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Kabul University Students Call off Hunger Strike

KABUL - Ethnic Hazara student protesters on Monday abruptly called off an eight-day hunger strike after lawmakers said their claims of discrimination at Kabul University were untrue. The protesters, all students in the university's social sciences faculty, launched their strike outside the parliament last week, saying they had been subjected to harassment and prejudicial grading by university staff. The pro ...

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Protesting Women Say no to Changes in EVAW Law

KABUL - Dozens of women staged a protest in Kabul on Monday, asking the Wolesi Jirga to approve the draft law on Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) without bringing any changes to it. Using executive power, President Karzai had created the law through a decree in 2009. The draft law, having four chapters and 44 articles, was brought before the lower house earlier this month to cement it with a par ...

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Afghan Forces Avail Air Support in Uninhibited Areas: Katz

KABUL - Foreign troops continue to provide Afghan counterparts with air support during operations against insurgents in areas where there is no possibility of any civilian casualties, outgoing ISAF military spokesman Gen. Gȕnter Katz said on Monday. He told Pajhwok Afghan News during an exclusive interview that President Hamid Karzai’s decree barring Afghan forces from seeking air support should not be misu ...

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Support Nonviolent Protests for Reforms

Eventually, hunger strike of Kabul University students forced the officials of Higher Education Ministry to act and dismiss the dean of the Social Science Faculty of Kabul University. Yet, the protest is not over and the students are pressing for more reforms in the higher education system of Afghanistan. As the strike is being extended to its eighth day, hundreds of academics, writers, artists and poets ha ...

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Keeping the Hope Alive

I went to him to take his views about starting a new business. He was the man of the field and thus I was hoping that he would come up with some unique ideas in this regard. When we were seated and tea was served, I came to the matter of business. I explained him the different details of the business and showed him the relevant documents. His impression was very disappointing and at one pointed I regretted ...

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Proposed Law to Protect Afghan Women Faces Backlash

A proposed law to protect Afghan women and girls from abuses such as child marriage, bride barter and spousal abuse has created a furor in the past week, exposing a generational and religious struggle that persists in this traditional Muslim society despite a decade of Western-backed democracy and a constitution that enshrines women’s rights. The drama erupted when a female legislator brought the bill befor ...

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Syria Says Will Attend Geneva Talks ‘in Principle’

Damascus - Syria's government will "in principle" attend multilateral talks planned for June in Geneva and believes the conference will be an opportunity to resolve the country's conflict, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Sunday. Russia and the United States are sponsoring a proposed peace conference planned for next month on the war, which has killed 80,000 people and risks spilling over it ...

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Pakistan, ISAF top Officials Discuss Border Coordination

Islamabad - Senior Pakistani and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) leaders on Saturday discussed coordination along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, the military and ISAF said. Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, the ISAF commander, met Pakistan's army chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, in the army's headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, an army statement said. The statement did not give furth ...

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Indo-Afghan Friendship no Threat to Regional Stability

KABUL - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday said friendship between Afghanistan and India and India's support to strengthen Afghan army did not threaten peace and security in the region. "It is, in fact, the terrorist sanctuaries on the other side of the Durand Line and the use of terrorism as a political tool that endanger the peace and security of the region," a ministry statement attributed to depu ...

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Karzai’s Brother Plans Independent Run in Afghan Election

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai's older brother Qayum will run in next year's presidential election, their younger brother said, as the country's most powerful family seeks to maintain a political hold in Afghanistan. President Karzai is constitutionally prohibited from running for a third term when the country votes for a new head of state on April 5. "Qayum will announce his candidacy soon and will ...

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Voter Registration Process Begins

KABUL - The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Sunday launched voter registration process for the 2014 presidential and provincial council elections simultaneously in Kabul and provincial capitals across the country. A total of 4.5 million eligible people would get voter cards, IEC spokesman, Noor Mohammad Noor, told a press conference in Kabul. He said those reaching the age of 18 years until April 5 ...

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The Divisive issue of Natinoal Terms

Once again, the Dari and Pashto words for university (Danishgah and Pohantoon) resulted to quarrels among the lawmakers in the Wolesi Jirga, or the lower house of the parliament. According to the reports, disagreements among the lawmakers to use which word for university postponed consideration of the law proposed by the Ministry of Higher Education. The disagreements about whether to use Dari or Pashto wor ...

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A Foreign Policy of Mission Creep

Gordon N. Bardos In an eye-opening article in these spaces a few weeks ago, James Joyner cited the words of an American general in Afghanistan who, in reciting his troops’ successes in Helmand province, noted that "Roads have been paved and markets secured, allowing commerce to grow in places like Marja, Nad Ali and Lashkar Gah . . ." Both the general and his troops undoubtedly performed the mission their c ...

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Fighting for Reforms: Students’ Hunger Strike in Kabul

The chronic irregularities and lasting racial discrimination in the university classes against students in Kabul University last Monday led in students’ hunger strikes. Hundreds of students of the faculty of social science of Kabul University in a collective move in front of the Afghan parliament building went on hunger strike on last Monday calling justice and reforms in the education sectors. And yesterda ...

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Syrian Opposition Resumes Unity Talks Key to Peace Conference

Damascus - Syria's opposition resumed talks on Saturday aimed at creating a coherent front crucial to a proposed international peace conference, struggling under Western and Arab pressure to close their fractious ranks and elect a viable leadership. Failure of the opposition to unite could weaken the hand of conference co-sponsors Russia and the United States in ending Syria's civil war, which has killed 80 ...

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Kabul Residents Greeted With ‘Peace Balloons’ After Violence

KABUL - Volunteers handed out 10,000 neon-pink "peace" balloons to Kabul residents in a bid to bring smile on their faces on Saturday, a day after they were deeply shocked by a coordinated Taliban attack marked by explosions and gunfire. Ten people, including six attackers, were killed and 14 others were wounded in the attack that targeted a hospital, foreign aid workers and a police force headquarters in S ...

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Student’s Hunger Strike Hospitalized 24

Kabul; hunger strike of the Kabul university students hospitalized 24 of them. The hunger strike which has been started since Monday last week, by the parliament door, Is the voice of dozens student around the country who faces, discrimination, intolerance, offensive behavior, injustice and comportment depravity of the faculty members and teachers of the universities. Some media reported “altogether there a ...

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Russia Warns Against Growing Taliban Influence

KABUL - Russian military intelligence agency GRU has warned the Taliban influence in Afghanistan may grow after international coalition forces pull out and the threat of terrorism and religious extremism could increase. GRU chief Lt. Gen. Igor Sergun said in Moscow the situation in Afghanistan posed a “serious challenge to international stability”. “A diversified terrorist network, including suicide bomber ...

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Afghan Air Force Impressively Progressing: US

WASHINGTON - The progress being made by Afghan air force is quite impressive and the Pentagon is primarily focused on helping it to be capable enough to protect the country in the years to come, a top US defence official said on Friday.  “One of our important missions is to help train the emerging Afghan Air Force, and that's an active part of what our Air Force is doing in Afghanistan and helping deliver t ...

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Hunger Strike for Reforms

Dozens of Kabul University students are on a hunger strike, which is being extended to its sixth day. They are demanding reforms in the university educational system and ending misbehaviors of professors against the students. The strikers accuse the dean of Social Science Faculty of Kabul University and some professors of mismanagement and misbehaving with students. So far, the Ministry of Higher Education ...

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