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  • November 16, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan No.1 victim of international terrorism: UN official
    Xinhua: Afghanistan remains the country most affected by international terrorism, a UN official said here on Monday. Despite progress on the political, social and economic fronts, the terrorist activities of the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other extremist groups continue to be the main challenge to Afghanistan' s security, reconstruction and development, Afghanistan's UN Ambassador Zahir Tanin told a Security Council meeting.      Full news...

  • November 16, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    119.4 Billion USD Investment in the Afghan War This Year
    The Register Guard: The panel’s co-chairmen, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, identify $100 billion in defense cuts that could be made in 2015. That would be too little and too late, but what’s almost revolutionary is the notion that if we’re ever to get this nation back on sound economic footing, we have to cut what Dwight Eisenhower called the “military-industrial complex” down to size.      Full news...

  • November 16, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    15 years’ jail for fleeing from a cruel husband
    The First Post: At the Badam Bagh women’s prison in Kabul, home to 150 female inmates and 70 of their children, the chief warden, Lt Col Zarafshan, lowers her voice. “Because of my pain, my hurt and my sense of injustice, I am telling you this,” she says. “If we had a good justice system only about ten of these women would be in prison.” A recent UN report stated that at least half of women imprisoned in Afghanistan are there for moral crimes. Zarafshan puts the proportion a lot higher.      Full news...

  • November 15, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Winter misery as food prices rise
    IRIN: Ali Ahmad, the sole breadwinner of an extended family in Kabul, has to decide whether to buy firewood to keep his children warm in winter or food to save them from hunger. “Everything is expensive… wheat flour, ghee, sugar, fuel and wood and I cannot afford them,” he complained.      Full news...

  • November 14, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan People Suffering Under Powerful Elite Tied To Karzai, U.S.
    McClatchy Newspapers: The coal dug here fires Afghanistan’s only working cement factory, a strategic industrial asset 150 miles north of Kabul that should be supplying building material for much of the country, generating cash and jobs and improving the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. Instead, the Ghori Cement Factory and the nearby Karkar Coal Mine have become symbols of the corruption, nepotism and mismanagement that pervade President Hamid Karzai’s government.      Full news...

  • November 14, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    War on error: that’s what friends are for
    The National Forum: It is estimated that one littoral combat ship costs $613 million. According to World Bank figures, that sum would be enough to educate 6.8 million children in Afghanistan for nine years - or we could buy one warship. Which investment would do more to strengthen Afghanistan and Afghan civil society? The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom have estimated that $287 billion dollars has been spent on the war in Afghanistan. Senator Cameron provided us with some of the forward estimates, and they are breathtaking. This translates to a $300,000 cash payment to everyone in Afghanistan for the price of the deployment and the war - or, incidentally, a cheque for $13,400 for every Australian.      Full news...

  • November 13, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan women continue to suffer despite the West
    The Age: THE plight of women in Afghanistan is no excuse for Western “occupation” of the country, a leading Afghan opponent of the war and former MP has declared. Malalai Joya - the youngest woman elected to the Afghanistan Parliament, in 2004, who then faced death threats for her outspoken criticism of tribal warlords - said the image of Afghan women was being unfairly used to justify the foreign presence.      Full news...

  • November 12, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Harper’s flip-flop on Afghanistan
    The Vancouver Sun: We should have known it was too good to be true. Harper’s many, many repetitions of his government’s commitment to get all the troops out by July 2011 are well known. I think he may actually have meant it because by these repeated statements he framed the issue so strongly that all Canadians expected – and supported – the withdrawal.      Full news...

  • November 12, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suicide rates soar among US veterans: official
    AFP: The economic downturn and the trauma of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have pushed more US veterans to suicide, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said Thursday. As Americans across the United States and around the world celebrated the contributions of men and women in uniform on Veterans Day, Shinseki outlined a sobering picture for the approximately 23 million veterans in the United States.      Full news...

  • November 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan War: Bulldozing through Kandahar
    Global Post: The U.S. military has destroyed hundreds of Afghan civilian homes, farm houses, walls, trees and plowed through fields and buildings using explosives and bulldozers in war-torn Zhari district, a practice that has begun to anger Afghan villagers. The much anticipated third phase of the Kandahar campaign, called Operation Dragon Strike, has U.S. troops from the 2nd brigade, 101st Airborne Division...      Full news...

  • November 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The forgotten victims
    The Canadian Press: Essa Mohammad was tending to his family’s flock of sheep in Kandahar’s Arghandab district this summer when a sudden bang and flash of light knocked him unconscious. When the 12-year-old boy woke up several days later, he was missing his right leg, left arm and right eye — the toll taken by an improvised explosive device planted by insurgents.      Full news...

  • November 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Analysis: In pursuit of justice in Afghanistan
    IRIN: The International Criminal Court (ICC) should start investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by various warring groups in Afghanistan since 2002 to help end a culture of impunity, says Sima Samar, chairwoman of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC).      Full news...

  • November 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Girls’ school burned down in Afghanistan
    CNN: Armed men burned down a girls’ primary school in eastern Afghanistan Monday night, an act that also destroyed hundreds of Qurans, a government official said Tuesday. Ministry of Education spokesman Asif Nang tells CNN that the Sangar girls’ primary school, located in the Alengar district of Laghman province, was destroyed.      Full news...

  • November 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul drops graft charges against top aide
    AFP: The Afghan government has dropped corruption charges against a top aide to President Hamid Karzai who was indicted by a US-backed taskforce for taking a bribe, an official said on Tuesday. Mohammad Zia Salehi, a senior official in Karzai's National Security Council, was arrested by the Major Crimes Task Force...      Full news...

  • November 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan Among 23 Least Developed Countries
    IRIN: Afghanistan has climbed over a dozen places up the annual UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Human Development Index (HDI) - from 181 out of 182 countries in 2009, to 155 out of 169 this year. Described as a human development indicator, the HDI "measures the average achievements in a country in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living."      Full news...

  • November 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Violence takes a turn to the north
    IWPR: Until recently, bus driver Ustad Toryalai said that there were plenty of passengers looking to travel between Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan. But over the last six months, Toryalai said, traffic has declined dramatically, with passengers refusing to travel at night and even hesitant to make the trip during daylight hours because of the possibility of attacks by the Taliban.      Full news...

  • November 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    For Afghan Wives, a Desperate, Fiery Way Out
    The New York Times: Even the poorest families in Afghanistan have matches and cooking fuel. The combination usually sustains life. But it also can be the makings of a horrifying escape: from poverty, from forced marriages, from the abuse and despondency that can be the fate of Afghan women.      Full news...

  • November 6, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul diary: The blind leading the blind
    The Express Tribune: In late January 2009, General Petraeus approached one of his team members for an update on the ongoing Afghanistan strategy review and received the unexpected analysis: “It is the blind leading the blind,” said Derek Harvey, from the Defence Intelligence Agency. He further told Petraeus that “we know too little about the enemy to craft a winning strategy.”      Full news...

  • November 5, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans See Karzai, Iran Hands in Poll
    The Wall Street Journal: Afghanistan's election authorities are being pressured by President Hamid Karzai and by Iran to alter the preliminary results of September's parliamentary races, adding new controversy to a fraud-marred election, officials and candidates say.      Full news...

  • November 5, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Army doctors see sharp rise in severe injuries from Afghanistan
    The Guardian: The Ministry of Defence has nearly tripled the number of rehabilitation beds available for severely wounded soldiers from Afghanistan to accommodate a sharp rise in the number of soldiers who have lost one or more limbs in the conflict. The military's Headley Court rehabilitation centre, near Epsom, Surrey, recently opened a second new 30-bed extension, expanding its total capacity to 96, up from 36 beds in 2007.      Full news...

  • November 4, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    229 Afghan civilians killed in October: official
    Xinhua: Conflicts and militancy had claimed the lives of 229 civilians in the militancy-plagued Afghanistan in October, spokesman for Interior Ministry Zamari Bashari said on Thursday. “Two hundred twenty nine civilians had been killed in different security incidents with majority of them in Improvised Explosive Device (IED), roadside bombings and suicide attacks alone in October...      Full news...

  • November 4, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    WikiLeaks urges U.S. to fully examine abuses
    Reuters: The founder of WikiLeaks called on the United States on Thursday to fully examine abuses by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and to halt its “aggressive investigation” into his whistle-blowing organization. Julian Assange said WikiLeaks would release thousands of documents this year concerning not only the United States, but other countries including Russia and Lebanon.      Full news...

  • November 3, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mounting evidence of British war crimes
    WSWS: Britain’s armed forces stand accused of torture and murder, perpetrated in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The scale of the abuses involved cannot be attributed to a few “rogue” individuals, or covered up by the routine excuse that Britain simply got “too close” to the United States and is guilty only by association. They present prima facie evidence for war crimes charges.      Full news...

  • November 3, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Any hope I had in the ballot box bringing change in Afghanistan is gone
    The Guardian: One year ago Hamid Karzai was declared re-elected as president of Afghanistan, ending an election that had no legitimacy in the eyes of ordinary Afghans. The presidential election last year was a fraud, with ballot stuffing, vote buying and massive corruption reported by the world’s media. Even if the independent election commission had not cancelled the planned run-off between Karzai and his main challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, it would have represented only a choice of the “same donkey with a new saddle”.      Full news...

  • November 2, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Billions in Afghan aid fail to beat medieval disease
    AFP: Mossa lives on the top of an Afghan mountain four hours' walk from the nearest road in one of the poorest parts of the world and cannot remember the last time he washed. A creeping pattern that looks like a fossilised fern decorates his right forearm -- the tell-tale sign that he has leprosy.      Full news...

  • November 2, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    New files reveal brutal role of British in Afghanistan
    Socialist Worker: The Ministry of Defence has released detailed reports of British troops’ actions in Afghanistan—and they reveal a lot about the crisis of the occupation. The reports were released in response to a Freedom of Information request made by the Guardian newspaper after Wikileaks revealed vast military logs from British and US forces in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • November 2, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Australia’s helping hand to warlord condemned
    The Sydney Morning Herald: AUSTRALIA’S decision to train militiamen loyal to an Afghan warlord is senseless and harmful to the long term future of Afghanistan, experts say. The Herald revealed last week that six men loyal to Matiullah Khan, a tribal strongman who dominates parts of Oruzgan province, had trained with Australian troops in this country.      Full news...

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