RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan
spotlights those who, despite overwhelming odds, are trying to move their country forward through protests, initiatives and inventions.
# Dozens of women activists gathered on a hilltop in Kabul today to protest against government corruption
. The demonstration comes the same day that Transparency International placed Afghanistan at the bottom of its Corruption Perception Index
. Video by Sabawoon and report by Antoine Blua.
# An Afghan lawmaker caused uproar after photos of his bodyguards assaulting a police officer
were posted on social-media sites. Haji Zahir Qadir, deputy speaker of parliament and a former militia commander, has since apologized but that has done little to stem the backlash. Sabawoon and Frud Bezhan report.
# Another report by Bezhan profiles Roya Mahboob, who serves as the head of a successful software company and is one of the few female CEOs in Afghanistan
. Mahboob she hopes to be a role model for Afghan women, but her road to success has been marred by hostility.
# Cricket is about to become a scholarly pursuit in Afghanistan
, with news that the sport will soon be taught in the country's schools. Afghanistan's Cricket Board says the initiative could help turn the country into a powerful cricketing nation, while offering new opportunities to young athletes. Farangis Najibullah and Safiullah Stanikzai report.
# It looks like an enormous fluffy dandelion seed head as the wind carries it across a field. Afghan-born designer Massoud Hassani hopes his new mine-clearing device
-- called "Mine Kafon" -- will help save lives in his homeland. Ron Synovitz and Omid Marzban take a closer look.
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