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Bismellah Alizada

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.

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Latest posts by Bismellah Alizada

17 May 2018

Pakistan Chief Justice's notice produces some hope for Hazara protections

"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."

6 April 2018

Why Spring Brings Both Joy and Pain to Afghanistan

"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."

5 February 2018

In Afghanistan, Governors Don't Just Step Down Because the President Asks Them To

"Balkh (now) has two governors... One rules the province like a king, and refuses to leave. His successor can't get it in."

4 September 2017

Were the Dozens of Civilians Killed in Recent Airstrikes Victims of Trump's New Afghan Strategy?

The UN has recorded a 43 percent increase in civilian casualties caused by aerial operations during the first six months of 2017.

27 August 2017

Trump's Strategy for Afghanistan: New Hopes and Old Fears

"Finally, President Trump made it clear and said what Afghans were saying in last 15 years: Pakistan hosts terrorists."

15 April 2017

The Other Face of the Mountain: Afghanistan's ‘Ski Challenge’

If you want to go backcountry skiing in Afghanistan, Bamyan is the place.

17 June 2016

Who Was Jalaluddin Rumi, and Whose Rumi Is He?

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.

23 March 2016

How Afghanistan's Politics of Ethnicity and Honour Play Out on Facebook

General Abdul Rashid Dostum and General Ata Mohammad Noor have much in common, but whether online or offline, they speak to different audiences.

25 February 2016

Pressure Like Nowhere Else in the World: Journalism in Afghanistan

"Freedom means having voice. @TOLOnews & @TOLO_TV gave us a voice and a #FreedomOfExpression. We stand with MOBY & condemn the attack."

18 December 2015

Afghan Catwalk Sparks Bitter Controversy and Hopes for a More Open Society

To some they are heroes, to others "prostitutes" that "adopted Western thoughts." In Afghanistan, the catwalk is a political battleground.

4 December 2015

Saber Hussain's Pedal-Powered Library: A Story of Hope from Afghanistan

"In the morning, I woke up to this news. I smiled. 'Bamiyan is a world of miracles.'"

12 November 2015

Afghans Unleash a Civic Backlash Against Gruesome Violence and Hapless Governance

Afghans are demanding an end to violence and a government that can take responsibility for the country's deteriorating security.

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