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  • February 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan avalanches kill 165, rescue underway
    AFP: Rescuers recovered the bodies of 165 people killed by a series of avalanches on a treacherous Afghan mountain pass in one of the country's worst such disasters, an official said on Wednesday. An AFP photographer on the scene said massive avalanches had pushed vehicles from the road into the deep valley below, with at least nine passenger cars and two large buses lying upside down on the valley floor.      Full news...

  • February 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Amnesty International Urges No Impunity for Afghan War Criminals
    Amnesty International: Amnesty International calls on Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Afghan Parliament to immediately suspend controversial legislation that will give immunity from prosecution for serious violations of human rights, including war crimes and crimes against humanity committed, in the past 30 years.      Full news...

  • February 9, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s outsourced war
    Le Monde diplomatique: A worrying two-thirds of the Pentagon’s personnel in Afghanistan are private military contractors, unaccountable to military law or ethics, swaggeringly overbearing, and not in any hurry to help improve the poor security situation that assures their firms’ current and future profits. The Central Intelligence Agency hired staff from a private military company called Blackwater in 2004 as part of a secret programme to track down and assassinate al-Qaida leaders, according to the New York Times of 19 August 2009.      Full news...

  • February 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan veterans on disability now 6,000
    The Hill Times: More than 6,000 Canadian Forces members and discharged veterans who are receiving physical or psychiatric disability benefits from Veterans Affairs Canada have either served in Afghanistan or have a disability that has been related to their service in Afghanistan, the department says. The majority of the soldiers receiving benefits are likely suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or war-related psychiatric conditions, according to global figures the department and the Canadian Forces provided The Hill Times.      Full news...

  • February 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A witness to horror
    The Sydney Morning Herald: Anyone who has witnessed the horror of a charred body and the putrid stench of burned flesh knows how these sights and smells are seared into your psyche. But to witness such horrific injury to the body of a young woman who has purposefully done this to herself - in a desperate attempt to die – is almost too much to bear. Sydney filmmaker Amin Palangi kept his head down and his eye behind the camera as he filmed shocking scenes of burned young women and girls beng treated in Afghan hospitals.      Full news...

  • February 7, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Dirty Little Secrets, Duplicity in Afghanistan
    Veterans Today: Open today’s newspaper and get a map of the battle zones in Afghanistan and Pakistan. You say they aren’t there? Open today’s newspaper and find out how many troops our enemies have, who their leaders are. Can’t find that either? Look in the paper to find out why we are fighting at all. Not there too? This isn’t half of it, we aren’t just being kept in the dark. It goes much further. Lets look at some things that just don’t add up.      Full news...

  • February 6, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan police kill seven boys collecting firewood
    Reuters: Seven Afghan boys were shot dead on Saturday by police who mistook them for insurgents, a provincial police official said. The boys were collecting firewood when police opened fire on them in the border town of Spin Boldak, southern Kandahar province, Abdul Raziq, police commander for the town, said. The police had been detained and were being questioned, he said.      Full news...

  • February 4, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    For some kids in Kandahar city, labour is the only life they know
    The Canadian Press: There's a lot the sooty-faced boy doesn't know. His own name, for one thing. Or how much money he earns dishing out bowls of rice from his weathered metal stand. But he knows it's his job to feed his family. The boy leans an arm on the counter to chat with a visitor. If he had a dish rag tossed over one shoulder and a white T-shirt stretched over a beer gut, he'd look like a short-order cook at some Canadian greasy-spoon diner.      Full news...

  • February 3, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women For Sale in Afghanistan
    The Huffington Post: In Shinwar, a district of Nangarhar province, there are two markets, one called Shadal and the other, Pikheh... these markets have one main commodity. And that commodity is women. In Nangarhar markets exist where women are sold. Cases have been reported where a woman was sold with her five children. Another woman was sold to five different people and returned back to the original man who sold her, then killed her.      Full news...

  • February 2, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans protest to Iran over border killings
    Reuters: Afghanistan protested on Tuesday against what it said was the killing of five of its nationals by Iranian border forces. Host to millions of Afghan refugees for decades, Iran is also a key transit route for Afghanistan's opium and heroin trade. The incident happened on Monday when a group of seven Afghans were trying to enter Iran, an Afghan foreign ministry official said, adding all were teenage males.      Full news...

  • February 2, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan drug trade fuels insurgency
    AFP: From the watchtower at an Afghan outpost, the Dutch soldiers can follow the growth of the pretty poppies that may one day pay for the weapons that kill them or their comrades. Taliban insurgents waging an increasingly deadly campaign against foreign troops make at least 100 million dollars a year from taxing Afghanistan's opium trade -- the world's biggest, US and Afghan officials say.      Full news...

  • February 1, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Karzai’s Brother Tied To Corrupt Afghan Land Deals
    NPR: In Afghanistan, the theft of public and private land is a growing form of corruption. President Hamid Karzai has vowed to tackle the vexing issue. But one obstacle to his vision is his own brother, who is allegedly at the center of land grabs in Kandahar province. In Afghanistan, the theft of public and private land is a growing form of corruption.... The spoils of corruption can be seen several times a week at Kabul's tiny airport: bags of money heading out of the country.      Full news...

  • February 1, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan ‘geological reserves worth a trillion dollars’
    AFP: Afghanistan, one of the world's poorest countries, is sitting on mineral and petroleum reserves worth an estimated one trillion dollars, President Hamid Karzai said Sunday. "The initial figures we have obtained show that our mineral deposits are worth a thousand billion dollars -- not a thousand million dollars but a thousand billion," he said.      Full news...

  • January 31, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Malalai Joya talks about her hopes for her country, her heroes and the London conference
    New Statesman: Malalai Joya: "We Afghans know well that the US and its allies occupied Afghanistan for their own strategic, economic and regional interests and don't care about the wishes of our people. So the "liberation" of Afghan women was never part of the real agenda. It is just a lie. The so-called freedom given by the US to Afghanistan is enjoyed mainly by the warlords and drug lords, who are free to commit their crimes and do their drug trafficking."      Full news...

  • January 30, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Mullah Imam Arrested for Raping Two Women
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): The police say that they have arrested a Mullah Imam (a religious cleric who leads the prayers) in connection with the rape of two women in the Imam Sahib District of Kunduz Province. Police chief of Imam Sahib District, Abdul Qayum Ibrahimi stated the culprit’s name as Mullah Rahmatullah and told PAN that he was an Imam in the mosque of the Baika village and had been arrested two days back as he thought to be involved in the rape of two women.      Full news...

  • January 30, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Terror comes at night in Afghanistan
    Asia Times: One quiet, wintry night last year in the eastern Afghan town of Khost, a young government employee named Ismatullah simply vanished. He had last been seen in the town's bazaar with a group of friends. Family members scoured Khost's dust-doused streets for days. Village elders contacted Taliban commanders in the area who were wont to kidnap government workers, but they had never heard of the young man. Even the governor got involved, ordering his police to round up nettlesome criminal gangs that sometimes preyed on young bazaar-goers for ransom.      Full news...

  • January 29, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Why buy the Taliban?
    The Guardian: After almost nine years of international military operations, billions of dollars in aid and thousands of Afghan and international lives, what Afghanistan needed was a new vision to deal with the complex set of problems. Instead, world leaders pledged £87m to woo the Taliban back into government. Bravo, President Karzai! Bravo, international leaders!      Full news...

  • January 28, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women’s rights under attack in Afghanistan
    Channel 4 News: Women were promised greater protection after the invasion of Afghanistan, but Nima Elbagir finds an increasing number have forced to self-inflict injuries to escape abuse. When the Taliban were still in power the liberation of Afghanistan’s women was a cause celebre in the west - a moral justification for the invasion. Yet by the end of last year the United Nations was worriedly reporting that the number of violent incidents against women had risen to their highest since the fall of the Taliban.      Full news...

  • January 28, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suicide Risk Rises For Young War Veterans
    Sky News Online: Young soldiers returning from Afghanistan are up to three times more likely to kill themselves than civilians of the same age, according to the Mental Health Foundation. Suicide, crime and alcohol problems are of particular risk to the under 24s, the charity says, and more needs to be done to look after the mental health of troops who have served in wars. The Mental Health Foundation believes that, while money matters, it is important to raise awareness of what help people need.      Full news...

  • January 28, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Landmine deaths, injuries torment villagers
    IRIN: “I was irrigating my land when I stepped on it… I heard a huge bang which knocked me over,” said Amanullah, a 26-year-old landmine victim from Nawzad District, Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan. Doctors managed to save his life but he lost both legs. “It makes me very sad when I think who is going to tend to my fields and feed my family,” he said. Mine blasts are common in volatile districts of Helmand where Taliban insurgents and pro-government forces have clashed fiercely in the past few years.      Full news...

  • January 27, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In Afghanistan: Embracing Gulbuddin Hekmatyar Is No Method at All
    The Huffington Post: One thing that remains consistent over the last 30 years in observing America's participation in Afghanistan is that mistakes and errors of judgment, no matter how egregious or self-defeating, never seem to get corrected. In fact, in its effort to rationalize a growing culture of war-making from Vietnam to Afghanistan, America has come around to embracing the insanity of the fictional Colonel Kurtz.      Full news...

  • January 27, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Four in five Germans oppose Afghanistan troop hike: poll
    AFP: Nearly 80 percent of Germans oppose Berlin’s plans to hike the number of troops in Afghanistan, according to a poll released Wednesday on the eve of a major international conference. Four out of five Germans said they disagreed with a stronger military role for Berlin in Afghanistan, the survey by the independent polling institute Forsa indicated.      Full news...

  • January 26, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suffering of Afghans ‘unbearable’: Red Cross
    Geo TV: The suffering of Afghanistan’s people has reached "unbearable" levels as the conflict has intensified and spread across the country, a top international Red Cross official said Tuesday. Decades of conflict have impacted every family in the country, Pierre Kraehenbuehl, director of operations at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told a news conference in Tokyo.      Full news...

  • January 25, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan drug lords look West via new routes
    Reuters: Afghan drug lords are smuggling more heroin through Iran to Europe, easing the burden on a traditional trafficking route through ex-Soviet Central Asia, Tajikistan's drug control chief said in an interview. With a long, leaky border with Afghanistan and lawlessness inherited from a bloody 1992-1997 civil war, Tajikistan has long been a haven for drug smuggling out of Afghanistan which produces nearly all of the world's opium, used to make heroin.      Full news...

  • January 24, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Young Afghan Girl Committed Self-immolation
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): 17-year-old Amina of Chakhansoor District of Nimroz Province committed self-immolation and died because of a forced engagement to an old man. Habibullah, one of Amina’s relatives, told PAN that Dur Mohammad had engaged his daughter (Amina) to 55-year old Faiz Mohammad and in exchange had engaged Faiz’s 22-year old daughter to himself.      Full news...

  • January 23, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Father kills daughter in Sar-i-Pul province of Afghanistan
    PAN: A father killed his 19-year-old daughter who refused to marry a 12-year-old boy in northern Sar-i-Pul province, the deputy governor said on Saturday. ... Maliha reportedly planned to tie the knot with her neighbour Hayatullah, who took here back to her house. Her father, Gul Muhammad, beat her to death after the man left.      Full news...

  • January 22, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Obama quietly continues to defend Bush’s terror policies
    McClatchy Newspapers: Although the FBI has acknowledged it improperly obtained thousands of Americans' phone records for years, the Obama administration continues to assert that the bureau can obtain them without any formal legal process or court oversight. The FBI revealed this stance in a newly released report, troubling critics who'd hoped the bureau had been chastened enough by its own abuses to drop such a position.      Full news...

  • January 22, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Israeli drones take over skies of Afghanistan
    The Jerusalem Post:‌ While Israeli soldiers can't fight in the war in Afghanistan, Israeli drones can. Starting next week, five NATO member countries will be operating unmanned aerial vehicles produced in the Jewish state in anti-Taliban operations in the Central Asian country. Next week, officials from the German military will arrive to take delivery of an undisclosed number of Heron UAVs, made by Israel Aerospace Industries.      Full news...

  • January 22, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s women
    Le Monde Diplomatique: In northern Afghanistan, far away from the Taliban’s heartland, freedom remains elusive for most women. Forced marriages of young girls are still common and sex attacks are on the rise. Many say life has deteriorated after the US-led invasion because the occupation ushered in a new era of lawlessness. At the offices of the Afghanistan Human Rights Organisation in Sheberghan, Jowzjan province, women from throughout the region arrive with tales of misery and horror.      Full news...

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