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  • January 31, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Reuters: Around 200 Afghans demonstrated in the capital Kabul on Thursday against the death sentence passed against a reporter convicted of blasphemy. The case against 23-year-old Perwiz Kambakhsh, sentenced to death last week for mocking Islam and the Koran, has attracted international attention with the United States, the United Nations and right groups all expressing concern.      Full news...





  • January 28, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pajhwok Afghan News: Reportedly dejected with her engagement to a young man by her parents, an 18-year-old girl ended her life by shooting herself to death in Jabul-Saraj district of central Parwan province, security officials said on Sunday.      Full news...


  • January 26, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFP: Forget Renaissance Europe. The world's first oil paintings go back nearly 14 centuries to murals in Afghanistan's Bamiyan caves, a Japanese researcher says. Buddhist images painted in the central Afghan region, dated to around 650 AD, are the earliest examples of oil used in art history, says Yoko Taniguchi, an expert at Japan's National Research Institute for Cultural Properties.      Full news...

  • January 25, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Badger Herald: Every now and then, I run across a news story that reminds me of the importance of individual liberties in modern society. One of these stories came out of Afghanistan this Wednesday.      Full news...


  • January 23, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ForeignPolicy.com: Someone please explain to me how this is supposed to be justice. A 23-year-old journalism student named Sayad Parwez Kambaksh supposedly goes online, finds an interesting paper, and prints it out. He supposedly brings it to class at Balkh University, discusses it with a teacher and some fellow students. The paper gets copied and distributed. Some students find it objectionable; they say it is offensive and that it insults Islam. They complain to the government.      Full news...

  • January 23, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Deccan Herald: Unicef’s winner of the best picture in 2007 is a chilling reminder of the condition of the region’s child brides. Poverty may have made women and young girls more vulnerable, but the methods of exploitation they suffer take on an altogether different proportion in a country wracked by 30 years of unending conflict.      Full news...


  • January 22, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Reporters Without Borders: A court in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif today passed the death sentence on a young journalist, Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, for alleged blasphemy. The trial was held behind closed doors and without any lawyer defending him. His brother, fellow journalist Sayed Yaqub Ibrahimi, told Reporters Without Borders: "I saw my brother leave the court. He was very anxious. All the family was, too."      Full news...



  • January 17, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Reporters Without Borders: Reporters Without Borders is very worried about the pressure being placed on the authorities by conservative religious leaders in the case of Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, a young journalist in the northern province of Balkh who has been detained since late October 2007 on charges of blasphemy and defaming Islam. The Council of Mullahs says he should be sentenced to death.      Full news...


  • January 16, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IWPR: “I do not enjoy being with men. I hate them. But to keep them as loyal customers, I pretend,” said the young Afghan woman. Dressed in jeans and a tee-shirt, with shoulder-length black hair and wearing no makeup, 21-year-old Saida (not her real name) looked ordinary enough. But in this highly conservative society, she has sex with men for money, sometimes several times a night.      Full news...













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