Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: June 2012

Afghanistan’s Absentee Politicians

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IWPR, 18 June 2012 43 Afghan MPs have been absent both in March and April without notifying the house, and some have been absent for as much as a year, the head of house’s secretariat reports. And five MPs maintain armed retinues of between 20 and 40, all paid for by the interior ministry, and […]

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Land Grabs in Afghanistan (1): Nangrahar, the disputed o-rangeland

Fabrizio Foschini

In the last ten years, land disputes have become a permanent feature of Afghanistan’s landscape. Always influenced by the misuse of state power, often bursting into open conflicts, sometimes getting into the limelight usually reserved for political violence, they are very seldom addressed properly by the government. Also highlighted by recent accusations by the High […]

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‘Soft’ assistance for Afghanistan

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China Daily, 16 June 2012 An analysis of China’s Afghanistan policy by Yang Shu, director of Institute of Central Asian Studies, Lanzhou University.

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Upcoming Regional Co-operation Conference on Afghanistan: A Primer

S Reza Kazemi

Regional co-operation on Afghanistan has so far remained by and large confined to meeting rooms and conference halls. One of these gatherings is set to take place in Kabul on 14 June 2012. The ‘Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference in Kabul’ is focused on ‘The Istanbul Process: A New Agenda for Regional Co-operation.’ The Afghan […]

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China’s Afghan oil deal on the skids

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Asia Times online, 13 June 2012 An analysis of China’s problems with an oilfield concession in Sarepul province and what it has to do with the role of the famous Watan company owned by the Popal brothers.

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Qayyum Karzai to run for presidency

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Pajhwok News Agency (Kabul), 12 June 2012 The Kabul-based agency reports that the Karzai family has nominated Qayyum Karzai, a brother of the incumbent president, to run for the country’s top office in 2014. It says it has been told so in an ‘exclusive interview’ with another Karzai brother, Mahmud. Referring to a recent report […]

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Plants of Afghanistan 2: the Koh-e Baba Foraging Top Ten (amended)

Kate Clark

Wild rhubarb (chukri or rawash) is surely one of the delights of the Afghan spring. Like many forage plants, rhubarb is both a delicacy in the cities, and an important food for those living in rural areas. As the winter snow melts, the rhubarb rhizome produces stems which can be plucked and eaten raw while […]

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Plants of Afghanistan 1: Centre of Global Biodiversity

Kate Clark

Among the hundreds of containers bound for Afghanistan which were impounded for over a year at Karachi docks because of a trade dispute were copies of a ground-breaking book on Afghanistan’s plants. S W Breckle and M D Rafiqpoor’s Field Guide Afghanistan: Flora and Vegetation, (1) is unique, the result of decades of work by […]

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Good Muslims, Bad Muslims? Solidarity Party Threatened by Ban (amended)

Thomas Ruttig

A small but vocal leftist political party has challenged the consensus about the ‘good jehad’, pointing to human rights violations of some of its leaders, and earned the ire of them. After initial calls for an immediate ban, the authorities have suspended the party’s activities, pending an investigation. How they will handle this case will […]

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Another Hezb-e Islami U-Turn – with more to follow? (amended)

Gran Hewad

When the second largest insurgent group, Hezb-e Islami (1), suspended talks with the Afghan government, three weeks ago, it cited dissatisfaction with the signing of the US-Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) on 1 May 2012. Kabul has now gone public, accusing Hezb-e Islami of telling it a different story immediately after the talks, which were […]

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New Battles and Old Wants in Nuristan

Fabrizio Foschini

The killing of the deputy shadow governor of the Taleban for Nuristan, apparently in a drone strike on his native village of Amshuz, Waygal district, represents just the last chapter in what has already been a rather intense fighting season in the province for two months. A perennial candidate for insurgent takeover, Nuristan witnessed some […]

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