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  • “My children can’t sleep as temperature goes cold during nights,” say Aisha Gul

    Aisha Gul has been forced to leave her home in Sang-e-Atash area of the western Badghis province as a result of war fought between the Taliban and Afghan forces. Along with her seven children, she is now living as ID outside a UN-funded IDP camp in the western Herat province.…

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  • Mysterious death: sad fate of Bamyan woman

    ‘Masculine honor’, social norms, and conservative attitude continue to subjugate women in conservative Afghanistan where women are seen as object to serve the patriarchic dignity of family.   The fifteen year old Basira lost her life in a death wrapped in mystery. Her family members claim that she took her…

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  • Afghan activists talk over ethnic conflict and promote peaceful coexistence

    Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO), a Kabul-based rights and research organization, brought Afghan activists from major Afghan cities and different ethno-linguistic communities to discuss about a social issue: ethnic conflict in Afghanistan. Years of power struggle and war coupled with a traditional narrative have made the topic too…

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  • Afghan journalist community delivers hope and resistance

    Despite financial hardship, safety remains a major challenge ahead of journalism in Afghanistan. Independent journalism in the country, though weary it might be, is the only powerful voice of hope and resistance. The Afghan journalist community have paid a high price in the last 18 years. The International Committee for…

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  • Afghan truck drivers protest against money extortion by policemen

    Weak performance by Afghan security forces has made Kabul-Kandahar highway unsafe for many Afghan passengers and drivers. Corruption and money extortion are rampant on Kabul-Kandahar highway, a key route that connects Kabul to the southern part of the country. Over 400 Afghan truck drivers have protested against killing of an…

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  • “Afghan government should be included in talks”

    The Afghan government has developed a seven-point peace plan ahead of reopening of Afghan peace talks that will take place in Beijing, China. The plan proposes the United States to develop a joint mechanism on counter-terrorism strategy for the post withdrawal phase. This seven-point peace plan proposes that ceasefire should…

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  • China ropes peace settlement in Afghanistan

    Beijing has been pressing Afghan warring factions to work for a peaceful settlement to end the war—fearing that continuation of hostilities could undermine stability in the western Xinjiang region. As the intra-Afghan peace negotiation is going to restart in the Chines capital Beijing, many Afghans express concerns about the consequence…

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  • Under threats by Taliban, 11 district governors work out of offices

    Though the Afghan defense and security forces have made significant progress in recent weeks and pushed the Taliban insurgents back from several districts in the north of the country in an attempt to expand government controlled areas, findings by Kabul Now suggest that swaths of territories in 11 districts in…

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  • Will Beijing conference bridge gaps on peace talks?

    As the ragtag Taliban representatives hurry to resume peace talks—this time in Beijing— Afghans look divided over the intra-Afghan dialogue, with some expressing deep concerns over concessions the Taliban insurgents are trying to earn and others feel optimist about the outcome of the talks. Afghans who have been bitten by…

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  • Lock breakers scandal in IEC; who did what?

    Amid tight scrutiny by the international institutions, watch dog organizations and election observers on vote counting process, the stability and partnership presidential ticket led by the incumbent chief executive Abdullah have claimed that the Afghan Crisis Response Unite (CRU) forces have entered in the building of the National Tally Center…

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