcotte/The Christian Science Monitor
Women in combat: De facto warriors in Afghanistan and Iraq, women are now closer than ever to the “profession of combat arms.” The US military is opening jobs to them closer to the battlefield, and they are pushing to abolish job limits through legal battles.
PHOTO: Col. Jeannie Leavitt, Commander of the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C. is the first female jet fighter pilot in US history and first woman to command a fighter wing squadron. Military women largely have been unable to serve in such high commands because, barred from combat, they have been unable to get the experience they need to advance. (James Robinson/Special to the Christian Science Monitor)
PHOTO: New recruits in the Afghan National Army learn how to shoot M-16 rifles. (Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff)
After years of standing in the background,Beijingis starting to show signs of closer engagement with its strife-torn neighbor in a bid to ward off disaster, say Chinese and foreign analysts.
When Afghan President Hamid Karzai meets his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao here on Friday, they will raise their countries’ bilateral relations to a “new strategic level,” an Afghan official told reporters in Kabul this week.
The sad part is that the international community’s actions do not reflect what they say. It talks about women’s rights, but then they don’t include them [in peace talks]. Women’s involvement should be one of the conditions. The problem here is that it’s not only the Afghans, it’s the international community that also sees that women are not capable or useful in the negotiations.
On the 10th anniversary of the Afghanistan war, today’s papers detail the lessons still to be learned. And in good news, Liberia’s first female president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, wins a Nobel Peace Prize.