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September 4, 2009

US Embassy: Brews, Brawls, Butt Sniffing and Prostitutes

KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. Embassy in Kabul said it is joining the inquiry into claims that some of its private security guards practiced hazing rituals, sexual activity and intimidation.

“A full review of local guard force policies and procedures is under way and a full investigation is ongoing,” said an embassy statement released Thursday.

“Embassy officials continue to interview guard force personnel as a part of the investigation, to assess the need for possible suspensions and terminations.”

Along with the investigation, the embassy has also banned alcohol at Camp Sullivan, the facility at which the guards live.

The allegations about the guards’ behavior were reported by the watchdog group Project On Government Oversight.

The group sent a letter Tuesday to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and briefed reporters on its findings, which it said were based on e-mails and interviews with more than a dozen guards who had worked at the U.S. compound in the Afghan capital.

Should initiation rituals such as hazing be allowed?

Jail threat for donkey bloggers

The donkey clip was a satire on press freedom

Two bloggers from Azerbaijan are facing up to five years in jail after posting a video of a donkey giving a news conference on YouTube.

Shortly after the video was released, Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli were held on hooliganism charges following a scuffle in a restaurant

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