This article is based on a letter signed by Mohammad Amin Farhang, former Minister of the Economy and current Minister of Commerce to an official of the World Bank in Kabul showing Afghan economic advisor, Adib Farhadi, as director Interim Afghanistan National Development Strategy (I-ANDS) had received an annual salary of $290,500. This is $100,000 more than the U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and is an example of the huge payments made to certain well-connected, but dubiously qualified (...)
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Exorbitant Salaries for Consultants and Officials in Afghanistan Part 1
21 June 2008, by Kamran Mir Hazar, Robert Maier
Warning Message from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul
18 June 2008, by Robert Maier
We thought you might be interested in seeing this Warden’s message which warns of vague imminent threats to the safety of US citizens living in Afghanistan. Most American embassy workers are forbidden to leave the fortress-like embassy grounds at any time, so how they understand anything about Afghanistan is a good question. Such warning letters could be sent to residents of any large American city, based on everyday crime statistics in the U.S.
They are generally e-mailed several times a (...)
Will Afghanistan reaffirm commitment to TB/HIV in New York?
4 June 2008, by Bobby Ramakant
On June 9, for the first-time government, public health and business leaders, heads of UN agencies and advocates are coming together at United Nations (UN) Headquarters to acknowledge HIV/TB as an urgent priority. This first HIV/TB Global Leaders’ Forum, convened by Dr Jorge Sampaio, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Stop TB, seeks to galvanize leadership at all levels.
The 2008 Anti-Tuberculosis Drug Resistance in the World report and the 2008 Global Tuberculosis Epidemic report (...)
Reinstate Malalai Joya to Afghan Parliament
21 May 2008, by Human Rights Watch
(HRW/IFEX) - The following is a 20 May 2008 Human Rights Watch press release:
Suspension of Female MP One Year Ago Is Setback for Democracy
(New York, May 21, 2008) -
On May 21, 2007, the lower house of the Afghan parliament, the Wolesi Jirga, voted to suspend Malalai Joya, a female MP elected from Farah province. Malalai was accused of insulting the parliament and suspended until the end of her term in 2009.
Malalai’s suspension occurred after she appeared in a television interview (...)
India’s presence in Afghanistan incites violence by Taliban
8 May 2008, by Deepali Gaur Singh
Even as the Indian and Afghan defence ministers met in early April it was a meeting soon to be overshadowed by the death of two Indian construction workers of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in a suicide attack by the Taliban on their convoy in Nimroz province of south-western Afghanistan.
Amidst the continuing violence in the country - the mounting kidnappings which were followed by a higher number of suicide attacks - India so far had been a little removed from the volatile situation (...)
Women’s Film Festival in Kabul
30 April 2008, by Robert Maier
The Second Take Film Festival: Gender and Society in Cinema began screening films Monday of this week at the French Cultural Center (Esteqlal High School), Kabul, and continues through Friday May 2nd.
The diverse program includes full-length and short documentaries and dramatic films. The dates of production range from the 1960s to current day educational films. The influences of Iranian, Indian, European and American productions are explored, with a special focus on the role of women (...)