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  • March 16, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Deccan Herald: For the US administration, Afghanistan is a lab experiment gone horribly wrong, very much like Iraq. Not only did they lose initiative within months of their invasion here; the brutality and randomness of their attacks resulted in more civilian deaths than insurgents. In five years the death toll is five times the number killed in the 9/11 attacks. So if retribution is what they were really after, then they have overachieved. And, this does not include deaths by radioactive material and cluster bombs.      Full news...

  • March 14, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Denver Post: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls Afghanistan "a war that is unfinished and nearly forgotten." For all the political drama that is unfolding over the Democrats' decision to use the upcoming debate over war spending to challenge President Bush's policies in Iraq, the Democratic congressional caucus is also using the spending measure for a purpose equally crucial. It is redirecting funds toward Afghanistan in a last-ditch effort to rescue the country that was the original "central front" in the war on terror.      Full news...

  • March 12, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    TheTyee.ca: A ripple of laughter passes through a crowd of about 1,500 packed into a Kabul wedding hall last Friday afternoon. Onstage, warlords sit on plastic chairs talking to an American in a slick dark suit and shades. "I have to go to a meeting now," the American says abruptly as the warlords rise from their seats in protest. "Don't worry, we'll support you."      Full news...


  • March 8, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Associated Press: As a woman encouraged by relatives to marry her stalker - who was 20 years her senior, had three other wives and now beats her regularly - Qamar found it preposterous that anyone would ever celebrate her existence.      Full news...

  • March 8, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Associated Press: When the deal went down in Las Vegas, the seller was introduced only as "Mr. E." In a room at Caesars Palace hotel, Mr. E exchanged a pound-and-a-half bag of heroin for $65,000 cash — unaware that the buyer was an undercover detective. The sting landed him in Nevada state prison for nearly four years.      Full news...

  • March 8, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IRIN News: Of all her desires, Fahima, 17, longs most for a life free of violence. "I was put into chains for a whole month by my father. I ran away twice but was returned home by the police. Everybody says I am the guilty one, that my father has the right to beat me," she said.      Full news...

  • March 7, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Daily Telegraph: MALALAI Joya says her mother worries about her - particularly when she travels to foreign countries. But when you consider that the 28-year-old youngest member of the Afghan Parliament has survived four assassination attempts in her own country, you would think her trips abroad would come as a welcome relief to her mum.      Full news...

  • March 5, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The New York Times' blog The Lede: Swirling amid the fallout from the deaths of a number of civilians on a crowded Afghan highway yesterday is what appears to have been an attempt by some American soldiers at the scene to prevent any images of the carnage from getting out to the wider world.      Full news...

  • March 5, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Canadian Press: "There are some parts of Afghanistan where the last thing people want to see is the police showing up," said Brigadier-General Gary O'Brien, former deputy commanding general of police for the Combined Security Transition Command -- Afghanistan.      Full news...


  • March 3, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Green Left Weekly: The new constitution of Afghanistan formally grants equal rights to women and men. The government has also endorsed the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which, according to development agencies, is significant progress on gender equality “policy advocacy”. The first time I arrived in Kabul the women I saw on the streets were wearing scarves on their heads and those wearing full chador were a minority. Maybe, at a superficial glance, the situation had improved for the women of Afghanistan?      Full news...


  • February 27, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AP via MSNBC: The disarmament of Afghanistan's illegal private militias has ground to a halt and the price of weapons in the country's relatively quiet north is skyrocketing — a sign of the embattled central government's failure to assert its control, Afghan and Western officials say.      Full news...


  • February 27, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Associated Press: A suicide bomber outside Bagram, the main U.S. base in Afghanistan, kills at least 19 people, during a visit by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, Afghan officials say. Cheney is safe and leaves the base soon after.      Full news...

  • February 26, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Age: Old men, some with tears streaming down their faces, were guided to their places. In silence they sat cross-legged while the haunting falsetto chants issuing from a PA system reverberated off the rubble that once was their homes, shops and offices in the foothills of Kabul's south-side.      Full news...

  • February 25, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Dawn (Pakistan): "Security has sharply deteriorated in all regions. Afghans are more insecure today than they were in 2005. This is due largely to the violence surrounding the insurgency and counter-insurgency campaigns, and the inability of security forces to combat warlords and drug traffickers."      Full news...

  • February 24, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Washington Post: Conditions in Afghanistan have deteriorated markedly since 2005, with rising violence, government corruption and misguided U.S. efforts contributing to growing unease among the population, according to a report released Friday based, in part, on 1,000 interviews with ordinary Afghans.      Full news...

  • February 23, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AntiWar.com: A crazy woman stalks the streets near Afghanistan’s parliament. When a warlord’s rocket killed her family during the early 1990s she lost her mind. Now she moves between the cars and people looking for it, another of the living dead trapped in her own private hell.      Full news...

  • February 21, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IRIN, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: Jamila Niyazi has received several death threats as principal of Lashkar Gah girls’ high school in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. Niyazi, who oversees 7,000 girls, is a target for ultra-conservative elements, including Taliban insurgents, who use propaganda, coercion and violence to spread their influence.      Full news...

  • February 20, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IWPR: Fawzia, not her real name, is twenty-one years old, I am twenty-two. So it seems strange to call her "grandmother". "My wife died, and I became young again!" laughed my 85-year-old grandfather. "There were some old women I could have married, but I wanted a young one. I do not think you can just divide young and old. So I decided to marry a young girl. Now I am very happy."      Full news...

  • February 20, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Institute for War & Peace Reporting: Forgive and forget may be a noble aspiration, but it is not playing well in Afghanistan today. A wide spectrum of public opinion, both at home and abroad, has weighed in against a parliamentary resolution passed on January 31, which would grant blanket immunity for war crimes.      Full news...





  • February 16, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IRIN, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: Sangima watched her sister-in-law Mastbegeen die trying to give birth to her seventh child. The baby was born prematurely and there was excessive bleeding during labour. There were no doctors or trained midwives near her village in the northeastern Afghan province of Badakshan to help so her family had to watch her life ebb away; the child did not survive either.      Full news...



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