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 Endless Occupation? Afghanistan To Have US Troops Indefinitely? Security Agreement Draft Leaked‏


  Afghanistan may not be seeing a full withdrawal of US troops soon, as many had expected. A newly obtained US-Afghanistan security agreement draft suggests that US forces will stay for much longer than originally expected, possibly indefinitely. The draft includes an agreement for US military o...

 Whose land is this?


MR. Abid Hasan Minto, president of the Awami Workers’ Party, has done well to go before the Supreme Court to challenge the 1990 judgment of the Federal Shariat Court’s appellate bench declaring land reforms to be un-Islamic. After that judgment it became fashionable to pronounce the demise of f...

 Tony Blair: Never In The Field Of Human History Has One Man Earned So Much From The Deaths Of So Many‏


Just as we learned that the US and UK governments were conspiring to stop us learning the truth of the Bush-Blair Iraq conspiracy, Tony Blair picked up £150,000 for an hour-long speech in Dubai In the last fortnight a number of media commentators accused Russell Brand of naivete and political ig...

 Are Vitamins Really A Healthy Choice?


Millions of people around the world open their morning by popping a handful of vitamins into their mouth. They do this because they were advised to take a certain vitamin by their doctor, or have a friend or relative that swears by their daily vitamins. But over the past few years, there is incr...

 Mind your maliciousness, Mr. Modi; Mr. Rahul is no match


Rahul’s Reply to EC needs to be made public     The media has simply gone one way, obviously the wrong way. Forgetting its duty to present the facts, it has begun only to serve its paymasters. The result is that while inherently dangerous and cruel remarks of Modi are being ignored, even good ...

 Is there a PlayStation in Jannah?


Some years back my 11 year old son asked me if I thought there would be a PlayStation in Jannah (Paradise), because really, if there wasn’t going to be one, then he didn’t know if he still wanted to go there. While I was gratified to be thought so knowledgeable, I was also aware that my reputati...

 Afghan woman Dr. Sakina Yaqoobi wins $1 million Opus prize


An Afghan woman was awarded the 2013 Opus Prize at a ceremony at Georgetown University for her work for her humanitarian efforts in education sector. Dr. Sakina Yaqoobi is a trained public health specialist and the president of Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), which is an Afghan women-led...

 Kabul's school of rock offers lessons for life


KABUL: With a sense of showmanship that would have impressed Freddie Mercury, Salahdeen, aged seven, struts his way through a passionate rendition of "We Will Rock You" - all part of the learning process at Kabul's "school of rock”. Founded two years ago in a living room in the Afghan capital, t...

 Afghan Farmers: Opium Is The Only Way To Make A Living


Lashkar Gah is the capital of the volatile province that alone grows half of Afghanistan's opium poppy. Cultivation here grew by 34 percent over last year. On Fridays, hundreds of men gather at the bazaar along the Helmand River, the lifeblood of this arid province. Vendors sell everything f...

  Afghan women’s gains are at risk


Twelve years ago this week, the Taliban regime retreated from Kabul. Children were finally free to fly kites, women emerged from behind their burqas and girls could again dream of going to school. Women and girls have made hard-won advancements. Afghan women have seats in parliament, run busines...

 Kerry, Clinton: Afghanistan nearing turning point


WASHINGTON: Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, said Friday that Afghanistan is reaching a turning point in maintaining the advances made by women in Afghan society and any future security agreement needs to respect the rights of women. Kerry said Afghan...

 Women's Turnout Weak in Voter Registration Third Round: IEC


The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said after the third round of the voter registration process ended on November 11 that turnout from Afghan women had been disappointingly low. Of the roughly three million Afghans who have received voting cards this year, the IEC said only 30 percent o...

 Home Remedies for Treating a Double Chin


A double chin is not fun to have. It makes us self-conscious, makes us feel overweight and may create distress. While there are methods such as cosmetic surgeries and liposuction that can remove the problem, it is possible to get rid of a double chin using natural solutions and some lifestyle ch...

 Afghan Child Labor in Focus


In a radio message on Thursday night, President Hamid Karzai called attention to child labor problems in Afghanistan and urged Afghan families and businesses not to exploit the desperation of many young Afghans for work. Sixty percent of Afghans are said to be under the age of 20. The younge...

 Jirga Organizers Say Jirga Will Not Undermine Parliament


While many maintain the upcoming Loya Jirga wield's undue power over the all-important Kabul-Washington security pact, Sediq Mudaber, the head of the Jirga organizing commission's secretariat on Friday argued otherwise. President Hamid Karzai's decision to defer to a Loya Jirga judgment on t...

 Final Candidate List Delayed: ECC


The final list of eligible Presidential and Provincial Council candidates of the spring elections was scheduled to be released tomorrow, November 16. However, officials from the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) have said that the names will not be known for another few days. The Indepen...

 CIA's Financial Spying Bags Data on Americans


Information on International Money Transfers Includes Financial and Personal Data of Americans The Central Intelligence Agency is building a vast database of international money transfers that includes millions of Americans' financial and personal data, officials familiar with the program say...

 Mullah Fazlullah’s Rise Complicates Ties Between Kabul, Islamabad


The rise of Mullah Fazlullah as the Pakistani Taliban's leader marks not only a power shift within the militant network but also threatens to ignite fresh conflict between Islamabad and Kabul. ISLAMABAD: The rise of Mullah Fazlullah as the Pakistani Taliban’s new leader marks not only a power ...

 UN: Afghan Opium Cultivation at Record High


The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported that opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has risen to a record high, possibly spurred on by farmers seeking to insure their incomes against uncertain conditions after the NATO troop pullout concludes in 2014. In the report, released on ...

 Afghanistan Needs Producers, Not Pity


Award-winning helmer says nation is brimming with talent, but its film industry needs support and structure Afghan filmmaker Siddiq Barmak won a Golden Globe for his first movie, 2004’s “Osama” — the tale of a teenage girl who pretends to be a boy to get a job and support her widowed mother an...


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Opinion

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  • US working with Pakistan, Afghanistan to end terrorism — Feldman

    Special representative dismisses allegations that Islamabad does not w...

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