That rough-cut teenage warrior is virtually unrecognisable today. The beard is shorn, his battle clothes replaced with slacks and lilac shirt, and the gun with a laptop. Over the intervening decade, as momentous change swept Afghanistan, Wazir has wholeheartedly embraced the post‑Taliban transformation. He has a third-level education, a young family and a thriving engineering business with work across the country. From his headquarters in west Kabul the good-humoured businessman negotiates contracts, surfs the internet and swaps jokes with colleagues. "Hey Tohmas!" a subordinate shouted recently after a company meal, pointing to his bulging waistline. "How many months pregnant now?" … [Read more...] about 9/11 ten years on: ex-Taliban fighter’s journey from AK-47s to US contracts
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Pete Waters, executive director of Visit East of England said: "The situation could become similar to recent years when there have been terror attacks in Europe and Tunisia - people naturally fear for their security and more took the decision to staycation in the UK. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: What you should do if you’re heading abroad on holiday
A few members of these clubs will admit that membership has been a useful gateway to influential people. A member of Brooks’s said the claim that no work or networking were done there was “nonsense”. But there is a concerted attempt by Garrick members to downplay the significance of what’s spoken about in the clubs. They generally prefer to portray the atmosphere as closer to Bertie Wooster’s Drones Club, where members while away their time throwing bread rolls at each other. “This is not a place where people are secretly controlling the destiny of the country. Maybe some members were operating the levers of power 10 years ago,” one member, who is in his 40s, told me (adding that “in Garrick terms, I’m a teenager”). He said the club was rather “like an old people’s home with wine”. … [Read more...] about Time, gentlemen: when will the last all-male clubs admit women?
"If I had not had the support and the love of my people, and not known that this is something I might get through, then who knows, maybe I would [have taken the lethal injection]." She pauses. "I don't want that situation. I don't want a law that will weaken my resolve to go forward. And, my God, when I got better I realised just how much we need that red line that is the law now. I am not Pollyanna. I know it is tough. And I have every empathy for my fellow disabled people. I just feel we have got to keep the faith. It is about us." Falconer and his supporters fear that peers opposed to the bill will table a wrecking amendment, a parliamentary tactic that would force the house at this early stage to vote on whether the bill should continue through the Lords for scrutiny. Campbell says that she and others will listen to the debate, and judge the will of the House before making any move. … [Read more...] about A life and death question: hopes and fears rise as right to die decision nears