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Monday, 17 August 2009

Remind me again why we're fighting the Taliban?

Why are people dying to get rid of the Taliban? Oh, wait, for the same shit the new government stands for.

Go home, troops.

Afghanistan passes "barbaric" law diminishing women's rights

Rehashed legislation allows husbands to deny wives food if they fail to obey sexual demands

Jon Boone in Kandahar
Saturday August 15 2009

Afghanistan has quietly passed a law permitting Shia men to deny their wives food and sustenance if they refuse to obey their husbands' sexual demands, despite international outrage over an earlier version of the legislation which President Hamid Karzai had promised to review.

The new final draft of the legislation also grants guardianship of children exclusively to their fathers and grandfathers, and requires women to get permission from their husbands to work.

Read the full article for more madness.