Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Contention and Instability in Absence of Representation

March 17, 2012

Over the last ten years, Afghan government as well as international community has been making a choice between security and governance, representation and stability. But the assumption to choose security and stability versus governance and representation has proved fatally wrong. The kind of institutional and electoral ...

The Situation is Getting Worse

March 17, 2012

After the dramatic statement of President Karzai demanding international troops to withdraw from villages and restrict military operations, his aides were trying to 'explain' it to media yesterday. He also said the transition should be completed by 2013 instead of the 2014 deadline that has been scheduled by the US and ...

Fighting Corruption Needs a Strong Will

March 17, 2012

Bribery has turned into a culture in Afghanistan. People are sick of paying millions of Afghanis in bribes each year for receiving basic government services for which they are already paying in the forms of various kinds of taxes. This is no less than a disaster for a country where according to UN figures about ...

Fleeing Cash and Sleeping Government

March 15, 2012

Foreign and domestic investments are considered the lifeblood of an economy. Keeping the economic vulnerability of Afghanistan and its dependency on foreign aids, investments are more than lifeblood to this country. But due to worsening insecurity in Afghanistan, not only Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) but also investment ...

A Reiterated “Responsible Exit” That is Difficult

March 15, 2012

Taliban have been saying that withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan will bring an end to the war and fighting in this country. They have been stated this because they believe that with the help of terrorist networks and elements in the region they will be able to take over Afghanistan. The US president Barack Obama has said ...

The Bogus Claim of Militants

March 15, 2012

Two suicide bombings in Helmand and Kandahar, the two previous strongholds of Taliban militants left nine killed and many more injured. Both attacks likely organized to target foreign soldiers but no foreign citizen killed or injured. All victims were innocent Afghan citizens. The attacks carried out simultaneous ...

Afghanistan: A Theatre of Aggressive Campaigns for Conflicting Goals

March 14, 2012

There appears to be a huge wave of political developments happening in Afghanistan. All actors and parties that have a stake in this war-torn country are at play and have intensified their campaigns to achieve their own defined goals. International community- no longer ...

Afghan Women Honored International Courage Award

March 14, 2012

Remaining socially and politically active has never been easy for Afghan women, as Afghanistan has been ranked the worst place for a woman to live in. With the ouster of Taliban government in 2001, a new chapter began in the life of women of Afghanistan. Their involvement has significantly increased ...

Afghanistan is Moving Towards its 90s

March 14, 2012

Release of video in January that show US Marines urinating on dead bodies of Taliban, burning of holy Qur'an at Bagram Airbase in February and massacre of 16 civilians by an American Sergeant in Kandahar on Sunday have put the decade-long efforts and sacrifices in blood and treasure of the international community in Afghanistan at ...

A Crisis Situation and an Unpromising Future

March 13, 2012

Growing tired of a lingering war, international community has been taking hasty decisions on withdrawal from Afghanistan and transitioning security responsibility to Afghan forces. An agreement was signed last Friday about transferring the control of main coalition prison to Afghan authorities within six months. There is not any ...

The Panjwae Shocking Attack

March 13, 2012

Another shocking incident in one of the restive province—Kandahar—caused eyes, set on televisions, drowned in tears. An American soldier walked off his base in a remote southern Afghan village shortly before dawn Sunday and opened fire on civilians inside their homes, killing at least 16, including nine children. President Hamid ...

The Gross Inequality

March 13, 2012

Amidst vague and unclear negotiation process with Taliban leaders and approaching deadline for foreign military withdrawal, there are worrying reports about the democratic achievements of Afghan women. Human rights activists are worried that weaknesses of the government do not lead the country towards further chaos and instability ...

We Should be Ready for More Violence

March 12, 2012 7

As the cold winter is saying good-bye to Afghanistan and a new spring is looming, people wish the coming year will be a wonderful year of development, peace and prosperity. But that is what we have been wishing for in the last three decades. If we listen to Afghan government then all is well: security is improving, Afghan ...

An Effort to Keep Women’s Rights Discourse Alive

March 12, 2012 7

In Afghanistan, concerns are glaringly growing about possible tradeoff of women's rights in the ongoing bid to bring Taliban and other insurgent groups back to the fold. Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO) - a Kabul-based local organization working to promote human rights in the country-in ...

The Gross Inequality

March 12, 2012 7

Amidst vague and unclear negotiation process with Taliban leaders and approaching deadline for foreign military withdrawal, there are worrying reports about the democratic achievements of Afghan women. Human rights activists are worried that weaknesses of the government do not lead the country towards further chaos and instability ...

Need for Strategic Blueprints

March 11, 2012

Afghan people believe that the possible strategic agreement between Afghanistan and the United States of America will insure them against a descent into any violence, chaos and disorder. Therefore, they strongly back the deal and want president Karzai's government to sign it as soon as possible to ward off the preventive attempts ...

School Burning Negates all Positive Thoughts about Taliban

March 11, 2012

There are views that, over the last ten years, Taliban's mentality has changed in several areas. They are no more against sending boys and girls to schools as they have committed to local people that they would not create hurdles, if children attend schools. They are not against TV channels that broadcast programs keeping ...

Agreement on Prisons’ Control, Night Raids

March 11, 2012

After months of unrealistic demands of the transfer of detention centers from the US control to Afghan security forces, for the strategic partnership agreement between the two countries, a memorandum of understanding has been signed between Defense Minister Rahim Wardak and the American military commander Gen Allen. At ...

Shahid Mazari’s Political Thought and Plan are Today’s Dominant Political Discourse

March 10, 2012

The seventeenth anniversary of Shaheed Abdul Ali Mazari, known as Baba (father) Mazari, was commemorated on Friday, March 09, 2012 with the participation of tens of thousands of people, government officials, leaders of political parties, intellectuals and civil society activists here in Kabul. Every ...

Controversies May Become Clashes

March 10, 2012

The controversies about Iran's nuclear program are becoming very much serious. United States of America has been insisting on tightening the sanctions against Iran so as to make it turn more flexible regarding its stand. It has mentioned clearly that its nuclear program is totally friendly and does not possess threat to world ...

Sticking to Unjust Narratives

March 08, 2012

Afghanistan's attempts to have a radical departure from unjust narratives appear to be foundering and there are inclinations towards realignment with the Taliban and other lunatic fringes. President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday, March 06, 2012 endorsed a guideline published by the Ulema Council that calls for segregation of males and ...

A Chronic Problem with Trivial Solutions

March 08, 2012

As far as a decade ago, Afghan women were denied their basic human rights. The Taliban regime, under fanatic and radical views of Islamic teachings added to the tribal culture, allowed huge gender violence take place in Afghanistan. The problem however didn't emerge fist during Taliban; it was carried on from old ages in ...

Taliban Fight Hard to Maintain Influence in Helmand

March 08, 2012

Against the abundant number of weighty claims about improvement in security condition in Afghanistan, insurgents remain potent of targeting foreign and Afghan troops and civilians. Death tolls on both military and civilian sides have gone increasing with the passage of every year. As the NATO mulls to get out of Afghanistan by the ...

A Better Understanding of Ground Realities is Important

March 07, 2012

Discussion over finalizing the strategic partnership deal between the US and Afghanistan has halted. Apparently, the parties have not reached a common understanding over night raids and transfer of prisons from US to Afghan control. This is at times when the US-Afghan relations have turned significantly low after the burning of holy ...

Woman’s Day and a Boast Being Undone

March 07, 2012

Tomorrow is International Woman's Day. Over the last ten years, Afghan government has been boastful of relative achievements of women in terms of their participation in politics and social activities as compared with the Taliban era. But one of the government's main boasts appear to be being undone as the situation of women ...

Mr. President Supports Ulema’s Guidelines

March 07, 2012

President Hamid Karzai supported the guideline of Afghan Ulema Council regarding sex-segregation. Last Friday, Ulema council, in meeting with President Karzai, submitted a declaration, which is released monthly by the council, noticed that women should be separated from men in all social spheres. It also says that according to ...

Controversies May Become Clashes

March 06, 2012

The controversies about Iran's nuclear program are becoming very much serious. United States of America has been insisting on tightening the sanctions against Iran so as to make it turn more flexible regarding its stand. It has mentioned clearly that its nuclear program is totally friendly and does not possess threat to world ...

Karzai’s Behavior Makes or Breaks

March 06, 2012

Reports say that the US has suspended talks on strategic agreement with Afghanistan. This strategic agreement is imperative for the long-term stability of Afghanistan and political groups and people in the country back this. But unfortunately President Hamid Karzai has been bidding to gain personal political advantages from the ...

The First Sign of Taliban’s Return

March 06, 2012

We are just a few days away from March 8th, the international women day. The day has special significance for Afghan women, as their country has been rated the worst place for women to live. In Afghanistan women have remained deprived of their basic rights since centuries. Violence against women has brought forward shocking incidents where women have suffered physical tortures that have resulted in ...

High turnout: A Victory for Conservative Wing

March 05, 2012

The first parliamentary election in Iran after controversial presidential election in 2009 was held reportedly in peaceful environment and nothing went wrong. The turnout was around 65 percent as previously estimated by conservative wing in the country. The level of participation in comparison to ...

Manipulation of Afghans’ Religious and Patriotic Feelings

March 05, 2012

When the Taliban emerged as a movement in the political stage of Afghanistan, they had Holy Quran in their hands to show to the people that their words and acts would be guided by the Holy Quran. They did attract people at the beginning to some extent. But soon they not only did not stick to the message and content of ...

Hamid Rahimi—World Boxing Union Champion

March 05, 2012

During the senseless protest demonstrations during the last two weeks, a good news for Afghanistan went unnoticed largely in media. Afghan boxer Hamid Rahimi won the World Boxing Union championship on February 24, 2012 in Hamburg city of Germany. A crowd of enthusiastic fans and officials of the Olympics Committee welcomed him yesterday at ...

Reconciliation Process to be Made Inclusive

March 04, 2012

As the reconciliation process is proceeding, the concerns about it are increasing as well. In fact, it has not been Afghanized in the way it should be. Not only representatives of opposition groups, minorities and civil society members are excluded from the process, but the Afghan government as well has not been made the part of the ...

11th Anniversary of Destruction of Bamyan Buddhas

March 04, 2012

This week marks the 11th anniversary of the destruction of Bamyan Buddha statues by Taliban. It was at the cost of the destruction of the two giant statues that the world was alerted of the horrible brutalities of Taliban regime. They not only redefined brutality by committing a war against human civilization by destroying the ...

Afghan Tortured Killed in Indonesia

March 04, 2012

Over the last thirty years, the lives of Afghan people have been at great stake both inside and outside their country. USSR invasion of Afghanistan, the civil war and then the Taliban brutal era caused millions Afghans to migrate to neighboring and other countries of the world. Even after the ouster of Taliban government ...