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  • October 13, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Inmate beaten to near death in Khost
    The New York Times: An itinerant preacher who had been detained for 12 days by the Afghan intelligence service arrived at a hospital badly beaten, suffering from kidney failure, and slipping in and out of consciousness, said doctors at the hospital and local health clinic where he was treated Thursday. They said they were not sure he would survive.      Full news...

  • October 12, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Fixing Afghanistan’s broken justice system
    The World: There was no fanfare at the White House Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. Instead, President Obama issued a written statement. One line in that statement said that in Afghanistan the United States has shown itself to be a “partner with those who seek justice, dignity and opportunity.” And one focus of that partnership is Afghanistan’s shattered justice system.      Full news...

  • October 12, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    315 illegal armed groups still exist in north: official
    PAN: As many as 315 illegal armed groups are still active in some northern provinces, an official said on Wednesday. A senior official with the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) programme, Gen. Abdul Manan, who delivered 22 weapons to the programme officials, said nearly 185 such groups out of 500 have been disarmed in northern provinces.      Full news...

  • October 12, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s vast mineral deposits could lift it out of poverty
    The Guardian: For all the column inches and hours of negotiations spent discussing Afghanistan’s recent past, present and future, one of the most pressing parts of the puzzle remains largely overlooked and poorly understood. The country sits on top of vast mineral deposits, which, if properly managed, offer the best chance of lifting a generation out of poverty and weaning the country off international aid.      Full news...

  • October 11, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AP Exclusive: Afghan government blocks bribery probe, apparently to avoid prosecutions
    The Associated Press: A major investigation into an influential Afghan governor accused of taking bribes has been shut down and its top prosecutor transferred to a unit that doesn’t handle corruption cases, Afghan and U.S. officials said. The closing of the investigation into the former governor of Kapisa province, Ghulam Qawis Abu Bakr, comes on the heels of a grim, unpublicized assessment by U.S. officials...      Full news...

  • October 11, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Unhappy anniversary, Afghanistan
    The Sun Daily: Operation Enduring Freedom – the dreadfully misnamed ten-year US occupation of Afghanistan – has turned into Operation Enduring Misery. The renowned military strategist, Maj Gen J.F.C Fuller, defined war’s true objective as achieving desired political results, not killing enemies.      Full news...

  • October 11, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Birth and Death: Afghanistan’s Struggles with Maternal Mortality
    Time: When Fawzia went into labor with her fifth child, she knew something was wrong. She felt like her insides were being ripped apart by knives. She bled so much that her clothes were soaked. “I did not want to die,” recalls Fawzia, 25, who, like many rural Afghans, only uses one name. “I prayed and hoped the pain would go away. But when it didn’t, I asked to go to a hospital.”      Full news...

  • October 11, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan opium production set to rise 61%: UN
    AFP: Opium production in Afghanistan, which fuels the Taliban insurgency, is set to rise by nearly two-thirds as prices soar after last year’s harvest was blighted by disease, the United Nations said Tuesday. Ten years after the 2001 US-led invasion to drive the Taliban from power, Afghanistan produces 90 percent of the world’s illegal opium, funding much of the militia’s insurgency despite an expensive Western eradication programme.      Full news...

  • October 10, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: worst place for children to be born and raised
    Stop the War Coalition: Afghanistan has been engaged with more than 30 years of war with thousands of civilians killed or injured since 2001. It is under these conditions that children are at extreme risk of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect. The children of Afghanistan are growing up in one of the least developed countries in the world. Six percent of babies die at birth and 25 percent before their 5th birthday.      Full news...

  • October 10, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.N.: Torture in Afghan prisons
    CNN: Authorities in some Afghan prisons are torturing detainees into confessions, using methods that meet the international definition of torture, according to a new U.N. report. The practices documented “are among the most serious human rights violations under international law, are crimes under Afghan law and are strictly prohibited under both Afghan and international law,” the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says in the report.      Full news...

  • October 9, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Execution video shows Afghan tribal justice still enforced
    CNN: On his knees, Nawroz prays. He is a condemned man about to die in a brutal way. His crime: The killing of his lover’s husband. The judge: A local warlord in Kand, Afghanistan. The executioner: The victim’s father. A mobile phone video captured the grisly scene. Many have gathered to watch this act, sitting on dusty earth, in dappled shade.      Full news...

  • October 7, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    An Empty Anniversary for Afghanistan’s Displaced
    The Huffington Post: Today we observe the tenth anniversary of Operation Enduring Freedom, the U.S.-led campaign in Afghanistan. It is an anniversary that is important to many. For the American military and its allies, this is a time to reflect on sacrifices made during this long and difficult war.      Full news...

  • October 6, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans hold anti-U.S. rally on eve of war anniversary
    Reuters: Hundreds of Afghans marched through Kabul on Thursday, the eve of the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan, to condemn the United States as occupiers and demand the immediate withdrawal of all foreign troops. About 300 men and women gathered early in the morning with placards and banners accusing the United States of “massacring” civilians while denouncing President Hamid Karzai as a puppet subservient to Washington.      Full news...

  • October 5, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    10 years on and life grim for Afghans
    The Associated Press: Asif Khan sits on a dirty, once-white blanket in an abandoned cinema and fights back tears of desperation. He can’t find a job for his eldest son, who “even knows computers,” without paying a bribe. He can't afford uniforms, books or pencils for his nine daughters to go to school. And so they all live with him in the old cinema, where mangled rebars dangle like tentacles from the ceiling and a cold wind whips through windows with no glass.      Full news...

  • October 5, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Poll: 1 in 3 vets sees Iraq, Afghan wars as wastes
    The Associated Press: One in three U.S. veterans of the post-9/11 military believes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting, and a majority think that after 10 years of combat America should be focusing less on foreign affairs and more on its own problems, according to an opinion survey released Wednesday.      Full news...

  • October 5, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A decade on and still we wait for peace
    Morning Star: Every day in Afghanistan there are 40 raids carried out by occupying troops on homes of people suspected of “terrorism” or “insurgency.” So every day 40 families suffer the indignity, humiliation and resentment that accompanies the targeting of those classed as terrorists. Afghanistan’s population is comparable to that of the US state of Texas.      Full news...

  • October 4, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    5 districts in Ghor without courts
    PAN: Residents of western Ghor province approach local militant commanders for dispute resolution as a result of closure of five district courts. Because of insecurity, courts in Charsadda, Dulina, Pasaband, Saghar and Shahrak districts have been shifted to the provincial capital. Resident Mohammadullah said the Shahrak district court was transferred to Chaghcharan due to deteriorating security, forcing people to take their cases to local commanders.      Full news...

  • October 4, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Warlords seek grabbed land documents
    PAN: Warlords are trying to prepare owner documents of the land they have already grabbed in northern Baghlan province, the mayor said on Tuesday. Dozens of acres of land had been grabbed in Pul-i-Khumri by the strongmen, who were forcing municipal officials to give them ownership documents, Sahib Nazar Sangin told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • October 4, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s Dirty War: Why the Most Feared Man in Bermal District Is a U.S. Ally
    Time (Blog): On Nov. 30, 2009, in the shadow of mountains that crumple up 9,000-ft. ridges, an Afghan mercenary bankrolled by the U.S. military and hell-bent on the destruction of Taliban rebels allegedly stopped three men heading home to celebrate ’Id ul-Qurban with their families. According to an elder from Bermal, the Afghan district where the incident took place, Commander Azizullah and his men bound their hands.      Full news...

  • October 3, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan police rape, kill, says Oxfam
    The Sydney Morning Herald: The standard of Afghanistan’s security forces is slowly improving but they still stand accused of human rights violations such as rape, murder and torture, according to a new study. The study, by Oxfam, found that although there had been slight improvements in training and education in the past few months, there are still serious doubts...      Full news...

  • October 3, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: civilians still pay the price of conflict, 10 years on
    ICRC: Ten years after the start of a new chapter in Afghanistan’s 30-year war, Afghans remain caught in the midst of continued armed violence. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), security and health care are the biggest humanitarian problems facing the people of Afghanistan today. "Despite improvements in the quality of life for certain sectors of the population over the past decade...      Full news...

  • October 2, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Sharia Law has led to the legislation of child marriage in 6 countries While Sharia law courts have created a lot of controversy in Britain, they would be even more controversial if people found out that Sharia has led to the legalisation of child marriage in 6 countries. As the vast majority of people seem to be unaware of Sharia’s child marriage dimension, this article only uses mainstream media articles, the UN, a major opinion poll company’s Sharia law polling data...      Full news...

  • October 2, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    War criminal Burhanuddin Rabbani eulogized by Obama
    World War 4 Report: It is nonetheless sickening for being de rigueur to hear Barack Obama mourning the death of the war criminal Burhanuddin Rabbani as a “tragic loss.” Rabbani had recently been appointed to lead a “High Peace Council” to start negotiations with the Taliban. He was killed at his home in Kabul by a visitor with explosives hidden in his turban.      Full news...

  • 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...

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