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canijustbeapirate:

i need one of these hats. asap.

A picture of him should not be accompanied by just the above message.
This is Ahmed Shah Masood. His allies and enemies alike used to call him The Lion of Panjshir. He is the only man who ever fought for Afghanistan, rather than himself or his tribe. 

canijustbeapirate:

i need one of these hats. asap.

A picture of him should not be accompanied by just the above message.

This is Ahmed Shah Masood. His allies and enemies alike used to call him The Lion of Panjshir. He is the only man who ever fought for Afghanistan, rather than himself or his tribe. 

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Shrine of Hazrat Ali, Afghanistan

explore-the-earth:

Shrine of Hazrat Ali, Afghanistan

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How WikiLeaks Enlightened Us in 2010 >>

In a year highlighted by some of the worst man-made and natural disasters ever, few news stories stood out as ‘good’ developments. There was of course the 3+ months ordeal of the Chilean miners followed by the dramatic rescue that captivated the world, yours truly included, starved as I am for any semblance of hope.

Yet, without a doubt that news story of the year and continuing into 2011 is WikiLeaks and its bombshell revelations about the US military’s actions in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as heh as the treasure trove of diplomatic cables, of which only a minute percent have been released till now.

In a superb report chock full of links, CBS News deconstructs what WikiLeaks taught us in 2010.

09:05 pm: uzairm
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Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul

A beautifully shot film that follows the lives of a group of young skateboarders in Afghanistan. Operating against the backdrop of war and bleak prospects, the Skateistan charity project is the world’s first co-educational skateboarding school, where a team of international volunteers work with girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 17, an age group largely untouched by other aid programmes.

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In Icy Tip of Afghanistan, War Seems Remote >>

The rules that apply to the rest of Afghanistan are often irrelevant in the Wakhan Corridor.

11:55 pm: uzairm
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Hamid Karzai is a lying bastard

I watched the video. I saw him shed tears. It was a good performance.

He’s still a lying bastard though. He is corrupt. His brother runs a drug business worth millions of dollars under the auspices of his brother’s power. He is a nepotist. He has rigged at least one election in his life. He has paid off militiamen to protect his own power and continues to be a thorn in the drive for peace in Afghanistan. He is a terrible person and an even worse leader for a country that needs good leadership.

And by the way, the sons and daughters of all leaders, anywhere in the world, always go to Cambridge, Oxford or the Ivy League schools. They don’t go to schools in their own country. If Kim Jong Il’s son went to a Swiss school, then you can imagine where Karzai’s son is/was going to go. He can shed all the crocodile tears he wants, his young would never have set foot in a school in Afghanistan even if Afghanistan had the best education system in Asia.

His performance was a farce, a very good one, I’ll give you that. But it was a farce. Hamid Karzai is a lying bastard and the sooner we realize and embrace that fact, the less we will get hoodwinked by hollow words uttered by leaders like him.

And while I am at it, let me take the opportunity to say that Asif Zardari makes Hamid Karzai go to sleep crying at his inability to rake in as much money as Zardari does.

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Robert Fisk:: Nine years, two wars, hundreds of thousands dead – and nothing learnt >>

Did 9/11 make us all go mad? How fitting, in a weird, crazed way, that the apotheosis of that firestorm nine years ago should turn out to be a crackpot preacher threatening another firestorm with a Nazi-style book burning of the Koran. Or a would-be mosque two blocks from “ground zero” – as if 9/11 was an onslaught on Jesus-worshipping Christians, rather than on the atheist West.

But why should we be surprised? Just look at all the other crackpots spawned in the aftermath of those international crimes against humanity: the half-crazed Ahmadinejad, the smarmy post-nuclear Gaddafi, Blair with his crazed right eye and George W Bush with his black prisons and torture and lunatic “war on terror”. And that wretched man who lived – or lives still – in an Afghan cave and the hundreds of al-Qa’idas whom he created, and the one-eyed mullah – not to mention all the lunatic cops and intelligence agencies and CIA thugs who failed us all – utterly – on 9/11 because they were too idle or too stupid to identify 19 men who were going to attack the United States. And remember one thing: even if the Rev Terry Jones sticks with his decision to back down, another of our cranks will be ready to take his place.

Indeed, on this grim ninth anniversary – and heaven spare us next year from the 10th – 9/11 appears to have produced not peace or justice or democracy or human rights, but monsters.

Read more at The Independent

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AfPak and the new great game >>

You wanna know what is going on/will probably happen soon in Afghanistan-Pakistan?

Then read this article. Keep your boots laced if you wanna keep pace, this piece pulls no punches and doesn’t slow down for stragglers.

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The Afghan government is corrupt. It is also weak in many regions of Afghanistan where local leaders have strong militias and have chosen to defend their areas themselves rather than bank on the weak central government which has proven unresponsive to their needs. This has created problems for NATO forces as they look to secure larger areas of the country. In some cases, as this piece shows, NATO has started dealing with local leaders/warlords directly. This may be a good strategy in the short term but could result in bigger problems later on.

Al Jazeera’s People & Power investigates this and other strategies being employed by NATO forces in Afghanistan. It is an honest, balanced and insider’s look into the ground realities of the longest war ever fought by NATO.

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The tale of an Afghan woman: to live, to learn, to love

I have always loved reading books. I don’t do it too often nowadays, but I do love reading them. And there is a simple reason to that. When you read a book, either fiction or non-fiction, a short story or a long one, its a way to capture what that person has learned over a lifetime during the course of a book. Its like capturing their life lessons and being able to learn from their mistakes, their trials and their triumphs. Imagine that, learning what that person has learned during their life just by reading a book. That is the best payoff you could imagine from any activity.

But sometimes, you don’t have to read books. Blogs are just as perceptive nowadays and sometimes you can be surprised by the beauty, the honesty and the lessons that others can impart through seemingly casual retellings of their life.

So it was with great interest that I started reading the take of one woman, an Afghan woman who decided to write about her life and share it on Tumblr. I was moved by her story and inspired by her tale. Hers is a tale that mirrors many others yet is unique in its own way. It is a tale of joy, of woe, of triumph and of trial. It is a tale of one life.

What I found most inspirational about her tale is that it embodies a belief I have always held, that women of Islam, of the east, should not be viewed as subjugated beings to be pitied, rather they should be lauded and respected as survivors of a system that is stacked against them. I urge you to read her story.

Newfilosofee shared her story in three parts: At Seventeen, Trouble in Paradise and Girls Don’t Run.

Enjoy.

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Robert Fisk: US troops say goodbye to Iraq >>

You can read as many articles as you want, but no one puts a situation into perspective like Robert Fisk does.

Let’s say it together: we have not won and we are not leaving.

Hat tip: Robert Fisk

01:31 am: uzairm
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Naan - Literally “bread”. Thin, long and oval shaped, its mainly a white/whole wheat blend. Topped with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, nigella  seeds, or some combination of these. Upon request, customers may be  able to get all white flour and a helping of oil, which makes it rich  and delicious.

Naan is awesome. And so is this picture. That is all.

watanafghanistan:

Naan - Literally “bread”. Thin, long and oval shaped, its mainly a white/whole wheat blend. Topped with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, nigella seeds, or some combination of these. Upon request, customers may be able to get all white flour and a helping of oil, which makes it rich and delicious.

Naan is awesome. And so is this picture. That is all.

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cirrincione:

To be honest, I think that Afghanis are the most striking and gorgeous people in the world.

definitely can’t disagree with that…but come on, throw the Persians a bone

Some of them Iranians can get seriously hairy tho, so Afghans still win.

afghanipoppy:

cirrincione:

To be honest, I think that Afghanis are the most striking and gorgeous people in the world.

definitely can’t disagree with that…but come on, throw the Persians a bone

Some of them Iranians can get seriously hairy tho, so Afghans still win.

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Americans are unable to digest information unless its fed to them

This is not true for all Americans; I am generalizing, of course. But I am convinced that (the overwhelming majority of) Americans really are unable to process information presented to them from which they have to draw their own conclusions. They need CNN, Fox and NBC to spoon feed the news story to them so that they can understand it, know about it and decide which point of view they agree with.

Take for example two major revelation in the past two weeks: the Washington Post’s Top Secret America series which chronicles the exponential ballooning of America’s national security operations and costs and WikiLeaks’ Afghanitsan War Logs, which chronicle the Afghanistan war through first hand government reports from the field.

Now, for all intents and purposes, these are blockbuster reports which need to be looked at carefully and analyzed closely because both can provide insight that up till now has been the domain of intelligence analysts. The first was largely ignored by the media also, because god forbid someone actually looks at data and extrapolates their own opinions, despite the fact that the Washington Post released the information in a fantastic format. The second, the collection of 92,000 documents leaked by WikiLeaks, has been debated about but only as far as the question of its use, and the chances that the people who leaked it are going to be prosecuted– it hasn’t been an analysis so much, rather a sidestepping. Most importantly, now that these otherwise secret records are in the public domain, Americans are only focusing on what is being pointed out to them by the media rather than doing their own research. In fact, the overall reaction has been apathy, which is a bit disgusting because every other day, almost everyone has an opinion of security matters, the massive budgetary problems in America and on how the Afghanistan war is going.

Then again, I didn’t expect much more from a population in which 26% of people don’t know which country America declared independence from.

Keep pasting bumper stickers on to your cars folks, you’re doing a heck of a job.

12:48 am: uzairm
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