PBS: Murals are popping up in and around Kabul, aimed at getting people to think about what’s possible. ArtLords, based in the Afghan capital, grew from a small group of artists and volunteers who wanted to share — in vivid color — the community’s desire to move from war to peace. Click here for more (external
Tolo News: Former chairman of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) Najibullah Ahmadzai on Thursday accused the Presidential Palace of making illegal demands on the election management body and said that the Presidential Palace wants to manipulate the next elections. Click here to read more (external link). Related Head of Afghan Election Body Sacked, Raising Doubts Over
Tolo News: Balkh’s Provincial Governor Atta Mohammad Noor on Sunday slammed government leaders and accused them of poor management and said he is thinking about running for presidency in the next elections. Speaking at the 94th anniversary of the Declaration of the Republic of Turkey Noor blasted the National Unity Government (NUG) leaders and said they
1TV: The country-wide appointment of teachers in Afghanistan is largely on the basis of influence, or nepotism and bribery, not on the basis of merit, an anti-corruption watchdog said in a report. The Independent Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Committee carried out 542 interviews and conducted 160 Focus Group Discussions in 10 provinces including Kabul, Herat, Nangarhar,
Tolo News: Some legislators accused President Ashraf Ghani and his officials of being the center of corruption. Some MPs in the Wolesi Jirga – Lower House of Parliament – on Saturday accused President Ashraf Ghani and “the people around him” of being deeply involved in corruption, saying that the Presidential Palace has changed into a “center
Press TV September 23, 2017 An American government watchdog has found several serious flaws in the fifteen-year-old US training mission in Afghanistan that has ultimately designed a force unable to provide security in the Asian country. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued a 283-page report, which concluded that the mission was a
Tolo News: President Ashraf Ghani has been criticized for promoting the acting defense minister, Tariq Shah Bahrami, four times since 2014 – from lieutenant colonel to the rank of lieutenant general. Military analysts have said the promotion in rank was given to him because of his close ties with the National Security Advisor’s office and not because
The Washington Post: Last week, Gen. Mohammad Moeen Faqir, the former commander of embattled Helmand Province, and Abdul Ghafar Dawi, the director of a large fuel company and other businesses, chafed in silence as prosecutors in an anti-corruption court charged them with embezzlement and abuse of authority. Click here to read more (external link).
The New York Times: Mumtaz is a 23-year-old woman from the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, the victim of an acid attack when she was 18, whose tormentors were jailed. It was a rare legal victory in the struggle for women’s rights in Afghanistan, hailed at the time as proof that justice for female victims was possible.
Politico: Instead of approving their plan for more troops as anticipated, the president has caught his generals off guard by questioning whether the 16-year-long effort to stabilize Afghanistan is still worth it, according to current and former military officials familiar with the conversations. Meanwhile, news reports raise the prospects he might replace the top U.S. commander