Stories about Afghanistan from February, 2009
Azar Balkhi reports that Fawzia Koofi, an outstanding human rights activist and the first female deputy speaker of the Afghanistan's parliament, was named “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum.
While the Obama administration has announced that an additional 17,000 troops will be sent to Afghanistan to confront the rising insurgency, Afghan bloggers keep talking about the daily challenges facing Afghans such as a women in prison, poverty and political tensions. Baktash Siawash, a Kabul-based journalist and blogger writes [en]...
Elina reports that after the American airbase has been closed in Kyrgyzstan, a top U.S. general is visiting Uzbekistan to discuss alternative supply routes for the army in Afghanistan.
Colla says that the death of Taliban commander Mullah Ghulam Dastagir last night in an airstrike in the northwestern province of Afghanistan brings to a bloody end a saga which had been particularly damaging for President Hamid Karzai.
Joshua Foust notes that during the Wednesday suicide bombers attack in Kabul, most of the terrorists were stopped by the Afghan police were able to put an end to the attacks fairly quickly.
Window on Eurasia writes that across the former Soviet Union, “a debate is raging between those who believe the Soviet intervention [in Afghanistan] led to the demise of the Soviet Union and those who are convinced that the decision to withdraw [20 years ago] had precisely that effect.”
Amila Bosnae reacts to the news of a death sentence given to two Afghans who “translated the Quran into one of their country’s languages.”
Patrick Frost notes how much the US media is now concentrating on the war in Afghanistan as the war in Iraq is dropping further and further onto the back pages.
Azar Balkhi writes about the leaked governmental document, which indicates exorbitant salaries for consultants and officials in Afghanistan.
Azar Balkhi provides an in-depth analysis of the Afghan national identity, covering both linguistic and historical roots of the nation.
Patrick Frost reports that the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan has decided to postpone the country’s presidential election until August 20th for the reason of registering more voters, setting up the voting machinery, and giving troops more time to bring ‘chaotic’ districts in control.
Joshua Foust, a longtime blog expert on Afghanistan, starts his insightful travelogue notes from the visit to the country he wrote so much about.