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· October, 2008

Stories about Afghanistan from October, 2008

Afghanistan: Nuristan, in Pictures

We've had enough doom and gloom in Afghanistan for a while, yes? So here's a pretty picture of Aranas village in Waygal district of Nuristan.

Afghanistan: President's Family Accused of Abuse of Power

Azar Balkhi reports that provincial opposition activist has accused Karzai’s family for illegal seizure of 20,000 acres of land in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: Sayed Pervez Kambakhsh's Sentence Commuted to 20 Years

At least it's not death: An Afghan appeals court overturned a death sentence Tuesday for a journalism student accused of blasphemy for asking questions in class about women's rights under...

Afghanistan: Portrait of a Female Politician

Azar Balkhi writes about Fawiza Koofi, a modern thinker, poet and the deputy of the Afghanistan Parliament, a symbol of women in a men-dominated society.

Afghanistan: In the Kingdom of Karzai

Azar Balkhi reports that Jamil Karzai a member of parliament and cousin of Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan, had allegedly killed five civilian while driving in Kabul.

Afghanistan: The Taliban are hard, we are soft

The Strategist contemplates on what makes the Afghan war unwinnable, and sees the reason in differences between the insurgents and Westerns soldiers.

Afghanistan: “Bad Taliban, good Taliban”

Afghan blogger and journalist, Baktash Siawash, writes [fa] that UK wants to make a deal with Taliban but the USA considers to negotiate with “good Taliban” and fight with “bad...

Afghanistan: Hitch on heroin

Joshua Foust examines some of the issues surrounding opium eradication in Afghanistan, and argues that focusing on opium itself misses the point.

Russia: Remembering Anna Politkovskaya

Oct. 7 marks two years since the assassination of journalist Anna Politkovskaya. No one has been jailed so far, but three men are expected to go to trial soon for...

Afghanistan: Peace, and Trash

Joshua Foust notes the goings on in the Afghanistan blogosphere: ruminations on trash, reconciliation, and, of course, the messy problems posed by the Taliban. That is, if you can define...

Afghanistan: A reason the LA Times is terrible

Joshua Foust notes just how terrible American media coverage of Afghanistan can be.

Afghanistan: Policewoman executed by Taliban

Azar Balkhi reports that Taliban militants have shot dead high rank female police officer in the volatile southern Afghanistan province of Kandahar.

Afghanistan: UN Security Council Report

SunLeaf writes that the newly released UN Security Council report on Afghanistan is highlighting a number of issues including the extension of the ISAF mission and concerns over the issue...

Afghanistan: Secret dealings with the Taliban

Strategist says that the Afghan government, Western military forces and Taliban senior leaders have been holding secret peace negotiations.

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