Feature / Analysis

 Afghan educators struggle for funding as US aid budget shrinks


Cuts fuel fears among some Afghans that western governments are turning their backs on Kabul as NATO soldiers leave Kabul: The United States has stopped funding a charity that educates some of Afghanistan's most vulnerable abuse victims, including a tortured child bride and a teenager scarred b...

 Feature: Afghan children yearn for elusive peace


KABUL: "We are deprived of a happy childhood by the war and conflict. All that people pay attention to are politics and security. We need peace and stability," said Farhad Hashimi, a 16-year-old circus performer. Like many Afghan children, Hashimi is yearning for peace but with the present...

 Next Year’s Nawroz Festival to Be Held in Paghman Hill


Afghan government officials formally acknowledged on Sunday that the 2014 Nawroz Festival on March 21 would be held in Paghman Hill district of Kabul province, and spoke about preparation plans. Paghman Hill was reportedly chosen for its natural beauty by heads of state from the Nawroz Zone, ...

 MoFA Discusses Karzai’s Visit to Islamabad


Janan Mosazai, spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), spoke on Sunday about expectations going into President Karzai's upcoming trip to Pakistan on August 26. Mr. Mosazai announced that the agenda of Karzai's trip was finalized and said that the Afghan government was confident ther...

 Conference in Kabul Looks to Bridge Media and Education


At a conference in Kabul on Sunday, media representatives and government officials came together to discuss literacy in Afghanistan and how education can be promoted by the media industry. Highlighting the 60 percent illiteracy rate in Afghanistan, officials from the Literacy Department of the M...

 Why People Throw Shoes in Afghanistan


Afghanistan, these boots are made for throwing—at anyone who insults or harasses you. Sami Yousafzai and Ron Moreau on how flying footwear protects women and settles scores. On a sweltering day in Kabul two years ago, Afghan journalist Freshta Negah was in a rush to get to a reporting assignme...

 Flood insurance scheme overlooks climate change, warns LSE


New report from Grantham Institute says Flood Re proposals fail to take account of rising flood risk caused by global warming A new deal designed to ensure hundreds of thousands of homeowners at risk of flooding can continue to get insurance may be ineffective because it fails to take account...

 Karzai Brothers Patch Up Property Dispute


KABUL: The feuding brothers of Afghan President Hamid Karzai have patched up their dispute over a huge property development in the southern city of Kandahar, allowing the powerful family to present a more united front in the April elections that will pick the country's next leader. Mahmood K...

 As temperatures rise, pests and invasive plants thrive


Warmer weather can lead to more insects Next time you swat at a mosquito in early March, remember that it wasn’t always this way. Climate change is responsible for the escalation of relatively warm days in winter, meaning bugs of all kinds begin to stir earlier in the year than historic norm...

 Europe's forests nearing carbon saturation, study finds


The ability of Europe's aging forests to absorb carbon dioxide is heading towards saturation point, threatening one of the continent's main defenses against global warming, a study showed on Sunday. Forests from Spain to Sweden are getting older, packed with trees less good at soaking up the emi...

 Aryana Sayeed wants to make a difference for Afghanistan women


JUDGES on TV talent shows always attract controversy for making or breaking the careers of desperate wannabes - but for a glamorous 28-year-old female singer, the job is also a fight for Afghanistan's future. Aryana Sayeed is a judge on worldwide hit series The Voice that launched in Kabul i...

 Teenage juggling champs spin for glory in Afghan finals


His eyes red with concentration, Ahmad Zekria, 13, stumbled from the stage in triumph after keeping four balls spinning through the air for 33 minutes at Afghanistan's national juggling championships. Cheered on by his team-mates from Bamiyan province, Ahmad outlasted eight other young juggle...

 The U.S. Behaves Nothing Like a Democracy, But You'll Never Hear About It in Our 'Free Press'‏


In a powerful speech, Chomsky lays out how the majority of US policies are practically opposite of what wide swathes of the public wants. The following is transcript of a recent speech delivered Noam Chomsky in Bonn, Germany, at DW Global Media Forum - I'd like to comment on topics that I thi...

 U.S. Arms Industry Would Lose Big from Egypt Aid Cut-Off‏


UNITED NATIONS: The United States, which has refused to cut off its hefty 1.3 billion dollars in annual military aid to Egypt, continues to argue that depriving arms to the 438,500-strong security forces will only “destabilize” the crisis-ridden country. There is perhaps a more significant – b...

 Obama's Egypt Address: A License to Kill‏


August 15, 2013 President Obama's pallid audio address this morning from Martha's Vineyard made it sound as though he regarded the events in Egypt as a rude imposition on his vacation. Instead of enunciating a firm and clear policy, he moved from banality to platitude before veering off-course ...

 Come on Fareed Zakaria, it’s a big success!


This is the question asked by Fareed Zakaria to a sympathizer of Egyptian Army in a Television interview: “So, Bret, when you look at what's going on in Egypt, you now have a military coup that it's very difficult to make the case it was a soft coup.  And I understand the niceties of the American...

 Rejuvenating rains don't come to Namibian desert


ORUPEMBE, Namibia: The police are about the only people left in this village of 400 in the Namibian desert because the infrequent rains have ceased due to a drought, forcing residents to seek precious water and grazing ground elsewhere for their livestock. "They left for the other side of the mo...

 China's quiet achiever makes mark on energy's new frontier


As China's solar tycoons go, "Sun king" Shi Zhengrong and Miao Liansheng occupy different ends of the spectrum. In 2007, Shi's Suntech Power became the first Chinese solar energy company to list on the New York Stock Exchange. Its value rocketed to $US16 billion, valuing the Australian-trained so...

 In North Asia, a growing crisis of confidence in nuclear power


 A nuclear power plant in Taiwan may have been leaking radioactive water for three years, the government has said, adding to a growing crisis of confidence in North Asia about nuclear safety. Japan is struggling to contain radioactive water pouring out of the Fukushima nuclear plant that was wre...

 China and the environment: The East is grey


China is the world’s worst polluter but largest investor in green energy. Its rise will have as big an impact on the environment as on the world economy or politics ALL industrial nations one day hit an environmental turning-point, an event that dramatizes to the population the ecological conseq...


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