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  • November 6, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Saudi Arabia Sets Its Sights on Afghanistan
    RFE/RL: Saudi Arabia’s support for Afghanistan has been steady but inconspicuous over the years. But that is about to change. The powerful Sunni-majority kingdom is embarking on a very public effort to carve out a bigger role in Afghanistan, pitting the oil-rich Gulf state directly against Shi’ite rival Iran in the race for influence as foreign forces leave.      Full news...

  • November 5, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Dozens of civilians killed in NATO air strikes
    Examiner.com: Afghan Foreign Ministry Spokesman Janan Mosazai criticized the US for its continued “violation of the strategic pact between the two countries”, saying that Washington has violated the treaty on numerous occassions. Mosazai added that “dozens of civilians had been killed in the Eastern provinces of Kapisa and Logar, Northwestern Badghis province and the Southern Taliban stronghold of Helmand over the past three days in NATO air strikes”      Full news...

  • November 5, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S. Finds Graft by Favored Afghan Leader
    The Wall Street Journal: One of Afghanistan’s top power brokers has been freeing suspected insurgents, running an open extortion scheme and traveling with suitcases of undeclared cash earned from criminal activity, according to internal U.S. documents. A few years ago, the U.S. military described Gov. Gul Agha Shirzai as the best hope for securing Nangarhar province, a critical gateway to Pakistan.      Full news...

  • November 4, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Students stuck with shoddy textbooks
    Killid Group: An ambitious multi-million dollar exercise to modernise the curriculum in Afghan schools has been hit by glaring mistakes in textbooks printed for the first time. Officials have not denied there is a problem, but their views are different. The Ministry of Education (MoE) has paid 91 million dollars for the printing of new textbooks for schools as part of a planned massive overhaul of school education in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • November 3, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Nearly 1,900 children doing hard labour in Torkham
    PAN: Nearly 1,900 children are engaged in hard labour in the border town of Torkham in eastern Nangarhar province, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said on Saturday. Up to 1,883 children, including 331 girls, carry heavy loads 34 others work in 28 hotels, the AIHRC official Ghulam Hussain Bewas said during an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • November 1, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Taliban fear grips once peaceful Parwan province
    GlobalPost: Just a few miles from the biggest US military base in Afghanistan is the headquarters of Parwan’s provincial governor. More than a year after it was attacked by a team of suicide bombers, the buildings remain peppered with bullet holes, scarred by shrapnel and in some places stained with blood.      Full news...

  • October 31, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Why Pro-War Propaganda on Afghanistan Still Works
    Antiwar.com: Nobody thinks the Afghan government puts Afghanistan on a path to independence, stability, and good governance. Well, almost nobody. According to the latest polls, an astonishing 40 percent of Americans think the war in Afghanistan is going “very well” or “fairly well.” And while 60 percent say America “should not be involved” in Afghanistan, 31 percent think we’re doing the right thing.      Full news...

  • October 31, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    17 killed in series of roadside bombings in Afghanistan
    AFP: A series of roadside bombs in restive southern Afghanistan on Wednesday killed a total of 17 people, among them women and children, in a bloody week for civilians. The attacks came the day the head of the Afghan election commission said Taliban and other insurgents could stand as candidates in the next presidential ballot in April 2014.      Full news...

  • October 30, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans fear being left out in the cold
    Al Jazeera: Akbar does not recall the date, but what he cannot forget are the deaths. On a particularly frigid day last year, at least six children - ranging from one month to five-years-old - froze to death in a camp for the internally displaced people in Charahi Qambar on the outskirts of Kabul. They were among the 100-odd Afghans who died in the winter of 2012 - one of the harshest in recent memory.      Full news...

  • October 29, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Joint Afghan-US military raid kills 3 civilians in east
    The Associated Press: An Afghan army officer says a pre-dawn raid in the eastern province of Ghazni killed four Taliban and three civilian bystanders. Lt. Ghulam Sarwer Attai, who commanded the special army unit which carried out Monday’s raid along with NATO forces, said it was in Qalai-i-Qazi area of Ghazni.      Full news...

  • October 28, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Iranians Build Up Afghan Clout
    The Wall Street Journal: Iran is funding aid projects and expanding intelligence networks across Afghanistan, moving to fill the void to be left by the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, according to U.S. and Afghan officials. While Iran’s spending here is nowhere near the billions the U.S. spends, Tehran’s ability to run grass-roots programs and work directly with Afghans is giving its efforts disproportionate clout...      Full news...


  • October 26, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan mosque suicide bomb attack kills at least 37
    BBC News: A suicide bomber targeted worshippers who had gathered at a mosque in north Afghanistan for prayers to mark Eid al-Adha, killing at least 37 people. More than 30 people were wounded in the attack, which happened as people were leaving the mosque in Maymana, capital of Faryab province.      Full news...

  • October 25, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Human trafficking, prostitution thrive in Afghanistan
    Deutsche Welle Dari: Thousands of Afghan girls and boys are trafficked into neighboring countries and sold into slavery each year. Though it is taboo, prostitution is alive and thriving - at the cost of those forced to work in it. It is the oldest trade in the world and exists in probably every country in the world. Yet prostitution is not a dream job.      Full news...

  • October 24, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    At Afghan shrine, ancient treatment for mental illness
    The Washington Post: No one here knows the man whose left leg is shackled to the wall of cell No. 5. Last week, he finished tearing his mattress to shreds and then moved onto his clothes, ripping his shirt and pants off before falling asleep naked. “He’s insane,” say the villagers who have come to gawk at him. “He doesn’t know whether he’s in this world or another.”      Full news...

  • October 24, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Violence Against Women Cases Hit 550 Last Month
    TOLOnews.com: Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Wednesday said that it recorded 550 cases of violence against women in the last month, showing a remarkable increase from previous months. “In the last month, 550 cases of violence against including, beating, forced marriages, murder and rape – most of them happening in the remoter provinces of the country – have been recorded at the Human Rights Commission,”      Full news...

  • October 23, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    NATO kills four children in Afghan East: Karzai
    TOLOnews.com: Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday condemned two of Nato’s military operations in Logar and Zabul provinces, calling for a full investigation into both incidents following reports of civilian deaths and disappearances. The Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) responded that it is also conducting investigations into claims...      Full news...

  • October 22, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Zabul residents protest against NATO troops
    PAN: Hundreds of residents on Monday staged a protest in Qalat, the capital of southern Zabul province, against nighttime raids by International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers. One of the organisers and a member of the Wolesi Jirga from the province, Abdul Qadir Qalatwal, told Pajhwok Afghan News the provincial government was involved in corruption and did not pay attention to resolving people’s problems.      Full news...

  • October 22, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan police say man killed wife for wanting job
    The Associated Press: A man in a western Afghan city has confessed to stabbing his wife to death to prevent her from taking a job outside the home, police said Monday. Mohammad Anwar, who was arrested in the provincial capital for the murder, said he killed his wife during an argument over whether she should work at private company in the city, Herat province police spokesman Noor Khan Nekzad said.      Full news...

  • October 20, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Obama prepares protracted Afghanistan occupation
    World Socialist Web Site: With the US presidential election little more than two weeks away, the Obama administration is quietly preparing to keep tens of thousands of troops in Afghanistan. These preparations, little noted in the corporate media, are unfolding even as Obama and his running mate, Vice President Joseph Biden, tell voters that the 11-year-old war is to end in 2014.      Full news...

  • October 19, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Drunk contractors cause harm in Afghanistan, lawsuit alleges
    CNN: The amateur video shows men, shirtless and seeming dangerously drunk, rolling on the ground or staggering near a counter top covered with booze bottles. Another part of the video shows a man babbling incoherently with a syringe nearby. This is not a scene at a college frat house. It is a video of employees of an American security contractor working in Kabul, Afghanistan.      Full news...


  • October 18, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Girls Miss Years of Schooling in Nangarhar
    IWPR: Girls in rural parts of Nangarhar province in southeastern Afghanistan are missing out on years of schooling because their families see no need for them to be educated. One objection raised by some parents – and an issue that could potentially be resolved – is that there are not enough female teachers in the schools. Nangarhar has a total of 725 schools, of which just 128 are for girls.      Full news...

  • October 17, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Suicide Bomber Attacks Afghan-U.S. Base, Wounding 45
    Reuters: A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a joint Afghan-U.S. base in the country’s east on Wednesday, wounding at least 45 Afghan soldiers, local officials said. The Taliban took responsibility for the car bomb attack in the Zurmat district of Paktia province, saying they had also dispatched a group of fighters in suicide vests who managed to enter the base.      Full news...

  • October 17, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan malnourished hit by poverty and education
    CNN: A 30-minute drive from the heart of the Afghan capital along dusty pot-holed roads lie the slums of the city. In the distance are plains with some patches of greenery before they hit a mountain range that juts out of the earth. We’re in Rahman Mina Camp, also known as the slum of Kabul. Dirty brown canvas tents litter the landscape, as children walk barefoot next to open sewers.      Full news...

  • October 15, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Helmand Airstrike Killed Three Children: Afghan Officials
    TOLOnews.com: Local officials in southern Helmand province claim that a Nato airstrike against insurgents in the Nawa district killed three children on Sunday. A teenage girl and two boys were accidentally killed around 4:00PM Sunday in Nawa's Tangano Godar area when a Nato airstrike hit insurgents who were planting mines, Nawa district police commander Ahmad Shah Khan told TOLOnews on Monday.      Full news...

  • October 15, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s Pepsi Bottle Boys
    The New York Times: Beneath the soaring faces of rock, on a treacherous road flanked by gaping drops, lines of trucks crawled up from the Pakistani border, groaning under impossible loads of house-size metal containers and boxes tottering under tarps. Past them and between them nudged cars, vans and other trucks carrying furniture, women in burqas, open loads of cows and donkeys.      Full news...

  • October 14, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    “I cannot forget my child”
    Killid Group: Twenty years ago a rocket slammed into a house in Kabul robbing a young mother of her child. Time has not been the great healer in her case. A testimony. “I was in the house when the rocket attack started. Panic-stricken we ran and hid in the basement of a nursery school next door. I forgot my nine-month-old baby in his cradle,” the inconsolable woman, still too scared to reveal her name, recalled.      Full news...

  • October 14, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman Beheaded in Herat (Video)
    PAN: A 20-years-old woman was beheaded in the 7th district of western Herat province, officials said on Wednesday. Magul was beheaded on Tuesday night in 7th district of western Heart province and her dad body was found outside her house, a member of the district police said.      Full news...

  • October 13, 2012 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Corruption rampant in Balkh: HOOAC
    PAN: An anti-corruption official in the northern zone on Saturday alleged the menace of administrative graft was widespread in Balkh province. In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOAC) head for the northern zone identified land-grab incidents as one of the worst manifestations of graft.      Full news...



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