Monday, 1 September 2014

Imran Khan Vows to Fight on Despite Deadly Pakistan Clashes

By Sunday afternoon clashes were continuing between police in riot gear and a few hundred protesters. Many protesters had come armed with batons and slingshots.
Shipping containers were set ablaze, several vehicles stood torched, and hundreds of tear gas canisters lay strewn on the ground on Islamabad's normally pristine Constitution Avenue following more than 15 hours of battle.
Nearby, a group of up to 15 teenage protesters armed with bamboo clubs and rocks attacked a vehicle carrying three United Nations staff members.
"Their vehicle was damaged but they escaped unhurt," a UN source told AFP.

Pashto Singer Nazia Iqbal

Pashto New Song 2014 - Spogmay Yama by pashtomaza3

'It's War, Stupid' - World Press Review from France 24

In the world papers - 'It's a War, Stupid!' by france24english

Record reporter turned soldier voices doubts over Afghan War

I wonder if this soldier actually went to Afghanistan purely in order to write a book. I could have told him about the futility and failure before he went. 
Record reporter turned soldier voices doubts over Afghan War in new book and asks: What did we fight for? - Daily Record
Struggling to reconcile his experience of service, personal loss, and what the mission actually achieved, Stephen writes: “I just pray to God it was all worth it.”
His book is also a damning account of the way the military is run in terms of operations, provision of equipment and the treatment of recruits.
Stephen writes: “Personally, I am unsure what, if anything, we achieved over there.
“This single truth leaves a bitter aftertaste when I think of the sacrifices made by soldiers and families.”

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Afghanistan’s Economy On The Verge Of Collapse | Wadsam

Afghanistan’s Economy On The Verge Of Collapse | Wadsam
It’s a known fact that Afghanistan’s heavy reliance on foreign aid made a slowdown in aftermath of the
transition an eventuality. With the fall in grants, not to mention the absence of consumption generated by the foreign presence, the high growth seen in recent years is unsustainable. Afghanistan’s economy vastly supported by international military spending and aid since the 2001. Since the U.S.-led war began, Afghanistan’s economy has been boosted by foreign spending. The World Bank has said about 97 percent of Afghanistan’s gross domestic product is derived from spending linked to foreign forces and the donor community. Let’s take into account some of the figures and report in relations to Afghan economy. The new Business Tendency Survey Report, released by the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) in August, points to a clear worsening of the situation: business conditions have deteriorated rapidly, orders are contracting, firms are closing shop, and layoffs are becoming more widespread. The report, based on interviews conducted in July 2014 with managers from 541 Afghan firms, covered the manufacturing, services, trade, and construction sectors across the Kabul, Balkh, Kandahar, Nangarhar, and Herat regions. The survey’s headline finding is that the overall business climate has worsened considerably since March: Almost three-fifths of all firms complained of deteriorating conditions.

Bus Crash Kills 23

(0831 WN M08) BUS CRASH KILLS 23 IN AFGHANISTAN by tvnportal

Attaque suicide des talibans à Jalalabad

Afghanistan: attaque suicide des talibans à... by afp

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Female Afghan lawmaker wounded in shooting attack

Female Afghan lawmaker wounded in shooting attack | The Jakarta Post
It was the second attack in a day on a high-profile figure in the capital. On Tuesday morning, Afghanistan's deputy public works minister was abducted from his car on his way to work.
Koofi is a parliamentarian from the northern province of Takhar. Her sister, Fawzia Koofi, is also a member of parliament and a well-known women's rights activist.
Fawzia Koofi said her sister told her she was just getting into her car after dark when an unseen attacker fired. She said she was convinced the shooting was an act of political intimidation by those who oppose the rights women have been granted since the fall of the hard-line Islamic Taliban government.

Deadly Attack On Spy Agency by Afghan Taliban

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in Jalalabad city.
It targeted the provincial headquarters of the national directorate of security in Nangarhar province, according to Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, a local police spokesman.
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Friday, 29 August 2014

We Tortured Some Folks

Hiding In Afghanistan - The Interpreters

UN says 'not possible' to finish Afghan vote audit by Sept 2

The United Nations is supervising the audit of votes from a run-off ballot between the two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani. Both men have claimed victory in an election meant to mark the country's first democratic transfer of power.
In a meeting with Karzai, UN envoy Ján Kubiš told the outgoing president a "rigorous and credible audit required time, but could be completed around 10 September," said a UN statement. In a previous statement, Karzai had said the inauguration of Afghanistan's new president must take place a month after the original inauguration date of Aug. 2.
"President Karzai is truly in a hurry for a quick conclusion of the election process," Karzai spokesman Aimal Faizi told Reuters. "He has already done his packing. He is exhausted, like many other Afghans."
The audit of votes hit a snag on Wednesday when Abdullah's team pulled its observers from the process, citing dissatisfaction with the way that allegedly fraudulent votes were being handled.

Ghani's team subsequently also withdrew its observers at the UN's request.