Tageszeitung (Berlin), 29 January 2013 Article by AAN’s Thoms Ruttig in the context of German parliament’s current debate over another extension of the ISAF mandate. He notes a growing gap between realities and reporting of governments, that the reporting about numbers of security incident does not sufficiently describe a security situation which continuously deteriorates in […]
New York Times, 28 January 2013 ‘Over just 12 years, Abdul Aziz, 50, has seen at least two anti-education governments come and go. He opens his school’s doors when the local politics allow it, but with all the volatility he cannot attract good teachers or even wheedle the provincial education department to send him enough […]
Deutsche Welle (online), 22 January 2013 Article on the Taleban’s recent attack on the Traffic Police HQ in Kabul, with extensive quotes from AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, warning not to ‘over-interpret such operations’ as a ‘deterioration of the security situation’ which has peaks and does not develop linearly. Such attacks also ‘have more propagandistic than military […]
SRF4 (Swiss Radio), 21 January 2013 Listen to an audio (in German), with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig commenting on UNAMA’s recent report about torture in Afghan security services installations, including that particularly the US, with Gunatanamo and renditions of terror suspects to countries that torture, have not been a convincing example to persuade Afghan authorities to […]
USA Today, 18 January 2013 This report about the anti-Taleban ‘uprising’ in Andar district quotes researcher Emal Habib who has investigated these developments for AAN that leaders of the uprising are guilty of committing their own abuses against villagers: ‘So far, these guys are not well-structured and have rivalries within the movement.’ He says locals […]
Stars and Stripes, 17 January 2013 In this report about another glitch in US-Afghan relations over prisoners, AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted as calling Afghan officials’ claims that allegations of torture in the country’s prisons are wrong, as not credible. She adds that ‘It looks like something has gone wrong with the ISAF program to […]
Le Monde (blog), 16 January 2013 A blogger at the leading French daily picks up Thomas Ruttig’s review of Strick van Linschoten/Kuehn’s anthology of Taleban poetry in Kathmandu-based Himal magazine.
Stimme Russlands (Russian radio), 16 January 2013 Asked about a comparison between Afghanistan and Mali, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig declined, but added that he was ‘surprised’ that French politicians, after their troops’ Afghanistan experience, were surprised about their Malian enemies’ training and fighting capability.
Tageszeitung (Berlin), 15 January 2013 AAN’s Thomas Ruttig summarises – picking up Afghan media reports- cases of Afghan diplomats, officials, journalists, sportsmen and students not returning to Afghanistan from abroad, rising numbers of Aghan asylum seekers in western countries, the Hindu and Sikh minorities’ wish to leave the country and first cases of activists fleeing […]
Himal (Kathmandu), 14 January 2013 A review by AAN’s Thomas Ruttig of ‘The Poetry of the Taliban’, edited Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn (London: Hachette, 2012). He finds similarities with pre-war poetry, both in style and subject, and calls the anthology ‘not only a remarkable literary and sociological project but also a reminder […]
Stimme Russlands (Russia), 11 January 2013 The German service of Russian radio quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on the role of ISAF forces: ‘Die westlichen Truppen sind einerseits stabilisierend – auch in den Augen des großen Teils der afghanischen Bevölkerung. Sie sind aber auch ein destabilisierender Faktor, denn sie werden auch weiterhin ein Angriffsziel bleiben. Die […]
Christian Science Monitor
, 11 January 2013 AAN’s Gran Hewad is quoted extensively here about militias in Kunduz, talking about a related ‘new wave of insecurity in Kunduz’. He adds that new militias ‘are the proxy forces undermining the rule of law and national government…. They have fought people, looted, burned houses, abducted, and raped women […]