Skateistan is possibly the most surprising NGO to come out of the war on terror.
The facility, sitting on the southeast corner of Kabul next to Ghazi Stadium, is essentially a giant bunker, with a domed roof that’s painted in the Afghan black, red and green.
Inside there are a few classrooms, a kitchen and meeting area, some offices and a cavernous hall, where skate ramps, kickers and rails are usually peppered with Afghan boys and girls of all ages wearing an amusing mix of Afghan garb and skate gear, and a few Aussie and international adult skaters with a heightened sense of civic duty giving tips in freshly-minted Dari.
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Police wanted to capture Mohammed Merah alive, but in the end a sniper killed him as he jumped out of his window.
The self-proclaimed jihadist who claims to be al-Qaeda killed three French paratroopers, three school children and a rabbi in revenge for the French Army’s involvement in Afghanistan and the deaths of Palestinian children.
He killed them in cold blood, he taped it, he wanted people to see the footage. He is now dead, no tears here. But what if he had been taken alive?
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In August 2007, Barack Obama promised that if he were elected president he would ‘travel to a major Islamic forum and deliver an address to redefine our struggle.’
His impressive speech in Cairo yesterday fulfilled that promise.
Obama is the finest orator in a generation. His national political career was kicked off by a single speech: his keynote address to the Democratic National Convention in Boston in 2004.
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