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First Lady Rula Ghani aims to elevate Afghanistan’s women

By: Ali M. Latifi As the wife of the newly elected president, Rula Ghani stands to be the first publicly visible wife of an Afghan leader in nearly a century. But unlike her most direct antecedent — Queen Soraya, who along with her husband, King Amanullah, ruled Afghanistan from 1919 to 1929 — she has no intention of drastically upending Afghan social norms. Instead, Rula Ghani, a Lebanese Maronite Christia ...

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Karzai links progress to global support

Afghanistan's in political, economic and social progress over the past 13 years would have been impossible without consistent support from the international community, President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday. At a meeting with members of the diplomatic corps at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, the outgoing leader said consistent aid from the global community and its presence in Afghanistan would long be re ...

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Massoud Day and the Elections

The day before the anniversary of Ahmad Shah Massoud’s assassination by two Arab infiltrators, Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah demanded his supporters not to dishonor Massoud Day, or officially Shaheed Day, by mixing it with ongoing electoral politics. This was viewed as wise move by his camp as the election tensions are flaring these days. However, despite the call from Abdullah, the ceremony for ...

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NATO Summit on Afghanistan

By: Abdul Maruf Ghiasee NATO leaders in the alliance’s summit in Wales agreed to continue its long-term support to Afghanistan. NATO officials said that the alliance would continue backing Afghanistan in military, funding, and long-term and strategic support for Afghanistan’s efforts to rid itself of terrorism. However, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen maintained that NATO’s future cooperation with Afghanis ...

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NATO Summit on Afghanistan

NATO leaders in the alliance’s summit in Wales agreed to continue its long-term support to Afghanistan. NATO officials said that the alliance would continue backing Afghanistan in military, funding, and long-term and strategic support for Afghanistan’s efforts to rid itself of terrorism. However, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen maintained that NATO’s future cooperation with Afghanistan would only be possib ...

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Afghanistan’s Economy on the Verge of Collapse

By Florance Ebrahimi Power vacuum looms for Afghanistan as UN delays date for result of presidential elections to mid-September despite Karzai’s plans to leave office next week. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who came to power after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Taliban in 2001, has set Tuesday as the deadline for a new president to take office, but a clear winner has yet to emerge after two rounds ...

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The Trans-Afghan Pipeline Initiative: No Pipe Dream

By: Marc Grossman NEW HAVEN: An avalanche of bad news has engulfed the world – murder in the skies over Ukraine, renewed war between Israel and Hamas, and a terrorist resurgence in Iraq. Amid the global chaos, one positive development got little attention – a development that could help advance peace between India and Pakistan, improve chances for reconciliation in Afghanistan, undermine energy blackmail by ...

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Afghanistan: Mission Impossible or Mission Accomplished?

Since August 2003, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been engaged in Afghanistan to conduct security operations, train and develop the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). Since then seven NATO summits have been held, the eighth and last NATO summit in the format of ISAF will be held at Newport, Wales on 5 September 2014. The ISAF mission is a first of its kind; both in term ...

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Allowing Afghanistan’s future to be hijacked

By Edward Girardet Nearly five years after the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan, I was having dinner in Kabul with friends, including my wife and son visiting from Europe. Suddenly, a group of men, several of them armed, sauntered in. The one in charge, a wild-haired man with a scraggy beard, announced that they were from the Interior Ministry. When I asked to see their IDs, he immediately began screamin ...

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Pakistan Protecting Haqqani Network

The Afghan government and the US military officials in Afghanistan have strongly expressed objections to the Pakistani operation against Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan in North Waziristan. Afghan intelligence officials accused Pakistan of protecting the notorious Haqqani network from the ongoing military offensive against the militant in the tribal areas. Haqqani network is known for its brutal campaign against ...

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Why Afghanistan’s National Unity Government Is Risky

• BY SRINJOY BOSE , NIAMAT IBRAHIMI • the 2014 electoral crisis in Afghanistan intensified, we argued for a rigorous, internationally supervised, technical audit backed by political dialogue and engagement as the way forward. Details emerging in recent days show the crisis was much more serious than it appeared: The country was on the verge of fragmenting, if not a full-on civil war. With the announcement o ...

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Jihad for Israel

By: Hanine Hassan Her name is Katie. She is from the Netherlands, and chose to serve in the Israeli navy instead of remaining in her country. Will her government label her and the rest of the hundreds of Dutch youth serving in the Israeli military asjihadstrijders (jihad fighters), the name given to the hundred or so that went to Syria? Katie, a Dutch- Israeli dual citizen, is after all a jihadist in occupi ...

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It was Putin’s missile?

By: Pepe Escobar Here’s the spin war verdict: the current Malaysian Airlines tragedy – the second in four months – is “terrorism” perpetrated by “pro-Russian separatists” armed by Russia and Putin is the main culprit. End of story. Anyone who believes otherwise, shut up. Why? Because the CIA said so. Because Hillary ‘We came, we saw, he died’ Clinton said so. Because crazy Samantha ‘R2P’ Power said so – thu ...

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Newly dedicated byway honors vets of Iraq, Afghanistan wars

By Phil Demers, Berkshire Eagle Staff For too long, the main route through town "resembled a battlefield," but Saturday a freshly resurfaced Washington Mountain Road came full circle and was dedicated to returning veterans, particularly those of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. "I’m glad now that the closest it will come to reminding anyone of a battlefield is those signs recognizing the support that this com ...

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The Hands behind Orgun Bombing

By: Abdul Maruf ‘Ghiasee’ Afghan officials blamed the Haqqani Network of masterminding and carrying out the Tuesday’s massive bomb attack in Orgun district of Paktika province. According to the Afghan intelligence officials, the Haqqani militants planned the attack in Miran Shah of Pakistan where a comprehensive military operation by Pakistani military is underway. Unnamed Afghan intelligence official has a ...

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The Other War of Aggression That Needs to End

By: Jovanni Reyes As violence in Iraq continues, and Israel escalates its brutal assault on Gaza, the human tragedy of boundless war and militarism could not be more clear. Yet, despite overwhelming U.S. public opinion that the so-called War on Terror (which amounts to a war on a military tactic and/or a political strategy) is a failure, the U.S. continues to wage and back open-ended military aggression, in ...

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Kerry Mediation for Resolving the Election Crisis

By: Abdul Maruf Ghiasee The flurry of diplomatic efforts for resolving the election crisis in Afghanistan culminated as US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Kabul and the UN envoy to Afghanistan submitted his plan for auditing votes from thousands of polling stations. During his stay in Kabul, Mr. Kerry met President Hamid Karzai and the two presidential candidates. During the meeting, the reports say, ...

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What’s happening with Afghanistan’s election crisis?

You will have heard about the ongoing crisis in Iraq, where jihadists have set up an Islamic state in the cities US forces once fought to clear. But you may have heard less about the political crisis in Afghanistan, America's other experiment in post-September 11th nation building. What's going on? Last month, voters in Afghanistan went to the polls for what was supposed to be a smooth conclusion to the thi ...

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Afghan Fighting Season Begins Amid Political Deadlock

By Gol Ahmad Ehsan - Afghanistan Analysts have warned that the continuing deadlock over the Afghan presidential run-off is being exploited by insurgents as the traditional summer “fighting season” begins. Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah has rejected preliminary results from the June 14 vote which were announced by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) this week, giving him 43.6 per cent of the ...

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On journalistic responsibility: Media and Palestine

by Marwan Bishara Palestinians can be a drag sometimes - even paranoid. They reckon all Westerners are out to get them. And judging from their reaction in recent days, it's clear they never met a media channel they liked. Their criticism of CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera America is a testimony of their paranoia. It's not like all their homeland is occupied! Or most of their people dispossessed! Oops. Okay, actuall ...

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