Feature / Analysis

 Equipment drawdown from Afghanistan an ‘enormous’ undertaking


KUWAIT: With the pace of NATO’s drawdown from Afghanistan accelerating, the international coalition is faced with the unprecedented task of removing tens of thousands of tons of equipment and vehicles from a country still very much at war. For the U.S. military, moving 35,000 vehicles and 95,000 s...

 Karzai Ushers in New School Year


President Hamid Karzai ushered in the new school year with the ringing of the first bell and a speech calling on the Taliban to abandon the practice of targeting schools for political ends. The forced closure and arson of schools is hostility against the children of Afghanistan without any Islamic...

 The Christianization of Bangladesh


 (Although the numbers seem a little exaggerated and the entire article a little alarmist, the nefarious plot by these outside missionaries to create a ruling class of elitist, well-educated and wealthy Christians who may one day come to rule Bangladesh, is a very real and probable threat - ed)Weste...

 Islamization Of Bengal, 1202-1757


The Turkish conquest of the subcontinent was a long, drawn-out process covering several centuries. It began in Afghanistan with the military forays of Mahmud of Ghazni in 1001. By the early thirteenth century, Bengal fell to Turkish armies. The last major Hindu Sena ruler was expelled from his capit...

 Bangladesh: A Poor Muslim Democracy


Bangladesh is an interesting puzzle. It is representative of the contemporary postmodern condition when nothing is clear-cut. It is at once both highly developed as well as underdeveloped. Bangladesh is a country that is economically backward and politically quite advanced. Many political and social...

 Bangladesh


(26th March: National Day) Bangladesh is a sovereign state located in South Asia. It is bordered by India on all sides except for a small border with Burma (Myanmar) to the far southeast and by the Bay of Bengal to the south. The capital (and largest city) is Dhaka, which is the hub of all cultural,...

 Brutal horseback game of buzkashi reclaims fans in Afghanistan


BAZARAK, Afghanistan: If you plan to attend a buzkashi match, make sure you’re feeling limber. As dangerous as the ancient game is for participants, it can be equally perilous for fans when several tons of man and beast hurtle, hooves flailing, into the stands. This happens with regularity. Buzk...

 Insecurity Springs From Afghan Dam Projects


As international forces leave Afghanistan, a flood of disputes over water resources threatens to be the main source of regional conflict. Afghanistan is looking for ways to harness the potential offered by its water resources, and has major infrastructure projects in the works. But neighboring dow...

 Afghan league points the way for football development


ZURICH: Afghanistan's fledgling soccer league started out with a reality show has turned into one soccer's unlikeliest success stories and is now considered a model for football development elsewhere. Inaugurated last year, the Afghan Premier League featured eight teams from different regions, who...

 US, Afghanistan OK detention center transfer


WASHINGTON: The U.S. has reached an agreement with the Afghanistan government to transfer the Parwan Detention Facility to Afghan control, the Pentagon said Saturday, two weeks after negotiations broke down over whether the U.S. would have the power to block the release of some detainees. Accordin...

 Water as vital to national security as defense, U.N. says


Stresses on water supplies aggravated by climate change are likely to cause more conflicts and water should be considered as vital to national security as defense, the United Nations report said on Friday.About 145 nations share river basins with their neighbors and need to promote cooperation over ...

 How the Focus on 'Energy Intensity' Is Hurting the Fight Against Climate Change


It is widely assumed that over the coming decades, increased energy efficiency will help the world meet its energy needs and reduce carbon emissions. That may be true, but recent research suggests that energy intensity—a widely used way of measuring efficiency—isn't the right metric.Energy intensity...

 Has 'peak oil' gone the way of the Flat Earth Society?


The theory was straightforward and seemed to hold with common sense: One day soon, the Earth would hit its halfway point of global oil production -- its "peak" -- and thereafter, it would see a steady decline. Those behind the concept called it "peak oil."The theorists wrote books and rose high in a...

 Himalayan Adventure Foretells Climate's Effects


NEW YORK: The distribution of water in Asia's highest mountains and driest deserts tells an important story of climate change.Almost half the world's population gets its water from glacier melt and rainfall in the Himalayas and other lofty peaks, yet little is understood about how climate change wil...

 China to Produce First Afghan Oil, Kabul Contends


HONG KONG: China’s largest oil company is due to start commercial production of crude oil in Afghanistan shortly, heralding a resource boom that could transform the country's economy over the next decade, the country's mining minister said. Extraction of metals and oil could account for 45% of Afg...

 Disabled swimmers make a splash in Kabul


Afghanistan's largest indoor swimming pool is helping youths, including those with no arms, learn to enjoy the water. Kabul, Afghanistan: Light bounces off the blue water and shimmers on the ceiling one early morning in Kabul, at the Lajaward Swimming Complex, the capital’s largest indoor swimming ...

 Feature: Afghan New Year marked with hope for peace


KABUL: On the eve of the Afghan New Year, President Hamid Karzai called on Taliban militants to lay down arms and join the government in the rebuilding of Afghanistan. "I once again call on Taliban as brothers... to lay down foreigners' arms from your shoulders," Karzai said in his message. "Com...

 Typecasting 'AfPak'


The West's clichés about Pakistan and Afghanistan don't match the signs of democratic progress or opposition to Islamic radicals like the Taliban. Americans are inclined to write off Pakistan and Afghanistan as chronic hotbeds of Islamic fanaticism, beset with weak governance and prone to tamperin...

 Afghan supporters rally for renewal of UN mission


UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Tuesday unanimously renewed for another year the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) while dozens of nations voiced support for Kabul taking responsibility in 2014 for most of its own security, governance and development. Most of t...

 US military, Afghan government reach deal for partial troop pullout from contentious province


KABUL: The U.S. military and the Afghan government reached a deal Wednesday on the pullout of American special operations forces and their Afghan counterparts from a strategic eastern province after complaints that they were involved in human rights abuses. American military officials have steadfa...


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