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  • February 12, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s growing number of child drug addicts
    AFP: They play badminton, kick a ball around and huddle over computer games just like normal children. Except that they are recovering drug addicts aged around three to 12, representing a growing proportion of drug users in war-torn Afghanistan. In response, increasing numbers of rehabilitation centers are weaning such children off their addiction and giving them a new appetite for life...      Full news...

  • February 11, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s babies behind bars
    Friday Magazine: High barricades and blast-proof walls are a common sight in Kabul, and it is impossible to travel through the Afghan capital without encountering a barrage of police and private security checkpoints. There is an overwhelming sense of unease every time you stop at each one, but these are just some of the precautions taken for security reasons...      Full news...

  • February 10, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    13-year-old Boy jailed in Afghanistan for having sex with two men—HRW
    AFP: Rights campaigners voiced outrage on Sunday over a 13-year-old Afghan boy jailed for having sex with two adult men, urging the Western-backed Kabul government to release him and punish his abusers. The boy, accused of having sex with two men in a public park in the western province of Herat, was sentenced to one year in juvenile detention, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement.      Full news...

  • February 9, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Helmand residents stage protest rally in Kabul
    PAN: Dozens of people coming all the way from southern Helmand province to this central capital on Saturday staged a protest demonstration, asking the government to resolve their problems regarding health, security and electricity. Participants of the rally gathered in front of parliament house and then started marching on road leading to the Ministry of Power and Energy.      Full news...

  • February 8, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Herat court orders 80 lashes to man
    PAN: An urban court ordered 80 lashes to a man for drinking alcohol in western Herat province, an official said on Friday. The ruling came after the man had confessed to drinking the banned beverage, said Abdul Rassoul Mansoor, the judge who ordered the lashes. He told reporters in Herat City, the provincial capital, that similar sentences handed down to seven other men since last March.      Full news...


  • February 7, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Hamid Karzai swaps Kabul fortress for Claridge’s finery
    The Guardian: Living in the shadow of terror and the threat of assassination around the clock, Hamid Karzai could be forgiven for indulging in a bit of relaxing comfort whenever he gets the chance. But to touch down in London and check into Claridge’s, one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, the day he issued a decree back home to curtail government expenses is, at best, a sign that the Afghan president is prone to a touch of political frailty...      Full news...


  • February 5, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    HRW: Hundreds of Afghan children killed in US attacks
    Human Rights Watch: The United States government should promptly carry out the recommendations of a United Nations committee of experts to improve protection of children abroad from armed conflict. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child released a report and recommendations to the US government on February 5, 2013. The committee raised a number of concerns regarding US practices during armed conflict...      Full news...

  • February 5, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US Soldiers Kill Five Civilians in Afghanistan
    Prensa Latina: U.S. soldiers killed five civilians, including two women and three children, during a raid carried out on Monday in the western Afghan province of Herat, the province’s authorities reported today. The U.S. special forces’ operation was aimed at clearing the Shindandm district of alleged rebels, noted chief of the locality Abdul Hamid Noor, who noted at least two rebels were injured as well as some soldiers.      Full news...

  • February 5, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban run training camp in Deshu: Naeem
    PAN: The Taliban are running a training camp, with fighters receiving practical guidance, in the Deshu district of southern Helmand province, the governor said on Tuesday. In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Mohammad Naeem said the Taliban had established a training centre in the Bahramcha area that borders Pakistan.      Full news...

  • February 4, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    One wedding, and many funerals: Russian Soldiers Attack Village
    The Killid Group: Wasel Khan relives the horror of the Hada massacre, one of the most brutal attacks on civilians in Afghan history. The village of Hada in Nangarhar province had waited all year for Jahanzeb’s wedding in December 1984. Winter weddings are a time of celebration in snow-bound parts of the country. Jahanzeb, a soldier in the Afghan army, had come home for the wedding.      Full news...

  • February 3, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan official: Roadside bomb kills family of 5 in southern Afghanistan
    The Associated Press: An Afghan government official says a roadside bomb has killed a family of five in the south of the country. The administrator for Miyanishin district in Helmand province, Shah Mahmood Shafa, says the family was driving through the district in a Toyota Corolla Saturday night when their car struck a bomb. He did not say if the explosion had targeted them, or how the bomb was detonated.      Full news...

  • February 1, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan human rights conditions likely to worsen: HRW
    Reuters: Afghanistan’s human rights situation remains poor and will likely deteriorate even further with the departure of Nato-led forces from the country next year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in its annual global report on Thursday. Increasing international fatigue over the 11-year war has led to reduced pressure on the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai...      Full news...

  • February 1, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    “Incalculable waste” in U.S.-paid 100 billion USD Afghan fund
    Washington Examiner: The unprecedented 100 billion USD program slated to rebuild war-torn Afghanistan has been ravaged by theft, cost overruns, bribes, unused facilities and “incalculable waste,” and now the federal auditor of the reconstruction effort is urging Congress to make sure taxpayers are getting their money’s worth before spending more.      Full news...

  • January 31, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Scars Are an ‘Honor’ Victim’s Sole Testimony
    The New York Times: The stitches and bandages are gone, but scars streak across one side of the girl’s face, across her cheek and behind her ear: stark testimony to the brutal attack she barely survived three months ago. When the girl, Gul Meena, is with other people, even those whom she knows at the shelter where she now lives, she pulls a veil across the damaged side of her face, often touching it gingerly and sucking in her breath.      Full news...

  • January 30, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan widows would “rather die”
    Deutsche Welle: Afghan widows are struggling for survival. After their husbands’ deaths, the women are faced with rape, poverty and social condemnation. One of them considers her life to have ended before it ever really began. Gulghotay’s world fell apart she when heard the news of her husband’s death. They had been married for only three months and now he was suddenly dead.      Full news...

  • January 29, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan sues police over daughter’s murder
    Al Jazeera: Anisa Azam is a small woman with extraordinary courage. Her lined face makes her look older than her 40-something years, and there is a permanent sadness about her. Last March her daughter Khatera was murdered. Azam tried to prevent it: A few weeks before the death, she and her daughter went to a Kabul police station to report a history of spousal abuse, and threats against her daughter.      Full news...

  • January 28, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Civilians live and work among landmines
    The Killid Group: Efforts to clear Afghanistan of landmines have been painfully slow. At least 45 people lose their limbs every month to deadly anti-personnel mines, which have been banned by 161 countries. Afghanistan should have been free of landmines by the end of 2013. In December last year it was among four countries that requested extensions on their mine clearance deadlines. The country has been granted until 2023 to clear all mined areas.      Full news...

  • January 27, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bomb Attacks Kill 13 People in Afghanistan
    Prensa Latina: Two bomb attacks in other southern provinces of Afghanistan killed 13 people, including 11 policemen, and wounded another 13, according to a report from official sources. In conflict-torn Kandahar province, an explosive device was activated while a patrol of agents was passing by and killed eight policemen and wounded six.      Full news...

  • January 25, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    I killed people in Afghanistan. Was I right or wrong?
    The Washington Post: When I joined the Marine Corps, I knew I would kill people. I was trained to do it in a number of ways, from pulling a trigger to ordering a bomb strike to beating someone to death with a rock. As I got closer to deploying to war in 2009, my lethal abilities were refined, but my ethical understanding of killing was not. I held two seemingly contradictory beliefs: Killing is always wrong, but in war, it is necessary.      Full news...

  • January 25, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Airline Ferried Opium, U.S. Alleges
    The Wall Street Journal: The U.S. military has blacklisted Afghanistan’s largest private airline, alleging it is smuggling “bulk” quantities of opium on civilian flights to Tajikistan, a corridor through which the drugs reach the rest of the world. Kam Air was barred this month from receiving U.S. military contracts by U.S. Central Command chief Marine Gen. James Mattis, according to U.S. military officials.      Full news...

  • January 24, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Canada and torture in Afghanistan: The truth is still waiting to be heard
    Rabble.ca: The critics may love it, but Zero Dark Thirty has made U.S. senators John McCain, Carl Levin and Dianne Feinstein very angry. The trio of politicians says that, contrary to the movie’s allegedly true portrayal, torture was never used to gain information on the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden. But let it not be forgotten that torture was used in the hunt for countless other terror suspects.      Full news...

  • January 23, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman Found Hanged in Jawzjan
    TOLOnews.com: An investigation is underway into the death of a 27-old-year woman found Wednesday morning hanged in her home in northern Jawzjan province, local officials said. The hanging took place last night in the woman Rahila’s home in the Shirik village of Jawzjan’s Aqcha district, the spokesman of 303 Pamir Police Zone in north Afghanistan, Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai, said.      Full news...


  • January 22, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    17 Die from Cold in Afghan Refugee Camps
    VOA News: The rights group Amnesty International says 17 people have died from cold weather conditions in Afghan refugee camps, and it warns against a repeat of last year, when 100 people died in the camps due to a lack of assistance. Amnesty made the announcement Tuesday, saying that most of the 17 who died in the first two weeks of January this year were children.      Full news...

  • January 21, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mohaqiq, Dostum and Atta Mohammad Noor accused stealing customs revenue
    PAN: A lawmaker and member of the National Front of Afghanistan, Mohammad Mohaqiq, denied involvement in seizing government-owned land and stealing the revenue of customs departments in northern provinces. Quoting sources in the Attorney General Office and the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption, some media outlets on Sunday reported Mohaqiq and some other political figures had pocketed huge government funds      Full news...

  • January 20, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UN report: Torture in Afghan prisons is “widespread”
    BBC News: The United Nations says torture in Afghan prisons continues to be widespread despite its recommendations in a similar report in 2011. More than half of the 635 detainees interviewed by UN investigators said they had been ill-treated or tortured. The Afghan government says the claims are exaggerated, the BBC’s Quentin Sommerville in Kabul says.      Full news...

  • January 17, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Two Girls Seek Justice in Multiple Rape Cases
    TOLOnews.com: Two girls are seeking justice for two separate rape cases in Afghanistan’s central and northern provinces, both accusing government personnel of raping them after they sought help from a previous rape. In northern Baghlan province’s Nahrin district, 13-year-old Zarbibi was allegedly raped by her cousin multiple times, and was subsequently raped by the police officer investigating her case.      Full news...

  • January 16, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A 15-year old Girl raped in Directorship Department of Women’s Affairs
    VOA Dari (Translated by RAWA): Officials in a human rights office in Daikundi province say that a 15-year old girl was raped in the Directorship Department of Women’s Affairs of this province. Six guards of this office have been arrested on suspicions of being involved. It is not yet clear whether the girl was gang-raped or raped turn by turn, but local authorities have said that her condition is not serious.      Full news...



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