Feature / Analysis

 Afghan Women Silenced by Fear


ISLAMABAD: Women in Afghanistan are increasingly worried about a return to the repressive policies of the past as international combat forces leave the country. Following years of outspoken activism, women are retreating into public silence to avoid being targeted by extremists. Even after de...

 Afghans flock to colleges, even as Taliban loom


Showing confidence in their country's future, Afghans _ male and female _ flock to colleges KABUL, Afghanistan: Ten years ago, Roeen Rahmani and some friends spent $300 on an overhead projector and a rented room to teach a business course to Afghans emerging from civil war and Taliban rule. N...

 1970s Afghan death lists end uncertainty for some


The Netherlands releases the names of nearly 5,000 Afghans tortured and killed by the then-communist government. KABUL, Afghanistan: For more than three decades, Yossef Azim's family wondered what had happened to his grandfather, Shah Wali. The commanding general at Afghanistan's Bagram air b...

 Afghanistan's dancing boys


NANGAHAR: Sexual exploitation of boys, in particular the practice of "bacha bazi" (literally boy play) in which boys are "owned" for dancing and sex, remains one of the least talked about abuses in Afghanistan. It is an age-old custom, banned by the Taliban when they were in power, but now und...

 Afghanistan’s Soccer Captain: Meet the Humble Hero of a War-Torn Nation


Without enough money to buy spare jerseys, or even pay for hotels, the Afghan team has somehow emerged as regional champions Kabul: In the little room, barely three by four meters, 48 men sit wherever they can: on the floor, on the windowsill and on a lone bed tucked into the corner. A modest...

 Gunman in Afghanistan puts spotlight on the dangers facing Afghan policewomen


Gunman in Afghanistan: Five men were arrested today in connection with the second killing of a top policewoman in less than two months.   Five men were arrested today in Afghanistan for their role in the killing of the most senior female police officer in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, who wa...

 Violent Censorship on Rise in Afghanistan


Journalists Face Increasing Intimidation, in Threat to Press Freedom KABUL: When Afghan reporter Nasratullah Iqbal criticized on his Facebook FB +6.02% page a new history book written by a powerful provincial governor, he didn't expect he would wind up with a bloodied nose and a bruised bac...

 Author Provides Glimpse Into Afghanistan's Secret Subcultures, Hidden Worlds


Underground converts to Christianity, shadowy male cross-dressers, and gay bloggers are not usually associated with Afghanistan. And yet they are part of the real but often unseen world Afghans live in. That unknown side of Afghanistan is the topic of a new book, "Afghan Rumor Bazaar: Secret ...

 A wide-open Afghan presidential race kicks off as candidates permitted to submit their names


KABUL, Afghanistan: Afghanistan’s presidential race kicked off Monday as election authorities began accepting the nominations of would-be candidates, the start of a wide-open race whose winner will oversee the final phases of the withdrawal of U.S.-led troops amid a relentless Taliban insurgency...

 Afghan mines among world's most dangerous


Afghanistan has huge mineral deposits, but the underground wealth is unlikely to enrich the workers. Kabul, Afghanistan: When residents near the Abkhorak mine in northern Afghanistan heard of the coal mine's collapse, they immediately rushed to free the 57 miners trapped beneath the debris. ...

 Taliban will keep Afghans happy, claims cleric


AKORA KHATTAK: He is known as the Father of the Taliban, a cleric who calls the Taliban’s one-eyed leader an “angel” and runs a seminary described as the University of Jihad. Bespectacled and soft-spoken, Maulana Sami ul-Haq is a revered figure in Pakistan and Afghanistan whose views carry en...

  The Next Frontier for Football in Afghanistan


The Afghanistan National Football Team's triumph in the 2013 SAFF Championship is the biggest victory in Afghanistan football history, and it rivals RohullahNikpai's back-to-back taekwondo bronze medals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics as the biggest sports accomplishment the country has ever seen....

 Release of Taliban prisoners by Pakistan helpless for Afghan peace


Afghan officials following the release of Taliban prisoners by Pakistan are hopeless of any major progress in Afghan peace talks with the Taliban group. Pakistan released almost 33 Taliban prisoners including Taliban commanders as per the request of the Afghan government in a bid to help acc...

 Zalmai Rassoul a Probable Candidate for Presidency: Karzai


President Hamid Karzai on Saturday said that Zalmai Rassoul, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, could be a likely candidate for the Presidential election in the spring. On the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit, held in Beshkik, Kyrgyzstan, President Karzai met with...

 Afghan Farmers Ask Military to Pay Up for Land


Villagers in eastern province seek compensation for areas taken over to build NATO bases. Residents of Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan complain that large swathes of their farmland have been appropriated to build military bases, and the owners have received little or no compensation. ...

 Harassment Goes Unchecked in Kabul


The capital, often thought to be a leader of progress in Afghanistan, reportedly suffers from a culture of harassment. Verbal abuse and unwelcomed sexual advances are said to have a severe impact on the way many women in Kabul live their lives, and yet law enforcement has not done much to addres...

 Afghanistan is mostly offline but ready to embrace social media


Imagine living in a country where only 3.5 percent of the population uses the Internet. When you ask a neighbor about Facebook, they give you a confused look. Posting a status update on Twitter is a foreign concept, and most citizens still rely on printed newspapers and radio reports. That’s...

 Rahul’s Ghareeb Rath versus Modi’s Elite Wagon


For the first time in the history of elections, two rival individuals are so interestingly pitted against each other. Through rallies, they are venting their hearts out to the nation. And with each speech, the difference between their approaches and attitudes is becoming sharper. Under normal ci...

 Pastor Accidentally Burns 2,000 Bibles instead of Qur'an‏


Pastor Accidentally Burns 2,000 Bibles in Protest of 9/11 Attacks MULBERRY, Fla: A Florida pastor set fire to more than 2,000 Bibles that he believed to be Qurans before authorities could extinguish the flames and arrest him. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Rev. Terry Jones and hi...

 The Niqab - a convenient veil for Islamophobia?‏


If I wasn't someone with first-hand experience, being a niqab wearing women myself, I would think that Muslims were a tad paranoid in saying that politics and the media run a recurring cycle of Islamophobic jabs. As a woman who has worn the niqab in England, it appears that when there's little l...


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