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 Forum on Women's Role in New Government


The next government must foster a larger female presence in politics and recognize the importance of women's role in the peace negotiation process, the Chair of Parliament's Commission on Women's Affairs, Fawzia Kofi, said on Wednesday in a meeting between presidential candidates and civil society g...

 Afghanistan’s largest nationwide elections survey done with SMS


The largest nationwide elections survey through mobile phone short message service (SMS) was launched by Paywast – Afghanistan’s first social network, in a bid to obtain the views of the Afghan people regarding the upcoming polls which is only a month away. The nationwide poll was conducted with an ...

 U.S. Gives $30 Million in Incentive Funding to Afghan Government


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will release $15 million to the Afghan government from the U.S. – Afghan Incentive Fund in recognition of progress on the commitment it made to develop a provincial budgeting policy, as part of the country’s Tokyo Conference commitments....

 Doctor contends that global warming is a public health emergency


Asthma, hay fever, ADHD, blue baby syndrome and gastroenteritis. As Dr. Wendy Ring noted, those are all medical conditions that affect humans.But Ring told an audience at Central Community College-Grand Island Campus, audiences at CCC-Columbus, CCC-Hastings and CCC education centers at Holdrege, Kea...

 Malaria 'spreading to new altitudes'


Warmer temperatures are causing malaria to spread to higher altitudes, a study suggests.Researchers have found that people living in the highlands of Africa and South America are at an increased risk of catching the mosquito-borne disease during hotter years.They believe that temperature rises in th...

 Is a Russian-German Alliance Ahead?


One of the longer running themes I have written about at this blog is the slow shrinking of the US orbit as empire, and the slow increase in orbit of an alliance including Germany, Russia, China, and ultimately perhaps including Japan (and…Australia).For those not so familiar with my thoughts on thi...

 Report: Aging nuclear power plants in Europe pose increased risk


Greenpeace-commissioned report says Europe’s reliance on nuclear means plants often operate beyond life expectancyA new report says Europe’s fleet of nuclear power plants poses an increasing risk to millions of Europeans as the facilities age, and as governments decide to extend the operation of pla...

 Has Boris Johnson finally lost his mind?


Isaac Newton said, ‘every action has an equal and opposite reaction’. While he was certainly referring to the governing laws of physics, this statement could be equally applied to religion and social justice. Whenever the Muslim community reasserts its identity, moves into a new phase of expressing ...

 Distinction Between Shariah and Fiqh


"Which in your opinion, are the major problems of the Muslim world, the problems upon which the attention of the workers of Islam should be focused, and to the solution of which they should devote all, or the greater part of, their endeavors?"  This was my question to my friend who has been working ...

 Ambitious U.S. hospital project in Afghanistan faces failure


KABUL: An ambitious U.S.-funded project to build hospitals in Afghanistan has run into the ground, with the largest hospital ever planned in the country unlikely to open in full, U.S. and Afghan officials said. The $60 million project by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) started ...

 Afghan Security Officials Toughen Rhetoric Against Taliban


The Ministry of interior Affairs (MoIA) Tuesday defended the right of the Afghan National Police (ANP) to use any force necessary to subdue armed insurgents behind Afghan deaths. The statement joins a growing push from security officials to galvanize their forces and ramp-up operations around the co...

 Afghanistan to Disband Crucial Guard Force


Elimination of Force Adds Security Concerns for U.S. Military, International Aid ProgramsKABUL: The Afghan government is moving to dissolve a crucial guard force that protects military supply convoys, international aid programs and foreign installations, creating new uncertainty over security as the...

 Afghan poll candidates debate foreign policy


The three clear frontrunners debate their foreign relations policies a month out from Afghanistan's election.Kabul: A month out from the polls, the three frontrunners in Afghanistan’s presidential election has debated their policies on the future of the nation’s foreign relations. Tuesday’s debate, ...

 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...


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