The New Yorker, 13 August 2023 A very interesting piece by Steve Coll, not only portraying Mr Rassoul, a nephew of King Amanullah, but also describing the life and relations with host countries of Afghan diplomats appointed by the collapsed Afghan Islamic Republic, with some notable quotes: “When I’m asked who you are representing, I […]
Khaama, 25 August 2023 Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesperson of the de facto administration, revealed that the country’s new media law draft has been finished and forwarded to the supreme leader for approval. He underscored its adherence to media principles. … Mujahid stated that roughly 70% of the draft is from the old law. Changes were […]
The Washington Post, 20 August 2023 A reportage from the site of the Qushtepe canal, meant to be one of the largest development projects in Afghanistan under the Taleban and one to alleviate the continuing drought in northern Afghanistan, pointing out the string of problems related to its implementation: lack of expertise in the emirati […]
BBC, 15 August 2023 A bitter overview.
Rukhshana, 23 July 2023 While Matiullah Weesa, the founder of Pen Path, an education NGO, is still in Taleban custody (he was arrested in March 2023 for criticising the Taleban’s education policy), there arv other initiatives in the country trying to keep access to knowledge open – here an example from Ghor.
The Guardian, 2 July 2023 This report (following on similar – and in some cases proven – allegations of “suspicious deaths”/war crimes against Australian, Danish and other special forces) refers to ” three separate British SAS units operating in the country between 2010 and 2013″ and lawyers of victims saying there was “credible evidence of […]
Tageszeitung, 26 June 2023 Reportage (in (German) and magnificent photographs by Italian journalist Francesca Borri from the coal mines of Dara-ye Suf in Samangan where child labour is abundant and, since the Taleban new takeover, university graduates without perspective are toiling under unbelievably dire security conditions. Many of them, still hoping for support from the […]
BBC, 14 Jun 2023 A hair-raising reportage about abuse of those fleeing the Taleban regime and mostly shunned by the West.
Sydney Morning Herald, 6 June 2023 Occasional AAN author Andrew Quilty reports on his own independent investigation on Australian special forces’ crimes in the Afghan province of Uruzgan, based on cases registered but never published by the now defunct (but operating in exile) Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.
ALCIS, 6 June 2023 Another must-read report by David Mansfield: With the Taliban having exceeded expectations and reduced poppy cultivation to levels not seen since 2001, there is now a real need to understand the potential effects of the drugs ban on Afghanistan, the region, and further downstream.
CTC Sentinel, 31 May 2023 A look over the Afghan border, at the Pakistani brothers of the Taleban, by two leading experts, Abdul Sayed and Tore Hamming, claiming that after the Afghan Taliban’s return to government in the summer of 2021, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) — better known as the Pakistani Taliban — has begun a […]
Netherlands government, March 2023 Full report and summary in English. This is conclusion no. 1: “The main objective of RSM — to create a self-reliant Afghan security apparatus that could permanently resist the Taliban — was not realised. The immediate reason for this was the unilateral decision by the US to withdraw all of its […]