Finding the silver(ish) lining in Afghanistan's Emerald City

Motorcycles run a close second to Corollas in this town. Mainly of the crappy Chinese variety in the 125cc-250cc range. And the scar around his face isn't some Taliban thing: with measurable quantities of fecal matter in the Kabul air, lots of folks with this kind of fashion statement in town.

So Long, Farewell, and Thanks for the Fish

31/12/2012 • Afghanistan, Featured

Nope, not shutting down, just moving, to: Going to set up the site redirect soon, so this is mainly for those of you who subscribe to the blog via email…pretty sure you’ll need to set up your subscriptions to the new site. Same snarkiness, maybe some more/different content. It’s been fun,!

5 Things I Learned This Week in the 'Stan »

5 Things I Learned This Week in Afghanistan: October 30, 2012 Edition

(5) 5 Things Bus

1. Someone killed a bunch of civilians in a mosque A suicide bomber targeted worshippers who had gathered at a mosque in north Afghanistan for prayers to mark Eid al-Adha, killing at least 41 people. More than 50 people were wounded in the attack, which happened as people were leaving the Eid Gah mosque in… Read More ›

Don't Call It a War »

Building Schools on the Most Important Foundation of All: Hope

(0) Colorful Chalk at Chalkboard

You’ve probably never heard of Sofi Qala. It’s in a country called Afghanistan, which is a place that has people. People just like you who share your dreams of basic health care, access to electricity, and the ability for girls to go to school to learn how to be something other than the child bride… Read More ›

Multimedia of the Day. Or Whenever »

Why No, Go Right Ahead…Take the Picture. Why Not?

(0) Daily Media Feature

Helmand Governor Mohammad Gulab Mangal also participated in the graduation ceremony and said: “Not only we prepared opportunities of Jobs for the male but also we took important steps for the women regarding several fields in the province. “One of the several opportunities for the female is the training centers which are established for the… Read More ›

Non Snarky Feel Good-ish Stuff »

A Hand Speaks: A Response to Major Brown from the Kabul Cable

(10) Kabul Cable

This week on the blog I’ve been looking at both the AfPak Hands and the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program (APRP). I covered Major Brown’s “hillbilly” interview, and the work of one of the Hands with the APRP, Captain Plante. Since I find the Hands’ program intriguing, back in the day I did a piece… Read More ›

Whack A Wonk »

Three Things the NY Times Ignored In That One Op Ed

(5) NATO_Training_Mission_Afghanistan (1)

Recently the New York Times ran an op-ed giving some less-than-compelling reasons for us to be leaving Afghanistan. Like now. I had some initial thoughts on this. This, more than anything, sums up the Times piece. While there’s much that could be said with regard to style, poorly organized thought, and a general sense of… Read More ›


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