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 Elections Success to Reinforce Afghanistan's Political Stability: Kubi


Afghanistan's institutional and political stability are highly dependent on the success of the April elections, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Ján Kubi said, according to the United Nations News Center. "The success of the April 2014 elections will be of critical significan...

 Afghan Pullout Risk by U.S. Means Builder Buys a Home in Turkey


If U.S. troops leave Afghanistan at the end of the year, Mahammad Ismail will be right behind them. The construction business owner bought a three-bedroom apartment in Turkey last month for $240,000, a price he says is worth it to avoid risking his life if Taliban insurgents return to power. One of ...

 Scholars Encourage People to Vote


Voting based on anything other than merit will have severe consequences for the nation, religious scholars said on Monday at a gathering in Mazar-e-Sharif. The scholars, who had gathered to discuss the role of religious leaders in the elections, emphasized the importance of people's participation in...

 Decline in Property Prices of Kabul Seen as Troops Exit


Home and land prices have declined in Kabul, due to fears over the country's political and economic future, though demand for property rent and leasing has increased. Kabul Property Dealers Union said that concerns over political and economical situation, the exit of foreign troops and a delay in si...

 Past crimes haunt Afghan progress


KABUL: As Afghanistan heads for presidential elections on April 5, people are asking if the country's massive legacy of human-rights violations will be swept under the carpet yet again by the new government. Civil society activists in Bamiyan city - capital of the central province by the same name w...

 China urges int'l support for Afghanistan's transition


A Chinese envoy on Monday called on the international community to continue its support to Afghanistan's ongoing transition as well as an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned national reconciliation process. Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, made the call here at a UN Securit...

 India should stop supporting Hasina govt: Khaleda tells The Telegraph


Assuring that Bangladesh will never be a safe haven for militants, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has suggested India not to support Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government.In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, the largest circulated English daily in Eastern India published from Kolkata, Khal...

 Another Anschluss In Crimea


Many Americans have trouble understanding modern Russia or leader Vladimir Putin. That’s in good part because they have little or no understanding of Russia’s history or geopolitics.“The Soviets Union will return” I wrote in 1991 after the collapse of the USSR deprived the Russian imperium of a thir...

 20 Things That Mentally Strong People Don't Do


I often write about the things I believe we all should be doing, trying or experimenting with in order to maximize our success and happiness. However, it’s not always the things we do that make the biggest difference in our lives; it’s often the things we avoid doing that have the biggest effect. As...

 100-year-old Saudi beggar dies leaving million-dollar fortune


Over 50 years of panhandling on the streets of Jeddah had taken its toll on her and residents of the downtown al-Balad district never suspected that their blind, haggard centenarian neighbor had secretly amassed a fortune and real estate portfolio that rivaled those of the city’s millionaires.Eisha’...

 Pakistan eyes U.S. military equipment in Afghanistan


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The U.S. military may have another option for disposing of $7 billion worth of armored vehicles and other equipment it’s struggling to get rid of now that its war in Afghanistan is ending. Some of it could be driven across the border and handed over to Pakistan, part of an effor...

 As troops exit Afghanistan, US goes high-tech to monitor taxpayer projects


The main U.S. foreign assistance agency wants to step up use of smartphones, satellite imagery and GPS cameras to oversee tax-funded development projects in Afghanistan that aid workers no longer will be able to observe firsthand as American troops leave the country. The U.S. Agency for Internationa...

 Karzai Speaks to Parliament About Elections, Taliban and BSA


At the start of the fourth session of Parliament on Saturday, President Hamid Karzai delivered a broad-sweeping speech that touched on foreign interference in the upcoming elections, relations with Pakistan and the Taliban as well as security pact negotiations with the United States. With only weeks...

 ECC Chided for Delayed Disqualifications


Despite provincial council campaigns having started 10 days ago, the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) has still not completed its review of candidates' qualifications. Many candidates who have been disqualified since the start of the campaign period have openly aired criticisms of the ECC. "The...

 Mohammed Fahim: Controversial Afghan leader a divisive figure until the end


MOHAMMED FAHIM 1957-2014 Mohammed Fahim was a controversial figure in Afghanistan, where he was first vice-president and where he also had a reputation as one of Afghanistan's most powerful, brutal and corrupt warlords. President Hamid Karzai's decision to include him in government dismayed internat...

 The Forgotten Coup - How the Godfather Rules from Canberra to Kiev


Washington's role in the fascist putsch against an elected government in Ukraine will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore the historical record. Since 1945, dozens of governments, many of them democracies, have met a similar fate, usually with bloodshed.Nicaragua is one of the poorest ...

 Afghanistan: We lost the war, but won the battle


At many National Hockey League games in Canada, members of the Canadian Forces are introduced. Far from turning their faces away, as in the song about wounded Australian soldiers returning from the First World War, fans rise for a standing ovation. Such a reaction would have been unlikely before Can...

 The Missing Piece in Ensuring Afghanistan’s Peace


Much has gone right in Afghanistan. It’s more secure, stable, and even optimistic. But there's one final tweak needed before America says goodbye. So now the United States approaches the endgame -- long predicted -- in Afghanistan. While it is tempting at times to simply walk away, doing so serves n...

 Election campaign in full swing in Afghanistan despite Taliban threat


KABUL: Despite the Taliban threat to disrupt the April 5 elections, presidential candidates have stepped up their campaign in the hope of replacing outgoing President Hamid Karzai for the next five years. Since the start of the election campaign on Feb. 2 at least a dozen election workers have been ...

 Karzai says Afghanistan doesn't need US troops


KABUL, Afghanistan: In his final address to Afghanistan's parliament Saturday, President Hamid Karzai told the United States its soldiers can leave at the end of the year because his military, which already protects 93 percent of the country, was ready to take over entirely. He reiterated his stance...


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