Stories about Afghanistan from June, 2008
YakimaGulagLiteraryGazett reports on the two Bosnia-related tragic accidents that have occurred recently.
Peter Marton quotes a high-ranking German general, who admits that the costs and benefits of the Afghanistan mission have to be expected, not merely counted as they are at present.
Patrick Frost says that after a couple weeks of poor news regarding Afghani security, there was finally some positive developments as a force of Afghanistan troops supported by NATO armored vehicles and helicopters appeared to rout Taliban forces who recently took over the Arghandab region surrounding Kandahar.
Joshua Foust reports on an incendiary new report on the abuse of detainees in U.S. custody at overseas facilities like Bagram air base in Afghanistan.
The Rumi reports that the problem of displaced families who currently live in camping in a desert nearby Mazar-I-Sharif city was discussed on the special meeting of Afghanistan Human Right Commission, Balkh Provincial Enlightenment Movement and civil rights activists.
Barnett R. Rubin offers a guest post by Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh, PhD, Director of the Center for Studies of International Relations (CERI) Program for Peace and Human Security, CERI/Institute of Political Science, Paris. Her article was scheduled to appear in Le Figaro on June 12, the day of the International Conference...
Afghan PenLog opines on the Paris Support Conference, saying that the international community re-engaged in the country with a very light footprint.
Peter Marton analyzes the situation around security in Afghanistan amidst the fact that last year still over 600 people were killed by landmines and other unexploded explosive ordnance remaining behind from the 1980s or from later times.
The Rumi says that thousands of families have been forced to leave their homes due to food and drinking water scarcity in Balkh, northern province of Afghanistan.
The Rumi reports that America’s First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday June 8, 2008.
Sanjar opines on the political situation in Afghanistan, saying that institutional building is failing while the society also remains weak.
SunLeaf provides a critical view on the World Bank's new report on Afghanistan entitled “Building an Effective State: Priorities for Public Administration Reform”.
Patrick Frost reports that increasing pressure is being put on President Karzai’s ability to run the still unstable government of Afghanistan.
Joshua Foust writes a post about Kalasha – the term used to describe the many people in Aghanistan, but they are probably refugees from the Ghaznavid empire.
Nasim Fekrat announces the upcoming Blogging Workshop in Bamian, thus spreading the blogging skills to the regions of Afghanistan after the first seminar was held in Kabul earlier this year.
SunLeaf is analyzing the aid industry in Afghanistan, the prospects of funneling of significant portion of aid through the Afghan government and the looming NGO-government discord.
SunLeaf tells about the Toronto-based, Afghan Women’s Organisation, led by a committed and renowned social activist, Adeena Niazi, working both for thousands of Afghan communities across Greater Toronto Area and several others inside Afghanistan.
From the Frontline reports that during his trip to Afghanistan, Poland’s foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski “unveiled a plaque in honour of his friend, Andy Skrzypkowiak, a British war correspondent who was killed in 1987.”
Joshua Foust reflects on an argument that May was the most violent month in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion.
Barnett Rubin analyzes a story from Jalalabad this morning about the effort to develop the essential oil and fragrance industry in Afghanistan.
Joshua Foust cites the UNDP report saying that Afghanistan actually has a kind of normal number of police, but underscores that the major problem that remains is corruption.