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Don’t Drive a Truck Without Brake

Don’t Drive a Truck  Without Brake

September 22, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Is the notion true that we, human beings, generally accept something which goes to the favor of our personal stature? In other words, do we accept something which is favorable to us easily in comparison to what goes against us? I leave the answer to psychologist and sociologist, but what happens with current peace process initiative somehow ...

On the Assassination of Rabbani, High Peace Council Chief

On the Assassination of Rabbani,  High Peace Council Chief

September 21, 2011 | Sher Alam Saqib

Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani was killed in a suicide attack on late Tuesday, September 20, 2011. This was shocking news for all Afghan people. It is said that Rabbani, the Jamiat-i-Islami leader, was in a meeting with two key Taliban leaders at the time of the attack in his house. It is also reported that one of ...

American Long-Term Military Presence – Weighing Pros and Cons

American Long-Term Military Presence – Weighing Pros and Cons

September 21, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The once rampant gossips about a long-term/permanent American military presence in Afghanistan have now turned into a reality, with the government in Kabul saying that the imminent strategic deal with the U.S. will involve American access to military bases inside Afghanistan on a long-term footing. Afghanistan ...

Peace in Afghanistan: Seems not to be Coming

Peace in Afghanistan: Seems  not to be Coming

September 21, 2011 | Mohd. Ahsan

Today is Worlds Peace Day which is also called International Day of Peace and it occurs annually on September 21st. The day is marked by many nations across the world including Afghanistan. Seminars and workshops are held by government and national and international NGO's to throw light over the significance of peace in the context of ...

Night Raids - Needed to Win the War Against Taliban

Night Raids - Needed to Win  the War Against Taliban

September 20, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The issue of nighttime raids, during which Afghan and foreign forces conduct searches of homes and compounds of local people, have always been controversial. President Karzai has many times lambasted the NATO-led forces for the raids, saying the raids lead to civilian casualties, violate the privacy of Afghans and ...

Palestinian Bid for Statehood

Palestinian Bid for Statehood

September 20, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

Mahmoud Abbas seems firm in submitting a bid to UN Security Council for Palestinian state-hood in the meeting of the General Assembly next week. He has made it clear that the Palestinians have the right to have full membership status in the U.N.; therefore he will go for the same option, which makes the issue more controversial. Though he has the ...

That Is Ridiculous

That Is Ridiculous

September 20, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

A week ago, in a seminar held at the center of Mahr Media Center in Kabul city, statements of some of the Afghan analysts amazed me that how unintentionally we - Afghans - lead our country into consistent chaos and instability. From those statements, it can be claimed with certitude that still our so-called intellectual layer has not come to ...

Quarrels Over the Militant Network

Quarrels Over the  Militant Network

September 19, 2011 | Nasruddin Hemati

Indications that have appeared so far clearly suggest that the government-proposed peace talks have been travestied by Taliban. In different stages, they have intensified war and have vowed to continue war against afghan government and its international backing allies. Struggling to keep the unwanted peace offer alive, the government of ...

Afghanistan’s Other Half

Afghanistan’s Other Half

September 19, 2011 | By Adam Valen Levinson

There were, once, Buddhas in Bamiyan, known to locals as Salsal and Shamama, standing in the shadow of the Hindu Kush. In 2001, only two years after he had promised to protect them, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar forced townspeople to drill charges of dynamite into the statues, the largest of which was 180 feet tall — then, the ...

Afghan Cultural War & Cross Cultural Dialogue

Afghan Cultural War &  Cross Cultural Dialogue

September 18, 2011 | Dr. Davood Moradian

Creed is one of the driving forces of many wars, alongside greed and grievances. Culture, value –system, national identity and historical narratives are the objects as well as the battlegrounds of warring parties. The Afghan conflict is partly a cultural war, intermingled with other domestic, regional and international factors. This ...

‘Opiumistan’ and the War on Poppy

‘Opiumistan’ and  the War on Poppy

September 18, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

According to a recent report by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, there was seven per cent decrease in opium cultivation in Helmand during 2010. It has been the result of a two-year eradication campaign by the Anti-Narcotics Ministry. One wonders, why such a sluggish result? Billions of dollars are spent on this eradication ...

Heroes

Heroes

September 18, 2011 | Paul Kokoski

Today's world desperately needs authentic heroes and heroines - not the kind that live in Hollywood and who find it fashionable to promote themselves and their own ideologies, but the kind like Mother Teresa, who allow us, by their very lives, to catch a glimpse of the true greatness and holiness to which we are all called.From the beginning men ...

Experts: Don’t Lead the Country towards Chaos

Experts: Don’t Lead the Country towards Chaos

September 17, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

In a day-long seminar held at Mehr Media Center in Kabul, some analysts vividly expressed concern over the so-called 'strategic pact' about to be signed, according to some available reports, before the commencement of second Bon Conference in Germany. According to them and their supporters, comprising different spectra in society - from ...

No Quick Fix for Global Economic Woes

No Quick Fix for Global Economic Woes

September 17, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

One of my favorite issues to write about is the status of the world economy and the economies of Europe and North America, which constitute a major share of the global economy. Things have certainly become very interesting in recent months and woes and doom and gloom are once again ruling over the world economy. In America, people have suffered a ...

Karachi: Private Militia, Blackwater and Arms Smuggling

Karachi: Private Militia, Blackwater and Arms Smuggling

September 17, 2011 | Musa Khan Jalalzai

Much has been happening in Middle East lately. The political circumstances are changing rapidly and there are evident signs of many important developments in the region. The current conflict that seems to be rising between Israel and Turkey will definitely have considerable resonance in the power dynamics of the region. Turkey this ...

A New Generation of Afghan Women Demands Rights

A New Generation of Afghan Women Demands Rights

September 15, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Ten years after the birth of a new era in the history of Afghanistan, women and the girls remain the most vulnerable and oppressed section of Afghan society. There has been a marked improvement in the overall quality of life for the Afghan people in recent years. However, the gains made have not been translated into a better life for ...

Kabul Attacks - Going After the Haqqanis

Kabul Attacks - Going  After the Haqqanis

September 14, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Another day of bombings, suicide attacks, gun-battles, death and destruction in the heart of capital, Kabul, has gone by. The sheer audacity of the attacks and the desperate efforts of the security forces, who were caught unaware, have once again brought alive memories of the 90's and Kabul's bloody street battles. The shocking attacks of ...

Karzai Plays Well

Karzai Plays Well

September 14, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

For the first time when Afghan Independent Election Commission announced the result of parliamentary election which prompted some circle within and out of the country to claim that oppositions of President Karzia had largely found way into the house, the thing which was recognized as slap on his face and a preface for new round of ...

US-Iran Rivalry and Afghan Government’s Silence

US-Iran Rivalry and Afghan Government’s Silence

September 14, 2011 | Mohd. Ahsan

More than three decades of burning conflict, entrenched opium production, drugs addiction and trafficking, deep-rooted corruption, severest political and economic instability and lack of social justice have turned Afghanistan to resemble a hell. The lingering instability in the country has made almost all Afghans analyzers of political ...

“Transition Doesn’t Mean Disengagement”

“Transition Doesn’t  Mean Disengagement”

September 13, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The weary war against terrorism that was launched after the incident of 9/11, brought with itself different sorts of influences and impacts on the lives of people in Afghanistan, South Asian region and U.S. in particular and the world in general. The war, though has done much to topple down the Al-Qaida favoring reign of Taliban and has been ...

John Allen’s Tale of Victory

John Allen’s Tale of Victory

September 13, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

General John Allen, the commander of the NATO-led international coalition in the country, has dropped a bombshell on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. In a ceremony held in the U.S. Embassy in Kabul to commemorate the 9/11 tragedies and attended by Afghan and foreign officials, he has said that the forces under his command are winning ...

Corruption Hinders Stability

Corruption Hinders Stability

September 13, 2011 | Abdul Samad Haidari

Perhaps, many articles are being published daily on corruption, which analyze its unlikely consequences on our country's political stability and progress. Writers are intensively complaining about the root causes of corruption which has taken a very rooting position in the country currently on the basis of acquiring some personal interest ...

Dictatorial Behavior Within a Democratic Framework

Dictatorial Behavior Within a Democratic Framework

September 12, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

We have a democratic framework which is established by years of international community military engagement. But still we lack something; something we do not have, and consistently threaten our already unstable democratic framework on the basis of which, we and our foreign allies want to build a new, safe Afghanistan that wouldn't be ...

Social Isolation

Social Isolation

September 12, 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

Man is a social animal. He lives in a society because he would not be able to live otherwise. The social interactions play a very important role in the lives of human beings and assist them not only in fulfillment of their requirements but also of their personalities. From the very beginning of their lives human beings have been living in the ...

Xenophobic Nationalism

Xenophobic Nationalism

September 12, 2011 | Farman Nawaz

Today when extremism has shaken the very basis of Pakistan we must see whether this extremism is the upshot of our nationalism or corollary of the sectarian concept of the religion. Before partition religion was utilized to shape Muslim nationalism in India but now extremism and fundamentalism are used to promote the concept of ...

Random Thoughts on 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Random Thoughts on 10th Anniversary of 9/11

September 11, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

Today is the 10th anniversary of 9/11 attacks when Al-Qaeda hijackers carried out the worst terrorist attack in recent history killing thousands of innocent people. Afghan and international media outlets have given extensive coverage reporting about the impact of 9/11, particularly focusing the war in Afghanistan. I have had several ...

Afghan Security Forces - Promising Progress

Afghan Security Forces - Promising Progress

September 11, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The Chief of Army Staff, General Sher Mohammad Karimi, has said that the military of Afghanistan will become operationally independent by 2014, the deadline by which the majority of foreign forces are set to leave Afghanistan. According to the Chief of Army Staff, 60% of operations carried out by the Afghan National Army are done independently ...

Human Wisdom and Misery

Human Wisdom and Misery

September 11, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

Since ages human beings have been striving for a better world to live in. The basic intentions behind 'human will' to design society and endeavors to develop political systems have been to fill human world with prosperity, tranquility and well-being., for this very reason human beings have dominantly demarcated themselves from other living ...

Suicidal Attacks and 9/11 Anniversary

Suicidal Attacks  and 9/11 Anniversary

September 10, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

One day, in India I came across two people with contrasting notion about my country Afghanistan. The first one was a bearded Muslim who was able to utter only few sentences of Pashtu, one of the national languages of Afghans, with Hindi accent approached and asked about my nationality. When I answered him, a welcoming smile emerged on his face ...

The War Remains Indecisive

The War Remains Indecisive

September 10, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

It is going to be ten years of the unforgettable incident of 9/11, which is thought to have changed the course of world order and consequently started 'the war against terrorism'. The country in focus in 'the war against terrorism' has been Afghanistan, as Al-Qaida – the responsible terrorist organization – was fully supported by the ...

State of Healthcare in Afghanistan

State of Healthcare  in Afghanistan

September 10, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Ten years after the ouster of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and the dawn of a new era that promised to be a far better deal for Afghans, access to quality healthcare still remains elusive for an overwhelming majority of Afghans. Whether for the urban rich, who tend to be more health conscious compared to their rural peers, or for ...

Financial Crisis and The End of European Welfare State

Financial Crisis and The End of European Welfare State

September 08, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The idea of European Union with a single political economic space and a uniform, neatly organized political ordering of like-minded countries has always been thought of as brilliant; as the embodiment of a long process that has been deemed to be only natural. Up until recently, everything was fine; the ...

General Will and Democracy

General Will and Democracy

September 08, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The basic question about a demo cratic system is that whether it protects the liberty and rights of the people as whole or it protects the liberty of every individual. Does it let the individuals be sacrificed for the mass or mass for the individuals? Or, otherwise, it protects both the liberty of the individual and the mass at the same time? It is generally believed ...

Al-Qaeda Reprisal Attack in Quetta

Al-Qaeda Reprisal Attack in Quetta

September 08, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

Western media is doing extensive 9/11-week coverage. I have had several interviews in the past week, remembering personal memories and experience of that tragic day on September 11, 2001 when Al-Qaeda bombers destroyed the twin towers and this attacked changed lives of people around the world, particularly in Afghanistan and ...

Afghanistan’s First Oil Field Opens Up

Afghanistan’s First Oil Field Opens Up

September 07, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Everybody knows about Afghanistan's vast depos its of minerals with the latest estimates putting the country's wealth of minerals at $3 billion. Ainak copper deposits in the province of Logar located south-east of Kabul has already been auctioned with China Metallurgical Group, a government-owned company from China having won the international ...