Feature / Analysis

 Mosadeq: Afghanistan facing crucial year for human rights


The human rights situation in Afghanistan remains deeply worrying as the country faces a crucial year with the security transition well under way, Amnesty International said in its Annual Report released today. The report looks at the state of human rights around the world over the past year...

 Obama Must be Taken Before ICC for the War on Terror' - Noam Chomsky


"RT" - The US war on terror is in fact the most massive terror campaign ever, and the invasion of Iraq was the worst crime in recent history, prominent liberal thinker Noam Chomsky told RT, adding that he wants to see Bush, Blair and Obama tried at the ICC. The ‘father of modern linguistics,’ Ch...

 India To Train and Equip Afghan National Security Forces


President Karzai on his visit to India was assured by the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee that New Delhi will equip and train the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) to the greatest possible extent. President of India emphasized on the fact that New Delhi will help Afghanistan in its rec...

 More Nations to Announce Post-2014 Afghanistan Presence


After the recent announcements by Germany and Sweden to retain limited military footprint in Afghanistan after 2014, an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Spokesman on Wednesday said that there are ten other nations to announce their post-2014 presence soon. The ISAF Spokesman Bri...

 Feature: Not even Taliban could stop the love for books in Afghanistan


KABUL: "I have been running this book store since the 1960s and kept it open for book lovers even during Taliban's brutal reign," Hajji Shah Mohammad, owner of the bookstore, told Xinhua in a recent interview. Mohammad's tale only shows that the culture of reading and love for books transcend ...

 Afghanistan’s Rape Crisis: Villagers Fear U.S.-Backed Militias


Afghans fear the very militias America has set up to protect them—and allegations of sexual violence abound. Sami Yousafzai and Ron Moreau report. Jumadin, a 45-year-old farmer from the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, returned to his modest mud-brick home late one evening last January t...

 Afghan security concerns to ease after 2014, Karzai says


New Delhi: Afghan security after the departure of foreign combat troops in 2014 will become easier because of the ill-advised, misdirected and often corrupt ways NATO and its contractors have pursued the "war on terror," Afghan President Hamid Karzai told reporters in India on Wednesday. U.S...

 Iran reiterates its opposition to permanent US bases in Afghanistan


Iran once again expressed its opposition towards the establishment of permanent US military bases in Afghanistan after NATO-led coalition security forces leave the country in 2014. The issue was raised by Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi during a visit by UN special envoy to Afghanis...

 UK eyes giving visas to 600 Afghan interpreters


LONDON: Britain is proposing to give around 600 Afghan interpreters who worked alongside its troops the right to settle in the U.K. in recognition of the risks to their personal safety. The plans, released Wednesday, will allow interpreters who have worked on the front lines in Afghanistan fo...

 Karzai gives India military equipment "wish list"


NEW DELHI: Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Wednesday he had given a "wish list" of military equipment to India during a visit this week, presenting a conundrum for New Delhi as it weighs whether arming the Afghan army is in its interests. India wants to stabilize Afghanistan and is conc...

 World’s largest wave power scheme given go-ahead


THE Scottish Government today gave the green light for the world’s largest wave power scheme, to be developed in the stormy seas off the coast of the Western Isles. Edinburgh-based Aquamarine Power has received full consent from ministers to develop a 40-megawatt wave farm off the north-west coa...

 Afghan peace lost in transition worries


KABUL : Amid the scattered but steadily mounting carnage of the Taliban’s annual spring offensive, including a suicide bombing Monday that killed a provincial council head, hopes of stirring life into peace talks with the Islamist insurgents seem to be dying here with each new suicide attack, ki...

 Afghan archaeology site faces rocky future


Ancient ruins of Mes Aynak threatened by planned Chinese mining project. Mes Aynak, Afghanistan: Ruins dot each hilltop in mountainous Mes Aynak, an hour's drive south of the capital Kabul. Buddhist monasteries stood here for hundreds of years, and Afghan workers under the supervision of a...

 Applying Early Lessons to Build Afghan Security


Kabul, Afghanistan: As a young Army Green Beret major in December 2001, Don Bolduc fought shoulder to shoulder in an offensive against Kandahar, the Taliban’s spiritual capital, with a little-known Pashtun resistance commander named Hamid Karzai. The offensive was nearly aborted when a 2,000-...

 With end of Afghan war in sight, Europe pushes business


Herat, Afghanistan: The European Union threw its weight behind developing Afghanistan's small but promising private sector this week, in the hope that business can usher in stability and peace once foreign troops leave by the end of next year. In the largest ever EU visit outside the capital ...

 Afghanistan catching up with the Internet and modern lifestyle


KABUL: Some 12 years ago, it was unthinkable to have Internet cafes in Afghanistan. But today, Kabul, and some other cities and towns in the country, have Internet shops where Afghans, especially students, can surf and look for the information that they need. "I go the Internet cafe usually t...

 Afghanistan’s forgotten crisis: its economy


Delhi: As long ago as 1841, those who tried to govern Afghanistan complained about the country’s paltry income. “But what can be done with a Kingdom whose net revenues are only fifteen Lakhs [1.5m] of Rupees per annum?” wrote a frustrated Sir William Macnaghten from Kabul to his East India Com...

 Lessons of May 11


ELECTION 2013 has proved to be an enigma. We are a people in a hurry and immediately after the polling took place on May 11 we had started jumping to conclusions.The facts had still not been ascertained fully, and without facts (and figures in the case of polling which is essentially a numbers g...

 Oklahoma devastated by second round of twisters


A powerful tornado roared through Moore and south Oklahoma City Monday, killing at least 51 people and leaving rescue workers frantically searching for survivors Monday evening at the devastated Plaza Towers Elementary School in the Moore school district. A monstrous tornado killed at leas...

 Heat deaths in Manhattan to rise


Killing season may push into spring and fall, says study. Residents of Manhattan will not just sweat harder from rising temperatures in the future, says a new study; many may die. Researchers at Columbia University estimate deaths linked to warming climate may rise some 20 percent by the 2020s...


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