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2014 Withdrawal Dateline: an in Depth Study

2014 Withdrawal Dateline: an in Depth Study

November, 05 2011 | Latif Mohammadi

This article is based on revelations made by the book "Obama's wars" by American journalist Bob Woodward. The book gives an insider account of developments inside the Obama White House leading to President Obama's decision to send extra 30,000 U.S troops to Afghanistan soon after taking office. Fixated on war in Iraq the Bush ...

Istanbul Conference and the Roadblocks to Regional Cooperation

Istanbul Conference and the Roadblocks to Regional Cooperation

November, 03 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Regional cooperation is rightly upheld as essential for stabilizing Afghanistan and bringing an end to this long-standing conflict. It was the main theme of the Istanbul Conference on Afghanistan. The outcome of this conference has been enhanced understanding among the regional countries, including the neighbors of ...

Istanbul Summit and the end-game in Afghanistan

Istanbul Summit and the end-game in Afghanistan

November, 02 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

Leaders and top representatives from 14 regional countries and 13 western countries involved in Afghanistan are attending the Istanbul Summit today. The US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton cancelled her participation at the last minute due to her mother's illness; who passed away on Monday night. Iran, which ...

The Istanbul Conference: A Platform to Improve Ties

The Istanbul Conference: A Platform to Improve Ties

November, 02 2011 | Mohd. Ahsan

The Istanbul regional conference is to kick off today with United States, France, Germany, Pakistan, Afghanistan,Turkey and the NATO countries as well as representatives of the United Nations participating in it. The conference will discuss the security transition in Afghanistan, training and capacity ...

The Poverty of Taliban and Talibanism

The Poverty of Taliban and Talibanism

November, 02 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

It is certainly nostalgic to read and hear about an old Afghanistan in the years and decades prior to the tumultuous years of 1980's when the kind of militancy and radicalization that we see today did not cross even the wildest of imaginations. Extremism, militancy and armed radicalization of the type we see today were largely alien to ...

Loya Jirga and the Strategic Agreement with the U.S.

Loya Jirga and the Strategic Agreement with the U.S.

November, 01 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

President Karzai and the committee he has set up are on track to hold the traditional consultative Loya Jirga some time soon within this month. The Loya Jirga will bring together a few hundreds of hand-picked tribal and community elders as "representatives" of the people of Afghanistan as well as the current MPs and members of ...

Dubious Future of Afghan Refugees

Dubious Future of Afghan Refugees

November, 01 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The political and security situation in Afghanistan has always forced so many Afghans to leave their land and move to other countries to find refuge. There are many Afghans living in the neighboring countries because of the civil wars and severe social and economic conditions in the last 20 years or so. Pakistan and Iran are two ...

Their Denials and Propagadists

Their Denials and Propagadists

November, 01 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

The BBC documentary Secret Pakistan was not the first such reporting to 'reveal' how Taliban regrouped and made a comeback launching a sophisticated insurgency by the help of Al-Qaeda mentors and supporters hiding and training in the safe havens of Pakistani tribal areas, under the eyes of their intelligence agencies. Such a ...

Challenges Ahead of Libya’s Revolution

Challenges Ahead of Libya’s Revolution

October 31, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Recently, Mr. Akbar Ganji, an Iranian writer and human rights activist wrote an article in BBC Persian website; there he claimed that he participated in a conference arranged to assess the ongoing Arab spring. He quoted the Libyan representative for the conference saying that they would make an Islamic government, the Quran government ...

British Soldiers’ Thoughts in Afghanistan

British Soldiers’ Thoughts in Afghanistan

October 31, 2011 | Muhammad Younas

Imperial War Museum North is located at The Quays - Greater Manchester's unique waterfront destination, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, opened in July 2002, has won lots of awards or prizes for its architecture, is currently holding an exhibition to mark the tenth anniversary of the ...

Invest in the 7 Billion as Human Capital

Invest in the 7 Billion  as Human Capital

October 31, 2011 | Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

On 31 October, the world's population is projected to reach 7 billion. The 7 billionth person will be born into a world that is very different from when the United Nations was founded in 1945, when our numbers were only about a third of what they are today. We are living 30 per cent longer. More of our children survive. We are now more urban. We are more interconnected and interdependent than ...

Swelling Wave of Terrorism and Transition

Swelling Wave of Terrorism and Transition

October, 30 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

As Afghanistan is proceeding in the so called transition period, the concerns seem to be multiplying as well. Afghanistan is going to enter in the second phase of security transition soon, wherein the security responsibility of 17 provinces will be handed over to Afghan security forces. Though, most would agree that the lasting ...

Attacks s in K Kabul and Ongoing Counter-insurgency Operations

Attacks s in K Kabul and Ongoing Counter-insurgency Operations

October, 30 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Kabul has been the scene of one of the deadliest car bombings since the start of the war. On Saturday, a suicide car bomber wreaked havoc on Dar-ulAman road close to the center of the city as a convoy of ISAF vehicles, including a military bus transporting foreign troops, was crossing the area towards their man base. Out of more ...

Taliban’s Resemblance to Common Afghans, Obstacle to Military Operations

Taliban’s Resemblance to Common Afghans, Obstacle to Military Operations

October, 30 2011 | Mohd. Ahsan

After their defeat against Northern Alliance and United States in 2001, the Taliban announced that they would launch guerilla warfare in Afghanistan. Since then, the Taliban have kept changing their war tactics. They are involved in direct clashes with Afghan and NATO forces, suicide and road side bombings, kidnapping and targeted ...

Second Phase of Security Transition

Second Phase of Security Transition

October, 29 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The transition in Afghanistan is going to enter into its second phase, which is going to be announced officially by President Hamid Karzai on November 2, 2011, at a conference in Istanbul. In the second phase of transition the charge of 17 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces will be handed over to Afghan forces. This handover will be partial ...

People Participation and Democracy

People Participation and Democracy

October, 29 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Democracy is all about participation and competition of various groups in a polity and political organization of the society from which they rise. The rulers and those who determine the broad policies and principles, by which the society organizes its affairs, seek and have the consent of the ruled. Ruling is based on consent rather than ...

Mullahs Want Narcotic Production Curbed

Mullahs Want Narcotic Production Curbed

October, 29 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

With spiraling growth of addiction to narcotics, the level of production is found terrifying. These days more than ever, experts and analysts write about how phenomenon of narcotic has turned out terrible, and to what extent people may fall victim to it. There are huge reports and news daily released on webs, TVs and headlines of ...

Collapse of Euro as Europe's Common Currency Has Now Become a Certainty

Collapse of Euro as Europe's Common Currency Has Now Become a Certainty

October, 27 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Highly credible sources report that Germany and France, the two most important European countries with the largest economies, are back to printing their old, pre-Euro currencies. Germany is back to secretly printing Deutsche Marks and France is printing French Franc. It is Germany, however, that ...

Trust Deficit Between the UK Police and Communities

Trust Deficit Between the UK Police and Communities

October, 27 2011 | Musa Khan Jalalzai

The recent debates on trust deficit between the UK police and communities, the police way of conducting some recent operations, racism, discrimination and search and stop under the Counter Terrorism Act 2000, raised many questions. Communities complain about the inactive presence and invisible participation of police in streets and ...

Local Governance Still in Pathetic Condition

Local Governance Still in Pathetic Condition

October, 26 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan has been a nation-state for more than 250 years. It has a relatively long history of maintaining a modern-day government with the Kabul having functioned as the nerve-center of this nation-state as well as its capital. The post-Taliban era in Afghanistan, beginning with the American invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, has essentially ...

Current Economic Crisis and Marx

Current Economic Crisis and Marx

October, 26 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The current economic crisis has been able to raise certain important questions about the capability of the capitalist system to guide the international economy towards prosperity. The protests in Europe and America – the most developed of the countries having their economies based on capitalism – have highlighted, along with ...

A Message on the Wall

A Message on the Wall

October, 26 2011 | Muhammad Younas

If Pakistan continues to maintain links with the Haqqani network, the United States will have no option but to break diplomatic ties with Islamabad, Senator Carl Levin, the chairman of a powerful congressional committee warned last Friday and further threatened to attack terrorist safe havens in Pakistan and those who control these ...

Clinton's Visit to the Region and U.S.-Pakistan Bargains

Clinton's Visit to the Region and U.S.-Pakistan Bargains

October 25, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The peace and reconciliation efforts pursued by the government of Afghanistan headed by President Karzai seem to have been abandoned after the assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani, the ex-president and the chairman of the High Peace Council. Within the 70-member Peace Council, the Late Rabbani ...

Softening Attitude towards Pakistan

Softening Attitude towards Pakistan

October, 25 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

Both Afghanistan and US have been showing softening attitude towards Pakistan, after a short period of relatively rough attitude. US secretary of state Hilary Clinton has mentioned that though relation with Pakistan has been complicated yet it has been compulsory. Pakistan can prove to be an important factor in the long term solution of ...

Suspicion is Not Cleared Entirely

Suspicion is Not Cleared Entirely

October 25, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

>On October 22, I wrote an article, titled "Gaddafi's Death Fuels Arab Uprising", where, somehow, I explained that the incident paved way for military withdrawal from Libya and provided a better chance to look after countries severely crack down unarmed civilians, calling for democracy and a dignified living ...

Qaddafi’s Death Fuels Arab Uprising

Qaddafi’s Death Fuels Arab Uprising

October, 24 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Though the question how Muammar Qaddafi was killed has remained vague and blurred. Was he killed by rebellions after he was arrested or stuck in crossfire and perverted bullets hit his chest and head? But there is a certainty: Libyans got rid of an iron-fist dictator who was breathtakingly suppressing every opposing sound and never let...

The Tale of Afghan Currency

The Tale of Afghan Currency

October, 24 2011 | Mohd. Ahsan

Afghani (AFA) is the currency of Afghanistan. The well-sized and charmingly colored paper money we have, on hand, today was not available just nine years back. Then, the Afghans did not expect their currency would, one day, have the value it is having today. The international intervention in Afghanistan, like everything, has caused ...

Killings of Hazaras: Makings of Genocide?

Killings of Hazaras: Makings of Genocide?

October, 24 2011 | Mohammad Taqi

Anyone who has read Khaled Hosseini's novel, The Kite Runner, or watched its heart-rending film adaptation needs not be reminded that the above quote was an Afghan man's response to a Russian soldier on the verge of a war crime claiming, "This is war. There is no shame in war." The man's son tried to stop him from standing up to the ...

Tale of Karzai’s Anticorruption Efforts

Tale of Karzai’s Anticorruption Efforts

October, 23 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

It's an irony to see high-ranking anti-corruption officials making tours around the world to attend seminars on 'how to fight corruption', but having no single case of success, in large-scale corruption that has plagued the Karzai Administration top to bottom. To their credit, we always top the list of shame in ranking among world's ...

The World is Descending into A Financial Abyss

The World is Descending into A Financial Abyss

October, 23 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The financial crisis that engulfed the banking and financial sectors of the developed countries in late 2008 and brought a widespread economic recession, dubbed the "Great Recession", is finally over for now, but other equally dangerous crises threaten the global economy and many national economies. The financial crisis, having its ...

A Threat to Mankind!

A Threat to Mankind!

October, 23 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

Human beings, in the struggle for their survival, have gone to every possible extreme. They, both individually and in the form of some groups, have proved the Darwin's Theory of "Struggle for survival and survival of the fittest" correct in human society as well. There have been clashes and wars among human beings for the ...

A Renewed Focus on Af-Pak Border Regions

A Renewed Focus on Af-Pak Border Regions

October, 22 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The border regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been increasingly destabilized as result of activities by various militant groups of which the Taliban and the Haqqani network are the most prominent. The chaos and turmoil emanating from the Af-Pak border regions have thus far destabilized both Afghanistan as well as ...

$38 Billion International Aids: Poor People Had No Share!

$38 Billion International Aids: Poor People Had No Share!

October, 22 2011 | Mohd. Ahsan

The international poverty eradication day is celebrated every year on 17 October. Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries of the world. Therefore, for Afghanistan, this day must be significantly important but every year the poverty reduction day comes and goes just like other days. According to estimation more than 10 of 30 million ...

Equality?

Equality?

October, 22 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

Human beings, living in today’s world of ours, seem to be losing contentment and satisfaction. There are many incidents taking place in different parts of world that depict that human beings are not able to attain bliss and fulfillment that are really essential for them and that they should have achieved by now. There are marked short ...

66 Years of United Nations – A Reflection

66 Years of United Nations – A Reflection

October, 20 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The United Nations formally came into existence on October 24, 1945. We are less than a week away from the 66th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations. In more than six decades of its existence, this international organization has come to play a vital role in global affairs and its contribution to lessening of human suffering has been ...