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  • 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...











  • January 7, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    WorldNetDaily: GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain knocked President Bush for failing to capture Osama bin Laden despite "opportunities over the past six years, and vowed to "get" the terrorist kingpin if voters put him in the White House.      Full news...

  • January 7, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Press TV: Afghan president appoints an important Taliban commander as the new governor of Musa Qala district in the north of Helmand province. Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, appointed Mullah Abdul Salam the new governor of Musa Qala on Monday, IRNA quoted Helmand Governor General, Assadullah Wafa as saying.      Full news...

  • January 7, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul Press: Mr. Gary K. Helseth, General Director of the 600 millionUSD-a-year United Nations Office of Project Services-Afghanistan(UNOPS) who had worked in Afghanistan for over 20 years, left the country two months after this report was first published. His U.N. e-mail addresses are not functional, and so far, we have been unable to contact him for additional information.      Full news...

  • January 6, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFP: Afghanistan's Islamic clerics have called on President Hamid Karzai to clamp down on a burgeoning television industry which it accused of spreading "immorality and unIslamic culture." The call was made during a meeting between Karzai and dozens of clerics from an influential religious council in Kabul on Friday, an official in Karzai's office told AFP under condition of anonymity on Saturday.      Full news...

  • January 3, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Associated Press: Farida’s son inherited her drug addiction in the womb, and drank her opium-laced breast milk. And when he cried and fussed, she calmed him with specks of opium diluted in tea. This is the hidden face of addiction in Afghanistan — parents spreading drug use in the confines of their homes. All four of Farida’s children got high from her husband’s secondhand heroin smoke and from the opium she fed them.      Full news...


  • January 2, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Guardian: I bought The Kite Runner in the hope that it might provide some insights into Afghanistan, one of the many areas of the world about which much is said through the lens of the powerful, but little is seen of the actualities of the everyday lives of the people. What I read was anything but.      Full news...



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