Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: November 2010

The Inteqal Express Gets Green Light in Lisbon

Thomas Ruttig

This Friday’s NATO summit in Lisbon will nod through the Obama administration’s decision that there will be a phased handover of security tasks to the Afghan forces, maybe province-by-province, ‘inteqal’ in short. This is part of Petraeus’ copy-cat ‘Iraqi solution’ and the US allies’ exit strategy: declare combat operations over, withdraw a part of the […]

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Deep in Afghanistan mine, barriers to progress

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McClatchy Newspapers, 16 November 2010 Jonathan landay picks another hot iron: the privatisation of Karkar coal mine, again with some Karzai involvement.

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Afghan Buddhist relics: Archaeologists issue warning

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BBC, 15 November 2010 Scientists warn that the extraction of copper from the giant, Chinese-operated Aynak mine in Logar will destroy a 2,600-year-old Buddhist monastery with stupas when work begins. They say they are under pressure now to reduce a three-year unofficial deadline agreed between the mine’s operator, Chinese government-backed China Metallurgical Group Corp, and […]

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Diseases of Afluence

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Maisonneuve, 15 November 2010 A Canadian internist who served in Kandahar’s Combat Surgical Hospital discusses how “[f]or someone used to the life and the pathologies of the rich and settled, much about practicing medicine in Afghanistan felt unfamiliar.” On diabetes, urbanisation, skinny Afghans, the Polynesian sea and much more.

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Birding for Survival

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Our Dutch ex-soldier-cum-birdwatcher HG Scheltema from Kandahar (see his bird list here(*) has a friend, a US National Guardsman from Connecticut who served in Iraq for a year in 2004/05: Birding Babylon. His name is Jonathan Trouern-Trend who wrote a blog on his bird-watching (see it here, it seems to be continued by other bloggers). Meanwhile, […]

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Flash from the Past: Missed Opportunities for Reconciliation

Anand Gopal

Our guest author Anand Gopal (*) looks back how chances for integrating Taleban into Afghanistan’s past-2001 political system were squandered and how the alienation of leading former commanders in Kandahar became a key motivating factor in sparking the insurgency. Therefore, the original article had the following sub-line: ‘The Victor’s Hubris and the Failure of Reconciliation’. […]

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Winter misery as food prices rise

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IRIN, 15 November 2010 A steady rise in food prices this year is posing serious risks for millions of Afghans, aid agencies say. The average wheat price in September was 7.3 percent higher than in August, and wheat prices in Afghanistan were ‘the highest in the region’, according to the WFP. Afghanistan is expecting a […]

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11-12 November 2010, SCA conference in Stockholm featuring AAN

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“The Missing Link: Supporting democratic state-building in Afghanistan”. The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, the Folke Bernadotte Academy and ENNA have organised a 2-day international conference to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. “Following the US led strike in 2001 which led to the defeat of the Taliban regime, high goals have been set in order to […]

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Inspector general’s report questions U.S. salary supplements for Afghan government workers

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Washington Post, 8 November 2010 SIGAR reports: since 2005 Washington has supplied $6.6 million in salary supplements to employees in Karzai’s office. US agencies in Afghanistan

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Gulbuddin ante portas – again (2)

Thomas Ruttig

Veteran mujahedin and current no. 2 insurgent leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar gave a rare and extensive interview to German TV. AAN’s Senior Analyst Thomas Ruttig thinks that he was trying a walk on the tightrope, responding to the opened doors for ‘reconciliation’ while projecting that he is not too soft on the US and Kabul’s offers […]

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2010 Elections 31: Who will fix the election?

Martine van Bijlert

The ECC has forwarded the names of 413 candidates to the Attorney General’s Office, while the Attorney General’s Office has initiated investigations into both electoral bodies. As the various branches of government argue over how the process should have been done and who is to blame for the flaws, it is becoming increasingly clear that […]

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