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May 1, 2013

Afghan female rock fest triumphs, but anxiety over future looms

KABUL (Reuters) – More than 400 Afghan women and girls jumped from their seats, screaming and even headbanging to rock and rap music at an all-female music festival in the capital of Kabul, which organizers say was the largest such event in the country’s history.

It may also be one of the last. In ultra-conservative Afghanistan, women’s rights remain precarious.

Apr 5, 2013
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Pakistan’s Sunni-Shi’ite violence creeps into art scene

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(Saud Baloch, 28, a fine art artist, stands near his sculpture called “No Fear” during an interview with Reuters at the National College of Arts in Lahore March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza)

A gold bullet on top of Islamic stencilling, open sores and festering wounds, life-size sculptures of silenced men whose faces are obscured.

Apr 4, 2013

Feature: Pakistan’s sectarian violence creeps into art scene

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – A gold bullet on top of Islamic stencilling, open sores and festering wounds, life-size sculptures of silenced men whose faces are obscured.

Pakistan’s sectarian crisis has grown so acute that it is creeping into the country’s contemporary art scene, spurring young artists to question the causes and assumptions behind the violent Sunni-Shi’ite divide.

Apr 4, 2013

Pakistan’s sectarian violence creeps into art scene

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – A gold bullet on top of Islamic stenciling, open sores and festering wounds, life-size sculptures of silenced men whose faces are obscured.

Pakistan’s sectarian crisis has grown so acute that it is creeping into the country’s contemporary art scene, spurring young artists to question the causes and assumptions behind the violent Sunni-Shi’ite divide.

Mar 5, 2013

Afghan court jails 20 men in landmark bank fraud case

KABUL, March 5 (Reuters) – An Afghan court gave jail terms
on Tuesday to 20 of 22 men accused of involvement in a
multi-million dollar bank fraud in a trial seen as a test of
Afghanistan’s commitment to fighting corruption.

The collapse of Kabulbank in 2010 triggered a financial
crisis, civil disorder and a run on deposits, worrying foreign
donors and embarrassing the U.S. and Afghan governments, which
had touted its credentials as a modern lender integral to
developing a tiny economy crippled by war and mismanagement.

Mar 4, 2013

NATO expects decision on post-2014 Afghan force by mid-year

KABUL (Reuters) – NATO expects a decision by the middle of this year on the size of a training force to be kept in Afghanistan once most foreign troops leave in 2014, alliance Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday.

The Pentagon has said a NATO-led training force of between 8,000 and 12,000 was under consideration.

Feb 9, 2013

Exiting U.S. general says Afghan women’s rights are key

KABUL (Reuters) – Advancing women’s rights in Afghanistan is key to preventing the Taliban from reimposing a radical form of Islam once most foreign troops leave by the end of 2014, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces said on Saturday.

Afghan women have won back basic rights in education, voting and employment since the Taliban were ousted in 2001, but fears are growing such gains could be traded away as Western forces prepare to leave and the Afghan government seeks peace talks with the group.

Dec 19, 2012

Insight: Once a symbol of new Afghanistan, can policewomen survive?

KABUL (Reuters) – Shortly after Friba joined the Afghan National Police, she gave herself the nickname “dragon” and vowed to bring law and order to her tormented homeland.

Five years later, she is tired of rebuffing the sexual advances of male colleagues, worries the budget for the female force will shrink and fears the government will abandon them.

Dec 19, 2012

Once a symbol of new Afghanistan, can policewomen survive?

KABUL, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Shortly after Friba joined the
Afghan National Police, she gave herself the nickname “dragon”
and vowed to bring law and order to her tormented homeland.

Five years later, she is tired of rebuffing the sexual
advances of male colleagues, worries the budget for the female
force will shrink and fears the government will abandon them.

Dec 2, 2012

Iran pushes out Afghans as regional power-play heats up

HERAT, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Ghaus worked in Iran for five years but has nothing to show for it. All he has are memories of being jailed, beaten and sent home to Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s oil-rich western neighbor has for years been a destination for Afghans seeking work or fleeing war. Afghanistan and Iran share a language, and cultural and historical links.

    • About Amie

      "Based in Kabul, Amie reports on the NATO-led war in Afghanistan. She was previously based in Moscow, where she reported across the former Soviet Union for almost five years, covering energy, politics and lifestyle stories. For over two years there, she focused on the Islamist insurgency in Russia's Muslim North Caucasus. She has also reported in Greece and Britain."
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