Midd 5-0 Interview on Afghanistan

On May 6th I sat down with Officer Chris Mason for a half hour about my experiences in Afghanistan on his show Middlebury 5-0.



Afghanistan: Reaching In and Reaching Out

Afghanistan: Reaching In and Reaching Out

Above find the link to my guest post on Saleem Ali’s National Geographic News Watch Blog.  Dr. Ali was my professor at UVM and is currently the director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, and Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia.  He is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer for 2010 and author of “Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future” (Yale University Press). He can be followed on Twitter @saleem_ali.


Darluman Road stretching southward. © Ian Lynch.

Education in Afghanistan: A Path Out of the Thicket

 When you’ve spent every October of your life surrounded by the burnt glory of falling leaves tossed on cool autumnal winds in Vermont the toasty sun washed days of Afghanistan can be a bit disorienting.  The differences obviously don’t end there. Exiting Kabul International Airport, you are faced with a bit of a walk through a nearly empty plaza, spotted along the edges with Kabul’s distinct evergreen police trucks.  This is the first reminder that you are in a less than secure nation.  You may witness other foreign nationals being greeted by shiny SUVs and burly bodyguards whose pistols are hardly concealed in their pants waistband.  Some may quickly wrap their charges in bulletproof vests before hustling them into the vehicles.

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Rollbacks on Women’s Rights

When I think of the word rollback I always think of those old Wal-Mart adds that featured a western themed yellow ball slashing prices.  Those ads were incessantly annoying, but my dislike for them hardly compares to my vehement opposition to the rollbacks threatening women’s rights in Afghanistan.

On February 17th President Karzai sent draft legislation of Article 26 of the criminal procedure code that would seriously hamper progress on women’s rights in Afghanistan back to the Ministry of Justice for revision.  Continue reading