Waiting for the Taliban: A Journey Through North Afghanistan

War correspondent Anna Badkhen returns to Northern Afghanistan in search of the friends she made in the early days of the occupation, back when it was the safest part of an unsafe land Blighted, hopeless, still unspeakably beautiful but now overrun by the Taliban, the region is a different place entirely than the one she first encountered Traveling from village to villagWar correspondent Anna Badkhen returns to Northern Afghanistan in search of the friends she made in the early days of the occupation, back when it was the safest part of an unsafe land Blighted, hopeless, still unspeakably beautiful but now overrun by the Taliban, the region is a different place entirely than the one she first encountered Traveling from village to village, she comes to understand what went so terribly wrong in the North and, by extension, what is going so terribly wrong in Afghanistan in general In her dispatches, which she calls part diary entries, part love letters from a land that stole my heart, she offers one of the most heartbreaking, lyrical portrayals ever of Afghanistan and a powerful warning to those seeking to force the country into a bright new future.Format Note Available for the first time as a collection, Badkhen s dispatches span three weeks of daily coverage to create a short form e book.
Waiting for the Taliban A Journey Through North Afghanistan War correspondent Anna Badkhen returns to Northern Afghanistan in search of the friends she made in the early days of the occupation back when it was the safest part of an unsafe land Blighted hopel

  • Title: Waiting for the Taliban: A Journey Through North Afghanistan
  • Author: Anna Badkhen
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    1 thought on “Waiting for the Taliban: A Journey Through North Afghanistan”

    1. Schockierend, kurzweilig, sprach- und bildgewaltig berichtet Anna Badkhen hier von der Lage in Afghanistan. Man mag kaum glauben, dass unsere Regierung der Meinung ist, Menschen dorthin auszuweisen.

    2. Nine years on from a previous visit, the author returns to an area of northern Afghanistan to see if anything has changed. She finds a harsh and uncompromising stretch of territory from which the Taliban had been driven now anticipating its return. Criticism of the occupying western powers is explicit only here and there in this series of articles for a journal in the United States. It is not necessary. Dispatch after dispatch narrows the focus to a village, a family, a way of scraping an existe [...]

    3. This was a quick, interesting, enlightening read about how life has changed very little for many Afghans since 9/11. It's not that these poor villagers are anti-American, or pro-Taliban, but there are many factors influencing their loyalties top among them is just the basic need for food, shelter, medical care (and jobs would be nice). The Taliban, though vicious, took care of the poor. The current government does not. The Afghanis are not seeing any U.S. aid (or if any donations come through, [...]

    4. A great piece describing how little things have changed in Afghanistan since the Taliban's uprising from a religious policing force. It doesn't outright argue that the Taliban started from noble cause, or that they did noble work, but they did much more for the general populace than the government had (or does for that matter) for quite some time. As with many things in life, a few spoil it for the rest, and those "radicals" were able to derail a system that worked for their culture. Geopolitics [...]

    5. Short story about a reporter who was embedded in Afghanistan in 2001 and returned 9 years later to find that the good will she saw from the Afghans in 2001 when the Taliban were defeated in Northern Afghanistan had been squandered by political indifference and incompetence.

    6. Journalist Anna Badhken wrote a series of blog posts for Foreign Policy magazine in the summer of 2010 on a 21 day trip across Afghanistan; she intended to revisit the same cities and people she had originally encountered during her time in Afghanistan in late 2001, in the wake of the American invasion. This ebook is the compilation of her blog, which can still, I believe, be found online at FP, so you can always check it out for free over there. I picked up this book for context and background [...]

    7. It is an excellent read (though short - 978 Kindle Locations). Pretty much apolitical, it will give you insight as to why simplified Western/American political solutions just don't seem to work in this poor and war-torn country.Insights are derived from the diverse Afghan people the author visits during her most recent trip to Afghanistan. She tells their stories in a travel-diaryish format. Some of the stories are funny (but mostly not), many are sad (heart-wretchingly "How can God let this hap [...]

    8. This is a very personal look at day-to-day life in central Aasia--life under constantly shifting geography and political allegiances. Oddly, it's also mostly a life outside of time: things happen the same way they have for hundreds and thousands of years. Definitely worth a read if you're interested in the culture of rural central Asia. The Pashtun and Uzbek are covered well here, though there are numerous cultural similarities between them and neighboring cultures.

    9. This was an eye-opening look at life in Northern Afghanistan. The author, Anna Badkhen, has toured this land in 2001 and then revisited her territory in 2010 and writes of the changes that have taken hold. This is a fascinating look at a people largely unknown by myself, and I would wager, most Americans. I definitely recommend this quick, informative, and descriptive account.

    10. This is a very thought provoking journey into war torn Afghanistan. I was struck by the extreme poverty experienced by ordinary Afghanis and the distrust of anyone. This is a country with such a complex history that resolution of problems will never be easy due to the divisions in society. The lack of basic human rights is shocking. A very tough but good read.

    11. Light on the details, but I suppose that's expected from the size. I was interested in hearing more from her subjects, or even her driver and translator, rather than her melancholy take on northern Afghanistan's plight. A map would have been nice.

    12. Nice look into author's trip revisiting Afghanistan in 2010. Well written. Overall, there is nothing new in terms of facts in her reporting, but it's very interesting to read about her experiences from a travel perspective. It's a travel journal with background material to provide context.

    13. A well written three week diary of the author's return trip to Afghanistan after almost a decade. Nothing particularly interesting, or revealing: war not going well, Afghanistan is is rife with corruption, it sucks to be an Afghan in a war zone, refugees have it worse, etc.

    14. Painted a good picture of everyday life in Afghanistan and how challenging it is. The author is a journalist who travels back to Afghanistan to describe how much it has changed. Was impressed by the inside perspective of the families that live there and how they view their world.

    15. Not bad. My only quibble is that it wasn't nearly long enough. Most of the metaphors were very good and the language was quite stylistic.

    16. Wonderful read - highly recommend as another insight to what's going on in Afghanistan, or why it's really not working.

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