Blogs & Opinion


How Not to Create a State: Lessons from South Sudan to Kurdistan

25 August 2017 | Diliman Abdulkader

As the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) prepares to hold a long awaited independence referendum on September 25 of this year, it's wise to look at South Sudan to prevent dangerous scenarios regarding a...

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Khartoum Negotiating Teams Say Abyei is Sudanese Territory

25 August 2017 | Sudan Tribune

Sudanese delegation for the talks on the Abyei area Monday said they will focus on the need for a peaceful coexistence between the communities there, stressing that the border disputed area remains a...

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Tatmadaw to Continue Clearing out Illegal Mines in Tanai and Hpakant

25 August 2017 | Htoo Thant

Lieutenant Colonel Soe Myint Aung pointed out that without peace, stabillity and rule of law at those mines, they cannot become legal businesses.   “There are questions about how Union Government a...

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Afghanistan- Improved Irrigation Canal to Benefit over 7,500 People in Taloqan

25 August 2017 | MENAFN - Wadsam

Afghan authorities and the Afghan-German Cooperation signed a contract for the reparation and rehabilitation of the Gurg irrigation canal in Taloqan, Takhar's provincial capital on Monday.   The eigh...

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USAID Hosts Women’s Agricultural Credit Shura in Mazar-E-Sharif to Improve Livelihoods for Afghan Women [EN/Dari/PS]

25 August 2017 | US Agency for International Development

When it comes to accessing credit for women farmers and women-owned agriculture-related businesses, challenges have often forced these operations to close because of a lack of understanding how credit...

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Tackling Ozone Depleting Substances as Casualties Mount in Afghanistan

25 August 2017 | UN Environment

Kabul – On a recent Monday morning on 24 July, the Director General of National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA), H.E.Mostafa Zaher and his environment team along with UN Environment and Uni...

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Serenity Amid Conflict at Myanmar’s Indawgyi Lake

25 August 2017 | Hugh Scobie

Hugh Scobie takes a journey to a serenely remote lake in northern Myanmar that is largely inaccessible due to surrounding military conflicts.   Indawgyi Lake, located in the northern Kachin State o...

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Indian Company Wins Tender to Construct CASA-1000 Power Project

25 August 2017 | Energy World

Kabul: An Indian company has won the tender for construction of 1000 Electricity Transmission and Trade Project for Central Asia and South Asia (CASA).   As per Tolo News, the company, which has wo...

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Kurds’ Risky Dream of Independence

24 August 2017 | New York Times

After yearning for independence for generations, Kurds in Iraq are scheduled to take a major step in that direction with a nonbinding referendum set for Sept. 25. The vote, expected to endorse a separ...

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Water Wars: a “Suspicious” Flotilla that May “Not Mean Anything”

19 August 2017 | Jared Dummitt, Eliot Kim

The week began with signs that the détente between the Philippines and China was coming along smoothly. Philippine Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana told a congressional hearing on Monday that Chin...

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