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Beating War Drum?

Beating War Drum?

March 08, 2012 | Nasruddin Hemati

With the radical principalists claimed victory in Iran's parliamentary elections and a huge blow to the reformism there, the international community is put at a greater stake on Iran's nuclear issue. The country signaled it was ready to resume talks with six powers but the International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors have accused the country of not ...

Every Maternal Death is Unacceptable and Avoidable

Every Maternal Death is Unacceptable and Avoidable

March 08, 2012 | Kara Blackburn

As we reflect on another International Women's Day and the progress made by women globally, it is painstaking to know that 1000 women still tragically die every day in childbirth or from pregnancy related complications. This statistic remains overwhelmingly confronting, especially when the vast majority of these ...

Audit, Control and Vigilance Against Corruption

Audit, Control and Vigilance Against Corruption

March 07, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

Financial audit and control of the performance of government departments in both the center and provinces is one of the most important duties of the government. The Control and Audit Office bears this responsibility and its duties are deemed very important in checking corruption and financial irregularities although this office's jurisdiction overlaps to some extent with ...

The Declaration of Ulama Council about Sex-Segregation

The Declaration of Ulama Council about Sex-Segregation

March 07, 2012 | Jawad Rahmani

Three years ago when I came to Afghanistan from India where I used study during summer holiday, the provincial election was about to be held. In order to know how the democracy works out in villages, I was taking part almost in meetings and discussions arranged by local elders and religious scholars. It is clear that villages ...

Afghanistan’s Possible Political Scenario Beyond 2014

Afghanistan’s Possible Political Scenario Beyond 2014

March 06, 2012 | Muhammad Younas

If we take a look the past two months Afghan politicians' statements, we will easily get the real political picture of Afghanistan, which clearly shows a great deal of political rift and mistrust going between the Kabul government and the opposition ...

What Self-Immolation Means to Afghan Women

What Self-Immolation Means to Afghan Women

March 06, 2012 | Dr. NAHID AZIZ

Afghanistan has experienced a long and chronic political conflict. Three decades of war have profoundly affected the lives of at least two generations of Afghans. The devastating wars have caused the Afghan population to endure severe adversity, including chronic stress, displacement, the experience of traumatizing events, loss of family members and loved ones, violations ...

Council of Ulema Flexes Muscles – It’s all Deja vu Again

Council of Ulema Flexes Muscles – It’s all Deja vu Again

March 06, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

The Council of Ulema (religious leaders) of Afghanistan has come out with a high-profile five point declaration that, among other things, deals with and "strictly" requests for gender segregation in public places such as universities and work places. This might not seem significant at the first glance but the fact ...

Inclusiveness Matter both in Reconciliation and Power

Inclusiveness Matter both in Reconciliation and Power

March 05, 2012 | Sher Alam Saqib

Afghan people yearn for peace. They want their government and international community to bring peace to their country. Afghan government has come to the conclusion that peace can be brought only by negotiating and reconciling with the insurgent groups ...

On 11th Anniversary of Bamiyan Buddhas’ Destruction

On 11th Anniversary of Bamiyan Buddhas’ Destruction

March 05, 2012 | Abbas Daiyar

This week marks the 11th anniversary of the destruction of Bamiyan Buddhas. Of all the atrocities Taliban did to Afghanistan, blowing up centuries old symbol of a civilization and human heritage redefined evil. Some former Taliban officials who are branded as 'moderates' nowadays, never ...

Freezing Cold and Afghan Children

Freezing Cold and Afghan Children

March 05, 2012 | Nazir Hussain Merzaie

Winter is a cold and a harsh season and Afghanistan is a mountainous country and its winter is very cold and overbearing. Our children are not able to live within the minimum facilities and equipment in such as condition. The winter of this year was the hardest and coldest winter in the past years and many of our innocent children ...

Buddhas’ Destruction: A Dark Chapter in the History of Afghanistan

Buddhas’ Destruction: A Dark Chapter in the History of Afghanistan

March 04, 2012 | Mohd. Ahsan

Every year, the beginning of March refreshes the pain of losing the Buddhas of Bamyan among Afghans. Eleven years back from today on 2nd March, 2001, on the order of Mullah Mohammad Omar, Taliban's spiritual leader, the Taliban regime started destructing the Buddha statues in Bamyan. The Buddhas ...

Population Explosion – A South Asian Fate Awaiting Afghanistan?

Population Explosion – A South Asian Fate Awaiting Afghanistan?

March 04, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan is going through a demographic revolution. The country's population is fast growing. Such a rapid increase in Afghanistan's population is unprecedented. Never in the long history of this country have the waves of demographic change been so intense. Afghanistan's population is set to leapfrog to more than 45 ...

Hope Ulema Take notice of the Fragility of the Situation

Hope Ulema Take notice of the Fragility of the Situation

March 04, 2012 | Jawad Rahmani

On Friday February 02, 2012 a suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a NATO convoy in the southern province of Kandahar, wounding seven people including four soldiers and an official. Reportedly, he rammed his motorcycle into a convoy of NATO troops in Dand district. The attack was confirmed ...

Talks with Taliban - Contradictions and Blunders

Talks with Taliban - Contradictions and Blunders

March 03, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

The idea of talks and negotiations with Taliban was originally an American one. It was the U.S. in the waning months of the George Bush Administration that began to seriously talk of talks and offered the "political resolution" of the conflict as a viable option on the table. The Karzai government in Kabul later caught up with the idea. Prior to that, such ...

The Outrage Continues

The Outrage Continues

March 03, 2012 | Dilawar Sherzai

The burning of Holy Quran in the Bagram base has enraged different strata in Afghan society to a great extent. It is not only the religious circles that have shown their concerns, the overall Afghan society has stood strong against the act. There is no doubt that the act is careless and above all humiliating, if not intentional. Careless ...

Curative International Marketing: The Next Step up

Curative International Marketing: The Next Step up

March 03, 2012 | Michael R. Czinkota

Even though much economic growth has been built by marketing, the field increasingly has a poor reputation. Marketing is becoming a pejorative term, which sets back the prospects of understanding and satisfying consumers. Curative international marketing must be the next step to restore the marketing field's reputation and ...

Cutting and Running or Staying the Course in Afghanistan

Cutting and Running  or Staying the Course  in Afghanistan

March 01, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan of today is a melting bowl of various cultures that are in a wild collision. The widespread demonstrations of recent days over the issue of burning of a few copies of Holy Quran highlighted the deeper realities of an Afghan society that many believed has changed a lot since 2001. What we saw and was on full display was a ...

Emerging Security Threats in the United Kingdom

Emerging Security Threats  in the United Kingdom

March 01, 2012 | Musa Khan Jalalzai

The United Kingdom is under threat from home-grown extremist and international terrorist networks. The incidents that occurred in 2011 and the recent court decision against some violent extremist elements can be classified as a new wave of subversion. The August 2011 and other incidents raised public concern and endangered ...

Sectarian Violence in Pakistan

Sectarian Violence  in Pakistan

March 01, 2012 | Jawad Rahmani

According to reports, a gunman opened fire on a passenger bus in the northern Pakistani district of Kohistan on Tuesday, killing 18 people on board. The bus was traveling from Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad, to the northern town of Gilgit. It is said that attack held in an area inhabited by two Sunni tribes about 165 km north of ...

The Tyranny of “Too Big to Fail” Banks

The Tyranny of “Too Big  to Fail” Banks

February 29, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

One of most fundamental problems with how the financial crisis in the West has been managed is the issue of "too big to fail" banks. The argument goes thus: major banks and financial corporations such as the Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and a number of others are too big and too "systematically important" to be allowed to ...

Public Stratification and Afghan Culture

Public Stratification  and Afghan Culture

February 29, 2012 | Dilawar Sherzai

The social and political changesin Afghanistan, in the post-Taliban scenario, have been able to cast diverse effects on Afghan society. Among different changes the stratification of society into rich and power classes is a dominant one. The differences have been intensified and are affecting the society as a whole. It has not been the ...

Peace & Political Stability need Accountability

Peace & Political Stability need Accountability

February 29, 2012 | Abdul Samad Haidari

Living in the ruins of 4 decades of war we have only seen the temper of bloodshed, abhorrence and destruction, disability and desperation, not stability and progress. The aggressive darkness of the so-called policy is never the whole story, yet it is the outset that has begun to end not in a prognosticated period. Every citizen of a country tries ...

Economic Transition Remains Neglected

Economic Transition Remains Neglected

February 27, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan has been at the bottom of the United Nation's Human Development Index for long time now. In the areas of health, education, income, literacy and other indicators, it has been lagging behind other countries. Consistently, it has ranked within the bottom 8 percentile of the countries – a fact borne out by the various reports being ...

Afghanistan’s Public Administration in Need of Good Managers

Afghanistan’s Public Administration in Need  of Good Managers

February 28, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

One of the most serious problems in Afghanistan of today is management, or to be precise, lack of quality management in its sprawling public administration system. Management, today, is both a science and an art. Managers and executives in top business schools around the world pin attention and resources on learning the latest and ...

 Military Withdrawal is not a Sign of Failure

 Military Withdrawal  is not a Sign of Failure

February 28, 2012 | Jawad Rahmani

Nowadays, two diametric opposite reasons are given for the US and NATO military withdrawal from Afghanistan. Either of them seems extreme-like notions. On one hand, it is said that US and NATO military withdrawal is just a desperate struggle for face-saving disengagement and leaving Afghanistan to the hands chaotic forces. On the other hand ...

Killing to Secure the Status

Killing to Secure  the Status

February 28, 2012 | Abdul Samad Haidari

>Civilization and modernity should be based on the sound state of mind that should develop the human relationship between each other and diminish the very gap between haves and have-nots. It is generally assumed that the ongoing human development at any point is related to poverty. With the increasing advancement and investment on the better ...

Scared of the Time to Come

Scared of the  Time to Come

February 27, 2012 | Abbas Daiyar

Death toll has reached 30 in the sixth consecutive day of demonstrations against the Qur'an burning incident at Bagram. It always starts from Parwan. Last year's demos were also instigated from there, though in a different story when a local Afghan paper recycling factory was attached by locals accusing them to have used sacred texts with ...

The Meeting between Mr. President and Religious Scholars

The Meeting between Mr. President and Religious Scholars

February 27, 2012 | Jawad Rahmani

The head of General Afghan Clergies Council, Mawlavi Qeyammudin Keshaf, along with some other religious scholars from Nangarhar province, in a meeting with President Karzai has asked him to get the United States provide insurance that desecration of any kind would not be repeated once again. They also appreciated Mr. President for his ...

Afghanistan’s Uphill Task – Meeting a Plethora of Challenges 

Afghanistan’s Uphill Task – Meeting a Plethora of Challenges 

February 26, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

One of the most formidable challenges ahead of Afghanistan of today is to consolidate its nascent democracy while preserving and further building on the achievements of the past one decade. This is no easy challenge as Afghanistan continues to be heavily dependent on the assistance provided by the international community. Over the past one ...

Getting Tougher on Syria

Getting Tougher on Syria

February 26, 2012 | Nasruddin Hemati

Syria continues hitting top of the world news and concern. President Bashar Al-assad government carries on crackdown against armed and unarmed protestors across Syria. Opposition groups encourage anti-Assad regimes to help them launch a widespread military resistance to topple down the dictator. Western powers treat the problem with ...

Pakistan Puts a Step Forward on Afghanistan

Pakistan Puts a Step Forward on Afghanistan

February 26, 2012 | Mohd Ahsan

On Friday, Pakistan moved a step ahead of its usual stance on Afghanistan by urging the Afghan insurgents groups to join the peace and reconciliation process of Afghan government. Since long, Pakistanis stance has been: "We want peace and prosperity in Afghanistan, as a stable Afghanistan is in our best national ...

More than a Religious Sentiment

More than a  Religious Sentiment

February 25, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghans are battling rising prices and increasing cost of living, high unemployment, a difficult and long winter and, on top of that, a population explosion of young Afghans who need jobs and decent livelihoods a few years from now. It is easy to despair. Poverty and destitution is still a reality of life for millions ...

The Hypocrisy of the Afghan Rioters

The Hypocrisy of  the Afghan Rioters

February 25, 2012 | Hadi Zaher

Protests rallies are the most common form of expression of mass opinion and often of discontent regarding political, economic and social issues in modern societies. Protestors in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Syria and the rest of the Middle East took to the streets in their hundreds of thousands to fight long standing dictatorships, a ...

Constitution: Discrimination and Privilege Among Afghans is Forbidden

Constitution: Discrimination and Privilege Among Afghans is Forbidden

February 25, 2012 | Mohd Ahsan

Afghan society is a men-dominated society where men have the upper hand and almost all the decisions of family are made by men and women have very little right to have a say or meddle in the affairs of the family and oppose what has been decided by men. The parents are the decision makers of their sons and daughters, even if ...

The Second Bailout for Greece and the Raging Crisis 

The Second Bailout for Greece and the Raging Crisis 

February 23, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

The happenings in Greece and a number of other European countries such as Portugal and Spain are indeed grim. The Geek people are losing it and losing it fast and painfully. Greece and a number of other European countries are reeling under a ...