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· July, 2007

Stories about Afghanistan from July, 2007

Afghanistan: Korean hostage crisis

Eugene Echo is keeping up with the latest developments in the Korean hostage crisis in Afghanistan and complains about the lack of attention given to the story by US media.

Global Voices in Persian Takes off

Global Voices in Persian finally takes off officially. It started its first baby steps in June and a few of its translations have already been republished on a few sites...

Korea: On the kidnapped Koreans

Robert Koehler at The Marmot's Hole follows up on a series of posts looking at the plight of the 23 Korean missionaries—now on hunger strike—recently taken for hostage in Afghanistan...

Afghanistan/Kazakhstan: Moving around 42 kids

Tom T retells his adventures of accompanying 42 young Afghan students across the border from Kyrgyzstan to Kazakhstan.

Afghanistan: Soviet veterans

Two Soviet war veterans who served in Afghanistan are portayed on blogs: Afghanistanica looks at Captain Zakharov, an example of successful counter-insurgency; and Registan.net portrays the mysterious Mahmud Khudoberdiev, who...

Reactions to kidnapping of Koreans in Afghanistan

South Korean Christian missionaries were abducted in Ghazni, south-west of Kabul, on the 19th of this month. The abductors who kidnapped 23 missionaries are Taleban fighters. The hostages were abducted...

Afghanistan: The King is dead

Afghanistan's former king Mohammad Zahir Shah died on Monday and SunLeaf says that he will be remembered by most Afghans for his ambitious, yet unrealised dreams to modernise Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: Is less more?

Carl Robichaud wonders whether Rory Stewart's ideas about how to turn around Afghanistan are very realistic.

Afghanistan: Kites for hearts and minds

Civil-Military Relations wonders whether handing out free kites with an ISAF logo to Afghan children is a good idea.

Afghanistan: Child labour

Afghan Lord talks to a 9-year-old girl who does not go to school but has to help her family make ends meet instead.

Central Asia: Clash of opinion

Josh Foust engages in an extremely interesting discussion with an Uzbek journalist (working for a Russian news agency) about Western promotion of democracy in Central Asia.

Afghanistan: Breadmaking

Bread is the main staple of poor Afghans and Õnne Pärl has a closer look at the inner workings of a bakery in Kabul.

Afghanistan: Interview with Baktash Siawash, blogger and journalist

What follows is an interview about censorship, media and blogs in Afghanistan with blogger and journalist Baktash Siawash. Baktash writes for several magazines including WashingtonPrism. Q: Please introduce yourself and...

Afghanistan: Pessoptimist

Barnett Rubin, in his first post on a new blog about global affairs, says that being pessimistic about Afghanistan is not an intellectual challenge. Instead, Rubin (who was on the...

Afghanistan: Personal experience

On a detour from his usual policy analysis, Tom Perriello shares some of his personal experiences in Afghanistan, including locals’ expectations from marriage, road traffic and basketball games.

Afghanistan: Rebuilding telecommunication

Afghanistan's telecommunications infrastructure is likely to be rebuilt now that the World Bank has announced it will support investment in the sector, says Bonnie Boyd.

US Independence Day: Afghan Edition

Afghanistanica retells a story told to him by an Afghan friend about a recurring dream that turned out to be a distant childhood memory about the Soviet invasion.

Afghanistan: Walking around Herat

After exploring the streetlife of Herat, a city in Eastern Afghanistan, Tom T met with local students who are actively involved in civic projects and who will receive more training...

Afghanistan: Radio Taliban back on air

Afghan Lord thinks that by launching a mobile FM radio station in the southern provinces of Afghanistan, the Taliban are proving how powerful they have again become.

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