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Pardoning a Victim: How Afghanistan Continues to Fail Its Women 10 Years After the Taliban

0 Comments | Posted December 5, 2011 | 5:14 PM

An Afghan rape victim and her two-year-old daughter have been finally freed after 6,000 signatures on a petition and help from a tenacious American lawyer and many activists. Her daughter, conceived as a result of the rape, has spent her entire innocent life in prison.

Their...

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Life Is a Painful Wait Until the Next Attack for One Minority Group in Pakistan

0 Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 4:28 PM

Nestled along the eastern and western foothills of the mountains surrounding the Pakistani city of Quetta are the enclaves of Mariabad and Hazara Town, inhabited mainly by ethnic Hazaras. Once a vibrant community known locally for its hard work and dedication to education, it is now marked by a sense...

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Iraqi Kurds: Displaced by Iranian and Turkish Operations, Ignored by the World

0 Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 4:18 PM

Amid air strikes by Turkish warplanes and constant shelling by Iranian Revolutionary Guards, hundreds of Kurdish families have become displaced, some have lost their livelihoods, others have seen their homes destroyed. An unknown number has been killed.

The Kurdish Party of a Free Life for Kurdistan (PJAK) and Iran's Revolutionary...

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Change in Taliban Tactics Not a Result of Pressure

0 Comments | Posted May 31, 2011 | 3:27 PM

The recent attack by a Taliban infiltrator posing as a policeman that killed police chiefs General Daud Daud and General Shahjahan Noori indicate that the Taliban are increasingly relying on infiltrators. This tactic takes time and cultivation and indicates strategic thinking, factors that belie claims by international troops,...

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International Pressure and Human Rights in Afghanistan: The Women's Shelter Case

0 Comments | Posted February 21, 2011 | 1:45 PM

A battle is ongoing between Afghanistan's women's rights organizations and the government. At contention is the fate of the dozen-plus shelters that house women who have suffered abuse and violence. The government wants to take over the shelters, alleging 'mismanagement' and 'misconduct,' while human rights organizations are trying to prevent...

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The Failure of Iran's Public Diplomacy in Afghanistan

0 Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 12:48 PM

While it has endeared itself in the hearts of many Muslims around the world as the Muslim country with a backbone, Iran is failing in the battle of hearts and minds in its own backyard. From its mistreatment of Afghan refugees to blocking the supply of much-needed fuel in the...

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What McChrystal Got Right

0 Comments | Posted June 24, 2010 | 1:11 PM

No matter what you think of Gen. McChrystal after the Rolling Stone article and the fiasco that ensued, he knew how to work in Afghanistan. Here are a few things he got right.

He turned a floundering, badly resourced multinational peacekeeping mission into a war that it should have been....

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Afghan Mineral 'Discovery' Is Fodder for Conspiracy Theories

0 Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 11:15 AM

While the "discovery" of Afghanistan's trillion-dollar mineral deposits may be news to some, it's merely a confirmation of what Afghans already knew.

Fairly extensive geological surveys of Afghanistan have been conducted by the Soviet Union as early as the 1980s, perhaps even earlier. The resultant understanding of Afghanistan's wealth even...

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Ethnic Clashes Threaten Afghanistan's Peace Jirga

0 Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 12:13 PM

President Karzai's twice-delayed peace jirga is now slated for June 2. The jirga, or assembly, will consist of hundreds of participants converging in Kabul from across Afghanistan. The goal is to find national consensus on how to deal with the ongoing insurgency.

But a conflict between Afghanistan's Kuchi nomads and...

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Afghanistan: Fallen Soldier's Mother Asks the Right Question

0 Comments | Posted April 5, 2010 | 11:54 AM

Over the Easter weekend, parents of fallen Canadian soldiers attended a ceremony in Kandahar, Afghanistan that commemorated nine soldiers who have lost their lives in that country. The parents urged Prime Minister Harper not to withdraw Canadian troops from Afghanistan.

They reasoned that Canada should get the job...

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