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  • December 21, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Insecurity, corruption remain big challenges to assist vulnerable Afghans: UN official
    Xinhua: Corruption and insecurity remained the big challenges for UN aid agencies to reach vulnerable and needy Afghans in the war-torn country, a UN official said Monday. "Insecurity and corruption are increasing the cost of our ability to deliver and transport goods and service to the needy people," Wael Haj-Ibrahim, head of United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told a press conference here.      Full news...

  • December 21, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UN fights hunger in Afghanistan
    The Associated Press: While international forces in Afghanistan battle militants hiding in the mountains, aid agencies are fighting an even more elusive enemy: malnutrition. The World Food Program and UNICEF have launched a project to feed thousands of mothers and children — some too weak to cry. Aid workers hope a high-protein diet distributed through a network of village clinics can help them through the winter.      Full news...

  • December 18, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Corruption a way of life in Afghanistan
    CNN: In the Afghan capital's department of motor vehicles, the simple act of registering a car can turn into days, even weeks, of waiting and frustration. Unless you pay off the right people. Mohammad Zarif Formolly had been waiting for a month to obtain documentation for his vehicle. Another man, who identified himself only as Jamaludin, traveled 50 miles from Logar province and had been waiting for three days.      Full news...

  • December 18, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    NATO air strike kills three Afghan civilians
    AFP: A NATO air strike against suspected militants in troubled southern Afghanistan killed three civilians and wounded one other, local government and hospital officials said Friday. "Three male civilians have been killed and a woman has been wounded as a result of this attack," a statement read.      Full news...

  • December 18, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Contracting in Afghanistan
    The Washington Post: Federal auditors have identified more than $950 million in "questioned and unsupported" costs submitted by Defense Department contractors. The figure excludes potential waste from contracts with other departments or agencies, such as USAID. The following are some of the cases of waste, fraud and abuse:      Full news...

  • December 17, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Warlords Re-emerging in North
    IWPR: Baz Mohammad, a shopkeeper in the Charbolak district of Balkh province, is a worried man. Security in this formerly stable province is becoming increasingly fragile, and he is concerned that fighting could break out.... Balkh has become more and more unstable since the results of the elections were announced in October. Karzai was declared the winner, and Atta’s position has come under question.      Full news...

  • December 17, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Audit finds Afghan anticorruption unit ineffective
    The Associated Press: A U.S. government watchdog says the organization created to spearhead Afghanistan's battle against corruption has too little authority, independence and personnel to be effective. In an audit released Wednesday, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction says the leaders of the country's High Office of Oversight have conflicts of interest because they also serve as advisers to President Hamid Karzai.      Full news...

  • December 17, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Karzai backs convicted officials
    Reuters: The President spoke at length about the bribes ordinary Afghans are forced to pay and rebuked officials who "after one or two years work for the government, get rich and buy houses in Dubai." However, he also cast doubt on the biggest anti-corruption conviction his prosecutors have achieved in years.      Full news...

  • December 17, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Iran helping the Taliban, US ambassador claims
    The Telegraph: Karl Eikenberry, a former commanding general in Afghanistan, said parts of the regime had transcended sectarian divisions within Islam to provide support for fundamentalist groups fighting Western forces in Afghanistan. "Iran or elements within Iran have provided training assistance and some weapons to the Taliban," said Mr Eikenberry.      Full news...

  • December 15, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suicide attack near Kabul hotel kills eight
    AFP: A suicide bomber struck an upmarket district of the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday near a hotel and guest house frequented by foreigners, killing eight people and wounding another 40, officials said. The attacker blew himself up outside the gate of the Heetal hotel in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, near a guest house and the home of Afghanistan's former first vice president Ahmad Zia Massoud.      Full news...

  • December 14, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Weak Judiciary Pushes Some Afghans To Taliban
    RFE/RL: When Kabul's mayor was sentenced to four years in prison on corruption charges this week, officials were quick to paint the sentencing as evidence of the "serious steps" being taken to eliminate graft and bribery in Afghanistan. Deputy Attorney General Fazal Ahmad Faqiryar, speaking to RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan after the December 7 verdict, said that the case of Mayor Abdul Ahad Sahebi showed the "positive effects on society" that would result from the government's efforts to fight corruption.      Full news...

  • December 14, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Canada ‘defended’ torturer
    Toronto Star: A former governor of Kandahar who is accused of personally torturing Afghans might have been removed from office as far back as 2006 if Canadian officials hadn't defended him, according to diplomatic memos that have never been made public by the Canadian government. The revelation about Asadullah Khalid opens up another embarrassing avenue of inquiry over Afghan prisoner abuse.      Full news...

  • December 13, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Poppy Pretext: Why the War on Drugs is Really a War on the Taliban
    CounterPunch: So Mr. Obama is getting ready to surge-again-in Afghanistan partly to fight opium trafficking. But an important report just released by the World Health Organization entitled The Global Tobacco Epidemic shows that Obama cannot possibly be waging a “war on drugs”-or else he would direct his attention towards tobacco executives and away from the Taliban.      Full news...

  • December 12, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Two civilians allegedly killed by NATO forces
    PAN: NATO forces have allegedly killed two civilians after arresting them in Alisher district of restive southeastern Khost province, relatives and officials said on Saturday. A relative of the victims named Ismail told PAN Nadeem and Noor Wazir were riding a motorcycle when NATO forces intercepted them near capital city late Friday afternoon.      Full news...

  • December 12, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Obama’s War Speech: The Questions It Raises… And The Answer That Must Be Given
    Global Research: These military forces will not be going to Afghanistan to set up vaccination programs or conduct literacy classes for Afghan girls. They are going there as part of the most destructive military machine on the planet, to wreak violence. The military machine that has bombed wedding parties, that has held thousands of young Afghan men in Bagram prison without charges, that kicks down doors in the middle of the night—this machine is being strengthened and further unleashed.      Full news...

  • December 11, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The tribulations of child-bearing children
    IRIN: Rabia, 14, is expecting her first child almost a year after getting married to Haji Obaidullah, aged 49, as his second wife. “She is supposed to deliver in a few days, but this is her first visit to a health centre,” said Nazia Hemat, an obstetrician at Mia Abdul Hakim Hospital in the southern province of Kandahar. Rabia is fortunate in being able to visit the hospital: “Men often don’t allow their pregnant women to go to hospitals and doctors,”      Full news...

  • December 11, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan purchases 9.6 million Dollar luxury spaces for its mission in New York
    RAWA News: Based on UNICEF survey more than half of all children under age five suffer from malnutrition... average per capita monthly expenditure of nine million Afghans is less than 66 US cents a day ... but the mafia and puppet regime of such poor and devastated country, purchases a $4.2 million luxury apartment for residence of Zahir Tanin, and also a 5.4 million commercial space for the Consulate and the Permanent Mission to the United Nations.      Full news...

  • December 10, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Empty Hospital Beds in the Capital of Helmand, Afghanistan
    MSF: Afghanistan has some of the worst health indicators in the world. In a province like Helmand, the noise of war is heard around the clock as helicopters take off in the night, and gunfire and rockets are audible in the distance. In this context, ordinary health problems become medical emergencies because movement from villages to towns is very dangerous, and in many places simply impossible.      Full news...

  • December 10, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Hundreds of women lead protest in Afghanistan
    The Los Angeles Times: Several hundred women, many holding aloft pictures of relatives killed by drug lords or Taliban militants, held a loud but nonviolent street protest today, demanding that President Hamid Karzai purge from his government anyone connected to corruption, war crimes or the Taliban.      Full news...

  • December 9, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Thousands of Afghan students protest against US forces
    PAN: Thousands of university students protesting against US forces in eastern Nangarhar province blocked the Kabul-Jalalabad Highway for hours on Wednesday. The demonstration was staged by Nangarhar University students in Daronta district to denounce the US forces' operation in Laghman province, where 15 civilians were allegedly killed.      Full news...

  • December 8, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan women among worst off in world: HRW
    Reuters: Afghan women are among the worst off in the world, violence against them is “endemic” and Afghanistan’s government fails to protect them from crimes such as rape and murder, a rights group said on Monday. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report the situation for women in Afghanistan is “dismal in every area”.      Full news...

  • December 8, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Civilian deaths touch off anti-US protest in Laghman - Afghanistan
    PAN: Mehtarlam dwellers claimed US forces killed 15 ordinary people including women and children during an overnight operation in the Armal village on the outskirts of the provincial capital. Hundreds of protesters from nearby villages brought the bodies to the city and placed them in front of the governor's house at 9am. Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers fired into the air as the demonstrators neared the entrance to the governor's house.      Full news...

  • December 7, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Plight of Afghan women may worsen as war effort is stepped up, warns report
    The Guardian: The already dire plight of women in Afghanistan risks deteriorating further as the US and its allies take steps to turn around the war against the Taliban, according to a report by Human Rights Watch today. Eight years after the Taliban were ousted from power, rapists are often protected from prosecution, women can still be arrested for running away from home, and girls have far less access to schools than boys, the report says.      Full news...

  • December 6, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan rape victim lives in fear
    Al-Jazeera: Two-years after she was beaten and raped by eight men, fourteen-year-old Samiya has yet to see justice. Her story stands in contrast to Western claims that the lot of women in Afghanistan has improved since the US-led invasion. Seven of the eight men who attacked Samiya were arrested, but her family believes their daughter's rapists have powerful connections and are looking for revenge.      Full news...

  • December 5, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Dr. Sima Samar accused of corruption and receiving bribes from warlords
    PAN: The National Participation Front (NPF) chairman has accused the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) head of corruption and demanded her immediate removal. Kabuli alleged Samar received bribes from warlords, removed their names from the list of war criminals and converted AIHRC into a safe haven for outlaws and human rights violators, besides embezzling international funds.      Full news...

  • December 4, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    President Obama’s Secret: Only 100 Al Qaeda Now in Afghanistan
    ABC News via Global Research: As he justified sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan at a cost of $30 billion a year, President Barack Obama's description Tuesday of the al Qaeda "cancer" in that country left out one key fact: U.S. intelligence officials have concluded there are only about 100 al Qaeda fighters in the entire country.      Full news...

  • December 3, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Matthis Chiroux to Obama: “We will be your insurgency”
    The government won this round. 30,000 more troops is a clear loss for us and more importantly the people of Afghanistan. .... Obama is a war president and we are a peace movement. As long as we’re moving, Obama, and you refuse to be governed, we’ll refuse to be governed. Your racist wars will end and this world will know peace in our lifetimes. Until that day, rest assured that WE WILL BE YOUR INSURGENCY!      Full news...

  • December 3, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Quake-affected families become IDPs in east
    IRIN: Dozens of families who lost their homes after earthquakes in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar in April 2009 have moved to an informal settlement for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and called for urgent assistance. Two earthquakes measuring 5.5 and 5.1 on the Richter scale rocked Sherzad and Hesarak districts in Nangarhar Province on 16-17 April, killing 22 people, injuring 59 and destroying 290 houses; 300-600 livestock were also lost and 650 families made homeless, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).      Full news...

  • December 3, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Senior UK commander says roads in Afghanistan were safer under the Taliban
    The Associated Press: A senior British military commander says roads in Afghanistan were safer when the Taliban ran the country. Maj. Gen. Nick Carter told the BBC on Thursday that before the 2001 invasion, women could travel alone in the southern part of Afghanistan. He says "you could put your daughter on a bus in Kabul sure in the knowledge that she would get in one piece to Kandahar."      Full news...

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