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  • October 26, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    CounterTerrorism Blog: "As the speaker of Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga (the lower house of the National Assembly, the Afghan parliament) travels to the U.S. this week, there will be those who hail him as an example of how far democracy has come in this war-torn nation. Those people are wrong. Anyone with knowledge of Afghan politics knows Yunus Qanooni has been one of the biggest obstacles to success in this nascent democracy, more concerned with amassing power and lining the pockets of his warlord cronies than pushing for real change in Afghanistan. The most egregious example of Qanooni's true intentions came earlier this year, when he championed a bill to provide amnesty for anyone who has committed war crimes in the last 25 years.      Full news...





  • October 19, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pink News: Young boys are being sexually abused in Afghanistan in line with a tradition where they are bought by older men to dance at parties. The practice of "bacha baazi", meaning "boy-play", is enjoying a resurgence in the North of Afghanistan where ownership is seen as a status symbol by militia leaders according to Afghan news site, e-Ariana.      Full news...

  • October 18, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Canadian Press: After the Taliban toppled from power, Qahir packed up his family and all they could take with them and crossed the border back into his Afghan homeland. Qahir, 57, had spent 19 years in Pakistan, most of them in a sprawling refugee camp. But six years later, he says he is "hopeless and disappointed."      Full news...

  • October 18, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    World Politics Review: KABUL, Afghanistan -- It's a daily ritual for 8-year-old Bismillah. Every morning, five grimy plastic cans slung over his tiny shoulder, he descends a rugged hillside, negotiating the steep pitches of scree and gravel with goat-like agility.      Full news...

  • October 18, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IWPR: Panicked residents of Faryab province say a local warlord is exacting tribute and abusing civilians while the government does nothing to stop him. Shahabudin fled when life became intolerable for him in his native district of Pashtun Kot, in the northern Afghan province of Faryab. He claims that a former militia commander has taken over Pashtun Kot and is ruling virtually unchallenged.      Full news...

  • October 17, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The West Georgian: It is hard to fathom that in the year 2007 there are women who are being thrown into prison for violating the mere freedoms that are taken for granted by so many. However, it is a very real situation that is occurring every day in Afghanistan. When a woman is safer in prison, there is something very wrong with her society.      Full news...



  • October 14, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Associated Press: When asked about her engagement party this summer, little Sunam glanced blankly at her family, then fiddled with her gold-sequined engagement outfit — a speechless response not out of shyness, but because she does not yet talk much. Sunam is 3.      Full news...


  • October 10, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    RFE/RL: Helmand, with a population of 1.4 million and an area roughly the size of Switzerland, is among the largest of Afghanistan's southwestern provinces. Its vast expanse of desert and arid mountains border Pakistan and stretch to within 100 kilometers of Iran. At the heart of the battle for Afghanistan's future, Helmand also is inarguably the country's most troubled province.      Full news...




  • October 5, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    BBC News: A woman and child were among the civilians killed in a raid by a US-led coalition force against a Taliban hideout in Afghanistan, officials say. The coalition said its forces responded to an attack by destroying the building in which militants were hiding.      Full news...


  • October 4, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IRIN News: Relief operations in insecure parts of Afghanistan are highly vulnerable to waste and corruption, local officials, residents, aid officials and analysts say. "The spending imperative, the weakness of the Afghan government, and insecurity have contributed to a high risk of corruption in 'postwar' Afghanistan," stated a July 2007 report by humanitarian think-tank Overseas Development Institute (ODI).      Full news...

  • October 4, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Epoch Times: Thirteen-year-old Mohammad Bahari swings the long-end of a grain broom in a quite street in uptown Tehran in the early hours of morning. His boyish face and small figure resemble a child of no more than 10, making it difficult to believe he's a contractor employee with the city.      Full news...

  • October 2, 2007 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AP via CNN: Violence in Afghanistan has surged this year with suicide bombings inflicting an especially high toll on civilians, a new United Nations report says. The report said Afghanistan is averaging 550 violent incidents a month, up from an average of 425 last year. It said three-fourths of suicide bombings are targeting international and Afghan security forces, but suicide bombers also killed 143 civilians through August.      Full news...


  • 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...




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