Afghanistan: February 12, 2002

Archives

Afghans keen on stealing foreign aid have systematically lied to aid organizations in the largest refugee camp in Afghanistan. It turned out, after a careful census (and the use of armed guards for the census takers) that about 70 percent of the 324,000 refugees previously registered, did not exist. The tribal nature of Afghan society causes locals to grab all they can, even if it means other Afghans down the road have to go without. On a more positive note, the interim defense minister has told Russia that Afghanistan does not need new weapons for it's new army. Rather, they need help in repairing and reconditioning all the weapons they already have. The Northern Alliance received about $30 million worth of Russian weapons, mostly Cold War surplus. The Russians would like to sell new weapons, as that would give the Russian arms export industry a nice chunk of the reconstruction money being provided by the industrialized nations. So this announcement is encouraging, for new weapons contracts would be ripe for corruption (there is no fixed price list for Russian weapons, allowing one to build in all manner of special fees and commissions.) Germany is contributing four million dollars towards a program to train and equip a national police force of 29,000 cops. 

 

Article Archive

Afghanistan: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close