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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: May 27, 2014 Rebelling Against Abuse, Afghan Women See Signs of Change
QUOTE: Her violent act [burning her husband--Ed.]has unexpectedly brought quiet expressions of support from other Afghan women, some of whom say they are fed up with lives of abuse with no recourse....Humaira Mohammedi, who recently stepped down as the head of the women’s shelter in Baghlan and is now working on human rights issues, believes that women are being driven to speak out by desperation and anger rather than any sense of empowerment.
New York Times Oct 18, 2013 US drone strikes violate international law, says UN: Report says 33 CIA attacks led to civilian deaths and casualties and says US protocols are 'hurdle to transparency'
QUOTE: A United Nations investigation has so far identified 33 drone strikes around the world that have resulted in civilian casualties and may have violated international humanitarian law. The report by the UN's special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson QC, calls on the US to declassify information about operations co-ordinated by the CIA and clarify its positon on the legality of unmanned aerial attacks.
Guardian Unlimited Jul 31, 2013 White House Closes Inquiry Into Afghan Massacre – and Will Release No Details
QUOTE: Soon after taking office, President Obama pledged to open a new inquiry into the deaths of perhaps thousands of Taliban prisoners of war at the hands of U.S.-allied Afghan fighters in late 2001. Last month, the White House told ProPublica it was still “looking into” the apparent massacre. Now it says it has concluded its investigation – but won’t make it public.
ProPublica Mar 15, 2013 Drones killing innocent Pakistanis, U.N. official says
QUOTE: The New America Foundation estimates that in Pakistan, drones have killed between 1,953 and 3,279 people since 2004 - and that between 18% and 23% of them were not militants....The study concludes that the strikes have killed far more people than the United States has acknowledged, and traumatized many more innocent people.
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 11, 2012 Girl's courage, Taliban's cowardice
QUOTE: It was all about [the Taliban--Ed.] imposing their will, their version of Islamic law, and subjugating the entire population, but women in particular. The Taliban reportedly had destroyed more than 200 schools and ordered all girls' schools shut down when Malala slowly emerged from obscurity. In 2009, she started writing a blog for the BBC under a pseudonym, talking about her dreams for the future and how the Taliban were pushing those aspirations further and further out of reach.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 08, 2012 Tortured Afghan teen on attackers: 'The same should be done to them'
QUOTE: Under Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001, women were banned from classrooms, politics or employment. Women who wanted to leave home had to be escorted by a male relative and were forced to wear burqas. Those who disobeyed were publicly beaten....Rights groups have cited advances since then....But stories of honor killings, poisoned wells at girls schools and disfigurements persist.
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 19, 2012 Taliban Gaining More Resources From Kidnapping
QUOTE: A campaign of high-profile kidnappings has provided the Pakistani Taliban and its allies with new resources, arming insurgents with millions of dollars, threatening foreign aid programs and galvanizing a sophisticated network of jihadi and criminal gangs whose reach spans the country. Wealthy industrialists, academics, Western aid workers and relatives of military officers have been targets in a spree that, since it started three years ago, has spread to every major city...
New York Times Feb 10, 2012 The Afghanistan Report the Pentagon Doesn't Want You to Read
QUOTE: a bombshell piece about Lt. Colonel Daniel Davis, a 17-year Army veteran recently returned from a second tour in Afghanistan. According to the Times, the 48-year-old Davis had written an 84-page unclassified report, as well as a classified report, offering his assessment of the decade-long war. That assessment is essentially that the war has been a disaster and the military's top brass has not leveled with the American public about just how badly it’s been going.
Rolling Stone Dec 22, 2011 U.S. Report Faults Two Sides in Deadly Pakistan Strike
QUOTE: mistakes by both American and Pakistani troops led to airstrikes against two Pakistani posts on the Afghan border that killed 26 Pakistani troops. But two crucial findings — that the Pakistanis fired first at a joint Afghan-American patrol and that they kept firing even after the Americans tried to warn them that they were shooting at allied troops — were likely to further anger Pakistan and plunge the already tattered relationship between the United States and Pakistan to new depths.
New York Times Dec 17, 2011 Karzai: Freed rape victim has choice to marry attacker
QUOTE: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that a rape victim freed from prison after he intervened on her behalf has the right to make her own choice about whether to marry her attacker....Karzai said the West should have confidence in Afghanistan's judicial processes after international forces withdraw.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 30, 2011 In Afghanistan, Rage at Young Lovers
QUOTE: It was the beginning of an Afghan love story that flouted dominant traditions of arranged marriages and close family scrutiny, a romance between two teenagers of different ethnicities that tested a village’s tolerance for more modern whims of the heart...An angry crowd of 300 surged around them, calling them adulterers and demanding that they be stoned to death or hanged.
New York Times Jun 12, 2011 Some Police Recruits Impose ‘Islamic Tax’ on Afghans
QUOTE: The American-financed program aims to convert insurgents into village self-defense forces called Afghan Local Police, distinct from the existing national police force....aroused concern among aid workers and United Nations officials, who say it risks empowering local warlords who have little regard for human rights or proper behavior.
New York Times May 14, 2011 As Rift Deepens, Kerry Has a Warning for Pakistan
QUOTE: The United States and Pakistan are veering toward a deeper clash, with Pakistan’s Parliament demanding a permanent halt to all drone strikes just as the most senior American official since the killing of Osama bin Laden is to arrive with a stern message that the country has only months to show it is committed to rooting out Al Qaeda and associated groups.
New York Times May 01, 2011 Costly Afghanistan Road Project Is Marred by Unsavory Alliances
QUOTE: The vast expenses and unsavory alliances surrounding the highway have become a parable of the corruption and mismanagement that turns so many well-intended development efforts in Afghanistan into sinkholes for the money of American taxpayers... There have been 364 attacks on the Gardez-Khost Highway.
New York Times Apr 24, 2011 Are drones a technological tipping point in warfare?
QUOTE: The British study noted that drones are becoming increasingly automated. With minor technical advances, it said, a drone could soon be able to “fire a weapon based solely on its own sensors, or shared information, and without recourse to higher, human authority.”
Washington Post Mar 10, 2011 Insurgents Kill Most Civilians, Military Says
QUOTE: About 88 percent of civilian casualties in Afghanistan over the past two years were caused by insurgents, while about 12 percent were the fault of American and coalition forces.
New York Times Feb 27, 2011 Abuse Often Follows Afghans to America
QUOTE: In Afghanistan, a decade after the overthrow of the Taliban and the rise of an influential women’s rights movement, the violent subjugation of women remains broadly accepted... But much more quietly, a culture of domestic violence — not only by husbands but also by husbands’ families — has followed Afghan immigrants to destinations like New York, where women’s advocates say they are now discovering just how widespread the problem is.
New York Times Feb 05, 2011 Afghan Rights Fall Short for Christian Converts
QUOTE: Such has been Mr. Mussa’s life since his arrest for converting to Christianity nine months ago in a case that illustrates the contradictions — and limits — of religious freedom in Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s Constitution, established in 2004, guarantees that people are “free to exercise their faith.” But it also leaves it open for the courts to rely on Shariah, or Islamic law, on issues like conversion.
New York Times Jan 03, 2011 Afghan women speak out on abuse from behind mask
QUOTE: ...Afghanistan's new revolutionary TV show called "Niqab," meaning "The Mask."...."I was not very sure about the concept and the format, but I was very sure about the mask, you know. Because in Afghanistan, it's very difficult for women to talk about their difficulties and their problems, and the violence they are facing in their home."
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 29, 2010 An Election Gone Wrong Fuels Tension in Kabul
QUOTE: Instead insecurity, disaffection and fraud, particularly in the south, left the country’s largest and most important ethnic group, the Pashtuns, with sharply reduced representation. The results have been vigorously disputed for three months and have pushed the country to the brink of a constitutional crisis.
New York Times Dec 17, 2010 U.S. must draw the line at pedophilia in Afghanistan
QUOTE: The president should inform our representatives in Afghanistan that although we shall continue to put up with much that we do not condone, there are limits to our accommodations. We shall neither finance nor protect a regime that refuses to act against large-scale sexual abuse of children.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 16, 2010 Afghan reconciliation strategy should reflect Pashtun culture
QUOTE: Conflicts start because of an insult to a tribe's honor, which requires a rite of revenge known as badal. The fighting continues until scores are settled and the combatants are exhausted. It's the mechanism of conflict resolution that's intriguing, in terms of U.S. strategy. Reconciliation begins with a process of repentance...
Washington Post May 15, 2010 U.S. Is Still Using Private Spy Ring, Despite Doubts
QUOTE: Top military officials have continued to rely on a secret network of private spies who have produced hundreds of reports from deep inside Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to American officials and businessmen, despite concerns among some in the military about the legality of the operation.
New York Times May 04, 2010 Who Draws the Borders of Culture?
QUOTE: The British Museum is Europe’s Western front in the global war over cultural patrimony, on account of the marbles. The pamphlets give the museum’s version for why they should stay in Britain, as they have for two centuries....patrimony claims too often serve merely nationalist ends these days, no less often than they do decent ones, never mind that the archaeological and legal arguments by the Greeks, while elaborately reasoned and passionately felt, don’t finally trump the British ones.
New York Times Apr 04, 2010 How to use Afghan culture to devise a political strategy -- and exit
QUOTE: a precept of military strategy to explain his mission: "The object of war is a fair peace." Lamb argues that the first hints of how this war will end can be seen in a loose and sometimes inchoate process of signaling that involves the various Afghan parties to the conflict, the neighboring countries such as Pakistan and the U.S.-led coalition.
Washington Post Mar 29, 2010 Afghan corruption: How to follow the money?
QUOTE: a Defense Department contract worth up to $360 million to transport U.S. military goods through some of the most insecure territory in Afghanistan. But his company has no trucks. Instead, Wardak sits atop a murky pyramid of Afghan subcontractors who provide the vehicles and safeguard their passage. U.S. military officials say they are satisfied with the results, but they concede that they have little knowledge or control over where the money ends up.
Washington Post Nov 17, 2009 Paying Off the Warlords: Anatomy of an Afghan Culture of Corruption
QUOTE: Afghan political analysts observe that Ghazanfar and Zahid Walid are striking examples of the multimillion-dollar business conglomerates, financed by American as well as Afghan tax dollars and connected to powerful political figures, that have... emerged as part of a pervasive culture of corruption here.
TomDispatch Oct 19, 2009 How the Afghan Election Was Rigged
QUOTE: No one will ever know how Afghans voted in their country's presidential elections on Aug. 20, 2009. Seven weeks after the polling, the U.N.-backed Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) is still trying to separate fraudulent tallies from ballots.
Time Magazine Sep 16, 2009 A third of Karzai votes may be fraudulent, EU official says: The EU's monitor for Afghanistan election suggests that 1.1 million of the incumbent president's votes must be investigated.
QUOTE: The Afghan elections... received another body blow Wednesday when the head of the European Union's election-monitoring commission said that as many as 1.1 million votes cast in the vote were "suspect."
Christian Science Monitor Sep 04, 2009 NATO Strike Magnifies Divide on Afghan War
QUOTE: A NATO airstrike on Friday exploded two fuel tankers that had been hijacked by the Taliban, setting off competing claims about how many among the scores of dead were civilians and raising questions about whether the strike violated tightened rules on the use of aerial bombardment.
New York Times Sep 02, 2009 Report Details Misbehavior by Kabul Embassy Guards
QUOTE: Private security contractors who guard the U.S. Embassy in Kabul have engaged in lewd behavior and hazed subordinates, demoralizing the undermanned force and posing a "significant threat" to security at a time when the Taliban is intensifying attacks in the Afghan capital, according to an investigation
Washington Post Aug 24, 2009 Karzai Opponent Alleges 'Widespread' Voter Fraud
QUOTE: The allegations of fraud, combined with the slow pace of vote tabulation and the cumbersome process for investigating complaints, are raising political tensions as the nation [Afghanistan] waits to see whether its second presidential election will produce a result that Afghans can trust.
Washington Post Jul 16, 2009 At Jail in Bagram, A Detainee Protest: Indefinite Incarceration by U.S. at Issue
QUOTE: The prisoners at the largest U.S. detention facility in Afghanistan have refused to leave their cells for at least the past two weeks to protest their indefinite imprisonment, according to lawyers and the families of detainees.
Washington Post Jul 16, 2009 Afghanistan: Oversight AWOL?
QUOTE: Even as the Obama administration steps up spending in Afghanistan, it's shortchanging the government auditors responsible for ensuring that taxpayer dollars don't wind up in the pockets of swindlers and opportunists.
Mother Jones Jul 10, 2009 U.S. Inaction Seen After Taliban P.O.W.’s Died
QUOTE: After a mass killing... of Taliban prisoners of war by the forces of an American-backed warlord during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, Bush administration officials repeatedly discouraged efforts to investigate the episode...
New York Times Jul 08, 2009 New UN report takes firm stand on women's rights in Afghanistan
QUOTE: The 'Silence is Violence' report documents the failure of [Afghanistan] state institutions to protect women from increasing violence in public spaces.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 02, 2009 ACLU Says Government Used False Confessions
QUOTE: The American Civil Liberties Union yesterday accused the Obama administration of using statements elicited through torture to justify the confinement of a detainee...
Washington Post Jun 19, 2009 Christian Soldiers: The growing controversy over military chaplains using the armed forces to spread the Word.
QUOTE: Al-Jazeera broadcast clips filmed in 2008 showing stacks of Bibles translated into Pashto and Dari at the U.S. air base in Bagram and featuring the chief of U.S. military chaplains in Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Gary Hensley, telling soldiers to “hunt people for Jesus.” ...example of what critics call a growing culture of militarized Christianity in the armed forces.
Newsweek May 10, 2009 Taliban-Style Justice Stirs Growing Anger: Sharia Being Perverted, Pakistanis Say
QUOTE: distinction between the Taliban version of Islam -- often described as narrow-minded, intolerant and punitive -- and what might be called the mainstream Pakistani version of Islam, which is generally described as moderate and flexible.
Washington Post Apr 16, 2009 Afghanistan's controversial law emboldens women's rights activists: Hundreds in Kabul staged a rare rally Wednesday, defying counterprotesters' stones and insults.
QUOTE: The law that sparked the outrage [among women in Afghanistan}... regulates the actions of women of the Shiite minority... Among the bill's many articles, activists point to a few particularly oppressive statutes: that women should get their husband's permission before leaving the house, and husbands have the right to have sex with their wives whenever they wish.
Christian Science Monitor Dec 26, 2008 Little Blue Pills Among the Ways CIA Wins Friends in Afghanistan
QUOTE: In their efforts to win over notoriously fickle warlords and chieftains, [CIA] officials say, the agency's operatives have used a variety of personal services. These include pocketknives and tools, medicine or surgeries for ailing family members, toys and school equipment, tooth extractions, travel visas, and, occasionally, pharmaceutical enhancements for aging patriarchs with slumping libidos
Washington Post Dec 24, 2008 Afghans and U.S. Plan to Recruit Local Militias
QUOTE: Taking a page from the successful experiment in Iraq, American commanders and Afghan leaders are preparing to arm local militias to help in the fight against a resurgent Taliban. But along with hope, the move is raising fears here that the new armed groups could push the country into a deeper bloodletting.
New York Times Oct 21, 2008 Court Spares Afghan Journalist’s Life
QUOTE: An appeals court sentenced a young Afghan journalist to 20 years in prison for blasphemy on Tuesday, overturning a death sentence ordered by a provincial court but raising further concerns of judicial propriety in the case.
New York Times Sep 11, 2008 Bush 'approved' Pakistan attacks
QUOTE: President George W Bush has authorised US military raids against militants inside Pakistan without prior approval from Islamabad, the BBC has learned.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Sep 02, 2008 American Inquiry Disputes Afghan Deaths
QUOTE: An American military investigation concluded Tuesday that 5 to 7 civilians and 30 to 35 Taliban were killed in an airstrike operation in western Afghanistan last month, many fewer than the 90 civilians that the Afghan government and the United Nations found in their preliminary investigations.
New York Times May 28, 2008 Human Rights Report Assails U.S.
QUOTE: “World leaders are in a state of denial but their failure to act has a high cost,” Irene Khan, the secretary general of Amnesty International, said in a statement accompanying the report. “As Iraq and Afghanistan show, human rights problems are not isolated tragedies, but are like viruses than can infect and spread rapidly, endangering all of us.”
New York Times Jan 23, 2008 Death Sentence for Afghan Student
QUOTE: An Afghan court in northern Afghanistan sentenced a journalism student to death for blasphemy for distributing an article from the Internet that was considered an insult to the Prophet Muhammad, the judge in charge of the court said Wednesday.
New York Times Oct 08, 2007 Afghans Pressed by U.S. on Plan to Spray Poppies
QUOTE: But officials said the skeptics — who include American military and intelligence officials and European diplomats in Afghanistan — fear that any spraying of American-made chemicals over Afghan farms would be a boon to Taliban propagandists. Some of those officials say that the political cost could be especially high if the herbicide destroys food crops that farmers often plant alongside their poppies.
New York Times Sep 05, 2007 Marines Dispute Accounts of Excessive Force in Afghans’ Deaths
QUOTE: In interviews with The New York Times, the lawyers offered the first public account by the marines, giving what amounts to a preview of any legal defense. They said that their clients and other platoon members had responded appropriately to what they described as continual small-arms fire after the bombing, and that they had fired only at people who had fired at them first or posed a legitimate threat under the unit’s rules of engagement.
New York Times Sep 03, 2007 Freed Koreans Are Contrite Amid Growing Criticism
QUOTE: They face a nation relieved that the volunteers had been freed, but also increasingly angry at their decision to travel to Afghanistan despite government warnings, and at what many here consider overzealous proselytizing by South Korean churches.
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