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Afghan Women’s Quest for Their Rights
04/20/2011 | Mehdi Rezaie
In the post-Taliban Afghanistan, "women rights" is the new buzzword. Improving the conditions and social standing of women in today's Afghanistan has found devout champions in both the Afghan government and outside in the fledgling Afghan civil society. Numerous institutions have been set...
Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Peace Efforts
04/19/2011 | Mehdi Rezaie
The recent visit of Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Reza Gilani to Kabul has thrown up some very important results as far as the two country's evolving partnership for peace is concerned. The most important outcome of the talks between the leaders of the two countries was creation of a joint two-tier commission comprised of officials from both countries to seriously pursue peace and reconciliation initiatives. In attendance were also Pakistan's powerful Chief of Army Staff, Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Ahmad Shuja ...
Violence and the Stance of Clerics in Afghanistan
04/19/2011 | Jimmy C. Dabhi
For most Afghans including clerics, violence and killing do not come as surprise. They have a perspective, a stance on it. The recent incident of the burning the Holy Quran in the USA is unfortunate and deserves the strongest condemnation. It has hurt the religious sentiments of many Muslims across the ...
Contribution in Rebuilding Afghanistan
04/18/2011 | Abbas Daiyar
Last week the South Korean Government announced to spend US$500 million over the next five years in Afghanistan. Already the operations of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have been over $180 million, which makes the total Korean contribution about $680 million in Afghanistan. It's the largest amount of foreign aid...
Equality and Justice are What Women Must Own
04/18/2011 | Abdul Samad Haidari
Feminism or the feminist ideology is quite limited in Asian countries, particularly in Afghanistan. Similar to other ideologies, "isms" have created and left a deep impact on the lives of the people and society in general, specifically, in and until the end of the 20th century. Here I would like to mention an ideology or an...
Suicide Bombings and Failure of Intelligence Operations
04/16/2011 | Mehdi Rezaie
In the latest suicide bombing to target high-profile regional officials, Kandahar Police Chief, Khan Mohammad Mojahid, has been killed along with his deputy and the anti-terrorism chief of Kandahar Police. The incident has come on the heels of a major operation ...
An Appropriate Fear
04/16/2011 | Nasruddin Hemati
Violence continues harassing people's lives and downplaying achievements in Afghanistan. The Afghan Interior Ministry said an attack on police headquarters on Friday April 15, 2011 killed the police chief for the southern Afghan province of Kandahar and two others. Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban and has been the scene of fierce fighting between international forces and insurgents. Shortly before the transition...
The Failure of Strategies in Afghanistan
04/15/2011 | Ali Raza Hussaini
Beside some common characteristics, Afghan society has some unique features and peculiarities that have influenced social development and interaction with other countries. The evolution of global phenomenon has not undergone normal and predominantly accepted procedure in this land. The social...
No Blunder is Expected
04/14/2011 | Mohd. Ahsan
There are questions on everyone’s mind in Afghanistan. These questions pertain to the withdrawal of the United States and its allies from Afghanistan in the coming few years. Reasons for why there are so many talks about withdrawal of international forces are still quite ...
National Interest ShouldBe Priority in Strategic Ties with the U.S.
In realpolitik a state has to distinguish between what it must do and what to avoid for promoting and safeguarding the national interest of a country and It becomes the prime responsibility of a government to identify the interests which are vital, foremost and possible for the nation state in the given international
Managing Country’s Waters as a Strategic Resource
04/14/2011 | Mehdi Rezaie
Recently, hostilities with Iran over the surface water resources in the western and southwestern areas were again in the news. The events once again brought to life the urgency of smart and effective management of the country’s abundant water resources. Water is, no doubt, one of the most valuable natural resources and more so in our country Afghanistan. The livelihoods and means of income of millions of people...