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  • October 16, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    60pc Afghan children facing malnutrition: WFP
    PAN: The World Food Programme on Wednesday said 60 percent children were reportedly faced with malnutrition in Afghanistan alone, with over 842 million individuals lacking adequate food around the world. “While security issues related to insurgency and foreign aggression monopolize most discourse in Afghanistan, a lesser noted form of insecurity – food and nutrition shortage – also threatens the country's prosperity,” a WFP statement said.      Full news...

  • October 14, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Stark, beautiful - and a danger to mothers
    BBC News: Who would ever wish to be pregnant in a place with that kind of danger? But Afghan women living in the remote northern province of Badakhshan have had no other choice. In 2009 we travelled to the villages with the worst ever recorded rate of women dying in childbirth.      Full news...

  • October 13, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Civilians suffer casualties in NATO forces fire
    PAN: Two civilians were killed and five others injured as foreign troops opened fire in response to an insurgent attack in eastern Kunar province, where Taliban executed two young boys on spying charges, an official said on Sunday. Militants fired mortar shells at a base of foreign troops in Asadabad, the provincial capital, sparking a retaliatory fire from the troops, the governor said.      Full news...

  • October 13, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Flashback to 1979: A massacre of unarmed civilians in an uprising
    The Killid Group: The public mourning for 4,785 people killed during the first 20 weeks of communist rule has brought back memories of tens of thousands of others who were abducted and disappeared or killed. Few people survived the brutal interrogations and incarceration. This testimony* is of Sayed Akbar Jafari who witnessed the Chendawol uprising.      Full news...

  • October 11, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    On International Girl’s Day, Violence Against Women Trends Worrying
    TOLOnews.com: In an interview with TOLOnews on the International Day of the Girl Child, Assistant General Secretary of the United Nations (UN) John Hendra expressed major concerns with recent trends of violence against women, which he said were threatening the gains made since the fall of the Taliban in improving the lives of female Afghans.      Full news...

  • October 9, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan risks becoming “narco-state” - U.N. official
    Reuters: Afghanistan risks becoming a “full-fledged narco-state” without international support to help create alternative jobs for its people, a senior United Nations official said on Wednesday. Yury Fedotov, head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), painted a bleak picture of Afghanistan’s narcotics problem before next year’s withdrawal of NATO-led combat forces.      Full news...

  • October 8, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Malalai Joya speaks about women, violence in Afghanistan
    The Tufts Daily: Malalai Joya, Afghan activist and former member of the Afghan National Assembly, gave a presentation entitled “Prospects for Afghan Women and Non-Intervention in My Country” in Barnum Hall yesterday. “I want to share with you the consequences of this vile, disgusting war,” Joya said. “It is changing our country into one of Mafia states and war crimes. Life is now tougher for millions of Afghans.”      Full news...

  • October 7, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Violence against women rises in southeast
    PAN: The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission office in the southeastern zone on Monday said incidents of violence against women had increased in Paktia, Paktika and Khost. The office head, Prof. Noor Ahmad Shamim, told Pajhwok Afghan News so far 99 cases of violence against the gender had been registered over the past six months, compared to 73 cases in the corresponding period last year, showing 25 percent surge.      Full news...

  • October 6, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Presidential Hopefuls Are Told to Leave Guns at Home
    The New York Times: The deadline for registering as a candidate in Afghanistan’s coming presidential election was Sunday, and the election commission had a request for contenders: When you come to declare your candidacy, do not bring your gunmen. Afghan and Western officials have for months described the election, scheduled for April 5, as a chance for Afghans to decide the path their country will take as the forces of the American-led coalition depart.      Full news...



  • October 3, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Tomgram: Ann Jones, Americans Can’t Remember, Afghans Will Never Forget
    TomDispatch.com: The Afghan War is officially winding down. American casualties, generally from towns and suburbs you’ve never heard of unless you were born there, are still coming in. Though far fewer American troops are in the field with Afghan forces, devastating “insider attacks” in which a soldier or policeman turns his gun on his American allies, trainers, or mentors still periodically occur. Civilian casualties continue to rise.      Full news...

  • October 2, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan civilian casualties up by 16 percent in 2013: UN
    Stars and Stripes: Civilian casualties in Afghanistan increased 16 percent in the first eight months of 2013 compared with last year, the United Nations reported on Wednesday. Some regions of the country have seen “stark” increases in violence against civilians, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan Human Rights Director Georgette Gagnon, told journalists in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.      Full news...

  • October 1, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan mourns victims of Soviet puppet era
    BBC News: Afghans have begun two days of mourning for victims of the communist government in the late 1970s. It was prompted by a list naming 5,000 people who were killed or disappeared in that time. Many were conservative opponents of the government which seized power in April 1978 - a year before the Soviet invasion. The BBC’s David Loyn reports from Kabul.      Full news...

  • September 30, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A tragic legacy of Afghanistan’s war
    Daily News Egypt: The revelation that the number of opium-addicted Afghan children has reached new highs is a sad, unintended consequence of the war in that country. It dramatically illustrates how adult war games can doom generations of children to a miserable life. It is one of the tragic legacies of a disastrous war. The extent of health problems in children as a result of such exposure is not known.      Full news...


  • September 28, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Corruption sinks deep roots in ministry for refugee welfare
    The Killid Group: An Independent Media Consortium (IMC) investigation reveals serious administrative corruption in the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations (MoRR). Findings by the IMC have also implicated Refugees and Repatriation Minister Dr Jamaher Anwary. The minister got UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency, to transfer tens of thousands of dollars to the personal accounts of family members and others.      Full news...

  • September 26, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Prison Probe Should Address Longstanding Abuses
    Human Rights Watch: A new Afghan government committee investigating prison conditions should focus on meaningful reforms to end torture and other pervasive abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. On September 8, 2013, President Hamid Karzai created a committee to “study the general conditions of prisons and detention centers, along with the condition and situation of prisoners and detainees” and submit findings and recommendations within three months.      Full news...

  • September 25, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Three Afghan ministers arrested in Nepal for assaulting woman
    Afghanpaper.com (Translated by RAWA): An authentic source at the Foreign Ministry of Afghanistan told our honorary correspondent this morning (Monday) that three government ministers were imprisoned for assaulting a Nepali woman. Ghulam Farooq Wardak, the Education Minister, Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, the Minister of Finance, and Wais Barmak, the Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, were all...      Full news...

  • September 24, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Warlord ambitions cast shadow on poll legitimacy
    The Killid Group: On Sep 16, the three-week period for filing nominations for the April 2014 presidential and provincial elections started. Afghan voters will be going to the polls to decide their leaders. But there exists an underlying fear that like in previous elections the warlords, former leaders of jehadist parties, immeasurably wealthy and powerful, will deal with the destiny of people.      Full news...

  • September 23, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Biased members still on Afghan election commission: Civil society
    PAN: Two leading civil society groups on Monday said their concerns about upcoming elections had increased due to lack of transparent and effective guidelines and the presence of biased commission members. In a joint statement, Afghan Anti-Corruption Network (AACN) and Anti-Corruption Watch Organization said the nation was witness to fraudulent presidential and provincial council elections last time.      Full news...

  • September 22, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In Kabul, trading women like cattle
    Deutsche Welle: Pimps and customers call her Diljan. “I serve the rich and the executive class,” said the round-faced blonde with green eyes. “If the guys have money, they can have me for a night.” Depending on the nature of the service, her rates range from 20,000 to 90,000 Indian rupees (230 to 1,030 euros) for a night.      Full news...

  • September 20, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US Wars in Afghanistan, Iraq to Cost 6 trillion USD
    Global Research News: Remember, when President George Bush’s National Economic Council Director, Lawrence Lindsey, had told the country’s largest newspaper “The Wall Street Journal” that the war would cost between 100 billion USD and 200 billion USD, he had found himself under intense fire from his colleagues in the administration who claimed that this was a gross overestimation.      Full news...

  • September 19, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Canada’s Use of Chemical Weapons in Afghanistan
    Global Research News: Somewhere in the Lester B. Pearson Building, Canada’s foreign affairs headquarters, must be a meeting room with the inscription “The World Should Do as We Say, Not As We Do” or perhaps “Hypocrites ‘R Us.” With the Obama administration beating the war drums, Canadian officials are demanding a response to the Syrian regime’s alleged use of the chemical weapon sarin.      Full news...


  • September 18, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s dancing boys
    IRIN: Sexual exploitation of boys, in particular the practice of “bacha bazi” (literally boy play) in which boys are “owned” for dancing and sex, remains one of the least talked about abuses in Afghanistan. It is an age-old custom, banned by the Taliban when they were in power, but now undergoing a resurgence.      Full news...

  • September 17, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Policewomen battle pervasive sex abuse in Afghanistan
    Khaama Press: The United Nations in it’s latest report has revealed that female police officers are facing pervasive sexual violence and harassment by their male colleagues. The unpublished UN report was circulated among the senior interior ministry officials only, The New York Times reported.      Full news...



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