Feature / Analysis

 Foreign election observers leave Afghanistan after Kabul hotel attack


Several foreign election observers were pulled out of Afghanistan following a deadly Taliban attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul city last week. The foreign election observers belonged to the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). A sen...

 Gatherings in Pakistani Madrasas focus on disrupting Afghan elections


Several gatherings have taken place in religious schools (Madrasas) in Pakistan to discuss ways in disrupting the upcoming Afghan elections. Afghan interior minister told the National Security Council (NSC) meeting that large gatherings were organized by a number of religious schools (Madrasas) in P...

 Rethinking medium


LAST week there was something to celebrate — rare in these troubled times. One of our eminent scholars, Dr Tariq Rahman, dean of the School of Education at the Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, was awarded a DLitt degree by the University of Sheffield, UK, for his work on language, art, cultu...

 Did the U.S. Choose the Wrong Allies in the Global Fight Against Terrorism?


Taliban forces in Afghanistan hit hard last week, unleashing three separate attacks across the country that left at least 37 people, including two dozen civilians and several women and children, dead. The most high-profile attack occurred Thursday evening when four pistol-wielding men ran through Ka...

 In Afghan race, wooing votes with ethnic strongmen


KABUL, Afghanistan: On the edge of a Kabul neighborhood dominated by members of Afghanistan's ethnic Hazara minority, an election poster of presidential candidate Abdul Rasoul Sayyaf is damaged — partially scraped away by someone trying to remove it. The vandalism could be his past as a warlord comi...

 Afghanistan's first spaceman returns home


In 1988, just as the Soviet army was preparing to pull out of Afghanistan, a rocket blasted off carrying the first and only Afghan to travel into space. Abdulahad Momand returned to earth a hero - but within three years he was forced to flee the country. "When I was little I used to look up at the s...

 China’s MCC turns back on US$3b Mes Aynak Afghanistan mine deal


State-owned giant trying to renegotiate the terms of US$3b contract it signed in 2007 to mine copper deposit and build infrastructureChinese state-owned mining giant MCC has been renegotiating a huge copper contract with the Afghan government to reduce its exposure to the war-torn country in a move ...

 Causes Of Extremism


Summary: Atiq Ahad http://www.witness-pioneer.net/VMagazine/v4i1/index.htm#Causes_Of_ExtremismOccupation with Side Issues:Intellectual shallowness and lack of religious insight result in an intense interest inmarginal issues like giving excessive importance to the growing of beard, the wearing of cl...

 Who is Dr Aafia Siddiqui?


BACKGROUND Dr. Aafia Siddiqui was born on 2 March 1972 in Karachi, Pakistan. She is one of three siblings. Aafia’s father Mohammad Siddiqui was a UK-trained doctor and her mother, Ismet, is a homemaker. Aafia has three children: Ahmed (b. 1996), Maryam (b. 1998), and Suleman (b. 2002), the latter of...

 THE COMMITTEE OF 300 RULING THE WORLD


"Three hundred men, all of whom know one another, direct the economic destiny of Europe and choose their successors from among themselves." --Walter Rathenau, 1909, founder of the mammoth German General Electric Corporation. The Committee of 300 is a product of the British East India Company's Counc...

 Upazila Elections


Is there a message for the Awami League?LOOKING at the membership in the parliament and then judging by the partial results from the latest upazila elections one may think that they are from two completely different electorates. However, the truth is that one reflects the public opinion and the othe...

 Blood on their Hands, Blood in their Mouths: Corporate Media Collaborators in Mass Murder


”We all need to make concerted efforts to support, build and sustain progressive alternative media.”On April 4th 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. referred to the United States’ government as “…the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” In 2013, not a damn thing has changed. And as a mat...

 Insurgents Profiting From Kunar Deforestation


Insurgent groups in northeastern Kunar Province have set up shop illegally deforesting large swaths of land and extorting locals with their own system of taxes, residents claimed recently.People in Kunar have said deforestation is widespread and permissive, despite the many proclamations that have b...

 Militancy gets impetus with melting snow in Afghanistan


KABUL: The conflict-ridden Afghanistan has been getting new momentum since the herald of spring and beginning melting the snow in the mountainous country. Afghanistan's spring fell on Friday and the day was the first day of Nawroz or New Year in the country in accordance with Persian calendar when t...

 Why China Needs the US in Afghanistan


China’s plans for western development require stability, which means Beijing needs lasting peace in Afghanistan.China has big plans for an economic and diplomatic push to the west, as evidenced by the emergence last year of the “Silk Road Economic Belt” and the “Maritime Silk Road.” China is envisio...

 Russia blames West for dropping joint anti-drug effort in Afghanistan


MOSCOW: Moscow on Tuesday criticized Western countries for evading responsibility to fight drug-related issues in Afghanistan as they mulled quitting the Group of Eight (G8) over Crimea's accession to Russia. "Liquidation of the G8 by the West was conducted at the moment when Russia in capacity of i...

 Afghan presidential hopeful Abdullah warns supporters over fraud


CHARIKAR, Afghanistan: Grizzled Afghan mujahideen commanders erupted into yells as their presidential candidate, a dapper man in a scarf and neatly trimmed beard, stepped towards the microphone. "Victory awaits us!" Abdullah Abdullah, a senior aide to an anti-Taliban militia leader during the civil ...

 Afghanistan bleeding US taxpayers, corruption the culprit


Rampant corruption in Afghanistan could spell disaster for America’s reconstruction efforts after more than a decade of war in the Central Asian country, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. As Washington attempts to make a graceful exit from Afghanistan, the sc...

 A precarious time for Afghan women


Since the Taliban’s fall, women have seen fitful gains. But those with access to education and work fear the US troop departure will erode their freedoms Ghazalan Koofi loves her mother but not the life her mother has been compelled to live. The older woman, her face cloaked in a shawl, had an arran...

 Feature: Afghan women break tradition, join April 5 elections


KABUL:  Pictures of female candidates on the walls of the Afghan capital city alongside male contenders in the April 5 general elections speak volumes on the country's transition from the iron-clad rule of the Taliban more than 13 years ago. Scores of female politicians, some of them pretty enough t...


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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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