Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: July 2012

Iran Sanctions Take Toll on Afghans

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Wall Street Journal, 22 July 2012 ‘The U.S.’s effort to wield economic pressure to influence Iranian leaders is having the unintended consequence of hurting Afghanistan, which relies on remittances from millions of migrants living in the country to its west’, writes the Journal. ‘On the Iranian side of the border, authorities have been forcing Afghan […]

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Karzai Asks Berlin for Help with Taliban Talks

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Spiegel online, 22 July 2012 Now in English: The online version of Germany’s leading political weekly says that President Karzai has approached Germany at the margins of the Tokyo conference to help restarting talks with the Taleban. The report also says that former German special envoy Michael Steiner, now ambassador to India who had a […]

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Written in Ice? Protests after the public execution of a woman in Parwan

Obaid Ali

There have been fresh demonstrations condemning the public execution of a young woman, Najiba, in a Taleban-controlled village in a province just to the north of Kabul – in June. The video of the execution, which was shown across the world, alerted many to how near the capital Taleban ‘rule’ extended. However, the target of […]

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Afghanistan must stop the murder of its female leaders

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The Guardian, 17 July 2012 Read the reaction of Afghan women’s rights activist Orzala Ashraf Nemat in the Guardian’s ‘Comment is free’ section: The Afghan government’s rhetoric on women’s rights and condolences when yet another woman is killed are not enough.

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The Challenge of Effectiveness: ‘Pro-Peace’ Ulama in Afghanistan

S Reza Kazemi

A number of ulama, or religious scholars, from Afghanistan and outside, recently renewed their resolve to promote Islam as a religion of ‘moderation, tolerance, peace and cooperation’ and to work towards a ‘just and sustainable peace’ in Afghanistan. They are part of what is called the ‘Project for Islamic Co-operation for a Peaceful Future in […]

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5 August 2012: AAN at Summer Seminar in Bavaria

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AAN’s Thomas Ruttig will talk about ‘Afghanistan – A Failed State?’ at the Academy for Political Education at Tutzing, Germany, on Sunday, 5 August 2012. This is part of a traditional ‘holiday seminar’ on international policy from 5-8 August focussing on Afghanistan for four days. Thomas, not a supporter of the ‘failed states’ approach, will […]

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Another Wedding Party Massacre: The death of Ahmad Khan (amended)

Kate Clark

Dozens of people have been killed and injured in a suicide attack on a wedding party in Samangan province. Among those killed was the father of the bride, the MP and former commander, Ahmad Khan Samangani, at least one of his sons and at least four other senior security and political officials. As this blog […]

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Split Unity: Afghanistan’s controversial Youth Peace Jirga

S Reza Kazemi

Jirgas have traditionally been get-togethers for the old in Afghanistan, but in early July 2012 (1), some 1,700 young people gathered for a multi-day ‘National Youth Peace Jirga’. At a time when the official peace efforts of the US and Afghan governments seem to have halted, notwithstanding the recent ‘academic’ meetings in Paris and Kyoto […]

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CIA Advisor Advocates Meddling in Afghanistan’s Election

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Registan, 10 July 2012 Joshua Foust on a high-profile columnist who still hasn’t got it: It is not the US who should chose the next Afghan president.

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Jumble of Figures: How much money came out of Tokyo?

Thomas Ruttig

The Tokyo conference on Afghanistan is over. The participating donors came up with pledges of US$16 billion in development aid (1) – but pledges not always translate into money transfers (and aid effectiveness is another issue). My AAN colleague, Kate Clark, has already rightly pointed out in her 8 July blog that money alone cannot […]

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Alleged Taliban Execution Shatters Image Of ‘Taliban-Free’ Province

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RFE, 9 July 2012 An interesting look at the context of the stoning of a young Afghan woman in Parwan province which indicates that the picture of this crime is much more blurred then hitherto reported.

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