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The Peace Process in Nangrahar; what people say

Fabrizio Foschini

It has been a year since the Peace Jirga in Kabul endorsed the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program, APRP (still only a draft then), and the start of the peace process with the successive creation of the High Peace Council. We have been hearing almost everything about it, good or bad, in Kabul. But what […]

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Afghanistan’s Parliament or How to Hold on to Your Seat

Martine van Bijlert

Parliament has decided to postpone its regular recess. It was supposed to start today, but the Parliamentarians just don’t want to go yet. They spent most of their last session discussing how they hadn’t properly started their work and how they wouldn’t be able to face their constituents if they went home. And that they […]

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AAN In The Media – June 2011

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NATO air strike kills fighter linked to Afghan hotel attack Reuters, 30 June 2011 In this background article about what the Interconti attacks says about the ‘transition’ process, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted as saying that it reflects ‘one of the concerns […] that the Afghan security forces are growing in quantity, not in quality’. […]

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Afghanistan’s ongoing election drama

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AfPakChannel, 12 May 2011 Scott Worden who served as a Commissioner on the 2009 Afghan Electoral Complaints Commission and was an observer of the 2010 Parliamentary Elections describes how President Karzai is still actively investigating the conduct of last September’s parliamentary vote, and how ‘ongoing investigations by the Karzai-appointed Special Elections Tribunal threaten to unseat […]

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AAN In The Media – May 2011

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Afghan president seeks to limit NATO airstrikes AP, 31 May 2011 AAN’s Kate Clark – misidentified as a freelance reporter here – is quoted as saying that President Karzai was clearly ‘completely furious’ at the civilian deaths caused by a recent NATO airstrike in Helmand. ‘It’s just the latest in a series of operations where […]

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The Ongoing Saga of the Parliament and the Special Court

Martine van Bijlert

Seven months after the Wolesi Jirga vote, and three months after the inauguration of Parliament, MPs are still not sure who will finally be declared the winners and losers of the election. Rumours surrounding the investigations by the Special Court have been wildly contradictory and have kept them on edge. It is a perfect example […]

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Smoke signals about a new Afghan cabinet in the making

Thomas Ruttig

Kabul’s rumour mill is up to speed again on the issue of a possible – and necessary – cabinet reshuffle. President Karzai has for months been working with a rump cabinet with seven acting ministers. It has now been confirmed from within the parliament that four names have been submitted for a new vote, all […]

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Towards a More United Voice of Civil Society

Fabrizio Foschini

During the last months, AAN’s Fabrizio Foschini has had the chance to follow closely the process leading to the formation of a network of Afghan civil society organisations, its path to a two-day conference in Kabul, and its plans for future initiatives. ‘On one thing I don’t agree with my colleagues: this is not the […]

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AAN In The Media – April 2011

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Afghan military pilot kills 9 Americans in Kabul Los Angeles Times, 28 April 2011 AAN’s Martine van Bijlert comments that such attacks are part of a Taliban strategy to undermine the Afghan population’s faith in NATO troops and their own security forces as the U.S. prepares to begin drawing down its forces this summer: “The […]

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Afghan government plans crackdown on revealing wedding dresses

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Guardian, 1 April 2011 Another piece where you would hope it is an 1 April joke: The Afghan government apparently has nothing better to do then regulating by a new law — wedding dresses, and even worse, strict gender segregation at wedding and, even worse, wants to send ‘committees’ to check whether the new law […]

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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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