Afghan National Security Adviser Rangin Dadfar Spanta today in #Kabul on U.S-Afghan strategic partnership:
—Afghan National Security Adviser Rangin Dadfar Spanta speaking today (April 23) to journalists in Kabul after briefing lawmakers on the U.S.-Afghan strategic partnership agreement.
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U.S. General John Allen tells @RadioAzadi: ”We are not going to abandon Afghanistan again. The United States is not going to abandon Afghanistan and the international community is not going to abandon Afghanistan. That is the purpose of the Strategic Partnership Agreement.”
- U.S. General John Allen, the NATO-ISAF commander in Afghanistan, speaking Tuesday (April 17) in an interview with RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan in Brussels.
In a report released on March 28, the New-York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that, 10 years after the fall of the Taliban, women are still being imprisoned for running away from domestic violence or for having sex outside of marriage.
#Norouz photos from our broadcast regions!
Springtime has finally arrived, and last week’s “Friday Photos From…” gallery celebrated Norouz, a holiday that not only marks the spring equinox but also the first day of the Persian New Year.
The holiday is celebrated across Central Asia and the Caucasus and is a loud and colorful start to the new year. The history of Norouz dates back to pre-Islamic Iran where it is believed to have been the holiday of the ancient Zoroastrian religion.
These photos come from our broadcast regions, such as Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Azerbaijan and Iran and were taken by our photographers. Photos from Iran are a courtesy of Mehr agency.
Check out what listeners of RFE/RL’s Persian Service, Radio Farda wish for in the New Year at “Radio Farda Listeners Share Norouz Wishes”
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Norouz celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photos by @RadioAzadi’s Sayedjan Sabawoon.
Afghans gathered at a fair full of music, rides, and food, while young men dressed in green, the traditional spring color, to try to kiss a holy flagpole raised during each Norouz.
But for thousands of poor Afghan families, the ancient festival is a vivid reminder of their woes as they struggle to make ends meet in one of the poorest and most volatile countries in the world….[read more]
Norouz video by @RadioAzadi’s Sayedjan Sabawoon: People across Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Middle East are celebrating Norouz, the Persian New Year, which marks the coming of spring. In Kabul, Afghans gathered at a fair full of music, rides, and food, while young men dressed in green, the traditional spring color, to try to kiss a holy flagpole raised during each Norouz.