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Afghanistan’s dancing boys

IRIN, 18 September 2013 In this article about a particular form of sexual exploitation of boys, the practice of “bacha bazi” (literally boy play) in which boys are “owned” for dancing and sex, remains one of the least talked about abuses in Afghanistan. AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is also quoted here, saying that “Mingling of men [and boys] […]

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Afghan election race kicks off as nominations open

AFP/al-Ahram online, 16 September 2013 In an article on the opening of candidates’ registration for the April 2014 election and the newly appointed (and slightly reanmed) Independent Election Complaints Commission, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted: “Most of the members of the commission are allies of the president or his associates.”

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A wide-open Afghan presidential race kicks off as candidates permitted to submit their names

AP/Washington Post, 16 September 2013 In a report before the opening of the registration for Afghanistan’s presidential candidates, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quotes as saying that there are “many more voter cards in circulation than voters in Afghanistan”. At this stage, “one has to be doubtful about how reliable these elections will be,” he said. Read more here: […]

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Critics weigh in on Taliban release

al-Jazeera, 9 September 2013 AAN’s Borhan Osman, speaking to al-Jazeera on the release of seven taleban prisonsers by Pakistan says the seven men were hardly the vanguard of the Taleban movement. Two, he said, have come under suspicion within the militia for relations with foreigners – including Pakistani intelligence – and “not following orders”. Osman further said […]

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No Favourite to Succeed Karzai as Afghan President

AFP/West Australian, 8 September 2013 In this analysis of the current pre-election constellation, AAN’s ThomasRuttig is quoted as saying that there will be “alliance building going on till the last minute”. Ruttig thinks in the moment a three-way race would be most likely but warns “none of this is cast in iron yet”. Currently, he predicts, that […]

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Afghanistan, présidentielle: L’heure est aux tractations

AFP/Infosoir, 8 September 2013 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here on alliance building for Afghanistan’s 2014 presidential elections: «Il est normal qu’il n’y ait encore aucun candidat officiel. Des alliances vont se nouer jusqu’à la dernière minute et probablement même après la date limite de dépôt des candidatures. Des candidats pourraient tout à fait décider de […]

AAN in the Media