Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: March 2015

Failings of Inclusivity: The Herat uprising of March 1979

Charlie Gammell

In the spring of 1979, Afghanistan was almost in open rebellion against the government of the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA); first uprisings happened around the country. One, that started today 36 years ago in Herat, succeeded in driving out the ‘Khalqi’ government and controlling the city for three days of chaotic independence in […]

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Hope is mingled with guilt as I bid farewell to my Kabul home

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The Guardian, 14 March 2015 Leaving Guardian Kabul correspondent Emma Graham-Harrison’s sobering valedictory article. She links to the AAN dispatch on the jailing of  a well-known Afghan photographer in “a murky years-old case.”

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A Perfect (Snow) Storm: What can be done against avalanche damage in Afghanistan

Ikramuddin Bahram

After an exceptional dry winter, snow finally arrived in Kabul and the northern and central provinces. However, the sheer amounts of what should have been a blessing for farmers, turned into a catastrophe for some communities living in these areas, as the snowfall triggered a series of avalanches, claiming the lives of almost 300 people. […]

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Resolutie 1325 is een gebroken belofte aan vrouwen wereldwijd

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oneworld.nl, 10 March 2015 The Dutch humanitarian website, in an article on the UN-SC resolution 1325 (on women and peace and security and the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction) quotes AAN researcher Borhan Osman, from his recent presentation in […]

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The Refugee Dilemma: Afghans in Pakistan between expulsion and failing aid schemes

Christine Roehrs

Nearly 52,000 Afghans living in Pakistan have, within the past ten weeks, packed their belongings and crossed the border back into Afghanistan – more than twice as many as in the whole 12 months of 2014. This started after an attack of Pakistani Taleban on a public army school in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, on […]

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One Day in a Year: Afghan views on International Women’s Day

Naheed Esar Malikzay

“The celebration of 8 March is a new concept, but Afghan women’s role in society has been respected for thousands of years,” President Ghani said in his speech for International Women’s Day on 5 March 2015, three days before the date. But if that is true, women’s rights activists asked after the event, why is […]

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Das Erbe der Straflosigkeit: Menschenrechte in Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

Tageszeitung (Berlin), 5 March 2015 Guest article by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the recent HRW report on the generation of human rights violators who – in contrast to the warlords of the 1990s and the communist generals of the 1980s – act in connivance with the West. He also cites examples from the report, including […]

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Political-Cultural Impediments to Reform in Afghanistan

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Foreign Policy, 5 March 2015 Excellently balanced and almost dialectical but also condensed explainer by Marvin G. Weinbaum and Meena Yousufzy why reform pace under the Ghani-Abdullah team is so slow and what stands in its way in Afghanistan’s political culture: “Traditional and tribal norms, as well as the nation’s Islamic heritage, contribute significantly to Afghanistan’s […]

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Photographer in Jail: An example of arbitrary Afghan ‘justice’

Ehsan Qaane Kate Clark

President Ghani’s spokesman has told AAN that jailed Afghan photographer Najib Musafer will be released from Pul-e Charkhi, although he gave no date. Musafer took a photograph of girls parading in an Education Day ceremony seven years ago and sold it to a production company which turned it into an image advertising Etisalat telephones. One […]

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Impunity and Silence: The meagre reaction to the latest HRW report

Thomas Ruttig

Human rights abuses in Afghanistan no longer make big waves outside the really concerned circles. Yesterday (on 3 March 2015), Human Rights Watch released a hard-hitting piece of meticulous research looking at the ease with which gross human rights violations and war crimes are still committed by the powerful in Afghanistan: “Today We Shall All […]

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Horse-trading also exists in developed countries

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The News, 4 March 2015 The Pakistani daily tells us nothing new: political horse-trading also exists in developed countries. Strange, though, that the article ends with a para about Afghanistan – but at least, it quotes AAN on how voters are mobilised in Afghanistan: “The “Reuters” had also quoted a researcher at the “Afghanistan Analyst […]

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“Today We Shall All Die”: Afghanistan’s Strongmen and the Legacy of Impunity

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Human Rights Watch, 3 March 2015 Important report about the continuation of impunity for killings, rape, torture – but this time under the eyes of the “international community”. From the summary: More than 13 years after the overthrow of the Taliban government, Afghans continue to suffer serious human rights abuses by government and military officials […]

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