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Afghan migration is a problem – but not only for Europe

Afghan migration is a problem – but not only for Europe
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Author: Ahmad Shariq In 2015 between 250,000 and 300,000 Afghans have left their country. Out of the million refugees who have reached Europe last year, Afghans were the second largest community, only after Syrians. With a deteriorating economic and security situation, migration has become ‘epidemic’ among Afghans. Aggravated by the NATO presence, the constant threat […]

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Firewood in Afghanistan: An example of weak sustainability

Firewood in Afghanistan: An example of weak sustainability
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Author: Ahmad Shariq Southern and Eastern regions of Afghanistan that supply the major portion of firewood have been vastly deforested. Statistics show that currently woodlands cover 2% of overall territory of Afghanistan, while in 1970s it was estimated to be 5%. Civil wars have been a major cause of the disappearance of forests. In addition, […]

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The dilemma of oil and biodiversity on Azerbaijan’s Absheron Peninsula

The dilemma of oil and biodiversity on Azerbaijan’s Absheron Peninsula
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Author: Ahmad Shariq The Caspian Sea holds a unique biological diversity. The conservation and protection of these resources should be of high significance to the nations bordering the Sea, and in particular to Azerbaijan. In accordance with regional and international agreements and conventions, the government of Azerbaijan should take more environmentally protective measures: impose strict […]

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Why the Paris Climate Agreement matters in Afghanistan

Why the Paris Climate Agreement matters in Afghanistan
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Author: Ahmad Shariq The celebrated Paris Climate Agreement presents an opportunity for Afghanistan, whose economy depends on agriculture – revenues from the agriculture sector constitute 20% of the country’s GDP – and whose relative political stability is threatened by radicalization. Firstly, according to the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) of Afghanistan 85% of population in […]

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Women in Afghanistan: a story of hope and despair

Women in Afghanistan: a story of hope and despair
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Author: Ahmad Shariq After fourteen years of struggle for democracy and women’s rights in war-torn Afghanistan, with support of international community, Afghan women are still subject to physical, sexual and mental abuses. In March 2015, 27 year old Farkhunda Malikzada was brutally beaten and killed in the capital Kabul by a mob who accused her […]

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