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  • March 31, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pregnant women stabbed to death in Parwan
    PAN: A husband fatally stabbed his pregnant wife on Thursday due to a family dispute in the central province of Parwan, an official said. Hamidullah, 34, killed his 22-year-old pregnant wife on Thursday morning in Deh Maskin area of Bagram district, deputy police chief, Col. Abdul Razaq Quraishi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • March 31, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Arab Revolutions Inspire Afghan Youth
    NPR: After watching the protests that led to the downfall of regimes in Egypt and Tunisia, Afghan youth are expressing revolutionary sentiments. “I am counting seconds for the day when 20 of my friends call me and ask me to go out on the streets to protest against the notoriously corrupt government of [Afghan President Hamid Karzai] and the violence of the Taliban,” says 19-year-old university student Ahmad Seyar.      Full news...

  • March 30, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Self-immolations increase in Herat
    PAN: Self-immolations have increased over the past year in western Afghanistan, but fewer people have died from their injuries, doctors say. The main causes of self-immolation are violence in families, poverty, drug addiction and forced and early marriages. A number of women who attempted to kill themselves say they did so because they were unhappy with their lives and families.      Full news...

  • March 29, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Audit of Pentagon Spending Finds 70 Billion USD in Waste
    New York Times: Despite improvements, more than half of the Pentagon’s big weapons systems still cost more than they should, with management failures adding at least 70 billion USD to the projected costs over the last two years, government auditors said Tuesday. The Government Accountability Office, a Congressional watchdog, said the biggest program, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, accounted for 28 billion USD of that increase.      Full news...

  • March 29, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan women suffering from domestic violence: official
    Xinhua: Ignoring women rights and violence against women in Afghanistan’s western Herat and neighboring provinces has prompted 88 women and girls to commit self-immolation in an attempt to get rid of domestic violence over the past one year. In the war-torn Afghanistan where people, mostly in rural areas practice upon tradition the women and girls are facing a variety of violence...      Full news...

  • March 29, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Number of children born with deformities increasing
    PAN: The number of children born in Afghanistan with misshapen limbs and other deformities is increasing, doctors say, with several blaming intermarriage, drug use and chemicals contained in coalition weapons. There are no exact statistics of the number of children born with disabilities, but anecdotal evidence from hospitals in Kabul and the provinces suggests it is increasing.      Full news...

  • March 28, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Elite Borrowed Freely From Kabul Bank
    The New York Times: When a brother and a nephew of an Afghan vice president wanted to build up their fuel transport business, they took out a $19 million loan from Kabul Bank. When a brother of the president wanted to invest in a cement factory, he took out a $2.9 million loan; he also took out $6 million for a town house in Dubai. When the bank’s chief executive wanted to invest in newly built apartments in Kabul, he took almost $18 million.      Full news...

  • March 28, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    War crime images the Pentagon doesn’t want you to see
    Rolling Stone: Early last year, after six hard months soldiering in Afghanistan, a group of American infantrymen reached a momentous decision: It was finally time to kill a haji. Among the men of Bravo Company, the notion of killing an Afghan civilian had been the subject of countless conversations, during lunchtime chats and late-night bull sessions.      Full news...

  • March 28, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Foreign soldiers take 9 family members to base in Logar
    PAN: The international coalition arrested nine members of a family, including an imam, and took them to their base in central Logar province, an official said on Monday. “The people taken from Wazir Qala were ordinary people, but the foreigners said they recovered a Kalashnikov from the house, and that the people had links with the Taliban,” he said.      Full news...

  • March 28, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suicide Bombing Kills 24 in Afghanistan
    VOA: Officials in eastern Afghanistan say three suicide car bombers have attack a construction company, killing 24 people and wounding more than 50 others. Authorities said the attack happened late Sunday in the Barmal district of Paktika province, when the bombers killed a security guard and then detonated a truck full of explosives.      Full news...

  • March 27, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Malalai Joya, Noam Chomsky Denounce US Occupation of Afghanistan
    War Is A Crime.org: In two jam-packed appearances this weekend, Afghan feminist leader Malalai Joya reached at least 1500 people with her denunciations of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan. She spoke with Professor Noam Chomsky to 1200 people at Harvard’s Memorial Church Friday night and to 300 in Jamaica Plain this afternoon.      Full news...

  • March 26, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Seven Afghan civilians killed in NATO air strike
    AFP: Seven civilians, three of them children, were killed and five others wounded in a NATO air strike targeting insurgents in restive southern Afghanistan, a local official said Saturday. The governor of Helmand province said the two men, two women and three children died when the car they were travelling in was hit by NATO fire late Friday.      Full news...

  • March 24, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Local official: NATO airstrike kills Afghan child
    UPI: NATO said Thursday it will investigate a police claim a NATO helicopter gunship targeting terrorists killed a child in the eastern Afghan Khost province. Coalition forces opened fire from the attack helicopter on a car carrying a group of suspected Haqqani network terrorists Wednesday but accidentally hit another vehicle, killing the child, Khost Police Chief Abdul Hakim Esahaqaai told reporters.      Full news...

  • March 23, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women suffer with no female doctors in Daikundi
    PAN: Many women in central Daikundi province are dying unnecessarily because there are no female doctors in any of the districts. The provincial council has accused the nongovernmental organisation contracted for the last four years to provide health services in Daikundi of not doing its job.      Full news...

  • March 23, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Their empty talk of liberating Afghan women
    SocialistWorker.org: IT SEEMS like a ludicrous claim now, but when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan nearly 10 years ago in the “war on terror,” one of the most potent justifications was to liberate Afghan women. George W. Bush lined up a group of influential women, including his wife Laura and liberal feminist organizations like the Feminist Majority Foundation, to press the case...      Full news...

  • March 23, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Most Britons unsure of Afghan mission aims - poll
    Reuters UK: Most Britons are unclear about what the government’s goals are in Afghanistan and only one in four believe the current strategy is working well, a poll published on Wednesday on behalf of leading aid groups showed. The survey comes only a day after a separate poll found that just one in three Britons were in favour of a decision to take military action in Libya.      Full news...


  • March 21, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US Army “kill team” in Afghanistan posed for photos of murdered civilians
    The Guardian: Commanders in Afghanistan are bracing themselves for possible riots and public fury triggered by the publication of “trophy” photographs of US soldiers posing with the dead bodies of defenceless Afghan civilians they killed. Senior officials at Nato’s International Security Assistance Force in Kabul have compared the pictures published by the German news weekly Der Spiegel to the images of US soldiers abusing prisoners in Abu Ghraib in Iraq which sparked waves of anti-US protests around the world.      Full news...

  • March 20, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan women’s rights hero is latest victim of ideological exclusion
    The Boston Globe Blog: Malalai Joya is a 32-year-old Afghan woman named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Foreign Policy Magazine listed her on its annual list of Top 100 Global Thinkers, and last week The Guardian listed her among the “Top 100 women: activists and campaigners” in the world. So why is the U.S. State Department refusing to let Ms. Joya visit our country?      Full news...

  • March 18, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan women’s rights icon denied US visa
    RT: The US government has denied an entry visa to Malalai Joya for her upcoming book tour for “A Woman Among Warlords”. According to a press statement released Joya, she was denied entry into the US because, “She was ‘unemployed’ and ‘lives underground’… Because of her harsh criticism of warlords and fundamentalists in Afghanistan, she has been the target of at least five assassination attempts.”      Full news...

  • March 18, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Revealed: Afghan chief accused of campaign of terror is on US payroll
    The Independent: An Afghan warlord backed by US special forces faces persistent allegations that he launched a two-year spate of violence involving burglary, rape and murder of civilians, desecration of mosques and mutilation of corpses. Yet, despite repeated warnings about the atrocities Commander Azizullah is alleged to have committed, he has remained on the payroll of the US military...      Full news...

  • March 17, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Recount shows vote massively rigged in Paktia
    PAN: A recount of votes in southeastern Paktia province showed massive rigging had taken place in last year’s parliamentary election, an official said on Thursday. The recount, completed on Wednesday, had been ordered by a special court looking to allegations of fraud in the Sept. 18 election, said Paktia’s appellant court chief, Abdul Jalil Maulvizada.      Full news...

  • March 17, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Iran Accused of Deporting Afghan Children
    IWPR: Abdul Majid, 12, sits crying quietly in a corner of the Ansar refugee camp in Herat province. He is alone in Afghanistan; his parents and seven siblings are all back in the Iran. He said he was out with some friends in a park near his home in Semnan province one evening when he was detained. Weeping bitterly, Abdul Majid said he did not know anyone in Afghanistan.      Full news...


  • March 16, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Night raids by US Special Forces anger Afghans
    GlobalPost: It was two o’clock in the morning on Feb. 15. Mullah Abdul Khaliq, who taught at a local school here in Nawa district, was asleep with his family when the helicopters began circling overhead. “We could not leave our houses,” said Abdullah, a neighbor of Mullah Khaliq’s.      Full news...

  • March 15, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Waiting To Exhale In Kabul
    RFE/RL: Seventeenth-century Persian poet Saeb Tabrizi famously sang the praises of Kabul’s lush gardens and sparkling water, extolling “the beauty of her trees” and “colorful tulips” and beseeching Allah to “protect such beauty from the evil eye of man.” Some 400 years later, the so-called king of poets must be rolling over in his tomb, as the last three decades seem to have brought much evil to this ancient city that connects Central and South Asia.      Full news...

  • March 15, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans rely heavily on foreign advisers as transition looms
    McClatchy Newspapers: Nearly 300 foreign advisers, most of them Americans, work at Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry, and hundreds more work in other government departments, a reliance on foreign expertise that raises doubts about the viability of the West’s exit strategy. Afghan President Hamid Karzai will announce later this month his plans for “transition” from heavy international involvement in Afghanistan’s governance and security to local control.      Full news...

  • March 14, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Cry against gender violence in Afghanistan
    The Japan Times: Self-immolation committed by a large number of Afghan women is one of the most tragic responses to gender violence in that country. Aside from the horror of dying, surviving this act makes victims unfit for a normal life. They are often permanently maimed, disfigured and shunned by their communities.      Full news...

  • March 14, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    37 killed, 40 injured in Kunduz suicide attack
    Reuters: A suicide attack on an army recruitment centre in northern Afghanistan has killed 37 people. It was the third major assault in the area in less than a month, the deputy governor said. A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attack on behalf of the militant Islamist group. Dozens more were wounded, officials said.      Full news...

  • March 13, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ISAF vehicle crushes child to death
    PAN: A vehicle of foreign troops traveling in a convoy crushed to death a child in southern Kandahar province, an official said on Sunday. The incident took place in the Chawni area of Kandahar City, the provincial capital, on Saturday afternoon, Zalmay Ayubi, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...



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