Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: August 2012

From Ghazni to Kandahar

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Youtube, uploaded 12 July 2011 A short video of the road between Ghazni and Kandahar, showing the extent of the damage insurgent attacks have on the fuel convoys, with cars having to zig-zag through the wreckages of burnt-out trucks and tankers.

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Why Afghanistan’s past is being ‘rewritten’

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BBC, 17 August 2012 The education ministry has endorsed a new history curriculum for school students that deletes nearly four decades of the country’s war-torn past, writes the BBC’s Bilal Sarwary. But he found out that children know anyway.

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Afghan Politicking after the Rebellion in Tajik Badakhshan (amended)

Thomas Ruttig

After a week of fighting, events in Tajikistan’s part of Badakhshan are quietening down. While a lot has been made in some media outlets of a possible cross-border Taleban link, events seem to have their background in the drug economy rather. On the Afghan side of the border politicking as a side-effect of the events […]

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7-9 September 2012: Photo exhibition and conference in Trieste

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On the occasion of the photographic exhibition ‘Nur/Luce [Light]. Appunti afgani’ by photographer and writer Monika Bulaj, the municipality of Trieste organises a three-day event with the presence of several international scholars, diplomats, researchers, media and humanitarian workers, focusing on various aspects of Afghanistan’s culture, history and politics. On behalf of AAN, Thomas Ruttig and […]

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Karzai’s Decree to Combat Corruption: Cause for Cautious Optimism?

S Reza Kazemi

Afghan President Hamed Karzai’s recent executive decree focussing on (but not only) the fight against corruption, which partly came as a reaction to debates at the recent international Afghanistan conference in Tokyo, sparked mixed reactions from Afghan parliamentarians, activists, experts and people at large. AAN’s researcher S. Reza Kazemi takes a closer look at the […]

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The commuter of Alisheng: Death of a country district governor

Fabrizio Foschini

The insurgent strategy of targeting rural government officials like woluswals (district governors) is not a new one, and it is gaining importance as the battle for contested areas becomes more acute. District governors cut a sometimes misunderstood figure in this war, as they are often portrayed as either old-times commanders or uninfluential pawns in somebody […]

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Afghan Princelings: Are the Children of the Mujahedin Ready to Rule?

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Time, 13 August 2012 A very interesting article, although the author could have mentioned a few more things: where the money came from for all that exquisite western education; that a ‘liberal’ education is not sufficient to make someone a liberal; where the princelings really stand politically, how strong the ‘pressure of legacy’ is and […]

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The Takhar attack and Targeted Killings: the Legal Challenge

Kate Clark

An Afghan bank worker from rural Takhar, Habib Rahman, is taking the British government to court over Britain’s participation in drawing up and executing the US military’s ‘kill list’ which singles out alleged insurgents for targeted killing. Rahman lost his father-in-law, Zabet Amanullah, and several other close relatives in September 2010 when an air strike […]

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AAN Reportage: Who fights whom in the Andar Uprising?

Emal Habib

The story of what is still being hailed by the government and media as a ‘popular uprising’ against the Taleban in Andar district, Ghazni has become one of the most ambiguous events on the battlefield for many years. The dominant and much-hyped account of what has happened presents an optimistic image of a purely popular […]

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Why Afghanistan Can’t Wait

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Huffington Post blog, 10 August 2012 The story of two Afghan civil society activists and their failed interview for a US visa – a story that can happen not only at the US embassy in Kabul.

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Rising kidnap cases spark strike in Herat City

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Pajhwok News Agency (Kabul), 8 August 2012 Workers of industrial companies, moneychangers, doctors, jewellers and traders went on strike in protest against rising kidnappings in western Herat province.

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5,000 Afghan ‘militants’ have surrendered – but are they real?

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Christian Science Monitor
, 8 August 2012 Officials say the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program has brought stability to several areas. But critics say the real anti-government fighters aren’t participating

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