Feature / Analysis

 Fighting food insecurity in Afghanistan


KABUL: A network of critical emergency grain reserves across Afghanistan is set to boost food security and help strengthen resilience in a country that struggles to grow enough food to feed its 31 million people. “Grain reserves for a country like Afghanistan are absolutely critical,” Gerard Rebello...

 Tempered Hope for Election Observers


Despite concerns about the credibility of the upcoming Presidential and Provincial Council elections, Afghan officials have expressed confidence in plans readied for impartial observers, including thousands of Afghan youth, which they hope will be able to ensure transparency. The April elections com...

 White House: Obama believes in Afghanistan mission


Washington: Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' criticism of his former boss President Barack Obama on Afghanistan doesn't align with the commander-in-chief's views, the White House said Wednesday. In his memoir, which arrived at the White House on Tuesday evening, Gates states Obama "doesn't bel...

 Foreigners Hunt Rare Birds In Western Afghanistan


Arab and other foreign national hunters with trained birds of prey have travelled to western Afghanistan to hunt rare birds and crawls despite a Presidential decree outlawing such hunting in Afghanistan. TOLOnews has received video clips showing up to 160 foreigners consisting of Arab, Pakistani, Ka...

 Pakistani Adviser Faults US Afghan Policy


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s national security and foreign policy adviser, Sartaj Aziz, has criticized the United States' Afghan strategy, saying it has failed to defeat terrorism, promote economic development or create political stability in neighboring Afghanistan. He reiterated Islamabad’s demand for an...

 Afghan Mayor Accused of Grand Theft


“I do what I want,” says Pul-e Alam mayor, as anti-corruption agency and regional governor say they are powerless to act on allegations.Afghanistan: The mayor of a city in eastern Afghanistan faces accusations that he has used his position to embezzle public funds. Afghanistan’s anti-corruption agen...

 Afghan girl's dream to stay in Canada coming true


Tahera Hussain, who came to Canada from Afghanistan for a life-changing medical procedure — and then hoped to stay — has been approved for permanent residence status. Hussain has cerebral palsy and in Afghanistan she wasn't allowed to attend school because of her condition. So her parents reached ou...

 Drug trade could splinter Afghanistan into fragmented criminal state – UN


UN expert warns west of danger of not stepping up efforts to tackle opium production in Afghanistan after record $1bn harvestKabul: Afghanistan's booming narcotics trade risks splintering the country into a "fragmented criminal state" if the government and its western allies do not step up efforts t...

 Afghanistan: Violence Against Women Hits Record Levels


Violent crimes against women in Afghanistan have hit record levels, according to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC). "The brutality of the cases is really bad. Cutting the nose, lips and ears. Committing public rape," head of AIHRC Sima Samar told Reuters. "Mass rape...it's ...

 Karzai Media Advisor Encourages Uprising, Criticizes Media


Dr. Muhammad Hashem Esmat Ilahi, the media advisor to President Karzai, has said that just as the uprising against the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan is a point of national pride, so too should it be against the Americans, and went on to call a number of Afghan media outlets irreligious. Ila...

 Does Robert Gates memoir hint at Obama's next Afghanistan moves?


Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he witnessed a president making the right decisions and following the right strategy in Afghanistan, but not really believing in them.Washington: In his new memoir spanning his years as secretary of Defense, Robert Gates offers a harsh assessment of Preside...

 War Policies Tested From Mideast, Afghanistan


WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama is confronted with a recent burst of strength by al-Qaida that is chipping away at the remains of Mideast stability, testing his hands-off approach to conflicts in Iraq and Syria at the same time he pushes to keep thousands of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Al-Qaida-b...

 The child bomb plot and the challenges of reporting on Afghanistan


The story of a girl suicide bomber was widely reported but details from her remote, violent district were confusing and contradictory .It was another heartbreaking story from Afghanistan. An eight year-old girl had been picked up outside a police station after a failed attempt by her father, a Talib...

 Optimism at Security Transition in Afghan Southeast


In Zabul province, locals say the situation is better now that Afghan troops have replaced foreigners.Afghanistan: One of the big uncertainties facing Afghanistan in 2014 is whether the national security forces will be able to cope once NATO-led troops complete their planned withdrawal. In Zabul, a ...

 Poverty and Inflation: Open Letter to Finance Minister


Dear Mr. Finance Minister Every year, the Annual Budget is announced with great fanfare. It is really unfortunate that most governments do cater only to the demands of the corporates in the first 3 budgets and take certain measures for the masses only when the elections approach. The budget talks on...

 Letter to George W. Bush Iraqis, Including Children, Continue to Die or Suffer Terribly


George W. BushGeorge W. Bush Presidential CenterPO Box 560887Dallas, Texas, 57356Dear Mr. Bush: A few days ago I received a personalized letter from your Presidential Center which included a solicitation card for donations that actually provided words for my reply. They included “I’m honored to help...

 In India, a Specter For Us All, And A Resistance Coming


In five-star hotels on Mumbai's seafront, children of the rich squeal joyfully as they play hide and seek. Nearby, at the National Theatre for the Performing Arts, people arrive for the Mumbai Literary Festival: famous authors and notables drawn from India's Raj class. They step deftly over a woman ...

 Erdogan Rallies Turks Against ‘Foreign’ Plots


"History will not forgive those who have become mixed up in this game," Erdogan said in a televised end of year address.ISTANBUL – Concluding a tough year in Turkish politics, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pleaded for Turks support in his fight against what he considers an alleged plot tar...

 Feature: Harsh winter compounds suffering of displaced persons in Afghanistan


KABUL: Due to the unabated violence in the countryside perpetrated by the Taliban and other militant groups, thousands of Afghan families have been forced to flee home to seek asylum in big cities. But in the big cities like Kabul, these Afghans are facing hardship, especially during this time of th...

 Hamid Karzai, crafty or crazy?


Some of both, perhaps, but it helps to understand the culture in which Karzai must operateVerbal fireworks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his American benefactors have flared once again, this time over his backtracking on the Bilateral Security Agreement that would govern U.S. activities ...


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