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How to Convert a Terrorist in Three Grades or Less

Jeffrey E. Stern | Posted 02.04.2017 | World
Jeffrey E. Stern

There was a child we will call Meena. She lived in Pakistan. She was a child of energy and initiative. She was six years old when she attempted her first terrorist attack.

Afghanistan 2015: The View From Kabul

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 11.04.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

This stark imagery of war notwithstanding, there is actually very little conflict that takes place in Kabul. Some nights might be interrupted by the muffled sound of a small explosion occurring somewhere in the city or the odd exchange of gunfire, but for the most part, the city is mostly free of any actual violence.

Why My Pashtun Side Will Always Love Polo

Ayesha Vardag | Posted 08.14.2016 | Sports
Ayesha Vardag

The game is so old it predates recorded history -- the first games in recorded history date from 600 BC. The modern version we'd recognize in the west has its roots in northern India. This is where my love of polo really begins: with its rich, colorful and above all, long, history.

Obfuscating the Crime in Pakistan

Hassan Raza | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Hassan Raza

In an unfortunate incident that took place in Balochistan province of Pakistan on Friday night, dozens of heavily armed gunmen, wearing the uniforms o...

Honor Is a Shame in Shan Khan's Brave New Film

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment
Nancy Cohen-koan

Honor is a fast-moving, even exciting tale of injustice, family and redemption. Will it help to change anything? Let's hope.

Ethnic Impasse: A Problem of the Past

Mariam Khan | Posted 04.28.2014 | World
Mariam Khan

The present government needs to realize that Pakistan should not repeat the events of 1971 when Bangladesh, formerly known as East Pakistan, separated from its Western part. In order to prevent history from repeating itself, serious consideration should be given towards equal rights for all classes and groups.

The Paradoxical Afghan/Iranian Alliance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Humanitarian crises, sectarian clashes, and terrorism in Afghanistan will inevitably impact Iran. The Iranian government holds no illusions about Afghanistan's myriad of problems, nor is there any expectation that these will soon be resolved.

Karzai's Taliban Solution

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.14.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

What seemed inconceivable a decade ago -- the integration of the Taliban into Afghanistan's post-9/11 political process -- appears not only possible today, but probable.

The Nexus Of Exorcism And Empowerment Among Pashtun Women

Samar Esapzai | Posted 07.05.2013 | Religion
Samar Esapzai

The belief in superstitious customs and traditions is not unique to the Pashtun culture; as a matter of fact, they are a common phenomenon. These superstitions are a product of historical, regional, economical, and social conditions that have evolved over a significant period of time.

A Candidate Who Will Talk About Drones

Robert Greenwald | Posted 01.16.2013 | World
Robert Greenwald

So, yes, a candidate for president talks about drones in detail, with great awareness about how they are counterproductive to United States security concerns. Problem is, the candidate is running for president of Pakistan.

Impatient for Pashtunistan

Stanley Weiss | Posted 01.12.2013 | World
Stanley Weiss

The ongoing Af-Pak war has only inflamed Pashtun nationalism, exacerbating longstanding tensions with Islamabad and Kabul, while American military movements create new enmities daily.

Afghan Women, Culture, and Development

American Anthropological Association | Posted 06.09.2012 | World
American Anthropological Association

As an anthropologist conducting research in Afghanistan, I find that whenever the gaze of the international media falls on Afghan women I feel uncomfortable.

Afghanistan: What Explains Taliban Staying Power?

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 04.14.2012 | World
Nake M. Kamrany

The U.S. war in Afghanistan is one of three U.S. wars against low-income countries (Vietnam war and Iraq war) which posed no security threat to the U...

Understandings and Butt Jokes in Afghanistan

Adam Valen Levinson | Posted 01.02.2012 | Travel
Adam Valen Levinson

"In Khandahar, you sleep with your back against the wall," Naeem joked with a big grin. "You know what they say over there? 'Allah save everything, but wall save butts.'"

How the Arab Spring Sprung From a Nonviolent Source

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.22.2011 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The propensity in the U.S. to conflate Islam with violence precludes the possibility of nonviolent Muslim protest motivated by an internal incentive, be it secular or religious. However, the concept of nonviolence is not foreign or new to Muslims.

Afghanistan: Who Can Lead Kandahar?

Khalil Nouri | Posted 11.06.2011 | World
Khalil Nouri

The question now is; who should control all of Southern Afghanistan's tribal structure, and ultimately attempt to sooth tensions over what will soon become the full political formation and structure.

Pakistan: Drone Attacks Are Wrong, Regardless

Ethan Casey | Posted 09.18.2011 | World
Ethan Casey

Drone attacks are wrong. I'm sure to be called an appeaser of terrorists for saying that, particularly in light of the latest events in Mumbai. But I ...

Taliban and Karzai Regime Undermine Pashtun Tribal Code

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

For centuries the inner-cohesion and tribal balance of the Pashtuns, Afghanistan's ethnic majority, has been maintained by an ancient tribal code of honor called Pashtunwali, or "way of the Pashtuns".

The Frailty of the Afghan War

Khalil Nouri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Khalil Nouri

To paraphrase C.S. Lewis, the U.S. is on the wrong road, and it should do an about-turn and walk back to the right road. Whoever turns back soonest is the most progressive.

Taliban Exposed by Embedded Journalist in Riveting CNN Documentary

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

CNN provided me with an advance copy of their "Taliban" documentary and arranged a discussion with filmmaker, Paul Refsdal, who risked his life embedding himself in a Taliban fighting unit -- a move supposedly blessed by Taliban leadership.

The Afghan War Moves South

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

Now that America is in full mid-term election frenzy, expect more calls for tougher US military action in "AfPak." Already unpopular politicians are terrified of being branded "soft on terrorism".

To Solve Afghanistan's Great Game Climb the Hills and Ask

Ehsan Azari Stanizai | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ehsan Azari Stanizai

By placing a high premium on a new political path to victory, General Petraeus turned the Iraqi Sunni population -- the backbone of the insurgency -- against al-Qaida and other anti-Western extremist militants.

Language and Being American in the World

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gail Vida Hamburg

It is not unusual for US interpreters in Afghanistan to be ignorant of the languages they claimed to be fluent in. Faking understanding of a foreign language is a common vanity.

Pakistanis & Afghans: Brothers in the Dysfunctional Family of Muslim Countries

Seema Jilani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Seema Jilani

I came to Afghanistan with the expectation that I would be able to play the "Muslim card" and build alliances easily. Not exactly so.

Partition of Afghanistan Is a Quixotic Adventure

Ehsan Azari Stanizai | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ehsan Azari Stanizai

Afghanistan's history offers ample evidence of resistance against the old colonial motto: divide and rule. Partition would be an invitation to a Russian roulette in the regional nuclear club.