Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Rise of Poverty and its Dark Prospective in Afghanistan

January 21,2020 | Editorials

Beside multiple social and political issues, poverty is one of the top chronic problems which increasingly give birth to a large series of other social and political problems in the country. According to a recent report quoted from the Ministry of Economy, more than 55 percent of Afghan people live under poverty line. Similarly, the other institutions’ reports indicate that the situation of poverty has not only declined in 2019 but also shows a slight increase. For example, based on the Asian Development Bank’s report the level of poverty was 54% in 2018 but it has slightly increased in the current year. However, the differences are largely linked to the decrease of international aid. Any-why, beside natural disasters, insecurity, migration, violence and addiction, Afghanistan is faced with increasing poverty challenge. This issue seems more serious when it is deemed as a root factor for many social and ...Read more

Concerns Grow over Women’s Rights and Liberties

January 20,2020 | Editorials

With the likely return of the Taliban militants, after reaching a peace agreement with their US interlocutors and the Afghan government, and potential for radicalism, concerns over the violation of women’s rights and liberties increase. It appears that the Taliban are not willing to change their mindset towards women. The Taliban’s chief negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar said that the Taliban’s view towards women had not changed. “We accept all the rights that God has granted to women.” It indicates that the Taliban still seek to impose their radical interpretation of the Islamic Sharia on people. Religious terminology from the Taliban’s lens is hardly reconcilable with democratic principles. And with the return of the Taliban’s fundamental figures and clerics, the rights and liberties of women will be at stake. The potential for radicalism in the country will contribute to the Taliban’s misogynistic ...Read more

Reduction of Violence and Rejection of Ceasefire

January 19,2020 | Editorials

Taliban has agreed on reduction of violence amid signing the agreement about a withdrawal of foreign forces. In order to know what it means for Afghans we shall go through the process and what has been achieved so far. What has Taliban Gained? Taliban has been the winner of the peace talks so far; their status from a terrorist group in the perception of the regional countries and international community has changed to a legitimate group that is fighting against those who have occupied Afghanistan and the government of Afghanistan as the agent of the invaders. Their leader travels freely in different countries now. Afghan government in a bid to show its goodwill freed a number of high ranking Taliban leaders including Anas Haqqani. In addition to this, many Taliban commanders and members have freed by government to show the political willingness of Afghan government for reaching a settlement in the ...Read more

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Senior US Diplomat in Pakistan to Discuss Afghanistan

Senior US Diplomat in Pakistan to Discuss Afghanistan

January 21,2020 | National

ISLAMABAD - The report said that Wells’ trip comes amid warming bilateral relations following meetings last year between President Donald Trump and Pakistani ...Read More

Sino-Afghan Relations’ 65th Anniversary Celebrated in Kabul

Sino-Afghan Relations’  65th Anniversary Celebrated in Kabul

January 21,2020 | National

KABUL - The 65th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the People’s Republic of China attended by the Senior Officials of the ...Read More

Abdullah Condemns Handling of Peace Talks

Abdullah Condemns  Handling of Peace Talks

January 21,2020 | National

KABUL - In a clear sign of internal rift, Afghan government’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Monday criticized official handling of the peace process with ...Read More

Germany to Host Intra-Afghan Dialogue Soon

Germany to Host  Intra-Afghan Dialogue Soon

January 21,2020 | National

KABUL - National Security Advisor (NSA) Hamdullah Mohib on Sunday discussed the peace process with Germany’s special representative for Afghanistan and ...Read More

Kabul Residents Complain of Lack of Security

Kabul Residents Complain of Lack of Security

January 21,2020 | National

KABUL - A number of Kabul residents on Sunday said they are concerned about an increase in crime and lack of safety in the city. The residents claimed that they ...Read More

Ex-Army Interpreter Accused of Spying for Iran Goes on Trial in Germany

Ex-Army Interpreter Accused of Spying  for Iran Goes on Trial in Germany

January 21,2020 | National

BERLIN - A trial for a German-Afghan national suspected of spying for Iranian intelligence is set to commence on January 20 in the city of Koblenz in ...Read More

AITF Meeting Reviews Overall Progress on Infrastructure Development

AITF Meeting Reviews Overall Progress on Infrastructure  Development

January 21,2020 | National

KABUL - The Steering Committee of the multi-donor Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund (AITF), administered by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), during its Annual meeting ...Read More

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Berlin Summit on Libya Conflict: What Did World Powers Agree?

Berlin Summit on Libya Conflict: What Did World Powers Agree?

January 21,2020 | International

BERLIN - World powers held a high-stakes summit in Berlin on Sunday to discuss the way forward to end the conflict in Libya. Leaders and officials from ...Read More

New York Times Endorses Warren, Klobuchar for President

New York Times Endorses Warren,  Klobuchar for President

January 21,2020 | International

WASHINGTON - The New York Times on Sunday endorsed Senators Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren for the Democratic presidential nomination, its first time choosing two ...Read More

Russian Opposition Wants Big Protest Over Putin’s Plan to ‘Rule for Ever’

Russian Opposition Wants Big Protest Over  Putin’s Plan to ‘Rule for Ever’

January 21,2020 | International

MOSCOW - Russia’s anti-Kremlin opposition said on Monday it planned to stage a big protest next month against President Vladimir Putin’s proposed constitutional changes, which it cast ...Read More

Beirut Turns into A Battleground as Clashes Escalate

Beirut Turns into A Battleground as Clashes Escalate

January 21,2020 | International

BEIRUT - Protesters threw stones at security forces who fired back with tear gas and water cannon during the most violent weekend in Lebanon’s capital since the beginning of ...Read More

German FM Blasts US Policy on Iran, Says Europe Wants to Prevent ‘Firestorm’ In Middle East Without Regime Change

German FM Blasts US Policy on Iran, Says  Europe Wants to Prevent ‘Firestorm’ In  Middle East Without Regime Change

January 20,2020 | International

BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that, instead of following the US’ maximum pressure campaign against Iran, the EU will stick to diplomacy in order to avoid ...Read More

Democrats, Trump Offer Duelling Arguments on Impeachment

Democrats, Trump Offer Duelling  Arguments on Impeachment

January 20,2020 | International

WASHINGTON - The Democratic legislators leading the impeachment case against Republican President Donald Trump in the United States have said the president must be removed from ...Read More

Editorials »

Rise of Poverty and its Dark Prospective in Afghanistan

January 21,2020 | Editorials

Beside multiple social and political issues, poverty is one of the top chronic problems which increasingly give birth to a large series of other social and political problems in the country. According to a recent report quoted from the Ministry of Economy, more than 55 percent of Afghan people live under poverty line. Similarly, the other institutions’ reports indicate that the situation of poverty has not only declined in 2019 but also shows a slight increase. For example, based on the Asian Development Bank’s report the level of poverty was 54% in 2018 but it has slightly increased in the current year. However, the differences are largely linked to the decrease of international aid. Any-why, beside natural disasters, insecurity, migration, violence and addiction, Afghanistan is faced with increasing poverty challenge. This issue seems more serious when it is deemed as a root factor for many social and ...Read More

Concerns Grow over Women’s Rights and Liberties

January 20,2020 | Editorials

With the likely return of the Taliban militants, after reaching a peace agreement with their US interlocutors and the Afghan government, and potential for radicalism, concerns over the violation of women’s rights and liberties increase. It appears that the Taliban are not willing to change their mindset towards women. The Taliban’s chief negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar said that the Taliban’s view towards women had not changed. “We accept all the rights that God has granted to women.” It indicates that the Taliban still seek to impose their radical interpretation of the Islamic Sharia on people. Religious terminology from the Taliban’s lens is hardly reconcilable with democratic principles. And with the return of the Taliban’s fundamental figures and clerics, the rights and liberties of women will be at stake. The potential for radicalism in the country will contribute to the Taliban’s misogynistic ...Read More

Reduction of Violence and Rejection of Ceasefire

January 19,2020 | Editorials

Taliban has agreed on reduction of violence amid signing the agreement about a withdrawal of foreign forces. In order to know what it means for Afghans we shall go through the process and what has been achieved so far. What has Taliban Gained? Taliban has been the winner of the peace talks so far; their status from a terrorist group in the perception of the regional countries and international community has changed to a legitimate group that is fighting against those who have occupied Afghanistan and the government of Afghanistan as the agent of the invaders. Their leader travels freely in different countries now. Afghan government in a bid to show its goodwill freed a number of high ranking Taliban leaders including Anas Haqqani. In addition to this, many Taliban commanders and members have freed by government to show the political willingness of Afghan government for reaching a settlement in the ...Read More

Citizens Concerned about Rising Crime

January 18,2020 | Editorials

There is almost no one who has not fallen victim to street crime in large cities, mainly in Kabul. The crime rate has increased to a great extent in Kabul City and citizens fear being mugged while walking on the streets in broad daylight. The criminal activities in Kabul include theft, robbery, burglary, mugging, and murder. A number of people are mugged in Kabul streets on day-to-day basis and the muggers escape easily. Many of the criminals carry pistols and knives and simply hurt their victims who resist against them. Some victims are reported dead and wounded while resisting to keep their properties. Snatching mobile phones and women’s purses is very common on the streets. For example, few months back, my sister and I were walking in a busy street of Kabul, two motorcyclists snatched her purse while passing us. We could do nothing. Darkness in streets, as a result of lack of electric power, has made people more vulnerable to street crimes and mugging. Criminals extort citizens’ money and properties at gunpoint in ...Read More

Human Rights Prone to Increasing Regional Tension

January 16,2020 | Editorials

Following the US-Iran tension, the fear of increasing instability in the region has mounted. Regional stakeholders are concerned about the escalating tension and its horrible consequences. The region has been jeopardized after the emergence of the self-proclaimed ISIL group, Syria’s conflict, and Saudi Arabia’s attacks on Yemen. As a result of the three aforementioned incidents, the rights and liberties of civilians and soldiers were violated on a large scale. A countless number of people were killed and discriminated on the grounds of their caste, color, and creed. Scores of women were raped by ISIL fighters simply for following a certain faith. The malnourished Yemeni children still make the headlines around the world and refugees from war-torn countries suffer severely in camps. To one’s unmitigated chagrin, the Middle East conflict has brought about untold sorrows to men, women and children. The outpouring of pain and suffering inflicted on war victims outrage the collective ...Read More

The Fragility of Peace Talks

January 15,2020 | Editorials

Despite the prolonged talks between the US representatives and the Taliban, intra-Afghan dialogue has not been ushered in since the Taliban refused to hold talks with the Kabul administration. The prospect for US-Taliban peace deal has increased, which is most likely to result in intra-Afghan dialogue. The Taliban interlocutors urged them on multiple occasions to reduce violence and declare a ceasefire. Recently, the Kabul government has called on the Taliban to declare truce saying that reduction of violence, accepted by the Taliban, is neither practical nor promising. The Taliban seem to have accepted reduction of violence in the wake of the cold climate, which restrict their operations and fighting capacity. In 2019, the Taliban declared their spring offensive despite the persistent call for reduction of violence. The Taliban’s decision making is based on their fighters’ security, political ramifications, and religious suitability. They are unlikely to have decided for declaration of ceasefire after consulting their top leaders in ...Read More

The Challenges of Free Market in Afghanistan

January 14,2020 | Editorials

According to article 10 of constitution of Afghanistan, the economic system of the country is defined as free market system. Though there is no absolute concept in social science, including economy, it has caused an absolute interpretation from free market system so far as every destructive economic behavior is justified on the basis of free market system reflected in the law. When we talk to some of the officials why the prices of basic goods are suddenly doubled in winter seasons, they justify their silence based on article 10 of the national law as if the injustice and economic oppression is allowed by law in Afghanistan. Undoubtedly, the law also does not allow injustice and economic oppression which is going on under name of free market. Even if we look in the origin countries of free market system, no one believe in absolute interpretation of free market system or else it can be used as a weapon against social and political security of any countrie, especially under developed countries such as ...Read More

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Fulfilling the Responsibility of Being True Human Being

Fulfilling the Responsibility of Being  True Human Being

January 21,2020 | Asim | opinion

Every society is recognized from the types of its problems and the nature of its values and habits of its people. The great societies of the world that achieved the ...Read More

A Data Revolution for All

A Data Revolution for All

January 21,2020 | Michael Froman and Rajiv Shah | opinion

Science has revolutionized medicine and agriculture over the last 100 years, particularly for the poorest of the poor. Achievements ranging from the treatment of hookworm to the ...Read More

Unlimited Potentials and Broad Prospects for China-Afghanistan Cooperation

Unlimited Potentials and Broad Prospects for  China-Afghanistan Cooperation

January 20,2020 | Wang Yu | opinion

There is a similar saying in both Chinese and Pashto, ‘as you sow, so shall you reap.’ On 20 January1955, China and Afghanistan established diplomatic relations. In the over 2,000 years ...Read More

The Geopolitical Feature of Peace and War in Afghanistan

The Geopolitical Feature of  Peace and War in Afghanistan

January 20,2020 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari | opinion

Though there have been various wars and conflicts in the world, the features of conflicts in Afghanistan seem unique. For example, many of post-colonial African and Latin America ...Read More

Afghans’ Concerns over US-Taliban Likely Peace Agreement

Afghans’ Concerns over US-Taliban  Likely Peace Agreement

January 19,2020 | Hujjatullah Zia | opinion

The US and Taliban representatives, who have restarted their negotiations in the Qatari capital of Doha, are close to signing a peace deal. However, the talks were held behind closed doors and ...Read More

Closing the SDG Gap

Closing the SDG Gap

January 19,2020 | Kevin Watkins | opinion

As global business and political leaders gather in Davos for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, they should ask themselves one big question: Will the world achieve the ...Read More

We Are As Strong As We Are United

We Are As Strong As We Are United

January 18,2020 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari | opinion

The very simple definition of unity is act of joining together and living together under a nondiscriminatory political system in order to achieve national ...Read More