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Taliban May not Come to Power, but Disorder May!

Taliban May not Come to Power, but Disorder May!

Febraury 06, 2012 | Dilawar Sherzai

A glimpse at the prospects of socio-political sce nario in Afghanistan gives rise to both concerns and ambiguities. There are many who worry about the security in the country and think that Taliban may return to get the control of the country after the international troops withdraw from the country. However, the current ...

Pakistani Foreign Minister’s Visit

Pakistani Foreign  Minister’s Visit

Febraury 06, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

The recent visit of Pakistani Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, to Kabul had two distinct qualities that cannot be disregarded. First, it served as a major outreach by the Pakistani government into major leaders of the erstwhile Northern Alliance as well as to the government of President Karzai. The Pakistani Foreign ...

The Clouds of Disparity over North London.

The Clouds of Disparity over North London.

Febraury 06, 2012 | Musa Khan Jalalzai

The clouds of disparity are still there as the issue of law and order management has become more complicated in the United Kingdom. After the August 2011 riots and the recent arrest of some extremist elements that had planned to bomb important financial places including stock exchange of London, further exacerbated the fear of insecurity ...

General Will and Democracy

General Will  and  Democracy

Febraury 02, 2012 | Dilawar Sherzai

The basic question about a democratic system is that whether it protects the liberty and rights of the people as whole or it protects the liberty of every individual. Does it let the individuals be sacrificed for the mass or mass for the individuals? Or, otherwise, it protects both the liberty of the individual and the mass at ...

Free the World! End the Dictatorship of Banking Oligarchy!

Free the World! End  the Dictatorship of  Banking Oligarchy!

Febraury 02, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

"Give me the control of a nation's money supply and I care not who makes its laws" is the famous saying by the all-time lord of money and finance, Mayer Amschel Rothschild. He, as the head of this famous dynasty of bankers, once controlled the city of London as the financial center of the whole world and his private ...

The Rights of Women must be Fought, not to be Ignored

The Rights of Women must be Fought, not to be Ignored

Febraury 02, 2012 | Abdul Samad Haidari

The fact is, Afghanistan has never been kind to its women and children. Perhaps, whenever the war broke out in any part of the world, it affected the women and children the most, particularly the continuous war of more than three decades in Afghanistan which left only destruction, depression and vulnerabilities among women and ...

Afghan National Police and Perceptions

Afghan National Police  and Perceptions

Febraury 01, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

A recent report published by an Afghan research and media organization funded by the United Nations development Program (UNDP) has some interesting insights into how the people's perception of Afghan National Police (ANP) has changed over time. According to the results of a nationwide ...

More on Reconciliation

More on Reconciliation

Febraury 01, 2012 | Dilawar Sherzai

From the very inception of peace process with Taliban there have been doubts and concerns and they seem to be multiplying with each passing day. When there was announcement of Taliban office in Qatar, there was serious reaction from the Afghan presidential office. The concern was that the Afghan government was being kept ...

Living in the Age of Corruption

Living in the Age  of Corruption

Febraury 01, 2012 | Nazir Hussain Merzaie

Taliban is the root of each crime in Afghanistan, Taliban have gone, but their negative and bad effects are still available in our country and even in our government system. They are the root of misery and corruption in Afghanistan. They still have access to our governmental system from indirect ways and no one can prevent them because ...

Pak FM’s Visit to Kabul being seen as ‘Pivotal’

Pak FM’s Visit to Kabul being seen as ‘Pivotal’

January 31, 2012 | Mohd. Ahsan

Pakistani Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar is scheduled to arrive to Kabul tomorrow. She will be the first ever Pakistani female politician to visit Afghanistan. During her one day visit, she is expected to hold talks with Afghanistan's Foreign Minister, Zalmai Rasoul and President Hamid Karzai. The issues that will come under ...

Civilian Casualties and Taliban Attacks 

Civilian Casualties  and Taliban Attacks 

January 31, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie 

Afghanistan of today has been at the receiving end of more than ten years of generous international aid and assistance and would still need many more years of sustained assistance. The military component of the international community's engagement in Afghanistan has been the most extensive and the most controversial. The ...

“A New Phase”

“A New Phase”

January 31, 2012 | Dilawar Sherzai

There have been dissatisfactions, ambiguities, concerns and distrust about the war against terrorism not only within the opposition Afghan parties but within the Afghan government authorities, as well. Soon after there were reports of Taliban office in Qatar, the Afghan government, especially President Hamid Karzai, was ...

Haste Makes Waste

Haste Makes Waste

January 30, 2012 | Dilawar Sherzai

Keeping in mind the history and socio-political scenario in Afghanistan, one can conclude that the current relative stability has been earned hardly. So, it must be cared for and all the indications of worsening of situation in the country must be dealt with, seriously. In the ongoing transition period there are indications of the worsening ...

Taliban Folklore in Pakistani Media

Taliban Folklore in  Pakistani Media

January 30, 2012 | Abbas Daiyar

The dominant discourse in mainstream Pakistani media on issues of foreign policy and national security has always been based on the narrative of the military establishment. Most Pakistani analysts, both right-wing and liberal, believe that Taliban is a nationalist movement motivated by Pashtun alienation in current power structure of ...

Suspension of the Mission

Suspension of the Mission

January 30, 2012 | Jawad Rahmani

The situation in Syria is getting tougher and tougher as the protestors increasingly have gone from a peaceful protest towards an armed struggle against the regime. Day by day, the situation turns abysmal as protestors are coming into understanding that the regime would not stop killing unless they stop their peaceful protest for ...

Local Governance and Short-comings in Afghanistan of Today

Local Governance and Short-comings in Afghanistan of Today

January 29, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan, no doubt, is an extremely complex environment and this complexity has been one factor that has rendered only partially successful the efforts of the international community in Afghanistan over the past one decade. Many of the stakeholders in Afghanistan project such as the ISAF, the international aid agencies ...

Can Strategic Agreements Prove to be a Panacea?

Can Strategic Agreements Prove to be a Panacea?

January 29, 2012 | Dilawar Sharzai

As the transition period is going on in Afghanistan and the withdrawal of international forces are going to be completed in 2014, there are concerns about the capability of Afghan authorities to shoulder the responsibilities of carrying on the security and governance of the country ...

Economic Sanctions to Avert Military Intervention

Economic Sanctions to Avert Military Intervention

January 29, 2012 | Nasruddin Hemati

After all, both parties are trying to avoid using military means to end the quarrel in Iranian case of nuclear program. The United States has been struggling to convince world powers to go together with it to make Iran's religious leaders accept the fact it can no more stand against international calls to stop its nuclear ...

Taliban and the Future of Afghanistan

Taliban and the  Future of Afghanistan

January 28, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

It is such a bitter irony that at a time when the entire Muslim world is reveling in the Arab Spring and the buzzword everywhere is democracy, pluralism and tolerance, Afghanistan, itself part of the Muslim world, continues to shiver in a winter of Taliban and increasing Talibanization. The so-called 'national peace and reconciliation' process, being a deeply ...

An Unavoidable Political Reform

An Unavoidable  Political Reform

January 28, 2012 | Sher Alam Saqib

Among other political agenda and issues, there is a need for political reforms to be discussed, initiated and implemented in the country. These political reforms include changing the presidential system into parliamentary democracy. Over the last ten years, international community has been helping Afghan (Karzai's) government ...

Struggle to Undermine Tehran’s Nuclear Ambition

Struggle to Undermine  Tehran’s Nuclear Ambition

January 28, 2012 | Jawad Rahmani

Seemingly, the western countries are really disappointed of diplomatic means to get Islamic Republic to suspend its nuclear Program in exchange to political and economic incentives in a quantity that they were ready to pay. Indeed for a long period, they used to seriously try to persuade Tehran ...

Obama’s Address and Class Disparity

Obama’s Address  and Class Disparity

January 26, 2012 | Dilawar Sharzai

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, US President Obama showed his concerns about the growing economic disparity in US and had a great emphasis on economic equality and equal opportunities for different classes in the society. He emphatically admitted that only by guaranteeing swift ...

The Forgotten Story

The Forgotten Story

January 26, 2012 | Abbas Daiyar

It's an irony to see high-ranking anti-corruption officials making tours around the world to attend seminars on 'how to fight corruption', but having no single case of success, in large-scale corruption that has plagued the Karzai Administration top to bottom. To their credit, we always top the list of shame in ranking among ...

Afghan Women’s Quest for Their Rights

Afghan Women’s Quest  for Their Rights

January 26, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

In the post-Taliban Afghanistan, "women rights" is the new buzzword. Improving the conditions and social standing of women in today's Afghanistan has found devout champions in both the Afghan government and outside in the fledgling Afghan civil society. Numerous institutions have been set up tasked with protecting ...

Strategic Agreements with European Countries

Strategic Agreements with European Countries

January 25, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

The government of Afghanistan is gearing up to sign three strategic agreements each with the governments of the U.K., France and Italy in an upcoming tour of these European countries by President Hamid Karzai. Another strategic agreement is being worked out by the European Union and will soon be submitted to the Ministry of ...

Reasons behind EU’s Sanctions Against Iran

 Reasons behind EU’s Sanctions Against Iran

January 25, 2012 | Jawad Rahmani

As anticipated, European Union agreed in the Brussels meeting to ratchet up pressure against Islamic Republic of Iran over its so-called suspicious nuclear program. The members approved to intensify sanctions against the country —— the brinkmanship to get Tehran change its current defiant status and suspend the uranium enrichment ...

Agriculture and Forestry in Afghanistan

Agriculture and Forestry  in Afghanistan

January 25, 2012 | Abdul Samad Haidari

Afghanistan is a traditional agrarian society, with rural Afghans wildlife, typical of each micro-ecosystem in the mountains they inhabit. Constituting well over 80% of the population live in rural areas before the Soviet invasion since 1979, agricultural products have decreased by 50%. To compensate for this loss, rural people have ...

Afghanized Reconciliation and” Change in System”!

Afghanized Reconciliation and” Change in System”!

January 24, 2012 | Dilawar Sharzai

The cold war between the opposition and the Afghan Presidential office is getting very intense. The planned and controversial reconciliation process has widened the gap between the both. In fact, the process has given rise to a lot of ambiguities as it has not been very much transparent. Most of the Afghan people and dominant political ...

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 ...