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Welcome to Reporters, I'm Philippa Thomas.
From here in the BBC News room, we send out correspondents
In this week's programme: Is America's
Justin Rowlatt asks what the Trump administration should do
According to the American Government's own estimates, the
Taliban still controls a third of the country,
opium production is at record high and corruption is still
Who are the happiest children in the world?
Anna Holligan meets mums who have gone
And the future of Formula One, as its legendary leader, Bernie
Dan Roan examines his legacy, and meets the man
It's been running as a one-man dictator for a long, long time.
I think the sport needs a fresh perspective.
As Donald Trump settles into his new home in
the White House, one of his
most pressing issues in is in-tray is Afghanistan.
In the past he's described America's involvement as a
disaster but he's also told the Afghan leader, the US will not
The international combat mission there
ended in 2014 but 13,000 Nato troops remain and most of them are
With the Taliban and other militant groups gaining ground,
Justin Rowlatt has been trying to find out if the US will cut its
losses and bring America's longest war to an end.
Another team of Afghan soldiers is flying in to Helmand province.
The BBC got rare permission to join them.
It has been hard going for the Afghan army since the US and its
Nato allies pulled out most of their troops at the end of 2014.
These days, the soldiers don't have far to
It is right on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah.
The Taliban now control more than 80% of
the province and, say the soldiers, supplies are low.
TRANSLATION: For a month we have been saying we are running out of
ammunition but we don't get any new supplies.
Our enemy is firing at us but we don't have enough bullets to
His commander urges President Trump to continue to
TRANSLATION: As a soldier of Afghanistan, I ask his excellency,
Donald Trump, to continue the fight here.
If he can give us more support we can wipe the terrorists out.
The West still has 13,000 troops in Afghanistan, most of them are
This is their headquarters in Kabul but the truth
The West has spent more in real terms on reconstruction
here in Afghanistan than America spent on the
reconstruction of Europe after the Second World War.
Now despite that, according to the American
government's own estimates, the Taliban still controls a third of
the country, opium production is at a record high
Nato commanders say America does have clear
Afghanistan - Training and assisting the Afghan army and targeting
So, specifically, Al-Qaeda, as well as
the Islamic State, that is what really keeps direct
pressure on the organisations that threaten the West and threaten our
Nato commanders say America does have clear strategic
interests in Afghanistan - Training and assisting
the Afghan army and targeting terrorist organisations.
And other powers are flexing their muscles in Afghanistan.
Last month Russia hosted a meeting in Moscow about the country's future
with senior officials from China and Pakistan and it makes no secret
of the fact it has been talking to the Taliban.
This doesn't take much, according to the Dutch. They have the most
contented baby, the happiest kids and the best work life balance as
adults. The lessons start with breakfast. They place a high value
on family life, and communication between members of the family and
part of eating together is about talking together. The Dutch scored
the highest on children aged breakfast before school. That set
them up for the day. Chocolate sprinklings clearly contradict
healthy eating advice. It Dutch kids have some of the lowest obesity
rates, which might be linked to the fact that so many cycle to school,
but, as you can see, bikes and cars have separate lanes, so parents
don't have the same worries about sending kids out on two wheels. When
they get to school, Dutch pupils don't face academic pressure like
tests and from work until much later. When there is not so much
pressure, children start school in a positive way by enjoying it, by
feeling this is something nice to do. That is backed up by the Unicef
statistics would suggest these children are more likely to go on to
further education than their British counterparts. You will see lots of
fathers at the school gates. The Dutch government legislates for
unpaid father Davies which encourage families to share the childcare.
Then there is the freedom. We always read in all these books but they
should play outside, so I am happy it is part of a culture where they
are expected to go out and play. The by-product of giving kids a greater
independence, more time for yourself, at least when they are
older. Head west from here and you will reach Essex. The UK might be
geographically close but there are fundamental differences between our
societies and not all of the lessons here can simply be exported over
there. But, they might just inspire you. Now, anxious times at Formula 1
after the man who transformed the sport into a billion-dollar global
business stood down this week. Bernie Ecclestone Road F1 for nearly
40 years wit and irony crib and an astuteness that has been arguably
unmatched across business and sporting worlds. But, he has been
accused by his successor, Chase Carey, of running the sport like it
one-man dictator. The new man at the top of Formula 1 has been talking to
us about the future of the sport. There is Bernie Ecclestone, the Czar
of Formula 1. He has been a driving force like no other. Having root of
Formula 1 with an iron grip for decades, Bernie Ecclestone
transformed into a global commercial phenomenon on. This is fantastic. At
times it seemed as if he would go on for ever but with a
multi-billion-dollar American takeover came a sudden change in
direction. The new F1 boss said it is the end of the road for the man
he has replaced. I expect this is difficult for Bernie, he has run the
sport as a one-man, he calls himself a dictator, he has run it as a
one-man dictator for a long time. I think the sport needs a fresh
perspective. From second-hand car salesman to the martial rights
holder, the rise of Ecclestone was remarkable. The 86-year-old's deal
making skills quite powerful friends and billions in the bank. There was
also controversy. Some comments caused offence and he was forced to
settle a bribery case in 2014, but this diminutive figure will be
remembered as a titan of the sport. You cannot have another Bernie. The
conditions and circumstances will never exist and he will go down in
history for what he has achieved. This is fantastic. Recently, F1 has
struggled to match the thrills of the pass and with declining
audiences, the sport needs a revamp. The most important thing is getting
back to the basics of great racing, engaging with the fans, engaging
with the public and, perhaps, making the cars less confident. I go back
to man and machine being at the pinnacle. Formula 1 has been able to
depend on its unique mix of speed, glamour and technology to guarantee
true global appeal. There is a sense from within the sport that in an
ultracompetitive and shifting sports market, there are now needs to be
change. We need to use all the digital platforms available and are
marketing capability to tell the stories of the rivalries. We have to
make are even larger than ever, week-long events, cities at the
tracks with music and entertainment, with the sport at the Centre. I have
talked about 21 super Bowls and that is what we should have. This is a
seismic moment. Ecclestone has been offered an advisory role, but the
man is to bring the puppet master is no longer pulling the strings. The
wood of the sport will never see his like again. And that is all from
reporters this week. From me, goodbye for now.