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  • August 31, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Temporary Marriage (Seegha) Has Made Some Women Fate-less in Daikundi
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): Seegha (temporary marriage) has made several women in Daikundi province fate-less. Shiite scholars in Afghanistan say that according to Jafari Fiqh, temporary marriage is legal and the wife and husband can be separated after the fixed period, or change the temporary marriage to a permanent one. The scholars say that the husband and wife can marry and live together for a day or till whenever they want; but after the end of the fixed period the legal relationship ends and the wife is illegal to the husband.      Full news...

  • August 31, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In memory of 91 innocent Afghans massacred by US troops in Azizabad
    RAWA News: The U.S. bombs struck a large gathering of people who had congregated in Azizabad to honor a local leader who had died months earlier. A resident, Fatima, 25, explained from her hospital bed in Herat, where she wept and cursed those who carried out the air strike. “We were holding a memorial service in our home,” she said, tears running down her face. “Suddenly the infidels attacked and I lost consciousness. When I came to, I was in hospital, and they told me that all of my family were dead and already buried. Was my two-year-old child a terrorist? Then am I not also a terrorist? Why did they let me live?”      Full news...

  • August 30, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Graph of self-immolation among Afghan women shows rise in Herat
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): In the present year, 47 cases of self-immolation have been reported in special burn hospital in Herat. Out of these, 42 of the cases had been death as a result of the burns. This shows the rise in the graph of self-immolation, compared to last year. Seema Shir Mohammadi said the reasons for self-immolation are domestic violence, lack of awareness of families about each others’ rights, poverty and unemployment.      Full news...

  • August 30, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan faces humanitarian crisis: Oxfam
    AFP: Five million Afghans face serious food shortages with winter drawing near, but donors have put forward less than a fifth of the money needed to cope, development charity Oxfam warned. Time is running out to avert a humanitarian crisis, the British-based group said, urging governments to respond to an emergency humanitarian appeal launched in July.      Full news...

  • August 29, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    No tears in west for 60 Afghan children
    DailyMirror.lk: Imagine what would happen if a terrorist kills 95 US citizens or citizens of any of the Nato countries. Such a massacre would have dominated the headlines for weeks, if not months. Giving a melodramatic touch, the western media would also carry photographs of the dead children, interviews with their neighbours, friends and teachers and statements of grieving parents and political leaders. But 60 Afghan children who died in the US attack had none of it. No speaker addressing the ongoing Democratic Party convention, dared to mention the Afghan civilian massacre, though they talked about US troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.      Full news...

  • August 28, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan cricketer 'killed by foreign troops'
    AFP: A former member of Afghanistan's cricket team has been killed in an overnight raid by international forces on his home, officials and former colleagues alleged Wednesday. Rahmat Wali, 32, who played for the war-torn country's national team between 2001 and 2006, was killed when troops attacked his home in the eastern province of Khost.      Full news...

  • August 26, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: The sick man of Asia
    The Frontier Post: In the contemporary time, Afghanistan is under the grip of chaos, anarchy and became a home base for terrorism. It seems that the land is without state, society and system and has been converted into "failed state" because of chronic un-ended war imposed by the United States.      Full news...



  • August 24, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan president says coalition airstrike killed 95 civilians
    New York Times: President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned on Saturday a coalition airstrike that he said killed up to 95 Afghans — including 50 children — in a village in western Afghanistan on Friday, and said his government would be announcing measures to prevent the loss of civilian life in the future.      Full news...


  • August 22, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    76 women and children 'killed by coalition forces in Afghanistan'
    Telegraph.co.uk: US-led coalition forces killed 76 civilians - including 50 women and 19 children - in a military operation yesterday, the Afghan government said. The attack, which included air strikes, took place in the Shindand district of Herat province in the west of Afghanistan and an investigation is now underway, its interior ministry said in a statement.      Full news...

  • August 22, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Civilians Bear the Brunt of Taliban Violence and US, NATO Bombings
    Democracy Now: As violence escalates in Afghanistan, both Barack Obama and John McCain support sending more troops. “Both of them are wrong,” says Sonali Kolhatkar, host of Uprising on Pacifica radio station KPFK and co-author of the book Bleeding Afghanistan. “You really cannot solve the situation in Afghanistan by throwing more troops at it, because over the last several years tens of thousands of troops in Afghanistan have not managed to do anything other than worsen the war.”      Full news...

  • August 22, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan society still haunted by warlords
    PAN: local commanders and local officials still forcibly collect money by different names and forms from the farmers in northern Afghanistan, farmers and shepherds lamented. Commanders and local officials get unlawfully ten sheep as well as cash money from shepherds while they graze their sheep on different areas and mountains.      Full news...





  • August 19, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan officials clamp down on the press
    The Christian Science Monitor: Naseer Fayaz, one of Afghanistan's most famous television presenters, is used to fans and other well-wishers coming by the office. The host of a popular weekly program, "The Truth," his exposés of government malfeasance have won him awards as well as a devoted following. But after a recent episode of the show that was especially critical of the government, Mr. Fayaz received unexpected visitors: members of the Afghan secret police.      Full news...

  • August 18, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Afghan women jailed for being victims of rape
    The Independent: Two-thirds of the women in Lashkar Gah's medieval-looking jail have been convicted of illegal sexual relations, but most are simply rape victims – mirroring the situation nationwide. The system does not distinguish between those who have been attacked and those who have chosen to run off with a man.      Full news...

  • August 18, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban murder drum player
    Quqnoos: Unknown militants have killed a drum musician in Logar province, one of the victim’s family said. Hazrad Din, a 50-year-old drum player, had played drums at celebrations in the province’s Baraki Barak district for the last 30 years.      Full news...



  • August 14, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Iran Forcing out Afghan Refugees
    NCRI: "In the third phase of the plan to deport illegal aliens, the [Iranian regime] is bulldozing their slums in the outskirts of southern city of Shiraz," Jam- e jam added. Ali Gholami, Shiraz governor said that city council will deal swiftly with those providing shelter to Afghan refugees.      Full news...

  • August 13, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Three Western female aid workers shot dead in Afghanistan
    AFP: Three Western women aid workers and their Afghan driver were shot dead Wednesday by gunmen who fired numerous times into their vehicle near the capital Kabul, Afghan police and their organisation said. The killings, claimed by the insurgent Taliban, are the deadliest in years involving international aid workers.      Full news...


  • August 11, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Rape getting a public airing in Afghanistan
    AP via MSNBC: Rape — a crime long hidden in Afghanistan by victims fearing a life of scorn — is getting a public airing in this conservative Islamic country. In recent weeks, several outraged families have appeared on nightly news shows, demanding justice while sharing heartbreaking stories of sexual assaults on teenage daughters.      Full news...

  • August 11, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFP: Eight civilians being held in a compound by Taliban militants were killed in an air strike by US-led troops during a battle that also left 25 rebel fighters dead, the force said Monday. "Survivors reported that coalition aircraft dropped a bomb on the enemy position which killed eight of the civilians."      Full news...

  • August 11, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Hike in fuel price inflates cost of food
    IRIN: A sharp increase in fuel prices has pushed up the already high cost of food in Afghanistan making daily survival even more difficult for millions of vulnerable people. The rise in food prices bodes ill for millions of people in a country where, according to a National Human Development Report, almost half its estimated 26.6 million population live on less than $2 a day.      Full news...




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