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Abdullah Slams Govt. for Violating Constitution

Kabul - National Coalition of Afghanistan Chairman Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday praised efforts of the Independent Commission for monitoring the implementation of the constitution. Speaking at an event in commemoration of the adoption of Afghanistan’s constitution nine years ago, Abdullah hit out at the government for what he called consistent violations of constitutional provisions. He stressed the role ...

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MPs Clash over Summoning Ministers

Kabul - Two Wolesi Jirga members on Monday nearly came to blows on the issue of summoning a dozen ministers who spent less than half of their development funds in 2011. The lower house had earlier voted overwhelmingly for summoning 11 ministers, but later started sparing over their decision during the past three weeks. Ministries of defence, interior, commerce, economy, counter-narcotics, water and energy, ...

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China to Reform Controversial Forced Labor Camps

Beijing -  China will reform its controversial system of forced labor camps this year, state media reported on Monday, which would mark a first step toward legal reform promised by new Communist Party chief Xi Jinping. China's "re-education through labor" system, in place since 1957, empowers police to sentence petty criminals to up to four years' confinement without going through the courts, a system that ...

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Iran Backs Assad’s “Peace Plan” For Syria

Tehran - Iran welcomed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's television address, saying he had rejected violence and offered a "comprehensive political process" to end his country's conflict, Iranian media reported on Monday. Assad's speech on Sunday was billed as the unveiling of a new peace plan but the president offered no concessions and dismissed the prospect of negotiations with Syrian opposition groups, ...

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Obama to Nominate Intelligence and Defense Chiefs

Washington - US President Barack Obama is to nominate John Brennan as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, White House officials have said. If confirmed, Mr Brennan will replace Gen David Petraeus, who resigned last year after admitting to an affair. Chuck Hagel is to be put forward as the president's next defence secretary, replacing Leon Panetta. Both appointments are expected to be formally a ...

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Dire Winter Puts Lives in Danger

Afghanistan is one of the world’s poorest countries and is largely mountainous, with winter temperatures often dropping below freezing point. Currently, more than two million children are at risk from cold, disease and malnutrition and starvation. Lack of foodstuff, blankets, heaters, job opportunities and other basic life facilities are threatening millions of lives as the dire winter condition sets in. Po ...

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Afghan Children Missing their Foundational Years of Education

In Afghanistan, children are enrolled in schools at the age of 7 in urban, and at age 8-10 in rural areas. The delayed enrollment deprives children from the foundational years of early childhood education and development. Research shows that early childhood education plays a profound role in the personal, physical, emotional, social, cognitive and linguistic development of the children. Thus, for Afghanista ...

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A Strong U.S. Presence in Post-2014 Afghanistan

Making decision on level of post-2014 US troops in Afghanistan has become top priority for Kabul and Washington. It is expected that US president Barack Obama make decision on the issue after meeting President Karzai during his forthcoming visit to Washington. The level of US troops in post-2014 Afghanistan will be at the top of agenda when the two leaders discuss the post-2014 phase of US-NATO mission in A ...

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Persuading Investors

Economics is all about monopoly where one or a group of companies try to keep strong hold over the market while adopting various tactics. For them their economic interests and investment is revered, nothing else. They pressurize governments where they see that others are getting ahead of them in the markets. They often enjoy concessions in taxes and other facilities. If a law or decision of authorities dist ...

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The Fate of Taliban’s Qatar Office

The government of Afghanistan has set some preconditions for the Taliban’s Qatar political office. Afghan Foreign Affairs Minister Zalmay Rassoul said on Wednesday that the government of Afghanistan will not consent to opening of the office in Qatar if the Taliban refuses to talk with the Afghan government. Mr. Rassoul stressed that the office, when opened, will not give the Taliban legitimacy but it will b ...

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A Friendly Move of Pakistan

Pakistan took another friendly decision by releasing eight top Taliban leaders from its jails. The prisoners included former Justice Minister Nur-ud-Din Turabi, governors of Helmand and Kabul as well as Allah Daad Tabib. The move of Islamabad was aimed to facilitate Afghanistan in the peace process. Release of Taliban leaders by Pakistani authorities was appreciated by Afghan leaders. It is perceived that T ...

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The Legacies of 2012 and the Tasks for 2013

The year 2012 ended but the chronic challenges such as war, corruption and absence of law governance still remain unsolved. The people still expect the government to lead the country to the right direction, as they expected it to do the job one year ago. The war still continues to ravage the country and take victims. The widespread corruption has placed Afghanistan at the top of the list of corrupt countrie ...

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The Shocking Report of Land Corruption

The Members of Parliament’s Lower House, the Wolesi Jirga, exchanged harsh arguments on its Saturday’s session over a parliamentary commission’s report on land-grabbing corruption. In its report, the special parliamentary commission, created to oversee government's performance, said that more than 300,000 acres of government land has been grabbed across the country. Saleh Saljuqi, a member of the commission ...

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Responsibly Summon the Ministers

The Afghan Lower House of the Parliament, the Wolesi Jirga, on Wednesday’s session could not reach a final conclusion over mechanisms of summoning about a dozen of ministers for under-spending the funds for their relevant ministries. The MPs deferred the decision for reaching a proper mechanism to next week. Earlier, in an astounding move the Lower House of Parliament decided to summon the ministers who fai ...

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Insider Attacks Still a Menace

For the first time, an Afghan female officer shot dead a US civilian aide on Monday at the fortified police headquarter in Kabul. Meanwhile, another insider attack happened in Northern Province of Jawozjan, as a policeman killed at least five colleagues in the Khosh Tepa district. According to the reports, the female officer, who graduated from the national police academy six years ago, searched for senior ...

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The Budget Plan must be Sustainable

Once again, the draft budget for the new financial year is rejected by the Lower House of the Parliament, the Wolesi Jirga. The representatives rejected the draft on Saturday, saying that the proposed budget by the Ministry of Finance was imbalanced and inefficient. The lawmakers criticized the draft budget plan for the next financial year as parliamentary bodies noted an imbalance in provincial allocations ...

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Paris Meeting: the Beginning of More Comprehensive Talks?

[caption id="attachment_49" align="alignnone" width="640"] Taliban fighter in Afghanistan[/caption] For the first time, representatives from the Taliban, Hekmatyar’s Hizb-e Islami, some major political parties and the High Peace Council (HPC) are gathering in an undisclosed area near Paris to talk over the Afghan conflict and the 2014 deadline for withdrawal of foreign troops. Despite that the talks are ann ...

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Support the AIHRC

Some parliamentarians in the Upper House of the Parliament, the Afghan Senate, stressed that the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) must release its compiled report on the war crimes occurred in Afghanistan during previous decades of war and instability. A day earlier, AIHRC Chairperson Sima Samar called on President Hamid Karzai to allow the release of the report, adding that the gover ...

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President Karzai’s Withdrawal Call

Once again, President Hamid Karzai called on US-led Nato troops in Afghanistan to abandon Afghan villages. Talking at a conference of Afghan diplomats, the President said that the international coalition had come to Afghanistan to fight terrorism. The President has kept insisting that the safe havens of the terrorists are not in Afghan villages but they remain untouched beyond the borders. What is this call ...

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Civilian Casualties on the Rise

A UN report said that civilian casualties in Afghanistan have considerably risen in third quarter of this year. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern over the “unacceptable toll” of the civilians in Afghan conflict, saying that civilian casualties increased by 28 percent between August and end of October this year compared to the same period in 2011. According to the UN officials in Af ...

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