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Afghanistan

Prospects for change in 2014

5 April 2014 is the date set for the presidential election in Afghanistan. It was decided upon by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) which allows for a four months campaign. The electorate will also have 18 months to study the candidates. Some of the major concerns, at institutional and public opinion levels, are security during…

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Afghan Women

In general, a woman who does not disappear inside a burqa or who does not keep a ground-level profile in Afghanistan is in danger of death at any time. This is despite the fact that eleven years have passed since the “victory” over the Taliban who made it a priority to oppress women. Of course…

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From 2000 until today

In March 2001, the Taliban began more than a month of bombing and demolition, which destroyed the two III-V century Buddhas of Bamiyan (Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan), part of UNESCO’s world heritage. On 7 October 2001, the Unites States and some allies invaded Afghanistan. This was in response to the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks and…

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Afghanistan – A bleak outlook

In recent years there has been an increasingly widespread conviction that, to face up to the critical situation in Afghanistan, military intervention alone would not suffice, even if it is essential to maintain security. It seems the problem requires a global approach. It is difficult to find a symbolic image to represent the war in…

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Afghanistan – Opium: a lucrative business

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More than 90% of the world’s opium production comes from Afghanistan, 60% goes to EU and US markets. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), opium production in Afghanistan increased by 133% in 2011, compared to 2010. This generated $1,400 billion revenue, equivalent to 9% of Gross Domestic Product.Almost three thousand…

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Advocacy

Research and Rating, a tool of Advocacy.

Advocacy is a strategy used around the world by NGOs, activists, and even policy makers themselves, to influence policies. Advocacy is about creating reform of…

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Baobab

An Unhappy Fish.

0nce upon a time there was a colony of little fishes who lived together in their own small pool, isolated from the rest of the fish…

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Youth & Mission

Peace and Climate Justice is Needed to Save the Planet.

The world is afire again, the flames heartbreakingly consume shrubs, trees and forests in Australia, Portugal, Brazil, and recently in California and Siberia and elsewhere too.…

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