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Security Transition Facing Serious Challenges

Security Transition Facing Serious Challenges

June 12, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The transition of security responsibilities to Af ghan National Security Forces is set to enter into a critical phase from next month when five large cities around the country will be handed over to the Afghan forces. Mazar-e- Sharif, Bamyan, Panjshir, Herat and Mehtarlam are the major cities considered for the first phase of the transition...

North Waziristan Operation

North Waziristan Operation

June 12, 2011 | Akbar Mayo

North Waziristan operation is lurking somewhere in the denial of Pakistani generals. Thinking machinery of Pakistan Army seems to be suffering from the paralysis of analysis. Though army sources are denying any commitment regarding Operation against Haqqani group in North Waziristan, however, circumstances suggest otherwise. The US...

Oil and OPEC

Oil and OPEC

June 11, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Day by day, the unsustainable- energy-exploiting universal economy becomes larger and larger, with no brake at the prospective. What happens? The answer as well as consequence is clear. Just put a glimpse to glamorous smiling of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) members in political and economic night clubs! There...

Yet Another Chance for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Yet Another Chance for Afghanistan and Pakistan

June 11, 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

President Kerzai has reached to Pakistan on Fri day, June 10, 2011, for a two days meeting with Pakistani officials. This is his first visit after the attack on Osama Bin Laden in Abbotabad. The basic purpose of this visit is to seek Pakistan's co-operation in bringing Taliban to negotiation table, which has been the basic objective of...

The Dark Clouds

The Dark Clouds

June 09, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

There are six months to December, when Germany on the 10th Anniversary of the Bonn Agreement on Afghanistan will host the Bonn Conference 2. We had heard about it for the first time last year in November and thought it will be another conference like the ones in Paris, London and Kabul to, as we say in Dari slang, "get...

Push for Steeper Military Pullout

Push for Steeper  Military Pullout

June 09, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Unlike many, I was not much mindful of Osama bin Laden as I am of the, so-called, radicalism (bin Ladenism). However, he was recognized as the mastermind behind terror activities, but I assume him mostly a person, who like an injured jackal timorously concealed himself and hardly could organize and lead another 9/11 attacks, due to instant...

Kashmiri’s Death and the Future of Al-Qaeda in Af-Pak Region

Kashmiri’s Death and the Future of Al-Qaeda in Af-Pak Region

June 08, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Mohammad Ilyas Kashmiri, one of the highest ranking operational commanders of Al-Qaeda, has reportedly been killed in a U.S. drone attack on a compound in South Waziristan on Friday June 03, 2011. This will mark the end for one of the most notorious militant leaders of South Asia in recent decades. Both inside and...

Gadhafi Stands Still

Gadhafi Stands Still

June 08, 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

Libya is in crisis. It is both severe and alarming. The situation prevailing there definitely points at the end of the regime of Moammar Gadhafi, who has been ruling the country for more than forty years. But, he himself is not willing to leave. Even after the heaviest NATO shelling of his whereabouts in Tripoli on Tuesday, June 07, 2011, his...

Rise of Malakand Taliban

Rise of Malakand Taliban

June 08, 2011 | Akbar Mayo

In the last week of May, eight security personnel and civilians fell victim to four hundred armed Taliban who attacked Shaltalo check post in Dir, a frontier District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, located few kilometers away from Afghan border. Allegedly these were Afghan Taliban who invaded Pakistani territory and attacked Pakistani subjects. In...

A Message to Iraqis

A Message to Iraqis

June 07, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

As the counter-time has started for complete American military withdrawal from Iraq, the joy and appreciation, on one hand, worry and anxiety, on the other, strike Iraqis at the same way. According to previous agreement between US and Iraqi government, the present 47,000 American military should leave the country by the end of this year. But definitely, these days,...

“The Oppressor Has Gone but the People Stay!!”

“The Oppressor Has Gone but the People Stay!!”

June 07, 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

That is how it happens. Authoritarian governments, clinging to authority and turning voilent are abhored at the end; abhored so much that their sufferings are celebrated by their subject. So has been the case in Yemen. The departure of the President Ali Abdullah Saleh to Saudi Arabia after his injury in the rocket attack on the mosque where he,...

Saving RAWA

Saving RAWA

June 07, 2011 | Noorjahan Akbar

According to Doug McAdam, political opportunity is essential for the formation of any social movement or organization (51, 1982). The emergence of political freedom during 1963 and 1973, known as the Decade of Democracy in Afghanistan, allowed several political and social movements, including various women's organizations, and communist...

Indications Veto a Hasty Withdrawal

Indications Veto a  Hasty Withdrawal

June 06, 2011 | Nasruddin Hemati

Having gone through some of the most trouble some experiences in the course of history and, in particular, in the recent decades, Afghans have got a clear outlook of how the country will handle the problems once the international forces make a complete withdrawal. They have stayed here more than a decade and have managed the overall...

This is How to Make Manufacturing Grow

This is How to Make Manufacturing Grow

June 06, 2011 | Paul Freedenberg and Michael

Manufacturing competitiveness depends heavily on the government's application of export controls. Export controls are a principal means of defending a nation's high technology advantage over potential adversaries. In the United States it has been 23 years since the last major re-write of the Export Administration Act ("EAA"), the...

The Threat of Terrorism in the United Kingdom

The Threat of Terrorism  in the United Kingdom

June 06, 2011 | Musa Khan Jalalzai

The recent terror incidents in the United Kingdom, specifically in Northern Ireland, indicate that terrorist and extremist groups have adopted new strategies targeting the national critical infrastructure of the country. As I have already warned in my detailed published report on future terrorism and violence in the UK, Northern Ireland...

We Need a Revitalized and Capable National Leadership

We Need a Revitalized and Capable National Leadership

June 05, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan's post-Taliban experiment with democracy, deficient and imperfect as it has been, is increasingly coming under grave threats from both within and outside the country. A democratic political system that would promote pluralism, equitable distribution of national power and the right to self-determination...

The Syrian Episode

The Syrian Episode

June 05, 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

The Syrian protestors were mercilessly shot at on Friday as they were carrying out their protests against the 40-year rule of President Bashar Assad's family in Hama. 34 people were reported to be killed as the result of aggression of the regime's forces. This particular protest was demarcated in a sense that it contained the...

Unfettered Growth of Addiction

Unfettered Growth of Addiction

June 05, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

I can hardly remember when I was a child, living in a poverty-striken district of Ghazni province. People all had miserable times and they were struggling daily to survive of hunger and starvation. One day, one of my elder classmates came to us and asked to collect all our pocket money. I am sure we were five students and put all our money...

Civilian Casualties and President Karzai’s “Last Warning”

Civilian Casualties and President Karzai’s “Last Warning”

June 04, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

President Karzai has reacted ferociously to the news of heavy civilian casualties as a result of coalition forces' raids on Taliban hideouts. The latest incident has marked a new low in the volatile relations between the president and the international coalition present in Afghanistan. The President had some very harsh...

Afghanistan Can’t Remain an Economic Burden

Afghanistan Can’t Remain an Economic Burden

June 04, 2011 | Mohammad Ahsan

Afghanistan falls in the list of countries trapped in the vicious circle of poverty. It is estimated that around ¾ of all the Afghans in Afghanistan live below or slightly above the line of poverty. This makes them deprived of proper education, health facilities, good food and other basic necessities of life. Above all, their lives are posed to various sorts...

Resetting the Targets

Resetting the Targets

June 04, 2011 | Farman Nawaz

Some recent incidents show that Pakistani religious circles have changed its stance about the role of Taliban. The two suicide attacks on Mollana Fazal ur Rehman of Jamiat Ullma-e-Islam (JUI) and an unexpected statement of Qazi Hussian Ahmad of Jamat-e-Islami about suicide attacks are the indicators of shift in the policy of Pakistani...

Dialogue will Be A Fruitless Effort

Dialogue will Be A Fruitless Effort

June 02, 2011 | Dr. Hussain yasa

Last Saturday, German magazine Der Spiegel reported that the US was involved in talks with the Taliban. The talks, the magazine said, is reportedly being facilitated by Germany, which is to host the second Bonn conference on December 5, this year. A week later, news agency PTI reported that the UK, too, is keen to enter into dialogue with the...

Public Sanitation, Lost and Forgotten

Public Sanitation, Lost  and Forgotten

June 02, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The two following facts strike us right in the heart and make us question if a state of constant misery and poverty is not gradually turning into a "new normal" for Afghanistan. Here are the two facts: first, Afghanistan suffers from too few toilets and proper sanitary facilities for human defecation and second, it suffers from too much corruption. Yes, you...

Arab Uprising is Doing Much Good to Palestine

Arab Uprising is Doing Much Good to Palestine

June 02, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Definitely, it has been Israel that since long has not had the will to start a sincere conflict- ending diplomacy with Palestine. From the very time when Arab countries were forced to change their attitude toward Israel, after unsuccessful attempts to undermine its growing military power or, perhaps, eliminate it once and forever, Israel has...

Emotional Statement Can’t Relieve Afghans

Emotional Statement Can’t Relieve Afghans

June 01, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

The rift between President Hameed Karzai and his NATO ally appears widening as both have their own reasons and will to emphasize on righteousness of respective positions regarding civilian casualties. However, there is no friction when the issue appears in theoretical sphere as both President and Top US and NATO generals agree that the...

Plunder Goes on Across Afghanistan as Looters Grow Even Bolder

Plunder Goes on Across Afghanistan as Looters Grow Even Bolder

June 01, 2011 | Abdul Samad Haidari

Every country has its own historical treasures which are the main identity of a nation, thus, it becomes the sole responsibility of every country's residents to have respect for its safety. Since it is the matter of our country's treasures, we have to be well aware of it and must know who protect them and how they...

Unlocking the Potential in Afghan-Turkmen Relations

Unlocking the Potential in Afghan-Turkmen Relations

May 31, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The visit of President Hamid Karzai and the accompanying delegation to neighboring Turkmenistan and the resulting expansion in bilateral cooperation was long overdue. As a result of the visit, which was cut short after the Taliban's massive attack in Takhar, five bilateral documents were signed and the...

The Real Heroes in Talibanized Society

The Real Heroes in  Talibanized Society

May 31, 2011 | Farman Nawaz

The real hero is the one whose death is mourned for decades. For instance the entire Pakistan was in shock for three days when Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Rawalpindi. But it is a fact that very few people were discussing the death of Osama Bin Laden on May 4, the third day of his death.
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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...