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AAN in the Media

AAN In The Media – December 2009

3 min

Afghanistan ska lära fred från Nordirland (Afghanistan to learn peace in Northern Ireland)
Amnesty Press (Sweden), 29 December 2009
Martine van Bijlert is quoted on the possibilities for negotiations with the Taliban.


Aussie explosive detection unit, black labrador Sabi rescued from the hand of Taliban
whatsonxiamen.com / Daily Telegraph (Australia), 28 December 2009
The Daily Telegraph also pick up on the story of the “very high-ranking dog”, quoting Martine van Bijlert and her blog on the Australian sniffer dog that lived with Mullah Hamdullah for over a year.


Il cane rapito dai talebani diventa un eroe (Dog kidnapped by Taliban becomes a hero)
Il Giornale (Italy), 27 December 2009
Italian newspaper picks up on Martine van Bijlert’s version of the story of the ‘very high-ranking dog’.


Aussie bomb dog Sabi stolen by Taliban 
The Daily Telegraph, 26 December 2009.
The story of the “very high-ranking dog”.


‘Nicht die Afghanen für unsere Fehler büßen lassen’ (Don’t Make Afghans Pay for Our Mistakes)
Welt-Sichten 12-2009/01-2010
In this extensive interview with a German development magazine, Thomas Ruttig analysis the West’s flawed policies vis-a-vis Afghanistan (in German).


Pertukaran Anjing yang Buat Uring-uringan Pemimpin Taliban (Dog exchange results in cranky Taliban leader)
Kompas (Jakarta), 22 December 2009
The story of the “very high-ranking dog” gets picked up in Indonesia as well.


Ikkje berre ein hund (Not just a dog)
Blogg (Norway), 22 December 2009
Norwegian blog site points readers to Martine van Bijlert’s “very high-ranking dog” story.


Miracle-return bomb-sniffing dog ‘had been adopted by Taliban leader who tried to sell her back to Australian owners’
Daily Mail, 22 December 2009
Article quotes Martine van Bijlert – both her blog and in person – on the story of the ‘very high-ranking dog’.


Afghanistan’s parliament to vote on cabinet next week (audio)
Radio Australia, 22 December 2009
With Waheed Omar, President Hamid Karzai’s spokesman; Martine van Bijlert, Co-Director of Afghanistan Analysts Network; and Khaled Pashtun, an MP for Kandahar


Hamid Karzai defends new Cabinet
Times Online, 21 December 2009
Martine van Bijlert on the new Cabinet: “[Karzai] has listened to the internationals and given them the ministries they wanted, (…) He has divided the other ones between people who had outstanding promises.”


Karzai tweaks Afghan cabinet
Calgary Herald, 20 December 2009
“After the U.S. started talking tough, there was a hope and expectation that maybe something would really change,” said Martine van Bijlert, of the Afghanistan Analysts Network in Kabul, in an interview. “But what this signals is it’s business as usual.”


A ‘very high-ranking mutt’ inspires a shaggy dog tale
The Age, 20 December 2009
An Australian paper picks up Martine’s recent blog on the release of the ‘very high-ranking dog’ in Uruzgan.


Karzai lauded for ‘competent cabinet picks’
Edmonton Journal (CanWest), 20 December 2009
“After the U.S. started talking tough, there was a hope and expectation that maybe something would really change,” said Martine van Bijlert, of the Afghanistan Analysts Network in Kabul, in an interview. “But what this signals is it’s business as usual.”


Karzai’s new Cabinet too big for graft reform
Reuters, 20 December 2009
On the new Cabinet: “The internationals will be relatively satisfied because the (ministers) they can work with have been kept,” said Martine van Bijlert, “I think for Afghans it shows that nothing has been added to the mix or there’s very little that signals change,”


Human Terrain
The National (Abu Dhabi), 17 December 2009
Steve Coll discusses AAN member Antonio Giustozzi’s latest books – “Decoding the New Taliban” and “Empires of Mud” – singling out contributions by Joanna Nathan, Martine van Bijlert, Graeme Smith and Thomas Ruttig.


“Dacă ne retragem, Afganistanul ne va bântui”
Adevarul (Romania), 8 December 2009
The leading Romanian daily nterviews Thomas Ruttig on the fatal German-led airstrike in Kunduz


A new way forward for Afghanistan
The International, 6 December 2009
Thomas Ruttig on the risks of engaging local militias: “No matter how well-trained and culturally aware the special forces are they will never be able to get to know enough about a local area to trust the people they are dealing with.”


Stanford conference on Afghanistan, Pakistan draws passion, anger
Stanford University website, 4 December 2009
Article on the Stanford Afghanistan conference quotes Thomas Ruttig. Among others: “Don’t think there are silver bullets in Afghanistan, The system is too centralized and overpersonalized. (…) Let’s talk about democracy in Afghanistan again,”

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