Feature / Analysis

 Can Pakistan survive climate change?


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Inside Syed Mujtaba Hussain's office, the future of Pakistan's ability to withstand climate change seems bright. The lighting is dingy, the walls are faded and the desk is well-worn. But the proud green sign outside the building reads "Ministry of Climate Change." Few develo...

 Warmer seas could lead to more dolphin deaths in South Australia


Washing up of thousands of dead fish earlier this year might be a foretaste of future impact of climate change, expert warns Dead dolphins and rotting fish could become a frequent feature on South Australian beaches due to warming seas. Record high sea surface temperatures from summer to April...

 Brotherís Search Comes to a Grim End in Afghanistan


KABUL, Afghanistan: For more than seven months, Naimatullah hunted for his two brothers. He agitated with the American and Afghan authorities over their disappearances, dug fruitlessly around the outskirts of a former American Special Forces base where they were last seen after being taken into ...

 When Obama says, 'Force alone cannot make us safe'


We must attack the roots of extremism. But can the president reverse our national security priorities? One of the most important parts of President Obama's landmark speech on May 23 at the National Defense University is receiving little attention. It is his call for "a strategy that reduces the...

 Afghan students flock to India's universities


New Delhi: Upon arriving in India, the first place Arif Ahmady visited was the Taj Mahal. But it was hope for a better future that enticed Ahmady to leave his home in Kabul, Afghanistan last February. The second place he visited was Delhi University. Now he is busy scouting graduate schools to...

 Eastern Afghanistan struggles for power


Being supplied with electricity in Jalalabad requires both political and grid connections. Jalalabad, Afghanistan: It's hot in Jalalabad in June. Temperatures top 40 degrees Celsius and this weather hangs round all summer in this eastern Afghan city. In the center of town, Abdul Hadi is m...

 Leasing The Sun: Solar Panels For The Rest Of Us


The same pathway that has put many in the seat of a new car ó the lease ó is taking off as a financial vehicle for homeowners who don't have tens of thousands of dollars sitting around to buy a rooftop solar-panel system outright. And in Connecticut, a mixture of subsidies, high energy prices an...

 Disaster preparedness is rare, but better and cheaper than after-the-disaster remedies


In the last decade, almost 1 million people have been killed and trillions of dollars have been lost in natural disasters worldwide. As climate change threatens to increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, the prospect of even bigger disaster-related losses alone would make ...

 Global majority faces water shortages 'within two generations'


Experts call on governments to start conserving water in face of climate change, pollution and over-use The majority of the 9 billion people on Earth will live with severe pressure on fresh water within the space of two generations as change, pollution and over-use of resources take their tol...

 How to pack for your Business trip


When you have a business trip to look forward too, you cannot take things lightly. Your demeanour can make or break a deal. Wearing the right clothes and dressing smartly with good conduct is the key to get a deal cracking. This is the best way to impress your colleagues. However, packing for a ...

 Red Cross temporarily halts operations in Afghanistan


The humanitarian aid group has suspended activities after an attack at its Jalalabad office this week left a security guard dead and a staff member injured. Kabul, Afghanistan: The International Committee of the Red Cross said Friday that it has temporarily suspended operations in Afghanistan...

 Ethnic Politics: A Dangerous Fault Line


An eight-day long hunger strike by Kabul University students that drew little attention internationally but sparked a major debate domestically ended last week after the Afghan government agreed to the studentsí main demands to fire the Dean of the Social Sciences department, accused of ethnic d...

 NATO Plans Summit On Next Year's Afghan Withdrawal


NATO countries are planning a summit next year to discuss troop withdrawals from Afghanistan. U.S. President Barack Obama made the announcement after a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Washington on May 31. The United States and its 28 NATO allies are preparing t...

 Mes Aynak: Afghanistan's Buddhist buried treasure faces destruction


Mes Aynak, a magnificent Buddhist city, is the most important archaeological discovery in a generation. But it is sitting on a vast copper deposit and is about to be destroyed In the spring of 1963, a French geologist set out from Kabul to carry out a survey in Logar province in eastern Afgh...

 A Society Divided


A short intro Late in the sixties, Jane Elliot, a primary school teacher in America, conducted an experiment with her third grade class. She told an all-white group that blue-eyed people were "on top" and better than brown-eyed people. She followed this with a nit picking of mistakes made by br...

 Marines hang back as Afghans take lead


Yet the threat of danger never far away even with reduced combat role Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan: For Marines training and working with Afghan troops to help secure their war-torn country, danger is ever-present ó even at bases operated by their Afghan counterparts. Marines inside Afghan b...

 Afghanistan: Drawdown


As the US draws back its combat forces from Afghanistan, what will they leave behind? By 2014, in line with a pledge made by President Barack Obama, the US aims to have withdrawn all its combat troops from Afghanistan. Indeed, quietly and unobtrusively, that process has already begun. As un...

 Feature: Taliban militants scuttle peace overtures after leader killed by U.S. drone


ISLAMABAD: The controversial American drone strikes in the Pakistani tribal region controlled by the Taliban have diminished the chances of a peace negotiation between the militant group and the incoming government in Islamabad. Earlier, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Nawaz Sharif, l...

 Women Tell Dirty Jokes, Rely on Opium, and Other Insights From Afghanistan


An interview with Anna Badkhen, who spent a year in a small Afghanistan village for her book, The World is a Carpet. Journalist Anna Badkhen has been writing in battle-scarred areas for two decades. But unlike much war coverage in mainstream media, her stories are often told from the perspectiv...

 Britain may begin handover of Afghan prisoners at Camp Bastion to Kabul


Defense secretary Philip Hammond says safe route for accessing Afghan judicial system has now been secured Kabul: British forces in Afghanistan may begin handing over prisoners to the Afghan judicial system in the coming weeks, the defense minister has announced. Philip Hammond said that ar...


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