Wall Street Journal Kabul bureau chief Yaroslav Trofimov noticed something strange when he loaded Apple’s map of Afghanistan’s capital city on his new iPad today --the existence of a street named “Bad Monkey.”
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan released its mid-year report on civilian protection this week. Although the total number of civilian casualties in the first half of 2012 was lower than the number in the same period of 2011, the rest of the news wasn't good.
Proposed drastic cuts to refugee assistance funding, if approved by Congress, will imperil support for tens of thousands refugees due to be resettled in the United States during the coming fiscal year. That's very bad news for people escaping persecution and war in countries such as Afghanistan, Burma, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and Iraq.
For the second time this year, Afghan women took to Kabul’s streets to demonstrate their outrage at a gruesome act of gender-based violence. This time, the demonstration was prompted by the videotaped execution of a young woman in a village less than two hours from the capital.
Today is A Day Without Dignity, the aid blogosphere's answer to TOMS A Day Without Shoes. With so many discussions devoted to bad advocacy or "badvocacy" in aid and human rights activism recently, it's important to highlight examples of what good advocacy and NGO PR looks like. Three videos that hit the right notes.