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Iraq: A military solution to a political problem?

Sharif Nashashibi The ongoing delay in forming a government that could alleviate the crisis in Iraq is largely due to foreign involvement - specifically, the considerable military help being given to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The necessity and urgency of halting or reversing the spread of the Islamic State group (formerly known as ISIL) is understandable. However, the unconditional nature of foreign m ...

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Address the Legitimate Demands of Protestors

With the electoral bodies failing to address complaints regarding concerted vote rigging, the candidates seem to be choosing other options in the dispute. On Friday, thousands of supporters of Abdullah Abdullah took to streets in downtown Kabul and demanded cleansing the people’s votes. Abdullah is boycotting the vote counting, while the electoral bodies are preparing for announcement of the preliminary res ...

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Resolve the Election Stalemate

President Hamid Karzai welcomed a UN mediation for Afghanistan’s election stalemate. Earlier, presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah had denounced the electoral bodies for their partiality in the elections and called on his team observers to cut ties with the Independent Election Commission and the Electoral Complaints Commission. Abdullah insisted that the electoral bodies have lost credibility as they h ...

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Iran Excavates Ghorian Iron Resources

By: Pajhwok KABUL: Iranian authorities have been excavating iron mine located in the border area between the two countries in western Herat Province, an official said. Farid Ahmad Ziartujai, administrative chief of the district, told Pajhwok Afghan News the mine resources were located in the Chab and Cha Shor localities of the district. Iran had completed the mining work on its side, he said, adding, that s ...

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Iraq holds ‘ominous’ lesson for Afghanistan

By: Reuters Afghans lining up at ballot boxes over the weekend could be forgiven for having some foreboding feelings about their country’s future amid the chaos now being unleashed in Iraq almost three years after U.S. troops withdrew. While the political, ethnic and security situations in the two countries are vastly different, both nations have been at the center of U.S. wars, both are plagued by a homegr ...

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Election Success, Afghans Shape Future

BY: Abdul Maruf “Ghiasee” Once again, Afghans proved their commitment in electoral politics and democracy by turning out in large numbers to the polling stations in 14 June presidential elections. The international community including observers, UN officials and the EU hailed the election as another success for the people of Afghanistan. Afghan incumbent president Hamid Karzai congratulated the achievement ...

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Saturday Vote a Defining Moment for a Fractured Afghanistan

Saturday’s presidential election represents a new era for Afghanistan. The Afghan people will head to the polls for a run-off election to decide the country’s next president. In April, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister led former finance minister, Ashraf Ghani, by 13 points in a first round vote featuring 16 candidates. No candidate met the 50 percent threshold resulting in the upcoming head- ...

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Another Attempt for Civil War

The deadly attack on leading Presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah is widely condemned throughout Afghanistan, even worldwide which left six people dead and many others wounded. Fortunately, Dr. Abdullah and his running mates survived the attack but millions of Afghans, mostly from our Tajik and Hazara brothers, were shocked by the attack. Most of the people (enemies of the people of Afghanistan) tri ...

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The Future of Afghanistan: Is It The Great Puzzle?‏

The current elections and the buzz around 2014 deadline of US for Afghanistan raised tensions of Afghan people more than ever before. Almost all my friends are approaching me in Facebook and Twitter for my viewpoints on the given topics. Elections went to second round as I and many others predicted. I am sharing the reason why I thought it would happen so. Afghanistan is a country of minorities. No ethnic g ...

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Obama And US Exceptional-ism

By: Alastair Sloan At the beginning of 2014, the US polling agency Gallup surveyed respondents in 65 countries and found that the United States - not Russia nor "radical Islam" - was considered to be the greatest threat to world peace, followed by Pakistan and China. US President Barack Obama, in his speech to West Point graduate officers, ever so bravely delivered before an audience who were literally paid ...

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Karzai: US Deals for Soldier, But Not for Afghan Peace?

BY: Jon Queally Bergdahl prisoner swap reportedly spurs indignation from nation's president According to a source close to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the U.S. government went behind his back as it made a deal to exchange Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners held at the Guantanamo prison. Karzai is angry, according to reporting by Reuters, because the deal proves that intense behind-the-scenes e ...

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Pakistan’s Artillery Shelling on Eastern Provinces

After months of incessant shelling from Pakistan’s soil on Afghanistan’s eastern parts, the Afghan government has fiercely objected the shelling through the highest political and diplomatic channels. According to the reports, Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed his concerns with the artillery shelling from Pakistan on Afghanistan’s eastern provinces in a phone call with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sha ...

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The Wrong Afghan Friends

  By ANAND GOPAL At a checkpoint on a dirt road in southeasternAfghanistan in 2012, Rahim Sarobi, a farmer, braked to a stop behind a knot of idling cars. Up ahead, Afghan gunmen were piled into the back of a Toyota Hilux. On the ground, tied to the rear fender by their wrists, lay two bloodied men, laboring to breathe. Everyone was ordered out of their vehicles. The burly checkpoint commander, known simply ...

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22,000 troops or more could leave Afghanistan this year. How have Americans’ opinions changed since there were 100,000 abroad?

By Jaime Fuller President Obama announced yesterday that the United States plans to only have an embassy presence in Afghanistan by 2016 -- the level of involvement the United States currently has in Iraq. By the end of this year, he wants to drop the military presence in the country to 9,800, officially ending our combat presence there, but essentially providing the number of troops requested by the milita ...

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Sadly, Rights on Paper for the Disabled

By Zarghona Salehi KABUL (Pajhwok): Even government offices have flouted the law on jobs for the disabled, according to an Independent Media Consortium (IMC) investigation. Article 22 of the Law on Rights and Privileges of Persons with Disabilities says 3 percent of jobs in all offices -- whether private or government -- have to go to the disabled. But estimates by the Ministry of Labour, Social affairs, Ma ...

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Afghanistan’s Hidden Gems

It's reckoned that as much as 60 percent of Afghanistan’s gross domestic product has been generated from the presence of foreign troops over the past decade - either directly through military spending in the country, or because of the billions of dollars of aid and investment that followed in its wake. As recently as 2011, around 45 percent of the government's core budget - money for wages and running costs ...

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The Kill List We Don’t Talk About

Osama bin Laden, Al-Zarqawi, Mullah Omar: we know these names because they were on a kill list, a targeted roster the United States uses to pursue and kill people who are a threat to our national security.  But have you heard of Najia Sediqi, Hanifa Safi, or Malalai Kakar? They were on a list we don't talk about, the one that violent extremists use to target people who are a threat to their security.   Sedi ...

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China, Iran And Russia: Restructuring The Global Order

By: Seyed Mohammad Marandi Powerful countries are alarmed by the threats against Russia as they see themselves as potential future targets. At the Fourth Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) that opens May 20 in Shanghai, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will meet with both Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Among other thing ...

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Time for new blood

By: Dr Massoumeh Torfeh New Afghan government must dispense with strongmen and cronies to give new generation a chance. The Afghan elections were hailed as a major victory for a country gripped by war and terror for over 35 years. Almost seven million voters - 36 percent of them women - came out to say a resounding "no" to the terror of the Taliban, and a clear "yes" to the ballot box. Yet the inconclusive ...

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The Afghan Diaspora, Vulnerability Continues!

Ewaz Ali Bahrami War and drought, the absolute causes of diaspora, debilitated the Afghans with its three decade permanence. The diaspora created by the Soviet invasion, the Jihad against occupiers, the civil war, the Taliban and exhausting drought forced Afghans to flee the country and knock almost every country’s door for asylum. The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan in the 1979 commenced a long-lasting mise ...

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