Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: October 2010

2010 Elections 24: An anti-election insurgency in the making in Ghor?

Gran Hewad

While the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) keeps working on the preliminary results and announcing its decisions regarding suspicious or invalid polling stations, the importance of this phase of the electoral process is highlighted by protests and reports of fraud coming from different provinces. One of them is Ghor, an area that often escapes the attention […]

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No Nobel Price (Yet) for Sima Samar

Thomas Ruttig

The Nobel Committee is never shy of picking a fight. The one it picked this year is with China – by awarding its Peace Prize to the jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo; it has been warned before by Beijing that this could impact on Norwegian-Chinese relations. AAN’s Senior Analysts Thomas Ruttig and Sari Kouvo wished […]

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Participants Say Kabul Meeting Was ‘Brainstorming Session,’ Not Taliban Talks

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Radio Free Europe, 7 October 2010 Abubakar Siddique talked to participants of the Abu Dhabi Process meeting in Kabul, amongst them Mulla Za’if who said that ‘a European research organization put together this seminar to discuss the problems in Afghanistan and how they can be resolved. It had opinion makers, intellectuals, and politicians from both […]

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7 October 2010: NAF collection on Afghanistan and Pakistan

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With the ninth anniversary of the beginning of the war in Afghanistan upon us, the New America Foundation’s Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative has relased a series of research papers describing the insurgencies in Pakistan’s tribal regions and in Afghanistan. These collections, called “The Battle for Pakistan” and “The Battle for Afghanistan,” represent some of the most […]

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Talk about Talks Again (updated)

Thomas Ruttig

‘Bazaar du-bara garm shud’ – the market has become hot again. That’s how many Afghans reacted to the breaking news of ‘high-level talks’ between Taleban leaders and the Kabul government (and possibly some US actors) as well as about the not-so-secret-anymore talks in the Kabul Serena. But look at the small print: The talks were […]

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Marines in Marjah face full-blown insurgency

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AP, 7 October 2010 A few interesting sentences in this one on the much ballyhooed Marja operation: ‘Eight months on, the Taliban are still here in force, waging a full-blown guerrilla insurgency that rages daily’ […] Since then, Marjah has become a microcosm of the war itself — and a metaphor for an insurgency that […]

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2010 Elections 23: The Wardak election in AP3’s shadow

Fabrizio Foschini

A close look at the electoral result sheets published online by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) allows observers to get an idea of how elections went countrywide. The results for Wardak, where the number of polling centres (PC) this year was higher than during the past elections, reveal some problematic trends, raising the question whether […]

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2010 Elections 22: IEC delays preliminary final result

Fabrizio Foschini Thomas Ruttig

Not surprisingly, the Afghan Independent Election Commission has given the ECC a bit more time to work on the almost 4,000 complaints that have come in until now. But there are concerns about the ability of the ECC to work on them, given the very low speed with which it gives out precise information – […]

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[Sima] Samar May Win Nobel Prize for Advocacy of Afghan Women’s Rights

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Bloomberg, 4 October 2010 Samar, 53, is the “top pick,” said Kristian Berg Harpviken, head of the Oslo-based institute, which ranks potential winners.

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Afghan colonel [Abdul Razeq] vital to U.S. despite graft allegations

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Washington Post, 3 October 2010 Razeq ‘represents the Obama administration’s best hope for maintaining stability in this important part of Afghanistan’, writes the daily, despite his involvement in graft and drug trading. ‘Is it a long-term solution? That’s for others to decide,’ said the top NATO commander in the south, British Maj. Gen. Nick Carter. […]

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2010 Elections 21: A Tale of Two Parliaments

Thomas Ruttig

Afghanistan sometimes really can be paradoxical. Its President, often (and wrongly) described as the ‘Mayor of Kabul’ has a grip on the administration country-wide, reshuffling ministers, governors and police chiefs at will, but his administration does not administrate – or only when bribes are paid. Parts of the opposition occupy government posts. And its parliament […]

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UN suppressed report on Afghan rights violations

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AFP, 2 October 2010 The UN never published a report into rights violations in Afghanistan between 1978 and 2001 that accused Soviets, Islamists and US forces of ‘atrocities’, reported the Swiss daily Le Temps, Not mentioned is in this report that US pressure played a great part in the stop of the publication.

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