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What is Happening in our Schools

The scenes are pathetic; be it inside the schools or outside. Students are the ominous figures of indiscipline, lack of manners and frightening combination of all the symptoms that arise from personal and behavioral deviations and drawbacks. Majority of them are badly dressed, have hairstyle not appropriate for students, never have the required books and educational materials in their bags or some do not ha ...

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‘In Iran Just As Well as In Afghanistan, in Actual Fact, Words Defy Tyranny’

Atiq Rahimi Curator Reading Koran on Roof of Library, Mauritania The power of words a library curator reading in Mauritania. Photograph: Remi Benali/ Remi Benali/Corbis In a major book of Persian literature called Memorial of the Saints, written in the 13th century, the great poet Farid Ud-din Attar explains that, one day, a young disciple asked his master what the power of wise men was. "Speech", the maste ...

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North Korea Says Will Take ‘Positive Steps’ for Peace

Pyongyang - A North Korean envoy told China's president on Friday that his reclusive country was willing to take "positive actions" to ensure peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, as China steps up diplomatic efforts to bring Pyongyang back to talks. But Choe Ryong-hae, a special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, made no offer to abandon North Korea's nuclear program. The United States insist ...

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Kabul University Student’s Hunger Strike Turned into its Sixth Days

Kabul; it is about six days that more than hundred male and female students of Kabul university are on hunger strike against fascist teachers and the department of social studies faculty head. The protestors say that the faculty head and the teachers are so called. Their knowledge is limited; the chapters which they teach are form 40 years ago. The main problem with the teachers is, their discrimination beh ...

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US to Complete Transition for Afghanistan’s Security: Obama

WASHINGTON - The United States will complete security transition to Afghan forces by 2014 and will work with the Afghan government to train its security forces to ensure al Qaeda never again establish a safe haven there, President Barack Obama said on Thursday. “In Afghanistan, we will complete our transition to Afghan responsibility for that country’s security.  Our troops will come home.  Our combat missi ...

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Mosadeq: Afghanistan Facing Crucial Year for Human Rights

KABUL - 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, and highlights the persistent problems in Afghanistan of violence against women and girls, conflict abuses a ...

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Three Explosions in the Heart of Kabul City

KABUL - Three huge explosions rocked the heart of Kabul city on Friday at 4 pm. According to reports, the explosion took place in the Qowai Markaz area. Unconfirmed reports state that two separate blasts happened in the Wazir Akbar Khan and Karte-Se areas. Along with the explosions, gun-fire was also heard in these areas. Kabul Police Chief confirmed the attack and told TOLOnews reporter that two of the fou ...

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Afghanistan-India Ties

Returning from India trip, President Karzai said he had put a ‘wish list’ of Afghanistan’s demands to the Indian government to provide Afghanistan with military equipments. He did not give more details about the demands his delegation has raised in the Indian capital. In the meantime, Karzai has said that peace in Afghanistan cannot be achieved without Pakistan. The president expressed hope that the new gov ...

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The Strengthening Ties between Afghanistan and India

As the 2014 gets closer, there seems significant events are emerging. Apart from the political transition next year in Kabul, the security transition is going to be completed by 2014 and the very majority of the international military forces are set to be withdrawn by next year. Meanwhile, there seems change is emerging in relations between Afghanistan and the regional states, so in the following paragraphs ...

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Which is more corrupt: Afghanistan or America?

By Michael Hirsh Karzai cash payments highlight a growing friction as Afghans blame NATO for their poor reputation. None of President Hamid Karzai's top advisers knew that he had been receiving tens of millions of dollars in secret cash from the CIA, Afghanistan's senior anticorruption official said, and he added that he did not believe the Afghan leader's claim that he had been giving the agency regular re ...

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Syria Opposition Calls for Reinforcements in Embattled Qusair

Damascus - Syria's leading opposition group called on Wednesday for rebels across the country to send reinforcements to the strategic border town Qusair, where heavy fighting has drawn in fighters from Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah movement. Rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad said air strikes and shelling rocked the small town on the Syrian-Lebanese border that has become a fierce battlegrou ...

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Karzai Gives India Military Equipment ‘Wish List’

KABUL - 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 concerned about the resurgence of militant groups after foreign combat troops leave in 2014. But arming Afghanistan would al ...

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IEC to Open Registration Centers on Sunday

KABUL - The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday said that a number of registration centers will be opened in 34 provinces on Sunday. The IEC's officials added that all the required materials for the registration process are being transported to the provinces with ISAF's assistance. Some materials were transported to the insecure provinces by air. IEC's Spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor said that a ...

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Rassoul, Bokova Discuss Afghan Culture Heritage

KABUL - Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul on Wednesday met with visiting UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova at his office in Kabul and discussed with her the situation in Afghanistan and in the region at large. A Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement said Rassoul appreciated UNESCO’s assistance with Afghanistan in areas of education and cultural with emphasize on continued aid. The Foreign Minister briefed ...

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Wolesi Jirga Passes Electoral Law

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of Parliament, on Wednesday adopted the amended electoral law with some further amendments after a long-lasting debate. Over the past 11 years, parliamentary elections were conducted under legislative decrees, but five months back, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) prepared a amended draft of the law and sent it to the Wolesi Jirga for approval. After a prolo ...

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The Need for Supporting the Pro-women Law

Echoing concerns of Afghan civil organizations, Jan Kubis, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and UNAMA head called on the government and parliament of Afghanistan to step up efforts for fully implementing the law on Elimination of Violence Against Women. In response to the UN representative’s call, many of the Mishrano Jirga lawmakers scorned his statements regarding the need ...

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Against the Laws of Nature

Taliban’s regime is taken differently by different people. Some people liked it because it was the most peaceful time in three decades of Afghan war when people had nothing to worry about like thieves, robbers, dacoits, warlords and others. All these threatening factors either had been finished or were much afraid of the severe punishment of Taliban to carry out their activities. Their strict rules were als ...

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Kabul-New Delhi Cooperation Benefits the Region

Amid multiple conflicting issues and hostile views that have historically marked the relations among the hostile states of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan In south Asia with enduring distrust and contentions, on October 04, 2011 Afghanistan and India signed a strategic partnership agreement. The partnership pact simply invigorated the lasting rivalry into a new game in South Asia region that mainly involves ...

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Obama to Meet With China’s Xi in California June 7-8

Washington - President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold their first meeting since Xi became president in March when they sit down for a June 7-8 summit in Rancho Mirage, California, the White House announced on Monday. The two leaders are likely to discuss ways to apply pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program after a period of bellicose rhetoric and threats from ...

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Kabul University Students Protest against Teachers

KABUL; More than a hundred male and female students of Kabul University on Monday started hunger strike in protest against what they alleged their faculty head and a teacher discriminated against some fellows. They are decided to continue their protest and hunger until they achieve their goal; it is about 40 hours that they are on hunger strike. Some of them are out of normal condition but they are still in ...

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