Stories about Afghanistan from August, 2008
Joshua Foust reports on the UN investigation that has released its findings about the bombing incident in Shindand, Afghanistan.
Joshua Foust reviews the media coverage regarding June’s massive prison break in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and how it is effecting attitudes toward the government.
Azar Balkhi says that child sexual abuse is becoming a disturbing widespread reality in Afghanistan, where traditionally the victim is the one to take the punishment, not the rapist.
Despite the Saudi Arabia's decision to ban Saudi women from taking part in the Olympics this year, Blogger Dilshad D. Ali writes about the emergence of hijab (veil) at the Beijing Olympics. Blogger Jana, also lists the 12 veiled Muslim athletes who competed this year in Beijing.
Azar Balkhi reports that Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan yet again points finger at the NATO Forces without knowing the real story behind the confrontation that took place in Azizabad, where 90 civilians were shot to death in the counter-Taliban operation.
Joshua Foust examines the dual-use nature of national infrastructure projects in Afghanistan, and wonders how that might affect the counterinsurgency there.
Joshua Foust sees some of the violent consequences of the U.S. blurring the lines between military and humanitarian aid.
Azar Balkhi reports on another rally of the emerging political opposition in Afghanistan that unites around Dr. Pedram, the leader of National Congress Party of Afghanistan.
Nasim Fekrat opines that ecurity situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated rapidly in the recent days after the Taliban insurgents’ rocket attack on Kabul airport.
Azar Balkhi publishes a remembrance post devoted to Nicole Dial, an American woman aid worker, one of three western females who were gunned down by the Talibans in Afganistan on August 13th.
The Rumi reports that the local authorities of Mazar-I-Sharif opened the first training course for female police in Afghanistan.
Sanjar from Afghanistan opines on the role and place of Taliban, saying that it is the harshest form of a resistance movement which is created when the country is in a political vacuum.
The Rumi tells about Afghani refugees in Iran and a girl, who blogs in English about the life of diaspora.
The Rumi reflects on Daily Mail's investigative article about drug trade in Afghanistan, according to which, Karzai’s brother Ezatullah Wasefi, currently head of the Afghan government's anti-corruption authority is the world’s biggest heroin contractor.
SunLeaf tells about Nesar Ahmad Bahawi, a 23-year-old sportsman, who will represent Afghanistan in this year’s Olympics.
Baktash Siawashi, blogger and journalist from Afghanistan, writes [Fa] about the murder of Abdul Samad Rohani, an Afghan journalist, working for the BBC in Helmand province. He says Taliban,corrupted officials and drug smugglers are “the usual suspects” in this murder.
The Rumi tells more about Latif Pedram, a poet, author of many books and the leader of National Congress Party of Afghanistan, who has been under house arrest for the past couple months; furthermore now the government has banned his political party.
The Rumi says that several hundreds of schoolgirls and boys protested yesterday on Thursday 30 July 2008 in Narin district of northern Afghanistan in defense of Dr. Latif Pedram, the leader of National Congress of Afghanistan.
Joshua Foust notices a US Army unit seems to be “getting” some of the incredible ethnic diversity of Eastern Afghanistan… until it rotates back home.
Joshua Foust disagrees with the US Air Force over the effectiveness of air strikes in Afghanistan.
Joshua Foust compares two pictures of a pretty Kabul in 1967 and a devastated Kabul in 2007.