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  • December 31, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Poll: Afghanistan Conflict Least Supported War in US History
    Newsmax: Fewer than 20 percent of Americans support the war in Afghanistan, making the longest conflict in the nation’s history the least supported war as well, a new CNN poll released Monday reveals. According to the CNN/ORC survey of 1,035 adults nationwide, 82 percent said they oppose the conflict in Afghanistan, up from 46 percent five years ago.      Full news...

  • December 30, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Violence against journalists continues: NAI
    PAN: Three journalists were killed, seven wounded and six others detained this year by the government, armed opposition and other circles in Afghanistan, a media advocacy group said on Monday. Thirty-four journalists were beaten and 26 others threatened and insulted during the period, NAI, which supports open media, announced at a press conference in Kabul.      Full news...

  • December 29, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on
    The Guardian: Whenever I read comments by politicians defending the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Predator and Reaper program – aka drones – I wish I could ask them a few questions. I’d start with: “How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire missile?” And: “How many men have you seen crawl across a field, trying to make it to the nearest compound for help while bleeding out from severed legs?”      Full news...

  • December 28, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Joblessness grows as factories shut
    The Killid Group: The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries reports more than a quarter of manufacturing units have closed in the last two years. A Killid investigation. Azerakhsh Hafezi, in-charge of international relations at the Chamber, criticises the government for not having a proper programme to support domestic industrial production. "Factories are closing because the government does not have a programme to support ailing industries.      Full news...

  • December 27, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Corruption Plagues Afghanistan Ahead of U.S. Withdrawal
    U.S. News: Ahmed recalls driving to work through the streets of Kabul when he was stopped by a routine police checkpoint. The 33-year-old native of Kandahar moved to the capital city hoping to improve prospects for the nonprofit business he founded in his home town. He hadn’t yet updated his driver’s license from his old address, knowing that his refusal to pay the usual bribes at the local DMV would relegate his application to a weeks-long wait, if it were processed at all.      Full news...

  • December 23, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    15-year-old boy gang-raped
    PAN: Police on Monday arrested three men for allegedly gang-rapping a 15-year-old boy a day earlier in northeastern Kunduz province. Crime branch chief, Col. Waisuddin Talash, told Pajhwok Afghan News the detainees took the boy to a home at gun-point in Kunduz City and gang-raped him on Sunday.      Full news...

  • December 20, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Poll: Two thirds of Americans say Afghan war not worth fighting
    Los Angeles Times: Two thirds of Americans questioned in a recent poll said the 12-year war fought in Afghanistan to cleanse the country of terrorists hasn’t been worth the price paid in lives and dollars. Nevertheless, a majority still favors keeping some U.S. forces in the troubled country even after the military mission ends a year from now, the ABC News/Washington Post poll found.      Full news...

  • December 19, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Police in Taleban Arms Sales
    IWPR: Officials and elected councillors in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province have raised the alarm about illicit arms deliveries to the Taleban. Police, they say, are happily trading away their ammunition to the insurgents they are supposed to be shooting at. "On the basis of evidence in our possession, we can absolutely confirm this,” Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, the deputy governor of this southeastern province, told IWPR.      Full news...

  • December 19, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pregnant teacher, policewoman hanged in Afghanistan
    Reuters: An Afghan policewoman and a pregnant teacher were hanged and their bodies dumped within a few kilometres of a foreign military base recently handed over to Afghan control, officials said on Thursday. The two women, policewoman and mother of two Feroza and teacher Malalai - like many in Afghanistan the pair use only one name - were kidnapped on Monday in the conservative southern province of Uruzgan...      Full news...

  • December 18, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Two tales of brutality to women in Afghanistan
    BBC News: Women’s rights may have moved up the agenda in Afghanistan over the last decade, but violence against women has increased sharply, rights groups say. Two recent cases of brutality have shocked the nation, as the BBC’s Mahfouz Zubaide and Yo Haniewicz in Kabul report. Readers may find some of the details in these accounts distressing.      Full news...

  • December 17, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman axed to death in Badghis
    PAN: A woman was axed to death by her husband in an attack driven by domestic violence in the Aab Kamari district of northwestern Badghis province, officials said on Tuesday. The governor’s spokesman, Mirwais Mirzakwal, told Pajhwok Afghan News the assailant, Habibullah, escaped after killing his spouse. Police had not been able to arrest him because the area was insecure, he said.      Full news...

  • December 15, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Lies of Power and the Powerful
    Counterpunch: On January 15, 1973 Richard Nixon announced a halt to offensive operations by US forces in Vietnam. Twelve days later a peace agreement was signed in Paris between the United States, northern Vietnam, the US client regime in Saigon, and the Provisional Revolutionary Government (PRG) of southern Vietnam. This agreement called for an immediate ceasefire and called for the Vietnamese to negotiate a political settlement regarding the fate of southern Vietnam.      Full news...

  • December 14, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Man cuts wife’s nose and lips
    BBC Persian (Translated by RAWA): Officials in Afghanistan’s western Herat province have said that a man cut his wife’s nose and lips with a knife. Sami Wafa, the governor’s spokesman told BBC that the incident had occurred in Injil district near central Herat.      Full news...

  • December 13, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Another teenage girl gang raped
    PAN: A group of unidentified gunmen gang raped a teenage girl after kidnapping her from home in Doshi district of the northern Baghlan province, the victim’s father wishing not to be named said. Talking to Pajhwok Afghan News, her father said unidentified gunmen stormed his home in Kelgi area of the district last night and abducted her 15-year old daughter who said the kidnapper freed her daughter next morning.      Full news...

  • December 11, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul rally seeks war crimes justice
    PAN: Hundreds of people, including women, on Wednesday held a protest demonstration in Kabul to mark the “National Victims Day,” criticising NATO and US forces for their involvement in Afghan civilian deaths and calling for war criminals to be brought to justice.      Full news...

  • December 10, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Shining light on crimes against women
    The Killid Group: Ahead of World Human Rights Day, Dec 10, Killid reports the state of human rights continues to be sobering in Afghanistan despite some small gains made by activists this year. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has calculated a shocking 24 percent rise in human rights abuse compared to 2012. There is a rise in the graph of violence against women, murder of civilians by foreign troops, air attacks, and sexual aggression.      Full news...

  • December 8, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s ‘Pentagon’
    The Washington Post: The Afghan “Pentagon” being built here is a sprawling symbol of U.S. generosity. The American government has already spent about 107 million USD — double the initial estimate — on the five-story Defense Ministry headquarters, which will include state-of-the-art bunkers and the second-largest auditorium in Kabul.      Full news...

  • December 7, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Taliban’s Enablers
    Middle East Quarterly: Since the 9/11 attacks, numerous books have been written about the Taliban, documenting its history and resurgence. Many writers fault the United States for failing to turn Afghanistan into the Shangri La that it could be, claiming that beginning with the Bonn conference in December 2001, the Afghanistan war has been a disaster punctuated by one missed opportunity after another, guided by a hubristic new imperialism.      Full news...

  • December 6, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    200,000 USD allegedly embezzled in Paktia project
    PAN: Officials and locals on Friday alleged irregularities to the tune of 200,000 USD had been committed in a vocational training project for surrendering insurgents in Syed Karam district of southeastern Paktia province. The latest graft claims in the restive province surface days after Afghanistan was viewed among the world’s most corrupt countries in a survey released by graft watchdog Transparency International (TI).      Full news...

  • December 5, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In Afghanistan, They Died for No Good Cause
    Future of Freedom Foundation: Last week a remarkable exchange about the future role of the U.S. military in Afghanistan took place on the MSNBC program Andrea Mitchell Reports. In a discussion of the U.S. government’s uncertain negotiations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the continued presence of U.S. troops beyond 2014, NBC’s chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, pointed out that...      Full news...

  • December 3, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Dostum’s guards allegedly assault villagers
    PAN: Gunmen loyal to Uzbek leader Abdul Rashid Dostum have allegedly attacked and beaten some residents of a village on the outskirts of Shiberghan, the capital of northern Jawzjan province. Nearly 100 people, protesting in front of the governor’s house, accused armed supporters of the Junbish-i-Milli Afghanistan leader of severely beating residents of Hassan Tabin village.      Full news...

  • December 3, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Public representative accused of harassing locals through police
    PAN: Some residents of Borka district in northern Baghlan province have accused member of a provincial council of harassing and intimidating locals through police force. Abdul Jabar Islami, administrative head of Borka district, alleged that Haji Mohammad, a provincial council member, of using police officials to harass and press local citizens.      Full news...

  • December 1, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: ICC Prosecutor Finds Grave Crimes
    Human Rights Watch: The prosecutor’s office of the International Criminal Court (ICC) should expedite its preliminary inquiry on grave international crimes committed in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said today. In its November 2013 Report on Preliminary Examination Activities, the ICC prosecutor’s office found that “[W]ar crimes and crimes against humanity were and continue to be committed in Afghanistan,”...      Full news...