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3rd Millennium

An election milestone, but how free are Afghan voters?

Ahmed Khan gestures towards the election poster on the door of a refrigerator repair shop in the heart of Kabul.

Tuesday, 13 September, 2005, 12:00am

Stem wave of terrorism by giving UN a chance

The United States marks the fourth anniversary today of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the shadow of an even greater catastrophe wrought by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Americans are now struggling to come to terms with a superpower's failure to do a better job of protecting its people against forces of nature and helping them in the dire aftermath.

11 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

PM illustrates wider aid role

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's trip to Kabul, the first by an Indian leader in three decades, underlines New Delhi's eagerness to play a greater role in rebuilding Afghanistan.

Mr Singh announced a US$50 million aid package yesterday and attended a ceremony marking the construction of Afghanistan's new parliament which India is helping to build.

30 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Kabul's Keystone Cops brace for battle as election nears

Afghanistan's beleaguered, ragtag police force will face its most daunting challenge providing security for the parliamentary and provincial council elections being held next month.

25 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

The rattling of sabres

No one ever said the world was a straightforward place, so the latest strategic to-ing and fro-ing in Asia should come as welcome proof that the 'business unusual' sign is well and truly up in the region.

19 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

The terrorists' big mistake

Six in 10 Americans say they believe a third world war is likely in their lifetime, according to a recent Associated Press poll. 'I feel like we're in a world war right now,' Susan Aser, an estate agent from New York state, was quoted as saying.

3 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Battling terror

Should security levels internationally be stepped up to prevent another London-type terrorist bombing attack? What should be the next step in the global 'war on terror'? Share your views: write to us

9 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

The truth, not lies, has tarnished US image

Donald Rumsfeld wants to open up a new front in the 'war on terror'. It involves countering media reports that damage US interests. The tough-talking defence secretary still has a lesson to learn.

27 May 2005 - 12:00am

Out of the ashes

Swooping into Kabul on Tuesday's 10am Ariana Afghan Airlines flight from Urumqi, the only flight each week from China, all eyes were peeled for the 'Ariana Graveyard'.

10 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Iraqis must brave the violence and vote

The landmark elections in Iraq on January 30 will take place in chaotic conditions dominated by widespread fear and violence. This is becoming increasingly clear as security worsens.

19 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Christmas is a time for hope ...

This is a time of year to reflect on our hopes for peace in the world and goodwill to all. It is at the heart of the Christmas message. In Hong Kong, we are fortunate to be able to enjoy the festive season in safe and secure conditions. But millions around the world can only dream of peace, and goodwill is in short supply. Sadly, this is how it has always been.

25 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

With luck, and courage, Afghans can turn a corner

The people of Afghanistan go to the polls today, and they do so in a climate of fear. But if the many problems threatening this historic election can be overcome, voters will set their troubled country on the road to recovery - and give it fresh hope.

9 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Voters still gripped by fear of the gun

A violent past holds sway as warlords retain power in run-up to first elections for the presidency

29 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Freed from Taleban rule, Rubina hits the ground running

Three times a week, after school, Rubina Muqimyar walks to Kabul's Ghazi Stadium to meet her coach. Inside, she removes her headscarf, changes into a tracksuit and limbers up before heading out on to the track for sprint training.

15 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Sevens security

Sevens security

I refer to 'Anti-terrorism measures in place for Sevens' (March 21), which says that airlines bringing passengers into Hong Kong during the Rugby Sevens period would screen planes for known terrorists and stop them landing. The following conversation comes to mind.

Airline employee No. 1: 'So what's new today?'

24 Mar 2004 - 12:00am