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  • May 16, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFP: "I stand before you today with the strength and clarity and resolve to declare to the military, my government and the world that this soldier will not be deploying to Iraq," Chiroux said in the sun-filled rotunda of a congressional building in Washington. "My decision is based on my desire to no longer continue violating my core values to support an illegal and unconstitutional occupation... I refuse to participate in the Iraq occupation," he said, as a dozen veterans of the five-year-old Iraq war looked on.      Full news...


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  • May 15, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Independent: The city is awash with widows who have come with the same idea. It is one of Kabul's many problems, this influx of desperate humanity that has flooded the city with double, treble the people it ever housed before the Russian invasion in 1979. Three-quarters of Afghans are almost completely illiterate. Among widows, the proportion is much higher. Kabul is awash with street children, hundreds of thousands of them, scavenging through rubbish, selling plastic bags, repairing bicycles, labouring for shoe-makers, or asking for alms in return for sending unwelcome wafts of aromatic smoke from the tin cans they wave at likely-looking passers-by.      Full news...


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  • May 15, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UN special rapporteur expresses concern over civilians’ killing in Afghanistan
    Xinhua: The United Nations Special Rapporteuron extra judicial executions Philip Alston on Thursday expressed concern over civilians' killing in Afghanistan and urged all warring sides in the country to respect human rights. "In the past four months, hundreds of civilians have been killed. They have died from bombs, missiles, explosive devices, police fire, beheadings and domestic violence," Alston said in a statement handed out at a news briefing here.      Full news...


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  • May 14, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    PAN: Attorney general Abdul Jabar Sabit said on Wednesday 22 members of the parliament accused of various crimes have been avoiding facing the law. The attorney general said the MPs, whom he did not name, were summoned officially many times to attend his office for explanations of the accusations and for investigations.      Full news...


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  • May 14, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Female Journalist beaten up in western Herat
    Aatash.org: Five unknown persons including a woman had entered her vehicle, beaten her up and warned her to death if she continues to appear on TV. She was attacked in Darb-e Malik locality of Herat city while she was on her way to office. The attackers were in black clothes.      Full news...


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  • May 14, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Hunger adds to Afghanistan’s nightmare
    International Herald Tribune: Thieves raided the city flour market in broad daylight a few weeks ago, shooting and wounding two people before escaping with their loot. "We are not feeling safe," Haji Hayatullah, one of the flour merchants, said sitting on the floor of his shop with sacks of flour stacked around him. "We don't have security and we don't trust the government to provide it." The merchants got together and hired eight private security guards.      Full news...


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  • May 14, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    IRIN News: The killing and abduction of dozens of health workers in the past two years has prompted officials to shut down at least 36 health facilities in Afghanistan’s volatile southern and eastern provinces, depriving hundreds of thousands of people of basic health services, according to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).      Full news...


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  • May 12, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pajhwok Afghan News (Translated by RAWA): A family handed over two of its children to another family because they were unable to feed them. The father named Bashir Ahmad lives in Ashaba village in Jabl Saraj District of Parwan province. He said, “I announced my poverty in the Jamay Qal-e-Naw Mosque in Bagram District and some time later a man called Abdul Raziq came and agreed to take away my children and look after them.”      Full news...


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  • May 10, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Earth Times: At least two people were killed and six others wounded when police opened fire on protesters blocking a highway linking eastern Afghanistan to Pakistan, witnesses said Saturday. Hundreds of protesters blocked the highway in Shinwar district of eastern Nangarhar province protesting against the alleged killing of civilians by US-led coalition forces on Friday night.      Full news...


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  • May 10, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Toronto Star: Not a single authority in the nation, right up into the president's office, has the clout to oppose a powerful alignment of forces that are a law unto themselves: Warlords, ministers, parliamentarians, the military, police, tribal elders and wealthy entrepreneurs who are making a killing in the free-for-all of multi-billion-dollar international aid, a tsunami of cash that has made tycoons out of two-bit larcenists and filchers.      Full news...


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  • May 9, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Rising prices heap pressure on Afghanistan’s destitute
    AFP: Shamsuddin, who goes by one name, is among millions struggling to survive in war-ravaged Afghanistan, one of the world's poorest countries where unemployment is 40 percent and half the population is under the poverty line. It is the poorest who are worst hurt by a global rise food prices which have nearly doubled in three years, according to the World Bank.      Full news...


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  • May 5, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bloomberg.com: The number of suicides among veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may exceed the combat death toll because of inadequate mental health care, the U.S. government's top psychiatric researcher said. Community mental health centers, hobbled by financial limits, haven't provided enough scientifically sound care, especially in rural areas, said Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland.      Full news...


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  • May 3, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Globe and Mail: Indeed, many of the corruption problems date back to the early months of the Afghan war, in 2001, when U.S. Army Special Forces and CIA agents gave millions of dollars to regional fighters such as Mr. Sherzai to battle the Taliban, and then, after the Taliban had been ousted, allowed them to become the de facto government.      Full news...


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  • May 3, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Hundreds of teachers go on protest in Zaranj
    PAN: Hundreds of teachers of 15 schools in Zaranj city capital of western Nimroz province went on protest on Saturday over the low salary and non-payment since last three months. Thousands of students were waiting in classes; however the teachers did not attend the classes.      Full news...


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  • May 2, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Poor and Starving Afghan Family Sold Children to Survive
    Tolo TV: In Kabul a family was forced to sell two of their children to buy themselves food. This poor family which lived in a shabby house on a hill was forced to sell its children because of hunger and poverty. This family has six small children and their father is the only bread winner in the family.      Full news...

  • May 1, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The News and Observer: Trafficked across the border from Pakistan with her 3-year-old son, Rukhma was handed to an Afghan who raped and abused her, then beat the toddler to death as she watched helplessly. He was jailed for 20 years for murder, but Rukhma ended up in prison, too.      Full news...

  • May 1, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    PAN: The freedom of press, which initially improved in the first few years of the post-Taliban era, is now getting worse the head of the Committee to Protect Journalists have said. It improved, and now it is getting worse," CPJ Executive Director, Joel Simon, told Pajhwok Afghan News in an interview after releasing its first every Impunity Index.      Full news...



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