Skateistan: Combining skateboards with education in Afghanistan

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Sunday 2 February 2014

Using skateboards as a ‘tool for empowering youth,’ Skateistan is not your ordinary non-profit program in Afghanistan. For starters, Skateistan works with kids aged 5 to 18, focusing especially on girls and working children to give them better opportunities in education, leadership and friendship.

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Inflatable maternity saddle is introduced to Afghanistan

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Thursday 3 October 2013

A genius design by Peter Muckle and British charity HealthProm now eases the burden on women about to give birth in remote areas of Afghanistan. It’s an inflatable donkey saddle that was crated with an inflatable camping cushion, an armrest from an airbed and part of an inflatable pool lounger. Dr. Azada Parsa, the project […]

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Mysterious lights dancing in Afghan skies

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Photography on Monday 26 August 2013

The mystery of the dancing light in Afghan skies remains unsolved. First noticed to form around helicopter blades when the atmosphere was particularly dusty, the lights are most likely formed by some sort of friction between the helicopter blades and the minerals in the dust.

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Afghan By Blood, Redneck by the Grace of God

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Thursday 10 January 2013

Artist Aman Mojadidi, who grew up as a American citizen of Afghan heritage, taps on the seemingly rich contradictions in his identity to probe the ‘geography of self’. There’s parodic genius of both cultures in his works, from his Jihadi Gangster persona who runs for Parliament in Afghanistan, to parading conflict chic in the form of conflict zone fashion like bullet-proof vests lined with Afghan fox fur. Mojadidi recently gave a brilliant TED talk which offers more insight into his method.

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Afghanistan in Photos

Nini Baseema Contributor

By Nini Baseema in New Photography on Tuesday 31 July 2012

It’s summer, everyone else around me seems to be on holiday, and I spend most of my day sitting in the office filling in for the rest of the world. At least, that’s how it feels to me at the moment. A welcome distraction and source of inspiration is this Facebook page and Tumblr blog I recently discovered. Afghanistan in Photos does both: the photos please the artistic eye and they invite the viewer on a virtual trip to a distant land filled with beautiful people and outstanding landscapes. Hurray for virtual traveling like that.

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Lion of Panjshir

Ben Lee Reader Find

By Ben Lee in New Music on Friday 16 January 2009

The Los Angeles musician, Ariana Delawari — aka Lion of Panjshir — is half Afghan and half Sicilian and makes wonderfully enlightened weirdo folk rock. I hope she takes that as a compliment! Her music is delicate and powerful and she is a pure artist. Everything she does has that magic light in it. She […]

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War Rugs

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in Cool Travel on Wednesday 20 February 2008

Afghanistan has always been famous for rugs. The impact of several decades of political turmoil has left its mark on this national art. However, Turkmen weavers have been weaving what are known as ‘war rugs‘ that depict weapons, military vehicles, and even the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. Notice the dove in the center, indicating […]

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