Posted by: Christian | September 22, 2008

Cancel that post… Move on to Khans and Warlords, etc…

I just wrote a post criticizing the type of writing on Afghanistan that is more a reflection of the writers’ left or right wing biases rather than a decent representation any sort reality on the ground. But then I realized what a waste of time it is to write an entire post picking on second-rate journalists, dodgy newspaper columnists (in right wing American newspapers and left wing British newspapers), conservative Islamophobic bloggers, those few remaining neocons who aren’t hiding under a rock, radical feminists, pseudo-intellectuals in anti-American blinders and predictable ideologues of all other sorts.

So I erased it.

But with my posts few and far between I should offer something. So here goes some random stuff:

Joshua Foust at Registan found a source before I did. I don’t know how it happened, but it did ;). And it’s a good one:

Oberson, José (2002) “Khans and Warlords: Political Alignment, Leadership and the State in Pashtun Society. Anthropological Aspects and the Warlordism Debate.” Master’s Thesis, Institute for Ethnology, Berne, Switzerland. Download PDF part 1 and part 2.

In other business, I mentioned some new blogs a couple of weeks back. One of them was on vacation so I should resend readers now that he’s back in action. The Stupidest Man on Earth, who has (I swear it’s true) interviewed both Jaluddin Haqqani and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, usually makes short references to the most relevant issues. He’s one of those few good journalists that is worth reading.

Speaking of good journalists, John D McHugh is one of them. His reporting for the Guardian is excellent.

And a Force Recon Marine in Afghanistan with a blog? That’s interesting. Hopefully the blog doesn’t get yanked by his superiors.

And “At War” is still in the works. The trailers contain some of the most amazing video images that you will see coming out of Afghanistan. The premise sounds good.

And at the CT Lab, there is the first part of a series of articles based on Professor Brian Glyn William’s role as an expert witness for the defense at the first miltary tibunal since WWII: the trial of bin Laden’s driver.


Responses

  1. Thanks for mentioning my blog on yours.

    So far only one person I work with knows about my blog. My goal is to write as many details as possible about our lives without adding any of my political views into the mix. It can be hard at times, so I just focus on the Afghan people the hardship we face on a daily basis.

    -Alex
    Recon Marine

  2. Hey!

    But then I realized what a waste of time it is to write an entire post picking on second-rate journalists, dodgy newspaper columnists (in right wing American newspapers and left wing British newspapers), conservative Islamophobic bloggers, those few remaining neocons who aren’t hiding under a rock, radical feminists, pseudo-intellectuals in anti-American blinders and predictable ideologues of all other sorts.

    At least I have my niche, I suppose :-)

  3. Euro journalist here. Thanks for the kind words. Hope I can live up to the expectations…

  4. The “At war” trailer uses a Jim Morrison-sounding soundtrack to “take us back” to “Apocalypse Now”, the original war porn movie. And, lo, it’s the same old stuff: the grunts – just guys like us doin’ a job, man – and those mysterious locals in their funny outfits (hey, that kid at 2:26 looked kinda retarded). But now with Wall St crashing, maybe we won’t even have the money to pay for our brave young men and women’s tour of the heart of darkness. What’ll the world do without us?


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