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Posts Tagged ‘afghanistan

When I found out we’re exploring how social media and other web 2.0 technologies have influenced the War on Terror in class this week and our instructions for this blog post, “to explore the blogosphere of a country that begins with the same letter as your name;” the first country that came to mind was Afghanistan. This country has been on my mind a lot lately because my brother-in-law is deployed there as a medic in the Army. He is looking forward to a brief trip home to the US this month for the birth of his first child — my first niece.

After browsing through the Afghanistan section of Global Voices Online, an international community of bloggers who report on blogs and citizen media from around the world, this blog caught my eye:

Circling the Lions Den: A Glance at the Conflict in Afghanistan
The blog is written by Nick Fielding, a citizen of the United Kingdom. His passion for Afghanistan began when he visited the country in the 1970s before violence invaded and it became a country at war. Reading about this blog reminded me of one of my favorite books, The Kite Runner. The plot of the book begins during a time of peace and happiness in Afghanistan and it follows two childhood friends through the many tragedies the country has experienced over the last few decades, from the Soviet invasion to the rise of the Taliban regime. I read this book just a few months before my brother-in-law was deployed this summer. The novel helped educate me on the brutal realities of Afghanistan today, painted a moving picture of the country’s tragic history and still somehow told an inspiring and uplifting story that left a glimmer of hope for the future. That’s what it seems like Nick Fielding is aiming to do in his blog.

“I first visited Afghanistan in the 1970s and was entranced by this remarkable country during what proved to be a short period of peace and calm. No matter what has happened since then, I continue to believe that Afghanistan and its people will have a bright and dignified future. This blog aims to highlight issues and information that don’t always make it into the mainstream media.”

In one of his recent posts, “Afghanistan moving in right direction,” he highlights the Asia Foundation’s Afghanistan in 2010: A survey of the Afghan People , which shows an upward trend in the percent of Afghan people who believe the country is moving in the right direction from 2008 to 2010. During one of my sister’s Skype calls with her husband (my brother-in-law), he had to leave the call to treat injured Afghan civilians – it’s soldiers like him that continue to keep that glimmer of hope alive for the Afghan people.

An influential military blog Cathy pointed out in her community snapshot for class, Bouhammer’s Afghanistan and Military Blog, also had some inspiring posts that I enjoyed perusing. One of the pictures of the day was of an Army medic treating the wounds of an Afghan child and Bouhammer shares that one of his sons served as a medic in the Army in his post, “The Military is in my DNA.”

I’ll leave you with my favorite country music tribute to all the soldiers who have fought for our country, “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,” by Toby Keith.

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