Try and get your head around this:
Sunday, May 31, 2009
How to buy a motorbike in Afghanistan PART 1: Shopping
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
A Chinese bike is cheap for a reason.
So now we ride Japanese bikes. But here in Kabul the quality is not so good. So last week we flew to Herat in the west of the country to buy bikes that are shipped in from Iran and Pakistan.
With some luck we hooked up with the best mechanics (and riders) in town. Brothers Najibullah and Habibullah who had the great selection of bikes in the whole country.
Jeremy, Frauke and I spent some time checking out the bikes, talking 'shop' in bad Dari and trying to make a guessimate of which bike would survive best in the harsh conditions of this country.
Stay tuned for Part 2: Testing and Flying
Pics of the road to hell!
I sent you a link to our article in the Australian last week, but I didnt realise that the pics were only used on the print version.
So another paper: The National (great paper from UAE) used the same story with pics.
hope you like
A good cause. No one has an excuse not to try and help.
Tora Bora Studios
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
So we hope to have some new songs online for your listening pleasure soon and maybe even a video of some tours we are planning.
We are proud to announce the newest member to the band TRYGVE, who has brought banjo, bass, guitar and dobro guitar talents to the band. We had a garden gig last week and personally we were very happy with it. The crowd's feedback verified this and we are looking forward to a summer of music in Kabul and maybe beyond.
Also the space is a chance for others to come and 'make some noise'. We welcome the newest edition to the Kabul music scene: Kyber Zoo. And welcome to the little Afghan Metal Warriors (The next big thing in Kabul metal scene, ok ok the only thing in the Kabul metal scene)
Very interesting trend-setter
Sunday, May 10, 2009
If Steve Jobs (CEO of Apple Mac) became a Muslim, he could be the next prophet.
From my home town
Respect to Seedy
US using Illegal arms in combat
Saturday, May 09, 2009
BAGRAM, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Life as 8-year-old Razia knew it ended one March morning when a shell her father says was fired by Western troops exploded into their house, enveloping her head and neck in a blazing chemical.
Now she spends her days in a U.S. hospital bed at the Bagram airbase, her small fingernails still covered with flaking red polish but her face an almost unrecognisable mess of burned tissue and half her scalp a bald scar.
"The kids called out to me that I was burning but the explosion was so strong that for a moment I was deaf and couldn't hear anything," her father, Aziz Rahman, told Reuters.
"And then my wife screamed 'the kids are burning' and she was also burning," he added, his face clouding over at the memory.
The flames that consumed his family were fed by a chemical called white phosphorous, which U.S. medical staff at Bagram said they found on Razia's face and neck.
It bursts into fierce fire on contact with the air and can stick to and even penetrate flesh as it burns.
White phosphorus can be used legally in war to provide light, create smokescreens or burn buildings, so it is not banned under international treaties that forbid using chemicals as weapons.
Loosing the popularity contest (Again!!!!)
Some might remember a post last year about a bombing raid the US conducted in Farah province last year that killed over 90 people.Well they have gone and done it again in the province:
By Sharafuddin Sharafyar
POLICE opened fire during an angry demonstration in western Afghanistan yesterday, where marchers protested against a US airstrike that the Red Cross says killed dozens of civilians.
One person received a gunshot wound from police fire aimed at trying to control the crowd and prevent them from breaking into the provincial governor's compound in Farah City, deputy governor Younus Rasuli said by telephone.
"They threw stones at the compound and police had to stop them," he said.
The crowd of about 200 demonstrators chanted anti-US slogans as it pelted the building with rocks.
A member of Farah's provincial council helped the US investigate two sites where airstrikes took place this week.
Abdul Basir Khan said 55 people died at one location and 92 at another. He said many of the dead were buried in mass graves.
The US airstrikes hit villages in Bala Boluk district, Farah province during a battle on Monday night and Tuesday, with the full extent of the casualties only coming to light late on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Red Cross said it had seen dozens of dead bodies.
US defence secretary Robert Gates said yesterday he regretted all civilian deaths, but added that he had heard reports the Taleban had thrown grenades into houses in Farah to create casualties that could be blamed on American forces.