Sunday, 28 January 2018

To put an end to Afghan war, the United States always embraces strategies that in fact further deepen and protract the conflict

The US fought for more than 15 years in Afghanistan using the ploy that it is suppressing terrorists, a war that claimed the lives of thousands of Afghan civilians and security forces beside hundreds of American troops. During this time, US airstrikes have repeatedly targeted Afghan weddings, funeral ceremonies, markets and other gatherings. Numerous militants and their leaders were killed, but what we achieved: escalation of war, a rising wave of violence and insecurity in major cities, and even bringing Afghan government to the verge of collapse. Neither Afghan forces became capable of independently defending the country nor were the insurgents eliminated. Persistence on military settlement of the Afghan war gave the rebels a chance to recruit new fighters, mostly from the youth who were jobless because of a lack of attention to Afghan economy by the international community, particularly the United States.
This comes as the US has carried out approximately 4,300 airstrikes in Afghanistan in 2017, a twofold increase compared to 2015 and 2016. The significant surge in US air campaign has come following the announcement of the new US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia by Donald Trump. The strategy is apparently billed as a weapon to pressure the Taliban to come to the negotiating table, but it is unlikely to come to fruition given the experience of the past. When over 100,000 foreign troops could not force the rebels to enter peace talks with Afghan government, it is completely impossible for 15,000 of them to achieve that goal.
Even the twofold surge in airstrikes has not contributed to stability in Afghanistan. Insurgents still can target a heavily-guarded hotel in the heart of capital Kabul, and fight for 17 hours. The capitals of provinces remain on the verge of fall into the hands of rebels, who hold sway over half of the country. Government control is limited to provincial capitals and district buildings. The thousands of US airstrikes neither brought peace to Afghanistan nor weakened the terrorists. The civilian casualties they caused rather presented the terrorists an opportunity to justify the war and recruit new fighters by convincing people that they were right.
Bombs and killings cannot end Afghan conflict; if they could, Afghan people would have already had peace and progress. Peace talks are the only solution. The sooner that solution is pursued, the more Afghan blood and American treasure will be saved.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

By the cowardly attack today in Kabul that killed and injured more than 300 people including women and children, the Taliban have once again demonstrated they are just dangerous murderers deserving only to be bombarded 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for a month in a row!

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Emergency, onorificenza per l'aiuto alla popolazione dell'Afghanistan

Il presidente della Repubblica Islamica dell'Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, ha conferito all’ong italiana Emergency l’onorificenza “Allama Sayed Jamaluddin” per l’impegno a favore delle vittime della guerra in Afghanistan.

“Gli ospedali e i centri sanitari di Emergency hanno aiutato la popolazione afgana nei momenti più difficili. Specialmente a Kabul e a Lashkar-gah, tutto lo staff di Emergency è apprezzato per le cure che offre, in maniera onesta e con grande efficacia”, si legge nelle motivazioni.

Alla cerimonia, che si è tenuta al Palazzo presidenziale, erano presenti anche il Ministro della Salute Ferozuddin Feroz e l’Ambasciatore d’Italia a Kabul Roberto Cantone, il quale ha sottolineato l’importanza di tale riconoscimento quale segno tangibile dell’opera che l'ong italiana Emergency porta avanti in Afghanistan, dove l’Italia continua a operare per il raggiungimento della pace e della stabilità.

Dal 1999 a oggi, Emergency ha curato in Afghanistan oltre 5,5 milioni di persone nei suoi 3 ospedali, nel centro di maternità del Panshir e nei 43 posti di maternità e cliniche distribuite nel Paese.

Afghanistan carpet union blasts government over German expo neglect

The Afghanistan carpet sector was left disappointed after the Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan (EPAA) failed to submit its entry for the DOMOTEX Carpet Design Awards for 2018 at this year’s expo in Germany. The expo, from 11 to 14 January, attracted exhibitors from 80 countries. Each year, awards are bestowed on outstanding products in nine categories. However, Carpet Export Union officials said although Afghanistan produces some of the best carpets in the world, EPAA failed to submit their entries on time this year for the awards. The officials feel this will have a negative impact on the local carpet industry. The annual expo brings together over 1,600 exhibitors from across the world that produce floor-covering solutions. Disappointed union officials said last year, Afghanistan scooped second place for its carpets at DOMOTEX. Officials blame government, especially the ministry of trade and industry, for its negligence. “Unfortunately, due to a delay in the works of Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan and the EPAA staff’s lack of experience in this regard, Afghanistan’s carpets did not feature in the competition at the exhibition,” said Qurban Ali Jamshidzada, the head of the Carpet Exporters Union. They said Afghanistan qualifies for the criteria which includes carpets of good color quality, the use of natural raw materials and they have to be innovative. However, the ministry of commerce and industry said prior to the expo, the Afghan team was well prepared. The ministry’s spokesman Musafir Qoqandi now said Afghanistan was successful at DOMOTEX. Undoubtedly, a number of our businessmen, along with the sale of carpets, have got some contracts which we can consider achievements from the exhibition,” Qoqandi added. DOMOTEX is one of the biggest exhibition of carpets in the world and is held in Germany every year.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Afghan financial company opening doors to stock markets

Vision Financial Services is a newly established financial services provider that helps Afghans set up online accounts and participate in the stock markets. Users install a software program on their smartphones and create an account and also access updated stock prices on global markets. By opening an online account and with an investment of between USD 100 and USD 100,000, the account holders can purchase and sell shares in foreign markets. According to Vision Financial Services officials, clients also have access to online consultants to advise and help with any online business problems. The company has not received a trading license from the Afghanistan Central Bank due to lack of proper regulations in place; however, the company is allowed to operate at no cost to the central bank if something goes wrong. A large number of the company’s clients are jobless youths who have turned to the online world to make money. “I lost money several times and then I took the training and then was able to make more profit. Now I have made double the profit than my original investment,” Tolo News quotes Ahmad Wali, who is a high school graduate and runs clothing business. This is the first time that Afghans are getting an exposure to the world’s stock market.