Ron Synovitz Malali Bashir Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty April 18, 2018 KABUL — Ogai Wardak was a 12-year-old cricket fan in Kabul when she learned the Afghan Cricket Board had quietly disbanded the country’s fledgling national women’s team in 2014. The sport’s governing body in Afghanistan said at the time that “social pressure” and “insecurity”
Stars and Stripes: The disappearance of at least $154.4 million worth of stolen fuel meant for coalition and Afghan troops may be helping supply Taliban and other insurgent forces in Afghanistan, the top American watchdog for rebuilding in the country said. Fuel theft has become a lucrative venture, despite years of effort to curb corruption, the
1TV: The vehicles, mostly mini-trucks, are at service of employees of presidency, Chief Executive Office, National Security Council, Interior Ministry, members of the parliament, political figures. Click here to read more (external link).
OCCRP: As another school year begins in Afghanistan, the country continues to face insecurity, an epidemic of corruption within its education system and old customs that keep many students and qualified teachers away from classrooms… Bribes are being paid for school certificates to be modified, textbooks to be distributed, schools to be constructed but the most
Tolo News: Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index ranks Afghanistan as the 4th most corrupt country in the world, trailing only Syria, South Sudan and Somalia. The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is
Tolo News: In his routine daily speech to the people, Atta Mohammad Noor, the ousted governor of Balkh, called [the] government an inactive and treacherous administration and argued that poverty and insecurity had increased due to the lack of leadership. He criticized government for President Ashraf Ghani’s recent move to pension off army generals and said
KABUL, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) — Head of a delegation who was tasked last week to visit Afghanistan’s western Herat province and check corruption there has been detained on charge of receiving bribe, local media reported Sunday. “Head of a delegation who was recently assigned to review the situation in the Municipality of Herat city and check
Michael Hughes: U.S. corporations are in secret talks with Afghan officials about exploiting the country’s coal industry in what appears like another ploy by the Trump administration to profit off the war while countering China’s dominance of the mining sector. Ironically, the discussions are occurring just as a watchdog report reveals yet again how the U.S.
1TV: The horse was formerly owned by Hafiz Saeed, head of IS’s Afghanistan branch, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike on in July 2016. The horse was seized and was gifted to President Ashraf Ghani in April last year. Click here to read more (external link).
The Washington Post: Foreign donors have poured billions of dollars into road-building here since the toppling of the Taliban in 2001. But much of that money has gone to roads of strategic importance for the ongoing Western military intervention. Some of Afghanistan’s most economically vital roads are in utter disrepair. Click here to read more (external