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Towards a More United Voice of Afghan Civil Society: Step Two

Fabrizio Foschini

During the last week of May a delegation of Afghan civil society activists visited Italy in a follow-up to the Kabul conference of two months ago, by the title ‘Promoting Dialogue and Peace in Afghanistan: Strengthening Afghan Civil Society’. AAN’s Fabrizio Foschini followed to Rome the members of the steering committee composed of several Afghan […]

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Walking the Kabul Wall, Looking into History

Kate Clark

From the roof of one of the newest buildings in Kabul, the AAN office, you can see the oldest surviving, above-ground structure in the Afghan capital, the Kabul Wall. It snakes along the Sher Darwaza mountain, now green after the spring rains. AAN Senior Analyst, Kate Clark tells some stories from the Wall: of spring […]

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Victims Organisations Sound a Wake-up Call

Sari Kouvo

AAN continues its analysis of civil society’s role in and ability to influence the processes unfolding in Afghanistan. AAN’s Sari Kouvo and Obaid Ali participated in the National Victims Conference held in Kabul 30-31 March. The National Victims’ Conference held in Kabul 30-31 March brought together representatives from victims and martyrs organizations, civil society and […]

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One Week in Vain: An operation in Nerkh

Thomas Ruttig

In March, US troops carried out an operation to secure the volatile district of Nerkh, just south of Kabul. They thought it will take them less than a week to bring ‘visible improvements’, establish a couple of shuras and ‘local police’. A Spanish journalist witnessed this operation and found that nothing of this finally materialised […]

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Raids on ex-Taliban threaten Afghan peace process, diplomats warn

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Guardian, 6 April 2011 A story about a number of night raids on former Taleban Zaeef and Arsala Rahmani’s houses in Kabul by foreign and NDS forces. It quotes another ex-Taleb and member of the HPC Mujahed as saying: ‘We get phoned up by HPC [High Peace Council] members all the time, complaining that their […]

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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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White mountains, White City

Thomas Ruttig

On his first day in Kabul again after some time in Europe, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig finds spring scents and dust on the tongue in the Afghan capital, and the two universes – that of Afghans and that of the expat community – fully intact: one picknicking, the other one in ‘White City’ lock-down. Back to […]

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The Risks of Rising Anti-American Feelings in Kabul

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Eurasianet, 24 March 2011 Additional for US soldiers posing with the corpses of randomly killed civilians (the trial is under way), the Quran burning in the US and incidents of more civilian casualties during special forces operations, Aunohita Mojumdar reports, that also day-to-day behaviour is contributing to increased anti-US feelings in Kabul, and she tells […]

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Museums and Massacres

Kate Clark

A new exhibition at the Kabul Museum has opened with the display of some exquisitely beautiful exhibits, newly found at the archaeological dig which is preceding the development of the Mes-e Ainak copper mine in Logar. Ambassadors, generals and ministers gathered with curators and archaeologists for the opening and an announcement that a new Afghan […]

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Guest Blog: Modernisation Stress – Kabul and Mazar Revisited

Michael Daxner

During his tenth trip to Afghanistan since 2003 dedicated to research on micro-social development and general political perceptions, after an interval of two and a half years, our guest blogger Michael Daxner(*) was ‘little surprised at the first glance – but at a closer look, much has changed’. Glimpses on social stratification, discussions about federalism, […]

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The Start of Impunity: the killing of Dr Abdul Rahman

Kate Clark

[Photo: Dr Abdul Rahman (with dark glasses) standing behind German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer (left) and later Afghan Minister of Economy Amin Farhang (r.) at the Bonn conference in 2001.] Everyone has their watershed moments when alarm bells started ringing over the post-2001 political settlement in Afghanistan. For AAN’s senior analyst, Kate Clark, one pivotal […]

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Carla Grissman, Defender of the Kabul Museum Remembered (amended)

Kate Clark

Carla Grissman, one of the great defenders of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage, has died in her eighties at her home in London. From 1969 she was involved in supporting the National Museum in Kabul. From its pre-war glory days as one of the best ‘small’ museums in the world(*), through to the worst of times – […]

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