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The Good but Slow Cultural and Social Change

July 24 2011

Afghanistan and its people are increasingly being connected to the globalized world of outside. The result is some interesting cultural and social changes that although nascent and limited to the young generation, have the potential to move Afghanistan away from its bloodies past and towards a better future. Cable television ...

U.S. Recognizes Libyan Rebels

July 24 2011

In the fourth gathering of International Contact Group for Libya in Istanbul, the Libyan rebel National Transitional Council (TNC) has been able to gain recognition as the legitimate government of Libya from the United States and other world powers on Friday. It has been almost five month since the rebels have been fighting for unseating ...

Terror in Norway

July 23 2011

In twin terror attacks in Norway, about 11 people have been killed on Friday July 22, 2011. According to reports received with latest updates at the time of this writing, 11 people were killed in a connected terror attack in Oslo. First, it was a powerful bomb blast that rocked the area with government buildings. Glasses of the windows ...

Af-Pak Tension Rises Further

July 23 2011

The tension between Afghanistan and Pakistan is intensifying. Afghanistan has been claiming for the last one month or so that Pakistan security forces have been firing rockets in Kunar and Nangarhar provinces of Afghanistan. These two provinces are located along the Af-Pak border and hundred of rockets are claimed to have ...

India Concerned Over US Drawdown

July 21 2011

Lack of transparency in the peace reconciliation program - initiated by Karzai adminis tration to resolve Afghan war through talks with Taliban – has been a matter of great concern for Afghans and countries in the region. Rejection of Afghan government's deal offers by Taliban, time and again, has made the process vaguer. Taliban sees ...

Heading to Chaos or Collapse

July 21 2011

The country is headed to an unknown destination. It may prove graver than anticipated. The widespread calls for forces withdrawal from ghanistan, the declining aid and the losing opportunities have put the nation at stake. Incompetent state institutions, insufficiently experienced elites, added to the ever growing insecurity and the ...

Respected MP’s, Notice Consequence of Your Comments

July 21 2011

Last week, a number of lower house of the parliament members claimed that they had credible information that another important private bank, Azizi Bank, was on the verge of collapse because of mismanagement. Abdul Zahir Qadir, a lawmaker from eastern Nangarhar province alleged that he had information showing the bank was in ...

A Shout of Victory at the Time of Defeat

July 20 2011

Afghan government and international community are trying to paint an upbeat picture of the direction Afghanistan is going in. They are talking of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) being able to begin to assume the responsibility for security of the country. Officials from countries with troops in Afghanistan are indicating that improved ...

It Is Not Merely Security That will Deteriorate

July 20 2011

When we talk about the international community's withdrawal from Afghanistan, we predict –keeping in view our past and current experience – that security will deteriorate. But we are forgetting one important point and that is the negative impact on our economy that will be left behind by reduction of international role in ...

Troops Drawdown and Outpour of Concerns Trigged Off Together

July 20 2011

As drawdown of foreign troops is triggered off and the transition of security responsibility from international forces to Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) is set in motion, concerns inside and outside Afghanistan begin to rise about the consequences of apparently premature steps. On Tuesday, July 19, 2011, security responsibility for ...

No Appeasements Can Stop Terrorism

July 19 2011

Amidst political instability and the increasingly divergent approaches in relations among state branches, Taliban's suicide attacks, high profile assassinations, hit-and-run operations and road side bombings have extremely increased across the country in comparison to months and years earlier. Following the last blowing accidents, the ...

A New Wave of Targeted Killing, Evident

July 19 2011

A new wave of targeted killing is evident in Afghanistan. Targeted killing has always existed in Afghanistan, at least in the last three decades. Over the last ten years, we have witnessed assassination of high profile government authorities. In the year 2011, which is specifically important for Afghanistan...

Afghans’ Open-ended Tragedy and Gradual Impunity to Taliban

July 19 2011

As Afghan people continue to go through an open-ended tragedy, the United Nations Security Council has removed the names of fourteen Taliban members from its black list. The UN said in a statement that the names had been removed to prepare the ground for successful peace talks with the Taliban. This happens while on Thursday, July 14, 2011...

Bamyan Security Tasks Transferred

July 18 2011

Can Afghanistan stand on its own feet? It is having the lowest level of security despite presence of about 150,000 foreign troops and more than 250,000 national Police and Army. What is going to be the fate of Afghanistan after the withdrawal of international forces?The seven areas identified to be handed over to Afghan Security Forces in the ...

Concerns still Remain in Place

July 18 2011

>On June 22, 2011, the U.S. president Barack Obama announced the schedule for withdrawal of his country's troops from Afghanistan. Canada has already withdrawn its forces from Afghanistan. Many other countries that have troops deployed and operating in Afghanistan to help stabilize the country have begun or are going to begin to pull out...

Mullah Omar, 90 Miles Away from Kabul

July 18 2011

A female MP has claimed meeting the Taliban's supreme leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar. In the meeting that took place only about 90 miles away from capital Kabul, according to Huma Sultani's statement, a MP elected from Ghazni province, the Mullah has signaled consent and willingness to peace talks with the government of Afghanistan. Huma has ...

2011 - Already the Bloodiest Year

July 17 2011

The year 2011 has already become the deadliest year for Afghan civilians since 2001. The United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) has released a report which establishes the first half of 2011 as being the deadliest so far registering the highest number of civilian deaths since the fall of Taliban regime in 2001. In ...

U.S. Recognizes Libyan Rebels

July 17 2011

In the fourth gathering of International Contact Group for Libya in Istanbul, the Libyan rebel National Transitional Council (TNC) has been able to gain recognition as the legitimate government of Libya from the United States and other world powers on Friday. It has been almost five month since the rebels have been fighting for...

Modern Education – A Crying Need

July 16 2011

Afghanistan has been one of the unfortunate countries where the continuous trends of wars and conflicts have always affected the other important walks of life to a large extent. Education has been one of the sectors that have been the same sort of victim. Though the education sector has made imperative developments since the downfall ...

The Troublesome Relation with Neighbor

July 16 2011

The reported month-long rocket firings from neighboring country have added another challenge to the already existing ones. There are reports that during current and last month even missiles were fired to eastern provinces of Afghanistan, but the Kabul government still has remained silent and, ...

A Welcome Announcement by the International Community

July 16 2011

The 11th meeting of the International Contact Group (ICG) on Afghanistan was recently held in Kabul with the participation of over 50 donor countries from the international community. With the process of withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan beginning soon, concerns and doubts have been rising as to whether the international ...

Tense Pak-U.S. Relations; not Favorable

July 14 2011

Since the discovery of Osama Bin Laden from Abbotabad, the Pak-U.S. relations seem to be heading towards nowhere. Though there have been efforts to make the relations work, there has not been evident success. Rather, the deterioration has reached to its climax as the U.S. has announced a pause in $800 million military aid to...

Last Attempts to Save Assad

July 14 2011

Survival of the Syrian regime will greatly serve purposes of some regional actors while the world countries have mostly approached happenings in Syria the same as that of Libya and Yemen. The US, EU countries, many of the Arab nations and the UN have asked Syrian regime to stop crackdown against protestors and abide by their legal and ...

Brother’s Death: Hard to Bear

July 13 2011

Ahmad Wali Karzai, President Karzai's half brother and head of Kandahar provincial council since 2005, was killed on Tuesday July 12, 2011 by his bodyguard associated to the Taliban who has been called "Brother" by President several times in open speeches to public. Death of a brother is too hard to bear, especially of a brother...

Questions on the Upcoming Loya Jirga

July 13 2011

The preparation for the Loya Jirga to be held in September2011 is in full swing. The government of President Karzai insists that the convening of the Loya Jirga is essential for the purpose of holding wide-ranging consultations with the people of Afghanistan regarding the issue of the strategic agreement including long-term military presence ...

United States and NATO

July 13 2011

>The war of NATO in Afghanistan has long been changed into an American war and many NATO members have rolled back and delivered responsibilities to American forces. Initially, both in Afghanistan and Iraq, there was huge enthusiasm and willingness among all NATO members to share burden of the two wars, but that did not last much and ...

Consultation! Isn’t Too Late?

July 12 2011

On time consultation, coordination and strategic planning are key factors to economic sustainability. It is a requirement both for micro and macro economies. This is specifically imperative for economies of less developed and developing nations. Afghanistan falls in the list of countries that are extremely economically vulnerable. Afghan economy ...

Unsettled Issue Causing Loss to the Country

July 12 2011

The parliamentarians of Afghanistan, in patriotic move, cancelled their summer vacation and devoted their vacation to resolving critical issues that has placed the country at an important juncture. This measure of MPs should be acclaimed – national interests should always be taken heavier than personal ones. The parliament, ...

Before They Leave Afghanistan

July 12 2011

As the United State and its allies are mulling to decrease their role and troops from Afghanistan, Taliban are intensifying their operations. Reports say, the US has conducted several sessions of talks with Taliban to resolve the Afghan conflict through a political way. But Taliban have rejected these reports saying, there are no ...

Afghanistan- Still Without a Comprehensive Population Census

July 11, 2011

World Population Day is going to be celebrated on July 11, 2011 throughout the world and in Afghanistan. On the day when the world is going to talk about the various aggregates of population living in different parts of world it must be mentioned that Afghan population has been one of the most deprived ones in the world. The ...

Turkish Airlines Decides to Serve in Afghanistan, as well

July 11, 2011

Last week, Turkish Airlines, the flag carrier airline of turkey, was awarded the "Best Airline in Europe", "Best Premium Economy Seats" and "Best Airline in Southern Europe" at the World Airline Awards. At the same time, the airline acquired the 3rd place in the best airline companies in all Europe ...

Kabul Bank Case and Economic Fragility

July 10, 2011

The fragile security situation has overshadowed all other matters of concern for the country. However, economists believe that the current economic vulnerability is far more critical than the long standing security dilemma. Economic pressures and highly dependent budget is of the main challenges even at this period when huge amount

Panjsher Incident Increases Concerns

July 10, 2011

In return of assistance and sacrifices the international community has been making in Af ghanistan, it has always anticipated cooperation from the government and the people of Afghanistan. But in Afghanistan one should give more and expect less or even nothing. The three decades of war and meddling of several countries have made it quite difficult...

Insurgents do Most Harm to Afghan Children

July 10, 2011

We see Taliban and other insurgent groups talking of Jihad. They believe that they are the Jihadi fighters that continue to fight a holy war. But over the last ten years they did most harm to Afghan people, particularly women and children. In addition to falling victims to suicide attacks, roadside bombings and other terrorist ...

Mr. President Must Undo the Evils before it is Too Late

July 09, 2011

After the 2010 parliamentary elections did not end up in success of President Hamid Karzai's favored candidates, he greeted the official results announced by the Independent Election Commission and attempted to refuse to inaugurate the parliament. In the meanwhile, he opened Pandora's box by unconstitutionally establishing a special ...