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Breathing Turns Difficult in Kabul

Breathing Turns Difficult in Kabul

October, 01 2011 | Mohd. Ahsan

Kabul, the capital of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a city where according to health pundits, pollution forms greater threat to life of people than the insecurity does. The hundreds of thousands of vehicles have turned healthy breathing a dream while burning of coal and wood for heating purposes during cold season create monstrous ...

The Eurozone Debt Crisis - More to Come?

The Eurozone Debt Crisis - More to Come?

September 29, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The European Union and the Eurozone member countries - the bloc of countries that have adopted Euro as their common currency - are having sleepless nights. The problems with the financial situation of Greece, a member country, have now come to head and threaten a catastrophic collapse of the European financial and monetary union if ...

J.S. Mill, Individual, Democracy and Proportional Representation

J.S. Mill, Individual, Democracy  and  Proportional Representation

September 29, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

With the rise of the concepts of individualism and utilitarianism in Europe, the concepts of individual rights and liberty also became prominent. The political thinkers like Bentham and J.S. Mill played dominant roles in defining the roles, responsibilities and liberty of individual in relation to the society. Both were great English ...

Animosity Damages both Countries

Animosity Damages  both Countries

September 29, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Have you ever found Afghans tear all communal, lingual and religious ties apart and be glued to one another that no divisive force can poke in their unity? Just make that fantasy. Yes, fantasy, because, presently, the notion of a united Afghan without an external force seems unlikely and unattainable for many. Partly ...

The House of Nation in Disarray

The House of Nation in Disarray

September 28, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

It has been more than a year since the parliamentary elections opened up another chapter, albeit controversial, in Afghanistan's post-Taliban experience with democracy. The happenings, ever since, have been bitter with the brutal political tug of war, involving the three branches of the state, casting a long shadow over ...

Heightening Position of Women in Saudi Arabia

Heightening Position of  Women in Saudi Arabia

September 28, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

Through out most part of history women have been discriminated in some way or the other. Most of the human societies in history have been patriarchal with men having the upper hand in all the institutions of the society, while women have suffered from various forms of discriminations designed in the name of religion, tradition, values and ...

Breakfast with the Taliban

Breakfast with the Taliban

September 28, 2011 | Adam Valen Levinson

One Saturday in June, traffic was light on the road from Kabul to the town of Bamyan, nestled deep in a high valley lined with sandstone cliffs 240 kilometers to the northwest. But for all the paving efforts that have made it among the smoothest in the country, this route from the Afghan capital through the 10,000-foot-high Shibar pass is less ...

Working Towards Social Justice

Working Towards  Social Justice

September 27, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Achieving social justice in Afghanistan, having been the omnipresent mantra of all in the early years of the post-Taliban era, has now been relegated to the bottom of the national and international agenda for Afghanistan. Social justice is all about creating a just and fair society where every human being as a citizen enjoys a range of ...

President’s Message, Reconciliation and New Strategic Paradigm

President’s Message, Reconciliation and New Strategic Paradigm

September 27, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The recent incidents in Afghanistan have, to a great extent, affected the people, the government and the US and other allies of the country. The people feel very much insecure, and the social psychology has further moved towards pessimistic tendencies. The US has not been able to digest these incidents readily and ...

US, Entangled in Israel’s Mess

US, Entangled in Israel’s Mess

September 27, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

On Friday, Sept. 23, Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, addressed the 66th United Nations General Assembly after he gave the application to UN General Secretary, Ban Ki Moon for recognition of an independent State of Palestine. His speech was erupted twice as participants were clapping and gave him standing ovation. He talked ...

Decentralization of Power and Political Development in Afghanistan

Decentralization of Power and Political Development in Afghanistan

September 26, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

In Afghanistan every body talks about economic development. From the President to his Cabinet ministers and onward to the Central Bank of the country, all unanimously uphold the notion that Afghanistan's economic development is and should be high on the national agenda. The international ...

The Glorious Path—Path of China’s Peaceful Development

The Glorious Path—Path  of China’s Peaceful Development

September 26, 2011 | By Xu Feihong

The People's Republic of China will celebrate the 62nd anniversary of her founding on October 1, 2011. Over the past six decades and more since the founding of New China, particularly since the introduction of the reform and opening-up policies in 1978, the ...

The Dictator Returns Home

The Dictator Returns Home

September 26, 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 in the Arab world since the beginning of this year. The protests, however, have led to greatly successful outcomes, could promote the idea that no undemocratic force can resist against ...

Kabul, What a Capital!

Kabul, What a Capital!

September 25, 2011 | Mohd. Ahsan

Recent attacks by insurgents in capital Kabul are considered attacks on the minds, souls and hearts of government and its five million residents and the large number of foreigners living in this city. Two black Tuesdays – 13 and 20 September – give shocking reflection of the situation in Afghanistan years after US invasion. Taliban insurgents ...

The Death of Britain’s Multicultural Society

The Death of Britain’s Multicultural Society

September 25, 2011 | Musa Khan Jalalzai

Ethnic minorities, colors and diversity have made British society more colorful. These colors and beauties once played important role in economic and cultural development, but the present shape of Britain's social and cultural diversity, prevailing criminal culture and institutional racism have threatened national security and social ...

Autonomy of Universities in Punjab

Autonomy of Universities in Punjab

September 25, 2011 | Farman Nawaz

Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has formed a committee to grant additional administrative and financial autonomy to state-owned universities. Hence, governor of the province will not remain the chancellor of universities; a search committee would be formed to find a suitable person for the job amongst educationists, retired ...

Afghanistan’s Problems Become Complicated

Afghanistan’s Problems Become Complicated

Mehdi Rezaie | September 24, 2011

Never before throughout the past ten years did the situation in Afghanistan look so hopelessly grim for both the people and the government, as well as, the international community. The assassination of the High Peace Council chief, Burhanuddin Rabbani, has casted a heavy aura of uncertainty over what the future has in store for an ...

Decaying Security and Af-Pak Relations

Decaying Security  and Af-Pak Relations

September 24, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The security situation in Afghanistan and Af-Pak relations do not seem to be improving. Both have been the victims of uneven fluctuations. On some occasions the situation seems to be improving and right on the other everything is lost. Two recent incidents in Kabul (the bombing and shooting on US Embassy and NATO headquarters and other ...

Widening the Perimeter of Reconciliation

Widening the Perimeter  of Reconciliation

September 24, 2011 | Farman Nawaz

Reconciliation is the heritage of the slain leader Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan People's Party. For years Pakistan People's Party has challenged the Pakistani establishment but eventually Bibi came to the point to resort to reconciliation with the establishment as well as political parties of Pakistan. She extracted this notion of reconciliation ...

Donors Suspending Aid to Afghanistan

Donors Suspending  Aid to Afghanistan

September 22, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The Kabul bank collapse and the subsequent refusal of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to deliver its aid packages have caused a stir in the government of Afghanistan. The Kabul Bank crisis led to the collapse of the bank and forced Da Afghanistan Bank, the country's Central Bank, and government of Afghanistan to take swift ...

President Karzai in NY and Points for Consideration

President Karzai in NY and Points for Consideration

September 22, 2011 | Sher Alam Saqib

President Karzai discusses transition with the US president, Barack Obama in New York on the sidelines of the 66th UN General Assembly Meeting. Ben Rhodes, the US deputy national security advisor for strategic communications said, "This is the first meeting the president will have with Karzai since ...

Don’t Drive a Truck Without Brake

Don’t Drive a Truck  Without Brake

September 22, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Is the notion true that we, human beings, generally accept something which goes to the favor of our personal stature? In other words, do we accept something which is favorable to us easily in comparison to what goes against us? I leave the answer to psychologist and sociologist, but what happens with current peace process initiative somehow ...

On the Assassination of Rabbani, High Peace Council Chief

On the Assassination of Rabbani,  High Peace Council Chief

September 21, 2011 | Sher Alam Saqib

Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani was killed in a suicide attack on late Tuesday, September 20, 2011. This was shocking news for all Afghan people. It is said that Rabbani, the Jamiat-i-Islami leader, was in a meeting with two key Taliban leaders at the time of the attack in his house. It is also reported that one of ...

American Long-Term Military Presence – Weighing Pros and Cons

American Long-Term Military Presence – Weighing Pros and Cons

September 21, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The once rampant gossips about a long-term/permanent American military presence in Afghanistan have now turned into a reality, with the government in Kabul saying that the imminent strategic deal with the U.S. will involve American access to military bases inside Afghanistan on a long-term footing. Afghanistan ...

Peace in Afghanistan: Seems not to be Coming

Peace in Afghanistan: Seems  not to be Coming

September 21, 2011 | Mohd. Ahsan

Today is Worlds Peace Day which is also called International Day of Peace and it occurs annually on September 21st. The day is marked by many nations across the world including Afghanistan. Seminars and workshops are held by government and national and international NGO's to throw light over the significance of peace in the context of ...

Night Raids - Needed to Win the War Against Taliban

Night Raids - Needed to Win  the War Against Taliban

September 20, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The issue of nighttime raids, during which Afghan and foreign forces conduct searches of homes and compounds of local people, have always been controversial. President Karzai has many times lambasted the NATO-led forces for the raids, saying the raids lead to civilian casualties, violate the privacy of Afghans and ...

Palestinian Bid for Statehood

Palestinian Bid for Statehood

September 20, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

Mahmoud Abbas seems firm in submitting a bid to UN Security Council for Palestinian state-hood in the meeting of the General Assembly next week. He has made it clear that the Palestinians have the right to have full membership status in the U.N.; therefore he will go for the same option, which makes the issue more controversial. Though he has the ...

That Is Ridiculous

That Is Ridiculous

September 20, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

A week ago, in a seminar held at the center of Mahr Media Center in Kabul city, statements of some of the Afghan analysts amazed me that how unintentionally we - Afghans - lead our country into consistent chaos and instability. From those statements, it can be claimed with certitude that still our so-called intellectual layer has not come to ...

Quarrels Over the Militant Network

Quarrels Over the  Militant Network

September 19, 2011 | Nasruddin Hemati

Indications that have appeared so far clearly suggest that the government-proposed peace talks have been travestied by Taliban. In different stages, they have intensified war and have vowed to continue war against afghan government and its international backing allies. Struggling to keep the unwanted peace offer alive, the government of ...

Afghanistan’s Other Half

Afghanistan’s Other Half

September 19, 2011 | By Adam Valen Levinson

There were, once, Buddhas in Bamiyan, known to locals as Salsal and Shamama, standing in the shadow of the Hindu Kush. In 2001, only two years after he had promised to protect them, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar forced townspeople to drill charges of dynamite into the statues, the largest of which was 180 feet tall — then, the ...

Afghan Cultural War & Cross Cultural Dialogue

Afghan Cultural War &  Cross Cultural Dialogue

September 18, 2011 | Dr. Davood Moradian

Creed is one of the driving forces of many wars, alongside greed and grievances. Culture, value –system, national identity and historical narratives are the objects as well as the battlegrounds of warring parties. The Afghan conflict is partly a cultural war, intermingled with other domestic, regional and international factors. This ...

‘Opiumistan’ and the War on Poppy

‘Opiumistan’ and  the War on Poppy

September 18, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

According to a recent report by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, there was seven per cent decrease in opium cultivation in Helmand during 2010. It has been the result of a two-year eradication campaign by the Anti-Narcotics Ministry. One wonders, why such a sluggish result? Billions of dollars are spent on this eradication ...



September 18, 2011 | Paul Kokoski

Today's world desperately needs authentic heroes and heroines - not the kind that live in Hollywood and who find it fashionable to promote themselves and their own ideologies, but the kind like Mother Teresa, who allow us, by their very lives, to catch a glimpse of the true greatness and holiness to which we are all called.From the beginning men ...

Experts: Don’t Lead the Country towards Chaos

Experts: Don’t Lead the Country towards Chaos

September 17, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

In a day-long seminar held at Mehr Media Center in Kabul, some analysts vividly expressed concern over the so-called 'strategic pact' about to be signed, according to some available reports, before the commencement of second Bon Conference in Germany. According to them and their supporters, comprising different spectra in society - from ...

No Quick Fix for Global Economic Woes

No Quick Fix for Global Economic Woes

September 17, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

One of my favorite issues to write about is the status of the world economy and the economies of Europe and North America, which constitute a major share of the global economy. Things have certainly become very interesting in recent months and woes and doom and gloom are once again ruling over the world economy. In America, people have suffered a ...