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Corruption

On the Way to Chicago: Fighting Corruption – and Condoning It?

Gran Hewad

Networks of corruption in the Afghan administration are like the tentacles of a hungry octopus entangling its prey. It is difficult to make them let go. But is the Afghan government really trying? Despite the uncovering of various graft scandals in recent years, it has failed to bring their investigations to a satisfactory end. Meanwhile […]

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Intractable Afghan Graft Hampering U.S. Strategy

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New York Times, 7 March 2012 An update on the KabulBank scandal and a rendering of a fascinating ‘new’ corruption case, involving Afghan Army’s former surgeon general, Gen. Ahmad Zia Yaftali ‘suspended in December 2010 after Gen. David H. Petraeus, then the coalition commander, told Mr. Karzai that NATO investigators had found that the Afghan […]

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The Emperor’s New Clothes: The leaked NATO report on the Taleban

Kate Clark

The BBC and The Times have obtained a classified NATO assessment of the Taleban. The leaked report, which has made headline news, has informed us that NATO thinks Pakistan is supporting the Taleban, that the Taleban are defiant and enjoy widespread support, that Afghans frequently prefer them to their corrupt government and that Afghan government […]

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Afghan government blocks bribery probe, apparently to avoid prosecutions

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AP, 11 October 2011 Corruption case against former Kapisa governor has been dropped. NATO official adds: most of the approximately 2,000 cases investigated by the anti-corruption unit since its birth in 2009 have stalled; the 28 convictions so far have all been of minor players; the attorney general’s office has been infiltrated by power brokers, […]

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When personalities trump institutions: Two assassinations in Afghanistan

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AfPak Channel, 18 July 2011 The killings of Ahmed Wali Karzai and Jan Muhammad ‘both are products of the modern way of war, men of enormous power born of contracting dollars and access to U.S. officials’, writes Anand Gopal. ‘[F]oreign forces funded an array of private militias that regularly acted outside the law (members of […]

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Afghan army salary theft shows fraud widespread

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AP, 28 May 2011 Article describes one of the very few cases of prosecuted corruption in the ANA: a relatively minor salary theft (USD 22,000) that however “occurred in one of the army’s elite commando units — using a system put in place precisely to prevent such fraud.”

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Afghanistan: Local Reconstruction Effort Goes Awry

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IWPR, 17 May 2011 An Afghan reporter tells the story how CDCs in Kapisa province – one of the often unquestioned ‘success stories’ of Afghanistan – are being controleld by ex-commanders and how these embezzle money by allocating projects to themselves. Not an argument against CDCs in general, but one for looking at them carefully, […]

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The Kabul Bank Investigations; Central Bank Gives Names and Figures

Martine van Bijlert

On Wednesday, 27 April 2011, the head of Afghanistan’s Central Bank, Abdul Qadir Fitrat, and the new (Central Bank appointed) chief of the Kabul Bank, Massud Ghazi, briefed the Parliament on what was going on with the Kabul Bank. They named names, gave detail of the close to one billion USD irregular loans that brought […]

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Stories people tell (1): An attempted land grab, a fabricated case and an expensive release

Martine van Bijlert

There is much talk about corruption. How it undermines the government and erodes trust. How it weakens all efforts towards reform. How it makes people’s lives more complicated and miserable than they already are. But it is only when you are confronted with the wearying detail of what people have to go through, just to […]

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2010 Elections (40): A clear mess in the Land of the Light

Fabrizio Foschini

Since Saturday it has become possible to do some real number crunching and to get a detailed analysis of the election results, after the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) finally uploaded the polling results per polling station. For weeks, the web page displayed an ‘Internal Server Error’ message, but a phone call to a senior IEC […]

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U.S. Cuts Off Afghan Firm

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Wall Street Journal, 8 December 2010 The U.S. military began the process of blacklisting a major Afghan company owned by relatives of President Hamid Karzai – the Watan Group -, a move U.S. officials describe as a significant step to stop American funds from fueling corruption and bankrolling the Taliban.

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