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Taloqan Attack and Taliban’s March towards North

Taloqan Attack and Taliban’s March towards North

May 30, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The Taliban's "Spring Offensive" codenamed operation "Badr" has been off to a dramatic start in northern parts of the country on Saturday when in Taloqan city of Takhar province the supreme police commander of the northern Afghanistan, Mohammad Daud Daud, was killed along with the provincial police chief while the provincial governor...

Who is Scapegoat This Time?

Who is Scapegoat This Time?

May 30, 2011 | Farman Nawaz

For the last few decades international community is expressing its concerns about Pakistan's nuclear assets as well as the so-called strategic assets. During Musharaf's government, Pakistan was accused of selling nuclear technology to some Muslim countries. It was a hard time for Pakistan and the establishment could not oppose the report of...

Netanyahu’s Notion and Palestine-Israel Conflict

Netanyahu’s Notion and  Palestine-Israel Conflict

May 29, 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

The confident and rather explicit declaration of Netanyahu that does not compromise any settlement between Israel and Palestine, reached on the demarcation of boundary lines before 1967, stirred the calm lake of US-Israel relations to a further extent, as the first stone was already thrown by Obama himself. The Israeli Prime Minister, while addressing...

International Consensus on Libya;

International Consensus on Libya;

May 29, 2011 | By Nasruddin Hemati

Military attack and diplomatic means are simultaneously put at stage to end Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's longtime dictatorship. NATO's war against Qaddafi's government has produced no tangible results as his forces are obstinately resisting against public opposition and the NATO strikes. To dismantle resistance, fresh NATO air strikes on...

China’s Earthquake Reconstruction , Obtains Great Victory

China’s Earthquake Reconstruction , Obtains Great Victory

May 28, 2011 | Xu Feihong

Since Wenchuan earthquakeÿChina has been in very difficult conditions and meanwhile has been suffering unprecedented global financial crisis and its severe impact. The Chinese government determined to increase post-disaster reconstruction support and accelerate the pace of reconstruction, rehabilitation...

Internet, a Blessing of God for Taliban

Internet, a Blessing of God for Taliban

May 28, 2011 | Mohd. Ahsan

Taliban has changed with the change in the ways of communication. It has somehow tried to cope with the technological change taking place at the global level. Taliban that has maintained an account on twitter in Pashtu language since last year has recently started sending tweets in English. Extremist groups long have used the Internet to distribute...

On Its Last Legs;

On Its Last Legs;

May 28, 2011 | Nasruddin Hemati

To prove to totalitarian regimes that no autocratic systems will last long, on itself, is a victory for the millions of people who have been marching the streets for the past few months. The protests, however, have led to greatly successful outcomes, could promote the idea that no undemocratic force can resist against public determination...

Obama’s Britain Speech and Afghanistan

Obama’s Britain Speech  and Afghanistan

May 26, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

The US President Barack Obama while addressing the joint session of British Parliament made another historic and inspiring speech of his times. It was not only his strong words and the power of speech talking about the special relationship between the US and UK which had moved the members of the World's mother of all parliaments in London, but...

Militant Networks in North Waziristan

Militant Networks  in North Waziristan

May 26, 2011 | Akbar Mayo

North Waziristan is the epicenter of militant activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Dozens of splinter groups of Taliban simultaneously rule 4707 km2 area of the agency. Pakistan army has permanent and stable control over less than 1% of total area of North Waziristan despite the fact six brigades of army are scattered across...

Saving Afghanistan from an Economic Crisis

Saving Afghanistan from  an Economic Crisis

May 25, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Recently the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has warned that Afghanistan might face serious economic crisis in the midst of ongoing war and conflict and absence of genuine and lasting development of its economy. The situation is particularly worrying given the fact that the country has an entirely consumer economy with...

Return of American Troops

Return of American Troops

May 24, 2011 | By Dilawar Sherzai

Now that Osama has been killed, is American troops' presence in Afghanistan baseless? American people have already celebrated their victory in the War against Terrorism. They believe they have successfully avenged the destruction in their country by targeting the main character behind the incidence of 9/11. Further, they already seem...

Middle East Peace Initiative

Middle East Peace Initiative

May 25, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

One of the top priorities of President Obama's strategic agenda when he was elected in 2009 was "reaching-out" Arab world. His very first speech, which addressed Muslims directly in Egypt of Hosni Mubarak, the largest of Middle East countries, created hope and welcoming hum across the Arab world. His election as the first black president,...

Concerns Over Shortcomings of ANP

Concerns Over  Shortcomings of ANP

May 23, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan National Police (ANP) are the two main pillars of Afghan security forces. In the lead up to the deadline of 2014 when the security responsibilities will be entirely handed over to these two forces, efforts have been intensifying to prepare the forces for the critical task of security provision.

The Ridiculous “Talks about Talks”

The Ridiculous “Talks about Talks”

May 23, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

Taliban continue the terror. Their Al-Badar operation has just started and about 2000 civilians have been killed by them in last 4 months. Some foreigners think, and they are quite right, that Afghans are hypocrite. People are ready to die protesting on alleged deaths of civilians by foreign troops, but never condemn Taliban brutality. It's...

Prime Minister Singh’s Message

Prime Minister Singh’s Message

May 22, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

The shift in Indian policy supporting reconciliation with Taliban announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has caused an unwelcoming mood in Kabul's anti-Taliban constituency. Some think it was unexpected. Analysts from the opposition bloc take it as u-turn in the Indian Afghan policy that a leader from New Delhi visiting Kabul not...

Cultural Dynamism vs Cultural Invasion

Cultural Dynamism  vs Cultural Invasion

May 22, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

On Tuesday, May 17, when some members of Upper House of Parliament complained about the inability of government and, particularly Ministry of culture and information, to protect the so-called Afghan culture against foreign cultural invasion because it (Ministry of culture and information) failed to stop TV channels broadcasting foreign dramas...

Gilani’s Visit to China

Gilani’s Visit to China

May 21, 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

Gilani's visit to China comes at the time when Pakistan is under immense pressure from International World on the issue of Osama. American Senators are already questioning the economic and technologic support by US government to Pakistan for combating terrorism. Only in the fiscal year 2010 that has ended on October 1, Pakistan has recieved...

Targeting Taliban’s Financial Sources

Targeting Taliban’s Financial Sources

May 21, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The security situation in the country has seen a steep decline in recent months. Over the past few years, the Taliban and other insurgent groups have been able to re-organize themselves, extend their recruitment base to new areas and lay hands on more money and logistics. Various sources put the annual income of Taliban and other...

The Secret US War in Pakistan

The Secret US War in Pakistan

May 19, 2011 | Musa Khan Jalalzai

There are many stories available in leading Pakistani newspapers about the secret US operations run by the US Joint Special Operations Command in major cities, specifically, in Karachi, Peshawar and Lahore. The notorious private militia, Blackwater has been at the centre of killing field and targeted assassinations in both Afghanistan and...

Afghanistan, SCO and the Birth of New Region

Afghanistan, SCO and the Birth of New Region

May 19, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an important regional cooperation organization involving both Russia and China as the region's heavyweights. In recent weeks, there have been indications that both these countries want Afghanistan to join the SCO as an observer state. Afghanistan has already submitted its application and...

Staring at the Abyss – Australian Govt’s Asylum Seeker Back flip

Staring at the Abyss – Australian Govt’s Asylum Seeker Back flip

May 18, 2011 | Hadi Zaher

Like many armchair, news junkie and aspiring political analysts of my age and experience, I closely follow the news, views and interviews of concern via the Internet and Television. Asylum Seekers arriving by boat appear to be a highly debated topic here on Australian television channels and on online ...

Food Insecurity Remains a Major Problem

Food Insecurity Remains a  Major Problem

May 18, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The World Food Program (WFP) runs a sprawling network of distribution of food throughout Afghanistan. For our desperately food insecure country, where according to conservative estimates more than 7 million people are hungry and with no food, WFP has, for years, been extending all assistance in its disposal to get food and water to these teeming...

A Vision of Sustainable Development for Afghanistan

A Vision of Sustainable Development for Afghanistan

May 17, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan's National Development Strategy (ANDS), launched in 2008, is the main national document prepared by the government of Afghanistan that deals with improving the state of affairs in the country taking into consideration all its related aspects. It is the developmental master plan for the country that...

Oil, Fear and Democracy

Oil, Fear and Democracy

May 17, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

However, the Arab civil uprising attained an appreciating level of popularity, but it necessary could not win the sympathy of all, particularly, all those who are playing key role in the international spheres and can deal effect on its process, direction and success. What we now have across the world is a combination of sympathy,...

India’s Importance for Afghanistan

India’s Importance for Afghanistan

May 16, 2011 | Nasruddin Hemati

Amidst recent happenings in the region and in Afghanistan, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in his second trip to Afghanistan, paid a two-day visit to Kabul last Thursday May 12, 2011. His visit followed Pakistani Prime Minister Sayed Yusuf Raza Gilanai's visit to Kabul on April 16, 2011. During his visit to Afghanistan, Mr. Sing held meeting...

Worldwide Reaction on Osama Death in Pakistan

Worldwide Reaction on Osama Death in Pakistan

May 16, 2011 | Musa Khan Jalalzai

The sudden death of Osama bin Laden has left devastating effects on Jihadi networks of Afghan Taliban, Pakistani Taliban and Punjabi Taliban in the UK, U.S, and the Arab world, but it doesn't mean Al-Qaeda and Taliban insurgents will end their terror operations. His death is much irksome for the extremist elements in both Pakistan and...

Afghanistan Standing at Historic Crossroads

Afghanistan Standing at Historic Crossroads

May 15, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The pages of history have yet again turned and once again Afghanistan is standing at a critical historic crossroads. How the leaders and the political class, our intellectuals and the people in general respond to the myriad of crises that have engulfed the country matters a great deal in determining the future of Afghanistan for many...

Difficult Days for Afghan Refugees in Iran

Difficult Days for Afghan Refugees in Iran

May 14, 2011 | By Mehdi Rezaie

Iran and Pakistan have been at the receiving end of millions of Afghan refugees in recent decades. Pakistan has hosted unknown millions of them with a large section of them in constant movement between the two countries over the years as the border has always been porous and traffic of people and merchandise unregulated. Iran on the other hand...

Please, Leave Oil as Ransom for Silence

Please, Leave Oil as Ransom for Silence

May 14, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Perhaps there are less civil disobediences to attain such a level of popularity as that of current social uprising in the Arab world. The social storm started in Tunisia however, tremendously has been challenged, but seems quite hard to erode or be diminished by far-reaching crackdown measures as Mr. Gaddafi, Bashar Asad, Abdullah...

Kabul Bank Goes on Sale, Lessons to be Learnt

Kabul Bank Goes on Sale, Lessons to be Learnt

May 12, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Everyone knows that corruption is a particularly poignant problem in Afghanistan. Much has been said and discussed about the rage of corruption inside the government. From people having to pay bribes in order to get their smallest things done through the bureaucracy of an efficient government to the cases of embezzlement and theft of public...

Differences Over Peace Process

Differences Over Peace Process

May 12, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Indubitably, everybody in Afghanistan supports negotiation and reconciliation with Taliban-led militants. But differences between supporters of the initiative are far larger than that of Kabul government and insurgency.
Last year President Karzai succeeded to form a national-wide peace council which was potentially...

World Order After Osama

World Order After Osama

May 11, 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

The incident of 9/11 initiated a considerable change in the world order that was supposed to proceed smoothly after the end of Cold War. Francis Fakuyama, soon after the disintegration of Soviet Union had prognosticated the New World Order to be peaceful and rather boring. He had speculated that in New World Order Democracy would marry Capitalism and...

A New Era for Universities

A New Era for Universities

May 11, 2011 | Michael R. Czinkota and Andreas Pinkwart

Universities and their internationalization are important. Traditional knowledge exporters, such as the United States, Germany, France and England, aim to maintain their high share in the growing international academic market. They recognize the economic benefits of educating students who, when back home, will decide about purchases for...

Questions on a Vacillating Relation

Questions on a Vacillating Relation

May 10, 2011 | Nasruddin Hemati

The tense relations between the two strategic allies in war against terrorism are getting more gravity following questions on Osama Bin Laden's death near a military academy in Abbottabad. Before the blowing news of US forces' operation to capture or kill Al-Qaeda head was announced by US president Obama, analysts doubted ...

The Siege of Kandahar and Uncertain Future

The Siege of Kandahar  and Uncertain Future

Mehdi Rezaie | Mehdi Rezaie

Perhaps the Taliban have never had it better than this. The spectacular two-day attacks mounted by the Taliban in the heart of Kandahar that paralyzed this political and economic hub and left over 70 people dead and wounded is yet another daring show of force by them. Barely two weeks ago and in another incident, more than 540 Taliban...