Feature / Analysis

 Theater review: ‘Love in Afghanistan’ is predictable, half-hearted


Romance at first sight usually means being taken by surprise — “gobsmacked,” as one of the characters puts it in the awkwardly swoony “Love in Afghanistan” at Arena Stage. And the four figures in Charles Randolph-Wright’s premiere drama, generously laced with droll comedy, are nothing if not gob...

 MoD has 'serious questions' to answer over Camp Bastion raid


Revealed: How defense cuts helped Taliban devastate Camp Bastion Senior military figures and politicians are calling on the Ministry of Defense to mount an investigation into a catastrophic attack on Britain’s main base in Afghanistan. The calls come as the Commons Defense Select Committee con...

 What The 'Zero Option' Would Look Like In Afghanistan


What if the United States pulled its troops out of Afghanistan? The general assumption is that as Washington and Kabul work to hammer out a long-term security agreement, a way will be found to maintain a U.S. troop presence after 2014. The two sides have reached a preliminary agreement on ...

 NATO Reduces Scope of Its Afghanistan Plans


BRUSSELS: After months of tense negotiations over the size and role of a postwar presence in Afghanistan, senior North Atlantic Treaty Organization officials say they are planning a more minimalist mission, with a force consisting of fewer combat trainers and more military managers to ensure tha...

 Please Tell Me, Mr. President, Why a US Drone Assassinated my Mother‏


Momina Bibi was a 67-year-old grandmother and midwife from Waziristan. Yet President Obama tells us drones target terrorists The last time I saw my mother, Momina Bibi, was the evening before Eid al-Adha. She was preparing my children's clothing and showing them how to make sewaiyaan, a trad...

 Thailand suffers worst dengue epidemic in more than 20 years


BANGKOK: Thailand is experiencing its largest dengue epidemic in more than two decades, with a record number of people infected by the mosquito-borne disease and 126 fatalities so far this year, health experts said on Thursday, pointing to climate change as a factor behind the spike in cases. "...

 Common cause between America, Afghanistan


Retired Gen. John R. Allen, a Marine, commanded the U.S. and NATO security mission in Afghanistan from July 2011 to February 2013. He is a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution, where Michael O’Hanlon is a senior fellow in the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence. Th...

 Asia Society Looks to Rally Afghan Youth Leaders


On the first day of a two-day meeting organized by the Asia Society in Kabul on Friday, officials of the foundation announced that they had selected over 40 Afghan youth leaders from various fields to come together and discuss how best to address the challenges facing Afghanistan. Sixty perc...

 Candidates Should Talk Platforms, Substance: FEFA


Following Tuesday's announcement of the preliminary list of Presidential candidates, which saw the field narrow from 26 to just 10, the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) asked the contenders to roll out their platforms and explain their policy plans to the public. Altho...

 Window Closes for Challenges to IEC Disqualifications


The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) said that the 48-hour filing period for challenges regarding decisions to disqualify candidates from running in the spring elections ended on Thursday night. The ECC is set to begin the hearing process in which challenges will be assessed and judged on S...

 Afghan man admits his homosexuality


Homosexuality is considered serious crime in Afghanistan and the possible punishment for homosexuals may include the death penalty. However, gay community is secretly flourishing in Afghanistan. In some cases, the homosexual Afghans are coming out of the closets and openly speak about their h...

 Are Afghanistan's Schools Doing As Well As Touted?


It's one of the most touted "positive statistics" about Afghanistan: Today, there are 10 million Afghans enrolled in school, 40 percent of them female. Under the Taliban, about 1 million boys and almost no girls were attending schools. Western officials routinely point to the revived educati...

 U.S. 'Troop Immunity' Issue Misjudged by Afghans: Experts


A number of Afghan law experts have sought to clear up misconceptions surrounding the issue referred to as "troop immunity," which is said to be the only remaining part of the Washington-Kabul Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) still not settled. Give the judgment on the issue, along with the re...

 Disqualification Of Afghan Presidential Candidates Sparks Row


There are still months to go before Afghans go to the polls to elect a new president on April 5. But there are already questions over how credible the vote will be. Afghan and Western observers alike have expressed concerns that the widespread fraud that marred the 2009 presidential election ...

 Despite billions in aid, Afghans can't find work


KABUL, Afghanistan: Hundreds of men, some on crutches, all wearing tattered clothing, gather shortly before dawn at major intersections throughout Kabul and other Afghan cities. Displaying primitive tools such as a level or a trowel, they seek labor that is often backbreaking, always temporary a...

 Security pact delay hampers NATO plans for post-2014 Afghanistan


BRUSSELS: NATO has agreed the outline of a military force it intends to keep in Afghanistan after its combat mission there ends next year, but troop numbers remain uncertain due to ongoing talks between Washington and Kabul. NATO defense ministers endorsed a "strategic planning assessment" on...

 Don't abandon the women of Afghanistan


Afghanistan's presidential election season is underway. In a sign of genuine political progress, the government has begun accepting nominations for candidates to succeed President Hamid Karzai. This process started just weeks after the nation's Assembly passed legislation providing a legal frame...

 Feature: In Kabul, orphaned children are forced to support their families


KABUL: It may not be true in urban cities in other parts of the world for children to work in order to support their families, but in this capital city, it is not unusual. Shapoor, 9, is one of these poor Afghan children who are forced to toil the whole day in the streets of Kabul to earn bre...

 Egypt's lobby by proxy wields outsize influence in DC


Washington's soft line on Cairo's military coup is shaped by pro-Israel and defense lobbies, not democracy News recently broke that the Obama administration would be cutting military aid to Egypt in response to the country's military coup and its crackdown against nonviolent protesters. These c...

 Ten Explosive U.S. Government Secrets about Israel‏


Absent greater transparency, Americans should assume the worst    "IRmep" - - In 1968 Director of Central Intelligence Richard Helms wrote urgently to Attorney General Ramsey Clark and President Lyndon B. Johnson that some highly enriched uranium fueling Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor was st...


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Opinion

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