Real News: 'The Americans Have Been Dishonest Negotiators' Says Afghan Militants' Representative

The Political Chief of Hizb-e-Islami, one of the three main factions fighting Nato in Afghanistan, tells the Real News that his group has withdrawn from peace talks. But Dr Ghairat Baheer also warns that Afghan stakeholders must reach consensus before the US withdraws to avoid another civil war, and says the Taliban have softened their approach.

Ghairat Baheer is a citizen of Afghanistan who was held by American forces in extrajudicial detention for over six years. The BBC News reported Pakistani officials took him into custody during a pre-dawn raid on his home in Islamabad on October 30, 2002. The BBC said no reason was offered for his apprehension, and that there were rumors US security officials participated in the raid.

After his release in May 2008 Baheer asserted he had spent six months in the salt pit, one of the Central Intelligence Agency's network of clandestine interrogation centers. He spent the rest of his detention in the Bagram Theater Internment Facility in Afghanistan.

According to the Associated Press Baheer is a medical doctor, a son-in-law of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of the Hezbi Islami Gulbuddin militant group, and that he was captured with Gul Rahman, the only captive the CIA has acknowledged died in captivity. In 2010 Baheer was a member of the Hezbi Islami Gulbuddin peace delegation to peace talks.

In an interview with the German news agency DPA Bahir said he spent most of his six years in captivity in chains, bombarded with disorienting music so loud his guards wore hearing protection. He said they were fed an inadequate quantity of food, and he lost 40 kilograms, and he still hadn't fully recovered his strength.

In 2012 he served as the HiG's main negotiator with the United States..

From The Real News.

Good Eats: The Eggs Files

Season 01, Episode 03.

Host Alton Brown has some eggciting stories to tell. I hope he breaks out of his shell. Yolk, yolk.

Good Eats: Grillus Domesticus

(Grilled chicken)

Host Alton Brown takes us through the process of cutting, brining, and seasoning a bird before tossing on the grill.

Oh yeah, and then cooking that distant relation of the pheasant.

Good Eats: Major Pepper

Season 10, Episode 11, RT 21 min.

Host Alton Brown tells us all we need to know about black pepper. Or red. Or white. Or green. Or berries that are not actually pepper.

A great grind.

The Mind of a Chef: Ramen

In the series premiere, chef David Chang dissects the roots of his passion for ramen dishes and tsukemen on a trip to Japan. Learn the history of this famous noodle as David visits a ramen factory, has a bowl of original tsukemen, and examines how alkalinity makes noodles chewier and less prone to dissolving in broth. Join Anthony Bourdain, Chang and PBS on this journey into the mind of a chef!

The Amazing Coconut

We spent the day with a family of 8 on their coconut plantation in Sri Lanka, where they showed us all this fruit (nut?.. seed?..) has to offer.

Easy Bread

Vincent shows you how simple it is to make a good loaf of bread at home.

All you need to do is get some good flour and relax, let time do the hard work ;)

Remember, source your ingredients, find a local miller who produces stone ground flour.

No more excuses now, get baking!

1000g flour
700g water
20g salt
Tiny bit active dry yeast

By the Real Bread Campaign.

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Gourmet Space Food

Jamie and Adam chat with astronaut Chris Hadfield about the limitations of food preparation on board the International Space Station. While astronauts can't really cook their own meals, Jamie and Adam challenge celebrated chef David Chang with the task of devising a recipe that Commander Hadfield can test... in space.

Breuer on Portland

Jim Breuer at Helium Comedy Club: Food Trucks, Population, Rain, and a friendly heckle too!

Japanese Steak Sandwich/Burger on Rice

Down in Shimane Prefecture while at Izumo Taisha shrine for their festival, I stumble upon this great little snack - a slice of steak sandwiched between two rice patties wrapped with seaweed. It was really really good!!! It costs about 600 yen and right across from them another shop sells draft beer for 300 Yen.

The shop is Enmusubiya just across from the main entrance to Izumo Taisha (which I mispronounced at the end like an idiot).