Stories about Afghanistan from March, 2007
Bonnie Boyd notes that Rumi, the famous poet often associated with Sufism who was born in what is now Afghanistan, was born 800 years ago and she reports on a celebration of his work that took place in Washington, DC.
Sohrab Kabuli has a video report of Navruz celebrations in Afghanistan.
neweurasia has a collection of 11 posts on minorities in Central Asia and Afghanistan in its latest cross-blog survey.
Afghanistanica says that the well-known writer on the Taliban, Afghanistan, and Central Asian Islamism, Ahmed Rashid, seems to have a bit of a problem with Uzbeks.
Safrang reports that there are too few university spots for eligible students in Afghanistan and that the problem is only getting worse. The blogger argues that failing to provide education for them will create a large number of dissatisfied youth.
Sue Sypko says that celebrating a holiday like Navruz is tough to do for a group because everyone disagrees on how to spell the holiday's name, how to decorate, and what food to serve.
Safrang writes that spring has become associated with renewed fighting in Afghanistan in recent years and takes the liberty of changing an old folk song associated with Nowrouz (the holiday celebrated on the first day of spring) to urge a different mullah to come join the festivities.
Safrang continues discussion on reconciliation and accountability legislation in Afghanistan, wondering how both can be obtained in the country's current political climate.
Safrang discusses the choice between reconciliation and accountability in Afghanistan, asking why the country cannot have both.
Afghan bloggers and non Afghan bloggers who write about Afghanistan have lot of stories to share: From alcohol to women and afghan immigrants problems. Alcohol Onne Parl tells us why alcohol disappeared from the market last autumn. The blogger says one can hear two versions why alcohol disappeared from the...
Safrang says that Afghanistan does not have a free press.
Afghanistanica examines whether the lack of protection of women's rights in Afghanistan is the result of culture or conflict.
Afghan Lord marks International Women's Day by describing the suffering of Afghanistan's women.
Part of Afghanistan are all but cut off from the outside world due to heavy snow, says Safrang. The author says that better transportation links would massively improve the situation.
Afghanistanica explains why ethnic separatism is not a problem in Afghanistan.
Safrang says that unless the US takes steps to prevent the death of civilians in its military operations in Afghanistan, the fight against the Taliban will be slowly lost as legitimacy fades.
Safrang says that Hamid Karzai is facing the biggest choice of his term as Afghanistan's president in deciding whether or not to sign into law amnesty bill that recently passed through legislature.