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Opinion

Afghanistan needs military leadership not militia forces

Farhad Peikar
The ongoing efforts to revive and create private militia forces in the face of Taliban onslaughts are fraught with huge risk, argues Farhad Peikar.
27.07.2015
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Afghan Eye

All-girls' school in Balkh gets colorful facelift

Tahera Hussaini
Female artists throughout Afghanistan competed for the opportunity to decorate the walls of Gohar Khatoon as part of an international community-building initiative.
24.07.2015
The bride, typically in her early teens, is often forced to marry a man for times her senior. (photo: Uzra Shamal) The bride, typically in her early teens, is often forced to marry a man for times her senior. (photo: Uzra Shamal) The bride, typically in her early teens, is often forced to marry a man for times her senior. (photo: Uzra Shamal)
Human rights

Rural girls fall victim to 'baad' marriages

The forced marriage of young girls to settle family feuds remains a viable solution to violence in far-flung districts.
23.07.2015
Sport

Logar strongman's death-defying stunts

Faridullah Ahmadzai
He lies on spikes, pull tractors with his ponytail and lifts donkeys out of mud. Yet the government has paid little interest to Logar's beloved strongman.
22.07.2015
Balkh Governor Noor and First Vice President Dostum at an official event (photo: Waheed Orya) Balkh Governor Noor and First Vice President Dostum at an official event (photo: Waheed Orya) Balkh Governor Noor and First Vice President Dostum at an official event (photo: Waheed Orya)
Security

Dostum and Noor announce new alliance to fight Taliban in the north

Waheed Orya
A renewed alliance between Governor Noor and Vice President Dostum to oust the Taliban in the north has raised eyebrows in Afghanistan.
21.07.2015
Resources

Taliban making thousands of dollars every day from 'closed' mines in Bamiyan and Wardak

Reports from Bamiyan and Wardak suggest the Taliban are making huge profits from the mining sector where state capacity is diminishing by the day.
15.07.2015
Women in Kunduz attend a job fair aimed to strengthen their numbers in public sector jobs. (photo: Gul Rahim Niazman) Women in Kunduz attend a job fair aimed to strengthen their numbers in public sector jobs. (photo: Gul Rahim Niazman) Women in Kunduz attend a job fair aimed to strengthen their numbers in public sector jobs. (photo: Gul Rahim Niazman)
Government

Women in the workforce

Kunduz adopts a quota system to raise women's chances of employment in the public sector.
13.07.2015
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Education

Losing the battle for young minds

Haqmal Masoodzai
Three remote districts in restive Paktia province have not produced a single high-school graduate in the past 14 years.
9.07.2015