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RFE/RL Reports: In Afghanistan, Success Comes In Small Steps

Members of the Afghan women's "Coalition Against Corruption" gather for a protest on Kabul's Antenna Mountain, 5Dec2012
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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