August 10, 2020
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  • Sulaiman Laeq, messenger of Saur coup, dies at 90

    The death of once-a-revolutionary leftist poet Sulaiman Laeq raised a posthumous admiration among intellectual circles in Kabul. Many idolized him as a moderate patriotic poet. In Afghanistan where the death of a public figure is often glorified within ethnic and tribal lines, a heartfelt account of admiration over his death…

  • A big shame

    The first group of Afghan Sikh asylum seekers arrived in New Delhi today, Sunday, July 26, and a batch of eleven Afghan Sikhs were warmly received by members of Sikh community at Delhi airport, according to an Indian television. Last year, the Indian government offered visa facilities and long-term settlement…

  • We must not forget Afghan cinema

    By: Ali M Latifi Over the last year, we have lost three giants of Afghan cinema, Qader Farokh,  Jawanshir Haidari and Faqir Nabi. The physical loss of these men, who were so devoted to their art, should remind us once again of the value of Afghan cinema. An industry made…

  • “The Bourgeois Jihad”: a critical review of a USIP study on ISKP

    By: Bismellah Alizada The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) recently published a study report by Borhan Osman titled “Bourgeois Jihad: Why Young, Middle-Class Afghans Join the Islamic State.” Although description outweighs analysis in the study, it is a crucial contribution to the amassing literature on the Islamic State of…

  • Pakistan’s “constructive role” and bumpy road to Afghan talks

    Pakistan’s chief of army staff, Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and chief of the Afghan High Council for National Reconciliation in Kabul on Tuesday, June 09. Statement, issued by the Afghan side, says that Pakistan’s chief army staff assured his country’s support for intra-Afghan peace…

  • How does Husain Haqqani’s new Pakistan look like?

    By: Mahboob Hussain Reimagining Pakistan: Transforming A Dysfunctional Nuclear State is a book written by Husain Haqqani. A qualified Pakistani academic and political activist, Haqqani has served as Pakistan’s ambassador to Sri Lanka and later to the United States of America from 2008-2011. He also worked as a political advisor…

  • Rushing out of Afghanistan will not end war

    By: Aref Mohammadi The Afghan people are going through yet another terrible time due to war with terrorist groups—the Taliban and ISIS. The most recent attacks in Kabul, Nangarhar, Laghman and Paktia, are additional testimonies to the continued brutality of the Taliban. Their hideous attacks are crushing the Afghans’ souls…

  • The road to victory passes through courage, resolution and resistance

    Mohammad Zaman Khadimi Last week an attack on a maternity hospital in Kabul killed 24 people including newborn babies, pregnant mothers and nurse. Killing newborn babies, pregnant women and nurses, who deliver healthcare services, is an inhuman attack which in reality depicts the powerlessness of an armed militant group which…

  • Iran’s border politics; an inerasable stigma on Sheikh Saadi’s face

    In early 1980s when Ayatollah Khomeini, the archetype and founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, found his newly established Islamic regime in need of cheap labor to undertake a series of new construction and development projects, with a typically persuasive religious tone, he said: “Islam has no border.” Khomeini’s…

  • Giving must continue after COVID-19 is over in Afghanistan

    By: Ali Reza Yunespour The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more ‘giving’ and stronger social solidarity in Afghanistan. In recent weeks, more and more individuals and charitable organisations inside and outside Afghanistan have been sharing their wealth and time with those in need and providing care for individuals and families…

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