April 11th, 2011
08:50 AM ET

Updating technology in Afghanistan

A company is adding jobs and producing electricity for residents in Afghanistan.


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  1. salerno

    Wjhat stated by Dan about the bowing to moon and stars is wrong as usual for Dan.

    April 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. salerno

    Nucular – it is ILLITERATE not illeterate. If you are just 15, you need to complete your education before posting with adults.
    Excess military capacity should be converted. It means that money should be spent in different ways, military poersonnel must be reduced and other jobs must be created. Different kinds of investments from amrs to civilian infrastructures must be done.

    April 16, 2011 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. NucularInternets

    "I fully support Bangash, and my hope is that the excess US military capacity will be converted in peacefull projects, creating jobs and a peace dividend for the global economy."

    That is what you said. Really? I'm "illeterate"? I'm 15 years old, I cannot join the military. Look who is stupid now. You just contradicted yourself....

    April 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      Never give out too much information about yourself on these blogs. It will ALWAYS be used against you. And learn to identify trolls who make shameful, outrageous comments JUST to stir you up.

      Never forget that they are NOT your friends or inclined to be, in any way, truthful or honest. Take care.

      April 16, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Mikey – compared to nucular you could be 16-17 y/o. So don't get too proud.

        April 16, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
      • Mikey

        Our manipulative troll is phishing for some of my personal information.

        April 17, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. BANGASH

    So for 60 billions dollars have been spent in Afghanistan and in this huge amount this few million project as said above may win Afghans hearts and minds. This carrot and stick policy has made $ 60 billions useless for its use as stick while few million dollars investment as carrot is making the difference. This should open the eyes of war mongers like DAN, cput and mikey and should feel the difference. DAN below in reply to your comments I have quoted the last address of ex US President Eisenhower in 1961. Me and Salerno wish to see America what Eisenhower has wished for his nation and reject what he sees long time demise. Now it is up to you to decide whether we are anti America or anti America. DAN with this perspective I hope you will reply with open mind and heart.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
    • BANGASH

      or pro America

      April 14, 2011 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      I fully support Bangash, and my hope is that the excess US military capacity will be converted in peacefull projects, creating jobs and a peace dividend for the global economy.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Mikey

        Thank you sincerely for this positive statement!

        April 14, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
      • NucularInternets

        I don't think you realize what a military does. A military exists for the purpose of killing a nation's enemies so it can bring about peace. NOT "create jobs" or become a "peace dividend" for the global economy. Our military does what they are trained to do: Kill enemies of the United States of America. I don't think you realize that the US military is not some humanitarian group that is trying to "create jobs". A military is supposed to bring peace by defeating enemies of its nation.

        I know it's terrible sounding, but it's the truth and you have to accept it. What is a military supposed to do?

        April 14, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Nucular – you are an illiterate idiot !!!!. I said US military should be converted in something else. Reduce military budget, and find other jobs for stupids like you.

        April 15, 2011 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
    • cput

      Bangash – I am not a war monger. Have you not read my prior posts stating the US needs to get out of Afghanistan? US American soldiers are dying over there – and for what? All we hear are complaints. The middle east blames Americans for everything, with the latest being Karzai blaming the US for his banking problems. The middle east uses the US as a scapegoat for all of its problems. Very seldom do you hear a positive word from the midle east towards the US. This is what the American taxpayers get for the 60 billion they have coughed up. I say the money is better spent here at home on our own that are poor and need help. People I talk to every day at work and else where are sick of this war and want out.

      April 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      The word Allah was derived from what some Muslim tribes called the moon god al-ilah. This would make it more understandable as to why most Muslim nations have a moon crescent on their flags. I wonder how they can bow down to sun and moon gods and then make up their own god and then force people to believe in their lies?

      April 14, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Yacobi is correct. The moon has importance in islamic tradition, but for different reasons other than what stated by Dan.

      April 15, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      The Muslim tribes bowed down to the stars and the moon even after the birth of the Son of God.

      April 15, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • cameron

      Al-la-el-the-etc. are just definitive articles, stating what is there. The book. Al-kitab. El libro.

      Anyways, most of these languages are derived from old, old, languages, before Latin. Infact, the writing systems could be based of Egyptian hieroglyphics.

      April 16, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Cameron – you are correct too about the Egyptian origin.

      April 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      What stated by Dan about bowing to moon and stars is wrong as usual

      April 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • MicheleG

      Sanscrit, and Greek, for starters.

      April 17, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • MicheleG

      And then there was Hebrew, Assyrian, Babylonian, Phoenician, and Aramaic.

      April 17, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pamiri

    As a human beings we all should know and try to solve our problem, because now the countries in the world are so closed to each other, by having of good communications mediums, you know well these all. All these improvements have had come by efforts and lessons and learnt from the past and working very hard, as a result to produce some thing which benefits for all humanity. But unfortunately since our country had occupied by the foolish tribal mechanism the development and improvement had gone away from our country, and when the international forces come to Afghanistan again they (international forces) have had paid more attention to empower those who are from Tribal and who thinks as tribal idea , like Karzai and his some ignorant and Talibanized ministers, who just works how to destroy your homeland, you can refer to the history of the country since these foolish had got the power except killing and destroying they do not know anything else. and its now clear for all that Karzai is a big problem and needs to be removed from the power otherwise he have tried to bring back Taliban Terrorist Alqaeda on power since he have worked as a illegitimate president of the country, he Karzai has wasted all the resources of the international communities, on day would arrive we would submit him to court to respond what he has done so for the people and what he has done for Pakistan Taliban terrorist Alqaeda.

    From Kabul

    April 14, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Napoli

    The problem is all you see are people protesting (sometimes against America). There are two things you fail to see, this so called "occupation" is by a large number of countries and an even larger number of Afghans taking charge of there own destiny and doing some real good in the country not only for themselves but their fellow country men.

    Promises both in Iraq and Afghanistan would be much easier fulfilled with help rather than hindrance. Sometimes I feel the only difference between the "good" guys and the "bad" guys is which guys the coalition likes. They both do their part in hindering progress by blowing things up or corruption.

    We certainly prefer pointing out failures rather than successes, especially against our foes.

    April 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Napoli – In every occupation there are people collaborating with the occupiers. Even the Nazi found many people in France collaborating with them. Additionally an occupation is always an occupation, no matter how many countries are involved.

      April 13, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        salerno your just plain stupid! Call it what you wish, but even the moderate Taliban are beginning to see that we are trying to make Afghanistan a respectable country in this 21st century. If only the radical Islamic extremists and some of the politicians would be more respectable.

        April 13, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Even Htler and the Nazi thought to make Europe a more respectable place, idiot !

        April 14, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
      • cput

        Salerno – Yes, but it was the AMERICANS who knew Hitler was wrong. Thank GOD – they OCCUPIED and INVADED so that Hitler would stop mass murdering people.

        April 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        cput – You are wrong, the Americans did not know Hitler was wrong.
        The history ritthms itself. Hitler ideology was born in USA in the late 1800. The oppression toward Jewis originated from that ideology spread in UK and France with Chamberlain in the early 1900. Hitler joined later. USA was involved in the war because it was attacked. Even Churchill supported Mussolini while my grandfather was against him and went exile to France. You really need to get an education.

        April 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        No salerno, Hitler thought the Germans and the Nazi's were the higher ethnicity or race just as the Islamic religious fanatics do!

        April 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        You need to stop reading propaganda books, salerno. Our country was founded on Jewish Christian values and we never held anything against the Jews! IDIOT!

        April 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dan – you ignorant. Nazi are not a race. The esoteric ideology followed by Hitler and others was born in USA and UK.
        Their fathers or mothers were Madame Blavatsky, one relative of the philosopher Bergson, called Soror Vesrtigia Nulla Retrorsum, member of the "Golden Down" with Aleister Crowley. They thought the aryan race was superior to the semitic (jewish and arabs), but they are not German specifically, The Estonian and Lituanian also are aryan.
        Anyway even the term Aryan as a race is wrong, as it means a cast, not a race.

        April 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • cput

        salerno – So Americans did not know Hitler was wrong – who exactly were they fighting then? The US did not know until the end of the war about the mass killing of Jews. I have to give you one thing – you are a master at twisting words around. I wonder why your grandfather stayed in Europe when so many were migrating to American? My great grandparents came to America from Poland.

        April 14, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Cput – USA joined the war after Pearl Harbor. They had nothing against Hitler. Churchill had some trouble to get them involved. USA helped UK through mercantile ships and Germany attacked the ships.Most of the killing of jewis happened in the last stage of the war, when the lack of food worsened the situation.
        My grandfather was a politician linked to Italian king's family. His project was to led Italy in place of Mussolini. He wrote an open letter to Mussolini on a newspaper in the early 1920, and went to France. He came back to Italy and founded a political party after the war, but they had just one elected member in the parliament.I came to USA with my father in the sixties.

        April 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • cput

        Salerno – Yes I know the US didn't get involved in the war until after Pearl Harbor.But I highly doubt that "they didn't have anything against Hitler" is a true statement. The US, again, did not go to war until after 9/11. Your grandfather sounds like he led an interesting life.

        April 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        It is important to understand that Nazi ideology born in US and UK and it is still alive. Hitler was just part in the process even if outside, like an emission. The roots are in US-UK and beyond. US war started well before 9/11 as 9/11 was an answer to Clinton bombing in Iraq, Sudan and Afghanistan. These are facts, not my twisting.
        US persecuted AlQaeda in the eighties, supporting Mubaraq and other dictatorships. like Churchill, the idiot, supported and admired Mussolini.
        I do not take my grandfather as a model as he was an utopian, failed and died quite poor, even if he had some good times and nice relations of all kinds.

        April 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • cput

        Salerno – My understanding of our involvement in the Middle East began with Roosevelt. He had an agreement with the Saudi King that in exchange for Middle East oil, the US would provide security to the King. President Carter โ€™s doctrine furthered the mess with getting the military more entrenched in the Middle East. Over the past 30 years each succeeding President got us more and more involved. I can safely say – most Americans did not realize, until the revolution in Egypt, of the US backing of these brutal dictators. And I can safely say most Americans do not agree with the US policy on this. I wonder how different the would be if Carter had taken a different route.

        April 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        There is a leadership problem in US, actually.

        April 15, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • cput

        Salerno โ€“ It was a two way dance between the US and Middle Eastern policy makers. One could of not happened without the other. Both protecting their interests. Surely you can not deny that.

        April 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Quite true cput, but that was precisely what caused 9/11 in the very end: supporting m.e. dictatorships against the will of the people.

        April 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • cput

        Salerno – From my perspective the people I talk to every day are beginning to realize that, with the Egyptian and Libyan uprisings. It does make our country look bad. I wish the prior Presidents had taken a different path. Things would be so different.

        April 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hindu WISE man

      China, if it really WILL hire Afghan workers is also trying to assist Afghanistan in its economic development.

      http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2009/03/08/63452/chinas-thirst-for-copper-could.html

      April 13, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • cput

      Napoli – You speak so many words of wisdom.....

      April 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • cput

      Salerno – It was a two way dance between the US and Middle Eastern policy makers. One could of not happened without the other. Both protecting their interests. Surely you can not deny that.

      April 15, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. salerno

    The problem is not if we are happy or unhappy, but I just see the Afghan people protesting against the americans and their occupation. Generally a war is not necessary to provide a country with electricity. In Iraq people are protesting because the promised services were not fullfilled. Here in Afghanistan we are hust hearing words, not facts.

    April 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hindu WISE man

    Anyone who is unhappy about the Afghan people getting electricity should unplug from the grid and throw their computer away. I.e.: practice what you preach.

    April 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hindu WISE man

    Our resident trolls are, predictably, OFF SUBJECT. This is about electrical power......get it? Finally "Power to the People!" (Bet they won't get THAT reference....)

    April 12, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Hindu (ignorance) – you are wrong. The topic is "updating technology in Afghanistan", and I pointed out another kind of technology to update instead of electricity (wich is not a great technology at all).

      April 12, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Hindu WISE man

      pout pout pout

      April 12, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. salerno

    US should update technology of drones as a news was reported that 2 US soldiers were killed last week by the so called precise drones. This is the first time drones do not kill civilians, but military personnel. This is the positive side !

    April 12, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. pamiri

    people of Afghanistan are very needy in terms of electricity, even in Kabul most of people still do not have electricity as a result of very weak and corrupted president and his brothers Taliban
    from Kabul

    April 12, 2011 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Yes, of course US bombing has nothing to do with the situation.

      April 12, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Hindu WISE man

      Sheesh...get another metaphor. Hind hind hind....boooooooooooring.

      April 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • cput

      Geeeeee. I wonder why Karzi would not want the people of Afghanistan to have power? Maybe he has been watching too many revolutions in the area? PeoplePower to Egyptians and Libyans! Does a heart good.

      April 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. salerno

    This is the usual american lie. The electricity is not for afghan people, but for the mining companies to fulfill their energy needs to extract minerals and steal from the country. May be some afghans will work in the project, but evry occupation country did something like that. Even Hitler hired some french during Nazi occupation, even the soviet built some houses for the people in Hungary during their occupation, but the people still hate the invaders as they remember their citizens killed and the lack of freedom.

    April 11, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      Your just plain ignorant salerno! This company which has given a wife of a Taliban terrorist an opportunity for success in the 21st century is giving 10% the country electricity they have never seen before and green yet. This man and his company is good for the afghan people.You on the other hand are a propagandist and a lover of evil!

      April 11, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
      • Mikey

        Good points.

        You know, however, that if the resident trolls got EVERYTHING they want they'd still whine and complain. They have taken on the pointless roles of permanent misery and discontent. They want us to live in the stone age. There is no starting point of progress for the Afghan people that they would be content with. I do not reply to them any more, it just amplifies their own significance in their own minds (such minds as they have).

        April 11, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mikey

        See what I mean....an advocate for the stone age........

        April 11, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • pamiri

        We have suchfoolish people like Salerno a lot , which on of them is Karzai ,they do not know the profit of the electricity just they know how to live in stone age and kill each others,

        April 12, 2011 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Kabul was bombed by the UK, by the Soviet and recently by the US. It is difficoult having electricity if you are bombed so often in less than a century. People are not protesting for electricity, but against occupation. Freedom is more important than electricity.

        April 12, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
      • BANGASH

        DAN do not see the things from Bush angle as it is quite simple if you can see 10 years long occupation and after ten years you talk of just electricity. You should see your future instead of sticking to the past. Try to take lesson from what ex US President Eisenhower had said in 1961' How can a nation that prides itself on government โ€œof, for, and by the people,โ€ justify hiding these black budget allocations from taxpayer scrutiny? How can a nation continue to prosper by ignoring its own long-term demise at the hands of a militarized economy? If we truly want a real democracy to survive for generations to come, then we must demand extensive military reductions. We must demand a peaceful and sustainable path for our country and for the world at large. We must bring our soldiers home. We must protect ourselves from the tsunami that is building on Wall Street and in the halls of Washington DC". I hope now you will understand what me and salerno wish to convey to you all war mongers.

        April 14, 2011 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      This is just propaganda, as the people is protesting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Freedom is more important than electricity for few selected people, selling themselves to the occupation force.

      April 11, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • pamiri

        You must be from Paksitan or border areas of PAK-AF because you are not happy with impovements, rest all people who live in Afghanistan and love their country is happy with even a drop of improvement, no matter who do it,

        April 12, 2011 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I see people living in Afghanista are protesting against US occupation, and they even killed 8 UN workers in Kabul.
        They did not ask for electricity.

        April 12, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Hindu WISE man

        Well, for sure, let's NOT give them any then!

        April 12, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mikey

    Truly GOOD news! May their efforts grow and help all the Afghan people!

    April 11, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      Wonder how or why anyone would object to this?

      April 11, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      See....I KNEW our resident troll(s) would come up with a typical whine and pout.

      April 11, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Riza Afghan

      Afghans never been against foreign companies to come and invest and help the people.
      At least one good news which has nothing to do with War.

      Thanks ^_^

      April 11, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mikey

        Yes! Wholeheartedly agree!

        April 11, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • cput

        Thank you Riza Afghan and Pamiri. Something postiive. I hope the Afghanistan people get a better life – especaily the children.

        April 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |