Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: June 2022

Asadullah Harun Gul released from Guantanamo and in Qatar, where he was met by the Taleban officials, finally on his way home. Photo: Bakhtar News Agency

Free at Last: The Afghan, Harun Gul, is released from Guantanamo after 15 years

Kate Clark

One of the last two remaining Afghans held in Guantanamo Bay, Asadullah Harun Gul, has been released after his lawyers threatened the United States government with contempt of court. A judge had ruled in November 2021 that the government was holding him unlawfully and must release him. A month earlier, a review board at Guantanamo […]

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Erdbeben in Afghanistan“Es ist sehr schwer, die Hilfe dort hinzubekommen”

Die Zeit, 22 June 2022 Q&A in the German weekly’s online version about the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan, with many quotes from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig (in German).

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Das nächste Desaster: Naturkatastrophe in Afghanistan

Tageszeitung, 22 June 2022 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig writes in the Berlin-based daily about the heavy earthquake this morning in Afghanistan’s southeast, the Taleban and international response, with a short aside on UN-Taleban relations after two ministers did not get their travel exemption renewed by the Security Council, apparently an answer to the misogynist policies of […]

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We’re convicted of being women, says newsreader ordered by Taliban to cover face

Daily Telegraph, 15 June 2022 This article in the daily quotes from recent AAN research about how Afghan women deal with and think about the Taleban’s ‘burqa decree’: Recent research by the Afghanistan Analysts Network found widespread variation across the country in how women were adapting to the new rule and whether local Taliban officials […]

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Policing Public Morality: Debates on promoting virtue and preventing vice in the Taleban’s second Emirate

Sabawoon Samim

The Taleban’s ‘religious police’ are back in force, leaving many Afghans fearing a return to the notorious brutalities of the Taleban’s 1990s Amr bil-Maruf ministry. Yet, two decades on, argues guest author Sabawoon Samim* (with input from Roxanna Shapour), Taleban views on the promotion of virtue and prevention of vice have evolved, as has Afghan […]

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Viele Ortskräfte sollten ausgeflogen werden – Familie Jabari hat es geschafft

RTL, 8 June 2022 A quote from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in this clip (starting at 2:44min) on the private RTL TV network (video and transcript, in German): Thomas Ruttig vom Afghanistan Analyst Network ist überzeugt, dass es auf lange Sicht nur die Menschen in Afghanistan selbst schaffen, die Taliban zu verdrängen. Doch das könnte noch […]

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The Climate Change Crisis in Afghanistan: The catastrophe worsens – what hope for action?

Mhd Assem Mayar

The earth has only one atmosphere, and the effects of climate change transcend political boundaries. Afghanistan is one of the lowest emitters of greenhouse gases, but among the top ten countries most vulnerable to climate change. The harm is already evident in the increased frequency of droughts, which are causing hunger and distress, and unfortunately, […]

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“We need to breathe too”: Women across Afghanistan navigate the Taleban’s hijab ruling

Kate Clark Sayeda Rahimi

It has been three weeks since the Taleban announced a new order, prescribing a strict dress code for women, that they should not leave the house without real need and if they do, should wear what is termed ‘sharia hijab’, with face covered entirely, or except for the eyes. The order made a woman’s ‘guardian’ […]

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