Kabul Now, 28 January 2020 A hard-wrenching story of violence against children and family traumatisation. – Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission says violence against children is on the rise, and the International Bureau of Children’s Rights points out that the scale of violence against children is far beyond domestic violence: deprivation from education, beatings, rape, child labor […]
Daily Telegraph, 4 February 2020 Another story about intra-family violence against children, this time as the result of poverty and drug addiction, from Kabul and the border province of Nimruz. The province’s capital Zaranj has more than 10,000 addicts.
USIP, 1 February 2020 An interesting report about three of Afghanistan’s youth protest movements, ie case studies of Jombesh-e Tabasum (Tabassum movement) in 2015, Jombesh-e Roshanayi (Enlightenment movement) in 2016–17 and Jombesh-e Rashtakhez-e Taghir (Uprising for Change) in 2017. The authors – Srinjoy Bose (University of New South Wales), Nematullah Bizhan (Australian National University) and Niamatullah […]
Kabul Now, 1 February 2020 A hair-raising reportage, and a good extra read to our recent report from the pro-development protests in Ghor province.
Gandhara (RFE/RL blog), 30 January 2020 Useful technical detail about the US plane that crashed in Ghazni province.
Just Security, 21 January 2020 An interesting position from Afghan civil society on the ‘peace process’ in Afghanistan, by Mirwais Wardak, Managing Director with Peace Training and Research Organization (PTRO).
AREU, 1 December 2019 Initially presented as a drug control project, the Helmand Food Zone came to be accredited for supporting stabilisation and governance in the Helmand province between 2008 and 2012. Driven by political demands rather than evidence, the programme became a flagship in Helmand, and lauded as a success, despite evidence to the […]
Tageszeitung, 21 January 2020 A long reportage from Afghanistan’s fight against polio (in German), pointing out a number of problems: the hard job of local volunteers, among them women, but also cheating in the reporting on their campaign; a UN official who argues for stopping all funding for the campaign as long as there was […]
USA Today, 1 January 2020 Published on a day where not many people would have read a story about an atrocity in Afghanistan, this story deserves a careful read: about the Americans bombing a village to kill a Taleban commander linked to feuding local commanders who had been hired by a (then) British security company […]
USA Today, 1 January 2020 A new and insightful USA Today report shines an overdue spotlight on the lack of accountability of US military personnel, and the hollowness of their repeated denials of the extent of the death and destruction inflicted on the village of Azizabad close to the Shindand air base, Herat province, western […]
Tasks and Purpose, 9 December 2019 On top of the Afghanistan war casualty figures de-classified by a move of the Washington Post, here more figures from a often overlooked category of actors in that war.
Just Security (blog), 27 November 2019 Former AAN colleague Qayoom Suroush writes, following up on Human Rights Watch’s recent report “’They’ve Shot Many Like This’: Abusive Night Raids by CIA-Backed Afghan Strike Forces”: The government has pledged to investigate the allegations. (…) The Afghan government established the Civilian Casualties Prevention and Mitigation Board in May 2016 […]