Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: July 2013

Afghanistan Analysts Network: US holds inmates in Bagram’s secret jail

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Press TV (Tehran), 26 July 2013 Iran’s Press TV (online) picks up on AAN’s latest dispatch on the Bagram Detention Centre in which Kate Clark reports that the US military continues to hold and interrogate Afghan detainees at a ‘Black Prison’ site before handing them over to the Afghan authorities. The Press TV article calls […]

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Back to Stopgap Appointments? The story behind the replacement of Herat’s governor

Fabrizio Foschini

Among the recent batch of governors’ changes, that of Herat’s Daud Shah Saba was probably the most conspicuous. Saba, a technocrat, had found himself in a confrontation with supporters of the pre-eminent local strongman, Minister for Energy and Water, Ismail Khan, and this conflict eventually led him to resign. So what is now in store […]

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Tit for Tat – and Worse: The long history of enmity between parliament and government

Claudio Franco Gran Hewad Thomas Ruttig

The relationship between the Afghan president and, by extension, his cabinet and Afghanistan’s parliament has frequently been turbulent over the past years. The latest example came yesterday (22 July 2013) with parliament’s voting out of office of the interior minister, Mujtaba Patang. Earlier, from April to July, conflict centred around the finance minister, Omar Zakhilwal, […]

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Too Cocky for Parliament’s Taste? Interior Minister voted out

Fabrizio Foschini

In a sudden turn of events – especially for a very hot and demanding day of Ramazan – the minister of interior, Mujtaba Patang, has been voted out of his position by the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of the parliament. The reasons given were: deterioration of security on highways, the charges of corruption that […]

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Ground Battles: Kabul’s disabled street sellers take on the government

Obaid Ali

In the past months, Kabul has seen large demonstrations of disabled people, most of whom were injured during fighting in one or more of the wars of the past three decades. Up to 300 men marched in front of the parliament or the presidential palace. The protests were in response to a campaign by the […]

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Karzai approves new election law

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AFP, 21 July 2013 A wide range of articles based on AFP quote AAN’s Martine van Bijlert on the signing of the electoral law, describing it as a compromise on deeply contentious issues. “So there is a sense of relief, that the process has not remained stalled and that no big tricks have been played,” she […]

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A Journey’s End: Returning to Kabul after three decades

Ali M Latifi

Nearly 30 years ago, the mother of AAN guest author Ali M. Latifi fled Kabul from the Soviet-backed regime, holding her three children by the hand. Shortly before this year’s Ramadan began, she came back for the first time. She wanted to visit Ali, her youngest child, who now works in Kabul. And she wanted […]

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Afghan Leader Approves Law Aimed at Fair Elections

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Wall Street Journal, 17 July 2013 Article quotes AAN’s Martine van Bijlert who says that the passage of the law on the structure of the election bodies demonstrated some political consensus, as well as a normalisation of the process in which the main conflicts have been solved and the main suspicions laid to rest. Article is […]

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Sharif faces up to saving Pakistan from collapse

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Financial Times blog, 18 July 2013 A very interesting piece by Ahmed Rashid who says that Prime MInister Nawaz Sharif seems to seriously work in ‘turning Pakistan around’. He also reports that there are ‘intense daily discussions led by Mr Sharif with the powerful military, intelligence agencies, experts and others on how to create a […]

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Karzai signs Afghan election reforms into law

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AFP, 17 July 2013 Article quotes AAN’s Martine van Bijlert on the signing of the law on the structure of the electoral bodies, but misrepresents the relationships between Kabul’s think tanks as one of rivalry: Local think tank, Afghanistan Analysis and Awareness, welcomed the reforms as an “important milestone in creating the right framework for […]

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Guantanamo: The More Things Change the More they Stay the Same

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Human Rights Watch, 17 July 2013 HRW commentary on the dire conditions of prisoners in Guantanamo , among intrusive searches, force-feeding and the lack of commitment by President Obama to his repeated pledges for the closing of the prison.

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Targeted Killing in Takhar: Family of a victim takes UK government to court

Kate Clark

A case of civilian casualties originally researched by AAN has found its way to the High Court in London. A bank worker from rural Takhar, Habib Rahman, who lost five close relatives in a targeting killing during the 2010 Afghan election campaign, is challenging the legality of the alleged involvement of a British civilian police […]

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