January 20, 2021
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  • Fear of death; Pakistan’s Hazaras protest against killing of miners

    Fear of death; Pakistan’s Hazaras protest against killing miners

    Hundreds of Hazaras have been protesting since last Sunday in reaction to the brutal killing of 10 coal miners who were first kidnapped and then shot dead by unknown gunmen in Mach, an area located about 50km east of Balochistan’s capital Quetta. The protesters refuse to bury dead bodies of…

  • Javad Zarif: Iran supports a democratic and constitutional political setup in Afghanistan

    Javad Zarif: Iran supports a democratic and constitutional political setup in Afghanistan

    Afghan-Iran relations have been marked by ups and downs. Politics has overshadowed a common of history, culture and language between the two nations. Afghanistan’s ties with the US, the situation of Afghan refugees in Iran, and Tehran’s ties with the Taliban militants have eclipsed ties between the two countries. Does…

  • Kabul’s inspiring story teller died  

    Rahnaward Zaryab

    The scythe of death, this time, cut a writer’s throat, who spent much of his life reading and writing about life and death, love and chivalry. A young curious bookish, in his late 20s, Azam Rahnaward Zaryab was inspired by 19th century German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer, whose wisdom about misery…

  • All eyes are on Geneva donor conference

    BY: Chris Nyamandi On a Saturday afternoon in late October, a suicide bomber attempted to enter an education centre in Kabul. Prevented by security guards, the attacker entered a nearby lane and set off the explosives which killed at least 24 people including schoolchildren and injured many more. A colleague’s…

  • The persistence of gender disparity and the complicity of my generation

    By: Anis Rezaei For many members of the Hazara diaspora including my generation, coming to the UK has been a life changing occasion. The freedom along with the educational and professional opportunities and facilities that the UK has endowed us all with, have transformed our lives in ways that we…

  • The snapback of US sanction on Iran

    The snapback of US sanction on Iran

    The United States recently moved to restore sanctions on Iran despite rejection by the majority member states in the UN Security Council.  The US imposed the first series of sanctions aimed at different military and financial institutions linked with the Iranian regime; right after President Trump took office in 2017.…

  • The future of Afghan peace

    The future of Afghan peace

    The long-awaited intra –Afghan peace talks finally kicked off between the Afghan and Taliban peace delegations in luxurious Ritz-Carlton residence in coastal city of Doha on September 12. The dialogue initially planned to start in early March, was repeatedly postponed due to fundamental disagreements on prisoner swaps between the warring…

  • The women fight begins here

    “Registering mother’s name in national ID card is a dishonor and shame for the nation…I think, most Afghans do not want their mothers’ name to be [printed on ID cards],” are the words spoken out by a former Taliban leader, Sayed Akbar Agha, at a gathering held in the ancient…

  • Hundred and one years of delusion

    Afghanistan Independence Day

    In our country, a false patriot trend makes the tendency which is chanted by all leaders no matter to what ideological characterizations they may fit. Almost all leaders who have ruled over the country prided themselves as a patriot son of the land for whom nation’s dignity, sovereignty, independence and…

  • Zero sum nation: Afghanistan’s unending struggle with insurgency, peace and corruption

    Afghanistan is on the verge of a possible but uncertain peaceful settlement with the Taliban, an insurgent group fighting the Afghan government and its coalition allies for nearly two decades. Previous efforts to engage with the group through dialogue were often marred with deception and a zero sum status quo…

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