Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

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The Amazing Rise And Fall Of Century-Old Afghan Box Cameras

RFE/RL, 15 May 2021 Ron Synowitz’s must-read about a rapidly disappearing trade in Afghanistan: “Now, with photography digitized, the karma-e-faoree has disappeared” and also spare parts and the right type of photo paper are nowhere to be found anymore. An edict in the 1950s by Afghanistan’s king, Zahir Shah, to introduce a black-and-white photo ID […]

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Afghanistan’s Ethnic Groups Share a Y-Chromosomal Heritage Structured by Historical Events

PLoS ONE, 7 (3) (2012) This 2012 article sheds interesting light, based on scientific data from genetics research, on the much-discussed ethnic diversity of Afghanistan – pointing to little-known and important commonalities: Afghanistan … has been inhabited since the Paleolithic and later became a crossroad for expanding civilizations and empires. Afghanistan’s location, history, and diverse […]

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Afghan Cities Become Key Battlegrounds

War on the Rocks (blog), 9 April 2021 This piece by Ashley Jackson and Antonio Sampaio is particularly interesting for the abundance of data compiled on the growth of Afghanistan’s urban centres. Meanwhile, their statement about a “growing consensus that the Taliban is behind many, if not the majority” of the recent assassinations in the cities lacks the […]

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Strangers in a Homeland: one man works to help Afghan migrants return to a place they never knew

Vanity Fair, Spring 2021 Experienced Afghanistan reporter May Jeong’s reportage about two Afghans, one deported with his family, one ‘voluntarily’ returned, and Abdul Ghafoor, the one man who helps people like them in Kabul, and his small organisation AMASO. With some sobering information: In 2017, when the International Organization for Migration, an intergovernmental body associated […]

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