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The Weakness of Kabul Diplomacy

May 05, 2011

After the very start of democratic process in 2001, the interim transitional government, and, latter on, elected government under preside of Mr. Karzia has repeatedly voiced out the motto of friendship and rapprochement with all countries, particularly with neighboring ones. Diplomatic struggles have never been stopped to increase the...

Between Hope and Fear

May 05, 2011

Two days ago, newspapers, websites and other forms of press and media outlets published obituary of Osama Bin Laden, the top terrorist and the leader of Al-Qaeda, the international terrorist network. Over the last two days, there have been jubilations in the capitals, among political circles, ordinary people and the victims of terrorist activities around the world. When Al-Qaeda-affiliated hard-line Taliban...

3 May, the World Press Freedom Day

May 04, 2011

rticle 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says, "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers." Under this article, the United...

Internal Factors Matter to Be Addressed

May 04, 2011

As the suffering continues, Afghan people have begun to raise questions about the effectiveness of the current leadership and power structure. State-building seems to have turned into a myth. While the immediate threat is the growing insurgency, which has become more violent and must be dealt with immediately and effectively with iron hand, it is also important...

Omar has the Same Fate as Osama

May 04, 2011

The killing of Osama bin Laden is, no doubt, a huge achievement for US in fight against militancy, although this comes after almost a decade. Osama's death means regain of public trust to the US and its allies. What we had noted in the past was drastic decrease in the public support for the Afghan war and there was much public pressure on Western governments to pull out their forces from Afghanistan,...

Bin Laden is Dead but the Legacy Exists

May 03, 2011

At last, yesterday early morning US president Barack Obama announced the official news of Osama Bin Laden's death. No doubt, it is big news for the affectees of Bin Laden's terrorist activities in Afghanistan and abroad, as well as a big achievement for all the stakeholders of the War against Terror. The congratulatory messages from head of states...

Caught Between Brutal Treatment and Unemployment;

May 03, 2011

Since beginning of the post-Taliban era in Afghanistan, security has stood at the top of Afghan government and international community's agenda. It has thus overshadowed other significant issues including millions of refugees living abroad. Eestablishment of the democratic interim government following the collapse of Taliban in late 2001 ...

Hard for Ghazni to become 2013 Center of Islamic Civilization

May 02, 2011

More than 90 percent of districts of Afghanistan are under varying influence or control of the insurgents. This is what the government itself admits. With more international troops deployed in Afghanistan last year and multiplication of efforts to recruit more people to Afghan National Army and Police...

Rethinking Power Structure

May 02, 2011

Both NATO forces in Afghanistan and the insurgents have announced the beginning of prospective violence across the country. Just a day after the Taliban militants announced, through a statement, the beginning of spring offensive, a 12-year-old suicide bomber killed four people and wounded a dozen in eastern province of...

Taliban’s Al-Badar

May 02, 2011

The Taliban leadership has publicly announced the launch of spring operations or Operation Al Badar against the US and its allies in Afghanistan. This announcement is coinciding with April 28, 2011, the day for celebrating Afghanistan victory over the USSR. The Taliban have not only called for the support of the people of Afghanistan but also have threatened...

Spring Offensive Announced

May 01, 2011

The Taliban militants have announced the beginning of their spring offensive against foreign forces operating in Afghanistan to stabilize the country, Afghan security forces and government officials. It begins on May 01. On Saturday, April 30, 2011, the hard-line militants said in a statement that "the Leadership Council of the Islamic Emirate of ...

Afghanistan Should not Become a Theater of Troubles Once Again

May 01, 2011

Afghanistan will be facing two critical issues in the year ahead, which are to decide about a long-term partnership with the U.S. and tackle the surge in terrorist and insurgent attacks. That is why the country is at a crossroad and needs to decide wisely. Nowadays, there are a lot of rumors about the pressure that...

Investment, The Lifeblood of Our Economy

May 01, 2011

Recently the Pepsico entered into a deal of $60 million with Alokozay Group of Companies for the manufacture and distribution of its drinks brands in Afghanistan. The Alokozay Group, headquartered in United Arab Emirates, has also announced that it will soon launch a private bank that will compete with the banks in Afghanistan and at...

A Messy Situation and Downward Slope

April 30, 2011

It appears that Afghanistan is going through a downward slope as the war on terror is passing its tenth year. The confusion within the government, loss of public trust in the government and the terrible security situation are the signs of things that move in the wrong direction. There is a high level of uncertainty about the ability of the government to begin...

Parliament Rejects Budget Again!

April 30, 2011

The Lower House of parliament has once again rejected the budget on Monday with huge majority. A clash of parliament the Government becomes more aggressive when our rulers blatantly ignore our institutions without any respect. The parliament had rejected the budget last month with ...

The 25th Anniversary of Chernobyl Incident

April 30, 2011

Amid global concern about the safety of nuclear energy, Russian and Ukrainian leaders marked 25th years of world's worst nuclear disaster on April 26, on a historic visit to Chernobyl. Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev, making the first ever visit by a Russian president to Chernobyl Atomic power Station, and Ukrain President, Viktor Yanukovych paid tribute to the victims of the April 1986...

Lack of Professionals in Parliament

04/27/2011

The measures of respected MPs are irritating and parliament's overall condition is disappointing. Are our MPs businessmen; do they have something more important to deal with rather discharging their legislative duty? Giving a positive answer does not seem so bad. Those who spent generously during election campaign obviously had the greater ...

Will Wardak Say “Yes” to MJ call?

04/27/2011

The credibility of Ministry of Defense has been seriously stained by the last week's attack by a suicide bomber who had reached its third floor and killed three and injured 6 people. This attack has precipitated the concerns of people over the capacity of Afghan Security Force in regards of defense of Afghanistan. To them, if a...

What Afghan People are Witness To

04/27/2011

Usually, when a scandal happens, there should be new measures taken to compensate for that. The recent incidents in Kabul and Kandahar and the ongoing insurgent activities in many other provinces of the country remain a food for thought. These do convince Afghan people to believe that something is going wrong and needs to be fixed before the ...

Everything is Becoming Embarrassing

04/26/2011

Last week, Afghan people were shocked to see their Ministry of National Defense, which is considered to be the brain of the government, being brazenly attacked by the Taliban militants or other insurgent groups. It was not only shocking but also embarrassing. The Ministry has not...

If You Fail to Diminish Corruption, it Will Diminish You

04/26/2011

People are sick of paying millions of Afghanis in bribes each year for receiving basic government services for which they are already paying in the forms various kinds of taxes. With no single doubt, bribery has turned into a culture in Afghanistan. This trend has economically pressed the poor section that forms more than sixty percent...

Changing Friendship

04/26/2011

For the past one decade, the blame game usually got tense between the two conflicting neighboring countries. The somewhat-hostile relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan hindered the process of peace building and war against terrorism. However, the US played significant role in keeping both sides on the route to keep struggles...

"Three Cups of Tea"

04/25/2011

The debate following the allegations against Greg Mortenson in the CBS "60 Minutes" program, has been very critical and strong. The program indeed did a good job by exposing the controversies with the book, and starting a debate of accountability for all. There are many serious questions raised in the TV program. For...

Everyone is Bleeding

04/25/2011

The spokesman for Ministry of Interior, Zmaray Bashari has said that 83 civilians were killed and 260 others wounded as a result of 440 incidents of violence during last month. According to Bashari, the rise in civilian deaths stem from surge in attacks carried out by the Taliban militants and other insurgent groups. The statement about the ...

Withdrawal can be Successful by Strengthening the ASFs

04/25/2011

US Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates believes that the Taliban may be driven out of Afghanistan as early as the end of 2011 - a year that has been pronounced 'critical' by Gates. At the same time spokesman of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Josef Blotz, has announced that NATO will donate weapons, vehicles and airplanes worth ...

The Perspective of Afghanistan May not Stop Withdrawal

04/24/2011

Initially when terms like "military withdrawal and transition of responsibili
ties" to Afghan security forces hit the domestic and international News' head
lines, many Afghan officials as well as civilians used not to take them seriously, assuming them only as terms to hint Kabul officials to do their best in order to ...

Spring, Waterfall and Violence Go Together

04/24/2011

Every year when the spring comes, flowers begin to bud and blossom and waterfalls set about murmuring, Afghan people begin to witness increased offensive and suicide attacks by the Taliban militants and other insurgent groups. Instead of hearing the warble and singing of birds and lyrics of the nature, Afghan children hear the sound of guns ...

New Kabul Bank

04/23/2011

anks have a critical role to play in the economy of a country. These institutes are known for bringing money into circulation by supporting the micro to macro level businesses to grow through its various functions. Banks facilitate the government functions and help individuals securely deposit or invest their monies. In Afghanistan ...

Focus on Vital Interests Instead of Deciding at Neighbors’ Behest

04/23/2011

Afghanistan has always tried to dispel concerns of the neighboring countries and not to enter into any agreement or partnership that could harm the neighbors' national interests. It has also tried to avoid any policy and behavior that could deal any harm to these intrusive neighbors. Now, Afghanistan is going to decide about the agreements on...

No Less Than Quitting Power

04/23/2011

According to many politicians and analysts in Syria, the government of long time President Assad is enjoying its last moments in power. The opposition, political activists and human rights organizations say, Bashar Al-Asad didn't like but was forced to concede some of the reforms that Syrians were denied from since his Father, Hafiz Assad, ...

Afghanistan: One of the Core Issues of Recent NATO Summit

04/21/2011

Last week, NATO held a meeting of foreign ministers in Berlin which was principally arranged to find out a solution for current Libya's political deadlock, but the members failed to agree on a common ground. In that ministerial meeting, along with the issue of Libya, NATO's engagement in Afghanistan was another core issue that was intensively discussed.

But this topic did bear similar difficulties ...

Infiltration into Afghan Army

04/21/2011

In the post-Taliban Afghanistan, the government has declared establishment and expansion of Afghan national security forces as its biggest achievement on the way to reconstruct the country. A decade later than establishment of the interim government, there are still substantial challenges ahead for Afghanistan and its...

Ending Libya’s Deadlock is Not an Easy Task

04/21/2011

Seemingly, ending to 42-year old rule of Muammer Gaddafi is not an easy task to be carried out by structurally unorganized and technically untrained and inexperienced rebels. And, meanwhile, Gaddafi loyalists are also not in a position to force rebellions to accept negotiation. Gaddafi is still...

Increase Detection and Heed Quality

04/20/2011

According to reports, police arrested two men with weapons and military uniforms in Kabul. The 101st Asmaee police zone crime branch chief, Col. Mohammed Zahir, has said that the weapons included 72 Kalashnikov assault rifles, nine heavy machine guns and military gear. It is important intelligence service and security forces increase the ...

Transformation of M.E. Landscape of Power

04/20/2011

Amidst the recent developments in Middle East power politics, Israel seems highly frightened of losing partners while others gaining more strategic positions at the political scene. The Jewish State, in severe need of friendly relation with the regional powers, seems to have come across further obnoxious ...