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 Seeking asylum in Afghanistan


The plight of Afghan refugees is known, but less familiar are the dissidents and victims of civil war who have sought refuge in Afghanistan although the war-torn country has no asylum law as yet. Amir Hamza Halimov fled to Kabul in the early 1990s. He was one of tens of thousands of Tajiks who cro...

 In Afghanistan, focusing on the details


Brody describes the ground beneath his feet in Zabul Province. Qalat, Afghanistan - EDITOR’S NOTE: Eastern Afghanistan was hit with an earthquake and flash flooding this week, which killed as many as 33 people and demolished thousands of homes. The epicenter of the quake was 17 miles from Jalalabad...

 Afghans stranded in Pakistan's no-man's land


Quetta, Pakistan: Ali Muhammad, an Afghan resident of Chaghai, in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, was born in 1981, as his family was fleeing the Afghan-Soviet war for the relative safety of Pakistan. Today, 32 years later, he and 12 of his family members are returning to their homel...

 Comprehensive Report Finds Evidence of US Torture at Guantánamo


The Constitution Project, a non-profit organization that brings together legal and policy experts to foster dialogue about pressing constitutional challenges, has published a comprehensive report examining the treatment of people detained by U.S. forces under the War on Terror.In addition to finding...

 ‘Americans don’t have good intelligence about almost anything’ – Guantanamo lawyer


With Gitmo authorities saying only 92 detainees are taking part in the hunger strike, lawyer Clive Stafford claims they know little about what is really happening on the base, expressing concerns of "systematic torture" and a high risk of inmate death.Clive Stafford Smith, the well-known human right...

 THE ISLAMIC JIHAD


Journalists are doing the terrorists a favor when they use the word ‘jihad’ in connection with terrorist acts attributed to Muslims.  The terrorists like to think that they are involved in jihad, but the fact is they are committing acts of ‘irhad,’ which is not permissible in Islam. The word ‘jihad’...

 The US Perpetrates a Boston Bombing Weekly in Pakistan, Yemen & Afghanistan


"Antiwar" - The Boston Bombings left three dead and more than 100 injured and some have suggested circumventing the rule of law to prosecute the perpetrator. Yet, in Pakistan the unconstitutional drone war continues to kill innocents. On April 14, between 4 and 6 Pakistanis died in drone strike and ...

 The ‘Poisoned’ Girls of Afghanistan


It’s happening again. On April 21, the authorities in Takhar Province in northeastern Afghanistan announced that up to 74 girls at Bibi Maryam School had fallen ill and were suspected of having been poisoned by gas. On April18, more than a dozen girls were hospitalized at a nearby school with simi...

 Digital Piracy Kills The Pashtun Music Star


When future generations ask who silenced Pashtun music, the Taliban won’t get the blame – it will be piracy. The “pirates” are easily identifiable – they are the young men armed with laptops who can be found on street corners throughout northwestern Pakistan. Word on the street is that they are th...

 Afghan Diplomats Do Not Return, Seek Asylum: Experts


A number of experts said Tuesday that some of the Afghan diplomats, especially ambassadors to other countries, have not returned to the country after their working term ended and have sought asylum, an act which according to the pundits is caused for inattention from foreign ministry while employing...

 ‘A Chinese Threat to Afghan Buddhas’


When I first traveled to Afghanistan in 2004, I immediately fell in love with the country and its people, and I was optimistic that the young people in Kabul would soon have better lives. Yet my hopes dimmed as I learned about a revolving door of exploitation at the hands of the Russians, Americans ...

 Afghanistan's female police officers fight for women-only toilets


Female police officers often suffer harassment from colleagues amid lack of dedicated facilities, says Human Rights Watch Kabul: It is the smallest but most telling of details that reveals Afghanistan's real attitude towards the women it claims to want at the heart of the national police force. T...

 A Superheroic Caped Crusade to Keep Troops Safe in Afghanistan


Bagram Batman TV Spots Educate Military; 'He Acts Just as Well as Adam West Did' BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan: In fictional Gotham City, Batman protects citizens from crime. Here, at the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan, another Dark Knight is on a different kind of crusade: making sure soldiers c...

 In model Afghan city, kidnappings surge


HERAT, Afghanistan :Nine-year-old Ali Sena Nowruzee’s disappearance was disturbingly predictable, even in a city largely untouched by the Taliban and often held up as an example of what a peaceful Afghanistan might look like. As in dozens of other kidnappings targeting Herat’s burgeoning middle cl...

 Kerry: Pakistan-Afghanistan meetings end ‘on a good track’


BRUSSELS: After meeting for more than three hours here Wednesday with Afghan and Pakistani leaders, Secretary of State John F. Kerry reported progress in re-launching negotiations but warned, “We’re not going to raise expectations or promise results that can’t be delivered.” Instead, Kerry said be...

 Climate change: A prehistoric window on Earth's future?


Scientists believe they have identified a time in history, which provides the most complete picture of how the planet might respond to rising CO2 levels.The world is warmer, by around 2-3 degrees C. The tropics are wetter, sea levels are higher, there is less ice and CO2 levels are rising above pres...

 Pennsylvania climate change: Less winter chill could mean trouble for state's apple crop.


Could one of life’s simple pleasures, the apple, be endangered by changes in our climate?It could, according to some experts, who maintain that apples, like other fruit, depend heavily on a certain amount of what is called “winter chill,” before they bloom in the spring.“If there’s not enough winter...

 Despite Gains Against Taliban, Helmand Residents Feel Insecure


After years of bloodshed, a tenuous calm has emerged in Helmand. Large swaths of the southern Afghan province, once a bastion of the Taliban insurgency, have been wrested from militant control. The daily firefights and roadside bombs that plagued Helmand have abated. Development is evident. School...

 Government won't claw back danger pay overpayments in Afghanistan: PM


Ottawa: The Harper government has backed away from a proposal to claw back overpayments of danger pay for soldiers in Afghanistan. Prime Minister Stephen Harper says soldiers won't have to repay hundreds of dollars they got through an administrative error. After an outcry two weeks ago, the Cons...

 Afghan security forces face first fighting season alone


US troops reduced to advisory role as Taliban begins its annual onslaught. Qalat, Afghanistan: Beside the twisted remains of three Afghan police trucks destroyed by roadside bombs, a pomegranate tree too young to bear fruit grows through a tangle of razor wire. The tree's home is a small Afghan N...


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