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’..
New York Times blog, 6 August 2010 An interesting report with good pics about an apparently fascinationg exhibition at Kabul University.
The Guardian, 5 August 2010 Not only a story about Jalalabad’s record stores but also – and more importantly – about the deteriorating security situation in Nangrahar in general which makes one think that this is the next hitherto relatively stable province falling to the Taleban
Eurasianet.org, 29 July 2010 Ignore the title and read how a program on community monitoring could be making small but crucial changes.
Christian Science Monitor, 28 July 2010 The story about how a over-reported but under-staffed and under-achieving development project lost hearts and minds in Badakhshan – with the usual ingredients: Afghanistan-unexperienced companies, subcontracting, and spening pressure, i.e.
New York Times blog, 21 July 2010 Unfortunately, this tour was virtual only. The NYT’s Kabul bureau chief and her Afghan colleagues Sharifullah Sahak and Abdul Waheed Wafa report what Hillary Clinton and Gen. Petraeus COULD have seen if they had been able to leave the well-protected conference venues: people losing some days’ income because […]
IWPR, 19 July 2010 Another encouraging story of Sarepul citizens who moved to block former commanders from running for parliament, and in an factionally balanced way: one Jamiati, one Jombeshi. This is while exit-prone Western governments look for ‘local strongmen’ as allies.
Frankfurter Allgemeine, 14 July 2010 For German speakers: Read Friederike Böge’s reportage from Kandahar about a city in the grip of fear – and how the author tried to get hold of Taleban war poetry.
Global Post, 13 July 2010 ‘What Afghans need is a transformation that ends a long pattern of human rights violations’, writes Norah Niland, until recently the chief UN human rights officer in Afghanistan, in an opinion piece.
dpa, 13 July 2010 ‘After a prayer, the sergeant asks for a motto for the patrol. «Fuck the Taliban», one soldier proposes. «Fuck the Taliban», it echoes back from the platoon. A reportage by Can Merey from his embedded tour in Kunduz (in German).