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  • November 15, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s suffering civilians are too often ignored
    The Daily Star: “The Taliban come to any house they please, by force. Then they fire from that house, and then [the International Security and Assistance Force] and the Afghan National Army fire at the house. But if I tell the Taliban not to enter, the Taliban will kill me. So what is the answer? Either ISAF kills me or the Taliban kills me. The people cannot live like this.”      Full news...

  • November 14, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Disarming Afghan Politicians
    IWPR: In a parliamentary scandal of a peculiarly Afghan variety, former members are failing to hand back the firearms they were issued with. As well as around 400 Kalashnikov rifles and pistols, computers have gone missing from former members’ offices, parliamentary staff say. Although the loss of weapons and other items may seem minor in a country awash with guns and plagued with corruption...      Full news...

  • November 13, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bagram: The other Guantanamo?
    CBS News: The former prisoner of the American military in his native Afghanistan entered the office leaning on a crutch. He said he had trouble walking after spending a year confined to a 35-square-foot jail cell at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, about an hour’s drive north of the capital, Kabul. He agreed to speak with us only if we kept his identity hidden. We agreed to call him just “Mohammed.”      Full news...

  • November 13, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Herat witnesses sharp increase in fuel prices
    PAN: A sharp increase has been registered in fuel prices over the 10 days in western Herat province, which borders a major gas exporting country, Turkmenistan. The price of a kilogram of liquefied gas has increased by 25 afghanis during the period, residents of Herat city, the provincial capital, say      Full news...

  • November 12, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    “Out-of-touch” EU damned by words of praise from Kabul rapist
    The Times: Assadullah Sher Mohammad, who is serving 12 years in Kabul’s notorious Pul-e Charkhi jail for raping and making pregnant a 19-year-old relative, said the EU “had done a good thing”. Yet his endorsement, first delivered when The Times visited him in jail two months ago and reiterated by his brother yesterday, has highlighted the EU’s growing isolation.      Full news...

  • November 12, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Roadside bomb kills eight Afghan civilians
    AFP: Eight civilians including a newly-wed groom were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Saturday, the latest innocent victims to die despite a Taliban call to limit their deaths. The victims, who also included a woman and a child, were killed in the eastern province of Laghman when their car was blown up as they returned home after the man’s wedding party late Friday.      Full news...

  • November 11, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Poll: Afghans’ suffering increases
    Politico: As the U.S. continues its efforts to help Afghanistan, a new poll shows that the percentage of Afghans who are suffering is rising, based on what they say about their lives. Three out of ten Afghans, or 30 percent, were determined in the latest Gallup poll to be “suffering.” This is 7 percentage points higher than in 2010, when 23 percent of Afghans were classified as suffering.      Full news...

  • November 11, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mother, daughter shot dead in Afghanistan
    AFP: A mother and daughter were killed in their home in eastern Afghanistan Friday by armed men who apparently accused them of “immoral activities,” officials and neighbours said. The two attackers burst into the home of the widow and her daughter in Ghazni city at around 4:00 am and shot them dead, said Ghazni provincial police chief Zilawar Zahid.      Full news...

  • November 11, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Farah civilian killed in crossfire
    PAN: A civilian was killed during a clash between Taliban fighters and security forces in the western province of Farah, officials said on Friday. The clash erupted on Thursday evening in the Shiwan village of Bala Boluk district when Taliban fighters attacked a police checkpoint, the district police chief, Maj. Abdul Basir, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • November 10, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    EU bans its own film on Afghan women in jail
    Global Post: The European Union has banned a film that it commissioned about Afghan women in prison for “moral crimes”. The decision to block the release has led to row between the EU, the film-makers and human rights activists, the ABC reported. The documentary, called In-Justice, was reportedly withdrawn because of concerns for the safety of the women it portrayed.      Full news...

  • November 9, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Runaway child bride: ‘They will give me a terrible death’
    The Times: Sonia stole some money from her mother’s dresser and fled the house in such a panic that it was only in the road outside that she realised her shoes were different colours. But by then it was too dangerous to turn back. Shrouded in a burka and with tears streaming down her face, the 14-year-old was fleeing an arranged marriage to a Taleban insurgent.      Full news...

  • November 9, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Numbers of returnees down
    IRIN: Resettlement challenges in Afghanistan have discouraged refugees living in neighbouring countries from going home, with 60,000 returning in the past 10 months against 100,000 during the same period last year, officials said. "The most important [reasons] relate to lack of opportunities for livelihoods and shelter, but also due to insecurity in some parts of the country,"...      Full news...

  • November 9, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    War-shattered Afghan women live on alms
    Xinhua: In many countries, including Afghanistan, begging has been regarded as a taboo, but in this war- ravaged and poverty-stricken country, many people including women has adopted begging as a profession to support their families. “Continued conflicts have destroyed my life, claimed the life of my husband and forcing me to beg for alms in order to survive,”...      Full news...

  • November 8, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Film Cancellation Blamed on Iran
    IWPR: A controversial film depicting the plight of Afghan refugees in Iran was pulled at the eleventh hour in Kabul, sparking angry allegations that the authorities had caved into pressure from Tehran. As the furore over the cancellation escalated, the Afghan parliament summoned information and culture minister Sayed Makhdum Rahin, who has oversight over such events.      Full news...

  • November 7, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Price crash hits Afghanistan capital Kabul’s “poppy palaces”
    The Times: If it weren’t for the tank traps and grey blast-walls, the extravagant mansions in Kabul’s most expensive neighbourhood would not look out of place in a fairytale. Ornately gilded pillars hold up pastel-hued balconies; brightly coloured domes crown mosaic walls made of mirrored tiles. Yet Sherpur district, which 130 years ago hosted General Frederick Roberts’s cantonment during the Second AngloAfghan war, is anything but magical.      Full news...

  • November 6, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    How kids are treated in Afghanistan - no rights
    The San Francisco Chronicle: Hardly anyone noticed, but the Afghan government cut the budget for the state’s Independent Human Rights Commission by half this year, evidencing “the government’s lack of interest and political will in the promotion of human rights,” the commission said. Nowhere on Earth is the work of a human rights commission more important than in Afghanistan. Why is that?      Full news...

  • November 5, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ISAF killed over 1,500 civilians in night raids
    NNI: U.S. Special Operatiozns Forces (SOF) killed well over 1,500 civilians in night raids in less than 10 months in 2010 and early 2011, analysis of official statistics on the raids released by the U.S.-NATO command reveals.U.S. soldiers dismount from their vehicle and prepare to raid a series of compounds in the Maywand District of Afghanistan on Nov. 22, 2010.      Full news...


  • November 3, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Ugly Truth About Afghanistan
    Fox News (Blog): Ten years on and not halfway there. That was the assessment of the war in Afghanistan that was delivered last month by retired four star General Stanley McChrystal. In a speech, our “former top U.S. military commander in the war said the United States and its allies are only “50 percent of the way” toward achieving their goals,” Yahoo News reported.      Full news...

  • November 2, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    No more deaths in Afghanistan: bring the troops home
    Green Left Weekly: Prime Minister Julia Gillard has urged Australians not to be overly concerned about the incident that left three Australian soldiers dead and five wounded in Afghanistan on October 29. But dissident veterans and ex-service people say that Gillard is dangerously deluded if she thinks what has happened lacks significance.      Full news...

  • November 2, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Soldier describes staged killing in Afghanistan
    The Seattle Times: A fellow soldier testified that Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs pulled out a tooth from an unarmed Afghan villager who had just been killed and offered it to him. “I didn’t say no. I just said, ’Yeah. I will get it later.’ Then I didn’t,” Pvt. Adam Winfield testified Wednesday. In the third day of court-martial proceedings against Gibbs, Winfield gave a chilling account of the May 2010 slaying...      Full news...

  • November 1, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Column: The return of the lash in Afghanistan
    The Victoria Times Colonist: Judges in Afghanistan’s southeast Nangarhar province have started sentencing anyone caught drinking alcohol to 80 lashes. When the Taliban movement was in power, penalties derived from Islamic law were routinely imposed. Stoning or amputation was the norm for someone convicted of adultery or theft.      Full news...

  • October 31, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: easy to explain, difficult to justify
    ABC Online: With the tragic death of three more Australian soldiers in Afghanistan, concerned citizens will be asking themselves whether the sacrifice of human lives (on all sides) can still be justified, despite predictable government reassurances, public indifference and the lack of proper media scrutiny.      Full news...

  • October 31, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US double standard: Gaddafi bad, Karimov good
    Al Jazeera: “After four decades of brutal dictatorship and eight months of deadly conflict, the Libyan people can now celebrate their freedom and the beginning of a new era of promise,” President Obama said last week. The capture and death of Muammar Gaddafi prompted him and other US officials to congratulate the Libyan people...      Full news...

  • October 30, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S. had advance warning of abuse at Afghan prisons, officials say
    The Washington Post: Across the street from U.S. military headquarters in Kabul, shrouded from view by concrete walls, the Afghan intelligence agency runs a detention facility for up to 40 terrorism suspects that is known as Department 124. So much torture took place inside, one detainee told the United Nations, that it has earned another name: “People call it Hell.”      Full news...


  • October 28, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Ex-Guantanamo guard tells of violence against detainees
    CNN: Nearly three years after President Obama declared the Guantanamo prison for terrorist suspects would be closed, the camp in Cuba remains open. Of the more than 750 inmates that were once held there, fewer than 200 remain now. CNN contributor Jenifer Fenton interviewed some of the former inmates, and one of the guards.      Full news...

  • October 28, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan infant mortality still high
    The Associated Press: Despite billions in international aid, Afghanistan remains one of the poorest nations in the world. Its high infant mortality rate is evidence that life remains hard for the Afghan people from the moment of birth. The infant mortality rate is considered an important indicator of a country’s level of health or development.      Full news...

  • October 27, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Child’s legs blown off in Kandahar blast
    PAN: Both legs of a child were blown off by a Taliban-planted roadside bomb in southern Kandahar province, where a joint Afghan-foreign force detained two suspected insurgents, an official said on Thursday. On his way home, the child he stepped on the bomb in the Khakrez district late on Wednesday, the governor’s spokesman said.      Full news...

  • October 26, 2011 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Experts Give Washington Failing Grade on Warlordism Lesson
    Eurasianet.org: After a decade of involvement in Afghanistan, it appears the United States hasn't learned a critical lesson. Warlordism has been a key component in driving the country’s vicious cycle of violence. Yet as the drawdown of US and NATO troops proceeds, American policymakers find themselves reliant on warlord-led militias to fill security gaps.      Full news...



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