Washington Post, 10 May 2010 A report on a much-trumpeted adoption of a tribal (Shinwari) militia by the US Special Forces but then gone sour.
Globe and Mail, 10 April 2010 Graeme Smith on how Canada ignored indications that Kandahar’s former governor Assadullah Khaled was running private prisons and was involved in torture, and their relationship with the murky Brigade 888 (which followed Assadullah when he left).
The Atlantic magazine, April 2010 Stan The Man will pull it all off, with BlackOps on ‘an industrial scale’, against the odds of history, fate, tradition and liberal debate – that, at least, is what Robert Kaplan says.
Guardian, 31 March 2010 A report on the first Afghan indie rock band – you can listen to a few songs of them on MySpace or Youtube
World Affairs, March/April 2010 Jonathan Steele looks back on his reporting during Soviet rule in Afghanistan and considers the parallels with the current situation.
IPS, 27 February 2010 A high-level investigation by two major US government agencies says that the State Department has completely failed to do any serious oversight of the private contractor DynCorp to whom they paid 1.6 billion dollars to provide police training.
Washington Post, 25 February 2010 In a cash exodus, estimated well over $1 billion a year flows mostly to Dubai, where many wealthy Afghans now park their families and funds, according to U.S. and Afghan officials
Open Society Institute and The Liaison Office, 23 February 2010 Briefing paper describes how night raids by international forces in Afghanistan are widely associated with abuse and impunity.
The Washington Post, 22 February 2010 Kabul Bank provides members of the Karzai family and his entourage with special deals and campaign support, moving money in unconventional ways.
New York Times, 12 February 2010 NYT publishes 50 years old article on the (then) $100,000,000 project in Marja.
Le Monde diplomatique, 9 February 2010 Marie-Dominique Charlier, a PolAd to the ISAF commander in 2008, describes the growing ability of private military companies ‘to influence military decisions on operational matters’ of ISAF in Afghanistan
SWP Research Paper S2, January 2010 In this best paper about Afghanistan’s drug economy since a long time (it is in German but SWP should be urged to translate it as quickly as possible), the Berlin-based scholar not only reviews the latest trends in this field but also puts the analysis of these developments on […]