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Diseases of Afluence

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Maisonneuve, 15 November 2010 A Canadian internist who served in Kandahar’s Combat Surgical Hospital discusses how “[f]or someone used to the life and the pathologies of the rich and settled, much about practicing medicine in Afghanistan felt unfamiliar.” On diabetes, urbanisation, skinny Afghans, the Polynesian sea and much more.

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Afghan government falters in Kandahar

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Washington Post, 3 November 2010 Joshua Partlow and Karen DeYoung report another governance desaster (after Marja): ‘Despite months of American prodding, the Afghan government has failed to fill dozens of key positions in Kandahar, leaving an ineffectual local administration that U.S. officials fear will cripple the battlefield progress the military says it is making in […]

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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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Kandahar diary: Caught up in the battle

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BBC News, 26 September 2010 A development worker in Kandahar city vividly describes the challenges of daily life; the killings, the displacement, the operations, and the elusiveness of peace.

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Ten Dead in Badakhshan 5: Condemnation from a Taleb: silence from the Palace

Kate Clark

A north-eastern Taleban leader has been in touch with AAN to condemn the execution of unarmed aid workers in Badakhshan ten days ago. His statement reveals unease and disagreement within the leadership about this extreme act of violence. According to the Taleban’s own new code of conduct – a copy of which AAN has also […]

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Ten Dead in Badakhshan 4: Afghan Reactions (UPDATED)

Kate Clark

AAN has been asking for the memories and thoughts of some of the Afghans who knew the members of the eye camp team who were murdered in Badakhshan last week. Initially, we wanted to find out what they thought about the Taleban accusations that the team had been preaching Christianity, but it soon became clear […]

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Ten dead in Badakhshan 3: The Dubious Taleban Claim

Kate Clark

The Taleban get in quickly with their claims and they get in dirty. Spy, whore, preacher – Taleban accusations stick, regardless of who they are aimed at, Afghan or foreigner, and regardless of the truth of the matter. In an Afghan context – and it seems, also, this week in an international one – such […]

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Ten Dead in Badakhshan (2)

Christopher Reuter Michael Semple

We follow up our reporting on the murder of ten aid workers on Thursday with two contributions from guest authors, Michael Semple and Christoph Reuter (1). They shed more light on three of the victims, Dan Terry, Daniela Beyer and Karen Woo; Michael additionally analyses the status of the insurgency in the area the killings […]

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Ten Dead in Badakhshan (UPDATED)

Kate Clark

Among the party of Afghans and foreigners returning from holding an eye camp for communities in Nuristan and murdered on their way back in Badakhshan were several known to many in AAN. We grieve with their families and friends. Read an obituary by our Senior Analyst Kate Clark (with updates at the end of the […]

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Der lange Schatten der Taliban (The Long Shadow of the Taleban)

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Frankfurter Allgemeine, 14 July 2010 For German speakers: Read Friederike Böge’s reportage from Kandahar about a city in the grip of fear – and how the author tried to get hold of Taleban war poetry.

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AfPak Behind the Lines: southern Afghanistan

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AfPak Channel, 12 July 2010 Read an interesting interview with journalist Anand Gopal reporting from Kandahar who broadens our view at ‘local power brokers’ beyond Ahmad Wali Karzai and talks about the ‘success’ of NATO strikes against the Taleban in the area: that a younger, more radical generation of fighters takes over.

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Die Banden von Kandahar (The Gangs of Kandahar)

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Le Monde diplomatique (German edition), June 2010 An excellent account of Kandahar’s complex situation, full version apparently only available in German, with a shorter English version on the author’s website www.stephengrey.com.

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