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  • April 1, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Violence up against Daikundi province women
    PAN: The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Monday raised concerns at growing violence against women by irresponsible armed groups in central Daikundi province. Mohammad Jawad Dadgar, AIHRC provincial head, said his office had recorded 126 cases of violence against women last year, compared with 60 in 2011. The cases include suicide, murder, divorce and beatings.      Full news...

  • April 1, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Disabled protest in front of Karzai office
    PAN: The special People on Monday staged a protest in front of the Presidential Palace in Kabul, seeking their rights land plots. More than 200 physicall challenged individuals marched from Deh Afghanan area and gathered near the Zambaq Square in front of President Hamid Karzai’s office.      Full news...

  • March 31, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Trading of Women Rife in East Afghanistan, Report Claims
    TOLOnews.com: The sale and exchange of women as goods is rampant in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province with as many as two women traded per day, according to the findings of a sociology researcher. In a report obtained by TOLOnews, researcher Assadullah Ahmadi stated that he found some women had been traded up to five times in three Nangarhar districts...      Full news...

  • March 30, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Civilians killed and injured in Ghazni NATO airstrike
    PAN: Two civilians and 14 insurgents, including three Taliban commanders, were killed as NATO-led troops “mistakenly” hit a car in southern Ghazni province on Saturday, an official claimed. The airstrike took place in the Asfandi village on the outskirts of Ghazni City, the provincial capital, said the governor’s spokesman, Fazl Sabawoon. Seven of the civilians injured included two women and a child.      Full news...

  • March 29, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan wars will keep mounting
    Los Angeles Times: The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will ultimately cost between 4 trillion USD and 6 trillion USD, with medical care and disability benefits weighing heavily for decades to come, according to a new analysis. The bill to taxpayers so far has been 2 trillion USD, plus 260 billion USD in interest on the resulting debt. By comparison, the current federal budget is 3.8 trillion USD.      Full news...

  • March 28, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Faryab governor alleges illegal land distribution
    PAN: The governor of northern Faryab province on Thursday accused the local authorities of illegally distributing governmental land to people of his choice, leaving few plots for offices. Governor Mohammadullah Batash, addressing a foundation-laying ceremony for the justice department building, alleged: “Most of government-owned land has been gifted away to undeserving individuals.”      Full news...

  • March 28, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan villagers flee homes, blame U.S. drones
    The Associated Press: Barely able to walk even with a cane, Ghulam Rasool says he padlocked his front door, handed over the keys and his three cows to a neighbor and fled his mountain home in the middle of the night to escape relentless airstrikes from U.S. drones targeting militants in this remote corner of Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • March 27, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Ghazni Concert Cancelled as “Haram”
    TOLOnews.com: Religious and government leaders in eastern Ghazni province cancelled a music concert yesterday saying it was “haram” under Islam, a sign of the growing influence of Taliban extremists, Ghazni lawmakers said Wednesday. Two Afghan singers, Mohammad Anwar Azad and Abass Neshat, were to perform at the concert in Ghazni’s Jaghori district to celebrate the Persian new year...      Full news...

  • March 26, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In Afghan Child Abuse Cases, Victims Go to Jail
    IWPR: The 15-year-old refused to give his name, his eyes cast down as he sat in an empty room in the children’s correction centre in Kabul. Slowly, he began to open up and tell his story. An orphan, he left his home province of Sar-e Pol a year ago and came to the Afghan city to study at an Islamic school. One day while out in the city, he saw a man struggling to carry two bags of groceries.      Full news...

  • March 25, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The untouchable: a new breed of warlord
    Sydney Morning Herald: In the twilight that passes for reality in Afghanistan, the story of Hakim Shujoyi does not add up neatly – but there’s enough in its different parts to suggest that a monster is stalking the eastern flank of Oruzgan province. Personal detail is opaque, but not the contradictions from which Shujoyi draws inordinate power in Khas Oruzgan, a wild and mountainous swath of the province...      Full news...

  • March 25, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Terrible child abuse
    The Killid Group: Despite national and international efforts to rein in child abuse, the violence has only increased, says new research. The AIHRC (Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission) says out of 140 cases of sexual attacks registered over the last two years, 80 were cases of abuse of children. They can be seen begging on street corners, or at work from morning to night.      Full news...

  • March 24, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Wars In Iraq, Afghanistan Have Created Disasters
    The Post-Journal: Americans have forgotten about the Iraq war, which began 10 years ago this week, and the Afghan war, the longest in American history, but the U.S. government is still throwing its weight around in both countries. The Iraq war, the pretext for which was nonexistent weapons of mass destruction, officially ended in 2011 with the withdrawal of virtually all of America’s combat troops.      Full news...

  • March 23, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    4 children perish in Kandahar blast
    PAN: Four children were killed and two others wounded by a bomb they were playing with in the Mianishin district of southern Kandahar province on Saturday, officials said. The roadside bomb exploded in the Zunto area, where the children found it, the governor’s spokesman, Ahmad Javed Faisal, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • March 22, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    People of Charikar protest killing of 3 civilians by gunmen on New Year
    PAN: Hundreds of residents, protesting the killing of three civilians in a clash between police and suspected militants in central Parwan province, lifted the blockade of a busy road on Thursday. In protest against Thursday’s killings in the Gul Ghundai area of Charikar, the provincial capital, the protestors blocked the Kabul-Mazar-i-Sharif highway, placing the body of one victim on the highway.      Full news...

  • March 21, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Maternal and Child Health in Badakhshan Afghanistan
    The Huffington Post: Badakhshan -a beautiful province of Afghanistan nestled in the lap of Hindu-Kush Mountains is surrounded by gorgeous snow-caped mountains, splendid green valleys, turbulent rivers and fascinating lakes. Badakhshan came in the limelight of both national and international media in 2002, when the Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan discovered that Badakhshan had the highest rate of maternal mortality in the world: 6,500 out of every 100,000 women die during child birth.      Full news...

  • March 20, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s Nuristan province “at mercy of the Taliban”
    BBC News: Mountainous Nuristan is one of the most volatile and inaccessible provinces in Afghanistan, writes the BBC’s Bilal Sarwary. It is also one of its most insecure - could other parts of the country go the same way? Nuristan is geographically cut off from the rest of Afghanistan and has next to no infrastructure, few medical facilities and endemic corruption.      Full news...

  • March 19, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Role of MI6, ISI, CIA and Iran in Afghanistan and region crisis
    Khaama Press: Afghanistan is considered to have a highly strategic value during the 21st century in southern and central Asian regions, owed to its geopolitical situation and untapped mineral resources. The country has proven to be a key inhibitor for the newly formed republics in central Asia besides having a high influence and pressure on China, Russia and Iran. Geographical and geopolitical situation of a nation has a direct impact over the internal, external and economical policies of a nation.      Full news...

  • March 18, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Media under fire
    The Killid Group: The year has started badly for press freedom. The independent media watchdog, NAI, has warned attacks on journalists have risen in 2013. As many as 31 cases were reported since the beginning of the year compared to only 12 cases in all of 2012. The attackers in the majority of cases were “governmental authorities”, Abdul Mujib Khelwatgar, the executive director of NAI, told the press in Herat.      Full news...

  • March 18, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Hidden wealth
    The Killid Group: Afghanistan has untapped oil and gas wealth that could solve its serious energy problems and transform the country. Nematullah Tanin investigates. The country imports 3.5 million tonnes of oil and 250,000 cubic metres of gas. The Ministry of Mines and Industry says there are potentially lucrative oil reserves including the Amu and Tajik basins, in Katawaz in Paktika, Tirpool in Helmand and Abrez in Herat.      Full news...

  • March 17, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    23 Farah women lose lives to domestic violence
    PAN: Twenty-three women and five men have lost their lives to domestic violence in western Farah province over the past year, an official said on Sunday. Included in the 154 cases of violence are the killings of 23 women, 64 divorce incidents and three instances of self-immolation, the women’s affairs director said.      Full news...

  • March 16, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans Protest US Special Operators in Wardak
    The Associated Press: Several hundred demonstrators are marching to the Afghan parliament building in Kabul, protesting the continued presence of U.S. special operations forces in Afghanistan’s troubled Wardak province. Kabul’s deputy police chief Gen. Mohammad Daud Amin says Saturday’s demonstration of roughly 500 protesters has been peaceful.      Full news...

  • March 15, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Ravages Of War: Afghanistan’s Paghman Gardens Before And After
    RFE/RL: In early February, “Picture This” ran a photo gallery titled “Afghanistan As It Once Was.” The photographs were taken in Kabul in the late 1960s by William Podlich, a professor at Arizona State University. Podlich, a camera buff, spent two years in Afghanistan -- teaching and taking pictures. His daughter, Peg Podlich, was kind enough to share some of her father’s photos with RFE/RL.      Full news...

  • March 14, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan, Ecology and the End of War
    Global Research: The United States has spent over 600 billion USD on its Afghan war effort, but most of the money has gone to military infrastructure and sophisticated weaponry; little of it has gone to the education of Afghan youth or to addressing the degradation of Afghan land. The children I am working with had never heard the word ‘ecology.’      Full news...

  • March 13, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    There was no peace for civilians
    The Killid Group: Nahoor in Ghazni province is picture postcard pretty. With plentiful water from streams and rain, it is green. There are orchards of apricots, plums, prunes and other fruit. Three decades ago it was the site of a bloodbath. Seventy-year-old Abdul Husain is a witness. From Deh Afghan, a village in Nahoor district, he says the scars left by war have not healed.      Full news...

  • March 12, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Newly-built school blown up in Badghis province
    PAN: Unknown assailants blew up a newly-built school building in Qala-i-Naw, the capital of northwestern Badghis province, an official said on Tuesday. They lobbed a hand-grenade into the building on Monday evening , comprehensively damaging two rooms of the school in Kharistan area, the governor’s spokesman, Sharafuddin Majidi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • March 12, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Analysis: Afghan women navigate a challenging judicial landscape
    IRIN: Sadaf Ahmadi*, 18, from the northern Afghan province of Badakshan, has arrived battered and bruised at a women’s refuge centre in Faizabad. It is her fifth such visit. Every time it is the same. Staff at the centre, run by Women for Women, an Afghan NGO, try to offer support, but every previous time local community leaders or the government courts send her back to her husband and the beatings continue.      Full news...

  • March 11, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    2 civilians dead in ISAF firing in Kabul
    PAN: Foreign troops opened fire at a private truck, killing its two occupants in the Deh Sabz district of central Kabul province, an official said on Monday. The incident occurred at 10:30am when the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) personnel fired shots at the vehicle of a private firm responsible for providing maintenance support to police, the Ministry of Interior spokesman, Gulam Siaddique Siddiqui, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...


  • March 10, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Sharp increase in violence against women
    PAN: Violence against women has dramatically increased in eastern provinces, where 220 cases were registered since the start of this year, compared to 40 incidents during the same period in 2012, officials said on Sunday. Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC)’s women wing head for eastern provinces, Sabrina, told a gathering marking the international women’s day, there were a total of 170 incidents...      Full news...

  • March 9, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Eight Children killed in Khost blast
    PAN: Eight children and one policeman were killed on Saturday when a suicide attacker blew up his explosives on a road beside a joint patrol of Afghan police and international forces in this capital city of southeastern Khost province, an official said. The strike around 10:30am targeted the joint Afghan-US patrol in the Kandi area on Khost City’s outskirts, but eight passing civilians were killed...      Full news...



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