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The 12th Five-Year Plan Depicts a Blueprint for China’s Next Development

The 12th Five-Year Plan Depicts a  Blueprint for China’s Next Development

April 26, 2011 | Xu Feihong

In March 2011, the Fourth Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) of China endorsed the Outline of the 12th Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development (2011 to 2015).

The document puts forward the guiding principles, main objectives, main tasks and measures of the ...

The Walk: on the Public Harassment of Afghan Women

The Walk: on the Public Harassment of Afghan Women

April 25, 2011 | Noorjahan Akbar

Every day in Afghanistan millions of women and girls make their way through streets, mountains and villages to schools, universities, work places, clinics, marketplaces, etc. The reports on women's progress in Afghanistan focus on the percentage of women who make or don't make it to their destinations, be it schools, work places, etc. Rarely any ...

Pakistan Army Asserts Control on Afghanistan

Pakistan Army Asserts  Control on Afghanistan

April 24, 2011 | Tufail Ahmad

It was Pakistan's day in Afghanistan. On April 16, 2011, the almost entire Pakistani leadership descended on Kabul to hold talks with the Afghan government. The Pakistani leaders included: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Deputy Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar as...

The Export of Suicide Bombers

The Export of  Suicide Bombers

April 21, 2011 | Musa Khan Jalalzai

Civil war in Afghanistan brought many misadventures into Pakistani society. The unending war and foreign intervention exacerbated internal religious tensions and increased in the flow of arms, suicide bombers, narcotics drugs and money into the country. Unauthorized weapon industries in FATA region flourished and an illegal arms trade in all provinces of the country continued without the supervision of the ...

Media Darling in the West, Irrelevant in Afghanistan

Media Darling in the West, Irrelevant in Afghanistan

April 19, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

The bravest woman of Afghanistan”, “iconic human rights activist”, “champion for Afghan woman” are titles you read in media headlines in the West about Afghan activist Malalai Joya. She is a star among the anti-war left circles of the West. Recently she made headlines because of the US visa denial, and lefty...

On the Declining Security

On the Declining Security

04/27/2011 | Nasruddin Hemati

iolence seems unending here. Fighting continues harassing people and downplaying achievements in Afghanistan. Shortly before the transition process begins, the perspective of peace, development and stability remains unreliable in Afghanistan. Battling a multilateral dilemma, the Afghan government is yet too feeble to stand on its own. The...

 Military Withdrawal is not a Sign of Failure

 Military Withdrawal is  not a Sign of Failure

04/25/2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Nowadays, two diametric opposite reasons are given for the US and NATO military withdrawal from Afghanistan. Either of them seems extreme-like notions. On one hand, it is said that US and NATO military withdrawal is just a desperate struggle for face-saving disengagement and leaving Afghanistan...

The Af-Pak Commission and Prospects

The Af-Pak Commission  and Prospects

04/24/2011 | Abbas Daiyar

President Hamid Karzai or any Government official has not denied the media reports about "Pakistani demands from Afghanistan" in the recent high-profile visit from Rawalpindi and Islamabad to the presidential palace in Kabul. The discussions in different circles of Kabul are all about the "letter" of those demands handed over to President Karzai, and questions are being raised in media and by ...

Security Forces Infiltrated by Taliban Militants

Security Forces Infiltrated  by Taliban Militants

04/23/2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The high-profile Taliban attack inside the com pound of the Ministry of Defense in Kabul that killed two and wounded seven, shocking as it is, has raised doubts about the capabilities of security forces to protect even the most vital of security installations. The attack also has been a powerful statement put out by the Taliban ...

2011: Deadlier Than Earlier Years But Crucial for Afghanistan and the West

2011: Deadlier Than Earlier Years But Crucial for Afghanistan and the West

04/23/2011 | Sher Ali Yecha

Since Taliban were of expelled in 2001, all the years have been tough years in Afghanistan. In other words we have left behind almost ten bloody years with no music in our ears about anything. Actually limiting the distress in Afghanistan to only ten years is a very unjust justification. Afghans, in general, have had no good days since ...

“Disgruntled Brothers” Operate at their Pleasure

“Disgruntled Brothers” Operate  at their Pleasure

04/21/2011 | Sher Alam Saqeb

There appears to be a stalemate in security. There are no preventive measures in place yet as the Taliban militants increase their terrorist and suicidal activities. The so-called "disgruntled brothers" are attacking the high profile targets and officials. This time the insurgents targeted the symbol...

Is Niqab a Type of Islamic Clothing?

Is Niqab a Type of  Islamic Clothing?

04/20/2011 | Jawad Rahmani

In Afghanistan, there is a bitter and quasi-funny story about Burqa, the type of Islamic veil or Hijab Taliban regime enforced during its rule in 1996-2001. As all of you know that during that period, women were strictly prohibited to leave their residents without a male partner, whatever was the reason even if it was absentee of their male partners, male family members or even emergency issues like...

Afghan Women’s Quest for Their Rights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

National Interest ShouldBe Priority  in Strategic Ties with the U.S.

04/14/2011 |

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

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...