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  • September 28, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan woman police director gunned down by Taliban
    Canwest News Service: As Afghanistan's most senior and most famous female police officer, based in the country's ultra-conservative south, Lieut.-Col. Malalai Kakar knew she was a marked woman. On Sunday, two days after taking part in a Canadian event to mark the end of Islam's holiest month, insurgents grimly confirmed her fears, shooting Kakar dead as she left her house.      Full news...

  • September 25, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Seven men gang-raped a 12-year-old girl in Kabul
    BBC Persian (Translated by RAWA): The police of Kabul say that they have arrested seven people for having raped a 12-year old girl in the city. The command police of Kabul said that the matter of the rape of the girl had been reported to them two days earlier and the girl had claimed that she had been raped by twelve men.      Full news...

  • September 22, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Secret society campaigns for female rights
    The National: RAWA was founded in 1977 by a group of female Afghan intellectuals with the aim of building a government along democratic and secular lines. In the ensuing decades it has protested against foreign occupation and religious extremism, while carrying out such social work as running schools and medical services for refugees who fled to Pakistan. RAWA has never been able to operate openly in this deeply conservative society. Its leader was assassinated in the late 1980s and members now believe US-backed warlords and officials are among those who      Full news...

  • September 13, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Trafficking in Persons in Afghanistan: Field Survey Report
    IOM: Trafficking in persons is a crime that can impair a personality and even destroy a human life and it gravely affects today’s Afghanistan as a source, transit and destination country. The traffickers ruthlessly exploit men, women and children by violating their basic human rights and this modern-day form of slavery continues to thrive with impunity.      Full news...

  • September 11, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan After Seven Years of War: You Call This a Good War? The antiwar movement in the U.S. can no longer afford to ignore the war in Afghanistan without fading into irrelevance. The original aims of the war on terror have been resuscitated, and as Obama has repeatedly emphasized in recent months, its “central front” is shifting back to Afghanistan. The Afghan people have endured seven long years of misery thanks to U.S. occupation, and it is high time to take a principled stand against U.S. imperial aims in Central Asia. The war on Afghanistan is no more justified than the war on Iraq.      Full news...

  • September 11, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Facing Up to Rape in Afghanistan
    The Washington Post: Rape is an endemic problem in Afghanistan. Whether women are forced into arranged marriages as child brides, or attacked by family members or local warlords, they are often held responsible for their own victimization. Afghan culture views a woman's virginity as sacrosanct, but Afghan law rarely gives her the chance to defend herself. Many women are thrown out of their families following, or even jailed.      Full news...

  • September 9, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans will dig up graves to prove civilian deaths
    Reuters: Relatives of Afghans killed in a US-led coalition raid in western Herat province have offered to dig up graves to support claims of large-scale civilian deaths. The Aug. 22 air strike in Shindand district has outraged Afghans and opened a rift between coalition forces on the one hand and the Afghan government and the UN on the other, which both say that more than 90 civilians were killed.      Full news...

  • September 9, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    47 self-immolation cases were recorded in Herat city hospital in six months
    IRIN News: More than six years after the ousting of the Taliban regime in 2001 when all women were denied the right to work and education, many women suffer domestic and social violence, discrimination and lack of access to unbiased justice and other services, women's rights activists say. At least 184 cases of self-immolation were registered by the AIHRC in 2007 against 106 in 2006.      Full news...

  • September 9, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Disaster in Afghanistan
    Global Research: It is difficult to find out what is really going on in Afghanistan. The focus of the mass media is almost entirely on the military activities of the Canadian and NATO forces. There is absolutely no coverage of political developments. The news on the economy is limited to the state of the poppy industry. This is no accident. The North American media, including the CBC, has strongly supported the U.S./NATO strategy and the administration of President Hamid Karzai. Contrary to the mainstream message, things are not going well.      Full news...

  • September 3, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Heartbroken Groom in Nangarhar
    NBC: "I thought American forces were in Afghanistan for our security," said Attiqullah, his voice trembling. "I could never have imagined that they would bomb my wedding party. They killed my entire family. I will never forgive them." An investigation by the Afghan government concluded that 52 people died in that air attack - 45 women and children were killed.      Full news...

  • August 31, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Temporary Marriage (Seegha) Has Made Some Women Fate-less in Daikundi
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): Seegha (temporary marriage) has made several women in Daikundi province fate-less. Shiite scholars in Afghanistan say that according to Jafari Fiqh, temporary marriage is legal and the wife and husband can be separated after the fixed period, or change the temporary marriage to a permanent one. The scholars say that the husband and wife can marry and live together for a day or till whenever they want; but after the end of the fixed period the legal relationship ends and the wife is illegal to the husband.      Full news...

  • August 31, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In memory of 91 innocent Afghans massacred by US troops in Azizabad
    RAWA News: The U.S. bombs struck a large gathering of people who had congregated in Azizabad to honor a local leader who had died months earlier. A resident, Fatima, 25, explained from her hospital bed in Herat, where she wept and cursed those who carried out the air strike. “We were holding a memorial service in our home,” she said, tears running down her face. “Suddenly the infidels attacked and I lost consciousness. When I came to, I was in hospital, and they told me that all of my family were dead and already buried. Was my two-year-old child a terrorist? Then am I not also a terrorist? Why did they let me live?”      Full news...

  • August 30, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Graph of self-immolation among Afghan women shows rise in Herat
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): In the present year, 47 cases of self-immolation have been reported in special burn hospital in Herat. Out of these, 42 of the cases had been death as a result of the burns. This shows the rise in the graph of self-immolation, compared to last year. Seema Shir Mohammadi said the reasons for self-immolation are domestic violence, lack of awareness of families about each others’ rights, poverty and unemployment.      Full news...

  • August 24, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan president says coalition airstrike killed 95 civilians
    New York Times: President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned on Saturday a coalition airstrike that he said killed up to 95 Afghans — including 50 children — in a village in western Afghanistan on Friday, and said his government would be announcing measures to prevent the loss of civilian life in the future.      Full news...

  • August 22, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    76 women and children 'killed by coalition forces in Afghanistan' US-led coalition forces killed 76 civilians - including 50 women and 19 children - in a military operation yesterday, the Afghan government said. The attack, which included air strikes, took place in the Shindand district of Herat province in the west of Afghanistan and an investigation is now underway, its interior ministry said in a statement.      Full news...

  • August 18, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Afghan women jailed for being victims of rape
    The Independent: Two-thirds of the women in Lashkar Gah's medieval-looking jail have been convicted of illegal sexual relations, but most are simply rape victims – mirroring the situation nationwide. The system does not distinguish between those who have been attacked and those who have chosen to run off with a man.      Full news...

  • August 13, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Three Western female aid workers shot dead in Afghanistan
    AFP: Three Western women aid workers and their Afghan driver were shot dead Wednesday by gunmen who fired numerous times into their vehicle near the capital Kabul, Afghan police and their organisation said. The killings, claimed by the insurgent Taliban, are the deadliest in years involving international aid workers.      Full news...

  • August 11, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Rape getting a public airing in Afghanistan
    AP via MSNBC: Rape — a crime long hidden in Afghanistan by victims fearing a life of scorn — is getting a public airing in this conservative Islamic country. In recent weeks, several outraged families have appeared on nightly news shows, demanding justice while sharing heartbreaking stories of sexual assaults on teenage daughters.      Full news...

  • August 4, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Desperate Afghan women choose death by fire
    The Financial Times: The hospital that Amina had been checked into a few days before is, by Afghan standards, one of the best in the country, built with international money, staffed by foreign- trained doctors and kitted out with modern equipment. She could not hope for better treatment.      Full news...

  • August 4, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Sex attacks on Afghan children continue to rise, rights group says
    Quqnoos: An Afghan human rights organisation has said the increase in the number of child rapes may drag the country into anarchy. Child rapes have risen sharply in recent years, according to Afghanistan’s Human Rights Organisation (AHRO), which claims most of the sexual assaults are carried out by government officials and other powerful men.      Full news...

  • August 4, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan mothers keep their kids with them in prison
    AP: Wahid is one of 226 young children who live in Afghanistan's prisons, with mothers who are among the country's 304 incarcerated women. These children have committed no crime. But their mothers have decided prison is the best option for them in a poor, war-torn country where a safe, comfortable home is a rarity.      Full news...

  • July 31, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    An Interview with Sonali Kolhatkar: What's Going on in Afghanistan
    CounterPunch: I’m really not sure what Bush, Obama, and McCain mean when they say they want to win in Afghanistan. And, I'm not sure they know either. It's probably just a public-relations gimmick to sound “tough on terror.” But, judging from what we've seen, they seem to think that “winning” means killing every last “terrorist” in Afghanistan. That sort of thinking is based on false assumptions and it's an unattainable goal.      Full news...

  • July 18, 2008 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Childhood ends at 11 for some Afghan girls; for others, an education begins
    The Canadian Press: Girls as young as 11 are considered just old enough for a husband. Their parents collect lucrative $10,000 dowries from wealthy grooms-to-be, and these pre-teens are sent off to become housewives and start raising families. Last year 60 Kandahar girls sought to escape their fate through suicide, provincial officials say. Like Sher, many wound up as hospital burn victims after dousing themselves with gasoline and setting themselves ablaze.      Full news...

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