July 23, 2014, PAN: Residents claim tens of thousands of afghanis, which are released by the education department in the name of teacher salaries, end up in pockets of a few individuals in the Maroof district of southern Kandahar province. Education department officials say there are a total of 40 schools in Maroof and eight of them have been closed due to insecurity, but residents reject the claim and say not a single school is operational in the town.
July 22, 2014, The New York Times: It was bad enough that the alleged rape took place in the sanctity of a mosque, and that the accused man was a mullah who invoked the familiar defense that it had been consensual sex. But the victim was only 10 years old. And there was more: The authorities said her family members openly planned to carry out an “honor killing” in the case — against the young girl. The mullah offered to marry his victim instead.
July 20, 2014, Breitbart: A five-year-old child in the Afghan city of Herat died this week after being the victim of a gang rape, from which he sustained fatal injuries. The incident has triggered another wave of outrage in the nation, which has struggled for centuries against cultural norms promoting rape.
July 19, 2014, The Killid Group: A Killid investigation reveals there is a mindboggling 30 to 80 percent corruption in customs in the western provinces. Millions of dollars are being embezzled, and jobs in customs offices are sold for between 10,000 and 100,000 USD.
July 18, 2014, Washington Examiner: Money doesn’t grow on trees, but it can certainly burn like them. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has spent 1.57 billion USD on nearly 2,000 buildings for the Afghan National Army — but as many as 1,600 are at risk of catching on fire, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.