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  • October 21, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan opium poppy yield hits all-time high
    Reuters: Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has hit an all-time high despite years of counter-narcotics efforts that have cost the US 7.6bn USD (4.7bn GBP), according to a US government watchdog. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime reported that Afghan farmers grew an “unprecedented” 209,000 hectares (523,000 acres) of opium poppy in 2013, surpassing the previous high of 193,000 hectares in 2007, said John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.      Full news...

  • October 19, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Local Police terrorise locals
    The Killid Group: While the process of disarming local commanders has stretched over six years little has changed on the ground in Kunduz, Ghazni and Bamyan. Locals complain of harassment and extortion at the hands of armed gunmen - both individuals and members of the Afghan Local Police (ALP).      Full news...


  • October 16, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The lack of transparency in drone attacks
    The Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Afghanistan is the most drone bombed country in the world. The US has been using its Predator and Reaper drones to kill people in Afghanistan since November 2001. Research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, featured this week in a report by the Remote Control project, has found more than 1,000 drone attacks hit the country from the start of 2008 to the end of October 2012.      Full news...

  • October 15, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A 200 Million USD Corruption Scandal In Afghanistan Shows UN Mismanagement
    Cicero Magazine: The correspondence between the chief of the US watchdog on Afghanistan reconstruction and the administrator of the UN’s development agency over a trust fund bankrolling the Afghan police force is an entertaining read. In a series of letters, John Sopko, special inspector general, alleged that the UN agency mismanaged the trust fund, known as LOTFA, allowing the Afghan interior ministry to milk 200 million USD in “deductions.”      Full news...


  • October 8, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Culture of impunity behind rape
    The Killid Group: A non-governmental group, New Afghanistan Women Association (NAWA), says crimes against women and children have increased because of continued official indifference and a law enforcement system that looks the other way to help the perpetrators. NAWA’s new research in six provinces – Kunduz, Jowzjan, Herat, Balkh, Takhar and Sar-i-Pul – shows a 30 percent increase in rape cases. Shafiqa Habibi, director of the non-governmental women’s group, says in most cases the abusers were “powerful individuals, commanders and irresponsible gunmen” or the relatives of the victims. “They don’t fear punishment.”      Full news...

  • October 6, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Female Heads Of Household (And Hair) Reveal Afghanistan’s Drug Use
    NPR: No country grows as many opium poppies or produces as much illicit opium as Afghanistan. In 2013, opium production soared to a record high of 5,500 tons, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. A study published last week adds to a growing body of research showing that Afghanistan also has a high rate of drug usage — about 5.1 percent, or 1 in 20 people. Opioids and cannabis were the most popular.      Full news...



  • September 22, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    80pc of girls’ schools remain closed in Afghan province
    PAN: Various unwanted factors have led to the closure of more than 80 percent of female schools in western Ghor province, it is learnt. Ghor is home to some 8000 registered schools, including 190 schools for girls. More than 125, 000 boys and 83, 000 girls study in these schools. The provincial chapter of Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has expressed its grave concerns over the closure of so many schools in Ghor.      Full news...

  • September 21, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taleban havoc in Ghazni
    The Killid Group: According to a folk story, Ghazni was once the most prosperous of cities but the gins destroyed it one night. On Aug 4 the Taleban detonated trucks piled with explosives to attack Ghazni Police and the Afghan National Directorate of Security (Intelligence).      Full news...

  • September 17, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Female journalist stabbed to death in Balkh
    PAN: A female journalist has been stabbed to death in broad daylight in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, officials said. Palwasha Tokhi, who worked for the Bayan Radio station in Balkh, came under attack inside her house near the Hazrat Ali (RA) mausoleum in the 3rd police district late on Tuesday.      Full news...

  • September 16, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Gang Rape in Afghanistan Is Exploited for Political Theater
    Vice News: They were on their way back from a wedding with their families. Four women, one of them pregnant, traveling in a district that’s safer than most in Afghanistan. Paghman is not without its insurgents, but the violence raging in places like Helmand feels far from here. Much like the rest of Afghanistan, however, violence in Paghman unrelated to the insurgency is on the increase.      Full news...

  • September 14, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The ISIS-style execution of 17 workers in Afghan province by Taliban
    Hambastagi.org (Translated by RAWA): Farah, a province in western Afghanistan along the Iranian border, is one of the most insecure provinces in the country. Its defenseless inhabitants are victims of the treacherous conspiracies of the warmongers every day. Besides the deadly poverty, instability and insecurity that plagues the people of this isolated province, they have witnessed countless instants of bombings by the occupier forces, mass killings and beheadings, suicide bombings, kidnapping of children, and the shooting of their working children by the mercenary Taliban and non-Taliban forces.      Full news...

  • September 11, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan martyr-families continue to suffer as Afghanistan observes Martyrs Week
    Xinhua: Widows of victims of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan have resorted to begging in the streets with their young children forced to do odd jobs in order to survive. This was the harsh reality that the Afghan government has to face as it observed starting Tuesday Haftai Shahid or Martyrs Week to pay homage to Afghans who have lost their lives during the protracted war and instability in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • September 10, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US Airstrike Kills 11 Civilians in Eastern Afghanistan
    PAN: Eleven civilians have been killed and 12 others wounded, including children and women, during a joint operation and a foreign forces airstrike in eastern Kunar province, the governor said on Wednesday. Shujaul Mulk Jalala told Pajhwok Afghan News that the operation had been underway since Tuesday in the Badbel Dara area of Narang district. A raid conducted by coalition forces also caused civilian casualties.      Full news...

  • September 9, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Gang Rape Trial Badly Flawed
    Human Rights Watch: An Afghan court’s conviction of seven men for a gang rape was wholly undermined by numerous due process violations and political interference, Human Rights Watch said today. The court of appeals should competently, impartially, and independently conduct judicial review of the September 6, 2014 trial and the resulting death sentences.      Full news...

  • September 8, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Daikundi township project sparks protest
    PAN: Dozens of families in central Daikundi province are resisting the construction of a town in the provincial capital, alleging land had been allotted for the project with the connivance of the governor. The protesting families accused Governor Abdul Haq Shafiq of complicity in grabbing 100 acres of land for the town -- a charge that Shafiq vehemently rejected.      Full news...

  • September 7, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Female lawmaker endorses Taliban and Islamic State in Afghanistan
    Khaama Press: A female Afghan lawmaker Huma Sultani has said she supports the Taliban ideology and endorses an Islamic State in Afghanistan, similar as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). An audio tape of Huma Sultani which circulated in social media websites shows that she has close links with the Taliban group in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • September 4, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Those responsible for killing civilians unlawfully must be brought to justice, AI
    Amnesty International: NATO risks leaving Afghanistan with a legacy of impunity unless the unlawful killings of civilians by international forces over more than a decade are addressed through justice and reparations, Amnesty International said ahead of a key international summit on 4-5 September in Newport, Wales. Among the agenda items for the NATO heads of state and government attending will be the support and training of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), who will assume full responsibility for security in the country by the end of the year.      Full news...


  • September 2, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suspects held over  Paghman gang rape
    PAN: Police on Tuesday paraded three more suspects allegedly linked to a group that gang rapped four women and looted passengers last month in the Paghman district of central Kabul province. The gang members in police uniform reportedly deprived passengers of their valuables and sexually abused four women. Three members of the gang have already been held in police custody.      Full news...

  • August 31, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pakistani airstrike leaves 15 injured in Khost
    PAN: A Pakistani airstrike injured 15 people, including women and children, on the outskirts of Khost City, the capital of southeastern Khost province, near the Durand Line, officials said on Saturday. The airstrike took place on Friday evening in the Lakaro area, said the governor’s spokesman, Mubariz Zadran. He said the 15 people injured in the attack had been taken to the civil hospital.      Full news...


  • August 28, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan mining law “could strengthen armed groups”
    IRIN: A new law designed to regulate Afghanistan’s nascent mining sector could increase corruption, lead to forced displacements and even allow armed groups to take control of the sector, transparency groups have warned. The law, passed by parliament earlier this month, is likely to lead to the signing of several key deals to extract the country’s newfound minerals - estimated to be worth as much as USD 3 trillion.      Full news...

  • August 27, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Children, women among 16 injured in blasts
    PAN: At least 15 civilians, including eight of a family, were injured in two separate bomb explosions in eastern Nangarhar and southeastern Paktia provinces on Wednesday, officials said. The eight members of a family were travelling in a rickshaw in Behsud district of Nangarhar in the morning when a roadside bomb ripped through the vehicle, leaving all of them injured.      Full news...

  • August 25, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The death list that names 5,000 victims
    BBC News: A year ago, a Dutch prosecutor published a list of 5,000 names, which immediately led to scenes of public mourning in Afghanistan. These were the names of people killed after a communist coup d’etat in 1978 - and some of those with blood on their hands are now living in Europe.      Full news...

  • August 24, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    12 million Afghans earn less than 45 cents a day
    The Killid Group: International Insanity In Afghanistan almost twelve million Afghans live in poverty. Nine million suffer hunger and are in danger of starving. On August 18, the European Union (EU) decided to set aside 125 million euros (167 million USD) to compensate producers for throwing away perishable food items.      Full news...



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