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AAN Election Blog No. 5: The Best Candidates’ Posters (1)

Thomas Ruttig

In a loose series, AAN will introduce some of the best election posters and give some background on the respective candidates. Today: Foruzan Fana – positive vibrations and an unresolved murder. Walking or driving through the streets of Kabul is quite interesting these days. The 38 presidential and over 300 Kabul provincial council candidates’ posters […]

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AAN Election Blog No. 4: The Bag and the Donkey

Thomas Ruttig

The balance of Karzai‘s five year tenure for Afghanistan is devastating – but it is unfair to blame him alone. Indeed, the general framework has considerably improved in comparison to the Taleban era. The country is no more an outcast in the world community but receives unprecedented international support. There are NGOs, political parties and […]

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AAN Election Blog No. 3: On the Campaign Trail II

Martine van Bijlert

Campaigning in Afghanistan. The phone calls start coming in and friends stop by: let me tell you what is happening in my area. These are the details of just one day: rallies, threats and doubts. People from Spin Boldak are cancelling their attendance for an Abdullah rally in Kandahar because the drivers of the hired […]

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AAN Election Blog No. 2: On the Campaign Trail

Martine van Bijlert

A view of the Afghan elections through the eyes of the so-called ‘minor actors’, those without influence and money who try to navigate and position themselves and try to find their place in what is going on. The first campaigner to be introduced is – let’s call him Abdul Mohammad. The last few times I […]

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AAN Election Blog No. 1: Rockets over Kabul

Thomas Ruttig

Two days ago, my local radio station called me to describe how I experienced the recent rocket attack on Kabul early Tuesday (4 August) morning. I hoped I could explain a bit about this but soon the conversation switched to the Taleban, the ceasefire with their Badghis branch and to the question whether there were […]

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‘The one thing you need to read about Afghanistan’

Thomas Ruttig

Recently, I came across a blog that recommended what to read about Afghanistan: a Kissinger op-ed, speeches of McCain and Spanta… But if you only read one thing about Afghanistan, it said enthusiastically, don’t miss the testimony of Marin Strmecki… before the US Senate’s Armed Services Committee under any circumstances who – according to the […]

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AAN In The Media – August 2009

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Depois da euforia pós-eleitoral, a confrontação com a realidade afegã O Diplomata, 31 August 2009 Martine van Bijlert is quoted in a Portugese blog by Alexandre Guerra on O Diplomata, on the likelihood of systematic fraud in the past elections. Fraude zet Afghanistan op scherp (Fraud polarises Afghanistan) Volkskrant Daily (Netherlands), 31 August 2009. The […]

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AAN In The Media – July 2009

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Amerikanen in Afghanistan nog zoekende Radio Nederland Wereldomroep, 29 July 2009 Martine van Bijlert is quoted on the role of the US and the UN in Afghanistan. Bundeswehr faces uphill battle against Taliban Deutsche Welle radio (Voice of Germany, online version), 28 July 2009 In a report about the Afghan-German operation in Kunduz province, Thomas […]

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AAN In The Media – June 2009

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War or Help for Reconstruction? The Bundeswehr Mission in Afghanistan. WDR 5 (Western German Radio, Cologne area), 25 June 2009 Thomas Ruttig is interviewed about the German involvement in Afghanistan (podcast, in German).

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AAN In The Media – May 2009

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US and Taliban to Redouble Afghan Efforts New York Times, 31 May 2009 Martine van Bijlert is quoted on people’s attitudes towards the upcoming elections. Het wespennest van de dorpspolitiek  De Volkskrant (Amsterdam), 4 May 2009 Martine van Bijlert is quoted on the relationship between local communities and the Taliban (The hornet’s nest of village […]

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AAN In The Media – April 2009

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Karsai kandidiert mit Warlord-Septett (Karzai Runs with Warlord Septett) Die Tageszeitung (Berlin), 28 April 2009 Article by Thomas Ruttig describing the implications of Karzai’s electoral alliance with Afghan warlords. Der Vormarsch der pakistanischen Taliban (Pakistani Taleban on the March) Frankfurter Allgemeine, 23 April 2009 Thomas Ruttig is quoted on the advance of the Pakistani Taliban […]

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