McClatchy's Jonathan S. Landay traveled to a coal mine that symbolizes the corruption, nepotism and mismanagement that pervade President Hamid Karzai's government.
McClatchy's Dion Nissenbaum speaks about the difficulty of getting around Afghanistan while on assignment to Badkhshan.
McClatchy found that U.S. government funding for at least 15 large-scale programs and projects grew from just over $1 billion to nearly $3 billion despite the government's questions about their effectiveness or cost. Welcome to Afghan aid, American-style. » read more
McClatchy reporters working in Afghanistan and Washington identified nearly $200 million in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects that have failed, face serious delays or resulted in subpar work, hindering Obama administration hopes of improving the lives of Afghans and succeeding in the fight against the Taliban. The reporters found that oversight by U.S. officials is so flawed that a vast majority of the companies that do shoddy work haven't been banned from getting new U.S. contracts. They also found that political influence by the Afghan elite, and not business competency, was behind the development of two major national assets in Afghanistan: a coal mine and cement factory.