Feature / Analysis

 At American University of Afghanistan, anxiety about the future as U.S. pullout nears


KABUL: It is easy to drive past the American University of Afghanistan, barricaded by blast walls and guard towers. There is no sign, no American flag, no emblem. But those who slip through its nondescript door enter a tiny corner of this country that is unique, wondrous and heavily subsidize...

  In Afghanistan, Still No End in Sight


Kabul: It is only six months until presidential elections and 14 months until all international combat forces leave Afghanistan, yet a political settlement with the Taliban before then seems increasingly remote. Analysts, political leaders and negotiators say there is no end in sight to the more...

 Afghan Widow on Taliban Hit List Eyes Presidency as U.S. Exits


Fawzia Koofi remembers the first time she spoke back to a man. She was in the fourth grade, and had just scolded her cousin for calling her “nobody” -- a common insult for young girls growing up in Afghanistan. “I had to start breaking taboos in our family,” Koofi, who at 38 is now considerin...

 U.S. says deal needed ‘soon’ on post-2014 force in Afghanistan


Washington: A top Pentagon official said Friday it would be a “tragedy” if Afghan and U.S. negotiators failed to clinch a deal allowing U.S. troops to stay in the country after 2014. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he told leaders in Kabul during a visit earlier this month that Presi...

 International donors may cut aid to Afghanistan over corruption


The independent anti-graft watchdog, Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) on Saturday warned that international donors will cut funding to Afghan projects unless action is taken to stop rampant graft from going unpunished. Drago Kos, chairman of the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (M...

 Girls 'go for men with green cars'


•    GIRLS go for men with "green" cars rather than those with gas-guzzlers, according to a British survey. •     •    More than half of women reckon drivers of expensive sports cars are arrogant, the poll from Motors.co.uk found. •    But many women and men too, found drivers of eco-friendly c...

 China Wants to Cut Down on Coal—And That's Bad for Global Warming


The current plan to address one of China’s pressing environmental crises—polluted urban air—could have the unintended effect of creating other ecological catastrophes in China and beyond. Northern China’s reliance on burning coal for heat and energy contributes to the heavy haze that shrouds cit...

 Recipe to Rescue Muslims


            To rescue Muslims, Islam has to be rescued first! To rescue Islam we will have to get rid of all sectarianists first!             Now how to get rid of entrepreneur class of sectarianists is the real fundamental question & daunting challenge!             Islam being the Divine Re...

 Climate change hits Upper Mustang


•    Entire village moving to better area The ever increasing scarcity of water for irrigation and for people to drink has forced a historically and culturally rich community of Upper Mustang to migrate to a new place, residents of the region have claimed. While there has not been any official...

 'Donkey Ambulance' Rides To The Rescue Of Afghan Women In Labor


Afghanistan has some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world, and a high concentration of donkeys. Enter the maternity saddle -- a new invention that promises to carry women in labor across Afghanistan's difficult terrain so they can get the medical care they need. ...

 Top Taliban Official Softens Stand, Accepts Mistakes and Talks Peace


After Mutasem Agha Jan, the leader of the Taliban's Political Committee, issued a statement mentioning the group's views about the political process of the country, several Afghan political experts have interpreted it as an indication of their willingness to be a part of the modern political sys...

 Seymour Hersh on Death of Osama bin Laden: ‘It’s One Big Lie, Not One Word Of It Is True’‏


Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism – close down the news bureaus of NBC and ABC, sack 90% of editors in publishing and get back to the fundamental job of journalists which, he says, is to be an outsider. It doesn’t take much to fire up Hersh, the investigative jour...

 IMF Imposes Stringent Austerity Measures on Pakistan


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a $US 6.64 billion bailout loan on September 4 to increase Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves. In exchange, it demanded strict austerity measures that will devastate the living conditions of workers and the poor. The cash-strapped Pakistan Muslim ...

 90 Percent Males in Balkh and Kabul Against Women’s Participation in Politics: Oxfam


A recent study conducted by Oxfam International revealed that 94 percent of women from Kabul and Balkh provinces are either not allowed to participate in the political processes of Afghanistan or do not have any knowledge about their rights and ways in which they can contribute in the political ...

 MPs Launch Campaign Encouraging Youths to Participate in Elections


In an effort to encourage the youths of Afghanistan to actively participate in the next spring's election, Young Afghan MPs launched a campaign titled- "Role of youth in the elections" on Thursday. The MPs through the campaign called out to the young boys and girls, urging them to participate in...

 Kabul City Witnesses All-Female Political Movement-“Mawje Tahwol”


For the first time in the history of Afghanistan, several women from across the country got together in Kabul city on Thursday to start a political movement titled- "Mawje Tahwol," meaning "waves of change" in Dari. The movement has been started in order to encourage greater women's participatio...

 Afghan troops blunt Taliban offensive but at high price


In their first fighting season leading combat operations, Afghan security forces blunted a planned Taliban offensive and held their ground, but the initial success has come at a heavy price in casualties, highlighting the need to improve the fighting effectiveness of Afghan government forces. ...

 Afghan Anger as Taliban Get Out of Jail


Rather than contributing to reconciliation process, many of those freed return to violence, officials claim Afghanistan: Politicians and analysts in Afghanistan have condemned a series of releases of Taliban prisoners, arguing that such moves have failed to bring the insurgents any closer to ...

 After Pakistani church bombing, Sharif gives up on Taliban peace talks


ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called off plans for unconditional peace talks with militant insurgents after a series of deadly terrorist attacks that culminated in Sunday’s suicide bombing of a church, which killed 83 people. “We had proposed peace talks with the Taliba...

 Afghan interpreter in danger of having US visa revoked, fears Taliban revenge


The Afghan interpreter who finally received a visa for a new life in the U.S.could have it revoked after only two weeks -- and has gone into hiding amid fears he and his family have become targets of the Taliban. Janis Shinwary already had quit his job as a translator for the U.S. military s...


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Opinion

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    WASHINGTON: Until now, fighting the Afghan war has been an American pr...

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  • ‘The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014’ by Carlotta Gall

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