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  • August 27, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Globe and Mail: The Afghan government and its international backers must do much more to curb the "disastrous" record drug crop, which is like a cancer threatening the survival of the country, the United Nations' drugs control chief said.      Full news...

  • August 27, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IRIN News: Thirty one-year-old Benazir - not her real name - was 12 when she was wedded to a 24-year-old man in Shinwaar District of Nangarhar Province, eastern Afghanistan. Benazir has been sold four times by men whom she considers her husbands - in a formally proscribed tradition known as women selling. She told IRIN of her extraordinary experiences.      Full news...

  • August 23, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Guardian: The family of a 7-year-old Afghan girl raped by two men has come forward to demand justice, defying social customs that view such attacks as a stain on the victim's honor. Two months after the rape, the girl is still in pain, rarely speaks and looks no one in the eye.      Full news...

  • August 23, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Guardian: Enthusiasts for the catastrophe that is the Iraq war may be hard to come by these days, but Afghanistan is another matter. The invasion and occupation that opened George Bush's war on terror are still championed by powerful voices in the occupying states as - in the words of the New York Times this week - "the good war" that can still be won. While speculation intensifies about British withdrawal from Basra, there's no such talk about a retreat from Kabul or Kandahar. On the contrary, the plan is to increase British troop numbers from the current 7,000, and ministers, commanders and officials have been hammering home the message all summer that Britain is in Afghanistan, as the foreign secretary, David Miliband, insisted, for the long haul.      Full news...


  • August 21, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    EurasiaNet: Two men from one family were dragged from their home in Paktia Province on August 19 and beheaded, Pajhwak Afghan News reported. The attack occurred around midnight in the village of Abdal in Zurmat district, according to Din Mohammad Darwesh, a spokesman for the provincial governor.      Full news...

  • August 21, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IRIN News: Jamila - not her real name - was 14 when she was married to Habibullah, 31, a match arranged by her father. Habibullah left her just three months into their marriage to go and work in Iran and has not reappeared in 10 years. Jamila now lives with her in-laws but feels cheated as she cannot get remarried and has not sought a divorce because of the social stigma attached to such a move. She feels trapped: "I have no future," she said.      Full news...

  • August 20, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pajhwok Afghan News: Because of difference forms of violence against women and girls, the number of women escaping home has gone up in Parwan province. Sayed Qasim Hashimi, director of Women Affairs Human Rights Branch in Parwan, told Pajhwok that last year only 10 incidents of escape of girls from their homes were registered but from the beginning of this year in almost 6 months, 29 cases had been registers with us.      Full news...



  • August 18, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IWPR: At least on the surface, media is one of the more successful areas of development in Afghanistan. According to figures from the Ministry of Culture and Youth Affairs, more than 500 print publications have opened since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, as well as 70 radio and 18 television stations, both government-owned and private.      Full news...


  • August 16, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Times of India: Close on the heels of a US intelligence report of a resurgence of Taliban in Pakistan's border areas, newly declassified documents reveal that Islamabad was directly involved in funding, arming and advising the militant group.      Full news...



  • August 11, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    OhmyNews: Decades of civil and social upheaval has intensified traditional social pressures on Afghan women who were already suffering at the hands of poverty and decadent social traditions. All this was coupled by the economic dislocation of a large section of Afghanistan society. In such a situation, Afghan women found an easy escape in suicides. The trend of suicide, which started in the early years of this decade, is now practiced by desperate Afghan women throughout most parts of Afghanistan.      Full news...



  • August 6, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Herald Tribune: On the eve of his Camp David meeting with President George W. Bush, President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan painted a bleak picture of life in his country, saying that the security situation had worsened and that the United States and its allies were no closer to catching Osama bin Laden than they were a few years ago.      Full news...

  • August 6, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Afghan Victim Memorial: At 4:00PM on Thursday, August 2, 2007 in the Taliban-controlled village of Qaleh (Qal’eh) Chah in the district of Baghran in Helmand Province, US/NATO forces bombed the village as part of an alleged decapitation strike (targeting “two Taliban commanders”). A group of people had gathered near the popular shrine of Ibrahim Shah Baba (though the reason for the gathering remains unclear).      Full news...



  • August 4, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Associated Press: Afghanistan will produce another record poppy harvest this year that cements its status as the world's near-sole supplier of the heroin source, yet a furious debate over how to reverse the trend is stalling proposals to cut the crop, U.S. officials say.      Full news...



  • August 1, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Yemen Observer: "The conditions of my imprisonment were those of a small-scale Guantanamo," said Kamran Mir Hazar, "with four persons crammed into a dark 2-by-3 meter cell, without any contact to the outside world, and no access to a lawyer." The 31-year-old journalist and author was recently arrested on the street by agents of the Afghan secret police.      Full news...

  • August 1, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pajhwok Afghan News: Taliban have executed the four judges they had kidnapped from Andar district of Ghazni last week. Their bodies were retrieved by police in the district this morning, officials told Pajhwok Afghan News on Wednesday. The slain also included a senior official of the Paktika courts.      Full news...