Feature / Analysis

 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...

 Afghan wife maimed for refusing drug-addict husband's cash demands


Herat, Afghanistan: As we stroll down a dusty back street in Herat, Afghanistan's third-biggest city, a high gate made from sheets of rusted corrugated iron and a door that's bolted shut confronts us. On the other side of this fortress-like barrier we can hear children's voices and playful laughter....

 Interview: EU envoy calls for more women participation in Afghan elections


KABUL: Franz Michael Mellbin, special envoy of European Union (EU) to Afghanistan, has called for more active participation of Afghan women in future elections in the country. "I think it was encouraging that we saw more women this time than previous elections, but 35 percent is not enough, it shoul...

 News Analysis: April 5 election in Afghanistan repudiation of Taliban monocracy


KABUL: More than 7 million Afghans, including women, voted in polling centers across Afghanistan on April 5 despite threats of violence by the Taliban, a virtual repudiation of the militant group and its desire to regain power in the conflict-ridden country. The election was for the position of Afgh...

 SMOG IN INDIA, CHINA IS CHANGING WEATHER PATTERNS IN US, FINDS STUDY


Man-made air pollution in Asia is exacerbating climate change and linked to extreme storm conditions across the PacificMan-made air pollution kills millions of people every year, but a new study suggests that poor air quality in India and China could be contributing to extreme weather patterns in th...

 Amid construction boom, Myanmar starts to build disaster resilience


YANGON, Myanmar: The Sule Pagoda Road in downtown Yangon is famous for its role in Myanmar’s turbulent recent history. With its golden pagoda rising at one end, it has always served as a popular gathering point for street protests.These days the road is drawing attention as the location of some of t...

 EPA scores big win to limit mercury in power plants


The Environmental Protection Agency took home a sweeping victory Tuesday when an appeals court upheld the agency’s pollution limits for mercury and air toxics from power plants.The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld EPA’s rule, known as MATS, denying challenge...


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Opinion

  • Opportunities Lost With Election Delays

    This year's election has dragged-out longer than any other similar pro...

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  • Exclusive: A US-backed militia runs amok in Afghanistan

    Afghan militias have accumulated a lengthy record of human rights abus...

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  • Terrorists Still Thrive in Pakistan: NDS

    Afghan intelligence officials have maintained that the recent offensiv...

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  • Hinduism in a Tizzy

    Muslims are least interested in what happens to the latest Dharmayudh ...

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