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The Prospective Looks Grim

The Prospective Looks Grim

March 14, 2012 | Jawad Rahmani

Perhaps, international community's military and political officials did not think that counterinsurgency struggle might last a decade or even longer. But it did and still Taliban-led insurgencies have remained a potential threat to Afghan government and democratic achievements in the absence of foreign security forces. Two main ...

Relations Between Afghanistan and India

Relations Between Afghanistan and India

March 14, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan needs the assistance of the international community. Among them, India has been a prominent country. In recent years, India has been at the forefront of assisting Afghanistan to succeed in its rebirth and long-awaited renewal. The modern relations between the two countries have a historical dimension, going far back to ...

Afghan Security Forces are Yet to Stand on Their Own!

Afghan Security Forces are Yet to Stand on Their Own!

March 13, 2012 | Dilawar Sherzai

As there have been concerns about the capability of Afghan security forces to take on the responsibilities of security of entire nation, at the same time there are serious concerns about financing the forces as without enough financial support the security forces will not be able to overpower the foes. After the withdrawal ...

Shadow of Afghanistan: 1959-2012

Shadow of Afghanistan: 1959-2012

March 13, 2012 | Abbas Daiyar

Shadow of Afghanistan: 1959-2012 is a compilation of over 100 hours of video shots by two Oscar-nominated filmmakers Jim Burroughs and Suzanne Bauman, who made 18 trips to Afghanistan over the last 26 years of war and chaos. The film is now released with publication of Blood on the Lens: A Filmaker’s Quest for ...

The Crisis Continues Unabated

The Crisis Continues Unabated

March 13, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

The wreckage from the financial crisis in the developed world continues to be a fountainhead of troubles. The collapse of the housing market in the U.S. that unraveled in 2008 produced an enormous cache of foreclosed homes. Hundreds of thousands of American families, who had previously taken out mortgages and bought homes ...

Afghanistan: The War Within

Afghanistan: The War Within

March 12, 2012 7 | Musa Khan Jalalzai

Last year, an interview with a journalist, Sirajuddin Haqqani claimed that some people within the government department in Afghanistan share political and military information with his group. The recent debates on the Taliban infiltration and their secret networks within the Afghan Army, police and intelligence infrastructures ...

A Serious Issue to Ponder Upon!

A Serious Issue to Ponder Upon!

March 12, 2012 7 | Dilawar Sherzai

Human beings are fortunate that they are blessed with variety of energy resources that have enabled them to live their lives on the planet Earth. It is because of these energy sources that human beings have performed miracles by inventing various ways of ensuring satisfaction and facilities for themselves. From the facilitation ...

Changing Political Climate in Iran

Changing Political Climate in Iran

March 11, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

It has been elections time in Iran. Parliamentary elections were held in early March and a new Majlis is going to be sitting in Tehran very soon. As the atmosphere in Iran was distinctly changed during the days and weeks in the lead-up to the elections, so was the atmosphere in Iran's rocky relations with the West, involving the ...

Corruption in Afghanistan

Corruption in Afghanistan

March 11, 2012 | Hujjatullah Zia

Comparing Afghanistan to other countries in the cosmos, it ranks 1.4 on the Transparency International corruption scale – the worst in South Asia. Of the 178 countries assessed, the only countries lower ranked than Afghanistan are Myanmar and Somalia. Bribery and corruption are to their critical points. From our Big Brothers to ...

Is Equality Attainable?

Is Equality Attainable?

March 11, 2012 | Dilawar Sharzai

Human beings, living in today's world of ours, seem to be losing contentment and satisfaction. There are many incidents taking place in different parts of world that depict that human beings are not able to attain bliss and fulfillment that are really essential for them and that they should have achieved by now. There ...

Discrimination Against Women in Afghan Society

Discrimination Against Women in Afghan Society

March 10, 2012 | Dilawar Sherzai

There have been endeavors to heighten the position of women within Afghan society; however, there are serious concerns still intact in this regard. Though improvements have been observed, the basic factors that are responsible for the discrimination of women have not been uprooted considerably. Strict tribal norms and values ...

Taliban are a Historical Aberration in the History of Afghanistan

Taliban are a Historical Aberration in the History of Afghanistan

March 10, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan has undergone a massive transformation ever since the first bombs were dropped on Taliban positions and sent them scurrying for cover in the winter of 2001. Only a few weeks earlier few believed that an entirely different ...

Threats to Women Achievements

Threats to Women Achievements

March 10, 2012 | Jawad Rahmani

Recently, I took part in a meeting with Dutch ambassador, Mr. Radninck J. van Vollenhoven, along some other Afghan journalists where we discussed the issue of freedom of expression, press developments and progresses as well as loosely about women achievements. There, one of the participators put down a very interesting view ...

Balkh Province and a Recipe for Reforms

Balkh Province and a Recipe for Reforms

March 08, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan, over the past one decade, has been dealing with an array of challenges among which stemming the tide of a roaring Taliban insurgency has been only one. If on one hand, dealing with the threat of a re-Talibanization of Afghanistan has been difficult enough, on the other, bringing rapid development in the areas of economy as well as politics have ...

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 ...