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Bonn Meet Best Bet for a Stable Afghanistan

Bonn Meet Best Bet for a Stable Afghanistan

September 03, 2011 | Dr. Hussain Yasa

President Barack Obama maintains that his vision for a way out of the Afghan conflict involves a new political settlement in Afghanistan, backed up by an agreement with the regional powers.
He has proclaimed the importance of diplomacy in his discussions about the security transition and the upcoming 2nd Bonn Conference with ...

Mullah Omar’s Message

Mullah Omar’s Message

September 03, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Che recent hard-hitting message of Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Taliban's supreme leader, delivered just before the Eid-ul Fitr, is a good yardstick by which we can measure and understand what the Taliban and their leadership's thinking is towards the current situation in the country and the proposed peace talks. The message sits in an uneasy ...

Target Killings in Pakistan

Target Killings in Pakistan

September 03, 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

Another tragic incident on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 added to the series of target killings and bombings in Quetta, Pakistan. The incident was a car bomb blast which intended to target those who were saying their Eid Prayers in Hazara Eid Gah, Quetta. The blast occurred some meters away from the Eid Gah, on Gulistan Road and resulted in the ...

Fundamentalism

Fundamentalism

August 29, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

There are different ways of perceiving a religion, or it would be better to say that there are different degrees of perceiving a religion. There are people who strictly adhere to the basic teachings of religion and are reluctant to make any compromise regarding even the slightest deviations from those teachings. The people with strict adherence for the

The Road to Success in Afghanistan-Nation-Building

The Road to Success in Afghanistan-Nation-Building

August 29, 2011 | Sajjad Hussain

The United States has spent nearly a trillion dollars over the past ten years, fighting two wars in vastly different places. A small portion of this effort has been dedicated to what has commonly been called nation-building. In fact, U.S. mission has been a mixture of both state-building, which further develops the institutions of ...

The Volatile Situation in Af-Pak Border Regions 

The Volatile Situation in  Af-Pak Border Regions 

August 29, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The death of around 35 Pakistani security forces in a Taliban attack on security posts in Chitral district of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has once again given birth to fears that the situation in border areas is becoming increasingly volatile. Allegedly, the militants had crossed the border from Afghanistan into Pakistan. In the ...

Superstitions

Superstitions

August 28, 2011 | By Dilawar Sharzai

The world is replete with different sorts of thoughts, ideas, feelings and beliefs. These thoughts, ideas and beliefs are basically the endeavors to understand the world or the different phenomena in the world. Since the very beginning of their life on earth human beings have wondered about different things existing in the world ...

Taliban Surge & Uncertain Future

Taliban Surge & Uncertain Future

August 28, 2011 | Abdul Samad Haidari

Reading the very current course of political crisis in Afghanistan and worldwide and the excessive growth of fundamentalists claims a very uncertain and dismal future for the people of Afghanistan and for the world at large. We witness every day the surge of Taliban movements, by targeting the key officials and their acceleration in occupying ...

The Persisting Problem of Unemployment

The Persisting Problem  of Unemployment

August 28, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Among the many problems Afghanistan is grappling with, unemployment continues to be one of the gravest. According to the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled, around 3.5 million persons in the country, who otherwise should be engaged in some sort of gainful employment, are unemployed. Officials from the same ministry have ...

Afghanistan, Pakistan and Terrorism

Afghanistan, Pakistan  and Terrorism

August 27, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

Last weak, Pakistani President, Asif Ali Zardari, talking to the delegation of ambassadors of Central Asian countries in Islamabad emphasized that stable Afghanistan is must for peace in the region. He mentioned Pakistan's willingness for reconciliation process that is going on in Afghanistan. "Pakistan supports every effort intended towards peace and ...

The Parliamentary Crisis, a Dangerous Systemic Failure of the System

The Parliamentary Crisis,  a Dangerous Systemic  Failure of the System

August 27, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The saga of the parliamentary crisis, still far from over, has shown that the rule of law and its supremacy, as universal principles, are still alien to Afghanistan's political elite and its body politic. The ongoing crisis has its origins primarily in violation of the laws that are in force in pursuit of narrow personal and group interests and further, the absence of a ...

The Story of Quds Day in Kabul

The Story of Quds Day in Kabul

August 27, 2011 | By Abbas Daiyar

Yesterday a neighbor was asking me about the protesters and their demands on Friday in Kabul. He thought it was another of the unending protest rallies of parliamentary candidates. And to his utter surprise, I said it was a protest rally for Palestine, and that I had been to the demonstration. He was ...

Libya and the West’s “Humanitarian Imperialism”

Libya and the West’s “Humanitarian Imperialism”

August 25, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

As the endgame in Libya draws closer, the world is bracing itself for the post-Qaddafi Libya, wherein business opportunities and oil and construction contracts await those who have been and are quick enough to cultivate closer links with the Libyan National Transitional Council. Well, one is sadly disappointed to see young masses caught in ...

Iran’s Nuclear Controversy

Iran’s Nuclear Controversy

August 25, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

Iran has recently agreed to resume talks regarding its nuclear program but it wants to pursue them through Russia as it considers the talks with Russia glazed with good intentions. There has been a stalemate regarding any such talks between Iran and major powers of the world and Iran has been going through certain sanctions imposed by United Nations Security Council. Six ...

Corruption is the Common Cause of Destruction & Annihilation

Corruption is the Common Cause  of Destruction & Annihilation

August 25, 2011 | Abdul Samad Haidari

Indeed, the abuse of public position in our society for some private gain is quite likely a growing problem and has become the ultimate hurdle towards progress and sustainability. Corruption is one of the old driving factors in every society of the world particularly ...

2nd Bonn Conference- A Probable Last Chance to Rescue Afghanistan

2nd Bonn Conference- A Probable Last Chance to Rescue Afghanistan

August 24, 2011 | Dr. Hussain Yasa

President Obama has reaffirmed that his vision for a way out of the Afghan conflict involves a new political settlement in Afghanistan backed up by agreement with the regional powers. This is the line he took while briefing his political and security chiefs on Thursday August 11. The next day he continued to proclaim the importance of ...

Afghanistan Needs a Modern Stock Exchange

Afghanistan Needs  a Modern Stock Exchange

August 24, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan's financial system is undergoing a slow process of modernization although the traditional financial markets and bazaars still dominate the way individuals, firms and government handle their financial matters. Much like any other sector in today's Afghanistan, slowly, foundations are being laid and modern ideas and expertise are ...

Opium Fire from Afghanistan

Opium Fire from Afghanistan

August 24, 2011 | Mohd. Ahsan

Opium fire from Afghanistan is burning Afghanistan itself, countries in and beyond the region. Afghanistan has turned into an opium producing factory that involves thousands of people and is making booming profit each year. From a simple drug hawker to war lords, tribal leaders and high ranking government authorities, all are having growing ...

No Headway in Talks with Taliban - Time for a Rethink?

No Headway in Talks with Taliban - Time for a Rethink?

August 23, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

From the very beginning, it has been obvious to those who, in some measure, know Afghanistan, the Taliban and the ongoing war that talks, negotiations and reconciliation with the insurgency and the Taliban have always been easier said than done. The latest indications in this direction has come in the form of the Taliban's spokesman ...

No More Ambiguities

No More Ambiguities

August 23, 2011 | By Dilawar Sharzai

The concerns regarding the future of the peace process and transition period in Afghanistan have been increasing with each passing day. There are expectations that there will be some sort of reconciliation between the government and Taliban, which would pave the way for better socio-political conditions in the country; and that the ...

Afghanistan’s Abandoned Agriculture Products

Afghanistan’s Abandoned Agriculture Products

August 23, 2011 | Najeeb Farhad

Afghanistan's economy is dependent on agriculture. For this reason, agriculture empowerment has been promoted as the main means of economic recovery and growth. Enabling the country's farmers would mean helping a sizeable portion of the society who can create jobs, keep the country's unique natural standing and provide abundant bread to the ...

IEC Also Ran Amok

IEC Also Ran Amok

August 22, 2011 | SherAlam Saqib

Finally, on Sunday, August 21, 2011, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) disqualified nine sitting MPs to be replaced with another 9 candidates previously certified as having lost the parliamentary election. The decision was announced by the IEC chairman, Fazl Ahmad Manawi, during a press conference in Kabul. He said that the ...

Pakistan, the Key to Stability in Afghanistan

Pakistan, the Key to  Stability in Afghanistan

August 22, 2011 | Mohd.Ahsan

With all the allegations Pakistan has on its head, its role and relations with the US and Afghanistan is to be considered important for stability in Afghanistan at a point where Afghanistan is standing at an important juncture – talks with Taliban and withdrawal of international community. Three decades of war in Afghanistan has caused ...

Nuclear Proliferation

Nuclear Proliferation

August 22, 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 sake of the ...

A Gesture of Reconciliation...

A Gesture of Reconciliation...

August 21, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

"We attacked the buildings [of British Council] because we want to remind the British that we won our independence from them before and we will do it again…It was signal for the British and their allies on the Independence Day that invading forces are to be doomed to destruction as the British Empire had been destined to failure 92 years ...

Revitalizing Afghanistan’s Higher Education Sector

Revitalizing Afghanistan’s Higher Education Sector

August 21, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

There can be no denying the fact that Afghanistan's future will be in the hands of its children and the youthsof today. Bringing back normalcy to Afghanistan after more than three decades of conflict and violence and setting Afghanistan on the road to development and progress will be possible only when today's young men and women and ...

Who Cares About the Suffering of Innocent Afghans?

Who Cares About the Suffering of Innocent Afghans?

August 21, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Let's start with the very basic law of gravity. The bigger mass always attracts the smaller ones. But this law may not always prove to be same among the human communities. However, it seems far probable that bigger issues, incidents are quite helpful in streaming attentions toward themselves, while some of them can not do and another ...

Countering the Culture of Violence and Intolerance

Countering the Culture of Violence and Intolerance

August 20, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

>Afghanistan and Kabul have become living examples of how militants can strike at their own will, kill and main thousands of innocent Afghans guilty of nothing but going after their daily lives, destroy public property built with sweat and blood of the same people and in the end claim the moral victory. In the process, they seek and manage to impose a perpetual state of fear amongst common people ...

Countering the Culture of Violence and Intolerance

Countering the Culture of Violence and Intolerance

August 20, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan and Kabul have become living examples of how militants can strike at their own will, kill and main thousands of innocent Afghans guilty of nothing but going after their daily lives, destroy public property built with sweat and blood of the same people and in the end claim the moral victory. In the process, they seek and manage ...

Less Promising Than It Appears

Less Promising Than It Appears

August 20, 2011 | Nasruddin Hemati

Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the last decade has internationally proved highly difficult for Iranian government. Other than political isolation and international pressures because of violation of human rights and some international regulations, the controversial nuclear issue has grabbed world attention. With ...

Political Uprising Weakens the Democratic Establishment

Political Uprising Weakens the Democratic Establishment

August 20, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Despite the presence of foreign troops and billions of dollars in foreign aid, Afghanistan has been passing through a political turmoil and instability over the past one decade, said Governor of Balkh province, Atta Mohammad Noor, Addressing a gathering marking Afghanistan's 92nd Independence Day, which was attended by High-ranking ...

The Crisis Continues…

The Crisis Continues…

August 18, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

The parliamentary crisis with its turns and twists from the day one, has reached to an interesting and important stage where the turning point could either end the year-long political battle among the three pillars of state, or mark the origin of a political calamity that could lead to the unimaginable and irreversible. The protest ...

Strategic Deal with the U.S. and Prospects

Strategic Deal with the  U.S. and Prospects

August 18, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The signing of the strategic deal with the U.S., either in the shape of a declaration or a long-term agreement, has become unavoidable for both the governments of Afghanistan and the United States. It goes without saying that the government of Afghanistan is still almost totally reliant on international assistance both financially and in ...

A Day to Remember

A Day to Remember

August 18, 2011 | Abdul Samad Haidari

>This is an ultimate privileged moment for the people of Afghanistan at large to celebrate the 19th of August, one of the most precious and proud moments in their long rich political and cultural history to remember the freedom of their nation being achieved more than nine decades back with the support of their great HEROES from the Great ...

Unchecked Population Growth

Unchecked Population Growth

August 17, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

Every state consists of a population (total number of people living together in a politically defined territory), territory, government and sovereignty. Population is the basic part of a state. States are formed for the welfare and wellbeing of their people; without population no state or society can exist. There are many ...