Feature / Analysis

 Three Ways U.S.-China Conflict Is Helping on Climate Change


The state-run air quality monitoring station in Beijing isn't new. It has been operating since 1974. But last year for the first time, it began to make public hourly pollution data across the 6,500 square miles of China that the station covers, readings that often have spelled bad news for the 2...

 Historical Judgment on Gays: SC Judgment safeguards Nature


After wavering on live-in relationship, which was a blow to family, today Supreme Court has pronounced a verdict that would safeguard the natural sexual relationship of men and women. It has set aside the Delhi High Court ruling that sought to decriminalize homosexuality. This is indeed a histor...

 China's coal emissions responsible for 'quarter of a million premature deaths'


Hundreds of thousands of children still at risk from dangerous levels of air pollution as poisonous smog fills cities, study says Emissions from coal plants in China were responsible for a quarter of a million premature deaths in 2011 and are damaging the health of hundreds of thousands of Chi...

 Where the Torture Never Stops‏


Status Quo at Gitmo It was shortly after five o’clock on a Saturday morning last April. The prisoners in the communal cellblock at Camp 6 in Guantanamo Bay Prison had just gathered for morning prayers. Suddenly the overhead lights went out; the cell doors slammed shut and tear gas canisters ex...

 US turns its back on Afghan interpreters


Washington: The Taliban views interpreters who served the US military as traitors. Thousands of translators now fear for their lives at home in Afghanistan, while they wait in vain for residence visas promised to them by the US. The prospect of death bound their fates together. First, an Afgh...

 U.S. Taps Elite Afghan Units Ahead of Exit


Military Trains Special Teams to Carry Out Targeted Raids Against Insurgent Havens, Mirroring Tactics Used in Vietnam MEHTAR LAM, Afghanistan: U.S. commanders are turning to elite Afghan police and military units to pursue insurgents deep into their sanctuaries, in an echo of tactics that Ameri...

 US wants India to push Karzai to ink security deal


With Hamid Karzai stonewalling every US effort to conclude a bilateral security agreement, the Obama Administration is pinning its hopes on India to persuade the Afghan President to sign the deal and end the current political imbroglio on the issue. A top Obama administration official has des...

 Afghanistan: muzzling the media to win the war


The public loses out when the army is allowed to dominate the information battlefield. When Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced a formal end to the ADF's commitment in Afghanistan during a whistle-stop trip to Tarin Kowt on October 28, 2013, he observed that ''Australia's longest war is ending, ...

 MP, Traffic Cop Win 'Honest Man' Award


Civil society groups and the Afghan Anti-corruption Network declared this year's winners of the "Honest Man" award MP Dr. Ramazan Bashardost and a traffic officer Abdul Saboor. The "Honest Man" award is given annually to praise certain individuals for the integrity of their work, often focusi...

 Salang Roads Could Go Bad to Worse in Winter


According to Salang commuters, the roads are in horrible condition and are constant trouble for drivers. However, with the winter weather setting in, many fear things may only get worse, posing a major hazard to public safety. "Salang roads are in a very bad condition; there is no water drain...

 Officials Try to Explain Price Hike


Local Afghan markets have seen price hikes in recent months, causing a number of economic leaders to weigh in on the issue and try to explain its impetus. Depending on who you ask, however, the rise in prices has been caused by pressures from abroad, the delay in signing the Kabul-Washington sec...

 How The West Lost Respect For International Law


One Norwegian officer left Lebanon with a typed report on torture taped to his chest Odd Karsten Tveit was always a very obsessional chap. Every story he covered, he always wanted to dig deeper, study further, hear one more tale of horror, one more joke, one more historical fact. We all covered...

 Human Rights Impetus


Experts say an already dire situation could get worse after next year’s pull-out of NATO forces. Afghanistan: Mohammad Yousef, a 60-year-old from Paktia province, is in Kabul try to find out what has happened to his 14-year-old son. After he was detained by Afghan security forces, the boy has b...

 Planes Parked in Weeds in Kabul After $486 Million Spent


Sixteen broken-down transport planes that cost U.S. taxpayers at least $486 million are languishing among the weeds, wooden cargo boxes and old tires at Kabul International Airport, waiting to be destroyed without ever being delivered to the Afghan Air Force. The special inspector general for...

 In Afghanistan, a wedding engagement, a bomb, and an army veteran’s quest to move on


KABUL: One week before his wedding, on a day when his fiancée picked out a gold-plated necklace, when his father borrowed silverware for hundreds of guests, when his mother waited for her son to return from the front lines, Sgt. Masiullah Hamdard stepped on the bomb that tore off his legs and le...

 Snowden Document Shows Canada Set Up Spy Posts For NSA‏


CSEC conducted espionage activities for U.S. in 20 countries, according to top-secret briefing note   A top secret document retrieved by American whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals Canada has set up covert spying posts around the world and conducted espionage against trading partners at the r...

 Fighting to footwear: US Army veteran's Afghan factory plan


After three tours of duty in Afghanistan, former US special operations soldier Matthew Griffin now wants to help the country by opening a factory there instead of going on combat missions. Mr. Griffin, who was an Army Rangers captain, is the founder and chief executive of footwear business Co...

 From refugee to war reporter: Yalda Hakim fled Afghanistan as a baby and now reports from the world’s conflict zones


Yalda Hakim has no memory of the dark night her family set off for the Pakistan border. She was just six months old, and strapped tightly to her mother’s back. Her older brother and sister marched ahead alongside their father, two laden horses, and the armed people- smugglers who had agreed to g...

 Troops in Afghanistan Tell Hagel of Sequester Worries


CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan: Washington isn’t the only place waiting to see if there is a budget deal. Troops in Afghanistan are also hoping a Congressional deal can come together this week to roll back, at least temporarily, the across the board spending cuts known as sequester. Defense Se...

 Bangladesh is in a violent phase and India must do all it can to see a friendly regime return to power


DHAKA: Bangladesh is headed for a political crisis that might impact Asia's regional balance. When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was in China signing the border defense agreement and addressing future ideologues at the Chinese Communist Party school, Indian diplomats in Dhaka were desperately tr...


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Opinion

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    DESCRIBING his experience of blindness, Prof John Hull of Birmingham U...

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  • Afghan election: Why the Taliban will win

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