Feature / Analysis

 Kicking Afghanistan's opium habit


On November 13, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime released its annual Afghanistan Opium Survey, which found that opium cultivation reached record levels in 2013, despite a decade of attempted counter-narcotics activities by U.S. and NATO forces. It also comes just a few weeks after NA...

 Mangrove plantings helped limit typhoon damage


Replanted mangrove trees in Southeast Asia are getting credit for protecting against deadly tsunamis and typhoons such as Haiyan in the Philippines and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Mangrove regeneration in Northern Samar, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of the worst-hit Philippine ci...

 If You’re Not Worried About Dengue Fever, Here’s Why You Should Be


Aided by global warming, the potentially deadly mosquito-borne virus is spreading around the world to an alarming extent It doesn’t have its celebrity fundraisers, unlike AIDS. It hasn’t made the headlines in the way that bird flu or SARS have. It isn’t feared in the way that polio or TB are, a...

 DEVASTATION IN THE PHILIPPINES


Measuring the Might of Haiyan Typhoon Haiyan, which ravaged the Philippines earlier this month, might have been one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever to hit land, but its exact strength was a matter of dispute. Forecasting agencies said it would pack winds of up to 195 miles (about 315 k...

 Flooding undermines Seattle's flower farmers


Bright blooms are a specialty of Seattle's farmers markets, but the Hmong farmers cultivating that niche market are losing their livelihood to an increasingly erratic Snoqualmie River. A 'Climate at your Doorstep' story. CARNATION, Wash: Even on a foggy fall day, the view is beautiful nea...

 Endless Occupation? Afghanistan To Have US Troops Indefinitely? Security Agreement Draft Leaked‏


  Afghanistan may not be seeing a full withdrawal of US troops soon, as many had expected. A newly obtained US-Afghanistan security agreement draft suggests that US forces will stay for much longer than originally expected, possibly indefinitely. The draft includes an agreement for US military o...

 Whose land is this?


MR. Abid Hasan Minto, president of the Awami Workers’ Party, has done well to go before the Supreme Court to challenge the 1990 judgment of the Federal Shariat Court’s appellate bench declaring land reforms to be un-Islamic. After that judgment it became fashionable to pronounce the demise of f...

 Tony Blair: Never In The Field Of Human History Has One Man Earned So Much From The Deaths Of So Many‏


Just as we learned that the US and UK governments were conspiring to stop us learning the truth of the Bush-Blair Iraq conspiracy, Tony Blair picked up £150,000 for an hour-long speech in Dubai In the last fortnight a number of media commentators accused Russell Brand of naivete and political ig...

 Are Vitamins Really A Healthy Choice?


Millions of people around the world open their morning by popping a handful of vitamins into their mouth. They do this because they were advised to take a certain vitamin by their doctor, or have a friend or relative that swears by their daily vitamins. But over the past few years, there is incr...

 Mind your maliciousness, Mr. Modi; Mr. Rahul is no match


Rahul’s Reply to EC needs to be made public     The media has simply gone one way, obviously the wrong way. Forgetting its duty to present the facts, it has begun only to serve its paymasters. The result is that while inherently dangerous and cruel remarks of Modi are being ignored, even good ...

 Is there a PlayStation in Jannah?


Some years back my 11 year old son asked me if I thought there would be a PlayStation in Jannah (Paradise), because really, if there wasn’t going to be one, then he didn’t know if he still wanted to go there. While I was gratified to be thought so knowledgeable, I was also aware that my reputati...

 Afghan woman Dr. Sakina Yaqoobi wins $1 million Opus prize


An Afghan woman was awarded the 2013 Opus Prize at a ceremony at Georgetown University for her work for her humanitarian efforts in education sector. Dr. Sakina Yaqoobi is a trained public health specialist and the president of Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), which is an Afghan women-led...

 Kabul's school of rock offers lessons for life


KABUL: With a sense of showmanship that would have impressed Freddie Mercury, Salahdeen, aged seven, struts his way through a passionate rendition of "We Will Rock You" - all part of the learning process at Kabul's "school of rock”. Founded two years ago in a living room in the Afghan capital, t...

 Afghan Farmers: Opium Is The Only Way To Make A Living


Lashkar Gah is the capital of the volatile province that alone grows half of Afghanistan's opium poppy. Cultivation here grew by 34 percent over last year. On Fridays, hundreds of men gather at the bazaar along the Helmand River, the lifeblood of this arid province. Vendors sell everything f...

  Afghan women’s gains are at risk


Twelve years ago this week, the Taliban regime retreated from Kabul. Children were finally free to fly kites, women emerged from behind their burqas and girls could again dream of going to school. Women and girls have made hard-won advancements. Afghan women have seats in parliament, run busines...

 Kerry, Clinton: Afghanistan nearing turning point


WASHINGTON: Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, said Friday that Afghanistan is reaching a turning point in maintaining the advances made by women in Afghan society and any future security agreement needs to respect the rights of women. Kerry said Afghan...

 Women's Turnout Weak in Voter Registration Third Round: IEC


The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said after the third round of the voter registration process ended on November 11 that turnout from Afghan women had been disappointingly low. Of the roughly three million Afghans who have received voting cards this year, the IEC said only 30 percent o...

 Home Remedies for Treating a Double Chin


A double chin is not fun to have. It makes us self-conscious, makes us feel overweight and may create distress. While there are methods such as cosmetic surgeries and liposuction that can remove the problem, it is possible to get rid of a double chin using natural solutions and some lifestyle ch...

 Afghan Child Labor in Focus


In a radio message on Thursday night, President Hamid Karzai called attention to child labor problems in Afghanistan and urged Afghan families and businesses not to exploit the desperation of many young Afghans for work. Sixty percent of Afghans are said to be under the age of 20. The younge...

 Jirga Organizers Say Jirga Will Not Undermine Parliament


While many maintain the upcoming Loya Jirga wield's undue power over the all-important Kabul-Washington security pact, Sediq Mudaber, the head of the Jirga organizing commission's secretariat on Friday argued otherwise. President Hamid Karzai's decision to defer to a Loya Jirga judgment on t...


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