Washington Post, 18 January 2022 Pamela Constable’s portrait of Nazir Kabiri, owner of a master’s degree in economics; founder of Afghan think the Biruni Institute; deputy minister for policy at the Finance Ministry under President Ghani; a Tajik – and one of the few high-ranking officials who remained in his position under the Taleban. On […]
The Diplomat, 30 December 2021 Interesting rendering on the last operations, the fate and whereabouts of the Afghan Air Force, based on interviews with pilots now evacuated to the US, and very detailed information and figures.
New York Times Magazine, 10 December 2021 Matt Aikins’ real inside story (from Kabul) about the collapse of the Afghan (Islamic) Republic – the run-up to it; attempts to organise a peaceful handover; Ghani’s departure; the evacuation (including Matt’s own brave action); the new ‘Emirate’.
AREU, 15 October 2021 One of those reports about Afghanistan you should not miss, as its author – David Mansfield, the authority on this fild – deconstructs one of the widest-believed misconceptions on the Taleban – wildly inflated figures of how much they earn from the drug economy. Here a short abstract of the report: […]
The Observer, 21 November 2021 Article with a self-explanatory headline.
CTC Sentinel, 11 November 2021 Andrew Watkins, former Crisis Group analyst in Afghanistan, attempts a first, extensive and in-depth assessment of the Taleban’s now more than three months’ second rule in Afghanistan. In the abstract, he writes: In spite of the evolution in Taliban shadow governance over the past decade and the group’s growing sense […]
AP, 29 October 2021 An interesting reportage from a village in Wardak province, where many people welcomed and even celebrated the Taleban victory in Kabul but still insist that girls should attend school. It only goes up to grade 6 but “The school [when it] opened two months ago, [it] mark[ed] the first time in […]
Wall Street Journal, 11 October 2021 Reportage by Sune Engel Rasmussen from Helmand, Zabul and Kandahar, showing the other side of the war, local populations driven to support the Taleban because of western forces-caused destruction. He tweetd about his journey: I didn’t fully understand the scale of destruction in Sangin until I went there. In […]
Spiegel, 6 October 2021 A reportage in the leading German news magazine about Taleban displacing Hazara settlers in a Daikundi valley, based on contradictory land tenure documents and their control over the local court.
The New Yorker, 6 September 2021 Anand Gopal’s look at one of the hidden sides of th Afghan conflict: In the countryside, the endless killing of civilians turned women against the occupiers who claimed to be helping them.
Washington Post, 4 September 2021 An often-overlooked aspect of Afghanistan’s political economy, ‘back home’ in the States.
The New York Times, 30 August 2021 Another often overlooked major aspect of Afghanistan’s comply crises, highly timely while almost everyone looks at the the Taleban takeover.