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Afghanistan’s Persian Linguistic Identity
November 14, 2017

Afghanistan’s Persian Linguistic Identity

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
What's in a name when it comes to an official language? Quite a lot for Afghanistan.

Central Asian States Strive to Distill Local Culture
August 02, 2016

Central Asian States Strive to Distill Local Culture

By Catherine Putz
The Silk Road, a “cultural artery," brought to the region all kinds of foreign influences.
Afghanistan's Love-Hate Relationship With Homosexuality
June 15, 2016

Afghanistan's Love-Hate Relationship With Homosexuality

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
Contrary to popular perception, some Islamic cultures have a long, vibrant history of tolerance for homosexual behavior.

Afghanistan's American Idol: Americanization or Anti-Americanism?
March 15, 2016

Afghanistan's American Idol: Americanization or Anti-Americanism?

By Nima Zahedi Namegh
Afghanistan’s “Afghan Star” has become a venue for forging Afghan identity.

A Glimpse of Afghanistan's Future -- On the Ski Slopes
March 28, 2015

A Glimpse of Afghanistan's Future -- On the Ski Slopes

By Sanjay Kumar
In Afghanistan’s historic Bamiyan province, a skiing competition is showing off the country’s changing demography.

September 22, 2010

Afghanistan Shot and Told

Photojournalist Michael Connolly shares his experiences and impressions of the country.

Staying in the Ring
September 17, 2010

Staying in the Ring

Afghanistan’s brave female candidates stay in the running despite serious dangers.

Out of the Ashes
June 10, 2010

Out of the Ashes

Are Afghanistan’s cricket dreams dashed with the Asia Cup? Or just ‘rising out of the ashes?’

February 19, 2010

Afghanis-naan?

An Atlantic feature titled ‘The National Bread of Afghanistan,’ accompanied by a 21-photo slideshow, got me wondering what kind of last minute editorial bind they must have been in to produce such an extensive piece on bread in their food section. Ce

January 14, 2010

Not a Punch in the Face

‘A lot of the contemporary art I’ve seen from the Middle Eastern region has been too much about punching you in the face with politics and not enough about celebrating other stories, other histories and the sophisticated culture of these places, whic

January 13, 2010

Art's 'Tiny' Transformation

The word ‘miniature’ conjures up kitschy images in my mind. In my Canadian hometown for instance, there’s a museum called Miniature World, which features a series of, in my opinion, melodramatic shrunken dioramas including a ‘World of Dickens’ and ‘E

October 22, 2009

Afghanistan Opium Report & Drug Therapist Mao

Five times as many people have died from heroin overdoses in NATO nations over the past 8 years than the total number of NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan, according to the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). This week the group released their

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