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.

 

http://middleburycommunitytv.org/Midd5050614IanLynch

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.

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Darluman Road stretching southward. © Ian Lynch.

No Derailing Progress Now

Taverna du Liban represented the new Afghanistan.  It was a place where foreigners relaxed and the newly free and wealthy class of Afghans spent their evenings.  The owner was, by all accounts, a fantastic fellow who treated every patron like a dear friend.  Chocolate cake of his own creation was often given out with compliments at the end of meals.  No wonder the place was always packed on Friday nights.  No wonder it was targeted by the Taliban.

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