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A decorated car often accompanies the bride as she travels from her parent’s house to the house of new in-laws. In this wedding in the Ibrahimzi area of Deh Yak district in Ghazni province, the bride price was 11,000 US dollars. (Author’s photo: 2014)

The Bride Price: The Afghan tradition of paying for wives

Fazl Rahman Muzhary

Weddings are hugely expensive affairs in Afghanistan, with excessive costs for wedding halls, lavish meals and usually a bride price. The bride price is the money paid by the groom’s family for the bride to her family. It is a contested tradition that is viewed as having no foundation in Islamic law and does not […]

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Flaws in the governance

Thomas Ruttig

The Gulf Today/The Independent, 28 May 2014 The author in the Independent writes: “money spent on Afghanistan does not mean money spent in Afghanistan, but even taking this into account it is extraordinary that, despite gargantuan sums spent, Afghan government figures reveal that 60 per cent of children are malnourished and only 27 per cent […]

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Sota l’ombra de Karzai


El Punt Avui (Girona), 5 April 2014 Pre-election report by the Catalonian newspaper, with long quotes by AAN's Thomas Ruttig: Tot i aquests aires de renovació, el nou president tindrà un gran repte. És l'opinió de Thomas Ruttig, fundador, codirector i analista del think tank independent Afghanistan Analists Network (AAN). “El nou president ha de cobrir les […]

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Afghan economy at a crossroads


Deutsche Welle, 26 March 2014 In another (English-language) election primer, the German radio station looks at the state of the Afghan economy and the "economic challenges ahead". It quotes AAN's Sari Kouvo: According to Sari Kouvo, an expert on human rights and co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN), the living standards have considerably improved […]

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Policing Afghanistan’s internally displaced


Express Tribune (Pakistan), 24 March 2014 AAN's occasional guest author Assunta Nicolini with an op-ed on Afghanistan that has "finally joined the ranks of countries developing and implementing national internal displacement strategies". She mentiones that it was "noted by the Afghan [sic] Analyst Network, [that] until now Afghan IDPs were not part of any specific international agency’s […]

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Polio’s last stand on the Afghan-Pakistan border


Express Tribune/AFP, 7 March 2014 Important reminder in election times: about one of the many unresolved problems that is even aggravated by the ongoing conflict – polio. Afghanistan and Pakistan are two of the worldwide only three countries where it is still endemic, and with conflict-related incomplete coverage by vaccination, new polio cases have emerged […]

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