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 Sad Day for Indian Culture: SC guillotines Family


In a marriage, sex is preceded by a commitment to develop a family life in accordance with the declared and undeclared rules of marriage in different communities. In a live in relationship, more often than not sex precedes the commitment. Today is a sad day for Indian Culture. The Family Syst...

 Why they don’t drop dead


LAST Friday the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) organized a ‘March against Hunger’ to demand that the government and civil society enhance people’s awareness of their right to basic nutrition and food security through combined efforts. I think this event was most timely given the utte...

 Double Standards for US War Crimes‏


U.S. pundits cheer when some African warlord or East European brute is dragged before an international tribunal, but not at the thought of justice being meted out to George W. Bush or other architects of post-9/11 torture and aggressive war on Iraq, as John LaForge notes.  In response to regul...

 My Bit for Change


Down to Earth – With a Bump It doesn’t happen quickly, it takes time. For a long time you can’t imagine it happening at all. Then one morning, you wake up and it’s living within you. A spiky, pebble in the midst of joyous certainty; disappointment. Disappointment in the Ummah, you are now a pa...

 Karzai Admonishes Media, Looking to Defend 'National Unity'


President Hamid Karzai on Thursday issued a stern warning to Afghan media, some of which he said was inciting ethnic strife and trying to undermine the Afghanistan's national unity. His comments came after Afghan lawmakers had serious debates recently over putting ethnic identities in additio...

 Highway 1 shows the difficulties ahead in Afghanistan


Insurgent attacks are regular occurrences on the strategic highway, and there is a question whether Afghan forces will ever be able to secure it. SOLTAN KHEYL, Afghanistan : Light, pale dust trail several U.S. soldiers as they head past twisted and blackened tanker trucks on Highway 1 in s...

 Study Finds Afghans Optimistic, Security Still Top Concern


The Asia Foundation recently conducted a study of Afghans indicating 57 percent of the country thinks Afghanistan is moving in the right direction. While Afghans appeared generally optimistic, and even more so than past years, they still had many concerns and anxieties about the future. Secu...

 Facebook isn’t Your Friend‏


The Unvarnished Truth A few days ago, I was told by the organizers of a “social media” festival that the hashtag was my “new best friend“. As I’ve never hugged a hashtag or cried on the shoulders of one, I felt it was important to question this “wisdom”. Like millions of others, I’m addicte...

 Attacks on Aid Workers Rise in Afghanistan, U.N. Says


KABUL, Afghanistan: The number of aid workers killed in Afghanistan has more than tripled this year, making the country by far the most dangerous place in the world for relief work, according to data released by United Nations officials here. Officials were reluctant to attribute the increase...

 Afghan refugees smarting under Iran sanctions


Afghans refugees living in Iran are being plunged deeper into poverty as sanctions slapped on Tehran over its disputed nuclear drive sap the economy, a refugee agency has warned. "Sanctions on Iran have been bad news for both Afghan refugees and for humanitarian operations," Jan Egeland, secr...

 Afghans Look Warily at Future Without U.S.


KABUL: The asking price for a house in Kabul's toniest district nearly doubled a week ago, after it became clear that an Afghan assembly would endorse a new security deal with the U.S. A day later, when President Hamid Karzai insisted on delaying the critical pact, the price plummeted back to it...

 Afghanistan and Russia debate corruption


Afghan media argue over reported corruption - while Russians try to stop criminal behavior among officials. And people go to the polls in India. A monitoring organization called Transparency International publishes an annual report, Corruption Perceptions Index, which looks at countries arou...

 'Dostum the Taliban Killer': Afghanistan's Pro-American Warlord


Recently one of Afghanistan's warlords did something that no warlord has ever done before; he apologized. The warlord, Abdul Rashid Dostum, an ethnic Uzbek Mongol who fought a long and bitter war against the Taliban-Al Qaeda alliance in the 1990s and against the mujahideen anti-Soviet rebels in ...

 While Karzai might be a pain in the you know what, he's got a point


From day one there has been little thought given by this White House to what happens after America leaves Afghanistan Hamid Karzai is kind of a diplomatic pain in the ass. Karzai has become an expert at sticking his finger in the eye of the United States – the same nation that has expended...

 Donors Will Halt Aid if BSA Not Signed: MPs


With differences between Kabul and Washington over the signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) still persistent, a number of Afghan Lawmakers warned on Wednesday that major donor countries would cut off aid to Afghanistan if the accord with the U.S. is not finalized. Over a week ago...

 Untold Story of Afghan Business Success


Business leaders in Nangarhar say production is growing despite insurgent threats. Afghanistan: Businessmen in Nangarhar, a province in eastern Afghanistan, complain that economic success stories there go largely unreported because of a media focus on insurgent violence. They say reporting ...

 Afghanistan Tops World Corruption List


In its annual report, Transparency International placed Afghanistan amongst the top most corrupt countries in the world, putting it in the company of countries like Somalia and North Korea. Transparency International indicated rampant corruption in Afghanistan was especially troubling given t...

 Iran Once Again Raises its Opposition with BSA


Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour once again raised his country's opposition to signing security pact between Kabul-Washington. "However Iran as a friend of Afghanistan declared its opposition to signing the BSA to Afghan officials, because signing...

 Human Rights Violations Fall to the Courts: IEC


Following a report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and supported by the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) calling on the Afghan government to pursue justice against war criminals, especially those involved in the elections, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesd...

 Recent Drone Strikes Strain U.S. Ties With Afghanistan and Pakistan


KABUL, Afghanistan: Two separate but similarly bitter disagreements over drone strikes in Pakistan and Afghanistan have complicated relations between the United States and those two countries at a delicate moment, again highlighting the political complications from America’s persistent reliance ...


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