Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: August 2014

Where do we start? Afghan unity talks at early impasse

Thomas Ruttig

Reuters, 6 August 2014 An article about the tug-of-war about the ‘national unity government’ agreed in principle but not detail between the two presidential contenders, brokered by US State Secretary John Kerry. AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted: Thomas Ruttig, co-director of independent research organization Afghanistan Analysts Network in Kabul, said a new political culture had […]

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AAN’s Sari Kouvo at the joint conference by Women for Women International and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development – January 2014

Sari Kouvo

The conference brought together evidence and experience from leading financial institutions, NGOs, entrepreneurs, researchers and civil society to explore the impact of ‘laws in the books’ and ‘laws in action’ on the economic opportunities and empowerment of women, for example barriers in access to finance.

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Einsatz in Afghanistan: Deutscher General bei Angriff verletzt

Thomas Ruttig

Berliner Zeitung and Kölner Stadtanzeiger, 5 August 2014 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted on the general security situation, after the attack at the Military Academy near Kabul during which a US general was killed and a German general wounded: “The security situation continues to be difficult. Over summer, it even got more hectic. In some cases, […]

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Under Pul-e Sukhta bridge. Photo: Qayoom Suroush

Under the Bridge: The drug addicts’ scene in Kabul

Qayoom Suroush

Addiction to drugs is an often underestimated phenomenon in Afghanistan. Thousands of people become addicted to drugs every year in a country that is the world’s major producer of opiates, although many of them developed the habit while living abroad as refugees. In Kabul, they concentrate in western areas of the city, living in veritable […]

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Document: The Saur Death List of Afghanistan

AAN

BBC Radio 4, 4 August 2014 Link to the 28-minutes audio file of a radio feature about the PDPA government of Hafizullah Amin’s death list of political prisoners, a case against a former torturer in the Netherlands and post-2001 Afghanistan’s history of Western-abetted impunity. Featuring, among others, HRW’s (and AAN member) Patti Gossman and former AIHRC […]

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2nd largest Afghan city could go dark when U.S. subsidies end

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McClatchy newspapers, 4 August 2014 Residents and businesses in Kandahar could go without power when US subsidies for diesel fuel phase out next year, according to a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The Pentagon will continue to provide subsidized fuel to the Afghan government, tapering the amount over the preceding months from […]

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Neuer Boykott der Wahlauszählung

Thomas Ruttig

Tageszeitung (Berlin), 3 August 2014 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig summarises the situation on 2 August when the Abdullah campaign announced a new boycott of the audit, arguing its demands on the criteria had not been accepted. (The situation has developed since, although an agreement on the criteria is still missing.)

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Football in Afghanistan is thriving in the face of adversity

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The National (UAE), 2 August 2014 In this latest installment of the daily’s “unlikely sporting success stories”, about football in Afghanistan, the author quotes from the two only football reports from Taleban Afghanistan, by Kate Clark (then BBC, now AAN) and AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, republished on AAN.

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Game of thrones: Afghan leadership vacuum raises summit questions

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Reuters, 1 August 2014 There seem to be discussions about whom to invite as Afghanistan’s representative to the5-6 September NATO summit in Britain: President Karzai’s constitional tenure is over – although he is still in office –, and the new president is still unknown. Unofficial voices from  among ‘diplomats’ say the US do not want […]

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