December 10, 2013, The Killid Group: Ahead of World Human Rights Day, Dec 10, Killid reports the state of human rights continues to be sobering in Afghanistan despite some small gains made by activists this year. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has calculated a shocking 24 percent rise in human rights abuse compared to 2012. There is a rise in the graph of violence against women, murder of civilians by foreign troops, air attacks, and sexual aggression.
December 8, 2013, The Washington Post: The Afghan “Pentagon” being built here is a sprawling symbol of U.S. generosity. The American government has already spent about 107 million USD — double the initial estimate — on the five-story Defense Ministry headquarters, which will include state-of-the-art bunkers and the second-largest auditorium in Kabul.
December 7, 2013, Middle East Quarterly: Since the 9/11 attacks, numerous books have been written about the Taliban, documenting its history and resurgence. Many writers fault the United States for failing to turn Afghanistan into the Shangri La that it could be, claiming that beginning with the Bonn conference in December 2001, the Afghanistan war has been a disaster punctuated by one missed opportunity after another, guided by a hubristic new imperialism.
December 6, 2013, PAN: Officials and locals on Friday alleged irregularities to the tune of 200,000 USD had been committed in a vocational training project for surrendering insurgents in Syed Karam district of southeastern Paktia province. The latest graft claims in the restive province surface days after Afghanistan was viewed among the world’s most corrupt countries in a survey released by graft watchdog Transparency International (TI).
December 5, 2013, Future of Freedom Foundation: Last week a remarkable exchange about the future role of the U.S. military in Afghanistan took place on the MSNBC program Andrea Mitchell Reports. In a discussion of the U.S. government’s uncertain negotiations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the continued presence of U.S. troops beyond 2014, NBC’s chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, pointed out that...