Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: November 2014

How the Taliban and a cow prove Afghanistan loves social media

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Global Post, 16 November 2014 It all started with a short article on a popular Afghan news website. Khaama Press reported that two members of the Taliban had been caught in a rather compromising position in the northern province of Badakhshan.  

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Der hohe Preis des Afghanistan-Einsatzes

Thomas Ruttig

ZDF, 16 November 2014 Watch a video of Germany’s second largest public broadcaster ZDF (in German), from its Sunday’s “Berlin direct” programme, with a short balance of the German participation in the international Afghanistan mission, on the occasion of the opening of a memorial for the German soldiers killed in the country. With a short […]

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Insurgents in Afghanistan’s Laghman province may win by not losing

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Stars and Stripes, 15 November 2014 “This capacity of the insurgency to shift and concentrate its forces in different areas has proven particularly disruptive in the long run, often reversing improvements in districts which had been long under the Afghan government’s or international focus,” Fabrizio Foschini, a researcher with the Afghan [sic] Analysts Network, wrote […]

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In Shift, Pakistanis Fleeing War Flow Into Beleaguered Afghanistan

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New York Times, 15 November 2014 A report about Pakistani refugees in Afghanistan who have fled the anti-Taleban offensive, from Gulan Camp, “a stretch of rough stones and reed bushes in the Gorbuz district of Khost, just a few miles from the border” where about 3000 families live, according to UNHCR, 65 percent of them children. “Most families […]

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Ashraf Ghani visit may mark new chapter in Afghan-Pakistan relations

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The Guardian, 14 November 2014 AAN’s Martine van Bijlert is quoted in this article on Afghan president Ghani’s visit to Pakistan: Pakistan’s past attempts to get Afghanistan to heed its concerns triggered some of Karzai’s most bitter outbursts against a country that is deeply unpopular with ordinary Afghans. Martine van Bijlert, an expert at the […]

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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way to Go Online: Afghanistan’s youth and new media

Theresa Falke

Afghanistan’s mobile phone sector has made great strides and is often named as one of the success stories of post-2001 reconstruction. Although the immediate economic benefit for users is debatable, it has opened new possibilities for Afghans to communicate outside of the all-encompassing social control, particularly for women. But internet access has not kept pace […]

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Sartaj Optimistic of Better Relations with Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

Pakistan Observer, 13 November 2014 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig quoted here: Thomas Ruttig of the Afghanistan Analysts Network hopes Pakistan’s counter-militancy actions and President Ghani’s visit will lead to reduced tensions in bilateral ties. “I think the change of head of state [in Afghanistan] is a new chance to improve relations and both countries will not […]

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The BBC whitewashing our failures in Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

OpenDemocracy, 12 November 2014 In an article taking issue with recent reporting of the BBC’s John Simpson, the author quotes – among a many other sources – an AAN dispatch by Thomas Ruttig: ‘Armed strongmen – warlords and commanders… sit in most key positions and dominate the parliament, the judiciary and the still-partly factionalised security […]

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At Afghan Border, Graft Is Part of the Bargain

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New York Times, 11 November 2014 Excellent piece by Declan Walsh about what he calls a “vast ecosystem of bribery” in Afghans customs, taking the Torkham border crossing as an example where every day up to 500 trucks pass and pay bribes of around USD 1400, “slash(inG) the customs bill, often by up to 70 […]

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Optimism Ahead of Afghan Leader’s Visit to Islamabad

Thomas Ruttig

Voice of America, 12 November 2014 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will visits Islamabad later this week and is hoping for a “new beginning” in bilateral relations. AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted in this article: Thomas Ruttig of the Afghanistan Analysts Network hopes Pakistan’s counter-militancy actions and President Ghani’s visit will lead to reduced tensions in […]

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China seeks greater role in Afghanistan with peace talk push

Thomas Ruttig

Reuters, 11 November 2014 “Documents seen by Reuters show that China put forward a proposal for a ‘peace and reconciliation forum’ that Afghan officials said would gather representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the Taliban command” Reuters’ Jessica Donati writes. “China’s proposal has not yet been formally announced because Afghan President Ashraf Ghani wants more […]

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Afghan malnutrition – the search for solutions

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IRIN, 11 November 2014 “Malnutrition is the main reason for deaths of children under five in this province,” Homayoun Zaheer, head of the Jalalabad hospital, said, pointing to the children. A government-backed report highlighted the extent of malnutrition in the country, yet experts say efforts to tackle the problem are hampered by cultural norms, shrinking health […]

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