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Hanan Habibzai

Hanan Habibzai, an investigative journalist with more than ten years of experience in global journalism has covered the US invasion of Afghanistan, the fall of the Taliban regime, and post-Taliban developments, including the rise of militancy in the country. MA in global journalism from Coventry University, Hanan writes on the conflict in Afghanistan and the regional politics, his work has been published by the BBC Afghan Stream, Pajhwok Afghan News, Reuter’s news agency, the Washington Post, Veterans Today, several local and the global media agencies, Including contribution in a journalism book Afghanistan War and the Media: Deadline and Frontline (2010), edited by R, Keeble & J, Mair, Hanan’s academic work is published around the world.

There are Non-Taliban Poets in The ‘Poetry of The Taliban’

It is truly a matter of controversy as it appears that non-Taliban Afghan poets are presented as Taliban.

NATO Killed Children in Afghanistan

These days, when I watch state-run Afghan TV, which is funded by American money, I am surprised by how openly Afghan experts criticize US military tactics in Afghanistan. This is new.

BBC Commitment to Impartiality Questioned in Its Coverage of Afghanistan

This article analysis the work of three media organizations relating to their coverage of the same event in Afghanistan.

Pashto and Pashtuns : In the Light of Linguistic Perspective

Pashto is the language of Pashtuns. Pashtuns (Afghans) are the biggest majority ethno-linguistic tribe and the most long living residents of Afghanistan.

The Complexity of Newsgathering in Afghanistan

The local communication is characterised by restricted media culture which involves ethnic and sectarian ideologies.

Libya: The Propaganda War

Gaddafi attracts no sympathy within either the Islamic or the western world because during decades of power he appeared to be a rude and selfish leader; therefore, the majority of global news coverage remains pro-rebels, focusing just on how weapons are used, regardless of the consequences for the future of Libya.

Afghanistan and Pakistan: The Human View

On first day of the raid they massacred around 40 civilians and arrested dozens others, including children. Among the deaths there were my close relatives, who were shot to death whilst working in cultivated area. The killing forced nearly whole village to rise up against the Soviet occupiers. They called themselves Mujahedeen. My father and three brothers also joined them.

American Error: Afghanistan Suffers from Misguided American Terror Policy

 “Bin Laden, with his wives and followers, flew to Jalalabad on an  official plane provided by the then Afghan president, Burhanuddin Rabbani, who remains...

Afghanistan: The Struggle for Power in Mazar-e-Sharif

By Hanan Habibzai UN mission in Afghanistan post ponded its office in Mazar -e -Sharif after a violent mob of protesters killed At least seven...

Afghanistan: Remember the Massacred Prisoners (video)

The war in Afghanistan has entered its 10th year, a year of both stalemate and suffering.Everyone is thirsty to see peace and stability in his or her environment across Afghanistan but they are not sure. Even the idea of peace carries great danger.

Powerless Karzai is more helpless than Afghan civilians

Compelled by enormous human lose, billions of taxpayers’ dollars, American prestige and the deadline set for the withdrawal of all troops from Afghanistan Gen. David H. Petraeus had this to say to the Senate’s armed services committee “The momentum achieved by the Taliban in Afghanistan since 2005 has been arrested in much of the country and reversed in a number of important areas,”.

NATO Targeting Afghan Civilians

Careful examination of numerous reports, and images/video footage, along with eye-witness and victim testimonies, clarify that Afghan civilians are the main targets of deadly attacks by North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

Cricket to be Nationalized in Afghanistan

In aftermath of Taliban regime in 2001 Afghanistan’s capital ‘Kabul’ gradually becomes a city of foreign intercourse, and also a city of military decisions. The phrases like, the fall of Taliban, new Afghan friends and western allies were the topic of media and statesmen. Apparently, they were speaking the end of war, but behind the doors Kabul was a place for remapping military surges.

Afghanistan, The Music of War

Tribal Musicians caught up as militancy increases in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa By Hanan Habibzai Music shops in Peshawar are now struggling to stay open as the Taliban’s...

China bans a Painkiller, Dextropopoxyphene

Chinese authorities ordered ban on medicines that contain Dextropropoxyphene, a painkiller. The country’s drug watchdog agency warned that medicines, which have negative side effects, may create a potential threat to the life of citizens.

Dirty Politics behind Iran’s ban on Fuel Trucks

This winter, Iran, a major fuel supplier for Afghanistan, plans to use this position to pressure Kabul into backing their policies.

Afghanistan Media Faces Serious Threat From Karzai

By Hanan Habibzai In January 2002, Tom Ford, aka Mr. Fashion, at his menswear show for Gucci in Milan, comes up with a surprising idea...

Musharaf dreaming new power in Pakistan

By Hanan Habibzai,STAFF WRITER General Parviz Musharaf , who led Pakistan into a war, backed US-led occupation of Afghanistan in 2001  , and attacked...

Official Circles in Afghanistan Dominated by Iranian Influence

The presence of Iranian diplomat in a key international meeting raised concerns over Iran’s controversial role in Afghanistan. It is first time, an Iranian representative attending a meeting on Afghanistan’s development issues organised by an international group. ‘’Iran will attempt to influence international strategies, if it regularly allowed attending such meetings ‘’ A Kabul University student Qadimullah Masoomi expressed his concerns.

Nine years in Afghanistan with failed mission

By Hanan Habibzai STAFF WRITER It have been nine years since the U.S led invasion of Afghanistan but the situation in Afghanistan is worsening, gap...

Afghanistan: Land of Injustice and Warlords

Justice means peace,peace means freedom,war means violence and violence is crime. Peace can be restored only by the prosecution of war criminals in Afghanistan. By...

The State corruption is preventing peace efforts in Afghanistan

By Hanan Habibzai STAFF WRITER Two years ago when I was working in Afghanistan as a journalist, I was woken up by calls from across...

The Revival of the Legacy of Ahmad Shah Abdali, Afghanistan’s “Father of the Nation”

By Hanan Habibzai STAFF WRITER This was the first time ever in my life that I attended a gathering organized to celebrate the birth anniversary...