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The Kingdom of Kabul

The Kingdom of Kabul

January 24, 2012 | Abbas Daiyar

While inaugurating the new session of National Assembly after its winter break, President Karzai spoke in reference to the meeting of some Afghan politicians and US congressmen in Berlin. Leaders of National Front Ahmad Zia Massoud, Haji Muhammad Muhaqiq, Abdur Rashid Dostum and former ...

The Government’s Resistance to Change

The Government’s  Resistance to Change

January 24, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie 

The political war between the government of President Karzai and the main opposition bloc, Afghanistan's National Front, has found a new issue and a new battleground. The call by a number of leaders from the National Front to make a shift to a parliamentary form of democracy has been the hotbed of a new wave of controversies. Some prominent ...

Is ‘Justice’ the will of the Powerful?

Is ‘Justice’ the will  of the Powerful?

January 23-2012 | Dilawar Sharzai

Most of the political philosophers and analysts believe that justice is one of the basic pillars on which the building of a political system can be constructed. Justice, in simplest words, is 'to give what a person deserves' or 'it is what the courts offer' or else 'it is what law tends to achieve'. But these definitions of justice are too simplistic and ...

The Euro Crisis and Sustainability of the System

The Euro Crisis and Sustainability of the System

January 23-2012 | Jawad Rahmani

Right after 2008 financial crisis, all countries have been engaged in severe battle to control the fallout and restrict its consequential effects. While part succeeded but many are still writhing in sludge and have no idea how to stop. Generally speaking, countries supported two different approaches. One, which largely ...

An Uncertain Future for Afghanistan

An Uncertain Future  for Afghanistan

January 23-2012 | NaeemYaghoobi

The international conference on international assistance to Afghanistan is scheduled to be held in Tokyo, Japan in July of 2012. The Tokyo international conference is scheduled to focus on international economic assistance to Afghanistan for development and reconstruction during the decade 2014-24, which is supposed to be ...

No Way Out of This Financial Crisis - Collapse Inevitable

No Way Out of This Financial Crisis - Collapse Inevitable

January 22, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

The financial and economic crisis that has engulfed the developed world in Europe and North America is unprecedented in the history of humankind in terms of both depth and breadth of the problems that underpin the crisis. Never before in history has the world been so integrated with the financial markets truly global and every crisis ...

Int’l Efforts Fail to Cut Taliban’s Biggest Source of Income

Int’l Efforts Fail to Cut Taliban’s Biggest Source of Income

January 22, 2012 | Mohd. Ahsan

'Better Security' in Afghanistan has been a top priority of international community. But it would be like glossing over the fundamental facts pertaining to Afghanistan, if one articulates the US and its allies' efforts are triumphing here. The Afghan government and its international partners have, with no single doubt, failed to ...

The Hard Journey to Sanction Iranian Oil

The Hard Journey to Sanction Iranian Oil

January 22, 2012 | Nasruddin Hemati

Amidst rising concern in United States of America, Europe, Israel and certain Arab countries over Iran's ambiguous moves to enrich Uranium at a higher level, in more arsenals and with more number of centrifuges, the quarrels over how to deal ...

Talks with Taliban Within a Flawed Model

Talks with Taliban Within  a Flawed Model

January 21, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

Recently, the Taliban announced that talks and negotiations with the U.S.-led international community do not mean that they would drop weapons and embrace peace. This statement might have surprised many in the West including some in the Obama Administration, who have pinned all their hopes on finding "a negotiated, political ...

Bankruptcy of the Existing Power Structure

Bankruptcy of the Existing Power Structure

January 21, 2012 | Sher Alam Saqib

In addition to the negotiation with Taliban and other insurgent groups, the new campaign for decentralization of power launched by some major political parties and alliances has become a prevalent discussion in Afghanistan, whose translation into real political reform can determine the future course of political stability in the ...

What Would Be the Next Step?

What Would Be  the Next Step?

January 21, 2012 | Jawad Rahmani

A month-long mandate of Arab monitoring team expired lately this week and its chief Mr. Mohammad al-Dabi is still working on the report to represent to League's leaders likely within few coming days. The team was deployed to the country last month in the wake of suspension of Syria's membership in the League. The suspension came ...

Fiscal Sustainability and Dwindling Foreign Aid

Fiscal Sustainability and Dwindling Foreign Aid

January 19, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan currently stands at the bottom of the United Nation's Human Development Index. This shows the extent of the under-development, poverty and the abysmal conditions of living for a majority segment of the population. The efforts over the past one decade in reducing poverty and creation of jobs and employment have ...

Suffering, Shivering Afghans

Suffering, Shivering Afghans

January 19, 2012 | Dilawar Sharzai

Afghanistan is one of the countries that suffer from lack of development and basic requirements of life. Millions in the country can hardly acquire basic necessities of life. Through most part of its modern history the country has been dominated by wars and conflicts. Little efforts have been made in improving the standard of ...

The Trend has Taken a New Turn

The Trend has Taken a New Turn

January 19, 2012 | By Jawad Rahmani

No doubt, it has been centuries that European and North American countries have been the founder, epicenter and engine of almost everything in the world, ranging from economics, to politics, to social and cultural relations and etc. whatever the reason behind, they were deeply engaged in promoting and expanding those abstract ...

Warlords and Amir-ul-Momaneen

Warlords and  Amir-ul-Momaneen

January 18, 2012 | Abbas Daiyar

The Taliban have issued a statement in Farsi on their website condemning the conference in Berlin attended by key opposition figures and leaders of National Front Ahmad Zia Massoud, Rashid Dostum, Muhammad Muhaqiq and former NDS Chief AmrullahSaleh. Since the meeting last week in Berlin, which was organized by Aspen Institute, there ...

What are our Rights?

What are our Rights?

January 18, 2012 | Dilawar Sharzai

Whenever a government is formed in a state, one of its top priority matters is maintaining the rights of its citizens. In today's world of ours when the nations of world claim to be civilized and they have formed democratic systems of government the rights of the subjects have been emphasized to a great extent. Moreover, today the ...

Living in the Age of Corruption

Living in the Age  of Corruption

January 18, 2012 | Abdul Samad Haidari

After the collapse of the Taliban, Corruption has gone from bad to worse, from the time when the United States installed the so-called government despite hundreds and thousands of promises and oaths to get Afghanistan rid of these messes and save its people from injustice and paralyzing criminal warlords but yet no comprehensive...

Is Everything Fair in War?

Is Everything Fair in War?

January 17, 2012 | Dilawar Sharzai

The wars always bring with themselves myriads of problems, evils and harms. It has the capability to destroy human civilization within no time. Decades of developments can turn to ruins once these giants turn wild and grasp the world in its deadly grips. There have been many wars in the human history and all of them have their ...

A Modern Class of Entrepreneurs - A Must for Afghanistan

A Modern Class of Entrepreneurs - A Must for Afghanistan

January 17, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

The post-Taliban Afghanistan is a colorful gallery of achievements, failures, mistakes and blunders. From the international community to the government of Afghanistan every single entity within this large set-up has had its own share of mistakes and blunders as well as achievements. A grave mistake committed in Afghanistan, and for that ...

The Power of Social Networks

The Power of  Social Networks

January 17, 2012 | Naeem Yaghoobi

It would be surprising to know one-fifth of all the internet users, visit and use one or more of the online social networks. According to new research done, online social networks have about 1.2 billion users. Most of them are young people between the ages of 15 -25 years. Facebook and Twitter are the most popular social networks and ...

Talks of Federal System

Talks of Federal System

January 16, 2012 | Abbas Daiyar

After Taliban's confirmation of opening an office in Qatar, the domestic Afghan debate on talks with the Taliban has intensified among the political circles of Kabul, media, civil society organizations and ordinary Afghans. It is optimistic to see the efforts of talks for a political settlement with the insurgents to end the ...

Violence Resurge in Iraq

Violence Resurge in Iraq

January 16, 2012 | Jawad Rahmani

Iraq is regressing in the security and political spheres. On Saturday, Jan 14, Shiite worshipers were targeted by suicide bombers in the city of Basra. The attack killed more than 50 people and injured around hundred people on one of the holiest days in Shiite calendar. Though against the hopes, it smelt sectarian violence and ...

“We don’t Need Nuclear Power”

“We don’t Need Nuclear Power”

January 16, 2012 | Mohd. Ahsan

On Saturyday, January 14, 2012, around 2000 protestors marched in the streets of Yokohama, Japan, chanting slogans against the nuclear energy and its negative impacts on environment and life. The protestors were chanting, "We don't need nuclear power. Give back our hometown. Protect our children." Japan is one of the ...

Durand Line: The Future Time Bomb

Durand Line: The Future Time Bomb

January 15, 2012 | Mohammad Younas

On November 12, 1893, King Abdur Rahman Khan and Sir Henry Mortimer Durand (British Envoy) agreed on seven points known as Durand Line Agreement to demarcate the line between Afghanistan and British India approximately 2,640 kilometers long (presently much of Baluchistan, large parts of the Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Province and the...

In Search of a Painted Childhood

In Search of a  Painted Childhood

January 15, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

The BBC Persian service ran a small but profoundly moving story on how a number of children and adolescents in Mazar-e Sharif experience with painting and drawing in "Balkh Cultural café". This is something that very few children in Afghanistan of today ever hear of or actually get the ...

Ambiguity Surrounds the Palace

Ambiguity Surrounds the Palace

January 15, 2012 | Mohd. Ahsan

These days a very pathetic condition seems to be prevailing in presidential palace. The Karzai administration is trying to exhibit itself as 'important' in the process where the US is trying to enter a deal with Taliban. But the palace and the High Peace Council (HPC) – specially established to facilitate the peace ...

A Paranoid Government Stifles Constructive Dialogue

A Paranoid Government Stifles Constructive Dialogue

January 14, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

The recent meeting in Berlin, Germany, organized by the Aspen Institute, which brought together a number of prominent Afghan leaders, has drawn harsh criticism from the government of Afghanistan. The meeting, named Afghanistan 2014: Opportunities and Challenges, in actuality, was a platform ...

About Talks with the Taliban

About Talks with the Taliban

January 14, 2012 | Abbas Daiyar

The Western media punditry after Taliban confirmation of opening a "political office" in Qatar paints the future of a political settlement for the end of conflict in Afghanistan very optimistically. After years of denial and doubts when the idea of negotiations with the Taliban were proposed seriously for the first ...

The Social Network

The Social Network

January 14, 2012 | Jawad Rahmani

We are in living in the so-called information era. Information revolution and globalization are two main topics discussed thoroughly across the globe. The earth is shrinking too fast, changing into a small village. Resistance does not work. Countries, which try to build cyst around, finally understand that the most they t...

Need to Overcome the Phobia of a New National Dialogue

Need to Overcome the Phobia  of a New National Dialogue

January 12, 2012 | Sher Alam Saqib

In the era of new waves of democratization, Afghanistan cannot return to a form of political system and government other than democracy. After the fall of Taliban regime in late 2001, the country opted for democratic system and process to manage the ...

Promoting a Favorable Business Environment

Promoting a Favorable  Business Environment

January 12, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan ranks as a country with one of the worst domestic environments for doing business according to reports published by a number of international organizations including the World Bank. The "business environment" in Afghanistan, although having improved significantly over the past one decade, remains unsuitable ...

Sahar Gul’s Story - A Clear Image of Women’s Life in Afghanistan

Sahar Gul’s Story - A Clear Image  of Women’s Life in Afghanistan

January 12, 2012 | Basir Ahang

On December 27, 2011, 15 year old Sahar Gul was discovered imprisoned in her in-law's musty, dark cellar by the Baghlan Province Police. Seven months earlier, while living in Badakhshan Province, Sahar had been forced into marriage. The police report stated the young girl had been imprisoned, tortured and violently beaten by the husband ...

What about Foreign Military Presence, Mr. President?

What about Foreign Military Presence, Mr. President?

January 11, 2012 | Jawad Rahmani

Water in the ditch of Kabul of and Washington relationship is getting colder and colder and keeping swimming there is increasingly turning a bad idea. Its linkage has been caught of fresh water and, thus, it gets dustier. Recently, I have written extensively about Kabul and Washington relation and particularly ...

Taliban Policies are Tricky!

Taliban Policies  are Tricky!

January 11, 2012 | Mohd. Ahsan

Before the present image and meaning of Taliban, the word Talib (plural or Taliban) was perceived positively. Talib is a student of religious schools called Madrassa who after studying for certain years will become a Mullah. In the past there was much respect for Mullahs. However, their involvement in politics and activities other than ...

The Ticking Time Bomb in the Middle East

The Ticking Time Bomb in the Middle East

January 11, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

It has been more than three decades since the Islamic revolution in Iran toppled the Pahlavi Dynasty and its last monarch, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. The era that followed has seen the Islamic Republic in Iran at an uneasy relationship with the West. The recent controversies over the Strait of Hormuz and Iran's threats to block the Strait ...