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New Afghanistan Plan: Hole Up in Fortress Districts

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Danger Room (blog), 29 March 2011 A closer look at the successes in ‘key terrain district’ Baraki Barak, describing a deepening divide between ‘the half of district residents who live inside Baraki Barak’s virtual walls’ and ‘the half outside the fortress’.

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Low pay, big risks for fuel haulers in Afghan war

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AP, 27 February 2011 A peek inside the world of fuel trucking. AP’s Kathy Gannon and Anja Niedringhaus ride with a fuel truck from Quetta to Kandahar.

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Afghan Pay Demands Signal Troubles to Come

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Wall Street Journal, 15 February 2011 ‘Prices of many staples and basic supplies have surged in Afghanistan, where public discontent is a security liability for the government in Kabul’ and ‘Where Afghans are paying more, it is often foreign nations footing the bill’, the author points out. He also gives interesting data on prices and […]

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Risky German Development Strategy

Willi Germund

On Christmas Eve, a German development consultant working on a road-building project was murdered in Kholm (also called Tashkurghan) in Northern Afghanistan. The Taleban claimed responsibility for the murder. The following commentary by Willi Germund, a German free-lance journalist frequently travelling to Afghanistan and Pakistan and also a frequent contributor for AAN, has kicked off […]

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Flash from the Past: Missed Opportunities for Reconciliation

Anand Gopal

Our guest author Anand Gopal (*) looks back how chances for integrating Taleban into Afghanistan’s past-2001 political system were squandered and how the alienation of leading former commanders in Kandahar became a key motivating factor in sparking the insurgency. Therefore, the original article had the following sub-line: ‘The Victor’s Hubris and the Failure of Reconciliation’. […]

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Winter misery as food prices rise

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IRIN, 15 November 2010 A steady rise in food prices this year is posing serious risks for millions of Afghans, aid agencies say. The average wheat price in September was 7.3 percent higher than in August, and wheat prices in Afghanistan were ‘the highest in the region’, according to the WFP. Afghanistan is expecting a […]

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Kandahar mayor’s claim to shopkeeper-occupied land dividing residents

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Washington Post, 12 August 2010 Rajiv Chandrasekaran reports about plans to knock down a bazaar in Kandahar city, next to the Shrine of the Holy Cloak, and build a school instead – land ownership is controversial and has put the mayor against tha bazaaris. ‘U.S. reconstruction advisers lauded his decision’, too early, it seems – […]

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Millions of Dollars for One-Year Roads

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Killid Newsletter, 11 October 2010 ‘The millions of dollars spent on constructing roads throughout Afghanistan are often cited as an achievement. The asphalting of 6000 kms of roads […] in the past nine years ought to have transformed the face of the country’ writes author Hamed Kohestani but ‘. That this has not happened is […]

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Loaves, not bombs, pose significant threat

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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 […]

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Extracting Change in Afghanistan’s Development Quagmire

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Eurasianet.org, 29 July 2010 Ignore the title and read how a program on community monitoring could be making small but crucial changes.

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