Feature / Analysis

 Afghan man admits his homosexuality


Homosexuality is considered serious crime in Afghanistan and the possible punishment for homosexuals may include the death penalty. However, gay community is secretly flourishing in Afghanistan. In some cases, the homosexual Afghans are coming out of the closets and openly speak about their h...

 Are Afghanistan's Schools Doing As Well As Touted?


It's one of the most touted "positive statistics" about Afghanistan: Today, there are 10 million Afghans enrolled in school, 40 percent of them female. Under the Taliban, about 1 million boys and almost no girls were attending schools. Western officials routinely point to the revived educati...

 U.S. 'Troop Immunity' Issue Misjudged by Afghans: Experts


A number of Afghan law experts have sought to clear up misconceptions surrounding the issue referred to as "troop immunity," which is said to be the only remaining part of the Washington-Kabul Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) still not settled. Give the judgment on the issue, along with the re...

 Disqualification Of Afghan Presidential Candidates Sparks Row


There are still months to go before Afghans go to the polls to elect a new president on April 5. But there are already questions over how credible the vote will be. Afghan and Western observers alike have expressed concerns that the widespread fraud that marred the 2009 presidential election ...

 Despite billions in aid, Afghans can't find work


KABUL, Afghanistan: Hundreds of men, some on crutches, all wearing tattered clothing, gather shortly before dawn at major intersections throughout Kabul and other Afghan cities. Displaying primitive tools such as a level or a trowel, they seek labor that is often backbreaking, always temporary a...

 Security pact delay hampers NATO plans for post-2014 Afghanistan


BRUSSELS: NATO has agreed the outline of a military force it intends to keep in Afghanistan after its combat mission there ends next year, but troop numbers remain uncertain due to ongoing talks between Washington and Kabul. NATO defense ministers endorsed a "strategic planning assessment" on...

 Don't abandon the women of Afghanistan


Afghanistan's presidential election season is underway. In a sign of genuine political progress, the government has begun accepting nominations for candidates to succeed President Hamid Karzai. This process started just weeks after the nation's Assembly passed legislation providing a legal frame...

 Feature: In Kabul, orphaned children are forced to support their families


KABUL: It may not be true in urban cities in other parts of the world for children to work in order to support their families, but in this capital city, it is not unusual. Shapoor, 9, is one of these poor Afghan children who are forced to toil the whole day in the streets of Kabul to earn bre...

 Egypt's lobby by proxy wields outsize influence in DC


Washington's soft line on Cairo's military coup is shaped by pro-Israel and defense lobbies, not democracy News recently broke that the Obama administration would be cutting military aid to Egypt in response to the country's military coup and its crackdown against nonviolent protesters. These c...

 Ten Explosive U.S. Government Secrets about Israel‏


Absent greater transparency, Americans should assume the worst    "IRmep" - - In 1968 Director of Central Intelligence Richard Helms wrote urgently to Attorney General Ramsey Clark and President Lyndon B. Johnson that some highly enriched uranium fueling Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor was st...

 "While on face book you never face a book"‏


What is in a name? You may call a rose by any name because in “Face book “you never face a book rather it has taken away the book from your face. Face book is a phenomenon, a trend and a requirement in today's cyber world. What kind of requirement? It is absolutely not that a requirement tha...

 America in Pakistan: Postcard from Hell‏


 Is America at war within itself? Its history offers alarming and dreadful signals to the whole of the mankind. In slightly over two centuries of its existence, America has fought more than two hundred wars. None seem to have had large scale global repercussions and disastrous consequences as is...

 US and Pakistan Locked in a ‘Drone Marriage’


Obama didn’t even mention “drones” when talking to the media after his meeting with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. So is it all Islamabad’s fault? Not really. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hit his meeting with US President Barack Obama in the White House with an overwhelming p...

 IEC Announces Preliminary List of 2014 Presidential Candidates


After a three-day delay, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the initial list of Presidential candidates for the spring elections. Out of 26 candidates, the IEC disqualified 16 from running and approved 10. Nearly all of the most prominent names that registered for the elections ...

 Obama reassures Pakistan on Afghanistan, not drones


Washington: US President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to consider Pakistan's concerns in post-war Afghanistan, but stayed mum on a call by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to end drone strikes. Obama welcomed Sharif to the White House after releasing $1.6 billion in aid -- mostly for the milita...

 NATO optimistic about U.S. security agreement with Afghanistan


BRUSSELS: NATO troops in Afghanistan are bracing for a bloody winter ahead of the country’s presidential election, a senior U.S. military official said Tuesday, warning of an anticipated spike in high-profile attacks and political assassinations during a season that typically brings a lull in fi...

 NATO's Rasmussen Pledges Afghan Support


BRUSSELS: NATO Secretary- General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says that the alliance will keep on supporting Afghanistan after the withdrawal of most foreign forces next year. Speaking to journalists after a meeting of NATO defense ministers on October 23, Rasmussen said that NATO and allies will c...

 NATO to scale back training for Afghan air force


NATO intends to refine its ambitious plan to train a fully functional Afghan air force and focus only on the most critical military capabilities needed after the combat mission ends by December 2014, according to the head of the Afghan air training command for the Western alliance. The plan ...

 As Afghanistan war ends, NATO shifts focus to preparation for future ops


STUTTGART, Germany: As NATO shifts away from a war-fighting footing with the end of combat operations in Afghanistan approaching; the alliance must find new, more affordable ways to maintain combat readiness, according to NATO’s commander of land forces. “In order to prevent that [post-war] d...

 Afghan businessman accused of channeling aid money to insurgency


KABUL: U.S. inspectors are on the trail of a successful Afghan businessman they believe has channeled millions of dollars in aid to the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network, one of the deadliest insurgent groups in Afghanistan, but still have donor-funded reconstruction contracts around the country. ...


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