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LA Times Photos May Help Get the US Out of Afghanistan

At a press conference today, Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai said that after seeing the photos of American soldiers posing with the body parts of dead Afghans in the LA Times, he demanded an “accelerated and full transition of security responsibilities to Afghan forces, so Afghanistan can take over its own destiny, and thus no such things can be repeated by the foreign forces in Afghanistan.”

In other words, he wants us out. And he wants us out quickly.

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The NATO force is due to wind down its combat role in 2014, but growing numbers of troop-contributing nations have indicated they plan to pull out their fighting forces next year. A transition of security responsibilities to the Afghan police and army is the centerpiece of the U.S. exit strategy.

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Former Glamour Reporter Velasquez Picked To Lead Latino News Site

Shirley_Headshot2.jpgMy Latino Voice, a Web site focused on Latino news and culture, has named Shirley Velasquez editor-in-chief.

Velasquez is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a senior reporter at Glamour magazine since 2003. During her time at the Condé Nast pub, Velasquez worked on a number of influential pieces including on story that required her to go undercover as an undocumented factory worker.

She also made news in 2006 over a controversial Q&A with Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai, solidifying her reputation as a probing reporter not afraid to ask tough questions or delve into challenging topics — like the poor treatment of women in Afghanistan — even though she worked for a magazine that is considered by many to be merely about fashion.

Throughout her career, Velasquez has also worked for CNN, Ellegirl, Publisher’s Weekly, Latina, Ms. Magazine, InStyle and The South China Morning Post.

“There are so many inspiring and dramatic stories about Latinos that remain untold,” Velasquez said. “My Latino Voice publishes stories that take a 360 degree look at the lives of Latinos in America in a way that nobody else is doing, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

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