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  • June 13, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan schoolgirls hospitalized for possible poisoning
    CNN: About 60 schoolgirls in Afghanistan's Balkh province appear to have been poisoned and required hospitalization, the Ministry of Health said Sunday. The victims ranged in age from 9 to 14. Most suffered minor reactions, ministry spokesman Sakhi Kargan told CNN. It's at least the third suspected poisoning of girls attending schools in Afghanistan this week.      Full news...

  • June 13, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan
    The New York Times: The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials. An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys.      Full news...

  • June 13, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency “supports” Taliban
    BBC News: A new report claims to provide the most concrete evidence yet of direct links between Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency and the Taliban in Afghanistan. The report says the ISI is providing funding, training and sanctuary to the Taliban on a scale much larger than previously thought. The document was prepared by the London School of Economics (LSE).      Full news...

  • June 13, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Courage to Leave
    The New York Times: There is no good news coming out of the depressing and endless war in Afghanistan. There once was merit to our incursion there, but that was long ago. Now we’re just going through the tragic motions, flailing at this and that, with no real strategy or decent end in sight. The U.S. doesn’t win wars anymore. We just funnel the stressed and underpaid troops in and out of the combat zones, while all the while showering taxpayer billions on the contractors and giant corporations that view the horrors of war as a heaven-sent bonanza.      Full news...

  • June 12, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Scores of schoolgirls poisoned in Ghazni
    PAN: The number of schoolgirls fallen ill after a suspected poisonous gas attack on their school in the volatile southern province of Ghazni has reached 60, medics said on Saturday. The teenage girls of the Jehan Malika High School in Ghazni City, the provincial capital, were hospitalised after smelling the poisonous gas, said the director of Ghazni Civil Hospital, Dr. Ismail Ibrahimi.      Full news...

  • June 11, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    14 killed in Afghanistan attacks
    AFP: Nine civilians, including four women and three children, died when a bomb ripped through a minibus travelling along the main road leading to the capital of Kandahar province. Eight other civilians were wounded in the attack, which took place in the Maywand area, provincial government spokesman Zalmai Ayobi said.      Full news...

  • June 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Abuse drives some Afghan women to suicide
    IWPR: Only someone living in Afghanistan would consider Iran a bastion of freedom and independence for women. But authorities here say such a perception may be what's behind a soaring number of suicides in this western province. Once exposed to Iran's relatively more sophisticated society, women who return to Afghanistan are unable to survive in this restrictive society.      Full news...

  • June 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US Military Campaigns In Iraq And Afghanistan Cost More Than USD1 Trillion: Report
    RTT News: A report by a non-profit organization which tracks American military spending says the total cost of the US military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan has crossed $1 trillion. According to a report released Thursday by “National Priorities Project,” the ongoing military operations in the two war-ravaged nations are the most expensive ever carried out by American forces since the end of the Second World War.      Full news...

  • June 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban execute seven-year-old Afghan boy accused of spying
    The Times of India: Suspected Taliban militants executed a seven-year-old boy in southern Afghanistan after accusing him of spying for the government, a provincial official said Wednesday. The child was captured by the militants in Sangin district of southern province of Helmand Tuesday, Daoud Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said.      Full news...

  • June 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Rapists of a Child are Still Free After a Year
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): The sons of a female member of the Provincial council of Helmand, who raped a child last year, are still free from the hold of the law despite repeated demands and the orders of the authorities. Not everyone has the ability to watch the extremely shocking video clip of this rape, which has reached Kabul as well.      Full news...

  • June 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Explosion kills at least 39, wounds 73 at Afghan wedding
    AFP: At least 39 people were killed and 73 wounded by a massive explosion at a wedding in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar on Wednesday, a senior official said. Most of the victims were male as the explosion occurred in an area of the wedding celebrations reserved for men. An AFP reporter at the hospital counted 10 children among the wounded.      Full news...

  • June 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Maternal health needs more than healthcare
    IRIN: Nowhere in the world are as many mothers dying from pregnancy and birth-related complications as in Badakhshan Province, northeastern Afghanistan, where maternal mortality figures are estimated at 6,000 per 100,000 live births, say agencies. Yet, the relatively peaceful province has more maternal healthcare facilities than Helmand, Zabul, Uruzgan and several others.      Full news...

  • June 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Lack of text books a challenge in Baghlan schools
    PAN: Students at schools in northern Baghlan province have accused education officials of selling their text books to shops in the bazaar. Although the academic year started three months ago, the students say they have not received their books from the Ministry of Education. Stationary and book store owners said officials had sold them the new textbooks.      Full news...

  • June 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Garishly incongruous “poppy palaces” lure affluent Afghans
    The Washington Post: For rent on Street 6 in the neighborhood of Sherpur: a four-story, 11-bedroom dwelling of pink granite and lime marble, complete with massage showers, a rooftop fountain and, in the basement, an Asian-themed nightclub. Price: $12,000 a month. It’s a relative bargain in this district favored by former warlords and bureaucrats — Kabul’s version of Beverly Hills.      Full news...

  • June 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Rule of the gun: Convoy Guards in Afghanistan Face an Inquiry
    The New York Times: For months, reports have abounded here that the Afghan mercenaries who escort American and other NATO convoys through the badlands have been bribing Taliban insurgents to let them pass. After a pair of bloody confrontations with Afghan civilians, two of the biggest private security companies — Watan Risk Management and Compass Security — were banned...      Full news...

  • June 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kucinich: ‘We may be funding our own killers in Afghanistan’
    The Raw Story: On June 7, the day Afghanistan became America’s longest-ever war, the New York Times reported on an ongoing investigation poised to prove that private security companies “are using American money to bribe the Taliban” to fuel combat and thus enhance demand for their services. The news follows a “series of events last month that suggested all-out collusion with the insurgents,” the Times said.      Full news...

  • June 7, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul the most polluted province
    PAN: About 3,000 people lose their lives every year in Kabul due to pollution-related diseases, a top health official said. Respiratory, heart and lung diseases were the most common illnesses associated with pollution, said Dr. Amanullah Hussaini, who heads the environmental safety department at the Ministry of Health.      Full news...

  • June 7, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Rule of the Gun: With U.S. Aid, Warlord Builds Afghan Empire
    The New York Times: The most powerful man in this arid stretch of southern Afghanistan is not the provincial governor, nor the police chief, nor even the commander of the Afghan Army. It is Matiullah Khan, the head of a private army that earns millions of dollars guarding NATO supply convoys and fights Taliban insurgents alongside American Special Forces.      Full news...

  • June 6, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Russia Says Afghan Drug Trade Threatens World Peace
    VOA: Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said Sunday Afghan drug trafficking should be classified as a threat to international peace and security. The Russian Deputy Prime Minster made his remarks at an Asia security conference in Singapore. “Large part of the population of Afghanistan is involved in the cultivation and production of opium and opium products such as heroin,” he said.      Full news...

  • June 5, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan girls brave Taliban threats
    Al Jazeera: The Taliban has waged a violent campaign against girls who go to schools in their Afghan strongholds. A series of attacks against schools and female students have driven many girls to go underground to receive an education. In 2008 around 15 schoolgirls and teachers were sprayed with acid by men on motorbikes.      Full news...

  • June 5, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan lawmaker calls for execution of Christian converts from Islam
    AFP: The Afghan government has suspended two Christian aid groups after a TV show reported they were proselytising, which is illegal in the devoutly Islamic country. Converting from Islam to another religion is punishable by death under Afghan law. The Afghan constitution is based on traditional sharia law, which strictly bans religious conversion. In parliament, Abdul Sattar Khawasi, a deputy of the lower house, called for Muslim converts to Christianity to be executed.      Full news...

  • June 3, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan police corruption is fuelling insurgency
    The Telegraph: Lt Col Roly Walker, who lost five of his soldiers when they were shot dead by a rogue policeman in a compound in Helmand in November, said that the force was still one of the "biggest obstacles to progress." He said that the local force was "the reason for the insurgency" in the Nad-e-Ali district of Helmand and that the corruption meant the local population was more distrustful of coalition troops and less likely to be loyal to the Afghan government.      Full news...

  • June 3, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Iran executes seven Afghan immigrants
    PAN: Iranian authorities executed seven Afghan refugees two days ago, their relatives in western Herat province claimed on Wednesday. The families asked the provincial government to help return the bodies of their relatives to their country of origin. Shir Gul, 40, said Iranian officials in a jail known as Taibad called him and said his nephew was hanged on charges of drug-trafficking.      Full news...

  • June 2, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Ahmad Wali Karzai: From waiter to “King of Kandahar”
    National Post: Eighteen years ago, as manager of a family-run Afghan restaurant on North Halsted Street in the Chicago’s Wrigleyville district, Ahmed Wali Karzai spent his days serving aushak and lamb dwopiaza ... Today, the chubby 49-year-old half-brother of Hamid Karzai, the Afghan President, is the most powerful man in southern Afghanistan. The “King of Kandahar” has built up a shadowy political and commercial empire that touches virtually every institution and individual of influence.      Full news...

  • May 30, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Child Brides Escape Marriage, but Not Lashes
    The New York Times: The two Afghan girls had every reason to expect the law would be on their side when a policeman at a checkpoint stopped the bus they were in. Disguised in boys’ clothes, the girls, ages 13 and 14, had been fleeing for two days along rutted roads and over mountain passes to escape their illegal, forced marriages to much older men, and now they had made it to relatively liberal Herat Province.      Full news...

  • May 29, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    We’ve Always Been at War with Eastasia
    The Huffington Post: On May 30, 2010, at 10:06 a.m, the direct cost of occupying Iraq and Afghanistan will hit $1 trillion. And in a few weeks, the House of Representatives will be asked to vote for $33 billion of additional “emergency” supplemental spending to continue the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. There will be the pretense of debate -- speeches on the floor of both chambers, stern requests for timetables or metrics or benchmarks -- but this war money will get tossed in the wood chipper without difficulty, requested by a president who ran on an anti-war platform.      Full news...

  • May 28, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans believe US is funding Taliban
    The Guardian: It’s near-impossible to find anyone in Afghanistan who doesn’t believe the US are funding the Taliban: and it’s the highly educated Afghan professionals, those employed by ISAF, USAID, international media organisations – and even advising US diplomats – who seem the most convinced.... The continuing violence between coalition forces and the Taliban is simple proof in itself.      Full news...

  • May 27, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Amnesty International Report 2010 Draws Bleak Picture of Human Rights in Afghanistan
    Amnesty International: Afghan people continued to suffer widespread human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law more than seven years after the USA and its allies ousted the Taliban. Access to health care, education and humanitarian aid deteriorated, particularly in the south and south-east of the country, due to escalating armed conflict between Afghan and international forces and the Taliban and other armed groups. Conflict-related violations increased in northern and western Afghanistan, areas previously considered relatively safe.      Full news...

  • May 27, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Clerics impose Taliban-style restrictions on women’s travel
    PAN: A council of Afghan clerics has issued a fatwa, banning women from traveling without a father, brother or other approved escort, even during the Hajj. The ruling by the Herat Religious Council also said Islam prohibited women, engaged in activities out of home, from wearing makeup. Announcing the fatwa, tens of religious scholars asked the government to implement their advice. The clerics said they could not shut their eyes to the current situation.      Full news...

  • May 26, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    400 families flee Helmand towns
    PAN: Hundreds of families, fearing the resumption of clashes between Taliban and security forces, have fled troubled districts of Marja and Nad Ali in southern Helmand province. The fresh exodus of 400 families from the towns comes nearly three months after a massive counterinsurgency operation, involving thousands of Afghan and foreign troops.      Full news...

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