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Afghan Youth; Underappreciated and Excluded

Naweed Kawusia - Afghanistan is a big country with a large population. It is estimated that Afghanistan’s present population is about 36 million. Those between the ages of 15 to 35 form more than sixty percent ‘of the total population. For our purposes we count them all as the youth. These comprise students, employees, workers, farmers and persons from various professions including the unemployed – educated ...

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Whisper it…!

Evgeny Lebedev - Whisper it... but maybe our boys didn't die in vain: In this brilliant dispatch, EVGENY LEBEDEV meets British troops in Helmand - and despite the butchery of the Taliban finds glimmers of hope for a land that's cost us so much blood. Stretched across the valleys and mountains of Helmand are too many corners of a foreign field that will be forever not only England, but Scotland, Wales or Ire ...

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Join Me Lets Innovate for Girls Education – It’s Possible!

Kiiya JK - It’s been long since I last wrote several years ago when I was still an excellent literature student. Well that was then, this is now. Girls! How did I end up here? Seriously…About a week ago I was in Chandigarh in India attending an International Youth Peace Festival (IYPF 2013). There were about four discussion topics divided each into four groups, a topic per group. Out of over 100 visiting yo ...

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Regaining the Public Trust

Omar Samad – Despite the recent repudiation of elections by the Afghan Taliban's fugitive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, and despite the increased bloodshed experienced by Afghans this year, there is a growing public desire to see the election process move forward and a historic and peaceful transfer of power and legitimate order. Signs of growing enthusiasm are not only detected among the political elites an ...

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Making Accusation Exposes the Inward of Afghan Politics

By: Mohammad Yasin Sultani Last month the Finance Minister, Hazrat Omar ZakhilWal, following the Interior Minister, Mujtaba Patang, in an unprecedented move accused six MPs of smuggling, making illegal demands and involvement in corruption. In a summoning session, before the parliamentarians, the Minister named the MPs involved in smuggling and illegal activities. The move further escalated the strained rel ...

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Afghan Destinies

Suzy Hansen Khaled Hosseini gives us love, regret and betrayal – but where is the anger? Khaled Hosseini’s new book, And the Mountains Echoed, begins with a father telling his children a bedtime story: “Once upon a time, in the days when divs and jinns and giants roamed the land, there lived a farmer named Baba Ayub. He lived with his family in a little village by the name of Maidan Sabz.” That story soon e ...

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A Carpet Weaver’s Essential Afghan Memoir

John Kael Weston A carpet seller tells the extraordinary story of his family’s exodus from their home in Kabul when he was a young boy and their subsequent odyssey through Afghanistan, as they see the Taliban and the Americans come and go. In a few months, it will be 12 years since the U.S. war in Afghanistan began. The date will be marked on White House calendars, with policymakers in the Obama administrat ...

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Keep Moving Forward Afghanistan

Dominic Medley After three years as the Spokesman for the NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan my time has come to move on from my current position. I have worked in Kabul for more than 11 years, since February 2002, but I am sure I will return. I first came to Kabul, just three months after the fall of the Taliban regime. The city was so different then, so run down, so destroyed in many areas ...

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Afghanistan: NATO’s Mission Possible

M. Ashraf Haidari When citizens of NATO allies look at the record of failure of military interventions in Afghanistan over the past century-and-a-half, they may be tempted to ask: "What chance of success does NATO have?" People should realize, however, that comparing the present-day stabilization mission to past military adventures is not appropriate. Past foreign involvements in Afghanistan-including those ...

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Toward Convergence: An Agenda For U.S.-India Cooperation In Afghanistan

Raja Mohan, Caroline Wadhams As the United States reduces its military presence in Afghanistan and transfers security control to the Afghan government in 2014, the governments in New Delhi and Washington should find ways to strengthen their partnership in Afghanistan. At the same time, they should embed it in a sustainable structure of regional cooperation in order to ensure the future stability of Afghanis ...

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The Challenges Of Afghan National Identity

Bilquees Daud War not only brings human and material destruction but also damages the social fabric of a country, adversely affecting the idea of the nation itself in turn undermining national identity. Hence, the key element in post-war recovery is to bring social solidarity by promoting harmony and peace among people that have suffered from war. The process of state building and nation building should sta ...

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NATO Withdrawal Concerns of Afghan Leading Neighbors; an Opportunity for Afghanistan

As the 2014 gets closer, the concerns of the afghan leading neighbors about post 2014 Afghanistan also become bolder. The afghan dominant neighbors; Russia, India and to some extend china have recently showed their worries about post 2014 Afghanistan more noticeably in occasions around the region. The security and the economy issues have combined the core stone of the concerns expressed by the three countri ...

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Afghans Lay Groundwork for 2014 Election

Pamela Constable Voter registration is underway, the presidential election date is set for April 5, and politicians are forming coalitions to discuss platforms, policies and candidates. But despite these signs of democracy in action, one nagging question lingers in the air like a dark, persistent cloud. Is President Hamid Karzai ready to give up power, as the constitution requires, or is he determined to fi ...

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Engineer-Turned-Militia Leader Takes on Taliban

Pamela Constable As he jolted along village roads recently in a pickup truck with a machine gunner standing in the back, Farhad Akbari stopped every few minutes and pointed to another invisible landmark among the mud-walled houses, swaying poplars and rippling wheat fields. “This corner used to be a Taliban check post, but now everyone can pass freely,” he said with a satisfied nod. “That orchard is where t ...

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Ethnic Politics: A Dangerous Fault Line

Omar Samad An eight-day long hunger strike by Kabul University students that drew little attention internationally but sparked a major debate domestically ended last week after the Afghan government agreed to the students’ main demands to fire the Dean of the Social Sciences department, accused of ethnic discrimination and mismanagement. The Dean and his supporters staged a counter-protest accusing the stud ...

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International Community’s Silence over Ethnic Games in Afghanistan

A.J. Ahwar The world politics is full of memories concerning violent power transitions. It has never been easy for previous kings to leave their privileges and opportunities at once for another person. Fathers have killed their sons and brother have killed their entire fraternity to maintain his power. Some countries after adopting democratic values and accepting the rule of law transformed their mechanisms ...

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Random Thoughts: What kind of a future does our youth envision?

By Shukrullah Ahmadi Afghanistan, plagued by war, corruption and underdevelopment, has less than 30 % adult literacy rate – the lowest in the region. It has also one of the world’s lowest life expectancy – 48 years. Afghanistan is considered as one of the world’s worst places for a child to be born, with one of the highest child mortality rates (130 per 1000). More than 50 % of its population survives below ...

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A Mirage

In old times, when fabric or cloth was very rare and had good monetary value, a scholar was busy in washing his hands and face beside a river. He was wearing a big turban of white fabric that was very rare in those days, as many of the people could not afford to buy one like this. During the continuation of this washing, he took off his turban and put it on a side. A thief, who was hiding behind a stone and ...

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The United States to Engage Afghanistan’s Neighbors Including Iran During the Transition.

Seyed Hossein Mousavian Despite the U.S. plan to withdraw from Afghanistan in late 2014, Washington is likely to maintain a presence of around 10,000 civilian and military personnel. The need to protect the security of those remaining forces requires the United States to engage Afghanistan’s neighbors—including Iran—during the transition. The Taliban and Al Qaeda were originally created in Saudi Arabia and ...

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Post 2014 Afghanistan: Matter of Worries

US-led NATO 2014 withdrawal from Afghanistan recently has heightened concerns in Beijing, across Central Asian states and particularly in Moscow. And lately, the countries have more visibly expressed their concerns about the spillover of terrorism and a possible religious extremism or a proxy battle in post 2014 Afghanistan. Therefore, in the following, it is intended to glance through basic grounds motivat ...

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