[KINDLE] ❄ Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia By Ahmed Rashid – Horse-zine.co.uk

Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia chapter 1 Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, meaning Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, genre Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, book cover Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, flies Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia 4115a7be5491a Shrouding Themselves And Their Aims In Deepest Secrecy, The Leaders Of The Taliban Movement Control Afghanistan With An Inflexible, Crushing Fundamentalism The Most Extreme And Radical Of All Islamic Organizations, The Taliban Inspires Fascination, Controversy, And Especially Fear In Both The Muslim World And The West Correspondent Ahmed Rashid Brings The Shadowy World Of The Taliban Into Sharp Focus In This Enormously Interesting And Revealing Book It Is The Only Authoritative Account Of The Taliban And Modern Day Afghanistan Available To English Language ReadersBased On His Experiences As A Journalist Covering The Civil War In Afghanistan For Twenty Years, Traveling And Living With The Taliban, And Interviewing Most Of The Taliban Leaders Since Their Emergence To Power In , Rashid Offers Unparalleled Firsthand Information He Explains How The Growth Of Taliban Power Has Already Created Severe Instability In Russia, Iran, Pakistan, And Five Central Asian Republics He Describes The Taliban S Role As A Major Player In A New Great Game A Competition Among Western Countries And Companies To Build Oil And Gas Pipelines From Central Asia To Western And Asian Markets The Author Also Discusses The Controversial Changes In American Attitudes Toward The Taliban From Early Support To Recent Bombings Of Osama Bin Laden S Hideaway And Other Taliban Protected Terrorist Bases And How They Have Influenced The Stability Of The Region


10 thoughts on “Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia

  1. says:

    HANNO FATTO UN DESERTO E LO HANNO CHIAMATO PACEHo sentito parlare di Ahmed Rashid per la prima volta da Daniele Mastrogiacomo, in occasione della presentazione del libro di Daniele I giorni della paura ne parlava come di un grande conoscitore del mistero talebano, un must per chiunque volesse saperne di pi su questo argomento.La Valle di Bamiyan nella grande nicchia scavata nella montagna un tempo c era uno dei due giganteschi buddha che poi i talebani hanno pensato di rimuovere alla loro maniera.Rashid appartiene a un ottima scuola di giornalismo, la migliore, secondo me l unica quella che si fa sul campo, andando, camminando, incontrando, parlando, intervistando, facendosi domande e cercando risposte, indagando, ricercando Un giornalismo che non si fa a casa propria, commentando fatti appresi dalle agenzie di stampa e non si fa neppure restando nei bar e nei ristoranti degli alberghi sicuramente neppure al seguito del politico di turno.Un tipo di giornalismo che mi pare in estinzione un giornalismo che mai potrebbe essere embedded un giornalismo che in Italia ha attecchito sempre poco e si quasi del tutto estinto.Per esempio, Rashid dice Mi ci sono voluti sette mesi di viaggi, oltre cento interviste e un immersione totale nella letteratura del business petrolifero di cui non sapevo nulla per riuscire infine a scrivere l articolo.Per un solo articolo Il libro si ferma all immediato post 11 settembre Da allora la situazione sicuramente molto cambiata e quindi una lettura a suo modo datata.Ma Rashid aiuta davvero a far capire come e dove nascano i Talebani, aiuta a entrare dentro la loro cultura, e dentro l Afghanistan in generale, paese oltremodo affascinante.Pi leggevo e pi pensavo alle analogie tra i talebani e i Khmer rossi, finch lo stesso Rashid traccia il parallelo diretto.D altra parte, cosa aspettarsi da chi dice Noi musulmani crediamo che Dio onnipotente nutrir tutti, in un modo o nell altro.Quindi, perch preoccuparsi di economia, politica, istruzione, sanit , sviluppo sociale L Islam provveder.Qala e SabziTotalmente incapaci di governare, incapaci di una visione generale che vada oltre la repressione dei costumi, di un idea di sviluppo al di l dell arricchimento immediato tramite il contrabbando, il traffico di droga e di merci rubate, i Talebani hanno sicuramente contribuito parecchio a rendere l Afghanistan il paese con la pi alta mortalit infantile, con un aspettativa di vita da medioevo 43 44 anni , dove le uniche fabbriche in funzione sono quelle in cui le organizzazioni umanitarie producono arti artificiali, grucce e sedie a rotelle.Minareto di Jam Poi, hanno anche avuto un concreto aiuto in questa direzione da parte di altri


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    I was prompted to read this by Rashid s later work , Descent Into Chaos Where did the Taliban actually form, when, why How did the Taliban grow to be the force it would become There is much information here that helps make sense of what seems senseless In a nation ruled by a bloody coterie of warlords constantly demanding payment from a much oppressed populace, constantly engaging in battles with each other, constantly undermining any possibility of rule of law, when a group emerges that appears able to make life stable, if unpleasant, it looks better than the devil you knew With Pakistan doing its utmost to maintain instability within Afghanistan, funding an insurgent Taliban became a no brainer The details are in Taliban While it was written and published before 9 11, the base information is here to help understand what is going on in that part of the world, to the extent that anyone can Why are the Taliban so determined to marginalize women How does opium production figure in Afghan politics I was most impressed to learn about how the Taliban manages its money I will not ruin the surprise by noting it here While Rashid s later book may be current, this one is definitely worth your time It is a slow read, though, for it s low page count There is much information packed into a small space.


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    BREAKING NEWS BREAKING NEWS BREAKING NEWS Announcer Brett Folks, we go our reporter in the field, R.V Winkle, now for some breaking news What have you got for us Rip Reporter R.V Winkle Brett, I have just finished this outstanding book, Taliban , and we need to do something about these guys, they are bad people Announcer Brett Rip, you are a decade late, go back to sleep you idiot Ok, I have no excuse for not reading this book until than 10 years after it came out and the title characters have caused so much trouble I thought it was probably outdated when I first saw it I was wrong then and now This book is still relevant today You get to see the rise of the Taliban with no romantic, they just wanted to have peace background music You get a solid background in the ethnic groups and their leadership, still forming the main forces in play today What I took from this book The breakdown of tribal ties and land ownership had has a continuing impact on the stability of Afghan culture that may never be repaired This was the main factor giving the Taliban leadership blind followers from the orphans and broken up families.The imposition of extreme interpretation of Islam, especially on women, was hated by many of the Pashtu people and all the non Pushtuns The tensions between the local culture customs and the religious mandates are discussed throughout.Strange, I almost felt like doing fist bumps with the Iranians, as they were the only Islamic group that apparently openly opposed the strict interpretation forced on women s lives.There are no good guys, only less bad There is no trust or friendship without a time limit or a dollar amount.You can skip the parts of the book about oil pipelines The sections of the book detailing the influence of the transport mafia , Pakistan, and the ISI are very good.How much did the UN and NGO s enable the Taliban campaigns by supporting the population with food aid Too Much Why didn t we stay minimally involved after the USSR left This book comes up in several other accounts about our early days in Afghanistan after 9 11 I d like to see him update this book and reissue, it is still useful Regardless, this is an important link to understanding Afghanistan in the years between the Soviet defeat and the US invasion 4 Stars.


  4. says:

    Fascinating I could not put this book down and would consider it a must read for anyone who has an interest as to the rise of the Taliban and the consequences of the actions of the super powers.


  5. says:

    lk kez 2000 de yay nlanan, 2010 da aradan ge en d nemdeki geli meleri i eren yeni bir b l m de eklenerek bas lan bu kitap, g n m zde tekrar n plana kan Taliban ve Afganistan , ABD ba ta b y k g ler ile b lge lkelerinin hatal y k c politikalar n anlamak i in ok faydal Tabii son y llarda lkemizin etraf nda ya anan at malar ve bunun getirdi i sorunlarla baz parallelikler kitab n bizler i in ilgin li ini artt r yor T rk e evirisini Agora 2007 de basm Merakl s na


  6. says:

    I remember buying 5 copies of this book in October of 2001, devouring it in a day, and copying two chapters and passing them out to anyone that would stop by my office It is still the definitive account of the rise and demise of the Taliban Although Michael Griffen s Reaping the whirlwind The Taliban Movement in Afghanistan tells the same story in poetic form This book made Rashid a player in policy circles and in world class journalism You can catch him twice a year on Terry Gross show Fresh Air He, Barnett Rubin, Olivier Roy, and Nancy Hatch Dupree probably know about the Taliban and Afghanistan than any other set of people So one questions Rashid s account at one own peril Still, for me, while Rashid lays out the historical and political narrative of the Taliban, he leaves its sociological and ethnological origins untouched Nor have those origins been broached by any article or book that I have read Please, please correct me if I am wrong Nadeem Aslam s novel Wasted Vigil comes close Still, the real account of the Taliban waits for someone who has the desire, the skill, and the courage.


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    The Taliban are an armed bunch of louts who see the world as a figurative sheep waiting to be fucked by the awesome power of their backwoods version of Islam Their favorite point of entry has been in the Afghanistan Pakistan region, and they took particular delight in shafting Kabul, treating it as just a larger version of the shithole village they probably grew up in, making all the men grow bears and forcing all the women from the streets Never mind these clowns have no idea how to run a civil society, God will provide Assuming God takes the form of humanitarian aid organizations perhaps for now they are right.Those defending Afghanistan from the Taliban goons are pretty close to terminally ugly themselves, the sort of people who will toss a thief into the treads of a moving tank in order to literally grind out an example of justice.Operating amidst these two unsavory power structures are various oil companies working to foster enough stability to extract and move oil from this treacherous terrain to a safer market Even operating with maximum allowed pragmatism sometimes outcry at home manages to limit their choice of allies they have had little success in establishing a profitable oil or natural gas enterprise in the region Meanwhile those who move less difficult items, things like heroin, black market consumer items, and weapons have been able to thrive in this chaos.Ahmed Rashid covers his topic with expert familiarity and the sort of sympathy one reserves for a cancer ward If you want a closer look at what people mean by unstable region this book will do the trick Just don t go into it looking for heroes.


  8. says:

    Read this several years ago Good summary of the region, politics and the rise of the Taliban The most interesting character Ahmad Shah Massoud, the Lion of Panjshir who fought first the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and then the Taliban for Afghan independence An heroic figure he was posthumously named National Hero by President Hamid Karzai after the Taliban were ousted Sad that Afghanistan continues to struggle with sectarian violence and war.


  9. says:

    You ve read Taliban, the dense, influential book by superstar reporter and author Ahmed Rashid, right Of course you have, everybody has And everybody seems to have it on their bookshelf, displayed prominently as proof of their interest and expertise in Afghanistan.In March 2009, the European Journal of Communication asked citizens of Britain, Denmark, Finland, and the U.S to answer questions on international affairs The Europeans clobbered America Sixty eight percent of Danes, 75 percent of Brits, and 76 percent of Finns could identify the Taliban, but only 58 percent of Americans managed to do the same even though we ve led the charge in Afghanistan.My fellow Americans,that is absolutely pathetic You should all read This EXCELLENT book I highly recommend his other one, Descent Into Chaos Rashid begins with a history of Afghanistan I was unaware of all the Unocal Bridas oil diplomacy, so that was interesting, but it got boring and repetitive after a while.Interesting how the rise of these mullahs managed to destabilize an entire region.Rashid relies heavily on the usual cliches, such as traditional Afghan independence For example, Throughout Afghan history no outsider has been able to manipulate the Afghans, something the British and the Soviets learnt to their cost Pakistan, it appeared, had learnt sic no lessons from history while it still lived in the past, when CIA and Saudi funding had given Pakistan the power to dominate the course of the jihad p 185 Rashid makes no attempt to explain the apparent contradiction between his claim that Afghans resist outside influence, and his simultaneous claim that Pakistan heavily influenced the Afghans.


  10. says:

    Fantastic book published in March of 2001 with a 2010 aftwerward Rashid could read the writing on the wall, even if it seems like he was the only one paying attention Filled with details even the Old Man didn t know particularly concerning the pipeline competition going on pre 9 11 Fascinating look at a country no one really has a handle on, but this author might have the best handle he s been imprisoned by several Afghan regimes in his time He whines a bit about how the US failed to save Afghanistan from itself in the 90s I m not sure why it s the American taxpayers problem, in a cold calculation it would be a violent morass whenever anyone goes to the Stan, no matter the decade A lot of the fundamentalist issues are covered in Looming Tower and Ghost Wars, but Rashid hits the multi national business side in a way I haven t seen elsewhere It s heavy on the facts, dates and names, but it s a complex place The timeline at the end is helpful for quick reference Readiing this book will go a long way to explaining Afghanistan.


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