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Afghanistan: Child Sex, BachaBazi and DynCorp

Afghanistan: Child Sex,  BachaBazi and DynCorp

July 12, 2011 | Musa Khan Jalalzai

In recent two e-mails I received from the parents of two teenage girls who were forcefully married to wealthy and powerful war criminals in Northern Afghanistan, they have painted heart-broken stories of their innocent daughters' torture, humiliation and imprisonment by their ignorant husbands. Sajida and Rashida were barely ...

Population Census in Afghanistan

Population Census in Afghanistan

July 11, 2011 | Dilwar Sherzai

Population census is the official enumeration of a country's total number of people. It includes not only numbering of the people but also certain attributes attached to them. Like, gender, age, profession and other necessary attributes. A detailed census also includes the information regarding the distribution of population and the number of houses. Population census ...

Opium: A Shameful Phenomenon

Opium:  A Shameful Phenomenon

July 11, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Recently, one of the friends and I were talking about challenges faced by Afghan people out of the country and how they are humiliated and discriminated on various basis. We talked much, and he shared his experiences in detail from which I found two vitally important to share with my readers, particularly Afghans. He is doing ...

The Rise of Taliban-IMU Nexus in Northern Afghanistan

The Rise of Taliban-IMU Nexus in Northern Afghanistan

July 11, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The Northern regions of Afghanistan are increasingly becoming infested with mili tancy spearheaded by Taliban in alliance with other terror groups that do not have Afghan origin. Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) is one such terror group which has staged a comeback in many Northern provinces after ...

US-Pakistan Relations and its Impact on Afghanistan

US-Pakistan Relations and  its Impact on Afghanistan

July 10, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The process of reconciliation with Taliban and other insurgent groups is nothing but grounded in a deadlock with the insurgent side showing no sign of willingness to seriously negotiate towards the goal of bringing a political settlement to the decade-long war. It is clear that the morale of the Taliban and other insurgent ...

Jogi – a Forgotten Identity

Jogi – a Forgotten Identity

July 10, 2011 | Sher Ali Yecha

Jogis are one of the ethnic minorities in Afghanistan and their population is formed by around 100,000 people. (Tribes resembling to Jogis are called Gipsy or Jatts in America and Europe.) The Jogis migrated to Afghanistan from Tajikistan around one and half century ago. Until present, they neither have a specific location nor do they ...

What is Important for Libyans?

What is Important  for Libyans?

July 10, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Four months ago, when the United Nations' Security Council imposed no-fly zone and authorized all necessary measures to protect civilians against overwhelming crackdown by oppressive regime of Moammer Gaddafi, many viewed the measure as politically-driven one instead of humanitarian as claimed by leading players of the...

Developing National Water Resources, Policies and Actions

Developing National Water Resources, Policies and Actions

July 09, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan has an immense potential in its hydro- power sector given the existence of large number of major rivers each with an accompanying system of tributaries. The central highlands and the imposing mountain ranges that pierce through the heart of Afghanistan provide the country with an abundant supply of precious water round the ...

Pass onto New Generation a Democratic Tradition

Pass onto New Generation  a Democratic Tradition

July 09, 2011 | Sher Alam Saqib

President Hamid Karzai has in his power to pass on to the new generation a democratic tradition instead of trying to meddle in the work of democratic institutions. Looking back at history of Afghanistan, there is seen to be stagnation, despotism and oppression. The power relations in this land never produced the knowledge to be a ...

Male Prostitution in Afghanistan

Male Prostitution  in Afghanistan

July 09, 2011 | Musa Khan Jalalzai

A shameless business of teenage rape or Bacha-bazi has brought disgrace and shame to Afghan society. The tradition of teenage rape and playboy is an old tradition in Northern and Southern provinces. The playboy tradition has roots in Afghan history. President Hamid Karzai, in his recent statement warned that rapists should face "the ...

Options for a “Political Settlement”

Options for a “Political Settlement”

July 07, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The government of Afghanistan has for long been avoiding using the term "Taliban" to refer to the perpetrators of attacks 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 has been carefully ensured is that never the perpetrators are ...

Education Sector Needs to be Modernized

Education Sector Needs  to be Modernized

July 07, 2011 | DilawarSherzai

The nations that have gotten strong hold of education in the process of their evolution have been able to achieve remarkable gains. It has been through proper development in the education sector and education system that such countries are standing much apart from others with well-being and dignity kneeling before them...

Chinese-Pakistani Military Alliance

Chinese-Pakistani Military Alliance

July 07, 2011 | Tufail Ahmad

All elements of the budding Chinese-Pakistani alliance as a strategic, long-term counterweight to the U.S. and India are now in place. This can be seen in two trends: the unprecedented bolstering of China-Pakistan relations in military and economic spheres; and the deepening rupture in Pakistan-U.S. relations in the wake of the

Open Ivory Tower Windows will Bring Fresh Air

Open Ivory Tower Windows  will Bring Fresh Air

July 07, 2011 | Michael Czinkota and Andreas Pinkwart

Universities are among the most successful institutions that mankind has created in the last millennium. But what role do universities need to play in the knowledge society of tomorrow to continue their success story? This question grows more pressing for the Western welfare states, as their dominance in research and innovation is being challenged by ...

Options for a “Political Settlement”

Options for a “Political Settlement”

July 06, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

Once again there are talks of fragmentation and the so-called Plan B among some circles. When the withdrawal of foreign troops was first discussed in media, there have been talks about the incapability of Afghan security forces, corruption, economic disaster and civil war. While fewer discussions have been about alternative policy, strategy ...

A Look into the Various Insurgent Groups

A Look into the Various Insurgent Groups

July 06, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The high-profile attack on Kabul's best known international icon, the Intercontinental Hotel, leaving 19 dead and another 13 wounded, is the latest show of force by the insurgents, among whom the Taliban are the largest group. There seems to be a widespread misconception everywhere which equals the insurgents with Taliban in a belief that...

Arab Uprising and Moribund Suspicion

Arab Uprising and  Moribund Suspicion

July 06, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

When the flames of revolution rose in the Tunisia, many countries, both regional and global ones, were too cautious and too reluctant to hold a clear and transparent position. No one was sure with whom to side in order to save current and future interests of these Arab-Muslim countries as well as changing will of the people. The source of ...

Addressing the Root Causes of Failure in Second Bonn Conference

Addressing the Root Causes of  Failure in Second Bonn Conference

July 05, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

It is high time that the stakeholders in Afghanistan, from the government of President Karzai to the western countries supporting the country, fundamentally review the full spectrum of policies and strategies towards Afghanistan in light of the past mistakes and failures. Rising graph of the insurgency ...

Politics of Afghan Culture:Collectivism, Honour, Shame and Self-Destruction

Politics of Afghan Culture:Collectivism, Honour, Shame and Self-Destruction

July 05, 2011 | Latif Mohammadi

This essay will define psyche of Afghan society in cultural terms held close to heart by majority of its members. It will use historical evidence from political turmoil of Afghanistan in recent decades and lessons Afghan Diaspora experience to support its assessment of political implications of how Afghans define themselves. Collectivism is a social system...

A Fresh Test for Lebanese Realpolitik

A Fresh Test for Lebanese Realpolitik

July 05, 2011 | Nasruddin Hemati

For the last few decades, Middle East (M.E) has turned to the forefront of political maneuvers and global proxy battles. World great states and the regional emerging powers have been long struggling to increase their influence in the region. To achieve their goals, they need to attract the M.E. regimes' support, particularly the...

Why a Breakthrough is Unlikely at the Bonn Conference

Why a Breakthrough is Unlikely at the Bonn Conference

July 04, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

A preparatory meeting for the Bonn Conference 2 was held in Kabul on June 27, 2011. Representa tives and organizations from more than 50 countries were present in the event dubbed under the auspices of the International Contact Group (ICG). German Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Mr. Michael...

Afghanistan: Play Boy, Forced Marriages and Prostitution

Afghanistan: Play Boy, Forced Marriages and Prostitution

July 04, 2011 | Musa Khan Jalalzai

The heart breaking stories of help less, poor and vulnerable girls and women of Afghanistan are making headlines in print and electronic media across Europe these days. Afghan women continue to be victim of domestic and sexual violence by warlords, war criminals and private militia commanders. During the last three months, I have been...

The Plight of Afghan Children

The Plight of Afghan Children

July 04, 2011 | DilwarSherzai

The prevailing instability in Afghanistan is influencing all the sections of the society to a large extent, but the weaker sections of the society; espe cially, children are the ones who fall easy preys in such situation. With the increase in the violent incidents in the current year the number of violent incidents targetting children ...

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 ...