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 ‘Global partnership for sustainable development in the context of the post-2015 development agenda’


I am honored by the opportunity to share my views with such an esteemed audience who are participating in the ‘United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’ at UN headquarters in New York. The issue of global sustainable development is the issue of the twenty-first century. Never before have s...

 Are those who destroy idols and shrines really


Robert Spencer is a vile Islamophobe. So disturbing and divisive are Spencer’s views on Muslims that even the Home Secretary Theresa May denied him entry into the UK [1]. He and his fellow hate preacher, Pamela Geller, were prevented from coming to the Britain to speak at an EDL march in Woolwich, w...

 Dance away the war


HOW does one get one’s message across to a large audience when a cacophony of sounds drowns out one’s voice before it is heard? Politicians scream into microphones making aggressive gestures before a captive audience that has been assembled for their benefit by their minions. Extremists and militant...

 Afghanistan veterans seeking help over mental health is on the rise, says charity


Combat Stress says there was a surge in 2013 and the number is expected to peak again this year as Britain’s military involvement in Helmand Province comes to an end after 13 years The number of Afghanistan veterans asking for help over mental health problems is on the rise, according to new figures...

 Afghanistan’s Fragile Gains


Parnian Nazary, a representative of Women for Afghan Women, a grassroots civil society organization, recently told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee how far both she and the women of Afghanistan have come in just over a decade by recounting a harrowing story of the challenges she faced and the ...

 Reduced to eating grass, Afghanistan’s forces are in dire need of our help


When Canadian troops were surrounded by insurgents in a desolate part of southern Afghanistan known as Ghorak district in 2007, trapped in the stony desert under a relentless sun, their lives depended on supplies dropped by parachute from transport planes. Today the situation is even more desperate ...

 Afghanistan's 'forgotten' poor wince as billions in aid go to badlands


For all the billions of dollars in foreign aid that have poured into Afghanistan over the past 12 years, Sajeda, her head-to-toe burqa covered in dust, sobs that the world has forgotten the poorest of the poor in the largely untroubled north of the country. A deadly landslide last week exposed the e...

 US military worried as CIA plans to close its satellite bases in Afghanistan


The US officials have said that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is planning to close its satellite bases in Afghanistan and pull all its personnel back to Kabul by early summer. The officials further added that the US military commanders were informed of the plan by CIA Director John Brennan i...

 Let Afghan Voters Finish the Job


Kabul has been full of rumors about an attempt to reach a "political deal" in order to avoid a second round of voting required by the constitution. Strangely, most of the commentary in the western press has treated such a deal as if it would be desirable. We believe it would be a huge mistake. Accor...

 The mosquito solution


Dengue fever infects millions and kills tens of thousands of people around the world each year. But an Australian-led program is showing positive signs of turning this brutal disease into a bite-sized issue.Hungry mosquitoes float out into the steamy air as soon as Sularto snaps open the container l...

 Why We Get Mad


Why some people get angrier, more often than others In the past, I've written that people become angry in fairly predictable circumstances. Specifically, that people become angry when they perceive something as unpleasant, unfair, blameworthy, etc. That's prompted some questions, though, as to why s...

 Keith Alexander Unplugged: on Bush/Obama, 1.7 million stolen documents and other matters


The just-retired long-time NSA chief, Gen. Keith Alexander, recently traveled to Australia to give a remarkably long and wide-ranging interview with an extremely sycophantic “interviewer” with The Australian Financial Review. The resulting 17,000-word transcript and accompanying article form a model...

 Landslide Casualty Count Still Unclear, Concerns Over Aid Management


Afghan officials have said that exact casualty numbers from last Friday's devastating landslide in northern Badakhshan province will remain unknown until excavations efforts are completed. Meanwhile, for survivors, concerns over the management of supplies and financial donations continue to grow. Th...

 Despite Harsh Conditions, Places Prized at Afghan Orphanage


Claims that family connections are used to enroll children at institutions for the chance to study abroad.Afghanistan: Nurullah, 16, kicked away stones angrily as he walked across the yard of the Tahia-e Maskan orphanage, making his way through groups of children who sat warming themselves in patche...

 The Lost Future Of Afghanistan


Child labor is endemic in Afghanistan, despite vaguely written laws that prohibit children younger than 14 from working full time. The regulations, adopted in 2007 and last revised in 2012, allow those 14 and older to serve as apprentices and those 15 to 18 to perform “light work.” They prohibit chi...

 Runoff Will Face Delays: IEC


Independent Election Commission (IEC) Chairman Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani admitted on Wednesday that the runoff round expected between Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai could face delays. A runoff is required by Afghan law if no presidential candidate gets over 50 percent of votes in the first ...

 Officials Pose for Pictures at Mass Grave in Badakhshan


Footage published across social media over the past couple days shows government officials, including a number of President Hamid Karzai's advisors, posing for pictures over the mass grave of landslide victims in Argo district of northern Badakhshan province. Member of Parliament (MP) Ramazan Bashar...

 Civil Society Wants Special Argo Relief Commission


Afghan civil society groups on Monday called for the formation of a specialized commission for the management of aid for the families affected by the landslide in Badakhshan province last week. They said the commission would help avoid the misuse of relief funds. With an estimated 2,500 local reside...

 Afghan mudslide survivors fight over aid


Fighting breaks out among villagers of Aab Bareek as they rush for emergency supplies three days after hundreds died.Survivors of a deadly mudslide in Afghanistan's north are struggling to cope three days after the disaster struck, with fighting breaking out as they scrambled for emergency aid in th...

 Farmer to Keep Digging for Afghan Family He Saw Buried Alive


Mohammad Hassan watched in horror last week as the side of a mountain crumbled onto his village in northern Afghanistan, burying his wife, seven sons, donkeys and farmland. Now, all he’s got is a shovel. “I’m broken,” Hassan said, wiping away tears with his dusty scarf as he stood atop the mass of m...


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