Flashbacks

Blasts from the past

Edward Bernays, Father of Public Relations

Back in 1990 I was attending a social meeting of some kind, organized by Harvard, in Cambridge, MA. In those years being Russian at...
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Did the Ukrainians Get What They Dreamt About?

I asked Ukrainian protesters on Kiev's Independence Square in February 2014 to formulate their biggest dream in as little as 10 seconds. Here are their answers: https://www.instagram.com/p/k1dybXIPEM/?taken-by=newsbee "Our...

Rooster Fights in Afghanistan

Afghan men and boys like to watch fights between roosters.Well, maybe women and girls would love them too, but who will let them?

Education in Afghanistan

During the Taliban rule, which came to an end in late 2001, Afghanistan had schools that taught mostly Islamic subjects to boys, while girls...
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All Afghan Men Are Warriors

All Afghan men are warriors. The old ones were fighters in the past, the young ones will become soldiers in the future.There is a...

Travel in Afghanistan

They say there are only good drivers in Afghanistan: all the bad ones are lying at the bottom of mountain gorges. For lack of choice,...

Afghan Women

It's hard to discuss Afghan women, because one can hardly describe the subject concealed for the most part by the controversial blue or white...

Taliban Prisoners of War

Afghanistan's civil war was responsible for the existence of tens of thousands of prisoners captured by the two major parties to the conflict, the...

Ahmad Shah Massoud, the Lion of Panjshir

The late Ahmad Shah Massoud, the Lion of Panjshir, who fought against the Soviet and Taliban armies, remains a cult figure in many parts...

How I Broke 9/11 News to Taliban Fighter

One of the Taliban prisoners-of-war I met at the Do-Ab detention center in the Panjshir Valley in mid-September 2001 was a bespectacled man with...
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Boy Soldiers

Afghanistan's adults unanimously say they are tired of fighting, but their children seem to enjoy the numerous paraphernalia of war, from tanks to heavy...

Gas & Oreo

They say a good flashback can bring out a good story. Don't know. Today I had a flashback related to gasoline and Oreo cookies....

The Cook that Killed ‘Em All

The little person standing on the porch of the prison cell of the Do-Ab detention center for Taliban POWs with his long-bearded friend once...

Baptism by Fire

"You've come here to see the war, so you are going to see it," Aziz was trying to wake up journalists who had just...

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