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Afghan parliament Brawls over Electing new Speaker

Afghan parliament Brawls over  Electing new Speaker

May 23,2019 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

Today the local media, especially the social media networks vastly posted photos and comments that showed hot news and scene of physical clashes in the newly inaugurated ...

Looking Back at 100

Looking Back at 100

May 23,2019 | Richard N. Haass

This is my 100th column for Project Syndicate. It comes nearly 20 years after my first. As is the case with most milestones, it offers a good opportunity to take stock ...

‘Republicanism’ and ‘Fundamental Rights’ Non-Negotiable

‘Republicanism’ and ‘Fundamental Rights’  Non-Negotiable

May 22,2019 | Hujjatullah Zia

Approval of a democratic constitution in a traditional society of Afghanistan has been a great achievement. It has been the product of Afghans’ sacrifices for their rights ...

In Defense of Europe

In Defense of Europe

May 22,2019 | Michel Barnier

The geopolitical chessboard is back. Following a post-1989 interlude in which the direction of history seemed to tilt toward a peaceful liberal international order ...

Concerns over Rise of Criminal Offences in Kabul City

Concerns over Rise of Criminal  Offences in Kabul City

May 21,2019 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

Kabul residents worry about increase of targeted robberies, kidnapping and street killings while blaming police for cooperating with thieves and criminals...

Europe’s Only Decision

Europe’s Only Decision

May 21,2019 | Carl Bildt

As the European Parliament election approaches, Europe is abuzz with speculation over who will lead the main European Union institutions for the next five years ...

The Most Controversial Election Concluded in Afghanistan

The Most Controversial Election  Concluded in Afghanistan

May 20,2019 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has finally, after almost seven months, announced the most controversial election result in Afghanistan. According to article 83 of the constitution ...

The “Debt Trap” is a Plot Imposed on China by The West

The “Debt Trap” is a Plot Imposed  on China by The West

May 20,2019 | Li Shuyu, Liang Daitong, Zhu Like

The Belt and Road Initiative” is the primary way to promote development at home and abroad.China is keen to connect it with other areas better by infrastructure ...

Challenges Hampering Law Enforcement

Challenges Hampering Law Enforcement

May 19,2019 | Hujjatullah Zia

Democratic principles and human rights have been a dominant discourse in Afghanistan. Afghan Constitution has been approved following the Bonn Conference ...

The future of peace in Afghanistan is Rooted in Lessons from the Past (Part 2)

The future of peace in Afghanistan is  Rooted in Lessons from the Past (Part 2)

May 19,2019 | EFSAS

In the complexity that has arisen from decades of conflict, with the multitude of actors aligning themselves on ethnic lines and the lack of national Afghan unity, reaching a consensus ...

Child Abuse Should be Prevented

Child Abuse Should be Prevented

May 18,2019 | Hujjatullah Zia

Afghan children have been highly vulnerable to domestic and collective violence across the country. Falling victim to social and economic challenges, children suffer ...

A Carbon Dividend Is Better than a Carbon Tax

A Carbon Dividend Is Better than a Carbon Tax

May 18,2019 | Mark Paul and Anthony Underwood

Climate change is the world’s most urgent problem, and in the United States, the left, at least, is taking it seriously. Earlier this year, Representative Alexandria ...

Taliban Optimism: the United States on the Verge of Defeat and Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Taliban Optimism:  the United States on the  Verge of Defeat and Withdrawal from Afghanistan

May 16,2019 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

The Taliban’s chief negotiator, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai recently declared the United States is on the verge of defeat and will soon withdraw willingly ...

Is Trump’s Trade War with China a Civilizational Conflict?

Is Trump’s Trade War with China a  Civilizational Conflict?

May 16,2019 | Minxin Pei

Late last month at a security forum in Washington, DC, Kiron Skinner, Director of Policy Planning for the US Department of State, described today’s US-China conflict ...

Iran-US Tensions Highly Critical

Iran-US Tensions Highly Critical

May 15,2019 | Hujjatullah Zia

Tensions between the United States and Iran has escalated as Washington dispatched an aircraft carrier strike group and four nuclear capable bombers to the Middle East. . .

The Future of Peace in Afghanistan is Rooted in Lessons from the Past

The Future of Peace in Afghanistan is  Rooted in Lessons from the Past

May 15,2019 | EFSAS

Since the late 1970s, Afghanistan has suffered a series of devastating wars that have taken their toll on the country. Several forms of government have been attempted ...

Threat of IS Group Looms Large

Threat of IS Group Looms Large

May 14,2019 | Hujjatullah Zia

The Afghan affiliate of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), known as Islamic State Khorasan (ISK), has consolidated its foothold in Afghanistan despite ...

Going the Distance with Family Planning

Going the Distance with Family Planning

May 14,2019 | Jenna Dodson

Indonesia, home to 264 million people, is the world’s fourth-most populous country. Its capital, Jakarta, is the second-most populous urban area on Earth...

Controversy over Delay in Announcing Kabul Election Results

Controversy over Delay in Announcing  Kabul Election Results

May 13,2019 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

On Saturday, dozens of protesting candidates and their supporters launched a protest near the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of the Parliament ...

Putting Growth in its Place

Putting Growth in its Place

May 13,2019 | Jim O’Neill

After leaving Goldman Sachs in May 2013, I had the privilege of chairing an independent City Growth Commission to study the geographical imbalances ...

ISIS is a Big Hurdle for Afghan Peace

ISIS is a Big Hurdle for Afghan Peace

May 12,2019 | Manish Rai

Islamic State Afghanistan claimed responsibility for an attack on the communication ministry building centrally located in capital Kabul last month. The Islamic State’s local ...

What are the Main Factors of War in Afghanistan?

What are the Main Factors of War in Afghanistan?

May 12,2019 | Salim Naji ; Translated by: Moh Zahir Akbari

The sixth round of peace talks between the U.S. and Taliban representatives in Doha ended late on Thursday but the prospect of peace is still ambiguous and violence ...

The Time Has Come for a Global Carbon Emissions Tax

The Time Has Come for a Global  Carbon Emissions Tax

May 11,2019 | Mats Persson

The problem is staggering, even existential. Global emissions of greenhouse gases – especially carbon dioxide – are rapidly driving up global temperatures, transforming ...

Doctors’ Benevolence Contributes to Peace

Doctors’ Benevolence Contributes to Peace

May 09,2019 | Liu Jinsong

President Chen Zhu arrived at Kabul in early morning yesterday. He is going to the airport in a little while for the next leg of his trip. In just over a day, Dr. Chen attended ...

BRI – A Platform for Mutual Cooperation

BRI – A Platform for Mutual Cooperation

May 09,2019 | Hujjatullah Zia

The member states of China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), consists of two primary components; the overland Silk Road Economic Belt and the sea-based 21st-century ...

The Necessity of the Day: Decisiveness against Terrorism

The Necessity of the Day: Decisiveness  against Terrorism

May 08,2019 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

In recent days, a newsletter was released by the defense ministry indicating that nearly 43 ISIL members, including foreign members of the group, were killed in an airstrike ...

How Social Protection Can Empower Women

How Social Protection Can Empower Women

May 08,2019 | Phakama Ntshongwana, Nicola Ansell, and Keetie Roelen

To live in dignity, free from want, is a fundamental human right. Social protection is key to upholding that right, ensuring that people can escape poverty and insecurity...

After Public Demand for Peace, Ball is in Taliban’s Court

After Public Demand for Peace,  Ball is in Taliban’s Court

May 07,2019 | Hujjatullah Zia

Afghanistan’s peace process appears to reach a stalemate with the Taliban’s mala fide intention for talks. Declaration of the Taliban’s spring offensive ...

Kabul: Peace Consultative Jirga Ends with Stress on immediate Ceasefire

Kabul: Peace Consultative Jirga Ends  with Stress on immediate Ceasefire

May 07,2019 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

The Loy Peace Consultative Jirga (grand traditional meeting) has issued final communiqué after five working days stressing upon nation-wide truce ahead of Ramazan. . .

Afghanistan to Learn from Economic Development of China’s Xinjiang

Afghanistan to Learn from Economic  Development of China’s Xinjiang

May 05,2019 | Hujjatullah Zia

No place tells the story of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) better in practice than China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, bordering eight countries including . . .

BRI Will Clear Doubts as it Progresses

BRI Will Clear Doubts as it Progresses

May 05,2019 | Pan Yixuan, Adapted from China Daily

Editor’s Note: Doubts have again been raised over the Belt and Road Initiative’s goals, with some calling it a “debt trap” for participating countries ...

Statement of the Vice Pres Sarwar Danesh, at the event on the World Press Freedom Day

Statement of the Vice Pres Sarwar Danesh,  at the event on the World Press Freedom Day

May 04,2019 | Sarwar Danesh

Distinguished participants, Your Excellency Charge d’affairs of the British Embassy in Kabul, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Governmental and Non-governmental ...

Peace Talks and the Common Afghans

Peace Talks and the Common Afghans

April 25,2019 | Yasin Nadiri

The U.S. representative for peace in the Afghan region (Khalil Zad) visited Kabul and Islamabad some days ago, this happens as the United States of America takes a step for ...

Is Winter Coming to the EU?

Is Winter Coming to the EU?

April 25,2019 | Mark Leonard

A popular narrative holds that the European Parliament elections in May will be “Act Three” in the populist drama that began in 2016 with the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum ...

Difference between Words and Reality: Access to Health Care and Its limitations in Afghanistan

Difference between Words and Reality: Access to Health Care and Its limitations in Afghanistan

April 24, 2019 | Mohammad Zahir Akbari

Last Saturday April 20, 2019, Afghanistan and Pakistan jointly inaugurated a 200-bed, hospital in Kabul, one of three major health care facilities being built and funded ...