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  • March 9, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Weekend Violence Kills 11 Civilians in Afghanistan
    The Associated Press: A roadside bomb ripped through a car in southern Afghanistan, the deadliest of a series of weekend attacks that killed 11 civilians, officials said Sunday. Seven people, including three women and two children, were killed and eight others wounded when the car was hit while traveling in the volatile Helmand province, according to a statement by the provincial governor’s office.      Full news...


  • March 6, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    5 ANA soldiers killed, 17 injured in NATO airstrike
    International Business Times: Five soldiers were killed and 17 people in total were injured in an air strike led by NATO in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Logar on Thursday. Among the wounded were eight members of the Afghan National Army and the soldiers’ deaths were confirmed by NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, which called it an accident.      Full news...

  • March 5, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Secret Lives of Afghanistan’s Female Poets
    Slate Magazine (blog): A few years ago, award-winning journalist and poet Eliza Griswold learned the story of Zarmina, a young girl in Afghanistan who had regularly phoned a radio hotline for women who wanted to share poems called “landays.” Landays are couplets expressing laments, jokes, and frustrations; they are forbidden to many Afghan women because they imply dishonor and free will.      Full news...

  • March 3, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Highway robbers rule
    The Killid Group: Driving between Dasht-e-Archi and Kunduz City is perilous. Armed gangs are robbing people with impunity on the busy highway between the district and the provincial capital. Twenty-five buses were stopped on the Abdan Dasht stretch, and passengers forced to give up jewelry, money and goods.      Full news...

  • March 2, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Number of slain women rises to 32 in Jawzjan province
    PAN: A woman was gunned down by her in-laws in Jawzjan, taking the number of women killed in the northern province this solar year to 32, police said on Sunday. Provincial police chief Brig. Gen. Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani told Pajhwok Afghan News the 21-year-old married woman had been shot to death with a hunting rifle in Shiberghan, the provincial capital.      Full news...

  • March 1, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan notebook: Illiterate army
    BBC Persian TV: About half the personnel serving in Afghanistan’s security services are illiterate, despite huge investments in teaching programmes, according to a survey by a US watchdog. According to the Afghan Education Ministry, only about one-third of Afghans can read and write.      Full news...

  • February 27, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mother-child mortality rate surges in Afghan province
    PAN: A number of people in some districts of the central Baghlan province complained about dramatic surge in mother-child mortality rate because of lack of female nurses and doctors. The Jolga district of the province had no female doctor but Borka, Pul-i-Hesar, Talah-o-Barfak and Guzargah-i-Noor districts had one or two female nurses and doctors who used to discharge their duties only day time.      Full news...


  • February 25, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    “Deepening” medical crisis in Afghanistan
    The New York Times: The patients in the four hospitals run by Doctors Without Borders in Afghanistan are the lucky ones, by all accounts, having arrived at well-stocked facilities that maintain international standards with high-quality free care. But when Doctors Without Borders, a French medical aid organization also known as Médecins Sans Frontières, surveyed 800...      Full news...

  • February 24, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Occupation of Afghanistan is not ‘democracy’
    Workers World: When the anti-war movement makes the argument that U.S. and NATO troops must get out of Afghanistan, liberal apologists for the war counter that without the troops, the country will fall under the control of the Taliban, and any improvements in the status of women or other “democratic” measures will be reversed.      Full news...

  • February 23, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Civilian deaths spark protest in Herat
    PAN: Hundreds of people on Sunday staged a protest against Afghan security forces, foreign troops and the mayor of western Herat province, an official said. Shindand district residents and doctors’ union members took part in the protest, chanting slogans against local security forces and foreign troops.      Full news...

  • February 23, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Weak rights mechanisms fail Afghan children
    The Killid Group: Teenagers are being recruited into the ranks of armed fighters against the government. The situation is particularly alarming in western Afghanistan – Herat, Farah, Ghor and Badghis provinces. General Abdul Samad, chief of the National Directorate of Security in Farah, has evidence of recruitment of 15 to 18-year-old boys in Bala Bolok, Bakwah and Gulistan districts.      Full news...

  • February 20, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: It’s the Election, Stupid!
    Antiwar.com: A few weeks after the never-prescient O’Hanlon (whose crystal ball might as well be a bowling ball when it comes to war and foreign policy-gaming) wrote those words, two campaign aides for one of the election front-runners, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, were shot dead in the streets of Herat. A campaigner for another top presidential contender, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, was beaten to a pulp by unknown assailants outside a sauna in Korokh.      Full news...


  • February 19, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Jobless man commits suicide
    PAN: A 20-year-old man has committed suicide because of economic problems and unemployment in the Burka district of northern Baghlan province. A school graduate, Shafiullah, shot himself to death with a pistol, his cousin Mohammad Nasir told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • February 18, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Jihadists create “no-go zones” in northern Afghanistan
    Threat Matrix: For years, The Long War Journal has observed that while media coverage has tended to focus on the Taliban and allied jihadists' efforts in the Afghan south and west, the groups have devoted significant resources in the north. And not just in the provinces of Kunar and Nuristan. The Taliban and groups such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and the Turkistan Islamic Party have been active in the northern and northwestern provinces of Badakhshan, Takhar, Baghlan, Kunduz, Samagan, Balkh, Sar-i-Pul, Jawzjan, Faryab, and Badghis.      Full news...

  • February 17, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Canada spent 50 million USD on Dahla Dam, but it’s not working
    Ottawa Citizen: It is one of Canada’s main legacies in Afghanistan, meant to bring prosperity and jobs and win the hearts and minds of the Afghans in Kandahar province. And it still isn’t fully functioning. Situated around 35 kilometres north of Kandahar City, the massive Dahla Dam has been visited by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who highlighted it as one of his government’s “signature projects” in this destitute South Asian country.      Full news...

  • February 14, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ​US scraps ‘glossy propaganda’ plans for Afghanistan aid projects
    RT: A US federal agency that sought to pay photographers for “positive images” of its work in Afghanistan has canceled the program. The project, created to combat negative news coverage, collapsed amid charges that the effort amounted to propaganda. Using USD 1 billion on aid programs in Afghanistan, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) solicited proposals on Monday for a project that aimed to...      Full news...

  • February 13, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Legalized Spousal Abuse Is Coming to Afghanistan
    The Daily Beast: Nelosar was 15 years old when she was married off to a man more than twice her age. When she told her father she did not want to marry and wanted to continue her education instead, he replied that he would kill her if she didn’t comply. She entered into the marriage, but was ruthlessly beaten by her in-laws and her husband. “I never loved him, but I had to stay,” Nelosar (not her real name) says.      Full news...

  • February 12, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Worsening Afghan humanitarian situation
    IRIN: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today launched this year’s Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP) in Kabul, Afghanistan, identifying a worsening humanitarian situation but reducing the appeal to 406 million USD from last year’s 474 million USD. “At the start of 2014, Afghanistan faces an uncertain future, where the political and security transitions are bound to bring about major changes to the country and its people,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Mark Bowden, speaking at the launch event.      Full news...

  • February 11, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul mayor accused of massive corruption
    PAN: A parliamentary panel on Wednesday accused the Kabul mayor of committing massive corruption ranging from the sale of government lands on forged documents to embezzlement of millions of dollars. Members of the Wolesi Jirga Commission on Communications and Transportation presented findings of their probe into complaints against Mayor Muhammad Yunus Nawandesh at a press conference in Kabul, calling for his immediate removal.      Full news...

  • February 10, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Woman beaten to death by husband
    RAWA News: Bulbul Bismillah, who lived in Bangi in Takhar province, was killed by her husband on January 30, 2014. Her sister gave the details of her death and marriage, “She was 25 years old and had been married for two years. She had one child. We had not been in contact with her for a while because her husband did not allow anyone to visit them. We bought them gifts and cloths but her husband returned them...      Full news...

  • February 9, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Registration of properties fails to counter corruption
    The Killid Group: The Property Registration Unit in the High Office of Oversight and Corruption (HOOAC) is mandated to register properties of all high-ranking authorities. But former officials in the unit say it has neither been successful nor countered administrative corruption.      Full news...

  • February 8, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Civilian casualties up by 14pc in 2013: UN
    Reuters: War took an increasing toll on Afghanistan’s civilians in 2013 as fighting intensified between the government and insurgents, the United Nations said in a report on Saturday, with total casualties rising 14 percent. The gradual withdrawal of foreign troops has left Afghan government forces more vulnerable to attack by insurgents, and the resulting battles helped account for last year’s rise in casualties, according to the report.      Full news...

  • February 7, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Former warlord campaigns to succeed Karzai
    The Associated Press: He has been called a mentor to accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the man who welcomed Osama bin Laden to Afghanistan in the 1990s. He was accused of war crimes and atrocities, and even has a terror group named after him in the Philippines. But these days, Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf has refashioned himself as an influential lawmaker, elder statesman and religious scholar — and possibly the next president of Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • February 6, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Salt and Terror in Afghanistan
    The Huffington Post: Two weeks ago in a room in Kabul, Afghanistan, I joined several dozen people, working seamstresses, some college students, socially engaged teenagers and a few visiting internationals like myself, to discuss world hunger. Our emphasis was not exclusively on their own country’s worsening hunger problems. The Afghan Peace Volunteers, in whose home we were meeting, draw strength from looking beyond their own very real struggles.      Full news...

  • February 5, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    32 polling stations closed in Afghan province due to growing insecurity
    PAN: At least 32 polling stations have been closed in central Sar-i-Pul province due to growing insecurity and continuous threats from militants, a top security official said on Thursday. Col. Ghulam Sakhi Haidari told Pajhwok Afghan News that a total of 143 polling stations were active in the province but 32 had been shut in Shiram, Kohistanat, Sayad, Sancharak and Sozma Qila areas.      Full news...

  • February 4, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Shocking Law: Wife beating, honour killing to be legalised in Afghanistan
    The Guardian: A new Afghan law will allow men to attack their wives, children and sisters without fear of judicial punishment, undoing years of slow progress in tackling violence in a country blighted by so-called “honour” killings, forced marriage and vicious domestic abuse. The small but significant change to Afghanistan’s criminal prosecution code bans relatives of an accused person from testifying against them.      Full news...

  • February 1, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan hunger crisis: “One of world’s hardest places to grow up,” says charity
    FirstNews: Across the country over the past few weeks, children have been seen waiting for hours at donation points. Research by the United Nations global peace organisation suggests that 55% – more than half – of children in Afghanistan are failing to grow or develop properly. Experts say that this is because young people in the country are often not given enough food in the first two years of their lives.      Full news...



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