The European Union has updated its air safety list (Dec 14). It has banned Afghan Airlines from European airspace. Hmmm. (Silk Road Reporters, Dec 15, 2014).
Winter blackouts are once again happening in Kabul. The demand for energy is high during the winter and in the past few years has started to fail. Read more about the inability to provide sufficient power to Kabul in this news article (Khaama Press, Dec 16, 2014).
USAID has published an article entitled "The Women of Afghanistan: Looking Back, Moving Forward" in its November / December 2014 Frontlines edition.
The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has sent a letter to the Department of Defense expressing their concerns about the safety of a natural gas pipeline in northern Afghanistan in which the DoD has helped to repair. It seems that the repair work started has not been completed and the DoD agency (TFBSO) charged with overseeing the repairs is shutting down operations. Read the letter here (Dec 11, 2014).