Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Afghanistan: "It's Raining Again"

Apologies for the lack of recent posts. Look for more regular blogging this week. I can think of no better way to start than with Arthur Chrenkoff's brand new monthly update on Afghanistan:

Whether or not God is finally smiling on the long-suffering people of Afghanistan and blessing their new democracy with rain, things are definitely becoming interesting for this, one of the poorest countries in the world. With parliamentary election coming up soon, the world's attention is slowly--though one fears, judging by the past experience, briefly--returning to Afghanistan. The political, security, economic and social challenges facing the country are enormous, but progress has been made, slowly and often painfully, much of it missed by the media and thus Western audiences.

If you have been following this series for the past year or so, this will not come as a surprise. Here are another four weeks' worth of stories from Afghanistan, which so often got lost in the usual media chatter about drugs and violence.

It's Raining Again

As Arthur notes, the September 18th parliamentary elections promise to be a major turning point. The Taliban, aided by an infusion of funds and foreign jihadists from al Qaeda, have intensified their flagging insurgency. They are unlikely to succeed. As long as America and the world stand with the Afghan people, the progress that Arthur has so extensively documented will continue.


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