December 19, 2014, UN News Center: Civilian casualties in Afghanistan increased by nearly 20 per cent in 2014 compared to the previous year and are expected to rise to a figure over 10,000 by end of December – for the first time since the UN mission in the country began keeping record in 2008. “Men, women and children are suffering an enormous human cost as the transition evolves in Afghanistan,” Georgette Gagnon, the Director of Human Rights at the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said...
December 18, 2014, Bloomberg Businessweek: “Do you want to listen to Taliban cassette?” Matiullah Matie asks as he steers his white Toyota Corolla along a narrow road surrounded by cornfields and mud huts. He keeps the tapes in the car for long drives, Matie explains, just in case he picks up a hitchhiker who looks like a Talib. “They think I am such a pious mujahid man,” the round, bearded businessman laughs. “They don’t know I am screwing them all.”
December 17, 2014, Truthdig: There is a pattern emerging in my Facebook feed this week. One group of friends has been posting stories of police brutality and protests accompanied by personal statements of outrage. Another group has been remarking on the disgusting revelations from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA torture report and the need for accountability.
December 16, 2014, The Hill: The war in Afghanistan has cost the United States nearly 1 trillion USD, according to a report published Monday. The calculation was by the Financial Times and independent researchers. They found that the war has cost nearly 1 trillion USD, and that most of that was spent under President Obama, who escalated the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan upon taking office.
December 15, 2014, The Killid Group: The Ashraf Ghani government’s failure to restore investor confidence by announcing a cabinet and ending political uncertainty has worsened fears of insecurity. With no clear end to the grave economic crisis in the country, millions of jobless Afghans face a bleak future. The National Labour Union (NLU) estimates there are 12 million unemployed. Maroof Qaderi, the chairman, accuses the government of failing people.