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United Kingdom: the Threat is Real

United Kingdom: the Threat is Real

March 19, 2012 | Musa Khan Jalalzai

This is not a flawed perception of terror threat, frightening self developed story of Harry Potter or daydream; the possibility of future terror attacks in the United Kingdom is real. Sometimes possibilities became realities when the conflict of interests among states reaches at the point of no return. The recent clash ...

Dear Compatriots, Do not Fall for Bogus Claims of Taliban

Dear Compatriots, Do not Fall for Bogus Claims of Taliban

March 19, 2012 | Jawad Rahmani

In "add your comment" of a report released regarding violence break out after last month's Quran burning in Bagram Airfield in a local newspaper, a visitor of the site claimed that he lately joined Taliban militants in order to hold Jihad against the presence of foreign security forces. Without reasoning for the authenticity ...

Is it the “End of the Rope”?

Is it the “End of the Rope”?

March 18, 2012 | Dilawar Sherzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's demands that the foreign forces should leave Afghanistan as soon as possible are getting very serious. After the incident of killing of 16 Afghan villagers in Kandahar by a US staff sergeant, President Karzai has clearly mentioned that it is now time for international troops to leave Afghan ...

“Two Sessions”: the Great Event of the Chinese People in Politics

“Two Sessions”: the Great Event of the Chinese People in Politics

March 18, 2012 | Xu Feihong

If you bumped into someone on your way in the street of China currently, and inquired what catches his/her eyes the most, the answers would almost be the same-- "Liang Hui" (literally "the two sessions"). But why? Because the 11th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and ...

A New Chapter in Russia-U.S. relations?

A New Chapter in Russia-U.S. relations?

March 18, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

A few days ago a momentous event in Russia-U.S. relations was marked. Russia formally offered the U.S. to use a military base in its eastern city of Ulyanovsk to be used for the transit of troops and military supplies to Afghanistan. A few days after the election of Vladimir Putin to Russian presidency, this move by Russia is ...

Urban Poor and Social Vulnerability in Afghanistan

Urban Poor and Social Vulnerability in Afghanistan

March 17, 2012 | By Mehdi Rezaie

Afghan children are at the bottom of the Afghan social pyramid, much like women and young girls for whom life has been a constant battle for survival. Child labor is a reality and a major social vulnerability in Afghanistan of today. The numbers of children who are working to feed themselves and their families have been ...

The End Game in Afghanistan

The End Game in Afghanistan

March 17, 2012 | Dilawar Sherzai

The unpopular war in Afghanistan, if defined properly, is now becoming notorious. Going through what is being called as "The End Game" is becoming very tough for the International community involved in Afghanistan and led by US or it may be that it is not yet the end of the game. Though many in international media ...

Women: The Companions not Competitors

Women: The Companions not Competitors

March 17, 2012 | Abdul Samad Haidari

Man challenges the time to go ahead of it before it comes. Man competes with each other to go ahead of each other. Competition has become the philosophy of today's mankind. With everything competition, man today has violated every rule of law, overwhelmed and divested the status of women and they are widely depressed. They ...

Shifting Public Perceptions

Shifting Public Perceptions

March 15, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan and the United Statesare about to sign a much-talked talked about and anticipated strategicpartnership. Much has been said and talked about this deal. At a minimum, theAmerican side is pushing for keeping a relatively small contingent of troops inAfghanistan beyond the point when the combat operations by Americans would ...

Women’s Rights: From Ethical Commitment to Political Compromise

Women’s Rights: From Ethical Commitment to Political Compromise

March 15, 2012 | Abdul Kabir Salehi

Afghan Ulama Council released a declaration last Friday emphasizing on gender-segregation of men and women at the workplace, educational institutions and other social spheres. The declaration also insisted that women are to be dominated by men according to the verse one and thirty four ...

Kandahar Civilian Massacre: How the US is Still Getting Afghanistan Wrong

Kandahar Civilian Massacre: How the US is Still Getting Afghanistan Wrong

March 15, 2012 | Ahmad Shuja

The debate following the Kandahar massacre shows that Americans at home and in Afghanistan still don't quite understand the meaning of events in that country. Domestically, the calls for a swifter withdrawal are not only divorced from the realities of logistical constraints but also displays a reckless disregard for the ...

The Naïve Risky Move

The Naïve Risky Move

March 14, 2012 | Nasruddin Hemati

President Karzai administration appears to be gaining the upper hand in recent controversies with his US counterparts. Arguments on the US-Afghanistan strategic partnership documents revolved mainly around the two preconditions set by President Karzai for signing the strategic pact. Karzai insisted on handing over US-controlled ...

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 ...