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  • October 1, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Man shot to death on commander’s orders
    PAN: An armed commander order the execution of a man in front of hundreds of residents in western Ghor province, an official said on Saturday. Nawroz, a resident of Shahrak district, allegedly killed Juma Gul, with whose wife he had illicit relations, an official told Pajhwok Afghan News on condition of anonymity.      Full news...

  • September 28, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    19 civilians killed in Nuristan operation: MPs
    PAN: Afghan and foreign forces killed 19 civilians, including women and children, during an operation on Sept. 20 in eastern Nuristan province, a parliamentarian said on Wednesday. Militants had fled the Want Waigal district before the operation was launched, a Wolesi Jirga member from the province, Maulvi Ahadullah Mowahid, told a press conference in Kabul.      Full news...

  • September 26, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bagram prison: The “other Guantanamo”
    CBC News: Human rights lawyers often refer to it as “the other Guantanamo,” “Guantanamo’s evil twin” or “Obama’s Gitmo” — an attempt to raise the profile of the U.S. detention facility in Afghanistan that few know about. It’s official name is the Bagram Theater Internment Facility. And even though it was recently rebuilt and renamed the Detention Facility in Parwan, after the province, most continue to refer to it simply as Bagram.      Full news...

  • September 26, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    What went wrong for Afghanistan’s women?
    The Guardian: Women’s rights have been central to the war in Afghanistan. Remember when Cherie Blair and Laura Bush joined forces to bolster the rationale for invasion back in 2001? Suddenly, the west developed a passionate concern for the position of women in the country; there were films, books and documentaries about the high rates of maternal mortality, girls being married off young and low levels of female literacy.      Full news...

  • September 26, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S.-Backed Kandahar Police Chief Suspected of Mass Murder
    The Atlantic: The U.S. employs a former drug-running warlord who uses torture and intimidation as regular city policing tactics as the acting police chief of Kandahar, according to an in-depth profile by Matthieu Aikins in the November issue of The Atlantic that went online on Monday. He’s also thought to be responsible for mass murder. Abdul Raziq, now a brigadier general on a direct order from President Hamid Karzai...      Full news...

  • September 26, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Man axes wife to death in Badakhshan
    PAN: A man axed his wife to death by chopping off her fingers and toes in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, an official said on Monday. The killer, who managed to flee the area after perpetrating the murder, was arrested late on Sunday and confessed to his crime during preliminary interrogations. Acting police chief, Col. Mohammad Kabir, told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident took place on the outskirts of Faizabad, the capital of Badakhshan.      Full news...

  • September 24, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pakistan fires artillery shells into Kunar, Nuristan
    PAN: The Pakistan army fired more than 300 artillery shells into eastern Kunar and Nuristan provinces, causing human and property losses, officials said on Saturday. About 250 shells of long-range artillery were fired into Dangam district over the past two days from Dir, Kunar Governor Syed Fazlullah Wahidi told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • September 21, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Analysis: Afghan drought conditions could spell disaster
    IRIN: The current dry spell sweeping across Afghanistan’s northern, northeastern and western provinces could lead to a large-scale food crisis and the humanitarian community should act quickly to ensure this does not degenerate into a disaster, government and aid officials warn. "The issue is very serious. Every other year drought or other natural disaster puts millions of people into food insecurity,"...      Full news...

  • September 19, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: NATO's night raids cause more harm than good, report says
    The Christian Science Monitor: Over the past year, US and NATO forces say they have made considerable progress against the Afghan insurgency through the use of night raids. But a new study suggests that the long-controversial nighttime operations are doing more harm than good. Despite a sharp rise in the number of night raids, there have been no benefits in the form of decreased insurgent attacks...      Full news...

  • September 19, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Violence “Affecting Afghan Children’s Mental Health”
    RFE/RL: Human rights officials in Afghanistan have endorsed earlier findings suggesting that endemic violence is inflicting considerable psychological trauma and distress on children in that country, RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan reports.Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission in Kabul told RFE/RL that many Afghan children have witnessed acts of violence...      Full news...

  • September 17, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The True Nature of the War in Afghanistan
    The Bloody Crossroads: In her book, A Woman among Warlords, Malalai Joya speaks out on the real purpose of the United States’ occupation, and the war’s disastrous consequences. The Afghanistan war is not the good war we should have fought instead of Iraq. It is not about making us safer from terrorism. It is not about suffocating the rising tide of Islamic extremism. It is not about spreading women’s rights.      Full news...

  • September 16, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan-American Media Executive Abducted and Interviewed at Gunpoint by Violent Faction
    Client News: Nabil Miskinyar is the founder and president of Zaland.net and Ariana Afghanistan Television, a leading source of news on Afghanistan. The following is his statement: On Sunday, September 11, 2011, I attended a dinner with Dr. Ramazan Bashardost - a former planning minister and current member of the National Assembly of Afghanistan – who requested I meet with representatives from Emrooz Television the next day to discuss a possible business partnership...      Full news...

  • September 16, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan world’s largest opium producer
    PTI: US President Barack Obama has identified 22 countries, including India, Pakistan and Afghanistan as major drug transit or illegal drug producing countries. In a presidential determination, Obama designated Bolivia Myanmar and Venezuela as the three countries that have demonstrably failed, during the previous 12 months, to make substantial efforts to adhere to their obligations under international counter narcotic agreements.      Full news...

  • September 15, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Huge rare-earth material in Helmand: USGS
    PAN: The Khanashin carbonatites in southern Helmand Province have an estimated one million metric tonnes of rare earth material, according to a US Geological Survey (USGS) estimate. This estimate came on Wednesday from a 2009-2011 USGS study, funded by the Department of Defence Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO).      Full news...


  • September 15, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The long road to justice in Afghanistan
    The Guardian: As I finished a meal with Helmand’s wizened yet progressive chief justice, grandstanding chief prosecutor and rather disengaged justice department director in Lashkar Gah, the challenge of trying to provide non-Taliban justice in a country ravaged by 30 years of war, in one of its most hostile and drug-ridden provinces, began to sink in.      Full news...

  • September 12, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan militias and police “committing abuses”
    BBC News: Militias and some units of the new local police in Afghanistan are committing serious human rights abuses, a Human Rights Watch report has said. It says that they are responsible for crimes including killings, rape, arbitrary detention, abductions and forcible land grabs. The report says the Afghan government has failed to hold the militias properly to account.      Full news...

  • September 12, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Complaints at Afghan “Model Prison”
    IWPR: Inmates at a new model prison in Uruzgan province say conditions are poor, with inadequate nutrition and inhumane conditions. Local officials accept that there are problems but say they are trying to sort them out. Inmates were transferred into the purpose-built prison in the main provincial town, Tarin Kowt, two months ago, from the old, cramped facilities where they were held previously. There are currently 130, all male.      Full news...

  • September 12, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Meet Our Minister: He’s Incompetent and Corrupt
    The Huffington Post: The Afghanistan Embassy in Norway apparently gave a frank character assessment of the Minister for Counter Narcotics when it posted the following biography: Zarar Ahmad Moqbel was born in 1966 in Parwan central province. He studied at the Habibia High School before doing graduation from the Pedagogy Institute in his native province.      Full news...

  • September 11, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    10 BIG LIES in the U.S. “War on Terror”
    Revolution Newspaper: “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.” — Vice President Dick Cheney, August 2002 No “weapons of mass destruction” were ever found in Iraq. An October 2004 CIA report concluded, “Iraq unilaterally destroyed its undeclared chemical weapons stockpile in 1991”      Full news...

  • September 9, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Cost Of Deploying One Civilian To Afghanistan: Up To 570,000 USD Per Year
    The Huffington Post: U.S. taxpayers have spent nearly 2 billion USD since 2009 on deploying civilians to Afghanistan, according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) and the State Department Office of the Inspector General (OIG). "This joint audit marks the first time any U.S. agencies have determined the costs of this important effort," said acting Special Inspector General Steven J. Trent.      Full news...

  • September 8, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Protestors want district chief sacked
    PAN: Hundreds of residents staged a protest against a district chief in northeastern Badakhshan province on Thursday, demanding the official’s sacking for misusing his authority. The protestors accused the Khwahan district head, Zalmai Shah, of beating a civilian named Muhammad Karim without any reason, said Col. Fazil Ahmad Nazari, crime branch chief at the Badakhshan police headquarters.      Full news...

  • September 8, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Malalai Joya: Australia is making Afghanistan worse
    Green Left Weekly: Malalai Joya is a writer, activist and former parliamentarian in the national assembly of Afghanistan. Prior to speaking at two Overland events at the 2011 Melbourne Writers’ Festival, she discussed occupation and resistance in Afghanistan today.      Full news...

  • September 7, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Malalai Joya: an inconvenient truth
    ABC Online: Activist, writer and a former Afghan politician Malalai Joya is currently touring the country. She hasn’t yet had the ear of the Prime Minister or the Minister for Defence to discuss the plight of her people or the reality of the war in Afghanistan, but perhaps if Prime Minister Gillard broke bread with Joya she might gain some real insight into the consequences of Australia’s involvement in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • September 7, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans seek trial of war criminals
    NNI: Following a visit to Afghanistan, a delegation of International Peace Activists expressed their supports for the interference of International Criminal Court (ICC) in regards to the current incidents taking place in the country. The delegation includes experts from the US and Italy, who visited Afghanistan with a slogan “Enough to Violence, War and Terrorism”...      Full news...

  • September 6, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Jails Accused of Torture; NATO Limits Transfers
    The New York Times: NATO has temporarily stopped transferring detainees to a number of Afghan jails after accusations of torture and abuse were uncovered in a report to be published soon, NATO and United Nations officials said Tuesday. The findings in the report, by the United Nations Assistance Mission Afghanistan, involve at least six detention centers run by the National Directorate of Security...      Full news...

  • September 5, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans hit out at Aussie kill/capture strategy
    ABC News: Innocent people are being killed or forced to flee in fear as Australian special forces teams hunt Taliban commanders in southern Afghanistan, ABC TV’s Four Corners has been told. About 300 elite Australian soldiers are hunting down Taliban commanders in Uruzgan individually, targeting them one by one.      Full news...

  • September 3, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    At Afghan Military Hospital, Graft and Deadly Neglect
    The Wall Street Journal: KABUL—American officers deployed as mentors in Afghanistan’s main military hospital discovered a shocking secret last year: Injured soldiers were routinely dying of simple infections and even starving to death as some corrupt doctors and nurses demanded bribes for food and the most basic of care.      Full news...

  • September 2, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The All-Time 10 Worst Military Contracting Boondoggles
    Mother Jones: After three years, the bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting completed its business this week. In its final report to Congress (PDF), it estimates that the federal government has lost between 31 and 60 billion USD to contractor fraud and waste since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq started.      Full news...

  • September 1, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ISAF failed to rebuild school it destroyed, residents complain
    PAN: People in Pul-i-Khumri, a city in northern Baghlan province, say that the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has not rebuilt a school it destroyed in an operation against the Taliban. The school, located in the Ahmadzai village of the Dand-e-Ghori district of the city, was being used as a base for insurgents. It was destroyed almost eight months ago under heavy fire from ISAF.      Full news...