Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: December 2013

Autumn Pastimes, or the Other Fighting Grounds of Afghanistan

Obaid Ali

Bird fighting has an ancient history as a common autumn pastime among Afghans. As soon as the weather gets colder, various tournaments take place among bird enthusiasts, either in the open air or in a warm arena, depending on what sort of birds are fighting. In Kabul, the favourite birds to take the field are […]

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A Lost Opportunity? Hindus and Sikhs do not get a reserved seat in parliament

Fabrizio Foschini

On 14 December 2013, the Wolesi Jirga (WJ), the lower house of the Afghan parliament, rejected the presidential decree adding a reserved seat among its ranks for the Hindu and Sikh minorities. The debate showed a divided house, but the vote rewarded those pitted against this facilitation for the tiny minority. However, the tone and arguments used […]

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The Incident at Coordinate 42S VF 8934 5219: German court rejects claim from Kunduz air strike victims

Thomas Ruttig

A district court in the former West German capital Bonn has rejected a case in connection with a lethal airstrike ordered by the commander of the German PRT in Kunduz province four years ago. Families of some of the dozens of victims and a German lawyer of Afghan origin had wanted to sue the German […]

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Traditional local jirgas violative of human rights

AAN

Pajhwok News Agency, 14 December 2013 The Kabul-based news agency picks up a hot iron, with the issue of traditional ('tribal') justice and comes to the conclusion that they "are violative of human rights in many cases and their decisions are illegal and contrary to shariah". (What about the Afghan constitution?) Such jirgas are often "condoning […]

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Candidates on Camera: Interviewing the next president of Afghanistan

Kate Clark

Although campaigning for the presidential elections does not officially start until February 2014, the media has started interviewing the eleven candidates. This is a time for journalists to find out their plans and try to elicit specific promises on what they will or will not do should they become president. Most candidates have pasts to […]

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Is Afghan President Rejecting US Security Pact Due to Mysterious Civilian Killings in Wardak Province?

AAN Team

Truthout, 9 December 2013 The website quotes Matt Aikins who has discovered the killings in Wardak, saying that the incidents in Wardak have played a major role in reshaping Karzai’s stance towards the US and the BSA. And it extensively quotes AAN’s analysis of Karzai’s motivations: “The negotiations surrounding the BSA are the only real leverage […]

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A ‘Jihad on the Media’? Afghan journalists face the storm in insecure legal waters

Wazhma Samandary

Since the beginning of this year, pressure on the Afghan media has been increasing. It is coming from two fronts: politicians and officials who claim that any critical reporting of them (or people of their ‘class’) is “defamation” and a “disruption of the social order”, and from Islamic scholars and MPs who are repeatedly using heated rhetoric […]

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Hagel Bypasses Karzai in Afghanistan Visit with Troops

AAN Team

Bloomberg, 7 December 2013 Reporting US defence secretary Hagel’s visit to US troops in Afghanistan during which he did not meet President Karzai includes quotes from AAN’s Martine van Bijlert: Avoiding Karzai may signal a hands-off approach toward him by the Obama administration after repeated attempts at negotiation led nowhere, said Martine van Bijlert, co-director […]

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Kabul: Deal imperiled (not online)

AAN Team

The Week, 6 December 2013 The weekly news magazine chose a one-sentence quote from AAN’s Kate clark in its “the world at a glace” overview on the back and forth of the US-Afghan BSA: “President Karzai just doesn’t want to own the agreement.”

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IG: DOD not detailing where billions go in aid to Afghan forces

AAN Team

Stars and Stripes, 5 December 2013 In a report about badly accounted-for US money for the Afghan security forces, AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted: Kate Clark, a senior analyst with the Afghanistan Analysts Network, said the Interior Ministry, has always had a reputation for corruption. “Generally, having such huge sums of foreign money funding the […]

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Highway 1 shows the difficulties ahead in Afghanistan

AAN

USA Today, 5 December 2013 A telling piece about how transition to the ANSF and the US withdrawal looks in practice: "Highway 1 is more than just a dusty asphalt road. It … is supposed to be an example of the success of the 12-year effort by multinational forces to end Taliban control and showcase the […]

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Afghanistan wird immer gefährlicher für Hilfsorganisationen

Thomas Ruttig

Deutschlandradio, 4 December 2013 The German quality radio station talks with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig after the killing og nine aid workers in Afghanistan last week and the UN spoke of growing risks and respect for humanitarian actors. Listen to the audio (in German) by going to the link and then clicking on the right headline.

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