November 24, 2020
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  • 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…

  • 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…

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