Category Archives: Afghanistan

You can go tribal

…or instead recognize that a less ordered and more open society ends up with a fluid culture. What constitutes a nation instead becoming when will countries disappear. Diversity is not necessarily strength, but rather an inevitable to be accommodated. Tribalism … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, Tribalism | Leave a comment

Turning

Associated Press, via the Toronto Sun, as found here, at rawa.org: ‘Death to America’, Afghans riot after crash Chanting “Death to America,” rioters stoned the US convoy involved in the accident KABUL — Violent anti-foreigner protests raged across Afghanistan’s capital … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan | Leave a comment

Election Beyond Symbol

From The Taliban Shuffle (2010) by Kim Barker, in relation to the 2004 Afghan election: The election was, perhaps, the most confusing every held anywhere. Somehow, a voter in Kabul was supposed to pick one candidate out of 390. The … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan | Leave a comment

Marjan

From The Taliban Shuffle (2010) by Kim Barker, in relation to the Kabul Zoo: I had gone to the zoo, planning to use it as an interesting way to tell the history of modern Afghanistan. My hook was Marjan the … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan | Leave a comment

Across

Darul Aman Palace. All this hope in the early 1920s. Construction commenced by Amanullah Khan, prior to his ouster and exile in 1929. And where to All in the

Posted in Afghanistan, Architecture | Leave a comment

DBIED

From The Taliban Shuffle (2010) by Kim Barker, in relation to her first “embedded” engagement with American troops in Afghanistan: I would learn that everything in the military had an acronym. The IED was an improvised explosive device, or roadside … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan | Leave a comment

Sonita

Sonita Alizadeh. What one didn’t know. Afghani female rapper, in relation to child sale and marriage: Nearly 800,000 views. Saw 2016 film about her, Sonita, by Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami, reflecting 8,500 views of the rap video shortly after release. Film also … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, Iran, Music | Leave a comment