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  • October 1, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Reality Contradicts Plans for Afghan Withdrawal
    Der Spiegel: Afghan President Hamid Karzai likes to tell the West what it wants to hear. “We will fight corruption with great determination,” he says. Or: “We will relentlessly strive for good governance.” Such messages are well received in the West, because they correspond with the rosy picture that Western officials like to relay to the public themselves.      Full news...

  • September 30, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Violence stalks women workers in Afghanistan
    Reuters: Muzhgan Masoomi’s attacker stabbed her 14 times with a thick blade used to slaughter animals, tearing wide gashes in her flesh before leaving the government worker for dead on the outskirts of the Afghan capital. With a severe limp and no control over her bladder – caused by the blade scraping her spinal cord - the 22-year-old can no longer work at the Ministry of Public Works, where she was a financial assistant before the assault.      Full news...

  • September 30, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In Afghanistan, Taliban openly supported openly by clerics
    GlobalPost.com: Mawlawi Ataullah Faizani took time out from teaching Islamic studies at a girls’ school in Kabul to explain why Afghans have a duty to resist the occupation of their country. He quoted sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, spoke of foreign troops humiliating civilians, and ridiculed the corruption that runs through the heart of the government.      Full news...

  • September 29, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Protesting students block parliament’s entrance
    PAN: Hundreds of students on Saturday staged another protest against naming the Kabul University of Education and Training after former president Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani and blocked the entrance to the parliament building. On Cabinet’s recommendation, President Hamid Karzai issued a decree last week, renaming the university after Rabbani...      Full news...

  • September 29, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans Hostage to Corruption
    IWPR: The mayor of Mazar-e Sharif was outlining how the Afghan authorities were tackling corruption, when an elderly man stopped him in his tracks. “If you want to fight corruption, the greatest corruption exists in your own administration, the municipality,” said the man, Nek Baba. “You should reform yourself first.”      Full news...

  • September 28, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Experts fear a “Talibanization” of Afghan justice
    Deutsche Welle: The lashing of a teenage girl in Afghanistan for having an “illegal relationship” has caused an uproar inside and outside the country. Experts fear a “Talibanization” of the Afghan justice system. On September 16, three mullahs in the southern Afghan province of Ghazni sentenced 16-year-old Sabera to 100 lashes for having an “illegal relationship” with a boy.      Full news...

  • September 27, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pak army threatens Goshta residents to vacate homes
    PAN: A lawmaker and tribal elders on Thursday claimed Pakistani army had threatened residents in various villages of the Goshta district in eastern Nangarhar province to vacate their homes and move elsewhere. The claim was echoed during a huge gathering of Momand tribesmen in the district. Wolesi Jirga member Faridon Momand told the gathering that Pakistani army officials had warned residents of Mamakhel, Khugyani and Dawarkhel villages to leave the area.      Full news...

  • September 25, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Highway Robbery on Major Afghan Road
    IWPR: Local officials in Afghanistan’s Laghman province are taking tens of thousands of US dollars a month in fees and taxes from drivers using the Kabul-Jalalabad highway, and the way the money is collected indicates that it is being pocketed. An investigation by IWPR contributors over a three-month period reveals that various forms of irregular fees are being imposed on the road.      Full news...

  • September 23, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Children caught up in Afghan conflict
    Al Jazeera: In what had become a daily ritual, Anisa Shahghasi said goodbye to her son, Nawab, with prayers on her lips and a quick wave of her hand. The world outside their cramped Kabul home was fraught with dangers. And like every other mother in the Afghan capital - which still witnesses regular bombings and deadly attacks - Anisa wished for her son’s safe return.      Full news...

  • September 22, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Badghis Police Chief Accused of Raping 3 Policewomen
    TOLOnews.com: The police commander of western Badghis province Abdul Jabar Salah was accused in the Afghan parliament session on Saturday of raping three policewomen under his command. Badghis MP Mohammad Musa Janab made the accussation in parliament, saying that President Hamid Karzai had been informed.      Full news...

  • September 22, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Students protest renaming of university in Kabul
    PAN: Hundreds of students at the Kabul Education University on Saturday protested a presidential announcement renaming the institute after a slain politician and former president, Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani. Rabbani, the Jamiat-i-Islami Afghanistan party leader, was assassinated along with three other members of the high peace council in a suicide attack      Full news...

  • September 22, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ISAF, Afghan official differ over raid that killed one
    PAN: The NATO-led International Security Force (ISAF) on Saturday said that several insurgents, including a Taliban leader believed to be behind the Nov. 10, 2011 suicide attack, were arrested during a joint operation in southeastern Paktia province, contradicting claims that a civilian had been killed and others arrested.      Full news...

  • September 21, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s Drug War
    The Huffington Post: With over one million Afghanis addicted to drugs, Afghanistan has lagged far behind when it comes to curtailing its bourgeoning drug production and trafficking. In the video above, CNN reporter Lindsey Tugman sheds light on the exacerbating drug crisis in Afghanistan and the lack of collective action in the international community to provide a solution.      Full news...

  • September 20, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan women largely lack healthcare, education
    GlobalPost: Nearly 46 percent of women between ages 20 and 24 gave birth to a child before their eighteenth birthday in the Western regions of Afghanistan, and one in four women in the country overall delivered a live birth before reaching adulthood, says a new report backed by UNICEF. “Alarmingly, 2 percent have had a live birth before the age of 15,” says the report.      Full news...

  • September 17, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    70% jailed Afghan women are accused of home-escape
    Khaama Press: Chief of the parliamentarian commission for human rights, civil society and women’s affairs Fawzia Koufi expressed concerns regarding the Afghan women detainees where majority of them have been arrested for escaping their homes. Fawzia Koufi said more than 70% of the Afghan women have been jailed for escaping their homes despite this is not crime in Afghan law.      Full news...

  • September 16, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    NATO Accused of Killing 8 Afghan Women in Airstrike
    VOA: Afghan officials say NATO coalition forces have killed eight women and girls in an airstrike in a remote district of the country. The deaths come after three “insider” attacks in as many days by Afghan forces against international soldiers killed eight troops, including four Americans. Sunday’s airstrike came shortly before dawn, in Laghman province's Alingar district, east of Kabul.      Full news...

  • September 15, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Girl publicly lashed in Ghazni province
    Deutsche Welle Dari (Translated by RAWA): A 16-year old girl was lashed by local mullahs (clerics) in Jaghori district of Ghazni province on charges of what have been called illicit relations. This was carried out in the absence of legal and humanitarian institutions. Zafar Sharif, district chief of Jaghori said that details of the case are still not clear and the investigation is going on.      Full news...

  • September 15, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    9 Afghan women, 3 kids killed following blast in Helmand
    AFP: A bomb attack killed 11 women and children from two families, destroying their vehicle in southern Afghanistan, officials said Saturday. The device planted on the side of the road struck their minivan on Friday afternoon in Gereshk district of Helmand province, one of the toughest battlegrounds in a 10-year Taliban insurgency.      Full news...

  • September 14, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The war on terror and US policy in the Mideast
    The Voice of Russia: 11 years have passed since the terrorist attack on the New York Twin Towers that resulted in massive casualties. The response of the United States was instantaneous – Washington declared a war against terror, invaded Afghanistan and overthrew the Taliban regime in Kabul. However, the further US activities were apparently a far cry from the fight against terrorists.      Full news...

  • September 13, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Radio journalist’s house attacked in Ghazni
    PAN: Gunmen attacked the residence of a private radio channel’s regional head in Ghazni City, the capital of southern Ghazni province, but inmates escaped unhurt. Nisar Ahmad Azadzoy, the Killid Radio official, told Pajhwok Afghan News his house in the Qala Azad area was attacked late on Wednesday night by unidentified gunmen from two directions.      Full news...

  • September 11, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: the appointment of war criminals on key posts
    Daily Times: “Afghanistan will remain a fragile, unstable and corrupt state long after British troops have departed,” former British ambassador to Afghanistan (2010-2012) Sir William Patey told BBC on September 1, 2012. In August 2012, the nomination of war criminals and corrupt officials for key posts in Afghanistan enraged the whole population.      Full news...

  • September 11, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A circle of childhood friends broken with a bomb in Kabul
    The Guardian: Nawab had been crowned the best skateboarder in Afghanistan, a joker and unofficial leader of the unruly gang. Mohammad Esa was perhaps the cleverest of his friends, always studying or lost in dreams of the day he would become a doctor. Khorshid was an uncompromising teenager whose name meant sunshine but whose character was steel, always ready to show the boys she could do anything they could      Full news...

  • September 10, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Syria’s “eerie parallel to Afghanistan” and the pro-imperialist pseudo-left
    World Socialist Web Site: Last week, the Washington Post published a commentary by columnist David Ignatius entitled “Syria’s Eerie Parallel to 1980s Afghanistan.” In the column, Ignatius, a well-informed bourgeois journalist with contacts in the upper echelons of the state, draws a revealing parallel between the CIA operation in Afghanistan in the 1980s to oust the pro-Soviet regime and current developments in Syria.      Full news...

  • September 10, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US watchdog: Records for 475M USD in Afghanistan fuel purchases vanish
    Reuters: Investigators are probing reports of record-shredding by officials in the U.S.-led NATO command that trains the Afghan army after learning that records of fuel purchases for the Afghans totaling nearly 475 million USD are gone. The training command has also not been tracking whether the fuel it delivers to the Afghan army is actually used or stored...      Full news...

  • September 9, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban kill 6 abducted Afghan civilians in Wardak province
    Khaama Press: According to local authorities in Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan, Taliban militants assassinated six passengers of a civilian vehicle in this province on Sunday afternoon. A local National Directorate of Security (NDS) official confirming the report said the six civilians were abducted around 10 am local time this morning from Mula Khel area and their dead bodies...      Full news...

  • September 9, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Controversial plan to split up Afghanistan
    The Independent: Afghanistan could be carved into eight separate “kingdoms” – with some of them potentially ruled by the Taliban – according to a controversial plan under discussion in London and Washington. Code-named “Plan C”, the radical blueprint for the future of Afghanistan sets out reforms that would relegate President Hamid Karzai to a figurehead role.      Full news...

  • September 7, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Obama lied about Afghanistan in DNC speech; glossed over worsening war
    Red Alert Politics: Last night President Obama lied to Americans during his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention about the situation in Afghanistan, which sources tell Red Alert Politics has gotten worse under his leadership, not better. “We’ve blunted the Taliban’s momentum in Afghanistan, and in 2014, our longest war will be over,” Obama said.      Full news...

  • September 6, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Karzai Officials Receiving Massive ‘Incentive’ Pay
    TOLOnews.com: High ranking government officials and personnel at President Hamid Karzai’s office are receiving substantial “incentive payments” of up to 7000 USD a month, a TOLOnews investigation can reveal. The investigation has documents showing that 11 million Afghanis (USD 220,000) was spent in two months for 80 employees at the Presidential Palace.      Full news...

  • September 6, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s base bonanza
    Asia Times Online: Afghanistan may turn out to be one of the great misbegotten “stimulus packages” of the modern era, a construction boom in the middle of nowhere with materials largely shipped in at enormous expense to no lasting purpose whatsoever. With the US military officially drawing down its troops there, the Pentagon is now evidently reversing the process and embarking on a major deconstruction program.      Full news...

  • September 4, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Hekmatyar’s windfall
    Business Standard: The international media is glossing over a potentially far-reaching development in Afghanistan. There have been a handful of sketchy reports about “armed, popular local uprisings” that have “expelled the Taliban” from several districts in eastern Afghanistan, but there has been little follow-up investigation or writing about these militias.      Full news...



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