Feature / Analysis

 Afghan Couple Find Idyllic Hide-Out in Mountains, but Not for Long


HINDU KUSH RANGE, Afghanistan: They eloped from their village in the Bamian Valley on the first day of spring, but their month on the run has taken them back into winter as they fled higher into these rugged mountains in central Afghanistan. They stayed in the homes of friends when they could, and t...

 Guantánamo Bay detainees' release upon end of Afghanistan war 'unlikely'


US officials indicate fate of inmates captured during the country's longest conflict will continue to complicate Obama administration's efforts to close wartime detention complexTypically, when a war ends, so does the combatants’ authority to detain the other side’s fighters. But as the conclusion o...

 Trailing candidates in Afghan election hold power in deciding next president


KABUL: Some of the influential politicians who competed in Afghanistan’s recent — but still undecided — presidential election have begun to accept their failure to win. And with that acknowledgment, their power has grown. It appears likely that the April 5 election will produce a runoff between Ashr...

 Lessons Obtained from Afghan Presidential Polls 2014


Preface History- When, Nadir Khan, the father of Zahir Shah the last king of Afghanistan and Father of the Nation, decided to draft a constitution for his absolute monarchy, the sycophants in his court opposed the idea. They advised him that while his majesty king was alive Afghanistan did not need ...

 Abdullah widens lead in Afghan presidential vote


KABUL: Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah's lead in the Afghan presidential race has widened, the latest official tally of votes released on Sunday showed, although half of the votes have yet to be counted. Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission said initial results based on almost 50 ...

 Conflict, Violence Harsh on Afghan, Pakistani Women


ISLAMABAD: Prolonged conflicts in Pakistan and Afghanistan have had a particularly harsh effect on women in both countries. Terrorism, sectarian conflict, criminality and a culture of impunity are limiting women's ability to get to school and get jobs outside the home, trapping them in an ever-small...

 Feature: Afghan women still suffer from discrimination and poverty


MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan: Although women's rights have seen considerable improvement in Afghanistan over the past 12 years, the living conditions of some women in this war-ravaged country have remained deplorable. In an old house in the suburbs of Mazar-e-Sharif, capital of northern Balkh provinc...

 Afghanistan: Building a Vision Of Hope and Change


Afghanistan is creating a positive future for itself. Sixty per cent of those eligible to vote have done so in the country’s elections, and the Taliban’s influence is waning. For an overwhelming majority of Americans, weary of the longest war in United States history—which has cost trillions in taxp...

 Analysts See Promising Trends From Afghan Election


WASHINGTON: While uncertainty remains over the outcome of the Afghan election, analysts say the vote is showing some promising trends toward democracy. Partial results released from the April 5 election point to the likelihood of a runoff contest between candidates Abdullah Abdullah, who received 41...

  ABU HAMZA: SOME MEN ARE MORE DISABLED THAN OTHERS


As the trial of Abu Hamza al-Masri gets under way in New York, Fahad Ansari questions why the British media have tended to emphasize his disability above all else.A trial is currently underway of a man with a serious disability whose name is known across the world. He stands accused of a very heinou...

  Little Rula


Name: RulaClass: I didn’t finish my educationSchool: Refugees in JordanOnly these three short lines were written on the tag of an oil painting notebook owned by a little Syrian girl, a refugee residing in al-Zaatari camp in Jordan. I was touring one of the Youth Empowerment Centers at the non-govern...

 SC judgment on eunuch is good but Let castration not become destiny!


The study reported that most eunuchs in India were the result of forced castration. The method adopted for the surgery is crude, unscientific, threatening to the health of the patient and done in the most unhygienic conditions. The genitals of a normally born male baby are slashed off with a knife d...

 Boston and Baghdad


Greater Boston and its citizens are the focus of media attention in recognition of the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that took three innocent lives and injured over 264 people, some of them severely. City leaders praised the heroism of the first responders and the deepened commun...

 Afghan women stand to be counted as West begins to disengage


KANDAHAR, Afghanistan: Framed by her blue shawl, the solemn, bespectacled face of Serena Faizi peers out from an election campaign poster at a Kandahar city roundabout, while Afghanistan approaches its own crossroads as Western troops prepare to go home. When the United States first deployed forces ...

 News Analysis: Taliban lifts ceasefire; stalemate in peace process to stay


ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Taliban has announced the lifting of its self-imposed ceasefire as it blamed the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for continued operations against them and for failing to meet their initial demands. Observers said that with the ceasefire lifted, more terror attacks a...

 IEC to Re-evaluate Ballots


Officials of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said the decision of the commission is to re-evaluate votes of some polling centers to distinguish genuine votes from forged votes. IEC officials said 94.4 percent of votes nationwide and important elections materials have arrived to the IEC hea...

 Analysts Anticipate Presidential Runoff


Political analysts have responded to the Independent Election Commission's (IEC) announcement of partial results from the presidential election, saying that if the counting process has reflected the true distribution of votes then the final results will likely mirror those already published, forcing...

 Afghan voters using social media to fight poll fraud


KABUL: Fed-up with the massive rigging that took place in previous elections, Afghan voters have been using social media to highlight alleged fraud, and officials are starting to take notice. Smartphone videos of ballots being stuffed at breakneck speed, voter harassment outside polling booths, and ...

 General Elections in Afghanistan - Possible Portents


It seems to be the season for general elections. The one in Afghanistan has just concluded; the one in India will take nine days of polling to conclude, while the legislative elections in Indonesia have also been initiated. This blog will therefore focus on the presidential elections in Afghanistan ...

 EXCLUSIVE: Confidential U.S. assessments show Afghanistan not ready to govern on own


State Department tries to hide risks of corruptionConfidential U.S. assessments, which the State Department tried to hide from the public, show nearly all Afghan Cabinet ministries, are woefully ill-prepared to govern after the U.S. withdraws its troops, often describing the gaps in knowledge, capab...


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