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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 ...

The Violent Protest in Parwan

04/20/2011

Three people were dead and 25 wounded after the protests in Parwan turned violent.
Protesters started burning the shops and destroying vehicles, before they had a clash with Police. The protest was against a local Afghan paper mill that recycles paper for toilet paper and tissue-papers. Any employee of the company had seen some copies of textbooks and Quranic verses amid the pile of scrap papers for recycling. They...

Attack on Government’s Mind

04/19/2011

Yesterday's attack on the Ministry of Defense cannot be deemed ordinary or usual attacks by Taliban. It has got a message for the people of Afghanistan that their life is at a great stake wherever they are in Afghanistan. The government is falling short to defend itself, how could Afghans consider themselves safe.

Syria Has Reached a Turning Point

04/19/2011

Before unrests erupted in Syria, Syrian long time President Bashar al-Assad told reporters that the public opinion towards government in his country was different from that in other Arab countries. He declared that his government enjoyed citizens' consent and support.

But his optimist view didn't last longer. Shortly after exasperating waves of protests in many Arab ...

Military Stalemate in Libya

04/19/2011

It becomes a month long that United Nation Security Council (UNSC) passed the resolution authorizing force to protect civilians against brutal crackdown of Muammer Gaddafi, leading to an international air campaign, but still the principle goal is not met.

While previously civilians were completely...

Panacea to Ills or Playing out the Game

04/18/2011

Establishment of a peace commission, joint or in isolation, is not any panacea to the ills facing Afghanistan and it cannot provide that panacea either. It is important to address the root causes of the problems plaguing the country and whole region. It is also important to settle the conflicting regional interests in a way that is not putting one country against the...

Misuse of Uniforms Forms A Deadly Tactic

04/18/2011

After the IEDs, suicide bombers in the uniforms of ANP and ANA have proven to be very deadly for coalition and Afghan forces. In the recent suicidal attacks in Kandahar and Laghman provinces the army and police uniforms were used. In the past too, in the majority of the terror attacks, Taliban...

Taliban’s Dream Should Not be Allowed to Come True

04/18/2011

Speaking to the NATO foreign ministers in Berlin on Thursday April 14, 2011, US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said Taliban insurgents were watching and speedy withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan could damage the fragile progress made in the country. There is no doubt that Taliban are eagerly waiting for NATO...

Opium Has Deeply Penetrated Afghan Society

04/15/2011

Taking opium to kill pain is an old tradition in the villages of Afghanistan. Today too, for many people it is a preferable medicine. Astonishing fact about this tradition is that opium is also given to children and women while in pain regardless of worries about them getting addicted to....

Women Should be Treated Equally

04/15/2011

Afghanistan is still a country where gender equality is worst! It is top at the record and Afghanistan is the country with worst records of violence against women, with highest rate. The plight of Afghan women still persists yet after a decade of democracy. The male dominated society with extreme socio-religious mindset...

Talk about New Phase

04/15/2011

Finally, the talk about the establishment of the U.S. permanent military base in Afghanistan became open. On Monday, April 11, 2011, President Hamid Karzai said that his government would convene the traditional Loya Jirga within two or three months to decide on an agreement with the U.S. about the two...