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 What will the future of Afghanistan and Iraq be? What will the future of Afghanistan and Iraq be? by Christos Mouzeviris
Last December we saw the total withdrawal of the American troops from Iraq and it is estimated that by the end of 2014 they will leave Afghanistan as well. And that will hopefully end America's campaign on ter
 Karzai's price list by Thanos Kalamidas
Right, so the whole world is open mouthed shocked and totally disgust because the Afghan president Karzai was bribed with thousands of Euros from the Iranian government and from what I’ve read the Iranian government does that twice a year wi
 Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan: Diplomacy of Brotherhood by Kourosh Ziabari
The trilateral summit of the presidents of three Persian-speaking countries of Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan wrapped up on August 5 in Tehran and recorded another unforgettable event in the memory of the three brother nations. With innumerable
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 Following orders by Thanos Kalamidas
There is one phrase I always hated because it has become the worst but most commonly used phrase for all short of crimes in history, follow orders. When it comes the time to answer for any kind of horrific actions in all levels the answer remains
 Journalism under national security by Thanos Kalamidas
To say that the Watergate scandal marked American history is an underestimation of the real effect it had in international history and how much it changed the role journalism with those two tiredly connected. The two reporters who made the scandal
 The evolution of a Karzai by Thanos Kalamidas
I admit that I had to check it again and I became more confident to what I was reading after I checked it with a few different news agencies. The Afghani president Hamid Karzai accused UN and EU officials of plotting to put puppet government in po
 International Women's Day Celebration in Afghanistan by Katherine Carmichael
All across eastern Afghanistan International Security Assistance Forces, Afghan national security forces, as well as Afghan women, and provincial government officials gathered to prepare beforehand and to celebrate women's day March 8.
 The Last Exit from Afghanistan by Bohdan Yuri
Months ago I was relieved to see that President Obama was not rushing his decisions regarding his Afghanistan strategy. Unfortunately, Mr. President, your final choice of action was a return to the basics of conquering the enemy with occupation.
 Justifying war with a Peace Nobel Prize by Thanos Kalamidas
I have to admit that when I read the phrase “the US must uphold moral standards when waging wars that are necessary and justified,” I felt a bit numb and found difficult to accept in the same phrase the words ‘moral’ and
 Hamid Karzai's democracy by Thanos Kalamidas
This will probably sounds really weird but that the UN-backed Electoral Complains Commission ordered that ballots from 210 polling stations be discounted for me at least it was a sign of …democracy! We like or not we all knew what was goi
 Pakistan's Afghanistan by Thanos Kalamidas
There was a news flash warning that at least 41 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in Pakistan and that only two days after another series of flashes had crossed my computer screen talking about militants storming Pakistan’s arm
 Majority of a low turnout voted for KarzaiMajority of a low turnout voted for Karzai by Abdulhadi Hairan
 ‘Have not you ever seen a woman casting vote?’ asked an angry BB Jamila who was surrounded by an army of reporters and cameramen the moment she stepped inside Zarghoona High School at Shahr-e-Naw, Kabul. The reporters inu
 Burqa Candidates + Donkey Ballots + Taliban Violence + Karzai as a Winner = HistoryBurqa Candidates + Donkey Ballots + Taliban Violence + Karzai as a Winner = History by Abdulhadi Hairan
Described by the UN special envoy to Afghanistan, Kai Eide, as the ‘most complicated,’ the 2009 Afghan presidential and provincial elections, set for August 20, are going to make history in many ways.During the
 Negotiating with the Taleban by Thanos Kalamidas
When the British and the Americans decided to start some kind of discussions with the Taleban, a Taleban military “code of conducts” book came out, to remind them of the real identity of the extremists - and that conducts with the devi
 Talks With Taliban After Election: Will This Work?Talks With Taliban After Election: Will This Work? by Abdulhadi Hairan
Both the commanding powers of the eight-year old War on Terror, the United States and the United Kingdom, recently hinted for talks with the Taliban insurgents after the second presidential election of the country, set for August 20.
 A dangerous hint by Thanos Kalamidas
There is a hint in the air that Barack Obama might suggest talks with elements of the Taleban and with elements I suppose they mean Taleban far away from the hardcore Taleban. But somehow I have the feeling that this takes us from a very real situ
 Goodbye Baghdad, Hello Kabul: The US Withdrawal by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
There was no gasp, merely a lingering sigh that came with the announcement that the vast bulk of US combat forces would be leaving Iraq by August 31, 2010, with the final departures taking place at the end of December 2011.  Before a gatherin
 The Kacha Garhi of Pakistani Refugees: Visiting a New TragedyThe Kacha Garhi of Pakistani Refugees: Visiting a New Tragedy by Abdulhadi Hairan
Only the color of the burqas (veils) was different in the Kacha Garhi refugee camp: the Afghan women wore blue and the Pakistani females from conflict-torn Bajaur Agency wear light khaki. The Kacha Garhi refugee camp was
 Afghanistan: under the spell of dollarsAfghanistan: under the spell of dollars by Abdulhadi Hairan
Afghanistan : “My name is Samiullah. I am from Surkhrud district of Nangrahar province, Afghanistan. We live on Warsak Road in Peshawar. I work with an NGO in central Daikundi
 The Kacha Garhi of Pakistani Refugees: Visiting a New TragedyThe Kacha Garhi of Pakistani Refugees: Visiting a New Tragedy by Abdulhadi Hairan
Only the color of the burqas (veils) was different in the Kacha Garhi refugee camp: the Afghan women wore blue and the Pakistani females from conflict-torn Bajaur Agency wear light khaki. The Kacha Garhi refugee camp was
 Blasphemy Charges: An Instrument of Repression in Troubled Afghanistan by Rene Wadlow
On 21 October 2008, An Afghan appeals court overturned the death sentence on Parwez Kambakhsh, a journalism student accused of blasphemy for asking questions in class about women’s rights under Islam.  The court modified the sentence to
 People's Uprising Against Militants In PakistanPeople's Uprising Against Militants In Pakistan by Abdulhadi Hairan
A tribal lashkar, an army organized by common people, was formed in Bajaur tribal area close to Afghanistan to oust the Taliban militants, somewhat that the government was failed to do.
 Learn Pashto OnlineLearn Pashto Online by Abdulhadi Hairan
Pashto (also known as Pashtu, Pakhto, Pakhtu, Paxto) is the language of the Afghans. These days, many people are learning it, particularly those who are on military and reconstruction missions in Afghanistan. There are three s
 American National Security in the Age of Insecurity: 2/5 by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
Part 2: Bush Doctrine of Lies and DeceptionsThe Bush Doctrine echoes many of the ideas of the neoconservative think tank - Project for the New American Century (PNAC), which was founded in 1997. PNAC, in its foundin
 Media in Afghanistan Before and After the TalibanMedia in Afghanistan Before and After the Taliban by Abdulhadi Hairan
Taliban, as a militant group, emerged in Kandahar in 1994 and captured more than half the provinces including capital Kabul in less than two years. When the Taliban appeared, they claimed that they wanted to bring peace to the
 American National Security in the Age of Insecurity: 1/5 by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
Part 1: American National Security and Presidential DoctrinesThe notion of total national security has never been a reality, neither during the heydays of Egyptian, Assyrian, Byzantine, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic Em
 The OfferThe Offer by Abdulhadi Hairan
We were living in a refugee camp in Pakistan\'s most backward tribal area Bajaur Agency. My grandmother was ill, needed some medical tests and due to the lack of good facilities at the sole hospital of the Agency, she wanted to go to a hospital
 An Afghan's Message to "president" ObamaAn Afghan's Message to "president" Obama by Abdulhadi Hairan
An Afghan\'s Message to “President” Obama Congratulations! I don\'t know about the election process in America nor have any clue about the policies that you will make for the whole world. I just know that yo
 Educate Men FirstEducate Men First by Abdulhadi Hairan
Afghanistan and Pakistan, particularly tribal areas of these two countries, are the places where the whole world is involved these days. The war, the violence, the poverty, the backwardness, the ignorance and the abuses against women and childr
 Husband cut off wife's ears and nose on Eid dayHusband cut off wife's ears and nose on Eid day by Abdulhadi Hairan
A man named Mumtaz in southern Zabul province of Afghanistan first shaved wife, Nazia’s head and then cut off her ears, and nose and damaged her teeth on the first day of Eid ul Adha, an Islamic ritual of sacrifice.
 Afghanistan towards a better futureAfghanistan towards a better future by Abdulhadi Hairan
A better future is what every nation dreams for. Afghanistan and Afghans, ruined by all that one after another and long time invasions and wars and living in the age of suicide attacks, need these sweet dreams more than any country.
 Why Militants Attack SchoolsWhy Militants Attack Schools by Abdulhadi Hairan
According to media reports, the pro-Taliban militants active in the Swat valley of Pakistan have targeted girls\' schools which resulted the closing of many schools and colleges. They regularly write threatening letters to schools and colleges
 Swat: From Heaven to HellSwat: From Heaven to Hell by Abdulhadi Hairan
Once known as paradise on the earth (at least for Pakistanis) for its natural beauty, tourist spots, ancient heritage and peaceful people, Swat Valley has now become stronghold of the pro-Taliban militants who have destroyed nearly all music ce
 What is your standard for an educated person?What is your standard for an educated person? by Abdulhadi Hairan
Before I ask the question, let me tell you something about myself.I belong to a very poor family of northern Afghan province Kanduz from where we were migrated Pakistan after the jihad against Russians was initiated. Like a
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