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 Fighting the Good Fight for Women’s Rights in Afghanistan


In 1997, Mavis Leno and Eleanor Smeal, co-founders of the Feminist Majority, in collaboration with a group of concerned Afghan Americans, helped to bring the plight of Afghan women under the Taliban regime into the public eye. Their advocacy not only influenced U.S. policy on Afghanistan, but seared...

 With 2015 budget, Pentagon looks beyond Afghanistan


WASHINGTON :The Pentagon unveiled a $496 billion base budget on Tuesday that looks beyond Afghanistan to future U.S. security challenges after a dozen years of war, cutting the military to afford more training and new weapons as it adapts to an era of tighter spending. The budget set the Obama admin...

 US patience better than pressure for Afghan security deal


Rather than pressuring Hamid Karzai to sign the bilateral security agreement now, waiting for the new Afghan president to sign the BSA gives it more legitimacy, may help end the Taliban insurgency, and will secure better US-Afghan relations for the future.Afghanistan is at a critical juncture. The f...

 Karzai brother to withdraw from Afghan presidential race: rival


KABUL: The Afghan president's brother is preparing to withdraw from the presidential elections according to a rival candidate, former Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul, who said late on Tuesday the two were planning an alliance and would join forces soon. "We are in discussions about how we can join t...

 Ukraine Seen Building Support for U.S. Natural Gas Export


Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine is bolstering the case for easing restrictions on exports of the U.S.’s booming natural gas production, according to energy analysts and industry groups.Russia, the world’s second-largest producer of natural gas after the U.S., twice since 2006 has cut suppl...

 Greening China’s power brings down cost of renewable energy for all


The drive to adopt clean energy comes from a need to improve air quality in its citiesIt is not quite like the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings in Asia causing a hurricane on the West Coast of North America, but the impetus for China to clean up the pollution-choked skylines of cities such as Beiji...

 World food security at risk as variety of crops shrinks


LONDON: Globalization touches almost every aspect of life in the modern world, including the food we eat. Over the last 50 years, diets around the world have become more and more similar while the diversity of food supply has decreased, which could mean that the world’s crops will be increasingly vu...

 US, Afghan Officials Debate Country's Future Security


WASHINGTON: There is debate over the future of U.S. - Afghan relations after U.S. combat forces withdraw later this year. In particular, there is concern over whether Afghanistan will be able to maintain security and stability if the government decides against signing a security agreement that could...

 Afghan Broadcaster Says U.S. Soldiers Abused Him


KABUL, Afghanistan: Qazi Nasir Mudassir said he had expected that if armed men climbed over the walls of his radio station’s compound, they would probably be Taliban insurgents coming to make good on death threats because of his broadcasts. Instead, by his account and that of the local Afghan police...

 BSA Signing Delay Costly, Undermines Trust: Dobbins


James Dobbins, the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, has said that although the Kabul-Washington Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) could still be signed, the delay has undermined trust between the two nations. Ambassador Dobbins said that Afghan President Hamid Karzai's refu...

 Afghanistan's most prominent female candidate


Habiba Sarabi, running to be a second vice president, described her ticket as supporting 'moderation and rebuilding'.Maidan Shahr, Afghanistan: Travelling in a line of white Lexuses, Habiba Sarabi's convoy could belong to any politician in Kabul. But this isn't just any motorcade. As presidential ca...

 Should the Military Pull All Forces Out of Afghanistan After 2014?


As the White House negotiates to keep military forces in Afghanistan after 2014, it's time to address what the small force being considered can actually accomplish. On 25 February the White House issued a public statement on the status of the negotiations between the United States and Afghanistan ov...

 Pakistan: Informal Afghan Peace Talks Are 'A Good Start'


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan says recent “informal” talks between Afghan peace negotiators and leaders of a Taliban faction are “a good start” towards seeking a negotiated settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan. The hope is other warring groups will join the process. Pakistan’s foreign policy and national...

  US envoy: Karzai's refusal to sign security pact could cost Afghanistan in money, troops


WASHINGTON : The top U.S. envoy to Afghanistan said Friday if U.S. and NATO troops are not allowed to stay to advise and train Afghan forces, the country risks more widespread violence and political disintegration. James Dobbins also said U.S. willingness to wait to sign a new security pact with the...

 Will 'Zero Option' in Afghanistan Cause Chaos?


If President Barack Obama were to decide to leave no military advisory force in Afghanistan next year, would Afghan security unravel to the point of enabling a civil war, a Taliban takeover and a return of al-Qaida in such numbers as to pose a 9/11-type threat? That is the question at the core of th...

 Palm Oil Export Growth Stalling in Indonesia on Biofuel Jump


A jump in palm oil consumption for biodiesel in Indonesia, the world’s biggest supplier, will probably mean that shipments fail to increase this year for the first time since 2010 even as production climbs to a record.Exports may total 21 million metric tons, similar to 2013, as consumption climbs a...

 Asia's poor urban children left out of disaster prevention - report


BANGKOK: A 12-year-old boy in Kathmandu fears the shoddily-built brick factory he works in will collapse due to heavy rain or an earthquake. Street children in Jakarta say they fall ill when it’s really hot or rainy because they don't get enough food. Filipino kids from Manila’s slums spend a week o...

 Afghan Rights Body Concerned At Lack Of U.S. Security Agreement


KABUL: The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has expressed concern about the human rights situation in the country after the NATO troops' withdrawal this year. Commission spokesman Rafiullah Beidar told RFE/RL on February 28 that the human rights situation in Afghanistan will most l...

 Afghans see more battles between gov't forces, Taliban in February


KABUL: The conflict-ridden Afghanistan has witnessed a rise in Taliban-linked activities and government forces operations to dislodge militants from their hideouts and tighten security across the country before elections slated for April. 5 According to the Taliban claims and government sources, hun...

 Caribbean Climate In Crisis


Storms, hurricanes and earthquakes – are small island nations paying the price for the world’s indifference to global warming?AS HUNDREDS of people in Britain affected by floods seek help and shelter following the wettest winter on record, Caribbean islands hit by severe storms over Christmas are al...


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Opinion

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