Feature / Analysis

 Dear Karzai, keep an eye on your ‘dear brothers’ the Taliban


In my opinion, the strangest place in the planet is somewhere between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Let me express myself better; the most dangerous people are from this area or maybe I haven’t clearly said what I mean to say; Taliban militias are based there. I am sure they are many dangerous places in...

 Afghan District Makes Own Peace


Southeastern area enforces local rules forbidding support for insurgent groups.Afghanistan: In one corner of the southeastern Afghan province of Khost, Pashtun residents say a local arrangement governed by customary law has kept the peace to an extent rare in other parts of the country. Observing th...

 The west's legacy in Afghanistan: so much for so little


Hopes for peace in Afghanistan remain slim as the country prepares for a presidential election, and life after occupationThis is the year of the big Afghan retreat. By December British and American troops will have left the country after 12 disastrous years. After spending billions of dollars to pro...

 Afghan Women Work, Learn and Make Gains in Former Taliban Base


Despite widespread security risks, the number of women working in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar Province has increased markedly during the past year. More than 1,150 women are employed by the provincial government, most of them as teachers. A Kandahar governor spokesman, Jawaid Faisal, told VOA's ...

 Taliban Take Girls Back to School


Afghan Islamists Ease Stance on Education, Open New InstitutionsKABUL: When the Taliban banned girls from going to school in the 1990s, Mullah Wakil Ahmad Muttawakil served as the regime's foreign minister. Now, Mr. Muttawakil's daughter attends a school in Kabul—one he set up. "She is in second gra...

  How A 50-Year-Old Mother-Of-Five Became One Of Afghanistan's Top Cops


Women in Afghanistan don't have easy lives. They may have gained greater educational and democratic opportunities since the Taliban's overthrow, but they still face one of the highest rates of violence in the world and the prospect of darker times as NATO forces withdraw. But impressively, Col. Jami...

 Regional cooperation key to Afghan stability after NATO pullout: Naderi


Afghan lawmaker Farukhunda Zahra Naderi calls on broader regional cooperation in a bid to maintain long term peace stability in Afghanistan and the region following NATO pullout. While speaking during an interview with the India’s ViewsAround, Ms Naderi insisted that the regional countries should pl...

 Afghanistan seeks help in drugs fight after opium crop hits record


VIENNA: Afghanistan needs more financial assistance for its anti-narcotics fight after opium cultivation hit a record high last year, a government minister said on Wednesday, as international forces prepare to leave the country. Afghanistan is the world's top cultivator of the poppy, from which opiu...

 Mahatma Gandhi's Top 10 Fundamentals For Change


 1. Change yourself. "You must be the change you want to see in the world." "As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves."If you change yourself you will change your world. If you change...

 The Truth About Israel's Secret Nuclear Arsenal


Israel has been stealing nuclear secrets and covertly making bombs since the 1950s. And western governments, including Britain and the US, turn a blind eye. But how can we expect Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions if the Israelis won't come clean?Deep beneath desert sands, an embattled Middle Easter...

 American POW's fate could hang in balance as US, Afghanistan struggle to strike security pact


Efforts to search for America's only living POW currently held by the Taliban could be seriously set back if the U.S. and Afghanistan governments cannot agree on a vital security pact. The Obama administration has set a new deadline of Jan. 28 for Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign the agreement,...

 Female Prisoners On Hunger Strike, Demand Bagram Treatment


Female prisoners at the Kabul Female Prison have been on hunger strike for the last five days, saying they will continue to starve themselves until the government addresses their cases in the same way it has the cases of male inmates at Bagram Prison. Headlines were captivated last week by controver...

 Here’s what it means to be Afghanistan’s ‘most honest man’: Low pay and no promotion


KABUL: The veteran traffic policeman walked to the stage, taking his place in front of a banner in Dari that said “CORRUPTION” with a red “X” through the word. After 24 years on the job, Abdul Saboor had been deemed the most honest man in Afghanistan. He posed for photos with the interior minister. ...

 What Withdrawal? U.S. Pumps More Cash Into Afghanistan's $500 Million Dam


In October 2011, U.S. Marines in Afghanistan launched a massive operation, pushing northeast along treacherous Route 611 in Helmand province to tangle with insurgents in Kajaki, then one of the last districts in Helmand without a large presence of U.S. forces. The major goal at the time: Root out th...

 Suicide vest nine-year-old tells her story


A young girl was detained at a checkpoint in southern Afghanistan wearing what officials said was a suicide vest. Spozhmai, who says she is nine years old, is now in the protective custody of the provincial government. This is her story in her own words. It was late evening, the mullah was calling f...

 The Afghan female politician in hiding: 'No one respects women in our country'


Banned under strict refugee laws from applying for asylum from within her own country's borders, the former Member of Parliament Noorzia Atmar had no choice but to fleeKabul: Noorzia Atmar never wanted to leave Afghanistan. Not even after the beatings, knife attacks and bitter divorce; not even when...

 How science goes wrong


Scientific research has changed the world. Now it needs to change itselfA SIMPLE idea underpins science: “trust, but verify”. Results should always be subject to challenge from experiment. That simple but powerful idea has generated a vast body of knowledge. Since its birth in the 17th century, mode...

 WHY GOOGLE PAID THREE BILLION DOLLARS FOR A THERMOSTAT COMPANY


On Monday, Google announced that it will acquire a three-year-old company that makes thermostats and smoke alarms. The company, Nest, was raising money that would have valued it at two billion dollars; Google’s C.E.O., Larry Page, wanted Nest so badly that he offered three billion dollars.Nest’s the...

 Hekmatyar calls on party members to take part in Afghan elections


The leader of the Hezb-e-Islami Party of Afghanistan, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, in a surprise move asked his party members to participate in the upcoming presidential elections. Hekmatyar whose militant outfit is fighting the US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan, had previously opposed the elections in...

 10 Benefits of Being Organized


Are there really any benefits to being organized? Isn't it more fun to live on the edge and fly by the seat of your pants? If you have ever asked yourself those questions, then you may not be aware of the many benefits there actually are to being organized. It's not about taking the fun or spontanei...


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Opinion

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  • Transcript of President Karzai’s Interview with Voice of America, English Service

    VOA Reporter: Thank you very much Mr. President for your time and your...

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  • US working with Pakistan, Afghanistan to end terrorism — Feldman

    Special representative dismisses allegations that Islamabad does not w...

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