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Afghan Women & Int’l Day of Elimination of Violence against Women

Afghan Women & Int’l Day  of Elimination of Violence against Women

November, 22 2011 | Mohd. Ahsan

This is twenty first century and women in countries categorized as 'first word' enjoy full rights and freedom. They have earned this status by fighting hard for their rights for centuries. In third world countries, however, women are still deprived of their basic rights. Afghanistan falls in the list of the ...

The Saga of Iran’s Nuclear Program

The Saga of Iran’s  Nuclear Program

November, 22 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States have been in loggerheads ever since the Islamic revolution in 1979 when the Shah of Iran was toppled within a few months of mounting social unrest. The Iranian regime's nuclear program has been a hotbed of controversies with the U.S. and Israel accusing Iran of harboring ...

Government and Loya Jirga’s Resolution

Government and Loya  Jirga’s Resolution

November, 21 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The traditional Loya Jirga, a congregation of more than 2000 delegates drawn form throughout the country, ended its four-day long deliberations in Kabul on Saturday issuing a 76-point resolution. The outcome of the Loya Jirga in terms of what the resolution calls for has largely been in line with expectations and predictions of observers ...

Post-Loya Jirga Scenario

Post-Loya Jirga Scenario

November, 21 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

Loya Jirga ended in Kabul but it brought with itself many controversies and ridicules, as well. From the very question of its legitimacy to the superstitious number 39 and the metaphor of lion, there were different issues that made the jirga the center of interest for four days. The basic question was whether the jirga was democratic ...

People Seek for their Survival in Winter

People Seek for  their Survival in Winter

November, 21 2011 | Abdul Samad Haidari

Long-terms of war, bloodshed, drought and poverty caused Afghanistan to remain backward for ages. The very current image of this country only displays war, bloodshed with no clear image of hope for the next generations. The disastrous games played out over many generations, whereas the people with many efforts and hardships ...

The Futility of Loya Jirga and a Government Under Siege

The Futility of Loya Jirga and a Government Under Siege

November, 20 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The much-anticipated and much-publicized traditional Loya Jirga or the grand assembly of elders opened in Kabul on Wednesday, November 16 amid much public fanfare. The government of President Karzai had for long been all decked up to make the event as high-profile and momentous as it can possibly get ...

The Superstitious Number 39

The Superstitious Number 39

November, 20 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

The world is replete with different sorts of thoughts, ideas, feelings and beliefs. These thoughts, ideas and beliefs are basically the endeavors to understand the world or the different phenomena in the world. Since the very beginning of their life on earth human beings have wondered about different things existing in the world and the ...

Will the Current Economic System Fall?

Will the Current Economic System Fall?

November, 20 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

As the euro tsunami hits countries one by one and there is no rock-solid solution on the prospective to control it, as well as the increasing financial crisis-led social annoyance across the glob, there are people talking about the collapse of financial system and perhaps even capitalism. However the fall of capitalism is not a new ...

The Loya Lion in the Jungle

The Loya Lion in the Jungle

November, 19 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

Much has been said in media about the 'Traditional Loya Jirga' (TLJ) going on. I got to know two new things; that we were a nation of 'lions' living in a 'jungle', and that the 'pimp number' 39 has plagued the minds of our elders too. President Karzai started his speech with the controversy about the ...

Fixing Afghanistan’s Governance Crisis a Must Towards 2014

Fixing Afghanistan’s Governance Crisis a  Must Towards 2014

November, 19 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan's long march towards gradually restoring stability, peace, prosperity and all-round development seems to have halted in tracks. There appears to be continuous degeneration and a steep decline in almost all the aspects and areas in which Afghanistan saw drastic improvement in the early years immediately after the fall of the ...

Palestine Required UNESCO’s Membership

Palestine Required  UNESCO’s Membership

November, 19 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Though ice of freezing Arab winters still deal losses on civilians as efforts to make Arab spring succeed grows larger and larger, there are promising news amidst of concerns at the prospective. The waft of the spring has not left Palestine out of the circle. There were protests held in Gaza as well as West Bank bearing similar ...

Insecurity and Loya Jirga

Insecurity and Loya Jirga

November, 15 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The peace and security situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating with each passing day. The transition period and the process of withdrawal of international forces have been adding fuel to the fire. All the important places and personalities in the country are facing serious threats of insecurity as Taliban have adopted the policy of ...

No Clean Hands in AmAfPak

No Clean Hands in AmAfPak

November, 15 2011 | Marvi Sirmed

The recent diplomatic overdose to Pakistan by the US has not only heightened the verbal tug-of-war between the two allies but has also exposed the paucity of both sides to defend themselves with rational counter-arguments. A cursory look at the course of events in Afghanistan and Pakistan after 9/11 attests to the fact that there have been no clean hands in the ...

New Political Alliances

New Political Alliances

November, 14 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

Months of active meetings and discussions among political heavyweights and mid-level players in the 'opposition block' of Afghan political scene has produced two new coalitions last week. Hizb Haq wa Edalat (Right and Justice Party) was launched declaring itself as a 'reformist' and 'opposition' party. Made up of politicians, former ...

Afghanistan 2014: Risks of government collapse

Afghanistan 2014: Risks of government collapse

November, 14 2011 | Latif Mohammadi

>Strategic Coalition military support and large economic assistance has enabled the current Afghan government and its military force to survive and stand its ground against terror of the Taliban insurgency in the last 10 years, beyond 2014 it can't survive on its own in absence of continued large scale military assistance and financial ...

Afghanistan: A Viable Exit Strategy, With A New Vision

Afghanistan: A Viable Exit Strategy, With A New Vision

November, 13 2011 | Dr. M. Nazif Shahrani

Over three decades of war in Afghanistan have proven that achieving victory on the battlefield is easier than translating that victory into desirable political outcomes. The repeated failures of the US and its international and Afghan partners to establish an effective governance system in Afghanistan reflects the most neglected ...

Afghanistan Desperately Needs Change – A Better National Leadership

Afghanistan Desperately Needs Change – A Better National Leadership

November, 13 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

A new coalition of national leaders, among them a number of Jihadi leaders, has been formed in Kabul with the stated goal of bringing about a change for the better in how the national affairs are run under the current government headed by President Karzai. The ...

National Front with Well-Articulated and Ambitious Political Agenda

National Front with Well-Articulated and Ambitious Political Agenda

November, 13 2011 | Nasruddin Hemati

A ruthless insurgency is not the sole and only problem facing Afghanistan. There are other problems as well that must be addressed to stabilize the country and make a permanent transition to modernity and development, and to consolidate democracy. A decade has elapsed since the country embarked on a joint journey with international ...

Righting a Wrong Legacy

Righting a Wrong Legacy

November, 12 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

A number of influential leaders and politicians some with extensive Jihadi experience have slammed the government of Afghanistan headed by President Karzai for what they termed as sheer incompetence and sagging legitimacy. Among their criticisms of the government of Afghanistan, one point prominently stands out and it is the heavily ...

Where Loya Jirga May Lead?

Where Loya Jirga May Lead?

November, 12 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

As the countdown has started about the commencement of Loya Jirga, the Afghan traditional assembly, which is scheduled to be held on November 16, there are concerns and criticisms within the so-called intellectual (educated) layer of the society. But, it is noteworthy that there is not a united front against the notion, and critics have ...

Afghanistan Requires Modern Education

Afghanistan Requires Modern Education

November, 12 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

The nations that have gotten strong hold of education in the process of their evolution have been able to achieve remarkable gains. It has been through proper development in the education sector and education system that such countries are standing much apart from others with well-being and dignity kneeling before them submissively. Through ...

War, Poverty and Afghan Refugees

War, Poverty and Afghan Refugees

November, 10 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan has the dubious distinction of being one of the main global centers for sending out a never-ending stream of international refugees. Over the past few decades, millions of Afghans have been in constant transit over and across international borders as refugees and asylum seekers. It has one of the largest numbers of refugees and ...

The Sufferings of Afghan Children

The Sufferings of Afghan Children

November, 10 2011 | DilwarSherzai

The prevailing instability in Afghanistan is influencing all the sections of the society to a large extent, but the weaker sections of the society; especially, children are the ones who fall easy preys in such situation. With the increase in the violent incidents in the current year the number of violent incidents targetting children has ...

President Karzai’s effort of negotiations with Pakistan is flawed and hopeless.

President Karzai’s effort of negotiations with Pakistan is flawed and hopeless.

November, 10 2011 | Latif Mohammadi

Pakistan is Afghanistan's 'co-joint brother and India is our friend' is how Karzai has consistently in the past few months described relationship of his government with Pakistan and India. In Karzai's eyes Pakistan has become Afghanistan's 'co-joint brother' since March 2009 when the Obama administration announced it would withdraw its ...

Afghanistan and Pakis akis akistan an - S Star ar arting ting Ane Anew

Afghanistan and Pakis akis akistan an - S Star ar arting ting Ane Anew

November, 05 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan and Pakistan, as two neighbors with substantial cultural, linguistic, social and ethnic linkages, share a common destiny. This realization should, sooner or later, dawn upon the leadership and policymakers in both countries. The common vision for both countries should be one of peace, stability, development ...

Afghanistan’s Diplomatic Approach

Afghanistan’s Diplomatic Approach

November, 05 2011 | Abdul Khaliq Fazal

The latest interview of Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf with David Bradley - owner of Atlantic Media Company at Washington idea forum, has prompted me write this article. Pakistani leaders and policy makers, giving interviews and making statements, regarding Afghanistan, should think seriously and responsibly ...

2014 Withdrawal Dateline: an in Depth Study

2014 Withdrawal Dateline: an in Depth Study

November, 05 2011 | Latif Mohammadi

This article is based on revelations made by the book "Obama's wars" by American journalist Bob Woodward. The book gives an insider account of developments inside the Obama White House leading to President Obama's decision to send extra 30,000 U.S troops to Afghanistan soon after taking office. Fixated on war in Iraq the Bush ...

Istanbul Conference and the Roadblocks to Regional Cooperation

Istanbul Conference and the Roadblocks to Regional Cooperation

November, 03 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Regional cooperation is rightly upheld as essential for stabilizing Afghanistan and bringing an end to this long-standing conflict. It was the main theme of the Istanbul Conference on Afghanistan. The outcome of this conference has been enhanced understanding among the regional countries, including the neighbors of ...

Istanbul Summit and the end-game in Afghanistan

Istanbul Summit and the end-game in Afghanistan

November, 02 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

Leaders and top representatives from 14 regional countries and 13 western countries involved in Afghanistan are attending the Istanbul Summit today. The US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton cancelled her participation at the last minute due to her mother's illness; who passed away on Monday night. Iran, which ...

The Istanbul Conference: A Platform to Improve Ties

The Istanbul Conference: A Platform to Improve Ties

November, 02 2011 | Mohd. Ahsan

The Istanbul regional conference is to kick off today with United States, France, Germany, Pakistan, Afghanistan,Turkey and the NATO countries as well as representatives of the United Nations participating in it. The conference will discuss the security transition in Afghanistan, training and capacity ...

The Poverty of Taliban and Talibanism

The Poverty of Taliban and Talibanism

November, 02 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

It is certainly nostalgic to read and hear about an old Afghanistan in the years and decades prior to the tumultuous years of 1980's when the kind of militancy and radicalization that we see today did not cross even the wildest of imaginations. Extremism, militancy and armed radicalization of the type we see today were largely alien to ...

Loya Jirga and the Strategic Agreement with the U.S.

Loya Jirga and the Strategic Agreement with the U.S.

November, 01 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

President Karzai and the committee he has set up are on track to hold the traditional consultative Loya Jirga some time soon within this month. The Loya Jirga will bring together a few hundreds of hand-picked tribal and community elders as "representatives" of the people of Afghanistan as well as the current MPs and members of ...

Dubious Future of Afghan Refugees

Dubious Future of Afghan Refugees

November, 01 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The political and security situation in Afghanistan has always forced so many Afghans to leave their land and move to other countries to find refuge. There are many Afghans living in the neighboring countries because of the civil wars and severe social and economic conditions in the last 20 years or so. Pakistan and Iran are two ...

Their Denials and Propagadists

Their Denials and Propagadists

November, 01 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

The BBC documentary Secret Pakistan was not the first such reporting to 'reveal' how Taliban regrouped and made a comeback launching a sophisticated insurgency by the help of Al-Qaeda mentors and supporters hiding and training in the safe havens of Pakistani tribal areas, under the eyes of their intelligence agencies. Such a ...

Challenges Ahead of Libya’s Revolution

Challenges Ahead of Libya’s Revolution

October 31, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Recently, Mr. Akbar Ganji, an Iranian writer and human rights activist wrote an article in BBC Persian website; there he claimed that he participated in a conference arranged to assess the ongoing Arab spring. He quoted the Libyan representative for the conference saying that they would make an Islamic government, the Quran government ...