Feature / Analysis

 US wants India to push Karzai to ink security deal


With Hamid Karzai stonewalling every US effort to conclude a bilateral security agreement, the Obama Administration is pinning its hopes on India to persuade the Afghan President to sign the deal and end the current political imbroglio on the issue. A top Obama administration official has des...

 Afghanistan: muzzling the media to win the war


The public loses out when the army is allowed to dominate the information battlefield. When Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced a formal end to the ADF's commitment in Afghanistan during a whistle-stop trip to Tarin Kowt on October 28, 2013, he observed that ''Australia's longest war is ending, ...

 MP, Traffic Cop Win 'Honest Man' Award


Civil society groups and the Afghan Anti-corruption Network declared this year's winners of the "Honest Man" award MP Dr. Ramazan Bashardost and a traffic officer Abdul Saboor. The "Honest Man" award is given annually to praise certain individuals for the integrity of their work, often focusi...

 Salang Roads Could Go Bad to Worse in Winter


According to Salang commuters, the roads are in horrible condition and are constant trouble for drivers. However, with the winter weather setting in, many fear things may only get worse, posing a major hazard to public safety. "Salang roads are in a very bad condition; there is no water drain...

 Officials Try to Explain Price Hike


Local Afghan markets have seen price hikes in recent months, causing a number of economic leaders to weigh in on the issue and try to explain its impetus. Depending on who you ask, however, the rise in prices has been caused by pressures from abroad, the delay in signing the Kabul-Washington sec...

 How The West Lost Respect For International Law


One Norwegian officer left Lebanon with a typed report on torture taped to his chest Odd Karsten Tveit was always a very obsessional chap. Every story he covered, he always wanted to dig deeper, study further, hear one more tale of horror, one more joke, one more historical fact. We all covered...

 Human Rights Impetus


Experts say an already dire situation could get worse after next year’s pull-out of NATO forces. Afghanistan: Mohammad Yousef, a 60-year-old from Paktia province, is in Kabul try to find out what has happened to his 14-year-old son. After he was detained by Afghan security forces, the boy has b...

 Planes Parked in Weeds in Kabul After $486 Million Spent


Sixteen broken-down transport planes that cost U.S. taxpayers at least $486 million are languishing among the weeds, wooden cargo boxes and old tires at Kabul International Airport, waiting to be destroyed without ever being delivered to the Afghan Air Force. The special inspector general for...

 In Afghanistan, a wedding engagement, a bomb, and an army veteran’s quest to move on


KABUL: One week before his wedding, on a day when his fiancée picked out a gold-plated necklace, when his father borrowed silverware for hundreds of guests, when his mother waited for her son to return from the front lines, Sgt. Masiullah Hamdard stepped on the bomb that tore off his legs and le...

 Snowden Document Shows Canada Set Up Spy Posts For NSA‏


CSEC conducted espionage activities for U.S. in 20 countries, according to top-secret briefing note   A top secret document retrieved by American whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals Canada has set up covert spying posts around the world and conducted espionage against trading partners at the r...

 Fighting to footwear: US Army veteran's Afghan factory plan


After three tours of duty in Afghanistan, former US special operations soldier Matthew Griffin now wants to help the country by opening a factory there instead of going on combat missions. Mr. Griffin, who was an Army Rangers captain, is the founder and chief executive of footwear business Co...

 From refugee to war reporter: Yalda Hakim fled Afghanistan as a baby and now reports from the world’s conflict zones


Yalda Hakim has no memory of the dark night her family set off for the Pakistan border. She was just six months old, and strapped tightly to her mother’s back. Her older brother and sister marched ahead alongside their father, two laden horses, and the armed people- smugglers who had agreed to g...

 Troops in Afghanistan Tell Hagel of Sequester Worries


CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan: Washington isn’t the only place waiting to see if there is a budget deal. Troops in Afghanistan are also hoping a Congressional deal can come together this week to roll back, at least temporarily, the across the board spending cuts known as sequester. Defense Se...

 Bangladesh is in a violent phase and India must do all it can to see a friendly regime return to power


DHAKA: Bangladesh is headed for a political crisis that might impact Asia's regional balance. When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was in China signing the border defense agreement and addressing future ideologues at the Chinese Communist Party school, Indian diplomats in Dhaka were desperately tr...

 In Afghanistan, People Died for No Good Reason


And keeping the troops there won't change that. Last week a remarkable exchange about the future role of the U.S. military in Afghanistan took place on the MSNBC program Andrea Mitchell Reports. In a discussion of the U.S. government’s uncertain negotiations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai ...

 Inevitability of Loss: Can Congress reverse it?


Kejriwal to emerge as a national factor     It now looks inevitable. Congress is set to lose the next parliamentary elections. I am trying to communicate to the big party leaders for last several months about this inevitability if they do not make drastic moves. This is not that I was alone in...

 Former Israeli Foreign Minister admits to murder and prostitution in earlier years


The former Foreign Minister of the Zionist State of Israel has admitted that she murdered scholars in Europe and was protected by MOSSAD for whom she worked. She also admits to having been a prostitute targeting persons in order to record the sex and use for bribery, manipulation or to obtain se...

 US defense secretary urges Afghanistan to sign security pact


Kabul: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will visit US troops in Afghanistan on Sunday after appealing to Kabul to sign a long-delayed security accord allowing NATO forces to stay in the country after 2014 Hagel will travel outside the Afghan capital to greet American troops in the field a day af...

 Killer marine given special protection in jail amid Islamist attack fears


Sgt Alexander Blackman, the Royal Marine jailed for murdering a Taliban insurgent, is segregated from other inmates as senior ex-Royal Navy figure urges protection for family The Royal Marine who executed an injured Taliban insurgent is being placed under special protection measures in pris...

 Attorney general launch probe into controversial racist remarks


The Attorney General Office of Afghanistan has launched an investigation into alleged racial discrimination in a private TV channel in Afghanistan. A spokesman for the Attorney General Office, Basir Azizi said Ismail Yun, Abdul Wahid Taqat and Bismillah Afghan Mal were summoned to Attorney G...


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