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  • November 24, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Eloping Baghlan pair shot to death
    PAN: Locals shot dead a girl and her boyfriend after they eloped in northern Baghlan province, officials said Saturday. The girl eloped with Saifullah, but they were caught by the people in the Ghori area on the outskirts of Pul-i-Khumri, Abdullah, said a police commander, also the boy brother.      Full news...

  • November 23, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ISAF blamed for killing civilians in Batikot
    PAN: International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) soldiers killed two civilians in the Batikot district of eastern Nangarhar province, the Presidential Palace said, but the alliance insisted the dead were militants. Nangarhar Governor Attaullah Ludin said ISAF troops raided the houses of two brothers, who were labourers, in the Shabdiani locality of Batikot. The incident resulted in the killing of both, the statement added.      Full news...

  • November 22, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pact Provides for Permanent US Occupation of Afghanistan
    World Socialist Web Site: A draft agreement reached late Wednesday night between Washington and the puppet regime of President Hamid Karzai calls for as many as 15,000 foreign troops, the vast majority of them American, to continue occupying Afghanistan through 2024 and beyond. The deal would also leave the Pentagon in control of nine major bases spread across eight provinces.      Full news...

  • November 20, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan refugees in Iran face abuse, forced deportations: HRW
    The New York Times: They have few rights, can be arrested on sight and deprived of a trial, and are often deported four, five or more times — and no sooner are they across the border than they head back. Sometimes they are victims of vigilante justice; routinely, as unauthorized immigrants, they are denied work.      Full news...

  • November 18, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A cobbler robbed by rebels of daily income
    PAN: A 13-year-old son of an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier, who lost both his legs to a roadside bombing, says Taliban daily come to his shoemaking shop in the Batikot district of Nangarhar province and snatch his earning. Nizam said his father lost his legs during a patrol in eastern Kunar province, an incident that changed his life. His father would feed his family until he was not disabled.      Full news...

  • November 17, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Fuel prices rise as mercury falls
    The Killid Group: Traders and importers have combined to hike the price of cooking gas and other fuel for heating as winter begins to bite. Consumers are feeling the pinch of the rivalry between the Association of Oil Importers and the Ghazanfar Group. Corruption at the customs on the border, a hike in taxes and the blocking of Ghazanfar refinery has sent fuel prices zooming.      Full news...

  • November 17, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Corruption shadow on mining
    The Killid Group: Herat’s provincial authorities led by Governor Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi are accusing the department of mines of allowing “powerful people” to “loot” the mines. In an exclusive interview the governor told Killid, “The mines department of Herat has no control of the mines at all. There is no real supervision of the extraction, which is being exploited by powerful people.”      Full news...

  • November 14, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A War Without End: US Atrocities in Afghanistan
    CounterPunch: US drones murder Afghan civilian men, women and children. American grounds forces do it up close and personal. US inflicted death, torture and other atrocities reflect daily life. Ordinary Afghans suffer most. They struggle to survive. American aggression is one of history’s greatest crimes. War criminals remain unpunished. Accountability is denied. Conflict persists. It’s Washington’s longest war. It’s longer than WW I and II combined.      Full news...

  • November 13, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UN report says Afghan opium poppy production hits record high
    The Associated Press: Afghanistan’s opium production surged this year to record levels, despite international efforts over the past decade to wean the country off the narcotics trade, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.N.’s drug control agency. The harvest this past May resulted in a staggering 5,500 metric tons (6,060 tons) of opium, 49 percent higher than last year and more than the combined output of the rest of the world.      Full news...

  • November 11, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Father barters 5-year-old daughter for land
    PAN: A man has bartered his five years old daughter to a boy in return for 1.5-acre of land in northern Jawzjan province, fuelling concerns among rights campaigners. Maghfirat Samimi, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) chief for Jawzjan, Faryab and Sar-i-Pul provinces, identified the minor girl as Asma -- a resident of Darzab district.      Full news...

  • November 10, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Local police officer illicitly digging up chromite with foreign troops
    PAN: The Integrity Watch Afghanistan on Sunday alleged an Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander was illegally extracting chromite in huge quantity over the past year with cooperation from foreign troops in eastern Kunar province. After a year-long investigation, the non-governmental organisation released a report on the unlawful extraction of chromite in the Akhunzadagan village...      Full news...

  • November 9, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    No childhood for most children
    The Killid Group: Child labour is rampant in Afghanistan. Many children are forced by circumstances to do hard labour for a trifling wage. They risk long-term health problems, even death. For most children a normal childhood and school are distant dreams.An Independent Media Consortium (IMC) investigation*. On the basis of information provided by the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) there are 1.9 million working children in the country.      Full news...

  • November 8, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Marine guilty of Afghanistan murder
    BBC News: A Royal Marine has been found guilty by a military court of murdering an injured Afghan insurgent, in what the prosecution called “an execution”. The sergeant, known only as Marine A, faces a mandatory life term over the shooting of the unknown man while on patrol in Helmand Province, in 2011. Two other marines were cleared.      Full news...

  • November 7, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    HRW calls for prosecution of US personnel involved in abuse
    Human Rights Watch: The United States government should undertake a thorough and impartial investigation into new allegations of US complicity in the killings of 18 men in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said today. An article published on November 6, 2013, by Rolling Stone magazine contains new information that US personnel were implicated in the killings in Nerkh district, Wardak province, which occurred in late 2012 and early 2013.      Full news...

  • November 6, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Minister Says 12,000 Afghan Heritage Sites At Risk Addressing the 4th Milad-e-Kabul Cultural & Research Festival on Wednesday, the Afghan Minister of Information and Culture Makhdom Raheen said that more than 12,00 cultural heritage sites in Afghanistan are under threat of damage or destruction. Most would say Afghanistan has come a long way from the days of the Taliban when the famous Bamyan Buddhas became targets for military artillery.      Full news...

  • November 6, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mayor’s son stabs engineer to death
    PAN: The Faizabad mayor’s son stabbed to death a construction engineer in northeastern Badakhshan province, an official said on Wednesday. Col. Syed Jahangir Karamat, the deputy police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the victim, Ahmad Javed was on the way to his brother wedding’s ceremony in Faizabad.      Full news...

  • November 3, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    5.3 percent of Afghan population are drug users
    The New York Times: The addicts stalk the streets of this border post like hollowed-out skeletons, hair matted by filth and eyes glassy. The villages that hug the roads are veritable zombie towns, where families of men, women and children hide their addiction within barren mud compounds. “Sometimes I feel it is better to die than live like this,” said Haidar, 30, seated on the floor of his living room beside a small tin of sugarlike powder.      Full news...

  • November 2, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Comment: Meet the most crooked cop in Afghanistan
    Foreign Policy: Afghan police chief Sarwar Jan was accused of sexually abusing teen boys on U.S. bases in Afghanistan when U.S. Marines pressed to have him removed from power in a violent district in 2010. Turns out that might only be the beginning of his crimes, though.      Full news...

  • October 31, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan 139th on Legatum Prosperity Index
    PAN: Afghanistan has been placed among the world’s saddest nations in the latest “Prosperity Index” issued by a global organisation on Thursday. The latest five-year index -- released by the London-based Legatum Institute -- placed Afghanistan 139 in its rankings, reflecting the overall wealth, health and happiness of countries.      Full news...

  • October 30, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Male prostitution thriving due to involvement of wealthy and powerful individuals
    PAN: The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Wednesday expressed its deep concern over the increasing culture of male prostitution in society, asking the government to check the menace. The AIHRC said the immoral practice was widespread and increasingly becoming a tradition involving powerful men. The individuals complicit in the sordid business were apparently getting away with the crime, she added.      Full news...

  • October 29, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US monitored 22 billion phone calls in one month in Afghanistan
    The Middle East Monitor: According to information reported by Cryptome, the NSA monitored 7.8 billion calls in Saudi Arabia, the same figure as Iraq; the Saudi government has not commented on the issue yet. Afghanistan and Pakistan have the lion’s share of monitored calls, with 21.98 and 12.76 billion respectively. In Europe, the US monitored a staggering 361 million calls in Germany, followed by France with 70.2 million and Spain with 61 million.      Full news...

  • October 27, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Officials: 18 Killed in Afghanistan Roadside Blast
    VOA: A roadside bomb blast hit a bus in eastern Afghanistan Sunday, killing 18 civilians, most of them women. Afghan officials said the blast occurred in the Andar district of Ghazni province as the bus was going from one village to another just before dusk. Fourteen women, three men and a child were reported killed. Five other women were were wounded, and a police official said two were in critical condition.      Full news...

  • October 25, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Collateral damage: Cost of each US soldier in Afghanistan soars to 2.1 mln USD
    RT: The cost of keeping each American soldier in Afghanistan is set to nearly double to 2.1 million, at the same time that crucial sectors of the US military are underfunded, according to a new analysis of the Pentagon’s budget. US military planners are scrambling to explain why the cost has ballooned to 2.1 million USD, after holding steady at 1.3 million USD annually for the past five years.      Full news...

  • October 24, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Are Afghanistan’s Schools Doing As Well As Touted?
    NPR: It’s one of the most touted "positive statistics" about Afghanistan: Today, there are 10 million Afghans enrolled in school, 40 percent of them female. Under the Taliban, about 1 million boys and almost no girls were attending schools. Western officials routinely point to the revived education system as a sign of success and hope for the future.      Full news...

  • October 24, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    21 would-be child bombers detained
    PAN: Intelligence operatives in eastern Laghman province have detained 21 children, some as young as 7, being taken to Pakistan for receiving suicide attack training, an official said on Thursday. The children, aged between 7 and 12 years, were detained a day earlier after they entered Laghman from Nuristan province, the provincial National Directorate of Security (NDS) spokesman Nasrullah Nasrat told a press conference.      Full news...

  • October 22, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Fighting for women’s rights in Afghanistan
    Foreign Policy: On April 22, 2013, complying with the verdict of his village’s mullahs, a father publicly executed his daughter in Afghanistan’s northwestern province of Badghis. The young mother’s alleged crime: running away with a male cousin while her husband was in Iran. This case, among many others, shows that the Afghan state has failed to protect women from violence.      Full news...

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