September 21, 2020
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  • 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…

  • Women rights to education and work remains serious concern

    Women rights to education and work remains serious concern

    A delegation of Afghan representatives led by the government will meet with Taliban peace negotiators for first time in talks that will be held in few weeks. The two sides will discuss a power sharing deal including country’s future political system. On Monday, August 10, President Ashraf Ghani signed a…

  • 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…

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