Feature / Analysis

 Open Letter to Modi: Post Election, we can talk


If you have not been able to gain power for long since Independence, this again is primarily because the majority of Hindus do not support BJP’s ideology. Instead of asking people “to give us 60 months in return of 60 years to Congress”, you should better ask yourself why your party has failed to wi...

 Have the Muslims failed with Intellectual Disabilities?


Children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities, as well as their families, suffer unprecedented levels of prejudice and discrimination throughout their lives. Such individuals are frequently victims of aggressive abuse, hostility, humiliation, conflict, teasing and stares [1][2][3]. They also ex...

 The Drones of Facebook (and the NSA)


A Program to Control Internet Communications?“Connectivity,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a CNN interview last year, “is a human right.”If it surprises you that one of the kings of the corporate Internet would repeat a slogan used by Internet activists to mobilize against companies like his,...

 In a diseased state


THE health sector in Pakistan is in a crisis. Various reports and surveys paint a bleak picture which is not surprising given the breakdown in the healthcare infrastructure.If the country has a high infant mortality rate, if polio cases have taken an upwards turn and the state of health is abysmal, ...

 Analysis - U.S. eyeing exit and mindful of past, keeps distance from Afghan election


Ahead of Afghanistan's last presidential election in 2009, the United States used its diplomatic and military muscle to try to pull off a successful vote in a nation expected to define the foreign policy of President Barack Obama. Fast-forward to today: the Obama administration is taking an arms-len...

 What Will Karzai's Legacy Be In Afghanistan?


WASHINGTON: Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has led his country for more than 12 years, will step down from office after this week's polls to select a new leader, in a vote seen by many as a testament to his enduring legacy. Afghanistan's April 5 election will be a historic moment in the country'...

 What if the Afghan elections actually work?


Afghans will go to the polls on Saturday to elect their second president since the overthrow of the Taliban in the winter of 2001. You might be wondering: Why bother? After all, doom and gloom are supposedly the order of the day in Afghanistan. A Pew/USA Today poll in January found that slightly mor...

 Marginalized Sikhs 'Don’t Care' About Afghan Election


While many in Afghanistan are gripped by election fever, members of the country’s tiny Sikh community say they couldn't care less. The around 3,000-member community has endured a long history of religious discrimination and harassment in Afghanistan. Sikhs numbered more than 100,000 several decades ...

 UN Special Rep: Afghan Voters Have the Right to Determine their Future


The U.N. secretary-general's special representative for Afghanistan told voters they have the right to determine their own future in this week's presidential election. The Taliban has vowed to use violence to disrupt the national and local elections. It warns voters to stay home. Special Representat...

 Afghan Youth Determined to Keep Hard-won Freedoms


KABUL, AFGHANISTAN: More than 60 percent of Afghanistan's population is under the age of 25, making the youth in the country a powerful voting and political block. Presidential candidates have been actively courting young people. It's hard to picture, but 15 years ago the Taliban held mass hangings ...

  Taliban Suicide Bomber Turns on His Own Commanders, Kills 15


At least 15 senior Taliban commanders were killed on Tuesday in Ghazni province by a suicide bomber reportedly attempting to keep them from carrying out plans to disrupt Saturday's elections, according to Afghan officials. In addition to the 15 confirmed dead, nine other militants were wounded by th...

 To Protect Foreigners, Afghanistan Shuts Down Their Hangouts


KABUL, Afghanistan: The Afghan government, battered by a series of pre-election attacks aimed at foreigners in Kabul, the capital, has come up with a novel way of protecting them: Close their hangouts. Afghan uniformed police and plainclothes agents circulated through central Kabul neighborhoods on ...

 Afghanistan: Hamid Karzai is giving up his power – but not his influence


Outgoing president will take up residence near the palace, suggesting that he will continue to play a role in Afghan politicsA stone's throw from the palace where President Hamid Karzai has spent 13 years, a newly renovated home awaits him and his family. Karzai is due to step down after Saturday's ...

 Afghanistan abandoned without hope as international aid for the war-ravaged nation plunges by 40 per cent


Kabul: It has been two years since NATO bombs forced Niaz Bibi to flee her home in Lashkar Gar, in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. The attack took away her husband, daughter and four grandchildren, as well as the sight in her right eye. Ms Bibi, who guesses that she is about 60 years old, now lives ...

 7.7 Million Afghan Children Have Received Polio Vaccination


More than 7.7 million Afghan children have received polio vaccination, throughout most provinces of the country, on Sunday, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said in a statement on Tuesday. The campaign has not yet started in Bamyan, Ghour, and Daikundi provinces and some districts due to climate...

 Lack of transparency in elections a major concern for Afghans: Survey


According to a latest survey report, nearly 50 percent Afghans are concerned regarding the lack of transparency in the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections. The survey report is based on more than 100,000 data points received by Paywast from various provinces including capital Kabu...

 Defense officials says last year was bloody for Afghan security forces


The ministry of defense of Afghanistan said Tuesday that last year was a deadly and challenging year for the Afghan security forces. Defense officials said Afghan national army soldiers faced the majority of the challenges during the year 1392. Gen. Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the ministry of defense...

 Afghanistan: Sufi leaders add 'dignity' to elections


Why are Afghanistan's most prominent mystics returning to the political arena?"I do not deem your departure advisable at this time for your presence in Afghanistan is a source of blessing and pride for this land's inhabitants," wrote King Amanullah Khan (r. 1919-29) to Naqib Sayed Hassan Gailani, Pi...

 What Canada gained (and lost) in Afghanistan


The list of significant positive by-products of Canada’s lengthy and costly involvement in Afghanistan does not justify the sacrifices made.Last week marked the end of Canada’s 12-year odyssey in Afghanistan. Assessments of our involvement in that country are now emerging. Some claim we failed in ou...

 US: Not Providing Excess Equipment to Pakistan


The U.S. military in Afghanistan said media reports that the U.S. has decided to hand over surplus armored vehicles and other military equipment to Pakistan are incorrect. A statement issued Thursday the U.S. military "does not provide or intend to provide" any equipment from Afghanistan to Pakistan...


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Opinion

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  • Hinduism in a Tizzy

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

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