Restrepo. This is as depressing as you’d expect. It’s also some ballsy filming, tastefully done. I’m really glad the film kept its focus on the on-the-ground experience without straying into speechy political analyst territory. People who weren’t there don’t get to talk.
Nice photos of the isolated northeast section of Afghanistan that hasn’t been much troubled by the ongoing war. (via) It was recently covered in the NYT as well.
Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor – Benjamin Rasmussen
P.J. O’Rourke goes to Afghanistan.
A Pashtun tribal leader told me that a “problem among Afghan politicians is that they do not tell the truth.” It’s a political system so new that that needed to be said out loud.
The 72-Hour Expert
Afghanistan Through Teenagers’ Eyes | Foreign Policy. “Last year, a group of teenagers at Afghanistan’s Marefat School were given cameras as part of a photography project with teens at Philadelphia’s Constitution High School. The students snapped away, and what emerged from the Afghan side were images of culture, friends, and daily life.” (via)