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  • January 19, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    7.3 million Afghans are “food insecure”
    UPI: International partners teamed up with Afghan leaders to discuss the seriousness of food security issues in the country, the World Food Program said. Louis Imbleau, the WFP representative in Afghanistan, met with Afghan leaders in Kabul to discuss bilateral measures needed to address food shortages in the war-torn country.      Full news...

  • January 19, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women and children killed in Afghanistan blast
    BBC News: A roadside bomb has killed 13 civilians in eastern Afghanistan, government officials said. The interior ministry said in a statement that the vehicle, a motorised rickshaw, was hit in the morning. The dead include women and children. The attack took place in Khoshamand district in Paktika province.      Full news...

  • January 19, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Drugs use in Afghanistan
    Demotix: A growing number of Afghans — including children — are escaping the pain of war and poverty by using opium or heroin, for as little as a dollar a day. Experts say that the alarming trend is not being addressed by the Afghan government and its international partners, even though most officials acknowledge that the drug scourge threatens lasting stability in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • January 19, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Corruption Consumes Much Afghan Aid
    Newsmax: After no fewer than 10 quarterly reports to Congress, 40 percent of 56 billion USD allocated to civilian projects in Afghanistan, or 22.4 billion USD in U.S. taxpayer funds, cannot be accounted for by SIGAR, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction. The original amount for civilian aid is being increased to 71 billion USD.      Full news...

  • January 18, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US support for Afghan war slips to new low: poll
    AFP: US public support for the war in Afghanistan has dropped to the lowest level since Barack Obama became president, a poll showed Tuesday. The survey by Quinnipiac University showed voters said by a 51 to 41 percent margin than the United States should not be involved in Afghanistan. Still, the respondents said by a 46 to 40 percent margin that they approved of Obama’s handling the situation in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • January 18, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Report: Pakistani spy agency rushed Mullah Omar to hospital
    The Washington Post: Mullah Omar, the elusive, one-eyed leader of the Afghan Taliban, had a heart attack Jan. 7 and was treated for several days in a Karachi hospital with the help of Pakistan’s spy agency, according to a private intelligence network run by former CIA, State Department and military officers.      Full news...

  • January 18, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ISAF strike kills 6 of a family in Kunar
    PAN: NATO-led soldiers killed six members of a family during an airstrike in eastern Kunar province, a provincial council member alleged on Sunday. But the alliance rejected the allegation as baseless. The overnight bombardment took place in the Kodi area of Asmar district, bordering Pakistan, Haji Sultan Siddiqui told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...


  • January 17, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Fake feminism NATO-style
    New Euorope: Back in 2002, the Indian writer Arundhati Roy brilliantly satirised the official excuses for the invasion of Afghanistan . “It’s being made out that the whole point of the war was to topple the Taliban regime and liberate Afghan women from their burqas,” she said. “We are being asked to believe that the US marines are actually on a feminist mission.”      Full news...

  • January 16, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Feature: War Displaced People in Kabul Slum Cry for Help
    Xinhua: No education, lack of food and winter clothes. In Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, hundreds of war displaced children and their families are crying for relief assistance from the government. Currently, there are 804 families living in the slum, in west of the city, with the largest family of 15 children. “We do not have enough food and clothes. We need help,” said Wakiltawos Khan, head of the slum.      Full news...

  • January 16, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Around 20 Afghan migrants feared drowned off Corfu
    AFP: cargo ship rescued scores of Afghan migrants in heavy seas off the Greek island of Corfu Sunday following a night of drama, but survivors said 21 more were missing after falling overboard. Rescue services were alerted during the night after the 35-metre (114-foot) Hasan Reis vessel packed with more than 200 migrants, including women and children, reported it was taking on water, said the merchant marine ministry in a statement.      Full news...

  • January 16, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    17 Afghan civilians killed by roadside bombs in 24 hours
    Los Angeles Times: Nine wedding guests, including a child, are among the victims. Insurgents target Western troops with the homemade bombs, but usually it’s civilians who are killed or maimed. Civilians are dying in record numbers as the war in Afghanistan grinds into its 10th year, and crude but powerful homemade bombs are the greatest hazard facing them.      Full news...

  • January 15, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Red Cross says Afghan conditions worst in 30 years
    Reuters: Spreading violence in Afghanistan is preventing aid organisations from providing help, with access to those in need at its worst level in three decades, the Red Cross said on Wednesday. “The proliferation of armed groups threatens the ability of humanitarian organisations to access those in need. Access for the ICRC has over the last 30 years never been as poor,” said Reto Stocker...      Full news...


  • January 14, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Rogue militias abuse rural Afghans
    Aljazeera: “At night, they come out on the roads with their faces covered,” said Obaid Sediq, a resident of Central Baghlan in northeastern Afghanistan. “Many times they have stopped our car and emptied our pockets. They have guns and you can't say anything back.” The Arbakai, semi-official local militias, have committed tremendous abuses in Afghanistan’s northeastern provinces of Kunduz and Baghlan.      Full news...

  • January 13, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Plight Of Afghanistan’s Child Water Carriers
    RFE/RL: Early each morning, the schoolchildren of the Aqibi Silo neighborhood emerge from their homes on a hillside near the center of Kabul.But they don’t go to class. Instead, they go off to fetch water -- over and over again -- until long after the school day is done. They begin by tumbling down the narrow footpaths carrying brightly colored plastic canisters as light as balloons.      Full news...

  • January 13, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Winter brings fiery killer into Afghan homes
    Reuters: As temperatures drop well below freezing during the country’s harsh winter, bombs and bullets from a near-decade long war against a Taliban-led insurgency are not the only threat -- just trying to light a home and stay warm can be deadly. “We were using gas for a lamp and cooking food on the bukhari (stove) and the gas bottle was too close and got too hot,” Mohammad said...      Full news...

  • January 13, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Angry protesters stone Iranian embassy in Kabul
    PAN: Hundreds of angry Afghans stoned the Iranian embassy in Kabul on Thursday in protest against the blockade of fuel tankers in the neighbouring country. Stones and addled eggs were hurled at the embassy. The protesters chanted full-throated slogans against country and torched posters of Iranian President Ahmadinejad and spiritual leader Ayatollah Syed Ali Khomeini.      Full news...

  • January 12, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S. keeps funneling money to troubled Afghan projects
    McClatchy Newspapers: For years, U.S. officials held up Kabul’s largest power plant project as a shining example of how American taxpayers’ dollars would pull Afghanistan out of grinding poverty and decades of demoralizing conflict. But behind the scenes, the same officials were voicing outrage over the slow pace of the project and its skyrocketing costs. The problems were so numerous that one company official told the U.S. government that he’d understand if the contract were canceled.      Full news...

  • January 11, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan campaign caused $100 million damage: inquiry
    Reuters: Afghan and foreign forces have caused more than $100 million damage to fruit crops and homes during security operations in southern Kandahar province, a government delegation said on Tuesday. Violence is at its worst since U.S.-backed Afghan forces overthrew the Islamist government in 2001 after it refused to hand over al Qaeda militants, including Osama bin Laden, after the September 11 attacks on the United States.      Full news...

  • January 11, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Fighting hunger in rural Afghanistan
    IFRC: Harsh winters are always a major cause for concern in Afghanistan. The country's geography and its unstable security situation pose a huge challenge to international organizations trying to assist vulnerable communities in remote villages. When the temperature drops, it becomes difficult for people in remote areas to find food, with farmers unable to provide a solution in the harsh climatic conditions.      Full news...

  • January 11, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mine blast wounds 6 Afghan children
    Xinhua: Six children sustained injuries as a mine went off in eastern Kunar province 185 km east of capital Kabul on Monday, provincial police chief Khalilullah Ziae said Tuesday. “The tragic incident happened in Narang district on Monday when the innocent children were playing as a result six children were injured,” Ziae told Xinhua.      Full news...

  • January 10, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Three Afghan police killed in Nato air strike
    Reuters: A Nato air raid in central Afghanistan may have killed three Afghan police officers and wounded three others, the third such incident in fewer than five weeks. Foreign troops on patrol in Daykundi province yesterday called in an air strike after seeing nine people setting up what appeared to be an ambush, the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said. It was later determined the raid may have targeted Afghan police, it said.      Full news...

  • January 10, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Call for help for IDPs, deportees in Helmand
    IRIN: Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from insurgency-hit Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, need food assistance urgently, officials told IRIN. About 900 displaced families in the provincial capital Lashkargah have little or no means to feed themselves and their children this winter, according to Ghulam Farouq Noorzai, director of Helmand’s refugees and returnee affairs department.      Full news...

  • January 8, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans Unconvinced by Karzai Presidency
    IWPR: Nine years after Hamid Karzai came to power, Afghans have some harsh things to say about his performance. While some argue that his apparent shifts in position are the mark of an astute politician negotiating his way through difficult times, others say some of the compromises he has made have been disastrous for Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • January 7, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Opium Production in Afghanistan: Strong and Corrupt as Ever
    t r u t h o u t: Efforts by the United Nations (UN), the US military and the Indian government to curb opium production in Afghanistan since 2007 have been largely ineffective, due in large part to the ties between the drug trade and the Taliban. Afghanistan is the world’s largest producer of opium, the raw material harvested from poppies to make heroin, as well as alkaloids like codeine and morphine.      Full news...

  • January 7, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Don’t deliver Afghans to torture on a promise alone
    The Sydney Morning Herald: If you are going to sign a deal with the devil, make it a good one. Australia recently formally agreed that its forces in Afghanistan would transfer prisoners detained in the country to the National Directorate of Security, or NDS, an agency known for torture and horrific detention conditions. It got “diplomatic assurances” from the Afghan government: promises that the NDS won’t torture, this time.      Full news...

  • January 7, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    17 killed in suicide blast in southern Afghanistan
    Associated Press: A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up among men washing in a bathhouse ahead of Friday prayers, killing 17, in an attack that showed militants can still largely strike at will in southern Afghanistan despite a NATO offensive. Roadside bombs also killed three NATO service members in the south and east, while gunmen shot dead a police inspector in Kandahar’s provincial capital, bringing the day’s death toll to 21.      Full news...

  • January 6, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan mining income to reach 1 billion USD
    NNI: The Afghan government is eyeing on mining industry and exploration of underground natural resources to enhance the national income in the coming years, a statement released by the Ministry for Mines on Wednesday said. “The annual income of Afghanistan through mining at present is around 30 million U.S. dollars...      Full news...

  • January 6, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Kabul air pollution prompts advice on use of masks
    IRIN: Worsening air pollution in Kabul has forced the Afghanistan National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) to advise people to use masks or other protective devices during the morning and evening rush hours. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) says air pollution causes about two million premature deaths worldwide every year.      Full news...



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