Christian Science Monitor, 19 Sept. 2010 Ben Arnoldy reports about the disintegration of Dr Abdullah’s ‘new’ alliance ‘Hope and Change’ which is often – not entirely correct – called ‘the opposition’ in Afghanistan.
Asia Times online, 17 September 2010 The two authors warn that Afghanistan ‘faces a serious food crisis, especially through the southern, eastern and central regions, which is adding to the burden for a war-ravaged nation’. The reasons are ‘a nationwide decrease in wheat output’, floods, drought and fires in neighbouring countries so that imports become […]
Christian Science Monitor, 17 Sept. 2010 Anand Gopal reports about a series of inter-candidate violence during the election campaign across the country. He also writes about the US airstrike in Tokhar province that hit a campaign convoi.
IWPR, 12 September 2010 Two months ago, the Taleban in Tagab district of Kapisa have imposed a new rule that bride-prices should not exceed 3,800 US dollars and it goes down well with the locals. They also banned other costly practices surrounding marriage, including one known locally as ‘takbir’ where up to 50 people visit […]
Denver Post, 12 September 2010 In a rare show of popular resistance, residents of the Nejrab district of Kapisa province have driven the Taleban out of their area after growing tired of them interfering in reconstruction work, reports the daily based on a report by Kabul-based IWPR.
ABC, 8 September 2010 A journalist who was embedded with US troops and took a film recalls here: ‘At one stage you can see in the film where the elder talks about the Taliban coming into the village and the fact that the villagers are helpless to do anything about it. And the translator essentially […]
New York Times, 23 August 2010 Dexter Filkins has got ink-on-white what everyone had assumed: Pakistan wants control over developments in Afghanistan.
Killid magazine (Kabul), 21 August 2010 An excellent piece of analysis on the links of people in the presidential camp as well as in the opposition former Northern Alliance to private security companies about to be banned – written by one of the brightest Afghan journalists.
New York Times blog, 13 August 2010 Rob Nordland reports from the memorial service for the murdered aid workers at the old British Cemetary in Kabul.
Wall Street Journal, 12 August 2010 The raid on the New Ansari hawala: another story about links worth billions between the drug industry and government structures.
Pajhwok News Agency, 9 August 2010 An annual but under-reported plague: locust invasions in Northern Afghanistan
IWPR, 8 August 2010 Afghan reporter Zia Ahmadi describes how former Taleban fighters who ‘joined the government’ in Herat defected back to the insurgents after Kabul failed to fulfill promises of work and development – which should serve as a warning for everybody too enthusiastic about ‘reintegration’..