Feature / Analysis

 Taliban signal they’ll free U.S. soldier but don’t know who could OK any deal


The captors of an American soldier held for nearly five years in Afghanistan have signaled a willingness to release him but are unclear which U.S. government officials have the authority to make a deal, according to two individuals in the military working for his release. Critics of the release effo...

  Dostum, a former warlord who was once America’s man in Afghanistan, may be back


KABUL: He was America’s ally, a stocky, gray-haired warlord who fought on horseback alongside U.S. Special Forces to overthrow the Taliban government in 2001. But within three years, Gen. Abdurrashid Dostum had so antagonized U.S. officials that they sent a B-1 bomber to buzz his house. Now, after s...

 Afghanistan’s 2014 Election: An Observer’s Account


An independent observer of the 2014 Afghan general elections offers his impressions of Afghanistan’s historic Election Day.On April 5, 2014, a team of four “Special Guests” (independent observers) of the Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) comprising Professor William Maley, Mr. Fazel Haq S...

 Reports of Fraud and Violence Temper Joy Over Election in Chaotic Afghan District


ANDAR, Afghanistan: The turbulent district of Andar has been caught in one kind of crossfire or another for years: between American forces and insurgent leaders, between warring militant factions, between those hostile to the national government and those courting it. Over the past year, it has beco...

 Congress promises again, and does it rather late


Congress has just released its sub-manifesto related to minorities. The sub-manifesto has accepted almost all the major demands of Muslims. These include: 1. Extension of Scheduled Caste status to all Dalit Minorities.  2. Examine feasibility of mandating the next Delimitation Commission to ensure t...

 Feature: Poor Afghans continue to cultivate poppies to support family


KABUL: Despite some publicized success of the Afghan government's crackdown on poppy growers in the country, some Afghan farmers in the countryside continue to grow the plant to earn a living. "If the government destroys my poppy farm, it is just like killing my whole family because I don't have any...

 Afghanistan's fleeting 'Camelot' moment


The Afghan people's formidable show of support for the democratic process has been hijacked once again.As the polls closed in Afghanistan's presidential elections on April 5, optimism reigned supreme. The war-ravaged nation had regained its sense of determination and self-confidence. For "one brief ...

 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...


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