Does Afghanistan Have a Green Future?

April 25, 2021

Everyone has a different doomsday scenario for Afghanistan once US and NATO troops withdraw by September 11. The Taliban will take over and reimpose their repressive social agenda. Al-Qaeda will multiply rapidly and again become a global threat. Rival warlords will split apart the country. Another...

The Bridge to Connect Asia

November 20, 2017

If built, the Wakhan corridor would strengthen trade between China, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, bringing stability to the region. China, an economic giant, has started the move to revitalize the ancient Silk Road. Its ambitious Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, which includes plans...

Blood Buddhas: How Indian Heritage Fuels the Terror Machinery

August 29, 2017

Cultural artifacts from across the world are being peddled so bombs can be thrown back at us. How much does a terrorist attack cost? Where does the money come from? How does the money get through to terror groups? How are far-off countries like India an integral part of the terror-funding...

China’s Militancy Challenge Brings the Fight Home

March 28, 2016

Uigher militancy is not just a threat to China’s domestic security; it has become a serious threat to the country’s economic power and interests in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. The execution of a Chinese hostage identified as Fan Jinghui, a freelance consultant from Beijing, by the...

Jihadists Threaten the Nation State

January 26, 2016

International cooperation is essential to destroy sanctuaries of militant jihadism in Asia. In July 2015, at the BRICS Summit, Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said: “While threats to global order in general and to the state system in particular are increasing, the response is...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

January 31, 2015

Syriza, a left-wing party, won the Greek elections and has refused to negotiate with the “troika” team in Europe. This January kicked off 2015 with a bang. The world economy is sputtering. Slowing growth, fewer jobs and increasing inequality are concerns across the globe. The entire euro...

The World This Week: A Question of Freedom

January 16, 2015

Founder & Editor-in-Chief Atul Singh provides a roundup of the week’s events. The bloody attacks in Paris resulted in 17 deaths. Four Jews were killed at a kosher supermarket. They were buried in Jerusalem. At an emotional ceremony, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu invited all...

Saving Mes Aynak, Revisited

January 15, 2015

Mes Aynak, one of Afghanistan's most important cultural treasures, may be destroyed by the end of 2015. My documentary, Saving Mes Aynak, which deals with the imminent threat facing the ancient city of Mes Aynak in Afghanistan, will have its premiere at the prestigious Festival International...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

February 28, 2014

Fair Observer's five best articles of February. February has been a month of tumult. After much bloodshed, Ukraine got rid of its oppressive president. The country is close to economic collapse and the situation in Crimea is volatile to say the least. Russian President Vladimir Putin is...

The Race to Save Mes Aynak (Part 2/2)

February 02, 2014

What will the fate of Afghanistan's culture be? Fair Observer’s Central & South Asia Editor, Will Calhoun, speaks to Brent E. Huffman about the efforts to preserve Mes Aynak — a vast and rich archaeological site in Logar Province,...

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