Feature / Analysis

 U.S. Cuts Afghan Development Aid By Half


Following news that the U.S. would cut 50 percent of its planned development aid to Afghanistan this year, Chairman of the Afghan Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) Mohammad Qurban Haqjo on Thursday warned that the consequences for the Afghan economy could be "catastrophic". The Afghan economy ...

 Could neighborhood watch and civil resistance curb terror in Afghanistan?


Two Canadians, two Americans, two Britons, two Lebanese, a Dane, a Russian, a Pakistani, a Malaysian and eight Afghans, including a newlywed couple, died in one of Kabul’s worst terrorist attacks last Friday. Nothing can justify this horrendous act of wanton violence against a soft target, nor repla...

 The Last Stand of Hamid Karzai


For months, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has attempted to gain leverage over the United States by refusing to sign a bilateral security agreement that would keep American troops in Afghanistan past next summer. Now, DOD officials are attempting to push Karzai into a corner by forcing an endgame, th...

 Afghan president says U.S. should start talks with Taliban or leave


KABUL: President Hamid Karzai appeared to stiffen his resolve on Saturday not to sign a security pact with Washington, saying the United States should leave Afghanistan unless it could restart peace talks with the Taliban. "In exchange for this agreement, we want peace for the people of Afghanistan....

 Dubious Afghan airline Kam Air circles back into US orbit


Kam Air, accused by a US general of bulk opium smuggling, was exonerated by Afghan investigators. Now it has a green light to bid for US government contracts. A year ago I wrote about the strange case of Kam Air, an Afghan company that was blacklisted after the US military accused the company of bul...

  Former Interpreter for The Times Is Killed in Afghanistan


KANDAHAR, Afghanistan : Noor Ahmad Noori, an Afghan interpreter who formerly worked for The New York Times in Afghanistan, was found beaten and stabbed to death, wrapped in a sack and dumped on a roadside late Thursday outside Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Province, where he lived, government ...

 Oversight lacking for Afghan training funds


State about to pay nearly $50 millionProgram managers for a program to develop a judicial system in Afghanistan can’t account for all of the funds devoted to the project, a top U.S. watchdog warned, putting millions of tax dollars at risk. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction...

 Jirga Looks To Narrow Candidate Field, IEC Cautions


A Jirga titled "Rapport Between Candidates" has been organized and recently indicated that negotiations were taking place between unspecified Presidential candidates regarding the possibility of resigning in favor of a few frontrunners. With only a couple weeks remaining before the start of campaign...

 The Conflict Which Has No Frontier


The world is witnessing at the present time a conflict between western and Islamic civilizations. We were not that much conscious about this conflict in the past. But it is true that there was conflict between these two civilizations at different levels. For example in terms of faith, legal system a...

 Government failure promoting huge fraud on consumers


The failure of the Federal Government to legislate as ordered by the Supreme Court has made us a gambling people, when gambling is un-Islamic as well against the law.We often see ads of businesses and organizations, offering attractive prizes through drawing of lots on purchase of some items. Many p...

 Indian Microgrids Aim to Bring Millions Out of Darkness


Powered by solar panels and biomass, microgrids are spreading slowly across India, where 300 million people live without electricity. But can these off-grid technologies be scaled-up to bring low-carbon power to tens of millions of people?Bharath Kumar was furious that the lights went out an hour ea...

 Pakistan turns to solar energy as power shortfall widens


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: After months of sleepless nights and uncomfortable days in sweltering heat, Hussain Raza has found relief.But it’s not just the cooler winter weather that is making Raza happier. It is, somewhat ironically, the sun.The 35-year-old banker and his family have bought a solar-powere...

 Encroaching desert stokes religious tensions in Nigeria


Shehu Bello leaned on a staff as he stood guard over his two dozen head of cattle grazing outside Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, and spoke grimly about his two main adversaries: farmers and desertification.The encroaching Sahara Desert has pushed Bello, a 29-year- old Muslim, about 500 kilometers  south ...

 Hundreds of homes face more floods in south of England


Heavy rain is expected to pour on to saturated ground over weekend, with five flood warnings issued for Somerset LevelsHundreds of homes across the south of England face further flooding this weekend as heavy rain once again pours on to saturated ground and into full watercourses. A major incident h...

 The meaning of the latest opinion polls


Opinion polls are often misleading. Still, they give a broad hint of the public mood. The latest opinion polls conducted by several agencies (including ABP, IBN7 and Aaj Tak) in the months of December and first fortnight of January do appear to give certain hints. Some commentators have argued that ...

 Getting civilian support for peace in FATA


The army needs effective civilian support to restore normal situation in FATA but it is not getting it. The federal and provincial government cannot think beyond negotiations, while Tehreek-e- Taliban is refusing to come to the table. The politicians do not understand that no state can negotiate wit...

 Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons


Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq?They are just some of the victims of wholesale torture taking place inside the U.S. prison system that we uncovered during a four-mon...

 The Ugly American (and Friends) in Geneva


US Secretary of State John Kerry's delusions continued as he arrived in Montreux, Switzerland to open the "Geneva II" talks on the ongoing conflict in Syria. Having successfully bullied UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon into rescinding the invitation previously extended to Iran to attend, Kerry proce...

 5 Reasons The Latest Report On Syria War Crimes Might Not Be True


In a recently released and conveniently timed, complete with references to Nazi Germany and concentration camps, efforts to ramp up support for a “tough line” against Syria at the upcoming Geneva II conference and even possible military intervention, are once again moving into high gear. The report,...

 5 years and 3 contractors later, Afghanistan school still deemed unsafe


A school being built in Afghanistan with foreign contractors and funds from American taxpayers has become a money pit that is not even safe for students, a U.S. government watchdog said. The Mazar-e-Sharif school in the northern Afghanistan region of Balkh, one of 16 schools built in the war-torn na...


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