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Editorial: Air pollution deadlier than war

Air quality levels have worsened in Afghanistan, creating public outcry with dire consequences for large swaths of society. The extreme air pollution episodes affect millions of people in Kabul; the authorities must take every available step to tackle air pollution in Kabul, the capital city, which may be even deadlier …

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Editorial: Seek solutions at once!

Against a backdrop of inordinate delays in the tallying process on the part of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), it has set back the announcement of presidential poll result for a second time. Citing candidate complaints and tensions, the electoral management body also stopped the audit and recount of votes …

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Editorial: Dawn of another electoral crisis

A new blow to the Afghan presidential election came on Sunday as the incumbent CEO Abdullah Abdullah, also a presidential candidate and longtime rival of President Ashraf Ghani, withdrew his team of observers from the ongoing official vote recount process – which the Independent Election Commission (IEC) began despite opposition …

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Editorial: Pinned hopes on IEC

The election controversies are seemingly further escalating while at the same time the Independent Election Commission (IEC) is under immense pressure – having already missed one deadline – as it is supposed to announce the preliminary results of the Afghan presidential election on Nov. 14th. The recent developments in tallying …

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Editorial: At what cost?

Intensification of war in different parts of the country has underscored the lasting trauma of the escalating conflict that overshadows the impact of peace efforts to at least reduce violence to some level. The assassination of an Afghan government employee while his daughter was next to him has accentuated the …

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Editorial: Man’s inhumanity to man

The horrific news and photos of a man having been brutally murdered in broad daylight while his 3-year-old child sitting next to him in a car, went viral on social media and sparked vehement condemnation from people across the country. The slain man was reportedly an employee of one of …

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Editorial: Don’t shatter mirrors of truth!

Freedom of the press is an essential pillar to any democracy and fortunately, journalists enjoy a significant level of freedom in Afghanistan – a climate for journalists which is better than some regional countries. Conversely, Afghanistan is also full of grave dangers to journalists who put their lives at stake …

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Wicked atrocities

A damning report by a US advocacy group, the Human Rights Watch (HRW), accused CIA-backed Afghan strike groups of committing extrajudicial executions, orchestrating disappearances, conducting indiscriminate airstrikes, attacking medical facilities and carrying out other violations of international humanitarian law. The 61-page-long report alleged that these strike units belonging to the …

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Editorial: Friend or foe?

Flying in the face of all international laws, the Pakistani military has yet again brazenly violated Afghanistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by trying to establish military posts inside the Afghan territory of Nari district in eastern Kunar province. After Afghan forces stopped them from doing so along the de-facto Durand …

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