Feature / Analysis

 Afghans Fend Off Taliban Threat in Pivotal Year


KABUL, Afghanistan: When the Taliban announced the beginning of their spring offensive, they saw few limits to their ambitions: to kill top Afghan officials across every major ministry, to plot even more infiltration attacks against Americans and to bloody, break and drive off the Afghan securit...

 Experts Say Baradar Released, But Under Supervision


A number of Pakistani political and military experts have said that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's former second-in-command, was in fact freed from imprisonment, but remains under close supervision by Pakistani security forces. "Mullah Baradar has been released from the custody of ...

 ICG Report Skeptical of Afghan Women's Progress, Anxious About Future


In a recent report titled "Women and Conflict in Afghanistan," the International Crisis Group (ICG) expressed major concerns about the future of Afghan women and detailed a number of harsh realities in the current state of women's rights. The ICG's report comes at a time when Afghan women's r...

 Killer hornets wreak havoc


Red alerts after rapid increase in number of venomous insects poses huge threat to people's safety, He Na reports. If you ask what are the most-feared venomous animals and insects, most people would say snakes, scorpions and spiders. But if you ask that question in the villages around Ankang in S...

 1973 Arab oil embargo shaped energy policy


James Schlesinger was sitting at his desk in the Pentagon when the Saudi oil minister’s cable arrived: “According to his Majesty King Faisal,” it read, “I am instructed to cut off all oil supplies to the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean and to your forces in Europe.” It was October 1973 and Arab...

 China Is in the Market for Dirty U.S. Fuel


While countries across Latin America, Europe and even the Middle East are buying a lot of U.S.-produced gasoline and low-sulfur diesel that meets their stringent air-quality control, China is in the market for something dirtier. The country, which has pledged not to sacrifice the environment for...

 World Bank support for China solar and wind power may have cost U.S. jobs


As investment in alternative energy rebounded in 2011, U.S. wind and solar companies found stiff new competition — Chinese firms dominating the green industries that American officials looked to for growth. Supporting those Chinese companies was a surprising patron: the World Bank, a Washington-...

 Gas flare draws thousands of birds to their deaths, and ignites questions


The conditions that night were a perfect storm -- foggy, low cloud cover, an early fall evening that was right for flight. How many birds flew past the flare on a recent September night at the Canaport LNG plant, north of Maine in New Brunswick, Canada, isn't known. But managers at the liquefied...

 Afghan Presidential Hopeful Rejects Corruption Allegations


Former Governor of Two Provinces Has Strong Backing in Parts of Afghanistan's South KABUL: Gul Agha Shirzai, one of the leading contenders for the Afghan presidency, has begun his election campaign defending his name against corruption allegations contained in classified U.S. diplomatic repor...

 Votes sell for about $5 in Afghanistan as presidential race begins


MARCO, Afghanistan: Sayed Gul walked into a small mud brick room in eastern Afghanistan, a bundle wrapped in a shawl on his back. With a flick, he plonked the package onto a threadbare carpet and hundreds of voter cards spilled out. "How many do you want to buy?" he asked with a grin. Lik...

 Pakistani Anxiety Over Kabul-Washington Security Pact


With a conclusion to the Kabul-Washington Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) on the horizon after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made an unexpected trip to the Afghan capital to hash out issues delaying its signing, some across the border in Pakistan have expressed worries about the possible...

 Initial Election Polling Reveals Three Favorites


ATR-Consulting and TOLOnews surveyed the residents of Afghanistan's 34 provinces about nominees registered for the spring Presidential election. The survey, after the Independent Election Commission's (IEC) official registration process concluded, revealed that the majority of respondents who ha...

 Has Science Discovered God?


The earth-shattering news stunned the scientific community. Recent discoveries about the universe and complexity of life had convinced many scientists that a super intelligence was behind the planning and creation of our universe. In the early 21st century, the world’s leading atheist Antony Fle...

 Hamid Karzai builds his power base as he prepares to step down


Hamid Karzai appears to be positioning himself at the center of power in Afghanistan, even though he has to step down as president A new power base is slowly taking shape in Kabul. Tucked beyond a sandbagged checkpoint and hidden behind a 15ft concrete – clad wall, builders are renovating a...

 Afghan-US talks: A bad end to the ‘good war’?


Analysis: Washington and Kabul cobble together a bilateral security agreement, but Afghanistan’s future remains uncertain. Late Saturday, Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced they had resolved most major issues that had been stalling a key security accord...

 When Canada made Afghanistan worse


In those early, hopelessly naive years, when Canadian soldiers and their energetic general encamped in Kandahar to kill “scumbags” and set Afghanistan on the road to democracy, the accompanying media fell into line – in love with the general, the soldiers and their mission. The early coverage...

 World Bank sees Afghan economic growth tumbling 10 percent in 2013


KABUL: Afghan economic growth, largely reliant on international aid and security spending, will tumble more than 10 percent this year as foreign troops withdraw and endemic corruption and violence sap development, the World Bank said. Afghanistan ranks among the most corrupt nations in the world...

 Afghanistan's 'Wild West'


Towns in the Wild West often had “Wanted” posters offering a reward for helping catch a bad guy. Southern Afghanistan has a lot in common with the Wild West including regular gunfights and wanted posters alerting service members to various folk who the authorities are looking for. Lately, ...

 Sharp decrease projected in Afghanistan economic growth rate


The World Bank in its latest report has projected a sharp decrease in Afghanistan’s economic growth during the year 2013. The report based on South Asia Economic Focus was released on Wednesday by World Bank, and it predicts a sharp decline in economic growth rate of Afghanistan, from 14.4 per...

 Muhaz-e-Millie Weighs in on Presidential Race, Candidates' Pasts


Said Hamid Gilani, deputy of Muhaz-e-Millie, recently spoke about discussions between political and religious leaders looking to collaborate tickets registered for the Presidential election to avoid an overcrowded field of candidates in the spring. He also responded to the subject of candidates'...


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