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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

Australian Viewers

Sunday, March 28, 2010

If you have access to the TV, keep an eye out for our latest report from Uruzgan being aired on Lateline [ABC/2] on Tuesday at 10 pm.

http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/
posted by Travis, 9:48 am | link | 4 comments |

The latest in Muslim fashion [Seriously!]

posted by Travis, 9:46 am | link | 3 comments |

Nice work Sam

posted by Travis, 8:17 am | link | 0 comments |

From the same neck of the woods

The buzz around the Australian Civilian Casualties stories starts to heat up:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/son-of-diggers-protector-killed-in-raid/story-e6frg8yo-1225844033599
posted by Travis, 8:07 am | link | 0 comments |

In the news this week

The media police are hot on the heals of Dateline:

http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/s2853029.html
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Can someone please get it right..........

SBS's Dateline try to clean up the messy reporting made last year:

http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline/story/watch/id/600361/n/Questions-from-Oruzgan-A-Special-Investigation
posted by Travis, 8:06 am | link | 0 comments |

"Badlands"

http://www.theage.com.au/world/army-decisions-under-fire-20100326-r33j.html

"Sustaining any criminal charges would require substantial corroborated evidence. Without access to the scene of the attack or to the survivors, it may be difficult to convince a jury of military professionals that the evidence points to a guilty verdict beyond reasonable doubt"

and this:

"The Age has confirmed that investigators could not visit the scene of the incident and did not meet any survivors of the attack. In part this is because the troops that would have been needed to provide security for such a visit were occupied with other operations when the request was made."

But:

"The investigators, and the special forces soldiers needed to protect them, also understood that such excursions were not a simple act. Turning up with an armed group of soldiers to ask questions at an Afghan house is very different to an Australian homicide investigation. The Australian newspaper did get to the site of the raid recently and interviewed the father of one of the victims. He reportedly said he did not blame the Australian soldiers, who, he said, had been misled by a local spy. However, the military believes its investigations face difficulties with similar searches for the truth."
posted by Travis, 8:05 am | link | 4 comments |

The blurred line between fiction and non-fiction

Sunday, March 14, 2010

CHECK this out:

Strategic Operations Inc
posted by Travis, 11:12 pm | link | 2 comments |

Chand Ast? [How Much?]

Been trying to load this video for a week, but the connection or lack of it in Afghanistan has got the better of me. So PLEASE go to the following link to see it:

http://talibanksy.posterous.com/

Cool thing is someone is already posting this material online! and aptly entitled it 'Talibanksy'.





and if your into you tuber....check this channel out:
http://www.youtube.com/user/YOMELBOURNETV
posted by Travis, 8:32 pm | link | 2 comments |

Where my house in OZ is:

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

posted by Travis, 12:47 pm | link | 3 comments |

Im Easy like a ..........

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

I know Im planning well ahead, but I got a shack booked at my good friends new pad in Thailand for last week of August. Anyone want to join me?





PS: Seeds can you make a booking for 2 [plus potentially 10 more]......
posted by Travis, 9:13 am | link | 3 comments |

Link of the week

Its the weirdest link I have been sent in a long time.
I get that it is Russian, but he actually doesnt say anything.....
So universal!
And even weirder is that it was made the same year I was born:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oavMtUWDBTM
posted by Travis, 9:13 am | link | 0 comments |

Government bans coverage of Taliban attacks

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Reuters

Afghanistan on Monday announced a ban on news coverage showing Taliban attacks, saying such images embolden the Islamist militants, who have launched strikes around the country as NATO forces seize their southern strongholds.

Journalists will be allowed to film only the aftermath of attacks, when given permission by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) spy agency, the agency said. Journalists who film while attacks are under way will be held and their gear seized.

"Live coverage does not benefit the government, but benefits the enemies of Afghanistan," NDS spokesman Saeed Ansari said. The agency summoned a group of reporters to announce the ban.

The move was denounced by Afghan journalism and rights groups, which said it would deprive the public of vital information about the security situation during attacks.

"The government should not hide their inabilities by barring media from covering incidents," said Laila Noori, who monitors media issues for Afghanistan Rights Monitor, the country's main liberties watchdog. "People want to know all the facts on the ground whenever security incidents take place."
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