Feature / Analysis

 The Reason Why Israel Killed so Many Pregnant Women in Gaza


After five weeks of Israeli bombing and invasion the United Nations reported that the death toll in Gaza was 1,973, 72% of them civilians, including 459 children and 238 women.Not included in that figure were the nine unborn children that Israel killed.Three pregnant mothers were among the 25 member...

 While Israel Kill Gaza's Children, Media Shield The Truth About Hamas


As the people of Gaza find momentary respite to impact of Israel's brutal terror, our 'leading' media show no let-up in its selective demonization of Hamas.You don't have to support Hamas to see the way in which its vilification is being used to mitigate Israel's mass crimes and justify Western supp...

 The cave dwellers of Bamiyan


The sandstone cliffs of Afghanistan's Bamiyan province are most famous for the giant 6th century Buddha statues carved out of the rock and destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. The monks who created them also dug out numerous caves in the Bamiyan valley. Originally used for meditation and retreat, some ...

 Why America's war in Afghanistan is no victory


Afghanistan is the only country in the world where American soldiers are still dying. American Major General Harold Greene was killed last week in Kabul and two enlisted men died in Kandahar the week before. The killer in Kabul sprayed a group of NATO commanders with bullets at a British-run trainin...

 More Warnings South Of The Afghan-Turkmen Border


The situation in Afghanistan's northern Jowzjan Province continues to deteriorate, with one official claiming an increasing number of ethnic Turkmen are taking up arms, fighting with and against the Taliban, and that the lack of any government force capable of maintaining order has led to the resurg...

 The Dirty Secret of International Forces in Afghanistan


The elderly man climbed slowly to the podium at a press conference organized by Amnesty International. On his head was a large black turban with a strip of cloth hanging from the side in the fashion typical of the area of the country he had travelled from -- a remote province in southeastern Afghani...

 Afghanistan: A Taliban-Humanitarian Affair


Humanitarian workers in Afghanistan are finding it increasingly necessary to engage with the Taliban.As the Muslim world celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr, Afghan Taliban fighters wore new clothes, turbans and shoes Ė gifts from aid workers. Traditionally parents in Afghanistan endure extra expenses to buy new...

 Cloud-Seeding Canít Save Chinaís Farmers from Serious Drought


Nearly every year, drought conditions pop up somewhere in China, often accompanied by an official warning that itís the worst in 50 years or even a century.This year is no different: Officials say parts of Chinaís agricultural heartlands are experiencing their worst drought in 63 years, weighing on ...

 China Dam Project Slated for Tibet Quietly Passes Key Hurdle


Controversial efforts in China to construct a dam on the free-flowing Nu River recently got a quiet boost.In a little-noticed July decision made public last week, a corporate statement quoted an expert panel in approving a pre-feasibility study for a dam on the river in Tibet. According to the state...

 India uranium mining fuels health crisis


Radioactive waste generated in three government owned mines spurs health fears in eastern Jharkhand state.Jadugoda, India: "They took away my land," 35-year-old Agnu Murmu told Al Jazeera, days before he died. "I begged them to give me a small truckÖ but they gifted me with cancer."Murmu, according ...

 Five overlooked reasons behind West Africaís Ebola outbreak


With a death toll that has now soared over 1000; the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the impoverished region of West Africa has reached an unprecedented scale due to a perfect storm of oft-overlooked factors.In light of that fact, listed below are the five most fundamental, yet unheeded catalysts of the c...

 Govt deforestation to continue amid emission-reduction plans


The government will maintain its deforestation targets despite its pledge to control emissions.Forestry Ministry secretary-general Hadi Daryanto said on Tuesday that the government would proceed with plans to clear 14 million hectares (ha) of degraded forest from 2010 to 2020. Indonesia currently co...

 The Nobel Prize For


If the Nobel Peace Prize can be handed to Obama, why not hand it to the Israeli Defense Force?One of Netanyahuís most trusted advisers thinks Israel should be awarded for its 'unimaginable restraint'Now I know that the Israeli Defense Forces are famous in song and legend. Humanitarian, courageous, s...

 Why the Afghan election still isnít over


Nearly two months after Afghans cast their presidential ballots, the electoral battle continues with the possibility of spiraling into violence. With what some dub the Kerry Agreement and the recent sequel Kerry II, the presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah pulled back from the ...

 Afghan unity government: a chance to 'defuse ethnic divide'


Despite the two Afghan presidential candidates officially agreeing to a US proposal to set up a national unity government, many questions are still unanswered and key issues remain in legally gray areas. It has been almost ten months since eleven candidates registered to contest in Afghanistan's pre...

 NATO Says Future Role Depends on Election Ending Soon


The NATO coalition will be forced to make a decision on its continued role in Afghanistan without a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) in place if the Afghan presidential election does not meet a conclusion soon, NATO Secretary-General Andres Fog Rasmussen warned on Monday. The senior NATO official ...

 Feature: The struggle for survival among the young in Afghanistan


KABUL: "Do you need a car washer? Do you need a car washer?"This was the voice of Rashid, an eight-year-old Afghan boy, as he roamed around the streets of Kabul in search for work to support his family. This might be unusual and unbelievable for people living in developed or even less developed coun...

 Steel consortium undecided on size of Afghan iron ore investment


NEW DELHI: A consortium led by the Steel Authority of India (SAIL) (SAIL.NS) has yet to decide how much it will commit to an iron ore project in Afghanistan that was originally supposed to be a $10.8 billion investment, SAIL's chairman said on Monday. The steel ministry said in December that the gro...

 Report Says 1,100 Afghans Killed by U.S. Air Strikes


A report published by Amnesty International on Monday claims that at least 1,100 Afghan civilians lost their lives as a result of U.S. air strikes between the years 2009 and 2013. The report goes on to lambaste the U.S. military for never investigating the deaths or seeking to help those affected by...

 Someday, Afghanistan Will Get A New President


Afghans voted for a president on April 5. Then they cast ballots June 14 in a runoff between the top two candidates. Now all 8 million votes from that second round are being audited, a laborious process that includes daily arguments, occasional fistfights and yet another deadline that seems to be sl...


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