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Afghan Whispers:1 May,Kidnappings and Problems in Iran

Õnne Pärl,a blogger and journalist from Estonia, writes about her 1 May experience in Kabul. She says,

because of the mudjahedin parade in Kabul, there are suggestions to “keep low profile”. We see helicopters flying noisily over our heads, but it is the only thing what looks different. We are watching for two days the BBC News Channel, where drunken mob pull down our capital in Estonia. What an irony.
There was an interesting event in Kabul, the agricultural fair AgFair. We heard about millions dollars being donated by some organizations in order to build up the fair place: the round exhibition ground and huge tents.

Kidnapped people

Afghan Warrior discusses kidnapped journalists and humanitarian aid workers. The blogger writes,

first they kidnapped the Italian and Afghan journalists and then they kidnapped the French male and female humanitarian aid workers along with 3 Afghan workers. Later on the French lady was released but the future of the French man along with 3 Afghans is still unknown.These civilians had nothing to do with the Afghan government. They are just servants who carry out humanitarian aid and help the poor Afghan people. And the journalists tell us the truth about the situation in the region. These journalists aren't only telling the news on behalf the Afghan and coalition forces. They also tell the news on behalf of the Taliban too.

According to media reports, Tehran has expelled tens of thousands of Afghans from Iran since mid-April in a move Iranian authorities say is aimed at repatriating 1 million unregistered Afghan refugees by March 2008. Dialogue 3 [Fa] has given the links to several Iranian blogs which talk about this issue.

A collective torture

Nakhodayeh Pir writes[Fa] that Iranian government has failed in its economic promises. According to the blogger high inflation and unemployment have put Iranian economy in a very bad situation. The blogger says now Iranian government pretends it can save unemployment problem by sending one million afghans to their own country. The blogger criticised Iranian government's policy regarding Afghans. He says many of them are born in Iran during last 30 years and they have had problems in country. He calls Iranian government's policy to expel afghans is a collective torture program.

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