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Poster:enoneoftheabove
Date:2007-03-29 15:54
Subject:Anyone?
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Wouls someone else like to maintain this community? I haven;t been keeping up with it, and I think I'm going to shut it down if no one else wants to be listed as a maintainer.

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Poster:lady_j_usa
Date:2007-03-24 12:17
Subject:When I'm Gone
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When I'm Gone

Dedication too the soldiers in iraq and afghanistan in operations iraqi freedom and operations enduring freedom let us not remember how they died but how they lived

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Poster:enoneoftheabove
Date:2006-10-04 15:55
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U.S.'s "moment of truth" in Afghanistan
U.S. is at critical crossroads in Afghanistan
Taliban resurgence and bumper opium crop offer new threats to stability

(From NBC News)

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Poster:tbonestg
Date:2006-09-12 01:44
Subject:This was kind of eclipsed by all the 9/11 anniversary stuff...
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...but we captured Hekmatyar today. Well, yesterday, but you know what I mean...

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Poster:enoneoftheabove
Date:2006-08-31 16:05
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Yep, still a war in Afghanistan. Yep, everyone's still ignoring it.

Taliban militants attack Afghan town
Suicide bomber targets police

(From AP via Toronto Star)

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Poster:eolonir
Date:2006-08-19 22:06
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http://www.afghanistannews.org/
http://www.pajhwok.com/

The most comprehensive resources about current - and not the best ever possible - status of Afghanistan internal affairs.

When I have photoes - will be publishing them as well...

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Poster:enoneoftheabove
Date:2006-08-15 15:18
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BBC Interview With Insurgents
Very enlightening.

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Poster:enoneoftheabove
Date:2006-08-04 15:31
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25 Taliban fighters killed in Afghanistan
(From the AP, via the Houston Chronicle)

Opposition blames 'militarizing' Afghanistan mission for soldier deaths
(From CanWest News Service)

Schools in Afghanistan under growing attack: UNICEF
(From reuters, via the Washington Post)

Harsh realities in Afghanistan
(From the Goldstream News Gazette)

This is nice:
Afghanistan: U.N. girls' football
(From UPI)

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Poster:surly_wench
Date:2006-07-22 09:14
Subject:Afghanistan "Close to Anarchy," US Military Vows to Recapture Taliban-Controlled Towns
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X-posted at rawa, islam_feminism, gender_jihad:

Both from The Guardian (UK based newspaper):

US Military Vows to Reclaim Helmand Towns from Taliban

Afghanistan Close to Anarchy, Warns General:
Apparently, the head of Nato's international security force in Afghanistan, Lieutenant General David Richards, feels that long term stability is seriously in danger. He cites numerous factors compounding problems in Afghanistan, including foreign agencies inneffectively communicating and working together, and unethical private security companies exacerbating local corruption.
The debate over the appropriate time to eradicate the poppy fields (the article describes Afghanistan as probably the largest producer of heroin in the world) and the effect it will have on the insurgency, warlords, and farmers in the country is also pretty interesting.
Any thoughts? More Here

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Poster:surly_wench
Date:2006-07-19 04:09
Subject:Afghanistan: Department for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice Could Return
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X-posted at islam_feminism, rawa, gender_jihad

This has the potential to be really frightening. Any thoughts on it?

From Human Rights Watch (Link):

Afghanistan: Vice and Virtue Department Could Return
Women and Girls Again at Risk

(New York, July 18, 2006) – A proposal to reestablish the Department for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Afghanistan raises serious concerns about potential abuse of the rights of women and vulnerable groups, Human Rights Watch said today.

President Hamid Karzai’s cabinet has approved the proposal to reestablish the department, and it will go to Afghanistan’s parliament when it reconvenes later this summer. It is not clear what the department’s enforcement power would be. Nematullah Shahrani, the minister of Haj and religious affairs, who would oversee the department, has stated that it would focus on alcohol, drugs, crime and corruption. Afghanistan’s criminal laws already address these issues.

“Afghan women and girls face increasing insecurity, and it’s more important for the government to address how to improve their access to public life rather than limit it further,” said Zama Coursen-Neff, senior researcher for Human Rights Watch. “Reinstatement of this controversial department risks moving the discussion away from the vital security and human rights problems now engulfing the country.”

In a recently released report, “Lesson in Terror: Attacks on Education in Afghanistan,” Human Rights Watch identified the lack of access to education, especially for girls, as jeopardizing the country’s future development and security. Human Rights Watch pointed out that the proposed vice and virtue department does not address the real problems of increasing insecurity in the south and southeast, particularly attacks on schools, teachers and students that are preventing children from attending school.

“The proposed vice and virtue department’s vague standards for upholding morality could be used to silence critical voices, and further limit women’s and girls’ access to work, health care and education,” Coursen-Neff said.

A female member of parliament told Human Rights Watch that the proposal was “a symbolic decision from the government but I’m worried about it, maybe as always there will be some extremist violence against freedom of speech on women’s issues. The only hope is the Parliament.”

Under the Taliban, the vice and virtue department became a notorious symbol of arbitrary abuses, particularly against Afghan women and girls. The department ruthlessly enforced restrictions on women and men through public beatings and imprisonment. The department beat women publicly for, among other things, wearing socks that were not sufficiently opaque; showing their wrists, hands, or ankles; and not being accompanied by a close male relative. They stopped women from educating girls in home-based schools, working, and begging. They also beat men for trimming their beards.

President Karzai came under pressure from conservative political figures two months ago to reestablish the department in order to counter anti-Western propaganda by opposition groups. The president then appointed a panel with representatives from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Haj and Religious Affairs, and the Supreme Court, which drafted a proposal and presented it to the cabinet. The cabinet approved the draft and plans to submit it for parliamentary approval when the Afghan National Assembly reconvenes later this summer.

Human Rights Watch called on the international community to make clear a commitment to Afghanistan’s long-term security and reconstruction, and to avoid a return to repressive past practices.

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Poster:enoneoftheabove
Date:2006-07-11 12:24
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Not specifically about Afghanistan, but still relevant.
U.S. will give detainees Geneva rights
(From AP)

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Poster:surly_wench
Date:2006-06-29 04:26
Subject:"Afghan Women's Empowerment Act of 2006" (and Intro From a First Time Poster)
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Cross posted at islam_feminism, gender_jihad, rawa, happy_feminists, malefeminists

Hi, my name's Laura. I'm a university student who's currently working on a piece of historical fiction based on RAWA (Revolutionary Association of Women in Afghanistan). I've enjoyed reading this community's posts a great deal, and felt you might be interested in the following petition.

From the Feminist Majority Foundation: (link to petition)

The Afghan Women's Empowerment Act of 2006

Urge your Senators and Representatives to Co-Sponsor “The Afghan Women's Empowerment Act of 2006”

As the Taliban militia returns and increases its violent attacks against women to prevent them from exercising their rights, we must urge Congress to support organizations that promote and protect women's rights and the women-led nonprofits that provide urgently needed assistance to women and girls.

Introduced in the Senate by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and in the House by Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), the Afghan Women's Empowerment Act of 2006 authorizes funding for the Afghan Ministry of Women's Affairs and the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and for Afghan women-led nonprofits providing education, health care and vocational training to Afghan women and girls.

Read more...Collapse )

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Poster:enoneoftheabove
Date:2006-06-16 15:21
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Rescue on Roberts Ridge:
Army Rangers on a rescue mission in the Afghan mountains were caught in an ambush. It was a battle within that battle that came at a heavy price

(From Dateline NBC)

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Poster:enoneoftheabove
Date:2006-06-12 12:15
Subject:This is... something.
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Mood: is "what the hell?" a mood?

13 Western, 12 Puppet Troops Terminated in Afghanistan

Interesting website. Apparently, 90% of the military personnel at Guantanamo are "Zionists", and rabbis are torturing prisoners there. Oh, and the people who are pushing for the U.S. to intervene in the genocide in Darfur are all right-wing evangelical Christians and, of course, those wily Zionists.

Who are these people?

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Poster:enoneoftheabove
Date:2006-06-01 16:30
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Canadian Forces buys 25 more armoured vehicles for Afghanistan mission
(From the Canadian Press)

Russia Tries to Sell Planes, Helicopters and Guns to Canada
(From Mosnews.com)

Kabul comes undone
(From CNN)

School arson attempt thwarted in north Afghanistan
(From Kashar World News)

Stares, Glares for Afghan Female Drivers

(From the Associated Press, via the Houston Chronicle)

Copter Believed Found in Afghan Mountains

(From the Associated Press, via the Houston Chronicle)

Troops told Geneva rules don't apply to Taliban
(From Globe and Mail)

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Poster:enoneoftheabove
Date:2006-05-19 15:42
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A Senior Taliban Figure May Have Been Captured
(From The New York Times)

Fighting erupts across Afghanistan
Up to 90 Taliban die; Karzai lashes out at Pakistan

(From The Boston Globe & The Washington Post)

MPs vote 149-145 to extend Afghan mission by 2 years
(From The Chronicle-Herald)

Afghan Boy's U.S. Surgery A Success
(From CBS News)

U.N. Urges U.S. to Shut Guantanamo Prison
(From The Associated Press, via Salon.com)

6 Gitmo Inmates Hurt in Fight With Guards
(From The Associated Press, via Salon.com)

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Poster:enoneoftheabove
Date:2006-04-19 15:52
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Huge blast rocks Kabul near U.S. Embassy
(From NBC News via MSNBC)

Mission proves frustrating in Afghan villages
(From The Washington Post via MSNBC)

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Poster:zocchihedron
Date:2006-04-12 09:08
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The American University of Afghanistan now has a functional web site.

From their downloadable press release:

The American University of Afghanistan (AUAf) opened for its first students on March 25 2006.

After country-wide recruiting, the initial group of students have enrolled in the American University of Afghanistan’s inaugural Foundation Studies Program. The Foundation Studies Program will consist of English Language training together with instruction in general study techniques and critical thinking skills. The development of these abilities will allow students to apply successfully for the university’s first Undergraduate Degree Programs in Business Management and Information Communication Technology, starting in August 2006.

Currently housed in the facilities occupied by the American International School of Kabul on Darulamen Road until 1979, AUAf offers a high quality US-style liberal arts education to students from Afghanistan and abroad.

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Poster:enoneoftheabove
Date:2006-04-11 15:52
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Rocket Kills 7 Afghan Children Studying Outdoors; 13 Wounded
(From the New York Times)

UK soldiers hurt in Afghanistan
(From BBC)

Taliban 'hard to combat' in Afghanistan, US military says
(From AP, via the Boston Globe)

and on the lighter side...
Canada offers top pay at Afghan coffee shop
(From Reuters)

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Poster:enoneoftheabove
Date:2006-03-29 15:48
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Canada to use pilotless aircraft in Afghanistan
(From Canadian Press)

The Things They Carry
(From Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone)

Afghanistan Fighting Deadliest in Months: U.S., Canadian Soldiers Killed in Brazen Taliban Attack on Coalition Base in Southern Afghanistan
(From ABC News International)

Italy grants asylum to Afghan Christian convert
(From Radio Australia)

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