· July, 2008

Stories about Afghanistan from July, 2008

Afghanistan: Seeking Justice

  28 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: Violence in the Hazarajat, Protests in Kabul

  28 July 2008

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...

Soviet History: The Afghan War

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.”

Aghanistan: Police Violence

  25 July 2008

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.

Afghanistan: Eve teasing

  21 July 2008

Joshua Foust looks at the problem of eve teasing in Afghanistan, an abhorrent tendency of young men to sexually harass women on the street.

China: Yang Jia Harmonized

  18 July 2008

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.

Afghainstan: Gender Debates

  14 July 2008

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.

No Movement on Death Sentence for Afghan Internet User

  9 July 2008

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.

Afghanistan: Bombing in Kabul

  9 July 2008

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...

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