January 28, 2021
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  • 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…

  • My mother’s most quoted aphorism: “hard work pays off”

    By: Hakima Afzaly Last week, I posted some photos of my mother’s handwriting on my Facebook and Twitter accounts. I was surprised at the amount of support and compliments I received, especially in my twitter account. I received praiseworthy comments even from complete strangers. This encouraged me to write a…

  • Letters: “Taliban are not trustworthy”

    By: Meetra Qutb Last week, I watched two disturbing video clips. A video shows a policeman beating a young girl, and another one showing a man beating a woman somewhere in Kabul. The video clips show how deep misogyny and violence against women are in our country. The clips showing…

  • Let’s stand together for a just peace

    By: Aref Mohammadi I met ex-UN Envoy to Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, Staffan de Mistura, in our class last month. He presented a seminar on negotiating techniques in international complex conflicts and the lessons learned from the previous experiences on the ground in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Before the…

  • Books in the time of quarantine

    By: Anis Rezaei “Books keep us sane.” We all are familiar with these words. Yet they have never been as applicable as they are right now, under our current circumstances. With cities and towns going into lockdown one after another, with social-distancing and staying home regulations getting enforced stricter day…

  • Why do non-Pashtuns support Abdullah Abdullah?

    By: Zaki Daryabi With realizing that the international community along with other countries would not support him, Abdullah Abdullah, under pressure by his political patrons and supporters, held a parallel inauguration ceremony at the Sepidar Palace and declared his own inclusive government. The reason why Mr. Abdullah’s supporters pushed him…

  • Letters: “Will there be peace once Taliban and Afghan government sit side by side?”

    By: Safar Ali Amin Many people have started to worry about what is next for millions of Afghans inside and outside the country after a deal was signed between the US and the Taliban. Ordinary Afghans are almost unheard of what is going on behind closed doors. In recent history,…

  • A tug of war; Ghani and Abdullah striving to become presidents

    The incumbent president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the incumbent chief executive Abdullah Abdullah are preparing for separate oath-taking ceremonies which were set to take place early Monday morning, February 09, but was delayed as a result of disputes over final results of the controversial 2019 presidential elections. On February 19,…

  • ‘The time has come to close the gender gap in Afghanistan’

    By: TADAMICHI YAMAMOTO KABUL, 5 March 2020 – Gender inequality is the injustice of our age and one of the biggest human rights challenges we face. But gender equality offers solutions to some of the most intractable problems in Afghanistan. Everywhere across Afghanistan, women are worse off than men –…

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