Wednesday, August 31, 2016

U.S., India, Afghanistan to hold talks: Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that the United States would launch trilateral talks with India and Afghanistan at next month's United Nations meetings in New York after strategy talks in the Indian capital New Delhi.

Kerry, addressing a news conference, also denounced terrorism and said the perpetrators of attacks on Indian soil - in Mumbai in 2008 and at the Pathankot airbase last January - should be brought to justice.

"We cannot and will not make distinctions between good and bad terrorists," Kerry said. "Terror is terror no matter where it comes from, (or) who carries it out."

India accuses Pakistan of responsibility for both attacks. Pakistan is trying suspects in the Mumbai attacks, in which 166 people died. Investigations into this year's airbase attack have so far been inconclusive. - Read More

U.S., India, Afghanistan to hold talks: Kerry

Afghan refugees in Pakistan forced to leave the country in response to get-tough measures

Muhammad Aslam inhabits what he describes as an absence of place.

Aslam migrated from Afghanistan to Pakistan as a teenager in 1981 after the Soviet invasion of his country. He got an education, becoming a doctor in the northern city of Peshawar, married and had a family.

One of millions of Afghans scattered by waves of civil war spanning more than three decades, Aslam made a life in his adopted country with every intention of staying.

Now he and others may be forced to go back to Afghanistan, a country in turmoil and one they know little about, because Pakistani officials are describing Afghans as a security and economic threat at a time of worsening militant violence. 

"It's like becoming a refugee again,” Aslam, 49, said recently in an interview. 

Pakistan has announced that the 1.5 million registered Afghan refugees in the country must leave by Dec. 31 as part of get-tough measures to combat terrorism, fueling fresh fear and uncertainty among families who have spent almost their entire lives in their adopted country.

An estimated 1 million other Afghan refugees are in Pakistan without papers and facing expulsion. Provincial police say that 8,000 Afghans in the country illegally have been arrested in the last three months. - Read More, latimes

Afghan refugees in Pakistan forced to leave the country in response to get-tough measures

Kabul 2016, Produced by: Mohammad Omar Temori

Kabul 2016, Produced by: Mohammad Omar Temori - Read More

Kabul - 5th fastest growing city in the world. - YouTube

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Afghans push India for more arms, despite Pakistan's wary eye

India is set to deliver more arms to Afghanistan to help it fight Islamist militants, Kabul's envoy to New Delhi said, even if Pakistan is wary of closer military cooperation between countries lying to its east and west.

India has provided a little over $2 billion in economic assistance to Afghanistan in the last 15 years, but has been more measured in providing weapons in order to avoid a backlash from Pakistan, which sees Afghanistan as its area of influence.

Last December, after years of dragging its feet, New Delhi announced the supply of four attack helicopters in India's first transfer of lethal equipment to the government in Kabul since the hardline Islamist Taliban movement was toppled.

Kabul immediately deployed three of the Russian Mi-25 attack helicopters to go after insurgents, and the fourth will be inducted in the next few weeks.

Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Afghan ambassador to India, said regional security was deteriorating and Afghan national forces were in dire need of military supplies to tackle the Taliban, Islamic State and other militant groups. - Read More

Afghans push India for more arms, despite Pakistan's wary eye

Rio Dances: Closing Ceremony For The 2016 Summer Olympics

Rio 2016 organizers dropped the curtain on the Summer Games on Sunday after hosting the world's elite athletes who've competed for 306 medals over the past 19 days here in Rio de Janeiro.

The closing ceremony starts at 8 p.m. local time, which is one hour ahead of Eastern Time. Because of NBC's time delay, it's airing at 8 p.m. ET and progressively later across the U.S.

We're updating this post with scenes from the event, so please refresh to see what's happening in Rio. We got a late start due to technical issues, so we're filling in some blanks from the official guide to the ceremony.

The opening ceremony began with a countdown, similar to the one we saw in the opening ceremony. After that, performers evoked the colors we've seen all during these games — inflections on Brazil's blue, green and yellow flag — to form a welcoming array of Rio landmarks. - Read More at the NPR

Rio Dances: Closing Ceremony For The 2016 Summer Olympics

The Rio Olympics: Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Uncertainty

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The fight over a shrine for a tyrannical Afghan king

In the prevailing view of Afghan history, King Habibullah Kalakani was an illiterate highway robber who toppled a reformist monarch in 1929 and spent nine despotic months on the throne, brutally uprooting all traces of modernization, before he was captured by the royal army and hanged in Kabul.

But in Afghanistan, a country with a bloody tradition of tribal warfare, fierce resistance to foreign conquerors, and warlords who reinvent themselves as statesmen, even long-dead bandit kings have fan clubs. 

The case made by Kalakani’s supporters, mostly activists from his ethnic Tajik minority, is that he was a pious Muslim and social Robin Hood whose horror of rapid modernization — epitomized by photos of the previous king’s wife wearing Western clothes on a trip to Europe — was shared by many Afghans at the time.

For 87 years, Kalakani’s remains have lain in an unmarked spot below the majestic hilltop mausoleum of the country’s ethnic Pashtun dynasty, including King Nader Shah, who ordered him executed. Now, a group of Tajik leaders and scholars are demanding that he be dug up and moved to a more respectful setting in the capital.

Daoud Kalakani, a member of parliament, heads a group that has asked the government to allow Habibullah Kalakani’s final resting place to be upgraded like Daoud Khan’s. He said the long-dead king, known by the disparaging nickname Bacha-i-Saqao, or “water-carrier’s son,” should receive “the same degree of respect” as Daoud Khan. The group has threatened to stage mass protests if there is no official response within two weeks. 

“Dr. Abdullah said this was high on his list,” said Tahir Qadiry, a spokesman for Attah Mohammed Noor, a powerful Tajik governor whose Jamiat-i-Islami party has been putting pressure on Abdullah to bring its demands to Ghani, including the Kalakani reburial. 

On Wednesday, Abdullah met with Ghani to discuss a number of issues that caused a public rupture between them this month. On Thursday, Kalakani’s portrait suddenly appeared on a wall in the Defense Ministry, where Ghani presided over a ceremony for Afghanistan’s independence day, marking a 1919 treaty with Britain. Visitors said it was hung next to a portrait of Daoud Khan.

Kalakani’s supporters exulted over this sign of his official rehabilitation, but the issue has added a new source of ethnic vitriol to Afghan social media. Some Tajik websites call Kalakani a hero and juxtapose his images with those of Ahmed Shah Massoud, the iconic Tajik anti-Taliban commander who was assassinated in 2001. Some posts on these sites mock Pashtuns with vulgar slurs.

But posts by some Pashtuns and others denounce Kalakani as a brute. “He was a misogynist and a backward criminal,” one critic tweeted, noting that he had shut down all girls’ schools during his brief reign. Others called him a “stain on our recent history” and compared him to the late Taliban leader Mohammad Omar.

On Friday, on the hilltop crowned by the royal tombs of Nader Shah and his son, King Mohammed Zahir Shah, a guard described Zahir Shah’s reign from 1933 to 1973 as a time of peace and stability, and he dismissed the movement to memorialize Kalakani as a ploy by Tajik leaders to advance their own interests. “There is no difference between Kalakani and Mohammad Omar,” he said. - Read More, Washingtonpost

If Afghanistan collapses…- THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

If Afghanistan collapses – which it might – its consequences will be felt far from its borders. Three of its immediate neighbours will be seriously affected. Pakistan and Iran sill have to deal with the arrival of a political entity on their borders that will not be able to control and perhaps would seek to create trouble in their neighbouring countries. China has invested significant amounts of resources to exploit Afghanistan’s large mineral wealth. It would also want to include the country in the land-based arteries of international commerce it is hoping to build in the near future. Work has already begun on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. A similar corridor is being constructed in Kazakhstan. The hope of linking the two by building a north-south system through Afghanistan will have to be postponed. India has also made large investments in the country; an agreement to upgrade the port at Chabrahar was signed this summer by Afghanistan, India and Iran. The Indians are hoping to connect the port with a highway that will go through Iran to Afghanistan. A great deal hangs on stability in Afghanistan for its neighbours and near-neighbours. 

The international community, led by the United States, seemed inclined to lend a helping hand but without getting too involved in the conflict. This was the approach the Obama Administration had developed during his second term in office. Under the Obama Doctrine, nation-building was to be left to the nations themselves with only marginal help from the United States.- Read More

If Afghanistan collapses…

Friday, August 19, 2016

EDITORIAL: Breaking a Promise to Afghan Translators

The nation’s rancorous debate over immigration policy has greatly diminished the chances of citizenship for a small group of people who have done a great service to the United States and are as deserving as anyone to make it their new home. They are the Afghan interpreters who, at considerable risk to their lives and families, worked for the American government during the war and who remain in mortal danger.

In recent years, a few thousand of these interpreters have enjoyed access under the Special Immigrant Visa program for Afghan linguists. That program is now under scrutiny by lawmakers with hard-line views on immigration who have questioned its necessity, raised alarm over its costs and threatened to end it. Doing so would be reckless and morally reprehensible. While the future of American immigration policy will continue to be a fraught political issue, the fate of this tiny segment of aspiring Americans should not.

As things stand, there are roughly 12,600 applicants with pending petitions and only about 2,500 visas the State Department is authorized to issue. That means that about 10,100 Afghans, who had every reason to believe their service to the United States would be rewarded with a safe haven, may be left behind.

The State Department and other government agencies involved in vetting applications administered the program poorly for years after it was established in 2009. Many applicants waited for several years to learn whether their cases were approved. Other applicants were rejected without being told why. Over the past couple of years, responding to an outcry from veterans and members of Congress, officials have begun to process cases more quickly. But the department expects to run out of visas to issue early next year.

While the resettlement initiative was long politically uncontroversial, a handful of Republican lawmakers — including Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Jeff Sessions of Alabama — appeared intent on shutting it down this year. Their opposition coincides with a political season in which some Republicans, most prominently Donald Trump, the party’s presidential nominee, have branded Muslim immigrants as inherently dangerous.

Gen. John Nicholson, the top American general in Afghanistan, where thousands of United States troops continue to serve, warned earlier this year in a letter to Senator John McCain that scrapping the program while endangered interpreters wait for their cases to be completed “could have grave consequences for these individuals and bolster the propaganda of our enemies.” 

Failing to keep our promise to Afghans who risked life and limb in the battlefield would add a shameful chapter to the mixed legacy of America’s longest war. - Read More at the NYT

Breaking a Promise to Afghan Translators

Afghan air force needs more pilots, as well as more planes

The Afghan air force is limited not only by its size. Despite numbering only 130 aircraft, there are not enough pilots and crews to fly them all.

The shortage is hampering Afghan security forces' ability to fight Taliban militants, who are once again gaining territory in the north and south of the country.

Troops on the ground are crying out for more air support, which ranges from firing on the enemy to evacuating casualties from the battlefield. The day Afghan aircraft can meet the high demand is still a long way off.

"Three weeks ago, two of our policemen were wounded in a fight with the Taliban and we waited for five days to transfer them to a hospital," said a border police commander in the eastern province of Kunar, who spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

"Sometimes we have to wait a week for a helicopter to evacuate our casualties," added the officer, stationed in a remote area close to the Pakistani border.

Advisers for the U.S.-led NATO coalition, which is training Afghan armed forces now the alliance's main combat mission is over, say they are struggling to field enough experienced pilots and crews.

"Our challenge is the human capital," said Colonel Troy Henderson, commander of the U.S. Air Force's expeditionary advisory group in Kabul, noting it is relatively easy to buy aircraft but more difficult and slower to find and train pilots.

The roughly 130 aircraft are not enough, according to Major General Abdul Wahab Wardak, commander of the Afghan air force. And the problem is now compounded by a lack of trained crews for existing aircraft.

The United States has provided a growing number of more advanced aircraft in the past year, seeking to make up for the withdrawal of most international forces.

But in the process of building a special operations air wing and training crews to fly new aircraft like the small A-29 attack aircraft and C-130 cargo planes, coalition advisers had to pull experienced pilots from other units, Henderson said. - Read More

Afghan air force needs more pilots, as well as more planes

Thursday, August 18, 2016

قصر دارالامان از مجموعهء خاطرات يك دوست صدا و تنطيم

قصر دارالامان  از مجموعهء خاطرات يك دوست  صدا و تنطيم  - Read More

Zobair Padash قصر دارالامان - YouTube

علت اختلافات که باعث سقوط حکومت امان الله خان ګردید

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Afghan American Cop Hailed as Hero in New York

On July 20, New York Police Sergeant Hameed Armani faced a situation that could either turn him into a deserter or a hero. The Afghan immigrant opted for hero.
Armani remembers it as a beautiful night. Times Square in New York City was packed “with thousands of people.” Armani and his partner, Officer Peter Cybulski were watching them from their parked police van around 11:30 p.m. when a man in a sports utility vehicle tossed a device into the van through an open window. It landed on the dash board.
“I looked at Cybulski and at the device.The lights started flashing, and it started to make noise,” recalls Armani.  “Cybulski goes, ‘Boss this is a bomb.’ I looked around. The first thing I saw was two little kids right in front of my van and looked to my left. The area was packed with people.”
Armani decided to take the device and go as far as possible from the crowd. He said Cybulski was on board with the decision.  Cybulski held the device as Armani drove to a more deserted location on Sixth Avenue. They put the device on the ground and called the bomb squad. The experts determined the object was a dud, but the heroism of the police was real.
New York City Police Commissioner at the time Bill Bratton said the two officers were NYPD heroes and the heroes of New York City.

"They put their own lives at risk so that they could save potentially hundreds if not thousands of people in Times Square," Bratton said. - More at the Hameed Armani
Afghan American Cop Hailed as Hero in New York - VoA

مسایل سیاسی افغانستان در روشنی حوادث تاریخی - بخش ششم قسمت دوم- عواقب تجزیه طلبی و فدرالیزم

This is Part 6B of the series entitled "Afghanistan Present Political Issues in Historical Perspective" researched, written and presented by Dr. Noor Ahmad Khalidi in Dari language. Background music by Omar Akram عمر اکرم world famous Afghan musician. - Read More

Monday, August 15, 2016

Donald Trump’s Terrorism Plan Mixes Cold War Concepts and Limits on Immigrants - nytimes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Donald J. Trump on Monday laid out his plan for combating global Islamic terrorism, invoking the Cold War era to try new approaches and accusing President Obama and Hillary Clinton of bungling the fight against terrorist threats.

Calling for significant changes in how the United States defines its allies, he urged an end to “nation building” and recommended overhauling how the United States screened people coming in to the country.

“We cannot let this evil continue,” he said in his address in Youngstown, Ohio, a place where the driving concern for voters is the economy more than terrorism. “We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism.”

He accused the Democrats of creating a “vacuum to let terrorism grow and thrive” and singled out President Obama as “an incompetent president” for his opening to Iran and for, in Mr. Trump’s view, allowing chaos to spread throughout the Middle East by supporting the ouster of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, leading to the rise of the Islamic State and spread of Islamic terrorism.

“We will not defeat it with closed eyes and silenced voices,” he said of the fight against Islamic terrorism. “We have a president who doesn’t want to say the words. Anyone who cannot name our enemy is not fit to lead our country.”

He also took aim at the approaches of the past Democratic and Republican administrations as outdated given the urgent threats posed to America.

“If I become president, the era of nation building will be brought to a quick and very swift end,” Mr. Trump said. He also said that the United States will partner with any nation willing to fight Islamic terrorism, specifically mentioning Russia, saying the United States would conduct “joint military operations” with such countries to defeat the Islamic State.

Mr. Trump said that “the time is overdue” for better screening of extremists trying to enter the country, calling for “extreme vetting.” He said only those who accept a “tolerant” view of American society would be admitted to the United States. - Read More

Donald Trump’s Terrorism Plan Mixes Cold War Concepts and Limits on Immigrants

Sunday, August 14, 2016

گزارش خبری تجلیل از روز جهانی جوانان در ارگ ریاست جمهوری

رئیس جمهور غنی: نسل جوان باید علیه دشمن بزرگ شان که فساد اداری است، صدا بلند کند  - Read More

رئیس جمهور غنی از نسل جوان کشور که همه روزه در سنگر دفاع از خاک قرار دارند و از هر وجب کشور دفاع می کنند، ستایش کرده گفت که در هر نقطه افغانستان خون های پاک جوانان ما ریخته شده است و این نشاندهندۀ تعهدی است که هزاران سال دیگر این خاک باقی می ماند. وی افزود: کسی به این خاک به چشم حقارت نبیند، اینجا خانۀ شیران است.

محمد اشرف غنی خطاب به جوانان گفت: امروز نسل جوان افغان آمادگی سرتاسری اداره و رهبری کشور را دارند، همه تان به این وطن محبت دارید و می خواهید از این خاک حراست کرده، آنرا آباد سازید. - Read More
رئیس جمهور خطاب به اعضای پارلمان جوانان افغانستان: نسل جوان افغانستان به قانون اساسی باورمند است 

پارلمان آموزشی جوانان افغانستان با حضور اشرف غنی برگزار شد

همایش پارلمان جوانان افغانستان با حضور اشرف غنی، رئیس جمهوری در مقر پارلمان این کشور گشایش یافت.
این همایش که روز یکشنبه (۲۴ اسد/مرداد) در تالار مجلس سنا برگزار شد، ۱۳۰ جوان از سراسر افغانستان به عنوان اعضای پارلمان آموزشی جوانان شرکت کردند.

هدف برگزاری این پارلمان نمادین "تمرین مردم‌سالاری" در میان جوانان و تقویت دموکراسی در کشور خوانده شده است.

پارلمان آموزشی جوانان با حمایت مالی سازمان ملل متحد برگزار شد و جوانان در آن می‌آموزند که مفهوم نمایندگی چیست، پارلمان چگونه کار می‌کند و تجربه نمایندگی چگونه است.

اعضای این پارلمان آموزشی نمایندگان جوانان ۳۴ ولایت افغانستان هستند که ۳۳ درصد آن‌ها را دختران تشکیل می‌دهند. حضور اقلیت‌هایی مانند کوچی‌ها، هندوها، سیک‌ها و معلولان در آن در نظر گرفته شده است.

اشرف غنی، رئیس جمهوری افغانستان جوانان را "نسل وصل" کشور خواند و از آن‌ها خواست که در راستای همبستگی کشور بیشتر بکوشند.

'صبر، حوصله و تحلیل از شاخص‌های خوب یک رئیس جمهوری'

رئیس جمهوری افغانستان همچنین با تأکید بر "اجماع سیاسی" گفت که تجارب تاریخی نشان داده که تفرقه و نفاق باعث فروپاشی حکومت‌ها شده است. او با اشاره به یک ضرب المثل بر همبستگی و وحدت ملی تأکید کرد.

آقای غنی در بخشی از سخنان خود ضمن تأکید عدم تحمیل "سلیقه شخصی" در رهبری کشور گفت که رهبر نباید واکنشی عمل کند، بلکه باید محیط خود را تغییر داد.

وی گفت: خصوصیات یک رهبر خوب در دستارنامه، بازنامه و صوات نامه خوشحال خان ختک بیان شده است، رهبری در عکس العمل نمی شود، رهبر باید ماحول خود را تغییر دهد.

او همچنین با اشاره به مهاجرت، تبعیض و محدودیت در مورد زنان گفت که کشورش هرگز به گذشته باز نخواهد گشت. - Read More

Friday, August 12, 2016

Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Denounces President Ghani as Unfit for Office

KABUL, Afghanistan — The fragile Afghan power-sharing arrangement brokered by the United States sustained a serious blow on Thursday, when the government’s chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, angrily denounced his governing partner, President Ashraf Ghani, as unfit to govern.

Mr. Abdullah, addressing a group of young people in his office garden, said he had struggled to achieve much progress with Mr. Ghani during the two years of their government on the issue of electoral reform, one of his conditions for the power-sharing agreement that was brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry after the disastrous election dispute in 2014.

The agreement, which prevented a clash that could have torn the country apart, made Mr. Ghani president and Mr. Abdullah chief executive and gave him equal say in government appointments.

Mr. Abdullah, on Thursday, accused Mr. Ghani of making decisions unilaterally and of failing to consult with him on appointments. He also said he had made little progress with Mr. Ghani on election reform, which had been one of his conditions for agreeing to the power sharing arrangement.

“Over a period of three months you don’t have time to see your chief executive one-on-one for even an hour or two?’’ he said, addressing Mr. Ghani. “What does your highness spend your time on?’’

“There are arguments in any government,’’ he added, “but if someone does not have the patience for discussion, then they are not fit for the presidency, either.’’

Under the agreement worked out by Mr. Kerry, the government is supposed to hold parliamentary elections and enact sweeping electoral changes by the end of September, a deadline that is not expected to be met. Political opposition groups are mounting pressure over the failure to hold parliamentary elections, with some even demanding a grand council of elders from around the country to decide on the government’s legitimacy.

A spokesman for Mr. Ghani declined to comment on Mr. Abdullah’s remarks.

Some analysts said, however, that Mr. Abdullah had become isolated not only from the government, but also from his own constituency. They viewed his outburst as a desperate bid to regain support. Many analysts said they were surprised by the bluntness of his comments, particularly at a time when the Taliban appeared to be making significant inroads. Mr. Abdullah himself said that the government had been unable to recover the bodies of soldiers who had been under siege for seven days.

Haroun Mir, a political analyst in Kabul, said that much of Mr. Abdullah’s support during the messy 2014 elections had come from Jamiat, one of the country’s largest parties with a strong base in the North. Party leaders were disappointed when Mr. Abdullah agreed to the power-sharing deal with Mr. Ghani. More recently, they have criticized him increasingly for failing to challenge Mr. Ghani on various matters.

“Jamiat sees Abdullah as their candidate, and now they are saying he can’t represent us,” said Mr. Mir, who suggested that it might be too late for Mr. Abdullah to regain the party’s support. Mr. Abdullah’s comments surely will not help soothe his uneasy partnership with Mr. Ghani. - Read More, NYTimes

Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Denounces President Ghani as Unfit for Office

U.S. Strike Said to Kill ISIS Chief of Afghanistan-Pakistan Region

غنی: آنانیکه منافع شان در خطر است مرا به انحصارگرایی متهم میکنند

رئیس جمهور افغانستان می گوید، افرادی مرا به انحصارگرایی متهم می کنند که در امر مبارزه با فساداداری "منافع شان با خطر مواجه می شود."
محمد اشرف غنی، در مراسم تجلیل از روز جوانان در ارگ، بدون اینکه از کسی نامی برده باشد، گفت که حکومت وی در مبارزه با فساداداری متعهد است. آقای غنی فساد را بزرگترین دشمن جوانان خوانده گفت: "اگر فساد از بین نرود آینده تان تاریک خواهد بود و شما توانایی مبارزه علیه این پدیده را دارید."

این اظهارات رئیس جمهور غنی یک روز پس از آن صورت می گیرد که عبدالله عبدالله، رئیس اجراییۀ افغانستان ضمن انتقاد شدید از رئیس جمهور، بر انتخاب رئیس کمیسیون اصلاحات اداری از سوی آقای غنی نیز انتقاد کرد. آقای عبدالله گفت که جوانان و "بزرگان سیاست افغانستان همه از من گله دارند که چرا در اینجا یا آنجا پافشاری نکردید." رئیس اجراییۀ أفغانستان، مواردی را که از وی انتظار پافشاری می رفت، واضح نساخت، اما گفت که "من همیشه حوصله کرده ام و گفته ام که انشاالله همه چیز به تدبیر پیش می رود."

ریاست جمهوری أفغانستان، روز جمعه با نشر اعلامیۀ کوتاه، اظهارات تُند روز پنج شنبه داکتر عبدالله را برخلاف "موازین و روحیۀ دولت‌ داری" عنوان کرده اذعان داشته که کار حکومت وحدت ملی "به حیث یک مجموع ادامه می یابد، به زودی در مورد اظهارات ایشان بحث های جدی و موثر صورت خواهد گرفت."

در خبرنامۀ ارگ این هم آمده است که جوانان شرکت کننده در نشست از رئیس جمهور افغانستان خواسته اند تا "حکومت نباید تحت فشار های سیاسی قرار گیرد." - Read More

غنی: آنانیکه منافع شان در خطر است مرا به انحصارگرایی متهم میکنند

In ominous sign, Afghan government partner berates President Ghani

Afghan government chief executive Abdullah Abdullah has sharply criticized President Ashraf Ghani, a dramatic public break that exposed long-simmering tension within the former election rivals' fragile unity government.

Abdullah's televised remarks brought fresh questions about the stability of the coalition formed in 2014 after both Ghani and Abdullah claimed victory in a presidential election and there were fears of armed clashes between their supporters.

Abdullah said late on Thursday that Ghani did not deserve to govern as he had failed to work collaboratively or to enact electoral reforms.

The post of chief executive was created for former foreign minister Abdullah as part of a U.S.-brokered deal to end deadlock over the election.

But he complained he had been left out of key decisions, and painted Ghani as arrogant and out of touch with the deteriorating situation in the country.

"The government is paralyzed and ministers do not have the chance to speak… (Ghani) provides a one-hour lecture but he should listen to the ministers for 15 minutes," he said.

"If someone does not have tolerance, they do not deserve the presidency."

In a statement, Ghani's office said Abdullah's speech was "not in accordance with the principle and spirit of governance", but there would be a "serious and effective" discussion of his concerns. - Read More

In ominous sign, Afghan government partner berates President Ghani

Saturday, August 06, 2016

افتتاح المپيك در برازيل، تيّم افغانستان هم پرچم كشور را انتقال دادند

After A Rough Run-Up, Rio Aims For An 'Awesome' Opening Ceremony

Two of Brazil's greatest strengths — its dazzling culture and its flair for spectacle — will power the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympics on Friday night. Organizers will unleash samba drums, singers and dancers in a show designed to thrill a global audience and silence the criticism surrounding the preparations.

To pull it off, producers had to figure out how to move thousands of athletes and hundreds of performers in and out of a stadium whose field presents a unique problem. As one official explains, "There is no entrance."

We'll dig into that later. For now, let's focus on the positive.

"I hope that the Opening Ceremony will be a drug for depression in Brazil," film director Fernando Meirelles says in material provided to the media in Rio de Janeiro.

The Opening Ceremony's highlights will range from singers such as the legendary Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil to MC Soffia, age 12. -  NPR

After A Rough Run-Up, Rio Aims For An 'Awesome' Opening Ceremony

Friday, August 05, 2016

گرامی باد یاد شاهی که در قلوب مردم خود شاهنشاهی کرد - داکتر محمد نذیر زکریا

روز دو شنبه اول اسد 1386هجری شمسی مطابق 23 جوالی 2007 میالدی خبر المناک و اسفبار وفات اعلیحضرت محمد ظاهر شاه، پادشاه افغانستان )1973-1933( و پدر معنوی ملت قهرمان افغان را از امواج رادیو های مختلف جهان و فرانسه و از شبکۀ جهانی تلویزیون آریانای کابل شپخش شد و اکنون از آن نه سال می گذرد.
انا هلل و انا الیه راجعون.

ایمان دارم اعلیحضرت شان مورد رحمت و مغفرت الهی قرار دارند چه پاک زیستند، صادقانه و عاری از خیانت به وطن و کشور خود خدمت کردند و با سر بلند از جهان رفتند.

مسلم است که تمامی وطنداران صادق و با ایمان تصدیق می کنند که اعلیحضرت محمد ظاهرشاه در تمام دورۀ سلطنت شان با قضایا به عدالت برخورد نمودند و برای ترقی و بهبود امور کشور، با وجود نبودن منابع مالی کافی و کمبود پرسونل و کدرهای رسیده، تا حد امکان تالش کردند. برای حفاظت تمامیت ارضی و وحدت اقوام مختلف افغانستان سخت پابند بودند و از آزادی کامل افغانستان عزیز و عدم وابستگی آن به کشورهای بیگانه عامالنه و جدیانه دفاع نمودند. همیش در مالقات های شان با جوانان و تحصیل کردگان می فرمودند:

 "عزیزان من!
باید سعی کنیم کشور عزیز ما در قطار کشور های آزاد و مترقی جهان برسد و با داشتن صلح و صفا، حیثیت و مقام مرغوب خود را حفظ نماید. وقتی به این مأمول خویش نایل خواهیم آمد که دست به دست هم بدهیم و به طور خستگی ناپذیر برای پیشرفت های اجتماعی و اقتصادی کشور خود جان فشانی نمائیم. فراموش نکنید که وطن و وطنداران شما به سوی شما فرزندانش نگران است که تحصیل کرده اید و با توشۀ دانش و اندوخته ها و تجارب تان به وطن بازگشته اید و ...، ...، ...".

 خوانندۀ عزیز باور کن که این سخنان اعلیحضرت پادشاه افغانستان هنوز هم که بیشتر چهل ) ( سال از آن گذشته است، سامعه ام را نوازش می دهد. چه من هم یکی از آنانی بودم که در ختم تحصیل و بازگشت از کشور فرانسه به حضور شان مشرف شدم و این نوع سخنان گهربار اعلیحضرت شان را با گوش های خود شنیدم و به حافظه سپردم. بلی به یاد دارم که هر یک از محصلینی را که با موفقیت به وطن بازگشته بودند و در آن روز نیکوی شرفیابی حضور داشتند مانند پدر مهربانی مورد تفقد قرار می دادند و تبریک می گفتند. قبل از اینکه هر یک را جداگانه در دفتر کار خود بپذیرند و با وی مصافحه کنند همه را دسته جمعی مخاطب ساخته فرمودند:

" امیدوارم در وظایفی که به شما سپرده می شود، خورد یا بزرگ، با عشق و عالقه کار کنید. و تمنی دارم توجه شما به طرف ترقی و پیشرفت کشور تان باشد و مردم تانرا از عالم های انتظاری که از شما دارند مأیوس نسازید. در پهلوی اجرای وظایف تان به اطراف و اکناف وطن تان سفر نمائید و با مردم تان بیامیزید و در راه وحدت اقوام مختلف وطن که همه باهم برادر و برابرند هر نوع سعی و تالش را بکار بندید. چه تنها در صورت اتحاد همگانی است که می توان نیروی بزرگی بوجود آورد و مانع توطئه های دشمنان گردید. سعی کنید مملکت را به شاهرای ترقی و تعالی رهنمون سازید، بلی این وظیفۀ شما جوانان است که وطن تان را از نارسائی ها و پسمانی ها نجات دهید ". و ازین قبیل وصیت ها و نصیحت های گرانقدر دیگر که همه اش آویزۀ گوش شنوای آن فرزندان کشور بود که تا آخر در پهلوی آن شاه مهربان و ترقی خواه کشور ایستادند و خدمت کردند نه آن فرزندانی نا خلف )خلق و پرچم( که در خدمت اجنبی قرار گرفتند و افغانستان را تباه و کشور را ویران نمودند که لعنت خدا بر آنها باد !!

تا به امروز به این می اندیشم که چه پادشاهی داشتیم که نه تنها بر کشور ما بلکه بر دل های ما حکمروائی می کرد و چقدر افغانستان را عاشقانه دوست داشت و چقدر در پی ترقی و پیشرفت آن می کوشید. با همین عشق و عالقه اش بود که توانست، چنانچه در باال گفتم، با وجود عدم منابع مالی کافی و هزاران موانع دیگر کشور ما را به ترقیات و پیشرفت های چشم گیری در ساحات اجتماعی، اقتصادی و سیاسی نایل سازد. )برای معلومات بیشتر در بارۀ خدمات اعلیحضرت محمد ظاهر شاه به یک سلسله مقاالت جناب ولی احمد نوری نویسندۀ آگاه، صادق و پر درد کشور، تحت عنوان " تحوالت بنیادی افغانستان در دورۀ سلطنت محمد ظاهرشاه " که در چهار بخش در سایت افغان جرمن آنالین چاپ شده است مراجعه نمائید

بدا به حال آن فرزندان بد اندیش و سیاه بین و کور دل کشور که تحت تأثیر پروپاگند های مذبوحانۀ تواریخ کذائی مؤرخین کاذب و پر مرض و پر غرض رفته اند و در خدمت دشمنان قرار گرفته، مردم و جوانان بی معلومات و نا آگاه را مسموم می سازند
دکتور نذیر زکریا - 27 آگست 2007  - Read More

گرامی باد یاد شاهی که در قلوب مردم خود شاهنشاهی کرد

Watch: Karzai Discusses His Time in Power - The New York Times, Facebook

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai spoke with Times reporter Mujib Mashal in Kabul earlier today about his time in power, his daily routine out of office and his views on how his successor is doing, plus his country's relations with the United States. If you have questions for Mujib, please leave them in the comments. - Read More at the facebook

Watch: Karzai Discusses His Time in Power  - The New York Times