Testament to Afghan suffering

Afghan human right activists have opened the country’s first war crimes museum on the site, taking a first step towards national reconciliation for victims of atrocities. At the foot of the snow-capped Hindu Kush mountains stands a tall, white marble monument and, nearby, the single-storey museum which leading rights advocate Nader Nadery said represents the Afghan public’s demand for justice. The museum aims to commemorate the death of tens of thousands of people in the past four decades of war and revolution that have blighted Afghanistan.

Inside the museum, glass cases display a vast and heartbreaking array of objects found in the mass grave outside Faizabad, capital of remote Badakhshan  province. Torn pieces of cloth, mangled shoes, rusty handcuffs and small personal belongings such as prayer beads and false teeth bear testimony to lives violently snuffed out and bodies tossed like garbage into a hole in the ground.

Hundreds of photographs, mostly black and white, of teenage boys and elderly men with beards and turbans – and every age in between – adorn the walls. “The demand from the public for justice led to establish this human rights victims’ war museum,” said Nadery, a senior commissioner with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) at its opening. “The objective is to make sure the victims are remembered and that war crimes never happen again,” he said, adding: It is like the Holocaust museum.”

The decision to build the monument followed the discovery here in 2006 of a mass grave containing the remains of more than 300 people. The victims were murdered in a “systematic mass killing” of people believed to have been opponents of Afghanistan’s communist regime, which took power in 1978, sparking a nation-wide armed resistance which lasted 10 years and cost millions of lives, said Samar. With the country now in the grip of an Islamic insurgency, Afghan civilians are still victims of both sides, dying in insurgent attacks and counter-insurgent operations alike.

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It is now official: Ricky is the nastiest Aussie

Australian cricket team skipper Ricky Ponting has emerged as the worst behaved player to play for the country in the last 20 years and has been asked by the former legends of the game to improve his on-field attitude. Former skipper Mark Taylor has asked Ponting to improve his attitude after the public lashed the Australian side for their behavior in the first Test against the West Indies. A list of official International Cricket Council (ICC) breaches obtained by The Sunday Telegraph placed Ponting among world cricket’s serial offenders.

Ponting has presided over more team offenses during his captaincy than predecessors Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor. Ponting has been forced to pay more than $25,000 in fines since the behavioral measures were introduced in 1992. Of his six breaches, four related to umpire dissent. Under Ponting’s  leadership, Australia has totaled 18 separate Code-of-Conduct breaches – double the number of incidents during Taylor’s reign between 1992-1999.

Ponting’s disciplinary record should spark alarm at Cricket Australia, which privately addressed players on their responsibilities to the game before this year’s Ashes series in June. One of the recent antics included Shane Watson’s churlish send-off to West Indies skipper Chris Gayle and a tense confrontation between Sulieman Benn and Australian duo Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson. “I just think the Australians could be a bit more pro-active in trying to nip these things in the bud, rather than let things escalate,” Taylor said.

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Weight Loss

Hello friends. How many of you are struggling hard to reduce your weight? Well, in recent times, people are becoming more and more aware about diet and hence, they are retorting to crash diets and are skipping meals in order to reduce their body weight. However, there are hundreds of side effects if you skip your daily meals or retort to reduce your weight in an un-ethical way. Today, I am happy to discuss more about weight reduction and the harmful effects, in today’s post.

I had a friend who was somewhere around 122 kilograms and hence, he tried very hard to reduce his weight. Each and every day, he used to have just 1 meal and as the days progressed, he certainly reduced weight but at the same time, he lost completely his energy too. He became very weak and he was  not able to complete his daily chores too. And as a result of this, he once again started eating and was back to the normal obese position. So what is the best possible solution to this?

Well, there is only 1 solution which I follow is, eat nutritious food,do not eat less but exercise a lot. In other words, you need to consume protein snacks and nutritious foods every single day however, do not forget to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day thus, keeping your body fit and healthy. Remember, do not ever skip your meal or undergo a crash diet as this can seriously spoil the functioning of your body gradually. So reduce your weight in a normal way and very slowly, thus providing you fruitful benefits within 3 to 6 months. Cheers!

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