Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

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UAE: Arbitrarily Detained Afghans Stuck in Limbo

Human Rights Watch, 15 March 2023 New report giving a rare insight into the not well-known and abominable situation of “between 2,400 and 2,700 Afghans” who had been evacuated on private chartered flights to Abu Dhabi by the UAE (on the request by the US and possibly other countries) and accommodated in two locations there, […]

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Women bear brunt of Afghanistan job losses

ILO, 8 March 2023 New ILO figures show that in Afghanistan, in the fourth quarter of 2022, female employment was estimated to have been 25 per cent lower than in the second quarter of 2021, before the Taleban’s second takeover. Male employment levels are down seven per cent in the same period.

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The West Lives On in the Taliban’s Afghanistan

Palladium, 23 February 2023 An extensive reportage from Kabul, with some surprising findings of every-day life: In the bookstores of Kabul, at least, one can still find books by Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama; contraception and tobacco are available, and the Taliban has yet to regulate internet access like other Islamic governments. One can find gyms and restaurants […]

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Afghan Taliban deny banning contraceptives

The National, 18 February 2023 Two Afghan journalists, Sulaiman Hakemy and Ali Latifi, have re-researched a story that made international headlines: the alleged Taleban ban of contraceptives for women. They found there is no such ban and even managed to get an official response from the Taleban: Dr Sharafat Zaman Amar, spokesman for the Taliban-run […]

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Wrestling with a Humanitarian Dilemma in Afghanistan

USIP, 25 January 2023 Former World Bank Afghanistan specialist Bill Byrd looks at one the current mot important policy matters: how to deal with the Taleban’s rejection to listen to any advice and keep lives-saving humanitarian work afloat in the middle of what he calls “an economic crisis for the entire country, one likely to […]

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Afghanistan Economic Monitor

World Bank, 25 January 2023 Afghanistan’s economy had a “positive” period in the last nine months of 2022, with reduced inflation, strong revenue collection, growing exports but still a trade deficit. The country’s currency remained stable against major currencies. Civil servants’ salaries are reported to be paid on time for both men and women.

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