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  • May 18, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan president’s brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, under investigation
    The Christian Science Monitor: Afghan military investigators have accused Ahmed Wali Karzai, U.S.-backed President Hamid Karzai’s controversial half-brother, of intervening to protect powerful allies who are squatting illegally on government property in southern Afghanistan... Investigators concluded that Ahmed Wali Karzai’s friends, allies and relatives were building offices, housing projects illegally on more than 1,000 acres of government land in and around Kandahar city.      Full news...

  • May 18, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban Hold Sway in Area Taken by U.S., Farmers Say
    The New York Times: Farmers from the district of Marja, which since February has been the focus of the largest American-led military operation in Afghanistan, are fleeing the area, saying that the Taliban are terrorizing the population and that American troops cannot protect the civilians.... Over 150 families have fled Marja in the last two weeks, according to the Afghan Red Crescent Society in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah.      Full news...

  • May 17, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Civilian Casualties Raise Afghan Ire at U.S.
    TIME: Local witnesses interviewed by TIME say the nighttime raid by U.S. forces killed eight residents of this sun-baked farming village in eastern Afghanistan. The U.S. military insists that the operation in Koshkaky targeted insurgents active in the area, including a Taliban sub-commander who was killed. But ordinary Afghans are more inclined to believe the worst. As word of the incident spread Friday morning, street protests erupted...      Full news...


  • May 15, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Hillary lies again to Afghan women
    Daily Mail Times: Secretary of State Mrs. Hillary Rodham-Clinton has once again lied to Afghan women. She said that America will not abandon Afghan women. It already has. America has not kept its promises to the women of Afghanistan. The youngest woman in the Afghan parliament has used International Women’s Day to slam the “disastrous conditions” for women in her country and ask Australians to help bring change.      Full news...

  • May 14, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Victims of Afghan wars demand justice before peace
    AFP: As President Hamid Karzai prepares to host a peace conference later this month to discuss how to tackle the brutal Taliban insurgency, victims of the violence blighting Afghanistan complain their voice is not being heard. “I want peace in my country, but peace will only be possible if those who have brought death to our country are tried,” said Attayii, one of dozens of people who gathered at a mass grave on the outskirts of Kabul this week.      Full news...

  • May 14, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans protest against NATO, say 12 civilians killed
    AFP: ‌Hundreds of angry protesters staged a protest Friday in eastern Afghanistan, accusing NATO forces of killing a dozen civilians during an overnight raid. Around 300 protesters in the Surkh Rod district of Nangahar province chanted “Death to Shairzai (the provincial governor), (Afghan President Hamid) Karzai and the Americans” as they threw stones at the district administration offices.      Full news...

  • May 14, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    America’s Continued Thirst for War
    DailyCensored.com: America’s insatiable addiction to war not only destroys countless innocent lives abroad; it robs its own citizens from basic human needs at home. It robs them from envisioning a better world and an auspicious tomorrow. Since its amoral inception the so-called United States of America has steadily built a reputation antithetical to peace, justice, freedom and equality. Unfortunately, due to mass indoctrination, many Americans have no knowledge of this.      Full news...

  • May 13, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans protest against “refugee executions” in Iran
    BBC News: Thousands of Afghans have protested in the eastern city of Jalalabad against the alleged executions of a number of Afghan refugees in Iran. Demonstrators rallied in front of the Iranian consulate, shouting slogans and throwing eggs. This is the fifth and largest anti-Iran protest in Afghanistan in a fortnight.      Full news...

  • May 13, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US actors, intellectuals protest Obama “crimes”
    AFP: US actors and liberal intellectuals joined a list to be published Friday of nearly 2,000 people accusing President Barack Obama of allowing human rights violations and war crimes. The statement, published as a paid advertisement, accuses Obama, who was elected in 2008 with the enthusiastic support of US liberals, of continuing Bush's controversial approach to human rights in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in domestic security.      Full news...

  • May 11, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In remote villages, Afghan government inspires little faith
    Stars and Stripes: While many government jobs in Afghanistan are handed out as prizes, no one is fighting over the post of Kharwar district sub-governor. Given the dingy shipping container that serves as both the sub-governor’s home and the district center for this rugged, volatile area high in the Hindu Kush mountains in eastern Afghanistan’s Logar province, it’s no surprise that the last appointee fled his job.      Full news...

  • May 11, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Red Cross confirms “second jail” at Bagram, Afghanistan
    BBC News: The US airbase at Bagram in Afghanistan contains a facility for detainees that is distinct from its main prison, the Red Cross has confirmed to the BBC. Nine former prisoners have told the BBC that they were held in a separate building, and subjected to abuse. The US military says the main prison, now called the Detention Facility in Parwan, is the only detention facility on the base.      Full news...

  • May 11, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Ten wounded, 30 fall ill in attacks on Afghan schools
    The Associated Press: Six schoolboys and four teachers were injured Tuesday in a bombing on a school in eastern Afghanistan, while 30 schoolgirls fell ill in a suspected poisoning in the north, officials said. The blast, triggered by a bomb hidden inside the building, occurred as students were entering Rohi High School in the Mandozai district of the south-eastern province of Khost, said Mubarez Zadran, spokesman for the provincial governor.      Full news...

  • May 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan warlords feed on US contracts, say critics
    The US government is facing fresh questions on its oversight of war funding amid mounting evidence that a $2.16bn trucking contract is enriching Afghan warlords linked to the controversial half-brother of President Hamid Karzai. Investigators also suspect that some of the funds from the contract end up in the hands of the Taliban, either through bribes paid by sub-contractors or extortion rackets run by militia leaders colluding with insurgents.      Full news...

  • May 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    After nearly a decade of war, PTSD is afflicting the U.S. military
    CAIVP: While the Afghanistan and Iraq wars have cost the United States over $1 trillion, 5,000 deaths, and 30,000 maimings, there is yet another painful cost that is rarely discussed by the American public. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is plaguing both active and retired members of the Armed Forces. Multiple, repeated deployments to intense war theaters are taking a serious psychological toll on soldiers (and their families), and the statistical trend continues to worsen.      Full news...

  • May 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Running on drugs, corruption and aid
    IRIN: It is well known that the Taliban, local criminals and international drug cartels profit enormously from the drug trade; that corruption is rife; and that huge amounts of aid money are pouring into Afghanistan. Less clear is the effect of all this on government power and the rule of law on which humanitarian aid organizations depend to carry out their mandate.      Full news...


  • May 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Canadians believe Afghan detainees tortured -- and disapprove: poll
    Canwest News Service: A solid majority of Canadians believe prisoners detained by Canadian soldiers have been tortured after being transferred to Afghan authorities, a new Ipsos Reid poll suggests. A fat majority also say that if torture occurred, it was not only wrong but that they believe there was widespread knowledge of it within the Canadian government -- and that senior officials should lose their jobs, if that was the case.      Full news...

  • May 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan Grapples with “Honor Rape”
    The Media Line: The Muslim world is full of violent, graphic and alarming stories of “honor killings”, in which young woman are killed by male family members for dishonoring the family. “Honor rape”, in which the gang rape of a woman is used as a tool of social punishment, is spoken of less. Almost unheard of is an “honor killing” or “honor rape” of a man.      Full news...

  • May 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Eight civilians killed in Afghanistan
    DPA: Seven civilians were killed in two explosions in central and northern Afghanistan, while one other was shot by a private security guard near the capital, officials said Saturday. Two women, two children and two men were killed in Charkh district of the central province of Logar after their vehicle was blown up by a roadside bomb, a spokesman for Logar's governor said.      Full news...

  • May 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In Brief: Floods cause havoc in Afghanistan
    IRIN: Flash floods have killed over 80 people, wounded 240 and damaged more than 5,000 houses in 12 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces over the past 18 days, the Afghanistan National Disasters Management Authority said. The floods have also killed livestock and ruined fields of crops.      Full news...

  • May 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Shootings of Afghans on Rise at Checkpoints
    The New York Times: Shootings of Afghan civilians by American and NATO convoys and at military checkpoints have spiked sharply this year, becoming the leading cause of combined civilian deaths and injuries at the hands of Western forces, American officials say. The steep rise in these convoy and checkpoint attacks — which the military calls “escalation of force incidents” — has prompted military commanders to issue new troop guidelines      Full news...

  • May 7, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    CIA allowed to kill terrorist suspects without identification
    The Sydney Morning Herald: The CIA received secret permission to attack a wider range of targets, including suspected militants whose names are not known, as part of a dramatic expansion of its campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan’s border region, current and former counter-terrorism officials say. The expanded authority, approved two years ago by the Bush administration and continued by Barack Obama, permits the agency to rely on what officials describe as “pattern-of-life” analysis,...      Full news...

  • May 7, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Opium-Addicted Children Pay Heavy Price for Afghan War
    The Women’s International Perspective: The revelation that the number of opium-addicted Afghan children has reached new highs is a sad unintended consequence of that war. It dramatically illustrates how adult war games can doom generations of children to a miserable life. A group of researchers hired by the US State Department found staggering levels of opium in Afghan children, some as young as 14 months old, who had been passively exposed by adult drug users in their homes.      Full news...

  • May 7, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Thousands of acres of land illegal grabbed in north
    PAN: Powerful men had forcefully captured thousands of acres of land in northern provinces, locals and officials said. The nomadic Kuchis and livestock owners also complained that the government had assigned them some chunks of green land where they could graze their herds, but the same was forcefully captured by some powerful people who do not allow them to take their herds there.      Full news...

  • May 6, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    What I Learned in Afghanistan – About the United States
    LewRockwell.com: I was surprised on my recent trip to Afghanistan that I learned so much…about the United States. I was in Afghanistan for two weeks in March of this year, meeting with a large number of Afghans working in humanitarian endeavors – the principal of a girls’ school, the director of a school for street children, the Afghan Human Rights Commission, a group working on environmental issues. The one thing that all of these groups that we met with had in common was, they were penniless.      Full news...

  • May 6, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The hypocrisy of child abuse in many Muslim countries
    The Guardian: Some Muslims are fond of condemning western morality – alcoholism, nudity, premarital sex and homosexuality often being cited as examples. But Muslims do not have a monopoly on morality. In the west, child marriages and sex with children are illegal. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for many Muslim countries. I recently saw the documentary on the Dancing Boys of Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • May 6, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Losing Afghan hearts and minds
    Asia Times Online: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is losing hearts and minds in Afghanistan, according to a report by the International Council on Security and Development (ICOS) that gives a clear signal of the dangers of the military operation against Kandahar planned for this summer. Contrary to its stated objectives of protecting the population from insurgents, NATO is actually raising the likelihood that poor Afghans will join the Taliban      Full news...

  • May 6, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans demonstrate against Iranian ‘ill-treatment’
    BBC News: Hundreds of Afghans have demonstrated against alleged ill-treatment and executions of a number Afghan refugees by the Iranian authorities. Their protest follows a recent visit by a delegation of Afghan MPs to Iran to assess the plight of one million Afghans who live in the country. Several thousand have been arrested by the Iranian authorities and hundreds are reported to be on death row.      Full news...

  • May 6, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    FACTBOX-A look at costs of Afghan war to U.S. taxpayers
    Reuters: President Barack Obama’s request in February for more money to pay for the war in Afghanistan is still snarled in Congress as lawmakers work on other priorities and deal with scarce budget resources. Obama has asked for $33 billion more to help fund 30,000 extra U.S. soldiers being sent to Afghanistan this year. He wants another $4.5 billion for beefed-up foreign aid and civilian operations in Iraq and Afghanistan this year.      Full news...



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