Stories about Afghanistan from July, 2008
Despite its reputation for a very conservative brand of Islam, Afghanistan is deeply torn. Before the recent decades of war, the country was more known for its mystical Sufism that attracted crowds of hippies and tourists than anything else; the Soviet War helped entrench a more fundamentalist brand of Islam...
Afghanistan is one of those countries where minority issues drive nearly everything. They form the basis for why President Hamid Karzai is “the best game in town,” but also why he should resign. They form the fundamental structure of the national government, with ethnic set-asides (Kuchis get 10 seats in...
The Turkish Invasion writes at length about the Soviet Afghan War and posts pictures from the memorial in Kyiv. Window on Eurasia writes that Russian Afghan War vets “want Moscow to celebrate their war too.”
Safrang says that residents of Kabul protest against the Afghan government’s inaction on Behsud, a district is not very far from the presidential palace, where civilians are being terrorized by the armed Pashtun Kochi force since the beginning of summer.
The Rumi reports that the Afghanistan Attorney General dismissed on July 16, by President Karzai after he announced intending to run for presidency election of next year.
The Rumi reports that a 13 years old girl was raped by five policemen after torturing her family inside their house in central city of Sare-Pol province, northern part of Afghanistan.
The Afghan Penlog reflects on why Suicide and suicide attack is happening in Afghanistan.
Josh Foust says that one of the most shallow prejudices on the conflict in Afghanistan is the assertion that the Taliban insurgent groups are being driven by tribal loyalties
Barnett R. Rubin reports that the government of Afghanistan, chaired by President Hamid Karzai, formally endorsed a statement charging Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate with responsibility for most of the terrorism carried out in Afghanistan.
The Rumi reports that two women who had been returning home from shopping in the Kandahar province of Aghanistan, were abducted and shot to death by Taliban insurgents.
Barnett R. Rubin posts translation of the Hizb-i Islami press release on the bombing of the Indian Embassy in Kabul, Afghainistan, in which Northern Alliance is blamed for for the attack.
Joshua Foust compares journalistic and intelligence reports on the early days of al-Qaeda, and realizes they were almost exactly the same.
Joshua Foust looks at the problem of eve teasing in Afghanistan, an abhorrent tendency of young men to sexually harass women on the street.
Lui Xiaoyuan got the message from Sohu blog editor that articles about cop killer Yang Jia have become sensitive and some of those have to be blocked.
Barnett R. Rubin provides an overview of the last week's terrorist attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul.
Sanjar says that “women’s question” in Afghanistan provides a vivid illustration of ongoing emotional and sensitive debates on universalism versus cultural relativism, individualism versus tribalism, secularism versus religious state.
Islam-Feminism posts a story about Afghan businesswomen traveling to the U.S in October to apprentice on the job at American firms.
Joshua Foust notes that Kandahar is being aggressively isolated and attacked by the Taliban during this year's fighting season.
Journalism student Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh, accused of supposedly copyng text from an Iranian website criticizing Islam's stance on the treatment of women and sentenced to death for heresy, was berated by his own judge at his most recent appeals hearing, according to Jean MacKenzie at IWPR.
Joshua Foust notes the number of Afghan bloggers warning the West about the country's future.
There was a massive suicide bombing at the Indian Embassy in Kabul Monday, killing upwards of 40 people and injuring hundreds more. Many expats and locals are confused at why the crowds near the Indian embassy—which resides on a pleasant and well guarded street by most accounts filled with bookstores...