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There is Great Deal of Hope for Post-2014 Afghanistan

There is Great Deal of Hope  for Post-2014 Afghanistan

July 03, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The imminent start of the transition process in the country marks the dawn of a new era in the history of our country, nonetheless, an achievement that has been possible on the back of generous international assistance over the past one decade.The security provision for five large cities around the country will ...

The Kabul Bank Saga and another Test for Karzai’s Credibility

The Kabul Bank Saga and another Test for Karzai’s Credibility

July 03, 2011 | Johan Johansen

I. Let us get reacquainted to our theme by recalling some most striking events occuring last year with regard to the Kabul Bank. By the very beginning of September 2010 the Kabul Bank faced a nearly complete collapse. The Afghan people were – quite correctly - running at highest possible speed to the Bank attempting to save their modest ...

Military Withdrawal and Karzai’s Happiness

Military Withdrawal and Karzai’s Happiness

July 03, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Perhaps, President Karzai has a secret enthusiasm for international community' military withdrawal from Afghanistan. From the very start of announcement of President Barrack Obama about, as many experts maintain, a "steep military drawdown", the Presidential Palace abnormally welcomed the decision amidst doubts and suspicion of ...

The Persecution of Abdul Qadir Fetrat

The Persecution of  Abdul Qadir Fetrat

July 02, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

On Monday, June 27, Abdul Qadir Fetrat, the chairman of central bank of Afghanistan, in an unexpected measure announced his resignation and sought refuge in the United States of America. He explained the reason of his resignation and leaving the country as increasing danger to his life, particularly, after announcement of names of culprits ...

The Hazy Future

The Hazy Future

July 02, 2011 | Nasruddin Hemati

Words fall really short explaining what is going on in Afghanistan and what is expected to come next. The world-backed process is moving rearward; no single step is being taken ahead. Appeasement policies and pacifying moves have encouraged the fugitives to carry on their terrorist operations across the country in more sophisticated ways...

Afghanistan will Set into a Corruption Coliseum after the Troops Drawdown

Afghanistan will Set into a Corruption Coliseum after  the Troops Drawdown

July 02, 2011 | Abdul Samad Haidari

The information in news reports reportedly and openly suggests the acceleration and in timidation of Taliban in various parts of Afghanistan in the last few months. Currently, according to researchers and analysts, Afghanistan seems to be collapsing into chaos and the security condition will be even worse...

Shocking Assault, Sign of Collapse

Shocking Assault,  Sign of Collapse

June 30, 2011 | Sher Alam Saqib

As the violence continues to intensify, Kabul residents were shocked by the firefights that continued for hours between Afghan National Security Forces and reportedly 8 suicide attackers that had made their way into the fortified Inter-continental Hotel, which is mainly frequented by high level dignitaries and foreigners. As reports say, ...

Let’s All Take, Yet Another, Collective Breath And Agree To Move Forward

Let’s All Take, Yet Another, Collective Breath And Agree To Move Forward

June 30, 2011 | Grant Kippen

There were two momentous announce ments concerning Afghanistan this past week that will in their own and interconnected way have a profound impact on the short and long term future of the country.The first and most widely reported announcement occurred on Wednesday evening when President ...

No Rest! Even in Kabul

No Rest! Even in Kabul

June 30, 2011 | Mohammad Ahsan

Kabul got attacked again on Tuesday night. This is the second attack in just ten days. This time, the Inter-continental hotel – Afghanistan's first luxury hotel, built in 1969 - was targeted. The hotel is mostly used by foreigners and high government officials. At the time of the attack, reportedly, two events were taking place inside ...

Parliamentary Crisis, Disastrous Exercise in Political Brinksmanship

Parliamentary Crisis,  Disastrous Exercise in Political Brinksmanship

June 29, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The parliamentary crisis involving the special tribunal, the parliament and the government headed by Presi dent Karzai has entered a new phase following the verdict of the tribunal which handed down disqualification of close to one fourth of the parliament MPs. The special tribunal, after being proposed by the Supreme Court and ...

Tehran Anti-Terror Conference

Tehran Anti-Terror Conference

June 29, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

The international anti-terrorism conference held in Tehran last weekend was dampened with fundamental differences but with friendly smiles on the faces. The conference was held amid emerging new concerns about US steep military drawdown from Afghanistan which can prove consequential for Kabul powerful neighbors. Afghanistan have large ...

ICG and Afghanistan

ICG and Afghanistan

June 29, 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

The International Contact Group (ICG) meeting regarding Afghanistan was held in Kabul on Monday, June 27, 2011. This meeting included representative and organizations from more than 50 countries that are somehow related to Afghanistan. Basically, the idea of formation of ICG for Afghanistan ...

The Consequences of US Withdrawal

The Consequences of US Withdrawal

June 28, 2011 | Musa Khan Jalalzai

The announcement of President Obama about the with drawal of US troops from Afghanistan created a lot of guesswork in Kabul. As no specific military, economic and political progress has taken roots during the last ten years presence of international community, the country will remain vulnerable to insurgent groups before and after ...

Without Communist Party: Without New China

Without Communist Party:  Without New China

June 28, 2011 | XuFeihong

Since founding on July 01, 1921, the Communist Party of China (CPC) has taken an extra ordinary brilliant course of 90 years and become the biggest party in the world with its members increasing from about 50 in 1921 to over 80 million by 2011. The CPC has the experience of 60 years as the ruling party and its history of 90 years is also the history ...

Employing Mullahs are a Gaffe

Employing Mullahs are a Gaffe

June 28, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

As counterinsurgency struggle stretches beyond previously assumed scheduled timings and foreign military drawdown is about to start, the Afghan govern ment now, more then ever, desperately seeks assistance and holds measures that have made analysts mindful of consequences. One of the principle factors both the government and its foreign allies maintain ...

The Dream of Democracy

The Dream of Democracy

June 27, 2011 | Nasruddin Hemati

Sociologists and political scientists, who have favored the idea of accidental emergence of renaissance and the modern age, ascertain that it has been a longtime, hard journey to go. Talking on modern concepts such as democratization, they believe it is not a linear process and needs exceptional feasibility studies, varying from one nation to...

President Obama Keeps His Promise

President Obama Keeps His Promise

June 27, 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

Though President Obama has kept his promise of with drawal of the surge troops he had added to the total number of American troops in Afghanistan after his gaining power as president, still most of the members of congress and the people in America are not much satisfied with the number of troops being withdrawn as they expected much more ...

Security Assessment and the Transition in Balkh

Security Assessment and  the Transition in Balkh

June 27, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

People are still in shockwave after the assassination of General Daud Daud, Police Chief for Northern Zone. It has not only deep psychological impact on the security perspective of people in the North, but also insecurity has deteriorated since. Cases of murders and crimes have increased in Mazar-e-Sharif city. The other day when I was...

The Collapse of Global Financial System Has Become Inevitable

The Collapse of Global Financial  System Has Become Inevitable

June 26, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Dear friends and readers, I write this op-ed today primarily for those who are closely following the global economic, financial and political developments in the midst of an ongoing crisis of the world economy. We are standing at the crossroads of the deepest and the most far-reaching crisis that...

Terror Continues in Afghanistan

Terror Continues in Afghanistan

June 26, 2011 | By Dilawar Sherzai

At last, the much awaited number of American troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan has been announced. It, according to the statement of President Obama, has to be 10,000 till the end of this year and 33,000 till September2012. There has been much controversy regarding the drawdown of the American troops from Afghanistan. The most important...

Military Drawdown

Military Drawdown

June 26, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Seemingly, bipartisanism has been functioning quite well in the US and non-parties—Republican and Democratic— are able to settle issues alone. As we know that former President Bush waged war both in Afghanistan in 2001, and Iraq 2003. That time Republicans were supporting wars overwhelmingly and, due to vengeful and hatred-filled...

America’s Withdrawal fromAfghanistan and the Uncertain Future  

America’s Withdrawal fromAfghanistan and the  Uncertain Future  

June 25, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

President Obama has finally announced his much-awaited plan of withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in a tele vised address on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. According to the plan, 10,000 American troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of 2011 with another 23,000 set to be evacuated by September 2012. The...

Narcotics in Afghanistan

Narcotics in Afghanistan

June 25, 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

The announcement by Deputy Interior Minister of Counter Narcotics on Monday, June 20, 2011, mentioning that over three million Afghans are involved in manufacturing or trafficking drugs, has further added concerns to the drug issue that has already been bothering the honest national and international counter narcotics efforts. Afghanistan is...

Need for a Vision

Need for a Vision

June 25, 2011 | Farman Nawaz

Leader of Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Nawaz Sharif, and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari have started the long awaited blame game. Though this game was carried out successfully by their political descendants however now as the elections are coming closer, Nawaz took the initiative and Zardari paid in the same...

Focusing on Development for 2014 and Beyond

Focusing on Development  for 2014 and Beyond

June 23, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The international community led by the Western countries has been assisting Afghanistan over the past one decade. The U.S. and the European countries such as the U.K., France, Germany, and other European Union member states have doled out more than $30 billion in aid for Afghanistan since 2001. For the U.S. the direct cost for the...

Disappointing Statement of President

Disappointing Statement  of President

June 23, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

The recent statements of Presi dent Karzai regarding foreign presence in the country were largely covered by domestic media and Newspapers. He said that foreigners (international community) were in Afghanistan due to their own political, economic and security interests. He went further and ignored vital assistance of foreigners ...

Concerns about Sustainability of Development in Afghanistan

Concerns about Sustainability of Development in Afghanistan

June 23, 2011 | Sher Alam Saqib

Afghanistan remains one of the poorest countries in the world. It relies on foreign aid. The brutal regime of Taliban had led Afghanistan into isolation, which led to back breaking poverty in the country. Over the last ten years since the fall of Taliban regime in late 2001, Afghanistan has received a great deal of aid and assistance...

Government Denies the Existence of Taliban as Enemy  

Government Denies the Existence of Taliban as Enemy  

June 22, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The government of Afghanistan has for long been avoid ing using the term "Taliban" to refer to the perpetra tors and attackers on Afghan civilians and military personnel. The routine has always been to call the perpetrators "the enemies of the people of Afghanistan" or "the armed opponents". What...

Democracy in Afghanistan, Swimming Not Sinking

Democracy in Afghanistan,  Swimming Not Sinking

June 22, 2011 | Mohammad Ahsan

How long did the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan last? Only for six years, 1996-2001. And Afghanistan turned into a hell for the people to live in. This country turned into a safe haven for Islamic terrorists who formed their recruitment and training camps here. Thankfully, Taliban-hosted Al-Qaida hammered on its own feet by ...

Challenges and Loggerheads

Challenges and Loggerheads

June 22, 2011 | Sher Alam Saqib

While the country continues to be hit by violence, Afghan government seems to be at loggerheads with its international allies over corruption, civilian casualties and reconciliation with Taliban militants. It was understandable from the president Karzai's sarcastic remarks against international operation and work and the U.S. ...

Afghan Economy Dependent on Foreign Charity Dollars

Afghan Economy Dependent on Foreign Charity Dollars

June 21, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan economy has long been bifurcated into two separate spheres. One is the troubled formal economy, ravaged after decades of conflict, war and civil strife and held up together by infusion of billions of dollars in foreign aid and foreign military-related spending. The other is the black, illegal, informal, illicit and...

Afghan Handicrafts in Domotex Middle East International Exhibition

Afghan Handicrafts in Domotex Middle East International Exhibition

June 21, 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

Every culture in the world consists of two major parts; material culture and non-material culture. The material culture includes all the tangible objects that are socially used in a society. The material culture may include cloth, jewelry, pottery and other objects that are a part of a society, while the...

Afghanistan’s Kidnapping and Arms Smuggling Industry

Afghanistan’s Kidnapping  and Arms Smuggling Industry

June 21, 2011 | Musa Khan Jalalzai

Don't go to Afghanistan if you want to save the money." These are the words quoted from a recently filed news story of one of my journalist friends who returned from Afghanistan. Over the last three decades of civil war, Afghanistan largely depended on black market economy, criminal trade, export of opium, heroin and arms...

Unrestrained, Talibanized Nomadism

Unrestrained, Talibanized Nomadism

June 20, 2011 | Nasruddin Hemati

On the verge of the US forces withdrawal following a decade of strong presence here, Afghanistan remains unstable, with the government failing to address even some tiny security issues. Instability has grown by the increasing insurgency through new mechanisms put in practice by the resisting militants. No need to say,

Afghan Industries Struggling in Face of Cheap Imports

Afghan Industries Struggling  in Face of Cheap Imports

June 20, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Industrial parks once used to be a model of what the future for Afghanistan and its economy would hold. The government of Mohammad Daud Khan in 1970s had drawn up ambitious plans for the development of manufacturing industries throughout Afghanistan and the role of industrial parks was central to these plans. Gradually, industrial...