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A Wave of Drought and Famine Killing Silently

A Wave of Drought and  Famine Killing Silently

August 02, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

As if the daily high dose of death and violence is not enough, the long dry spell in central regions of the country as well as some Northern provinces, evident in past winter and spring's less than satisfactory rainfall, is now wreaking havoc with people's farmlands and food security across these areas. Bamyan, Maidan Wardak and Daikundi in the center ...

Reconciliation and Transition

Reconciliation and Transition

August 02, 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

The security situation in Afghanistan is not getting any better as the terrorists have further intensified their assaults. Only, the ongoing month of Ramadan can be a hope for a break in sanguinary incidents, but that can not be a substitute for a lasting peace. The concerned authorities should carry out necessary measures to curb the ...

Climate Change Must be Given Priority Before it is too Late

Climate Change Must be Given Priority Before it is too Late

August 02, 2011 | Abdul Samad Haidari

Today the climate of the world is changing faster than ever before. The climate shift started to show its real face both on the geo-diversity and bio-diversity. Currently, mainly the reports and news stories relate to the very changes in bio-diversity and its uncertain impacts on the availability of food, air and ...

Socio-political Changes and Afghan Transition

Socio-political Changes  and Afghan Transition

August 01, 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

>The course of history in different societies and states has been dominantly guided by social and political changes. These changes have been able to attract the attentions of social and political scientists to a large extent as they are responsible for the evolution of society and states. Social scientists mostly strive to find out the trends in...

Why a Breakthrough is Unlikely at Bonn II

Why a Breakthrough  is Unlikely at Bonn II

August 01, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

Recently I have written several op-eds on the talks about talks with the Taliban, political settlement and the coming Bonn Conference II in December. Below is a guest post of mine published at the Afghanistan Analysts Network reflecting on the same topics with some updates and different questions. The Bonn conference of 2001 has been a ...

Targeted Assassinations

Targeted Assassinations

August 01, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Another grand loss for the President Karzia's government! On Wednesday July 27, a suicide attack took life of the Kandahar city mayor, Mr. Ghulam Haidar Hamidi, in the municipality complex. He is the second high-ranking official targeted by suicide attacker of Taliban militants, after assassination of Ahmad Wali Karzia, half brother of...

Afghanistan and the Region: A Shared Destiny

Afghanistan and the Region:  A Shared Destiny

Mehdi Rezaie | July 31, 2011

>Afghanistan is situated in a particularly tough regional environment. This environment is characterized by various state and non-state actors, both regional and extra-regional that result in the geo-political and security equilibrium in the region to be fragile and prone to disturbance at the slightest of provocations. Perhaps, Afghanistan is one of the few...

The Plight of the Refugees

The Plight of the Refugees

July 31, 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

In many countries of the world because of different sorts of social and political problems, people are forced to leave their countries and move to other parts of the world in search of better lives and opportunities. Such people can be termed as refugees. According to the Geneva Refugee Convention, a refugee is defined as, "A person with ...

Farewell to a Friend of Afghanistan

Farewell to a Friend  of Afghanistan

July 31, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

Saying goodbye to a friend, colleague or just a person you know somehow is hard. But going through the same experience, I know it's harder for a person himself who is taking departure from a place after years living there as his second-home. One's feelings get attached to all things related to that place and the people, and the ...

Averting a Post-2014 Economic Downfall

Averting a Post-2014  Economic Downfall

July 30, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Robert Zoellick, the World Bank's President, in an article published in Washington Post, has been the latest public figure to warn about the future of Afghanistan's economy in the wake of the withdrawal of international forces. According to World Bank's chief, the theme of often-repeated and much-cautioned economic downfall in a post-2014 ...

“A lone Wolf” andMulticulturalism

“A lone Wolf” andMulticulturalism

July 30, 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

Well, the tragic incident in Oslo, Norway can never and should never end with a conclusion that as there had not been evident connections of the culprit Breivik with the far right organizations in Europe, therefore it was a sole-effort and the threats of far right extremist views are meager. Even if it was a sole-effort, it must not ...

The Reason to Fight For

The Reason to Fight For

July 30, 2011 | Abdul Samad Haidari

Incessantly, we are living on the edges of four decades of war in Afghanistan that left hun dred and thousand of deaths and thousand of people as a result have been handicapped; millions of them have been left homeless and more than one million children orphaned or alienated from their parents with extreme vulnerability. ...

Army Chief’s Statement on Durand Line

Army Chief’s Statement  on Durand Line

July 28, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

Recently I was watching a TOLO TV talk show hosted by Dawood Sultanzoy. He was interviewing the Chief of Armed Forces General Shir Ahmad Kairimi about the capability of Afghan security forces and the transition of security from international troops to Afghans. During the questions, Sultanzoy asked General Karimi about the rocket firings ...

Transitional Uncertainty

Transitional Uncertainty

July 28 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

The challenges both for Afghan and international forces are increasing as the terrorist acts in the country are marked with a rising trend. Afghanistan is going through a transition period, wherein, the security responsibilities have to be transferred to Afghan forces; whereas, the first phase of this ...

High Desertion Rates Holding Back Afghan National Army

       High Desertion Rates Holding Back Afghan National Army

July 28, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

High turnover rates of recruits in the Afghan National Army has once again come under spotlight with a recent report presented to the U.S. Congress by U.S. government admitting that 1 out of every 4 new recruits or roughly 25% of new soldiers leave the Afghan National Army after the first few months. This figure of 25% is the desertion rate ...

Neighbors Speaks Against the Expected Afghanistan-US Partnership Agreement

Neighbors Speaks Against the Expected Afghanistan-US Partnership Agreement

July 27 2011 | Ahmad Shah Katawazai

According to the newly appointed U.S. ambassador the United States has no interest in permanent bases in Afghanistan. However behind the scene talks are going on between authorities from Afghanistan as well as the United States regarding long-term strategic accord. It is an open secret now that both Afghanistan and the United States are interested...

Politics of Holograms

Politics of Holograms

July 27, 2011 | Farman Nawaz

People have dreams and they wish to see them turning into realities in their life time. Politicians create national dreams and try to make them true during their tenure. It is true that politics is the name of possibilities but here in Pakistan the game of possibilities has turned into game of blames and controversies. Instead of creating...

Friday’s Attacks and Islam-phobia

Friday’s Attacks  and Islam-phobia

July 26 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Norwegians are still in sulfurous shock days after terroristic bombing and shootings, which left 93 dead and numerous injured. First, a strong explosion shook the office of Prime Minister, Mr. Stoltenberg, and surrounding buildings, and, Later on, followed by almost an hour-long rampage shooting at youth camp which took the lives ...

Taliban Denial of Talks

Taliban Denial of Talks

July 26, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

A latest Taliban video released by the Al-emara studio has been uploaded online. The 40 minutes video features attacks, RPG firings, blasts and interviews of Taliban commanders in Kunar province. It focuses on the talks about talks with Taliban, strongly denying the media reports that some Taliban officials had direct talks with the...

Military Drawdown and America’s Internal Politics

Military Drawdown and  America’s Internal Politics

July 26, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan has long been a contentious issue. The Obama Administration has announced a plan of withdrawing 33,000 American troops from Afghanistan by the fall of 2012. According to the much-publicized plan, 10,000 troops will be evacuated by the end of the current year, 2011, while another 23,000 ...

The Butchery in Oslo

The Butchery in Oslo

July 25 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

No reason can stand solid for mass killing, provided that the victims are armless and do not intend to harm anyone in any way, except that they differ in their views. In real sense they are bound to be so, as human beings are born with different perceptions. Every individual is bound to be different in some way or the other from ...

The Security Transition Process

The Security  Transition Process

July 25, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

The Headlines of domestic print and electronic Media are dominated by security transition process and its political and military consequences. Under the process, the responsibilities of several areas have been already handed over to Afghan security forces, like Bamiyan Province, Mehtarlam, the center Laghaman Province, Lashkargah, the ...

Will Democracy & Political Stability Survive After the U.S Withdrawal?

Will Democracy & Political Stability Survive After  the U.S Withdrawal?

July 25, 2011 | Abdul Samad Haidari

In a major speech to the American public on June 22nd, President Obama has finally promulgated the beginning of the American forces drawdown from Afghanistan which has upset and scared all Afghans, particularly the women. One week later, after the President Obama ...

Extremism – the Real Terrorist!

Extremism – the Real Terrorist!

July 24 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

It is very unfortunate to note that human history is filled with violent incidents. The violence has been able to overshadow the docile aspect of human nature every now and then both through major wars and individual conflicts. There have been many occasions when hundred of people are killed in no time. People in the name of religion...

Making Foreign Aid Work for Afghanistan

Making Foreign Aid  Work for Afghanistan

July 24, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

>In an environment of constant war and conflict, and when the news of fatalities, explosions, the dead and the wounded grab the headlines, the welfare and economic prosperity of the people of Afghanistan have been pushed to the bottom. Its seems that gone are the days when there was a remarkable enthusiasm within the government...

Poppy Crop Drops in Helmand, Increases in North

Poppy Crop Drops in Helmand, Increases in North

July 24, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

According to the latest reports on poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, there has been 15% drop in the crop in Helmand province, which alone produces more than 50% of opium production in the country. However, it makes no difference on opium statistics countrywide as there is an increase of similar percentage in Northern Afghanistan due to the rise ...

Reconciliation with Taliban: Easier Said than Done

Reconciliation with Taliban: Easier Said than Done

July 23 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The American and NATO plans for the future of the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan center around an unprecedented surge in Western optimism that one way or the other, the reconciliation efforts with Taliban will bear fruit and the government in Kabul will once again find the upper hand in relation to its adversaries. The chorus leaders ...

Divergent Stances on a Global Concern

Divergent Stances on  a Global Concern

July 23, 2011 | Nasruddin Hemati

Reports revealed another diver gence by world main actors on a global issue. It was reported that western nations had clashed with Russia and developing countries on Wednesday over whether climate change was a security matter meriting the attention of the Security Council, the most powerful UN body. The ...

Corruption is the Biggest Injustice

Corruption is the Biggest Injustice

July 23, 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

It is believed that corruption is one of the severest injustices done to a society. Cor ruption is an injustice in the sense that when justice demands that a person should be given what he\she deserves, corruption does the exact opposite. It is corruption that makes systems and institutions suffer and even collapse. Therefore, corruption should ...

U.S. Needs to Stay Longer in Afghanistan

U.S. Needs to Stay  Longer in Afghanistan

July 21 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

Like many people in Afghanistan and other parts of world the Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Chrishna emphasizes for longer presence and support of U.S. in Afghanistan. He mentions, "It is necessary for the United States to factor in Afghanistan's ground realities so that Afghanistan will be in a position to defend itself against ...

Why Militants Have Intensified Attacks

Why Militants Have  Intensified Attacks

July 21, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Seemingly, the recent series of murders and suicidal attacks taking place across the country are linked to the ongoing process of delivering the security responsibilities to Afghan security forces. Taliban-led militants have staggeringly mounted their operations, and recently have attacked high ranking officials like assassination of ...

Debt and Deepening Economic Ruin in the West - Democracy is the Victim

Debt and Deepening Economic Ruin in the West - Democracy is the Victim

July 21, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The tragic happenings in Greece are a stark reminder of the larger simmering problems that plague the Western countries, societies and economies. The sad state of Greece is also the state of much of the Western societies although for many of them the worst is yet to strike. Excessive indebtedness, rapidly declining economies, a raging class war...

Taliban’s Attack in Kabul Serves a Sinister Agenda

Taliban’s Attack in Kabul  Serves a Sinister Agenda

July 20 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The process of transition of security responsibilities to Afghan forces has hit a rough patch from the very beginning with the assassination of Jan Mohammad Khan, former governor of Uruzgan Province who served as an advisor to President Karzai. Another MP fromUruzgan, HashemWatanwal, was also assassinated ...

“There Will be Tough Days Ahead”

“There Will be Tough  Days Ahead”

July 20, 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

"There will be tough days ahead". This is the statement of General John Allen in a ceremony in Kabul on Monday, July 18, 2011, wherein he took over the command of International forces in Afghanistan from General David H. Petraeus. General David Petraeus served for one year or so in Afghanistan as the commander of International Security ...

A Reactionary Move Against Women

A Reactionary Move Against Women

July 20, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Last week, a group of young Afghan women held a peaceful demonstration in Kabul against increasing street harassment in the country. They were carrying placards and handing out leaflets, which were written about verbal and physical abuses enduring Afghan women on daily basis. I really do not know much about this particular issue in ...