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Jul 7, 2012

Taliban publicly execute woman near Kabul: officials

KABUL (Reuters) – A man Afghan officials say is a member of the Taliban shot dead a woman accused of adultery in front of a crowd near Kabul, a video obtained by Reuters showed, a sign that the austere Islamist group dictates law even near the Afghan capital.

In the three-minute video, a turban-clad man approaches a woman kneeling in the dirt and shoots her five times at close range with an automatic rifle, to cheers of jubilation from the 150 or so men watching in a village in Parwan province.

Jul 1, 2012

New Afghan law ignites fear over shrinking press freedoms

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan journalists are locked in a row with their government over media freedoms, in what appears to be the latest attempt by authorities to appeal to the more conservative side of society ahead of the pullout of most foreign troops.

A revised media law looks to significantly tighten the government’s grip over the fledgling but lively Afghan press corps, and limit foreign programming in a move likely to please the Taliban, with whom Kabul is seeking peace negotiations.

Jun 18, 2012

Lifter wants medal, sport for disabled Afghans

KABUL (Reuters) – Limping on his prosthetic leg as he crosses a barren room scattered with a motley collection of weights, powerlifter Mohammad Fahim Rahimi laments the poverty and neglect preventing the large number of disabled Afghans from pursuing sport.

The 29-year-old is the only Afghan athlete to have qualified for this year’s Paralympics in London, but there is hope that the Games will highlight the fate of Afghanistan’s estimated two million disabled people.

Jun 18, 2012

Olympics-Lifter wants medal, sport for disabled Afghans

KABUL, June 18 (Reuters) – Limping on his prosthetic leg as
he crosses a barren room scattered with a motley collection of
weights, powerlifter Mohammad Fahim Rahimi laments the poverty
and neglect preventing the large number of disabled Afghans from
pursuing sport.

The 29-year-old is the only Afghan athlete to have qualified
for this year’s Paralympics in London, but there is hope that
the Games will highlight the fate of Afghanistan’s estimated two
million disabled people.

Jun 6, 2012

Shakespeare gives hope to Afghanistan arts revival

LONDON (Reuters) – A bearded man in drag and the Afghan army make unlikely companions in an adapted Shakespeare comedy whose London staging has shone a spotlight on Afghanistan’s neglected arts scene.

Thirty years of war and conflict have severely hampered Afghanistan’s cultural development. Afghans boast a rich musical legacy and tradition of poetry, but many of the most talented go abroad, fleeing a film industry on the brink of collapse and a theatre industry that was throttled at birth.

May 24, 2012

Insight: Iran’s “Great Game” in Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) – With most foreign combat troops set to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014, Iran is using the media in the war-ravaged nation to gain influence, a worrying issue for Washington.

Nearly a third of Afghanistan’s media is backed by Iran, either financially or through providing content, Afghan officials and media groups say.

May 24, 2012

Iran’s “Great Game” in Afghanistan

KABUL, May 24 (Reuters) – With most foreign combat troops
set to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014, Iran is is using the
media in the war-ravaged nation to gain influence, a worrying
issue for Washington.

Nearly a third of Afghanistan’s media is backed by Iran,
either financially or through providing content, Afghan
officials and media groups say.

May 17, 2012

Is it curtains for Afghanistan’s fading silver screen?

KABUL (Reuters) – Clouds of hashish and cigarette smoke float across a screen showing a dancing Pakistani woman, who evokes yowls of excitement from the hundreds of Afghan men passing their time in one of the capital’s rundown cinemas.

Once a treasured luxury for the elite, Afghan film connoisseurs are deeply distressed by the dilapidated state of their cinemas, which reflect an industry on the brink of collapse from conflict and financial neglect.

May 14, 2012

As foreign troops leave, Afghan refugees and poverty increase

MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Gulam recalls the evening she fled her home in northern Afghanistan on foot, running with her teen daughters under the cloak of darkness to avoid cooking a dinner for 20 Taliban insurgents.

“This Talib burst through my door and demanded I cook for them. But I had no money, and I was scared they would take my daughters,” Gulam said, pulling a stripy shawl tightly around her gaunt and wrinkled face.

May 10, 2012

Insight: Afghan women fade from White House focus as exit nears

WASHINGTON/KABUL (Reuters) – Shortly after sending U.S. troops to Afghanistan in October 2001, President George W. Bush focused so intently on freeing Afghan women from the shackles of Taliban rule that empowering them became central to the United States’ mission there.

More than a decade later, as his successor Barack Obama charts a way out of the unpopular war, Afghan girls are back in school, infant and maternal survival rates are up and a quarter of the parliament’s seats are reserved for women who at least on paper have the same voting, mobility and other rights as men.

    • 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."
      Joined Reuters:
      September 2006
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