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Shame and Impunity: Is violence against women becoming more brutal?

Wazhma Samandary

A father raping his daughter over almost ten years without the family daring to intervene (except to help with abortions); a woman burnt after a family fight; another woman mutilated because her husband enjoyed doing so – these are just some of the cases of violence against women and girls that have been reported in […]

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Elections 2014 (17): Journalists argue over neutrality, patriotism and the E-Day blackout

Kate Clark

A debate has opened up on the role of the media during the Afghan presidential elections and its relationship with the Afghan state. It turns out that many journalists did not report or minimised reporting of Taleban attacks on election day – for a mix of political, patriotic and editorial reasons. In the days after, […]

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Taliban fail to disrupt Afghan elections, but future still uncertain

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Stars and Stripes, 6 April 2014 Martine van Bijlert, co-director of the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network, cautioned against drawing conclusions too early about the effect of the elections on the insurgent group. For starters, she said, it’s unclear if their efforts to disrupt the election were thwarted or if they simply pulled back, waiting for […]

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With no Karzai, Afghans vote in open race with high stakes

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France24, 4 April 2014 AAN's Martine van Bijlert is quoted on the expected legitimacy of the elections and the role of an endorsement of any candidate by President Karzai's: “This election is being held under such difficult circumstances, it’s difficult to control what happens,” said Martine van Bijlert, co-director of the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network. […]

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Эксперты: нападения на журналистов в Афганистане повлияют на выборы

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RIA Novosti (Russia), 4 April 2014 AAN's Thomas Ruttig is quoted on the killing and wounding of two foeign journalists in Afghanistan and the possible impact on the elections, saying that it will affect the contribution journalists can make to getting a picture of the quality of the elections but that the main bulk of […]

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Elections and Foreigners: An analysis of recent Taleban violence

Kate Clark

The Taleban have again warned Afghans not to take part in Saturday’s elections, saying they would be attacking election centres and targeting “all parts of the country”. Earlier they warned they would be using “all force” at their disposal to disrupt the “upcoming sham elections”. Kabul has seen two ‘spectacular’ attacks against election-related targets in the […]

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Afghans largely left to monitor their own election

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Stars and Stripes, 3 April 2014 In this article covering pre-election violence and western attitudes, AAN's Kate Clark is quoted: “International powers have said in private to various candidates that if it is a stolen election, there’s a lot of things that won’t get paid for,” said Kate Clark, an analyst with the Afghanistan Analysts Network. […]

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Observatører flygter fra Taliban før afghansk valg

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Ekstrabladet (Denmark), 31 March 2014 AAN's Thomas Ruttig is quoted here on expected fraud duting the upcoming Afghan elections, pre-election violence and problems for the election observers:  – Valget bliver formentlig ligesom i 2009, hvor der var omfattende svindel. 20 procent af stemmerne blev dengang kasseret efter indgriben fra de FN-udpegede medlemmer af valgklagekomitéen, siger […]

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Taliban ramp up attacks to discredit Afghanistan’s upcoming election

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AFP/Japan Times, 31 March 2014 In an article looking at the pre-election wave of violence in Kabul, AAN's Thomas Ruttig is quoted: Thomas Ruttig of the Afghan [sic] Analysts’ Network said that after the efforts at peace talks in recent years with the Kabul government and its Western allies produced no results, “Taliban are drifting […]

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Afghan Election Commission Attacked

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Wall Street Journal, 29 March 2014 In an article about the recent wave of attacks in Kabul, AAN's Thomas Ruttig is quoted: The escalating violence ahead of the April 5 election is unusual even by Afghan standards, and threatens to exceed levels that marred the country's previous election in 2009, said Thomas Ruttig, a co-founder […]

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Taliban attacks intensify in bid to upend Afghan presidential vote

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Christian Science Monitor/Alaska Dispatch, 28 March 2014 Following a wave of Taleban violence against election-related institutions and foreigners in Kabul, AAN's Fabrizio Foschini is quotes here with his analysis: “For the Taliban, the main hope is violence,” says Fabrizio Foschini, an Afghanistan politics expert with the Afghanistan Analysts Network in Kabul. “The only game-changer for […]

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A ‘Jihad on the Media’? Afghan journalists face the storm in insecure legal waters

Wazhma Samandary

Since the beginning of this year, pressure on the Afghan media has been increasing. It is coming from two fronts: politicians and officials who claim that any critical reporting of them (or people of their ‘class’) is “defamation” and a “disruption of the social order”, and from Islamic scholars and MPs who are repeatedly using heated rhetoric […]

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