Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

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In Afghan Kilns, a Cycle of Debt and Servitude

New York Times, 15 March 2011 Author Michael Kamber describes the system of indentured labour usually known from the Indian subcontinent used in Afghan brick kilns, how workers are bought and sold and their children bound by their parents’ contracts. An ISAF spokesman says the force conducted frequent inspections at construction sites and had no […]

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Counting the Dead in Afghanistan

Science, 11 March 2011 A detailed discussion of trends in civilian casualties, using data from Unama, the Afghan NGO ARM (called here ‘the highest-resolution data of all, describing individual incidents’), WikiLeaks and – for a first time – the full CIVCAS (civilian casualty) data collected by ISAF. Discrepancies between the data are explained: ISAF only […]

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How the Taliban Lost Its Swagger

Newsweek, 27 February 2011 Interesting article quoting Taleban who are dusgisted with Taleban abuses and worried about the breakdown of discipline: “We were playing with the lives of people. We killed and harmed innocents, just as the infidel Americans do.” and “In the 16 years of the Taliban’s military and political life, this is our […]

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Afghanistan’s Parliamentary Free-for-All

Global Post, 24 February 2011 Jean MacKenzie’s account of the ‘gender bias, ethnic tensions, and political divisions [that] all came to a head in an ugly incident’ involving a female Pashtun parliamentarian and Haji Mohaqeq, leader of a Hazara faction in parliament – with some additional facts to AAN’s blog ‘Willing, able and Uzbek’.

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Afghan imams wage political battle against U.S.

Washington Post, 17 February 2011 The authors look at what is preached in Kabul’s mosques during the Friday sermons – a find a lot of hatred and xenophobia against ‘these Christians and Jews’: . ‘Let these brothers of monkeys, gorillas and pigs leave this country. The people of Afghanistan should determine their own fate.

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