Feature / Analysis

 Does Robert Gates memoir hint at Obama's next Afghanistan moves?


Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he witnessed a president making the right decisions and following the right strategy in Afghanistan, but not really believing in them.Washington: In his new memoir spanning his years as secretary of Defense, Robert Gates offers a harsh assessment of Preside...

 War Policies Tested From Mideast, Afghanistan


WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama is confronted with a recent burst of strength by al-Qaida that is chipping away at the remains of Mideast stability, testing his hands-off approach to conflicts in Iraq and Syria at the same time he pushes to keep thousands of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Al-Qaida-b...

 The child bomb plot and the challenges of reporting on Afghanistan


The story of a girl suicide bomber was widely reported but details from her remote, violent district were confusing and contradictory .It was another heartbreaking story from Afghanistan. An eight year-old girl had been picked up outside a police station after a failed attempt by her father, a Talib...

 Optimism at Security Transition in Afghan Southeast


In Zabul province, locals say the situation is better now that Afghan troops have replaced foreigners.Afghanistan: One of the big uncertainties facing Afghanistan in 2014 is whether the national security forces will be able to cope once NATO-led troops complete their planned withdrawal. In Zabul, a ...

 Poverty and Inflation: Open Letter to Finance Minister


Dear Mr. Finance Minister Every year, the Annual Budget is announced with great fanfare. It is really unfortunate that most governments do cater only to the demands of the corporates in the first 3 budgets and take certain measures for the masses only when the elections approach. The budget talks on...

 Letter to George W. Bush Iraqis, Including Children, Continue to Die or Suffer Terribly


George W. BushGeorge W. Bush Presidential CenterPO Box 560887Dallas, Texas, 57356Dear Mr. Bush: A few days ago I received a personalized letter from your Presidential Center which included a solicitation card for donations that actually provided words for my reply. They included “I’m honored to help...

 In India, a Specter For Us All, And A Resistance Coming


In five-star hotels on Mumbai's seafront, children of the rich squeal joyfully as they play hide and seek. Nearby, at the National Theatre for the Performing Arts, people arrive for the Mumbai Literary Festival: famous authors and notables drawn from India's Raj class. They step deftly over a woman ...

 Erdogan Rallies Turks Against ‘Foreign’ Plots


"History will not forgive those who have become mixed up in this game," Erdogan said in a televised end of year address.ISTANBUL – Concluding a tough year in Turkish politics, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pleaded for Turks support in his fight against what he considers an alleged plot tar...

 Feature: Harsh winter compounds suffering of displaced persons in Afghanistan


KABUL: Due to the unabated violence in the countryside perpetrated by the Taliban and other militant groups, thousands of Afghan families have been forced to flee home to seek asylum in big cities. But in the big cities like Kabul, these Afghans are facing hardship, especially during this time of th...

 Hamid Karzai, crafty or crazy?


Some of both, perhaps, but it helps to understand the culture in which Karzai must operateVerbal fireworks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his American benefactors have flared once again, this time over his backtracking on the Bilateral Security Agreement that would govern U.S. activities ...

 Who's afraid of 2014?


As Afghanistan enters its 35th year of conflict, its people are more resigned than fearful.In 2014 Afghanistan will enter its thirty-fifth year of conflict. But with more than 40 nations providing military and civilian aid, the current round of fighting stands out for the direct role foreign powers ...

 Insurgents could quickly bounce back in Afghanistan, analysis warns


If U.S. troops fully withdraw next year, a resurgent Taliban could launch serious strikes within months, say officials familiar with a classified assessment.WASHINGTON : U.S. intelligence agencies warn in a new, classified assessment that insurgents could quickly regain control of key areas of Afgha...

 War Criminals Among Candidates: ECC


Abdul Satar Saadat, the head of the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC), recently acknowledged that among the 11 Presidential candidates running in the 2014 elections there are a number of war criminals. The top election official's comments are likely to stir up some controversy, being embraced by...

 Why Afghanistan's election campaign may look familiar to American TV viewers


American-style debates, polling and current affairs programming are bringing a whole new level of political punditry to Afghanistan as the country prepares to elect a new president.Campaign managers, TV producers and pollsters are hot commodities in Kabul as live "town halls" and meet-and-greet inte...

 Ashraf Ghani emerges as leading candidate in pre-election survey


According to a new survey report, Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has emerged as the leading candidate as compared to other presidential candidates. Glevum Associates and its Afghan research partner AIRC in its latest survey report ‘Afghan Presidential Pre-Election National Opini...

 Polling Comes to Afghanistan, Suggesting Limit to Sway of President Karzai


KABUL, Afghanistan: In the 12 years since the United States helped oust the Taliban, Afghanistan has held four national elections. But Afghans are only now experiencing a phenomenon that has been upending conventional wisdom in more established democracies for decades: polling. Three recent polls ar...

 'Complete Drawdown' Could Be Catastrophic: U.S. Experts


'Complete Drawdown' Could Be Catastrophic: U.S. ExpertsExperts from the United States Institute Of Peace warned this week that if U.S. President Barack Obama is unable to convince the Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), the results could be catastrophic. The...

 Afghanistan in 2014: Importance to stretch well past borders


As the U.S. exit from Afghanistan nears, we can expect to hear steadily more about the lessons we should have learned since international intervention in the country back in 2001. But one dimension of the Afghan effort that might get overlooked next year is this: how has the Afghan conflict impacted...

 From MRAP to scrap: U.S. military chops up $1-million vehicles


The giant mine-resistant trucks have saved countless lives in Afghanistan, but the Pentagon says keeping them is too expensive.BAGRAM, Afghanistan: Faced with an epidemic of deadly roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. military officials ordered up a fleet of V-hulled 16-ton armored behemoths...

 Afghanistan’s new model army


After three decades of conflict, many young Afghans have only ever known war. But for the first time since its inception, The Afghan National Army has recruited a new breed of soldiers for a year of rigorous training at the new Afghan National Army Officer Academy – modeled on the British Royal Mili...


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