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  • December 4, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The price of politics in Afghanistan
    DW-world: Mahmood is 25 years old. He joined the Afghan Solidarity Party in 2007 while he was still studying French at Kabul University. As party spokesman he organizes student rallies in Kabul for democracy and against Afghan President Karzai - whom he calls corrupt - and the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • December 4, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan still the second-most corrupt nation in the world
    Mail Online: Somalia and North Korea are perceived as the most corrupt countries, a report released this week said. New Zealand, on the other hand, comes in at number one with the most sparkly clean reputation for corruption. The report, released by German watchdog organisation Transparency International, ranked Britain as 16th least corrupt on a “corruption perceptions index” while the U.S. came in at number 24.      Full news...

  • December 3, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    6 civilians killed in Kapisa rocket strike
    PAN: Six civilians were killed and three others wounded when a rocket hit a civilian house in the central province of Kapisa, a senior official said on Saturday. The incident took place in the Haibatkhel area of Tagab district, where the rocket fell inside a house late in the afternoon, Governor Mehrabuddin Sapi told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • December 3, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Dying to Corrupt Afghanistan
    CounterPunch: American soldiers are dying so that Afghan politicians can continue looting U.S. tax dollars. Foreign aid has long been notorious for creating kleptocracies — governments of thieves. The 50+ billion USD foreign aid that the United States has dumped on Afghanistan over the past decade is a textbook case of how foreign handouts drag a nation down.      Full news...

  • December 2, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bomb at Afghan NATO base kills one, wounds up to 70
    AFP: A powerful truck bomb exploded near the gate of a NATO base in Afghanistan Friday, killing one person and wounding as many as 70 others, including a foreign soldier, officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the suicide attack at Combat Outpost McClain in Muhammad Agha district of Logar province, south of the capital Kabul, which took place at around 8:00am (0330 GMT).      Full news...


  • December 1, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans rally against executions in Iran
    PAN: More than a hundred people on Thursday rallied in Kabul against the execution of death-row Afghans in Iranian jails, asking the neighbouring country to immediately release the bodies to the victims' relatives. Most of the protestors, hailing from 15 provinces, were relatives of the victims. Carrying pictures of their dead kin, the demonstrators urged the government to step up efforts at transferring the corpses of their relatives from Iran.      Full news...

  • December 1, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans protest their country’s partnership with US
    Press TV: The afghan capital Kabul has been once again the scene of a massive demonstration against the strategic partnership issue between Afghanistan and the US. Recently, a Loya Jirga or Grand Council Meeting in Kabul gave the go-ahead to President Karzai to ink the strategic agreement with the U.S and it has greatly angered the local people.      Full news...

  • December 1, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Herat Officials Allege Interference by Elected Assembly
    IWPR: The elected assembly for the western Afghan province of Herat is under fire from police and prosecutors, who accuse its members of corrupt practices including getting crime suspects released. Allegations of interference in the affairs of local government and policing reflect tensions between the 19-member elected council and the executive, local observers say.      Full news...

  • November 30, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    “My uncle sold me for 170 dollars to be a suicide bomber”
    Deutsche Presse-Agentur: Sherzai was 13 years old when his uncle sold him to Taliban insurgents for 15,000 Pakistani rupees (170 dollars). “Then the Taliban told me to carry out a suicide attack,” he said, now in a juvenile correctional facility in Kabul. “They said I would be a martyr and I would go to paradise.”      Full news...

  • November 30, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Acid sprayed over Afghan family in marriage row
    BBC News: A gang in north Afghanistan reportedly indignant at a father’s refusal to give his daughter up for marriage have sprayed the family of five with acid. Allegedly led by the suitor, they broke into the house in Kunduz, beat the father up, then sprayed him, his wife and three daughters in the face. The father and eldest daughter are in critical condition, doctors say.      Full news...

  • November 29, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans ‘are beggars sleeping on gold’
    Independent Online: The international community has been pumping huge sums of money into Afghanistan for more than a decade, but the country remains one of the world’s 10 poorest. The World Bank estimates that 15.7 billion dollars in aid flowed into the country last year alone. The economy has been growing at more than 9 per cent on average for several years, but from an extremely low base.      Full news...

  • November 29, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ISAF kills three women in Zheray district
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): As a result of the firing of mortars by ISAF forces, three women were killed in one home and two others injured in another. Haji Mohammad Sarwar Khan, one of the tribal elders of the Zheray district, told PAN on 29th November that the incident took place two days back in the Nalghaam village of the district.      Full news...

  • November 27, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    70pc of high-rise buildings in Kabul constructed illegally
    PAN: Kabul Municipality officials on Tuesday said that 70 percent of high-rise buildings in the capital were illegally constructed, blaming the relevant authorities for failing to take action in this regard. The Onyx Construction Company’s building in Kalola Pushta and others in Nawabad, Mirwais Maidan Road and Sara-i-Shomali were built without permission from the government, an official said.      Full news...

  • November 26, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Teacher gang-raped in Baghlan
    PAN: Unidentified gunmen gang-raped a kidnapped schoolteacher in Pul-i-Khumri, the capital of northern Baghlan province, officials said on Saturday. The woman teacher was abducted by armed men from the eighth road of Baghlan-i-Markazi district late on Thursday, Col. Mohammad Kamin, the district police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • November 25, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Reporters Maneuver Media Minefields
    NPR: In Afghanistan, a media boom followed the ouster of the Taliban in 2001, but it hasn’t been without problems. Watchdog groups report hundreds of cases of violence and intimidation against journalists, including murder. Afghan reporters have learned which topics are off limits, and they take great care to avoid offending the country’s most powerful personalities.      Full news...

  • November 25, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans turn to people smugglers as NATO leave
    AFP: At a bustling Kabul market, people smugglers are making a quick buck out of Afghans increasingly desperate to buy a new life in Europe before NATO combat forces leave in 2014. Ordinary people pay up to $13,000 for the chance to embark on a long and perilous journey -- hiding in truck chassis, stowing away on boats or trekking across mountains -- that they hope will take them to a better life.      Full news...

  • November 24, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: 6 children, 1 adult killed in NATO air strike
    BBC: Seven civilians, including six children, have been killed in a Nato air strike in southern Afghanistan, local officials say. District Governor Niaz Mohammad Sarhadi told the BBC the civilians died late on Wednesday in the Zheray district of Kandahar province. He said the strike had been launched in a remote area after Taliban insurgents were seen planting roadside bombs.      Full news...

  • November 24, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan woman being forced to marry her rapist
    CNN: Afghan prosecutors announced Wednesday that a young rape victim, jailed for adultery after reporting the crime and pushed into marrying her attacker, would have her sentence reduced from twelve to three years. The prosecutor said she would, for now, remain in jail -- with her child -- for not reporting her attack fast enough. 21-year-old Gulnaz was attacked by a relative two years ago, but sentenced to 12 years in jail for adultery.      Full news...

  • November 24, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In Afghan North, US-Backed Militias Spur Local Backlash
    VOA: In an effort to counter a growing insurgency in northern Afghanistan, two U.S.-backed programs in Kunduz have recruited local militias to oppose Taliban militants in the area. But while the militias are better at fighting the Taliban on the battlefield, their methods turn local populations against them.      Full news...

  • November 24, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    For Afghan Street Kids, Abuse Lurks On Every Corner
    RFE/RL: Thousands of children roam the dusty streets and grimy alleyways of Afghanistan, working to earn desperately needed money for their families. The sight of shabbily-dressed children, sometimes as young as three years old, is a common one around the military bases and shopping areas where they ply their trades under the blazing sun of summer or the biting cold of winter.      Full news...

  • November 22, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Choosing Sides in Afghanistan: Spies Playing in the Great Game
    The New York Times: The gifts referred to in the title of “Blood and Gifts,” a superb new play by J. T. Rogers about the long history behind the American involvement in Afghanistan, are on ominous view throughout the play. Big boxes are carried onstage and cracked open to reveal piles of artillery. Shiny new rifles are waved in the air like harmless toys. Suitcases full of dollars are handed over with a cool smile.      Full news...

  • November 21, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Concerns over increasing violence on women in Afghanistan
    Khaama Press: Officials in the Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan on Sunday expressed concerns regarding increasing violence agains the women during the past six months. According to an official in the Human Right Commission of Afghanistan, Suraya Sobhrang, around 2433 violence against the women cases have been registered across the country during the past six months which shows an increase as compared to the previous year.      Full news...

  • November 20, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Students Denounce Long-Term Pact With U.S.
    The Associated Press: More than 1,000 university students blocked a main highway in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday as they protested against any agreement that would allow U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan after a planned transfer of authority in 2014. An assembly of more than 2,000 tribal elders and dignitaries known as a loya jirga endorsed the idea of such agreement in a conference that ended Saturday...      Full news...

  • November 19, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Corruption in Afghanistan: Worse than you thought
    Salon: It’s not exactly breaking news that Afghanistan is rife with corruption. But a new Congressional Research Service report obtained by Salon underscores just how bad things have gotten — and just how much taxpayer money is being lost to fraud.      Full news...

  • November 18, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Implications of US bases in Afghanistan
    Pakistan Observer: AS part of the Great War in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai has convened a farcical show of hand-picked cronies in Kabul, called Loya Jirga, to endorse plans for long-term strategic relationship between the United States and Afghanistan that, among other things, would legitimize establishment of six US permanent military bases in the strategically located country.      Full news...

  • November 18, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Seven Afghan children die in two blasts
    AFP: Eight Afghans, including seven children, were killed in two separate blasts Friday, officials said, the latest civilian deaths to hit the troubled country. In the first incident, four children died when a roadside bomb went off as they played near their home in Nangarhar province, near the country’s eastern border with Pakistan.      Full news...

  • November 18, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Hunger looms in aid-rich Afghanistan
    BBC News: More than 2.5 million people face hunger in drought-stricken areas of Afghanistan despite billions of dollars of aid that have poured into the country in recent years, aid agencies say. Many villagers have only limited supplies of food left as winter looms, as the BBC’s Mike Thomson reports from the central province of Bamiyan.      Full news...

  • November 16, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    After US forces leave Afghanistan, will CIA turn to local mercenaries?
    The Christian Science Monitor: With his broad cheekbones, hair swept back under a sequined cap, and the gentle manner of a well-to-do Pashtun, Atal Afghanzai might easily pass for a doctor or an engineer. Instead, his career path led into a cloak-and-dagger world of covert armies and foreign agents, until a rare lethal run-in with an Afghan police chief landed him on death row in Kabul’s most notorious prison.      Full news...

  • November 15, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Doubt cast over glowing Afghan survey
    Al Jazeera: A US-funded survey in Afghanistan says that 73 per cent of the population is satisfied with the government’s performance, a claim which leaders and analysts have disputed as being far from reality. The survey, published by Asia Foundation, a US-based non-profit with more than a dozen offices across Asia, also said that nearly half of Afghans think their country is moving in the right direction.      Full news...



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