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Electricity only reaches one in three Afghans

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Reuters, 9 January 2012 Only one in three Afghans has access to electricity despite years of spending to improve supply, the head of the country’s state owned power utility DABS says. Kabul is far better than the rest of the country, with around 70 percent of households connected.

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Afghanistan’s poor face difficult decisions amid winter cold

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Los Angeles Times, 9 January 2012 A combination of factors is making this winter harder to bear as the number of displaced soars in Kabul.

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US cuts put British-backed Afghan hydropower project in doubt

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Guardian, 12 December 2011 Jon Boone reports about further possible set-backs for one of the signature infrastructure projects in southern Afghanistan.

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افغانستان دیگر اولویت جهانی نیست

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Hasht-e Sobh, 28 November 2011 Title in English: Afghanistan’s Isn’t the World’s Priority Anymore; Sanjar Sohail’s take on the 23 November Böll conference: ‘We need to find a regional solution ourselves’.

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India plans ‘world’s most dangerous railroad’ from Afghanistan to Iran

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Daily Telegraph, 2 November 2011 India is planning to build a railroad from Bamian’s Hajigak iron ore deposits to the Iranian port of Chahrbahar on the Arabian Sea in attempt to open a new trade route and reduce Kabul’s dependence on Pakistan. Delhi expects problems with the US, though, who might object to Iran’s role […]

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Clinton’s Dubious Plan to Save Afghanistan With a ‘New Silk Road’

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The Atlantic, 2 November 2011 Joshua Kucera’s analysis of the ‘New Silk Road’ plan: designed by Fred Starr, the chair of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, a small Washington think tank, initially dismissed by the State Department, the adopted by Petraeus’ CentCom – and, as he quotes Marlene Laruelle new book ‘Mapping Central Asia’: ‘The underlying […]

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Watershed of Waste: Afghanistan’s Kajaki Dam and USAID

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Global Times, 11 October 2011 Jean MacKenzie reports about the history of the Kajaki dam project in Helmand that was billed as the linchpin of the military effort in that province and Kandahar, intended to deliver power to Kandahar – the story of a failure.

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US Envoy: New Silk Road Would Bring Prosperity

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RFE/RL, 7 October 2011 US envoy Marc Grossman unveils the emerging new narrative: “The idea [of the conference] in Istanbul is for the neighbors and near-neighbors of Afghanistan to show their support for the future of a secure and stable and prosperous Afghanistan inside of a secure, stable and prosperous region. And the idea of […]

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U.S. military awards contracts in Afghanistan to get money away from insurgents

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Washington Post, 16 August 2011 Article scetches the outlines of a new contracting policy within the US military, that aims to bypass the many brokers and middlemen – although the details are not yet clear. Changes changes include “direct contracts with truckers, improvements in convoy monitoring and increased vetting of Afghan private security subcontractors.” Contracts […]

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A golden decade for defense companies is ending

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Canadian Business, 15 August 2011 Article describes the huge growth and change of focus in the defence industry since 11 September 2001, as well as what now seems to be the end of the golden decade (but is it really?)..

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Kabul gold rush: western billions bear fruit in luxury property boom for Afghan capital

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Daily Telegraph, 30 May 2011 ‘In Kabul, a series of luxury apartment blocks and even a skyscraper are planned for those who have made fortunes in the gold rush bought by Nato forces’, writes Ben Farmer and reports Alikozay and Azizi Bank’s forages into the building boom.

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Costly Afghanistan Road Project Is Marred by Unsavory Alliances

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New York Times, 1 May 2011 The long and winding story about a road important to Afghanistan, promised to be paved by the US in 2002, still not done and bogged down in a mash of bad contracting and bad contractors.

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