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Kabul Attack: Beginning of Sectarian Strife?

Kabul Attack: Beginning  of Sectarian Strife?

December, 08 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

Ashura's attack in Kabul was one of the deadliest in the city, and first of its kind—sectarian—in Afghanistan. Sectarian attacks on such scale are unprecedented. Death toll has reached 60 and more than 150 are injured. President Karzai cancelled his UK rushing back to Kabul after the Bonn conference. He met families of the ...

Economy of Afghanistan and the Challenges Ahead

Economy of Afghanistan  and the Challenges Ahead

December, 08 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The economic growth in our country Afghanistan has been one of the priorities to address for both the international community and the government. Economy forms the backbone of a country and society and therefore, rebuilding the ravaged economy of Afghanistan and placing it on a trajectory of growth and development has ...

Let’s Build Harmonious Societies in Af-Pak

Let’s Build Harmonious Societies in Af-Pak

December, 08 2011 | Farman Nawaz

The outcome of war on terror under the auspices of US and NATO is not encouraging as well as acceptable. Billions of dollars have been spent during these ten years but still peace is not only fragile but war on terror has destabilized the neighboring Pakistan too. Pakistani security agencies are exposed to multidimensional...

Muharram Attacks in Kabul - A Nefarious Agenda

Muharram Attacks in Kabul - A Nefarious Agenda

December, 07 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Less than 24 hours after the much-touted and eagerly-anticipated Bonn II Conference in Germany, the unthinkable disaster happened in Afghanistan; a disaster that has never before been witnessed in the history of Afghanistan: Shiite mourners taking processions to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain - which ...

Attacks on Imam Hussein’s Mourners

Attacks on Imam  Hussein’s Mourners

December, 07 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

I do not know what to write and how to write about what I saw with my own eyes in the center of Kabul city, Murrad Khani Area: an incident that ended into slitting of tens of human bodies that blooded the street and caused hundreds of people to scream and shed tears. It has been years that I am writing articles about suicide bombers, explosions, violence ...

Post-Bonn II Afghanistan

Post-Bonn II Afghanistan

December, 07 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The Bonn II Conference is over now and Afghanistan has received a pile of commitments that the international community is going to keep on assisting it till 2024. There are expectations that Afghanistan would be able to stand on its own after 2024, as after that it would be able to take advantage of the mineral resources it has and ...

Last Chance to Rescue Afghanistan in Bonn

Last Chance to Rescue Afghanistan in Bonn

December, 05 2011 | Muhammad Younas

Once again all eyes are fixed on the Bonn Conference to be held on December 5, 2011 in which around 1000 representatives from 90 countries and international organizations are expected to focus on three following issues such as transition of security to the Afghan Government by 2014, international commitment to Afghanistan after the ...

Will Today’s Bonn Conference II Shift Afghanistan from War to a Permanent Peace?

Will Today’s Bonn Conference II Shift Afghanistan from War to a Permanent Peace?

December, 05 2011 | Abdul Samad Haidari

Today the meeting in Bonn is being held to discuss the future of Afghanistan with the presence of 90 delegations with the predicted 1000 participants with the supervision of Afghanistan. The conference will be hosted by the Germany with the presence of the United Nations that will play the best role in this ...

The Out-of-shape Triangle

The Out-of-shape Triangle

December, 05 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

Pak-US relations have been going through a declining trend since the hunt of Osama Bin Laden on the Pakistani land by US troops. With certain inconsiderable efforts for improvement during the process, the incidents have kept on leading the relations towards the lowest possible point and that is where it stands now. Pakistan has always had ...

Bonn II; A Doubtful Success

Bonn II; A Doubtful Success

December, 04 2011 | Nasruddin Hemmati

On the verge of Bonn II Conference on Afghanistan, there are serious concerns about how the period will end by 2014 when international troops are supposed to completely withdraw from the country. President Karzai left for Bonn II Conference on Friday while a pile of undone commitments ...

Gulnaz: Punished for Demanding Freedom

Gulnaz: Punished for Demanding Freedom

December, 04 2011 | Noorjahan Akbar

In the documentary, In-Justice, the twenty-one year old Gulnaz speaks about how she was savagely raped by her cousin's husband after he tied her hands and feet and held her mouth shut. She was impregnated and she reported the rape. Instead of being rewarded with justice for being brave enough to speaking about an issue so taboo, she was ...

Regional Commitment to Afghanistan Is Critical

Regional Commitment to Afghanistan Is Critical

December, 04 2011 | Yerzhan Kazykhanov

No country has had a more troubled recent history than Afghanistan. It has been the scene of conflict, violence and extremism for much of the last three decades. The result has been tragedy for its people. It has also, of course, been a matter of immense concern for the wider international community. Terrorism has been exported ...

British Political Culture and Secrets to its Stability

British Political Culture  and Secrets to its Stability

December, 03 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

British political culture and for that matter, the European political culture provide very interesting case studies of the evolution of liberal democracy and how capitalism, liberalism, and in many cases, socialism have all gone into the making of stable and progressive societies in Europe. Karl Marx, in his seminal book ...

Counter-narcotics Struggle

Counter-narcotics Struggle

December, 03 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Recently, a trilateral meeting was held in Kabul over combating drug-trafficking among Tehran, Islamabad and Kabul officials. All these three countries are the principle victims of opium cultivation, processing and drug-trafficking. Though all delegates counted about their respective effort ...

Ally or not Ally

Ally or not Ally

December, 01 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

The US-Pakistan relations seem to be well on its way of eventual demise after an ISAF airstrike across the border that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last week. In reaction, Pakistan has blocked the NATO supply from Torkham and Chaman, asked the US to vacate the Shamsi airbase in Balochistan and announced to boycott the Bonn Conference ...

The West Under the Siege of “Finance Capital”

The West Under the Siege  of “Finance Capital”

December, 01 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

If there is one fundamental problem with the West and its economies and politics, it is the sheer power and influence that "finance capital", comprised of banking corporations and financial institutions, wield over entire governments, political systems, politicians, elections and major decisions that shape the fate of the West and thus much ...

Time to Change Mode of Politics

Time to Change Mode of Politics

December, 01 2011 | Sher Alam Saqib

It is promising to see the United States and European that make up the core of international community involved in Afghanistan reiterating their long-term commitment to Afghanistan. It is now almost confirmed that there will not be a total disengagement from and with the country by these major players - the US and EU - that ...

Regional Tensions and the Responsibilities of Afghanistan 

Regional Tensions and the Responsibilities of Afghanistan 

November, 30 2011 | Nasruddin Hemati

Word has finally come out that Pakistan is to abstain from the momentous event that is set to take place in Bonn, Germany next month. The Pakistani government has announced that it will not participate in the upcoming Bonn Conference II, saying it has made the decision after the deadly NATO airstrike that ...

No Deadlock in Islamabad-US relationship

No Deadlock in  Islamabad-US relationship

November, 30 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Though Islamabad has been never content with the pres ence of foreign forces in Afghanistan and constantly voiced out irritation, but meanwhile never tried to cut ties with them. It kept the fledgling relation with the foreign forces, particularly with the US and remained committed to fight terrorism and al-Qaeda along with international ...

US Bases, Militancy and Regional Makeover

US Bases, Militancy and Regional Makeover

November, 30 2011 | Farman Nawaz

American decision to seek Afghanistan's approval for establishing long-term military bases has disappointed the people who speculated a humiliating defeat and withdrawal of American forces. It has unmasked the shallow analysis of the so-called political and military experts. Now the question is whether this decision will dishearten ...

Edgy Relations vs. Peace Efforts

Edgy Relations vs. Peace Efforts

November, 29 2011 | Nasrudding Hemati

As the clock is ticking to announce Bonn Conference 2 on Afghanistan, the country's significant neighbor Pakistan is said to have declined the invitation to attend the international conference going to be held on December 5 this year. The alleged denial comes as Pakistan's relations with its international strategic ally have dropped ...

Second Phase of Transfer of Security Responsibilities

Second Phase of Transfer of Security Responsibilities

November, 29 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The second phase of the transfer of security responsibilities to Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) has already been planned to take place early next year. A long list of provinces and critical provincial capitals designated for the upcoming second phase has finally been released by the ...

Violence Against Women in Afghanistan

Violence Against  Women in Afghanistan

November, 29 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

25th Nov is marked as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The day was designated by a UN General Assembly resolution on December 17, 1999. It urged governments, international organizations to generate awareness among public and organize different events to mark this day. The day marks brutal ...

The Future Prospect of Afghanistan

The Future Prospect of Afghanistan

November, 28 2011 | Muhammad Younas

Rich mineral deposits in Afghanistan could create a new international interest in this region. The country is be lieved to have a long list of vast deposits of iron ore, barite, chromium, coal, magnesium, copper, gold, silver, lead, natural gas, oil, critical industrial metal like lithium and precious stones like sulfur, talc ...

War Against Terrorism and the Deteriorating Diplomatic Ties

War Against Terrorism and the Deteriorating Diplomatic Ties

November, 28 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The weary war against terrorism that was launched after the incident of 9/11, brought with itself different sorts of influences and impacts on the lives of people in Afghanistan, South Asian region and U.S. in particular and the world in general. The war, though has done much to topple down the Al-Qaida favoring reign of Taliban ...

Economic Hardships Ahead

Economic Hardships Ahead

November, 27 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

In the post 2014 scenario, Afghanistan would be facing myriads of challenges in order to guarantee security and stability in the country provided that the international troops withdraw as per the announced schedule. It does not only require determination and iron will but resources and assistance to make the country ...

Afghanistan and the Folly of Neo-Liberal Economics

Afghanistan and the Folly  of Neo-Liberal Economics

November, 27 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan continues to rank among the poorest countries in the world on par with some of the most poverty-stricken countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia. It consistently ranks among the worst countries On some of the most crucial development Indicators such as infant mortality, literacy rates, literacy rates ...

Will the Current Economic System Fall?

Will the Current  Economic System Fall?

November, 27 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Few days ago I wrote two articles, titled will the current economic System Fall, where I detailed about what made many stunningly courageous to talk about the possible collapse of the capitalism. And in both articles, I mentioned two factors that fuelled assumptions around the world of the possible collapse of current worldwide ...

Human Smuggling and Afghanistan

Human Smuggling  and Afghanistan

November, 26 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

As there have been poverty and discriminations in different parts of world, there have been different types of social problems as well. Among them one of the most dominating one erupting from the countries with disorder and poverty is Human smuggling. Human smuggling is defined as 'the facilitation, transportation, attempted ...

Derailed Peace Process and Need for a Multipronged Strategy

Derailed Peace  Process and Need for a  Multipronged Strategy

November, 26 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The very idea of talks and negotiations with the Taliban and Haqqani group lies dead in tracks at least for now. After the assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani, th ex-president and the head of the peace council, there has been a marked attempt on the part of the government and the president to play down the issue of talks even if only ...

Afghanistan Financial Management Information System (AFMIS)

Afghanistan Financial Management Information System (AFMIS)

November, 26 2011 | Mohd. Ahsan

There is no doubt that the deep rooted corruption in almost all or ganizations of Afghanistan is hampering nurturing of our social and economic infrastructures but one should not be pessimistic about the future of Afghanistan. Developments can not be achieved over nights. Nonetheless, Afghanistan is endeavoring to accomplish ...

Sense of Insecurity Prevails In Afghanistan

Sense of Insecurity  Prevails In Afghanistan

November, 24 2011 | Muhammad Younas

More than 2,000 self appointed delegates by the government attended the four-day Loya Jirga under intense security in Kabul City on Saturday endorsed President Karzai's decision to negotiate a long-term U.S. military presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014. A list of more than 76 recommendations was reported to have read out at the Jirga's ...

Sherry Rehman Appointed as Ambassador – Diplomatic Triumph for Pakistani Military?

Sherry Rehman Appointed as Ambassador – Diplomatic Triumph for Pakistani Military?

November, 24 2011 | Hadi Zaher

Lawmaker for the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and a close aide to the late Benazir Bhutto, charismatic and courageous Sherry Rehman has been appointed Pakistan's new ambassador to the United States. She replaces the embattled former journalist and diplomat Hussain Haqqani. Her appointment ...

Swimming Against the Tide

Swimming Against the Tide

November, 24 2011 | Nasruddin Hemati

Amidst increasing domestic and international calls upon Syrian regime to stop violence against civilian protestors, Bashar Al Assad's forces continue cracking down against unarmed Syrian demonstrators who have been asking for their political rights since the very beginning of this year. Alike the Libyan Moammar Al Gaddafi who was finally left ...

Jirga Resolutions and Strategic Partnership Agreement with the US

Jirga Resolutions and Strategic Partnership Agreement with the US

November, 23 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

The Traditional Loya Jirga has issued a 72-article resolution with recommendations and demands regarding the US-Afghanistan strategic partnership agreement and talks with insurgents. There is nothing new or unexpected in the long resolution than what President Karzai has already said. As discussed in my previous op-ed on this ...