· February, 2008

Stories about Afghanistan from February, 2008

Afghanistan: Refugees Urge BBC to Take Action

  25 February 2008

Mohammad posts an open letter of independent writers, journalists, student associations, human rights activists and Afghanistani Diaspora living in the UK to the head of BBC, raising concerns about the recent restrictions introduced by the Afghani Minister of Culture on the use of Farsi language terminology by media in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: Imagine art after

  25 February 2008

Sanjar tells about “Imagine art after” project, uniting artists who originate from the same country but who are now geographically and politically separated. At the exhibition, shown earlier this year at the Tate Gallery in London, two Aghanistani artists were paired together – Rahraw Amarzad (living in Kabul) and Shapur...

Afganistan: Story Behind Pictures

  22 February 2008

Mohammad posts a number of pictures of Afghanistan's children in “schools” in remote areas, and says that the current authorities spend billions of western aids on luxurious houses, top model cars and jewelry instead of improving humanitarian situation.

Afghanistan: Local Charity Aids Needy People

  21 February 2008

Mohammad reports that Ahmad Shah Massoud Foundation distributes winter aid for hundreds returning refugee families in the north and south of the Afghanistani capital, Kabul. Ahmad Shah Massoud had been a Defense Minister before he was killed in a suicide attack in 2001.

Afghanistan: Film banned by the authorities

  11 February 2008

Sanjar reports that the Ministry of information and culture of Afghanistan has banned the import and exhibition of “The Kite Runner” movie on the fear of social consequences. The film is based on the novel by Khalid Husseini about the troubled friendship of two Afghan boys and “tells us a...

Afghanistan: Eradicating opium through development

  8 February 2008

Bipasha Ray reports that the UN Office on Drugs and Crime issued its annual winter survey of poppy planting patterns and predicted a poppy harvest close to last year’s record, while a UK governmental development agency and the World Bank say that it will take at least 20 years and...

Afghanistan: ECFR's Afghanistan paper

  7 February 2008

Péter Marton analyzes a new paper out from the Europan Council on Foreign Relations calling for a major shift in terms of commitment to the ongoing efforts in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: The Hazara, In Pictures

  6 February 2008

Joshua Foust reviews a National Geographic's big special photo coverage on the Hazarajat, a big central mountainous region in Afghanistan, but notes that America’s broken promises continue to haunt the land.

Afghanistan: Balkh, The Poorest Province

  4 February 2008

Mohammad writes about Balkh, an economically underprivileged northern province of Afghanistan, which, on the other hand, has a very rich historical and cultural legacy, being listed among Educational, Scientific and Cultural human history heritage in the United Nations.

Afghanistan: On Uruzgan, tribes, corruption and all else

  4 February 2008

Péter Marton analyzes the presentation by Major General Ton van Loon of the Netherlands, former commander of ISAF RC-S, delivered at the U.S. Atlantic Council (ACUS), where he talked of many issues there that are important in the context of the insurgency in southern Afghanistan.

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