AFP, 6 January 2018 A very interesting article, reminding of one of the most important archaeological landmarks of Afghanistan. “This is a masterpiece. You have to imagine how it looked like, fully decorated with lapis, some parts in red, it was all covered and painted: it was like a garden of paradise inside, with a […]
Pajhwok News Agency, 27 December 2017 The Kabul-based news agency draws attention to two widespread, but underreported social phenomena in Afghanistan: child and bonded labour.
Pajhwok News Agency, 18 December 2017 Report about a lesser known method of how the Taleban fund themselves, by the Kabul-based news agency.
International Crisis Group, 11 December 2017 Ex-AAN colleague Borhan Osman’s analysis of the ‘new’ US strategy of bombing drug labs in Afghanistan and its futility: … a coercive counter-narcotics campaign will solve neither the country’s poppy boom nor the Taliban’s profiting from it, which has long depended to an extraordinary extent on very local dynamics. […]
AFP, 9 December 2017 The heartbreaking-story of the Afghan girl that was crushed by a train at the Serbian-Croatian border when her family desperately tried to enter Europa that is more-and-more self-insulating against refugees.
Washington Post, 4 December 2017 A self-explanatory title.
ECRE, 1 December 2017 This links to a policy note by ECRE (the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, a NGO umbrella organisation) analysing EU return policies and a Case Study on returns to Afghanistan identifying the risks, and the ethical, legal and political implications of a narrow focus on increasing the number of returns in general and […]
The Marines returned to Helmand province. Is their mission a blueprint for Trump’s Afghanistan strategy?
Los Angeles Times, 10 November 2017 Some inside in what the new US troops’ task is in Helmand and what they are doing there. Includes the interesting remark by an Afghan military instructor: “If they leave again, things will 100% be reversed.”
The Guardian, 2 November 2017 The Afghan ‘Weinstein’ affair: a graphic video apparently showing a military officer sexually exploiting a woman who had asked for a promotion triggers several women to speak out: that it has not been the first time the accused had do so; that government institutions in general do little to fight harassment […]
Politico, 30 October 2017 (Nov/Dec. issue) A portrait of “Ghani’s Ghani” – senior advisor Scott Guggenheim – by great May Jeong, with some (given his position) interesting insights: “A decade and a half of American occupation, Guggenheim continued, produced “democratic institutions with the outward appearance of a democracy, but all about patronage,” he told me. […]