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  • March 29, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: The Ghost Teachers of Ghor
    IWPR: Hayatollah is supposed to be teaching history and geography for grades six to nine at the Kahrezak Secondary School, located 60 kilometres from Chaghcharan, the provincial centre of Ghor province in central Afghanistan. But when asked to identify Ahmad Shah Durrani, the first king of Afghanistan, the 22-year-old teacher replied with a smile that he did not know who he was.      Full news...

  • March 29, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Child witnesses to Afghan massacre say Robert Bales was not alone
    MSNBC.com: Here are two versions of what happened the night of March 11, when 17 Afghan villagers were shot to death. First, the Army version: Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, troubled by marriage woes, drunkenly left Camp Belambai, 12 miles from Kandahar, with a pistol and an automatic rifle and killed six people as they slept. Bales then returned to the base and left again for another village, this time killing 11.      Full news...

  • March 28, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    94 self-immolation cases registered in western Afghanistan
    PAN: Over the past year, 94 cases of self-immolation were registered in western Afghanistan, where 88 of the incidents involved women, an official said on Wednesday. A year before, when 95 cases of self-immolation were recorded, 54 people, including seven men, had died of burns, according to Dr. Mohammad Arif Jalali, based in Herat City, the provincial capital.      Full news...

  • March 28, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s War on Women Detailed in New Human Rights Watch Report
    The Daily Beast: When Heather Barr began interviewing female Afghan prisoners and detainees for a new Human Rights Watch report released Wednesday, one phrase stood out. “So many of them started out saying, ‘I fell in love with a boy,’” Barr told The Daily Beast from her home in Kabul. “They’re like teenage girls anywhere. But in Afghanistan, you end up in prison.”      Full news...


  • March 27, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Military’s Land Seizures Feed Resentment in Helmand
    IWPR: Residents of parts of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan have accused both government and NATO forces of taking over and occupying private houses without paying compensation to the owners. A resident of Musa Qala district, Shawali, said foreign troops had been using a property belonging to him for several years without any kind of reimbursement.      Full news...

  • March 26, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Poll: Support for war in Afghanistan hits all-time low
    CBS News: Two weeks after an American soldier in Afghanistan allegedly went on a rampage killing 17 Afghan civilians, American confidence in the war is at an all-time low, a new CBS News/New York Times poll suggests. According to the survey, conducted among 986 adults from March 21-25, just 23 percent of Americans believe the U.S. is doing the right thing by fighting in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • March 25, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Local militia seen behind Ghor insecurity
    PAN: Additional local militia personnel would be recruited and deployed to western Ghor province to strengthen security there, officials say. But locals and provincial council members regard local militias a source of insecurity. Governor Abdullah Hiwad recently told media that President Hamid Karzai had agreed to raising and deploying an additional 1000-member militia to the province.      Full news...

  • March 24, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Corruption Plagues Road-Building in Helmand
    IWPR: Corruption is undermining infrastructure projects in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, as new roads rapidly deteriorate and officials calling a halt to further construction because of concerns about workmanship. Helmand became one of Afghanistan’s most violent provinces after the fall of the Taleban in 2001, but has moved slowly towards greater stability in the last three years, enabling much-needed construction projects to go ahead.      Full news...

  • March 22, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan avalanche “kills 22” in Badakhshan
    BBC News: At least 22 people from one extended family have been killed in an avalanche in Afghanistan’s north-eastern Badakhshan province, officials say. They say that the avalanche took place in the Wakhan Corridor, a small, mountainous and remote finger of land which pokes into China.      Full news...

  • March 20, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan and American imperialism
    The Guardian: US army staff sergeant Robert Bales is accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan villagers, including nine children, and then burning some of the bodies. The massacre took place in two villages in the southern rural district of Panjwai. Though this horrific crime targeted Afghans on Afghan soil, Afghanistan will play no role in investigating the crime or bringing the perpetrator (or perpetrators) to justice.      Full news...

  • March 20, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Inevitable injustices in unjust war
    ABC News: Lately, we have been asked to believe that quite a few events in Afghanistan are anomalies, and should not be taken as more broadly representative of anything. Accidents happen, and sometimes really bad things happen, but they don’t reflect anything deeper about our war that should trouble us.      Full news...

  • March 19, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Violence against journalists up: Nai
    PAN: Incidents of violence against journalists showed a 38 percent increase in 2011, rising concerns among the community that the hostility could continue to rise this year, a media support organisation said on Monday. “On average, three journalists have been killed in Afghanistan every year. In the most recent case, the manager of Melma radio station was murdered in (southeastern) Paktika province,” the group said.      Full news...

  • March 17, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Alemanno receives an Afghan criminal
    Globalist.it: We cringe when we read of medieval codes passed by the Afghan government against women. But soon we focus on political figures who are the authors and are taking that country back in history, who are replacements of the Taliban, who had been temporarily removed from power by the military intervention of 2001.      Full news...

  • March 17, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Probe team: Women sexually assaulted before killing in Panjwai
    PAN: US soldiers were alleged to have sexually assaulted two female victims before they were killed in the Panjwai massacre in southern Kandahar last Sunday, a high-level Afghan probe team revealed. The Wolesi Jirga’s, or lower house of Parliament, delegation investigating the Kandahar shootings by US troops said besides killing 16 civilians, the soldiers sexually assaulted them.      Full news...

  • March 16, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Up to 20 U.S. troops involved in Kandahar massacre — Afghan probe
    Digital Journal: Up to 20 U.S. troops have been implicated in the massacre of 16 civilians in Kandahar on Sunday morning, the Afghan parliamentary investigation team reports. An Afghan parliamentary investigation team has spent 2 days collating reports from survivors, witnesses and other inhabitants in the villages where the massacre took place. 16 civilians were killed including 9 children.      Full news...

  • March 15, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Activists Want US Out, No Deal with Taliban
    RealNewsNetwork.com: Sonali Kolhatkar is a founding Director of the US-based solidarity organization, Afghan Women’s Mission, which raises funds for social and political women-led projects in Afghanistan. She is co-author of the book, "Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence". She is also the host and Executive Producer of Uprising, heard on KPFK Pacifica Radio.      Full news...

  • March 14, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The price of a life? In Afghanistan, it’s as little as 210 USD
    Reuters: In Afghanistan, if NATO forces kill a member of your family, it is better in terms of money if they come from Germany or Italy than the United States or Britain. In the cold calculation of how much to pay for victims of the decade-old war, British forces have doled out as little as 210 USD, while German forces have paid as much as 25,000 USD, according to a study by the human rights NGO CIVIC.      Full news...

  • March 14, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    We protest against the arrival of the Afghan criminal Mohaqiq in Italy!
    Press Com. of CISDA: It is announced that on March 17, in Via San Gallicano, Rome the infamous Afghan warlord and criminal Mohammed Mohaqiq, leader of the fundamentalist Hezb-e-Wahdat Party will visit. On 16 March this brutal criminal is the keynote speaker at a conference held in Campidoglio, in presence of the fascist Mayor of Rome: Alemanno...      Full news...


  • March 11, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US soldier kills Afghan civilians in Kandahar
    BBC News: A US soldier in Afghanistan has killed 10 civilians and wounded five in Kandahar province after suffering a breakdown, officials say. He left his military base in the early hours of the morning and opened fire after entering local homes, the BBC’s Quentin Sommerville reports from Kabul.      Full news...

  • March 11, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans hold anti-US demonstration
    Manoramaonline: Hundreds of angry protesters Saturday chanted anti-US slogans demanding prosecution of foreign troops at a rally in Afghanistan, Press TV reported. The rally was held in the northeastern town of Tagab in Kapisa province protesting the presence of US-led forces in the country.      Full news...


  • March 10, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US-led airstrike leaves 4 Afghan civilians dead
    AO/HJL: At least four civilians have been killed and two others injured in a US-led airstrike in the northeastern Kapisa province in Afghanistan, Press TV reports. US-led forces targeted the Ibrahim Khil region in the town of Tagab in the Kapisa province Saturday evening, Tagab governor Abdolhakim said.      Full news...

  • March 8, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    For Afghan Policewomen, Sex Abuse Is A Job Hazard
    NPR: The image of Afghan women wearing police and army uniforms is meant to inspire pride and hope for a future where the rights of women will be protected in Afghanistan. So why would female police officers in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif be ashamed to admit they wear the badge? “Except my very close family members, no one really knows that I am a police officer,” said one woman at a NATO training session.      Full news...

  • March 7, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s teen brides who set themselves alight
    AFP: Flayed by a fire she began herself, Aatifa’s childlike frame is painstakingly wrapped in thick bandages -- her shrieks of “Allah” echoing around the hospital ward where surgeons prepare to graft skin back on to her skeletal torso. Her wide blue eyes alternating between flashes of anger and wells of tears, the 16-year-old Afghan girl struggles to explain what led her to douse her own body in petrol, step outside and light a match.      Full news...

  • March 7, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    One more hurdle in Afghanistan: Justice
    USA Today: Ahmad Jan lives just a few miles from the capital of this restive province and its government-sanctioned court. Even so, if he or his neighbors have a legal matter, they prefer to go to the Taliban or tribal elders for a ruling. “The Taliban courts don't disturb people and tell them to wait for a long time before hearing a case, or demand bribes,” says Jan, an out-of-work laborer.      Full news...

  • March 7, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Air Force Probed in Drug Running
    The Wall Street Journal: The U.S. is investigating allegations that some officials in the Afghan Air Force, which was established largely with American funds, have been using aircraft to ferry narcotics and illegal weapons around the country, American officials told The Wall Street Journal. Two probes of the Afghan Air Force, or AAF, are under way—one led by the U.S. military coalition and another by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, officials said.      Full news...

  • March 7, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Elders Describe Cruelest Winter in Charahi Qambar Camp
    The Huffington Post: For the residents of the Charahi Qambar refugee camp, it’s been a long five years since they fled the U.S.-led destruction of their villages and put up tents in this destitute Kabul neighborhood. The majority is of Pashtun descent, from Afghanistan’s southern Helmand Province, a warlord-torn region notorious for opium production.      Full news...



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