I am deputy director at the Kabul-based Organization for Policy Research and Development Studies (DROPS). Besides writing for Global Voices, I write for South Asian Voices (SAV), the Diplomat, and the Delhi-based Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS). I have translated “China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know” into Persian.
Latest posts by Bismellah Alizada
"The Last Gaze of the Free Man!"
"Finally voice of Hazara people heard. Army chief gives assurance of security and safety. Chief Justice takes notice of the killing of Hazara. Took us several years. Extremely shameful."
"Happy Nawroz to all. May this year be a year of peace, harmony and an end to suffering. Peace will prevail. We are optimistic for it."
"Balkh (now) has two governors... One rules the province like a king, and refuses to leave. His successor can't get it in."
The UN has recorded a 43 percent increase in civilian casualties caused by aerial operations during the first six months of 2017.
"Finally, President Trump made it clear and said what Afghans were saying in last 15 years: Pakistan hosts terrorists."
If you want to go backcountry skiing in Afghanistan, Bamyan is the place.
As Hollywood unleashes a Di Caprio-coloured plot to appropriate the life of a famous Persian poet, older battles over his legacy are coming to the boil.
General Abdul Rashid Dostum and General Ata Mohammad Noor have much in common, but whether online or offline, they speak to different audiences.
"Freedom means having voice. @TOLOnews & @TOLO_TV gave us a voice and a #FreedomOfExpression. We stand with MOBY & condemn the attack."
To some they are heroes, to others "prostitutes" that "adopted Western thoughts." In Afghanistan, the catwalk is a political battleground.
"In the morning, I woke up to this news. I smiled. 'Bamiyan is a world of miracles.'"
Afghans are demanding an end to violence and a government that can take responsibility for the country's deteriorating security.