Mar 13, 2007

CSIS Report | Breaking Point: Measuring Progress in Afghanistan

The CSIS PCR Project released its final report on Afghanistan entitled, Breaking Point: Measuring Progress in Afghanistan. Click here to download the report . Event audio is now available on PCR Podcast at the end of this post and more information about the event can be found here

Afghan women suffer domestic violence (8th March)

It is not now but a prolonged years especially a dark period of Taliban that Afghan women suffered of violence. Violence not only in out side house but inside. Though afghan men always look to their wives as possessed materials who owned by paying. In Afghanistan women are completely apart of daily live, what the husbands believe to them is too different than western men do. Sometimes Afghan men beating their wives for nothing just they like it to show their power and anger in his family member. When they feel to beat their wife they do it immediately. Many parents marry their daughters off to wealthy men aged 60 and 70. Read more here...

Freedom of the Press in Afghanistan: A Little Bit Pregnant

It certainly is refreshing to learn about “major successes” in Afghanistan. Except… well, what does it exactly mean to have a free press “in name”? That qualifier is a bit puzzling to us. Just to help put things in perspective, would it also be fair to boast of women’s rights in Afghanistan (see previous post), and then add “at least in name”? Ditto a functioning democracy “at least in name”? How does “at least in name” protect journalists from intimidation or women from violence? read more here....

Mar 9, 2007

Mar 7, 2007

Cover Ups and Collateral Damage

Unless measures are taken to prevent civilian losses of life from happening again -and a good place to start doing that is to find out why they happened in the past- it seems only certain the struggle in Afghanistan will be lost one incident at a time, and in the process, also bereft of its legitimacy.
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Mar 3, 2007

Karzai's Choice

After the infamous “Amnesty Bill” (officially christened the “National Reconciliation Law”) swept through both the lower and upper houses of Afghanistan’s parliament with uncharacteristic efficiency, the onus is now on the president to decide whether he signs the bill into law or not. And Mr. Karzai’s preferred course of action in matters as inflammatory as this (that is, to steer clear of the entire damn thing) seems just not to be an option here. (Continue on Safrang)