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Fractious groups to meet at U.N.-sponsored talks

Monumental task to develop Afghan government (Analysis)

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Demanding to be heard

By Fariba Nawa November 14, 2001 Mother Jones Advocates for Afghanistan’s women are pushing to ensure that women’s freedoms are protected under a post-Taliban government. Peshawar — As diplomats at the United Nations continue to lay out plans for a post-Taliban government in Afghanistan, advocates for the country’s women are increasingly worried that the rights and freedoms of women will …

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Afghan carpet industry unravelled by war

By Fariba Nawa November 11, 2001 Agence France Presse Peshawar, Pakistan — These are depressing times for the staff at Herat Carpets, who pass their days drinking copious quantities of tea and staring disconsolately at the nomadic tribal carpets they specialize in but cannot sell. The Afghan carpet industry — primary source of income for one million refugees in Pakistan …

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Clinic struggling to cope with Afghanistan’s refugees

By Fariba Nawa November 5, 2001 Agence France Presse Peshawar, Pakistan — Fatana Gailani’s small clinic is under siege, under-staffed and running out of resources almost as fast as its clientele of Afghan women refugees is growing. Set up in 1986 to provide basic medical care, the free clinic in northwest Pakistan has in the past two months been forced …

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Hamid Karzai risks his neck for royalist cause in Afghanistan

By Fariba Nawa November 2, 2001 Agence France Presse Quetta, Pakistan — Hamid Karzai, now on the run from the Taliban, is the latest envoy to covertly penetrate Afghanistan in search of support for the country’s ousted monarch. Like Abdul Haq, who was caught and executed by the Taliban last week, Karzai, 46, made his mark fighting the Soviet Union’s …

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Students of the war

By Fariba Nawa November 2, 2001 Mother Jones The turmoil in their native Afghanistan has followed refugee students and teachers to their new home in Pakistan. Islamabad — For the students and teachers at the Malalay Afghan refugee school here, the US offensive in Afghanistan is simply one more link in a familiar chain of violence. Some 700 boys and …

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Minority Hazaras rejoice at Mazar-e-Sharif’s recapture

Rout of Taliban may not trigger ethnic reprisals

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Support for Taliban written in blood

By Fariba Nawa October 31, 2001 Agence France Presse Peshawar, Pakistan — Gholam Dastagir lay still as his blood dripped into a plastic bag. For the 55-year-old Afghan refugee, any mild discomfort was offset by the knowledge that a pint of his blood could keep one of the Taliban’s battle-hardened troops alive and ready to fight another day against their …

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Women’s rights group struggles to gain respect among Afghans

By Fariba Nawa October 30, 2001 Agence France Presse Peshawar, Pakistan — They have been called Maoists, spies for the Soviet Union, for Pakistan and now the United States. They work undercover, breaking the hardline rules of Afghanistan’s Taliban militia and angering religious conservatives with their liberal politics in Pakistan. But the aptly-named Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan …

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Afghanistan to become a cold war for US

By Fariba Nawa October 22, 2001 Agence France Presse Islamabad — The United States will be hard pressed to complete its assault against the Taliban by a double deadline of the looming bitter winter in Afghanistan and the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, experts said. Temperatures will plunge about the same time as Ramadan starts in mid-November throwing up physical …

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