Feature / Analysis

 U.N. ‘Troubled’ by Australia’s New Policy on Asylum Seekers


SYDNEY, Australia: The United Nations said Friday that it was “troubled” by Australia’s new policy to stem the tide of people undertaking dangerous boat journeys to seek asylum there, the latest in a series of public criticisms of the government’s tough new deterrence-based approach. The maj...

 Unease at Pakistani Schools in Afghan Province


Lack of state schools in Taleban-dominated parts of Paktika mean children are forced to learn in Urdu. Fifteen-year-old Afghan schoolboy Emran Khan is proud of his detailed knowledge of Pakistani history. Questioned about the number of provinces in Pakistan, he smiles and answers confident...

 Call 911


Say you’re a Westerner in Afghanistan, trying to do some business, and suddenly you find yourself in a bit of a scrape—allegations of wrongdoing, of criminal activity, maybe even of personal violence. The legal system in Afghanistan is opaque. Where do you go for help? Americans are often acc...

 Why are Afghans afraid of 2014?


"When are you going to get married?" On a recent trip to Kabul, this was one of the first questions I asked a good friend who for years professed unending love for his girlfriend. "I'm waiting for 2014," he said. "I'll see what happens and decide what to do after that." "Waiting for 2014"...

 Some Afghans Worried As NATO Withdrawal Deadline Nears


It's been a bad month in U.S.-Afghan relations and efforts to negotiate a long-term security pact have been sidelined by a series of controversies and rhetorical bombshells. As the end of the NATO mission creeps closer, Afghans are increasingly worried that the bad atmospherics between Washingto...

 Higher education: Not what it used to be


American universities represent declining value for money to their students ON THE face of it, American higher education is still in rude health. In worldwide rankings more than half of the top 100 universities, and eight of the top ten, are American. The scientific output of American institutio...

 Indian energy: A price worth paying


India makes a start on easing its dependence on foreign fuel supplies ONE of India’s big strategic worries is energy security. It imports most of its oil. It has lots of coal but struggles to dig it up, mainly because of the state mining monopoly’s ineptitude. Gas is in demand but too little...

 Indian influence in Pakistani media escapes Supreme Court’s attention


The proverbial cat is out of bag and Pakistan’s populist Supreme has announced its decision on the Report of Media Commission. As expected, the court in its ruling made public on its website has chosen not to touch the sensitive parts of the Report. The most sensitive is dubious interest of fore...

 In building the world's third-largest dam, Brazil aims to build good social practices


Despite controversy over the construction of Brazil's Belo Monte dam, some say it could change the approach to community engagement around large-scale projects.   Brazil is busy polishing its image in anticipation of hosting the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, spending billions on budg...

 Growing Insecurity And Rise in Military Casualties Destroying Afghanistan's Future: Experts


On Tuesday, a number of analysts expressed their concerns over the sudden rise in military casualties and deteriorating security situation of Afghanistan. Analysts urged the security officials to prepare a concrete plan for reducing the Security Forces' casualties. Speaking at the Lower House...

 U.S. Will Not Interfere in Afghanistan’s Political Process: U.S. Ambassador


On Tuesday, James B. Cunningham, the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, attended an event hosted by the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS). At the event, Ambassador Cunningham made it clear that his country will neither interfere in the political process of Afghanistan nor support any ca...

 An Afghan Minister Fires Back At Impeachment Attempt


If you think it's tough being a Cabinet secretary in the U.S., having to deal with the demands of a fiercely partisan Congress and testify a few times a year, try being the Afghan interior minister. "I have been summoned by the lower house 93 times, and 79 times by the upper house," says Ghul...

 In Afghanistan, U.S. breeds white elephants: Our view


Special inspector general finds rampant waste. War is expensive, and no one wants to risk American lives by fighting on the cheap. But in Afghanistan, the U.S. government's open checkbook has too often produced the sort of wasteful spending that can undermine public support for the war. In...

 Fraud fouls up fight against IEDs in Afghanistan


A key aspect of the military's effort to protect troops from roadside bombs has been sabotaged from within, according to a report by Pentagon's special inspector general for Afghanistan. A $32-million effort begun in 2009 to seal off culverts to prevent insurgents from using them as hiding pl...

 Child sex abuse rampant in Afghanistan, documentary shows


Documentary raises questions about why it has taken 5 years to complete investigation into allegations that officers told soldiers to ignore cases of sex abuse against boys in Afghanistan. U.S. Marine Maj. Bill Steuber, like most people in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, knew that loc...

 CIA closing bases in Afghanistan as it shifts focus amid military drawdown


The CIA has begun closing clandestine bases in Afghanistan, marking the start of a drawdown from a region that transformed the agency from an intelligence service struggling to emerge from the Cold War to a counterterrorism force with its own prisons, paramilitary teams and armed Predator drones...

 Clerics Impose Un-Constitutional Restrictions on Women in Baghlan


Clerics in the Deh Salah district of Baghlan province on Sunday imposed several restrictions on women. These restrictions have been strongly opposed by women activists and they said that the laws are no different than the ones which were imposed during the Taliban regime. The clerics have come ...

 Afghan Religious Leader Approves Of Restrictive Edict On Women


One of Afghanistan's top religious figures has defended a series of religious decrees that observers warn could further erode women's rights in the country. The eight-article fatwa was issued by a local ulema, or religious council, in the district of Deh Salah in the northern province of Bag...

 Feature: More Afghan women join police


KABUL: Despite traditional barriers in the war-torn Afghanistan, more and more women are now joining the police to secure their future. "I joined the Afghan National Police (ANP) to defend my country. I want to help my war-weary people. They have been suffering from war and conflicts over the...

 Afghans See Their Army Woo Them With Piety


Chawke, Afghanistan: Dozens of local herders waited on the cold concrete steps of an abandoned school building, warily watching the Afghan soldiers gathered nearby. The tribesmen had been searched twice already, their shawls unraveled and turbans probed for weapons. Days earlier, a local mull...


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Opinion

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