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  • May 6, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    What I Learned in Afghanistan – About the United States I was surprised on my recent trip to Afghanistan that I learned so much…about the United States. I was in Afghanistan for two weeks in March of this year, meeting with a large number of Afghans working in humanitarian endeavors – the principal of a girls’ school, the director of a school for street children, the Afghan Human Rights Commission, a group working on environmental issues. The one thing that all of these groups that we met with had in common was, they were penniless.      Full news...

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    The hypocrisy of child abuse in many Muslim countries
    The Guardian: Some Muslims are fond of condemning western morality – alcoholism, nudity, premarital sex and homosexuality often being cited as examples. But Muslims do not have a monopoly on morality. In the west, child marriages and sex with children are illegal. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for many Muslim countries. I recently saw the documentary on the Dancing Boys of Afghanistan.      Full news...

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    Losing Afghan hearts and minds
    Asia Times Online: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is losing hearts and minds in Afghanistan, according to a report by the International Council on Security and Development (ICOS) that gives a clear signal of the dangers of the military operation against Kandahar planned for this summer. Contrary to its stated objectives of protecting the population from insurgents, NATO is actually raising the likelihood that poor Afghans will join the Taliban      Full news...

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    Afghans demonstrate against Iranian ‘ill-treatment’
    BBC News: Hundreds of Afghans have demonstrated against alleged ill-treatment and executions of a number Afghan refugees by the Iranian authorities. Their protest follows a recent visit by a delegation of Afghan MPs to Iran to assess the plight of one million Afghans who live in the country. Several thousand have been arrested by the Iranian authorities and hundreds are reported to be on death row.      Full news...

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    FACTBOX-A look at costs of Afghan war to U.S. taxpayers
    Reuters: President Barack Obama’s request in February for more money to pay for the war in Afghanistan is still snarled in Congress as lawmakers work on other priorities and deal with scarce budget resources. Obama has asked for $33 billion more to help fund 30,000 extra U.S. soldiers being sent to Afghanistan this year. He wants another $4.5 billion for beefed-up foreign aid and civilian operations in Iraq and Afghanistan this year.      Full news...

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    Rape threats used to scare detainees into confessing
    Globe and Mail: Terrifying threats of dying from multiple gang rape “by four big black guys” who would catch little Afghan boys in the shower of a U.S. prison, was used by interrogators at Bagram to scare detainees into confessing, Omar Khadr’s lead interrogator admitted today. “It was a factious story that we made up” because we knew “Afghans were terrified of rape,” the interrogator said.      Full news...