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  • September 30, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The International Herald Tribune: A suicide bomber wearing an Afghan military uniform detonated his explosive belt near a bus full of Afghan soldiers on their way to work here in the capital Saturday, killing at least 30 people, including two civilians, officials said. The bombing was among the deadliest in Afghanistan this year.      Full news...

  • September 27, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IPS-Inter Press Service: Against the backdrop of an escalating military conflict, Afghanistan is facing a rash of new problems, including increased poverty, widespread corruption, a breakdown in the rule of law and a paralysed judiciary, according to a new report released here.      Full news...

  • September 27, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pajhwok Afghan News: The burgeoning drug commerce would be hard to rein in if high-ranking government officials involved in narcotics smuggling were not prosecuted, a senior official warned on Thursday. First Vice-President Ahmad Zia Masood, addressing a ceremony that marked the opening of a Counter-Narcotics Police complex, said: We should admit that some top-ranking government officials are unfortunately linked to the smuggling of drugs.      Full news...

  • September 26, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ReliefWeb: In Afghanistan, "the justice system must be rebuilt in a way that bridges modern and traditional justice institutions, protects citizens' rights and strengthens rule of law, a pivotal step in Afghanistan's march to successful political transition and development." This is a key recommendation of the Afghanistan National Human Development Report 2007, unveiled here today.      Full news...


  • September 26, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    CanWest News Service: Afghans shouting "Death to Canada" and other slogans blocked a main road in the hotly disputed Zhari District of Kandahar during a protest Wednesday against the rule of President Hamid Karzai and a house-to-house search operation by foreign forces that the demonstrators said had resulted in the death of two brothers who were mullahs.      Full news...

  • September 26, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IRIN News: Fatima (not her real name) lives with her mother and a younger brother in Pul-e Charkhi prison, in the eastern outskirts of Kabul. The 12-year-old was first brought to the prison four years ago, after a court sentenced her mother to 11 years for murdering her husband. "There are six women and seven children living with us in a single cell," complained Fatima, who added that she finds it annoying living with "those naughty kids".      Full news...


  • September 25, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IRIN New: Increasing armed robberies and abductions are causing widespread concern in Herat, a relatively peaceful province in western Afghanistan. In one of the most recent cases, over 600 workers at a flourmill in Herat Province lost their jobs when the company was shut down after its owner was abducted by armed men in September.      Full news...

  • September 24, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Associated Press: A 12-year-old Afghan boy starring in the upcoming film "The Kite Runner" fears he and his family could be ostracized or even attacked because of a rape scene that he says he reluctantly acted in -- a sequence the family wants cut. Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada plays the role of young Hassan who is raped by a bully in a pivotal part of the best-selling novel, on which the movie is based. His family says the scene will offend Afghans.      Full news...

  • September 22, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Toronto Star: Wira Darwishi's sad brown eyes betray decades of worry and questions. More than 20 years ago, three members of her family – a brother, uncle and cousin – vanished. For years, Darwishi wondered silently about their fate.      Full news...


  • September 19, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Council on Foreign Relations: This yearly document reported that opium production in Afghanistan increased 17% in 2007. The executive summary said that "in 2007, Afghanistan cultivated 193,000 hectares of opium poppies, an increase of 17% over last year. The amount of Afghan land used for opium is now larger than the corresponding total for coca cultivation in Latin America (Colombia, Peru and Bolivia combined)      Full news...



  • September 13, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Los Angeles Times: Former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld says in the current edition of GQ magazine that the war in Afghanistan has been "a big success," with people living in freedom and life "improved on the streets." To anyone working in the country, there is only one possible, informed response: What Afghanistan is the man talking about?      Full news...



  • September 13, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    PressGazette.co.uk: Award-winning journalist Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy talks to Colin Crummy about her latest film charting the experiences of women in AfghanistanSix years after Hardcash Productions' Beneath The Veil, which examined the plight of women in Afghanistan, broadcast journalist Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy returned to the country. The resulting film, Afghan?istan – Lifting The Veil, offers a bleak insight into life in the country post-Taliban rule, as Obaid Chinoy meets women forced into marriage and living in poverty, but desperate to escape.      Full news...

  • September 11, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Ottawa Citizen: It's a growing debate: Six years after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, as 9/11's anniversary falls for the first time on a Tuesday -- the day of the week it happened -- how much tribute is too much? How much is enough, and how much is not enough? In an indirect and yet profound way, tonight's season finale of PBS's Wide Angle provides the perfect answer.      Full news...

  • September 11, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Gulf News: Today is the 6th anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks on the US as if you didn't already know. When we turn on our televisions we will once again watch planes hurtling into the twin towers, terrified ash-covered individuals escaping the scene and rescue workers scouring the rubble for signs of life.      Full news...

  • September 9, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pajhwok Afghan News: Unidentified miscreants burnt a middle school in Balkh district of the northern Balkh province Saturday night, police said. Balkh police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Sunday the tented school, where 1,200 boys and girls were studying, was set on fire in the midnight.      Full news...

  • September 9, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Newsday.com: Nearly six years after the United States toppled the Taliban regime in the wake of Sept. 11, Nuristan, like the rest of the country, has no effective government. For this province half the size of New Jersey and home to about 750,000 people, Gov. Tamim Nuristani is authorized 300 police officers -- barely more than the number assigned to a typical Long Island precinct. When he begged to hire 180 men as auxiliary cops last year to help stop guerrillas infiltrating from neighboring Pakistan, the government agreed, but then said it had no money for salaries and fired them.      Full news...







  • September 2, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pajhwok Afghan News: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Sunday voiced concern over the predicament of women prisoners in Afghanistan. Dr. Shukria Nuri, head of the UNODC, told a day-long conference on the issue that women were held in Afghan jails in inappropriate conditions that were contrary to the concept of human rights and other international norms.      Full news...



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