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  • June 23, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s dwindling Sikh, Hindu communities flee new abuses
    Reuters: On a bright day in downtown Kabul, Jagtar Singh Laghmani was in his traditional herb shop when a man turned up, drew a knife and told him to convert to Islam or he would cut his throat. Only bystanders and other shopkeepers saved his life. The incident earlier this month was the latest attack on a dwindling community of Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan, a deeply conservative Muslim country struggling with growing insecurity caused by an Islamist insurgency and economic challenges.      Full news...

  • June 22, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Where Birth Can Bring Death
    IWPR: Hundreds of women are dying in childbirth in the southeastern Afghan province of Paktika each year due to a severe lack of antenatal and neonatal care, an IWPR investigation can reveal. There is only one female doctor in the entire province, and conservative traditions mean that most pregnant women cannot seek help from male health care professionals.      Full news...

  • June 21, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Other Major Refugee Crisis: 3 Million Afghans
    The Wall Street Journal: Syria’s refugee crisis dominates the headlines, but the crisis of Afghan refugees is significant—and has the potential to undermine the future of a country in which the U.S. has invested so much. Here are four things about a crisis that gets relatively little attention in the West.      Full news...


  • June 19, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    600 Cases of Violence Against Women in Three Months: Ministry of Women Affairs
    TOLOnews.com: Up to 600 cases of violence against the women have been reported in the country over the last three months, the Ministry of Women Affairs (MoWa) announced on Sunday. The Ministry called on president Ashraf Ghani and his CEO Abdullah Abdullah to take action against the growing trend. MoWa also insisted on the implementation of justice after Aziz Gul was brutally murdered by armed men after being accused of escaping from home.      Full news...

  • June 16, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Stealing Chickens From Widows
    IWPR: Locals in the southern province of Khost have complained that powerful men are exploiting their connections to routinely siphon off aid intended for needy women. Many NGOs in Afghanistan focus on small-scale farming, sewing or food production schemes intended to help women who often are their families’ sole breadwinners. But corruption and a lack of oversight has meant that items to set women up in their own businesses are easily diverted.      Full news...

  • June 15, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Local Gunmen Murder Ghor Woman in Open Trial
    TOLOnews.com: Police in the western province of Ghor have said that local armed men in Feroz Koh city of the province have allegedly killed a woman on charges of escaping from home. The incident happened on Monday after the armed men allegedly took the victim from her house and shot her.      Full news...

  • June 12, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    3 sisters shot dead in Logar, allegedly by Taliban militants
    Khaama Press: The Taliban militants have allegedly shot dead three sisters in the central Logar province of Afghanistan, local officials said Sunday. The officials further added that the women were shot dead in Kharwar district of Logar as they were returning to their home. Provincial governor’s spokesman Salim Saleh said four women had gone to a hill in a village and three of them were captured by the militants as they were returning from the area.      Full news...

  • June 11, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US Making a Deadly Mistake in Afghanistan, Says Former Diplomat
    teleSUR: Matthew Hoh resigned from the State Department in 2009 to protest the U.S. war in Afghanistan. He says Obama is making the same mistakes today. The war that Barack Obama promised to end two years ago is instead being expanded again, with reports of more airstrikes and ground combat to come, and a former top State Department official who resigned the last time the U.S. president surged in Afghanistan says all the latest escalation will achieve is a longer war with a lot more dead.      Full news...

  • June 3, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Hellfire from Heaven won’t Smash the Taliban
    Counterpunch: So Taliban supremo Mullah Mansour’s white Toyota Corolla was rattling across the Baluchestan desert just after it had crossed the Iranian border when a Hellfire missile fired from a US drone incinerated it into a charred / twisted wreck. That’s the official narrative. The Pentagon said Mansour was on Obama’s kill list because he had become “an obstacle to peace and reconciliation.”      Full news...

  • June 2, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    64 school girls poisoned in central Maidan Wardak province
    Khaama Press: At least 64 schoolgirls were poisoned in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan on Wednesday, the education officials said. An official in the Ministry of Education Kabir Haqmal said the incident took place in a girls school in Behsud district. He said the students were immediately taken to hospital for treatment and the health condition of them has been reported satisfactory.      Full news...


  • May 25, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: End ‘Moral Crimes’ Charges, ‘Virginity’ Tests
    HRW: Afghanistan’s government should urgently act to end wrongful imprisonment and humiliating, scientifically invalid “virginity exams” of women and girls, Human Rights Watch said today. Despite a pledge from President Ashraf Ghani in a February 2016 letter to Human Rights Watch to “prevent the imprisonment of women accused of running away from their family,” Afghan police and prosecutors continue to engage in the abusive practice.      Full news...

  • May 20, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul Women Claims Husband, In-Laws Torched Her
    TOLOnews.com: A woman in PD 1 district in Kabul city said on Friday her husband, his sister and her mother in-law poured fuel over her and set her on fire. The victim, Rahila, said the incident took place on Thursday in the street in front of people. Rahila, who is currently being treated at the Istiqlal hospital said: “My mother in-law covered me and my husband poured fuel over me and then they set me on fire. I was screaming and the residents came and put the fire out.”      Full news...

  • May 16, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    1,000 Afghans flee fighting every day
    IRIN: About 1,000 Afghans have fled their homes due to fighting each day since the beginning of the year, and aid workers can’t reach many of them, the UN says. Internal displacement due to conflict rose 40 percent from 2014 to 2015, and this year could see another increase. About 118,000 people fled their homes in the first four months of 2016, the UN’s emergency aid coordination body, OCHA, said in a report yesterday.      Full news...


  • May 8, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bashar Assad’s Brutality in Syria Is Matched by U.S. Devastation Across the Region
    Truthdig: Growing numbers of people worldwide are turning their Facebook profile pictures into solid red squares in an attempt to call attention to a new, deadly phase of the Syria war. The latest round of violence was marked by the bombing of a refugee camp near the Syrian border with Turkey, which resulted in 28 deaths. That attack was probably the work of the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad or its ally Russia.      Full news...


  • May 6, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Open the world of education to girls
    The Killid Group: Nearly a third of girl students drop out of school mid-way. The reasons could vary from lack of security to discriminatory social customs. Mujib Mehrzad, spokesperson of the Ministry of Education, says traditional ways have sunk deep roots in society. Even where schools may be close to their homes, families do not let their daughters study after middle school.      Full news...

  • May 2, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Almost 400 Teachers in Badakhshan Are Drug Addicts: Officials
    TOLOnews.com: Education officials in north-eastern Badakhshan province on Monday said that nearly 400 teachers, in four districts, are drug addicts and continue to teach students. Abdul Hai Entezami, head of the provincial education department, said they plan however to start discussions with these teachers soon.      Full news...

  • May 1, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    “Narco-State Afghanistan” Leads to Heroin Addiction in the USA
    Global Research: On March 29, 2016 the White House issued a press release on its new heroin initiative. The Washington Post described how much Obama proposed to do. The long list of fixes and new public-private partnerships relate almost exclusively to treatment. The 1 billion dollars, Obama said, will treat “tens of thousands” of addicts. Additional treatment is desperately needed, but the money won’t go far.      Full news...

  • April 27, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan mineral wealth being looted by strongmen, experts say
    Associated Press: The brilliant blue stone lapis lazuli, prized for millennia, is almost uniquely found in Afghanistan, a key part of the extensive mineral wealth that is seen as the best hope for funding development of one of the world's poorest nations. Instead, lapis has become a source of income for the Taliban, smugglers and local warlords, emblematic of the central government’s struggle to gain control over the resources and rein in corruption.      Full news...

  • April 19, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul Attack Kills Dozens, Including Women and Children
    Common Dreams: At least 28 people are dead and hundreds are wounded after a suicide bomb and gun assault on a government security building in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday morning. The Taliban has reportedly claimed responsibility for what Reuters called “the most deadly single attack in the Afghan capital since 2011.”      Full news...

  • April 17, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Rape and brutal murder of 6-year-old Afghan girl in Iran sparks anger
    Khaama Press: A horrific report has emerged from Iran regarding the brutal murder of a 6-year-old Afghan girl who was initially raped by a teenage Iranian. The brutal murder of the girl, Setayish Quraishi, has sparked anger both in Afghanistan and outside, with the local media reports in Iran saying the perpetrator was a 17-year-old Iranian national.      Full news...

  • April 13, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Girl Seeks Divorce After Being Married At 12 To 60-Year-Old
    TOLOnews.com: An 18-year-old girl who was forced to marry a 60-year-old man at the age of 12 has said she wants a divorce. The Balkh teenager, from Zari district, said that six years ago her family forced her to marry the man. She said she no longer wants to live with him and instead wants a divorce. Samargul claims she is also a victim of domestic violence and has been beaten and tortured over the years.      Full news...

  • April 11, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Families of 17 Afghans killed in US drone raids seek probe
    Al Jazeera: Relatives and tribal elders in southeastern Afghanistan are demanding an investigation into the killing of 17 people by US drones this week, claiming that the air strikes hit civilians, not members of armed groups. US army officials said on Thursday that two air strikes in Paktika province, near the Pakistani border, had only targeted fighters, without any evidence of civilian casualties.      Full news...



  • April 7, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Hindus, Sikhs In Nangarhar Claim To Be Sidelined
    TOLOnews.com: A number of Hindus and Sikhs in Jalalabad city, in Nangarhar province, claim that powerful figures have usurped their land. They said this is the latest in a string of problems for them. In addition to having their land grabbed, they said they are also struggling to ensure an education for their children.      Full news...

  • April 1, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan parliamentarian wanted for rape of Peshawar dancer
    Dawn.com: City police are hunting a man accused of raping an 18-year-old dancer after inviting her to perform at his residence in Peshawar. The suspect is believed to be a member of the Afghan parliament. A First Information Report (FIR) was registered at Hayatabad Police Station on the victim's complaint.      Full news...



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