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· May, 2008

Stories about Afghanistan from May, 2008

Afghanistan: Insurgent Attacks Still Up on the East

Barnett R. Rubin analyzes the debate about counter-insurgency success in Afghanistan's Regional Command/East (RC/E).

Afghanistan: View from a grain of sand

Afghan PenLog tells about a documentary film about women in Afghanistan in the past thirty years of the country's history through the lives of three women.

Afghanistan: Memorial Day Review

Joshua Foust reflects on the victims among American and Coalition soldiers who gave their lives in the fight for a free and stable Afghanistan, as well as on the victims...

Afghanistan: Al-Qaida's rising figure

Peter Marton reviews the recent story in the CTC Sentinel journal on al-Qaida's rising figure, Abu Yahya al-Libbi, the Lybian who escaped from detention at Afghanistan's Bagram airbase in 2005.

Afghanistan: To Negotiate or Not To Negotiate?

Patrick Frost reviews the Hudson Institute scholar's concept of a growing ‘war weariness’ with Afghan, European, and American troops in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: Cutting Through the Noise

Joshua Foust refers in his post to Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson – in Joshua's opinion the only reporter talking about road construction in Afghanistan who is making any sense.

Afghanistan: A Case of the Judiciary

SunLeaf tells story of a Journalist student convicted of insulting Islam (the punishment for this crime is death), which vividly reflects the state of the Judiciary in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: Children's Beggary

SunLeaf tells a story of a kid, whose experience is an eye-opening yet bittersweet account of ‘what it takes’ to survive as a street working child in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: Killing with Impunity

SunLeaf reacts to the UN investigation into the disregard of for the fundamental rights of the Afghan citizens, which reads that civilian casualties in Afghanistan were intolerably high, and often...

Afghanistan: Roads Host Explosives?

Joshua Foust looks into interrelation of two problems – lack of paved roads in Afghanistan and Taliban insurgents planting their improvised explosive devices.

Afghanistan: Women in Afghanistan

Sanjar offers a video documentary, in which both intimate and broadly political view of the past thirty years of Afghanistan's history through the lives of three women is presented.

Afghanistan: Online Military Gaming

The Strategist reflects on how insurgents and counter terrorist armies could use virtual worlds to advance their causes.

Afghanistan: American Researcher Dies in Attack

Barnett Rubin reports that Michael Vinay Bhatia, a researcher well known to many of those working on Afghanistan, died in an IED attack on his vehicle in Khost Province, Afghanistan,...

Kyrgyzstan: Afghanistan Stun Kyrgyzs in AFC Challenge Cup

Elena presents some pictures from the soccer game between Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan during the AFC Challenge Cup Group C qualifier and grieves for Kyrgyzstan’s loss.

Afghanistan: Glass Half Empty

SunLeaf reacts to the words of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Canada, who assured MPs that Canadian aid funds are not winding up in the “pockets or bank accounts” of corrupt officials.

Afghanistan: Persian Games

Joshua Foust opines on the statement made by Richard Boucher, U.S. Assistant SecState for Central and South Asia, concerning the relations between Afghanistan and Iran.

Afghanistan: Crime Against Children

The Rumi reports on a shocking case of a 7-year-old Afghani girl tossed under truck for smuggling wheat by Pakistan border police officers.

Afghanistan: Juvenile Delinquency Law Rejected

Nasim Fekrat reviews the current controversy over the Juvenile Delinquency law, which, in his opinion, illustrates the conflicts within the Afghan legal system and governance.

Afghanistan: Release of Kidnapped Pakistani Ambassador

Sanjar deliberates on the Taliban's implication in kidnapping of the Pakistani ambassador to Afghanistan Tariq Azizuddin in February this year.

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