Afghanistan

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Analysis

Returning Afghans might be politically rewarding, it is also life threatening

Nine European countries forcibly return Afghans, and Pakistan is even threatening to force 1.5 million Afghans back to their country of origin. These politically motivated manoeuvres can be lethal -for the Afghans.
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Analysis

One image obscures more than a thousand words

We have all seen these images popping up in our social media feeds: Afghanistan in the 1970’s versus Afghanistan in the 2010’s. The first image shows girls in Kabul, who could just as well have lived in Paris or Berkeley in that period, with their long hair, short skirts, smiling faces and confident regards. The more recent image, then, ...
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News

The battle for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Kashmir

On 7 October 2001 the US and Great Britain engaged in a blitzkrieg against a small and very poorly equipped Afghan army. Ten years later, this attack turned into the longest war the United States has ever fought. It has become an international operation of epic dimensions. Why does the situation seem so desperate? In Opstandland (Rebel Land) Gie Go ...