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Cultural Dimensions of an Inhuman Phenomenon

Febraury 20, 2012

It has now become common to hear pieces of news about violence against women in Afghanistan. Since people in this country have been through more than thirty years of conflict and have seen and continue to see most gruesome cases of violence, a news item about self-immolation may not be shocking for them. Unfortunately, Afghanistan ...

Public Support in Exchange for Representation and Services

Febraury 19, 2012

LaniGuinier, in Tyranny of the Majority, argues that "The potential for instability exists when any significant group of people ends up as permanent losers." Over the last three decades, Afghanistan has been not only through political instability but also violent ups and downs. This chequered history of politics has affected ...

Taliban Notify US of USSR-like Defeat

Febraury 19, 2012

Amid all the fuss about peace and reconciliation process, the Taliban, on the 23rd anniversary of withdrawal of Red Army from Afghanistan issued a statement cautioning the US of the same fate. "Selfish Americans must learn a lesson from… the Russian defeat and no longer fight a meaningless battle with zealous Afghans and ...

Women Rights in Absence of Supporting Norms

Febraury 19, 2012

Of significant achievements that President Karzai government and the international community boasts of as result of the decade-long all-out efforts to change things in Afghanistan is the relatively improved human rights and new mechanisms and measures to promote and protect rights of women, children and vulnerable group. Beyond the ...

Karzai’s Failed Attempts to Cultivate Support among Taliban

Febraury 18, 2012

President Hamid Karzai has been trying to portray the Taliban as the children of Afghanistan that wish to work for peace in this land. The Taliban and other insurgent militants have been called by the president with most sacred names, such as brothers and children of this land. But the Taliban have betrayed these sacred names ...

No Stability with Drug Economy

Febraury 18, 2012

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said Afghanistan cannot be a stable country while our economy depends heavily on drug trade.While talking at an international conference, he urged countries involved in Afghanistan to step up the fight to combat poppy cultivation and drug business. He said there cannot be sustainable ...

The Policy against Infiltrators

Febraury 18, 2012

One of the key issues, which have become the hotbed of political discussions and arguments is the capacity of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) to accomplish their task unilaterally without depending on the muscle of foreign security forces. Similar to the rest of social and political issues, the notion has also ...

Military Arrangements and Political Reforms

Febraury 16, 2012

Strategic agreement between Afghanistan and the US is under discussion. Leon Panetta, the United States Secretary of Defense said in the US senate session that the US is in negotiation with Afghan authorities to sign a security agreement that would allow his country to maintain its military presence in Afghanistan after ...

Lesson from History

Febraury 16, 2012

Events were held in Kabul and other cities celebrating the 'Mujahideen victory' and Soviet departure from Afghanistan. As a nation, which we have to be yet, we should ask ourselves was it really a victory? Those who are not tired of claiming the 'Afghan Jihad' caused the collapse of Soviet Union and take pride for the 'victory' is ...

We Have to be Realistic!

Febraury 16, 2012

Currently, Afghanistan has been highly dependent on international support to run its economic system. The international troops that have been in the country for almost a decade are preparing to withdraw from the country and that withdrawal is going to end till 2014. After the withdrawal is complete there are possibilities ...

A Makeup Code by the Ministry of Information

Febraury 14, 2012

The Ministry of Information and Culture has asked the female newscasters and presenters to observe Islamic ethics and national culture while appearing on televisions. In a notice, the ministry has asked all the television channels not to allow the newsreaders with unveiled heads and "thick make-up" to appear on the ...

Not to Pardon Again

Febraury 14, 2012

When last year, on the occasion of Eid ul Fiter, President Hamid Karzai pardoned 18 teenagers who were arrested because of having plans of terrorist attacks in mind, the President seemed quite excited thinking that his forgiveness would change the mindset of those young terrorists. In addition to gifts and monetary rewards, some ...

Civilian Casualty and Air Strikes

Febraury 14, 2012

Civilian casualties have constantly fuelled tension between Afghan government and foreign allies. And the main reason behind NATO-caused tolls is recognized to be aerial operations across the country. Last week, NATO air strikes left reportedly seven children dead in the remote Kapisa province, which angered President Karzai ...

The Need to Transform Politics in Afghanistan

Febraury 13, 2012

In the course of Afghan modern history, what have been ignored the most are the people. The totalitarian kingdoms and self-centered politicians have mostly assumed and practiced as if they personally owned the authority. The ruling families recognized almost no source of legitimacy for the power they exercised. Authority was ...

On The Diplomats’ Clash

Febraury 13, 2012

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that a physical battle has occurred among some staff of Afghan embassy based in Washington. A physical fighting is per secondemnable but it must be intolerable when it happens between the diplomats that have to represent our country's interests in other countries. This news is ...

Sports Can Change the Image of Afghanistan to ‘Positive’

Febraury 13, 2012

The performance of Afghan cricket team is being lauded inside and outside the country. Despite the lowest security level and absence of facilities not only in cricket but also in other sports, Afghans have showed that they are 'no less' than any other country. On Friday, February 10, the Afghan cricket team played its first-ever ...

De-democratization in Individual-based Politics

Febraury 12, 2012

Democracy without the presence of functioning political parties to compete in elections and elect their representatives to parliament and other elected bodies is abortive. Though Afghan government and international community are no longer attentive of democratic politics and development, and are mainly concentrating on ...

Changes in Notions Signal Peace Process’s Future

Febraury 12, 2012

Ultimately, the efforts to cajole Taliban into peace talks have trumpeted. But they have not simply acquiesced to start negotiations. What is evident is that the insurgent groups have demanded release of its five leaders in Guantanamo Bay at Cuba, albeit details of a series of meetings held between US officials and Taliban ...

Afghans Victims of Human Smuggling

Febraury 12, 2012

Besides the expanded drug trafficking in Afghanistan, the business of human smugglers around the world are also majorly running on Afghans. United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) defines migrants smuggling as "smuggling migrants involves the procurement for financial or other material benefit of ...

A Reformist Move against the Backdrop of a Treacherous Dream and a Dictatorial Behavior

Febraury 11, 2012

It is now a few years that the discourse, at international level, about the war in Afghanistan has changed from nation-building and state-building to an "honorable exit" of troop contributing nations. It is a catastrophic mistake being made by Afghanistan's international allies and backers. Due ...

Efforts to Break the Deadlock in Syria

Febraury 11, 2012

The situation in Syria has become unspeakably awful as violence and bloodsheds continue unabated. It has been almost a week that the Homs city has come under severe firings by security forces to get it back from army defectors and other rebellions. There are reports of high civilians' casualty stuck in the crossfire yet no comprehensive ...

Drug Addicts Increasing

Febraury 11, 2012

The number of drug addicts is increasing without a check or any effective program by the government to stop it. More than 70,000 drug addicts are only in Heart. Being a bordering province with Iran, Heart has large number of drug addicts because most of them are the Afghan refugee returnees. Afghanistan produces about 90 percent ...

His Overestimated Self-Confidence

Febraury 09, 2012

For Afghan President, it has turned a dream to embrace his upset Taliban brothers. However, they've so far rejected his calls for brotherhood. The exhausting and insufficiently resourced war against terrorism has badly affected not only Afghanistan but the region and the entire globalized world. At the diplomatic level, government ...

MoE’s Decision is Odd!

Febraury 09, 2012

Since the ouster of Taliban in 2001, one area that has seen significant progress, no matter quantitative, is the education sector of Afghanistan. Although millions of girls and boys are still out of school – most of who work as child laborers, according to Ministry of Education (MoE), approximately 8.2 million students are ...

A Presence with no Direct Impact on Poor Afghans

Febraury 09, 2012

International community is walking out of Afghanistan. They have had military, political, economic/financial and even cultural presence in this troubled part of the world for the last ten years after they got attacked by lunatic fringes harboring in this country. Afghan people would see security, peace, stability and ...

Special Operations and Strategic Agreement

Febraury 08, 2012

There are reports that the Obama Administration is planning to handover the operations in Afghanistan to US Special Forces, increasing the pace of withdrawal and transition of security to Afghan National Security Forces. Such statements from White House show that the accelerated withdrawal has been decided and it might be ...

Children Should Receive No less Attention than Taliban

Febraury 08, 2012

In today's modern world, politics and government cannot be separated from delivering services to the citizens of a given territory, called country. There are three main functions a government is supposed to do in a country: to provide security; to work as arbitrator to resolve disputes between and ...

How should Afghans be Confident?

Febraury 08, 2012

Development in the Afghanistan's various sectors over the last decade is laudable, although rampant corruption exists. With international community's financial and non-financial support, noteworthy improvements are observable in democracy, civil society activities, human rights, media, education and other important ...

The Uncertain Pledges

Febraury 07, 2012

There is an increasing sense of uncertainty among the Karzai Government and ordinary Afghans regarding the future of Afghanistan. The confusing statements from US officials and their NATO allies and absence of a concrete withdrawal plan of the US troops in Afghanistan has further left ordinary Afghans worry about the worst scenarios ...

A Feeling of Inclusion Matters

Febraury 07, 2012

Democracy can take root and become institutionalized in a given society when democratic institutions are strengthened and the rule of law is established there. In Afghanistan, democratic institutions remain weak and dysfunctional. Change is needed to take place to make democracy work and to ensure permanent peace in the ...

Afghanistan Moving towards Destruction at a Very Fast Pace

Febraury 07, 2012

The first decade of US invasion of Afghanistan has completed and the Afghan war has entered its second decade. Yet, it is not clear until when the war will last? Security in this country has deteriorated with each passing year and with all the blood and treasure invested. No one is hopeful. The international community, Afghan ...

Engaging in Qatar and Killing in Kandahar

Febraury 06, 2012

Earlier, the US vice-president Joe Biden awarded the Taliban a non-enemy status as He said: 'That's critical. There is not a single statement that the president has ever made in any of our policy assertions that the Taliban is our enemy because it threatens U.S. interests.' The US and Afghan government have attempted to recognize ...

Muhammad (PBUH): The Prophet of Peace

Febraury 06, 2012

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is the last messenger of Allah Almighty. He was born in Rabi al Awwal - the third month of Islamic calendar. He was born on the 12 of Rabi al Awwal (February 4th), although celebrations continue throughout the week. The message of Mohammad is the message of peace. Islam is the religion of peace. About fourteen ...

Violence against Women

Febraury 06, 2012

Afghanistan is a country where gender equality is worst in the world. We have worst record of violence against women, with highest rate. The plight of Afghan women still persists with an increasing fear and serious concern that all the achievements of last decade would be in vain if the international community fail to leave behind a ...

Classified Information and Khar’s Visit

Febraury 02, 2012

New findings reported from NATO's classified information indicate that Taliban receive direct support from intelligence services in Pakistan. The document, which was reported on Wednesday, February 01, 2012 by Britain's Times newspaper and the BBC, said to have been produced based on the outcomes of interrogating ...