Does this poem have the power to leave the palace?

By Kamran Mir Hazar Published on (May 14th, 2010) Kabul 2007; I remember when I was invited accidently to a literary meeting in Afghanistan’s presidential palace. A man working for the president cultural adviser phoned me to say that President Hamid Karzai had invited more than 200 poets and they would be happy for me […]

Back to the primitive past: Pashtuns stoning, trampling with horses and burning their victims with impunity

By Kamran Mir Hazar and Vikki Riley | Darwin, Australia Published in Kabul Press(Tuesday 31 January 2012) A new documentary made by Hazara director Ali Mohammadi, seen by Kabul Press shows a hitherto previously unseen dimension to the spectre of Pashtun Kuch   is crimes against Hazaras in Behsood and Daimirdad district of Maidan province in […]

Censorship in Afghanistan: Death to journalists

By Robert Maier Published in Kabul Press (Thursday 11 March 2010) Since the beginning of the Karzai regime in 2002, twenty Afghan journalists have been murdered, and more than 200 violent physical attacks against journalists have been logged. Scores have fled Afghanistan after receiving threats against them and their families. Journalists have been sentenced to […]

Afghanistan goes back in time

By Kamran Mir Hazar Published in Guardian (Saturday 13 June 2009) Since the fall of the Taliban, the international community has been playing a game of double-standards in Afghanistan. George Bush, for example, repeatedly talked of spreading democracy in Afghanistan but not once did he raise his voice against those accused of human rights violations. […]

Afghanistan’s Ulama Council wages war against women

By Kamran Mir Hazar Published in (Sunday 4 March 2012) The Afghan Ulama Council has boldly proclaimed a resolution that clearly continues to violate the right’s of women. “Ulama” is the plural form of the Arabic word “Alem” meaning “scholar”, but by no means have these men used the distinguished thoughts of a scholar to […]

Asadullah Khalid’s Mafia

By Kamran Mir Hazar and Robert Maier Published in Kabul Press (Sunday 3 May 2009) Several sources have revealed to KabulPress that Asadullah Khalid, former governor of Kandahar is involved in widespread misuse and abuse of government funds. These sources say that despite being discharged from his position in Ghazni many years ago and recently from […]

Exorbitant Salaries for Consultants and Officials in Afghanistan

By Kamran Mir Hazar and Robert Maier Published in Kabul Press (Saturday 21 June 2008) This article is based on a letter signed by Mohammad Amin Farhang, former Minister of the Economy and current Minister of Commerce to an official of the World Bank in Kabul showing Afghan economic advisor, Adib Farhadi, as director Interim Afghanistan […]

Hazaras are victims of the blame game in Afghanistan

The Taliban persecute Hazaras, but this is ignored by the US as it doesn’t fit the script fed to them by their Afghan sycophants. By Kamran Mir Hazar Published in Guardian (Monday 19 July 2010) I remember it was 2006 when a former Kabul police chief, General Ali Shah Paktiawal, told local media that the police had […]

Do we need guns to establish our rights?

By Kamran Mir Hazar People in Daikondi have been demonstrating for several days, asking the government and international community to discharge the corrupt governor Orazgoni and a judge accused of sexual abuse, Shirzad. They also want the immediate release five individuals who were imprisoned for disclosing information about official corruption and sexual abuse in […]

Afghan Election: Conflict between Democracy and Terrorism in Ghazni

By Kamran Mir Hazar The Afghanistan Election Commission announced final results for 33 of Afghanistan’s provinces plus the results of 10 special seats for Kuchi Pashtuns in the lower house. However, in a blatant swipe at democracy, the final tally from the province of Ghazni is still pending and the election commission has said that […]