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The somber depictions of Afghan women on Kabul’s rutted streets offer rare public insight into their lives, still marred by violence and injustice despite progress in women’s rights since the Taliban was toppled over a decade ago.

In an abandoned textile factory, Hassani spray-painted a wall with six willowy figures in sky-blue burqas, who rise out of the ground like ghosts.

"In three decades of war, women have had to carry the greatest burdens on their shoulders," Hassani, who also works in the faculty of fine arts at Kabul University, told Reuters.

Her friend and fellow artist Qasem Foushanji, 25, said he avoids images he describes as cliché, such as the Taliban, but wants to produce socially political art about aspects of Afghan life that “make people go nuts, like women being beaten.”

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Reuters article about Kabul street artists Shamsia Hassani and Qasem Foushanji.

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2 years ago

Boom. Tweet.: An Afghan TV anchor asks: "Why Afghanistan is always being criticized over 'Women Rights'?" →

boomtweet:

  1. “
    Why #Afghanistan is always being criticized over “Women Rights”? Do you know about Saudi Arabia women who even can’t drive???
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    @FarzadLameh Women can’t…
2 years ago
drymouth:

Our ‘stage’ at the old Russian Cultural centre. Bombed heavily during the civil war, it’s now a hangout for junkies. Check out the Taliban caricature graffiti.

drymouth:

Our ‘stage’ at the old Russian Cultural centre. Bombed heavily during the civil war, it’s now a hangout for junkies. Check out the Taliban caricature graffiti.


2 years ago
drymouth:

My band shooting our first video at the old Russian Cultural Centre in Karte Se in Kabul, Afghanistan. 
Full Flickr set here
Edit: this photo is like this photo

drymouth:

My band shooting our first video at the old Russian Cultural Centre in Karte Se in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Full Flickr set here

Edit: this photo is like this photo


2 years ago
"From a party I went to last night: A guy killed his wife on the second night of his wedding. asked, why? ‘she wasn’t virgin.’ asked again about why he didn’t kill her on the first night if so? he said ‘she was virgin then.’ :-)"

A “liberal,” “educated,” “modern” Afghan journalist’s idea of funny, posted on facebook, complete with smiley face.

Hahaha, spousal murder in a culture with endemic sexual violence is SUCH a hoot. 


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2 years ago
The first ever bowling ally in Kabul, Afghanistan for $30 to $35 an hour. Either rich Afghans or expats to play here. Photo taken in front of Pizzeria in Ansari Square, Kabul

The first ever bowling ally in Kabul, Afghanistan for $30 to $35 an hour. Either rich Afghans or expats to play here. Photo taken in front of Pizzeria in Ansari Square, Kabul

3 years ago
Well lookie here, Etisalat is throwing an “EXpat EXclusive” party tonight for white people in douchebag sunglasses. (Guys, guys, we’re becoming parodies of ourselves.) 

Well lookie here, Etisalat is throwing an “EXpat EXclusive” party tonight for white people in douchebag sunglasses. (Guys, guys, we’re becoming parodies of ourselves.) 

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3 years ago

drymouth:

Excellent! We made The Daily What!

thedailywhat:

Headbanging Not Bombs of the Day: Hundreds of lucky Afghans attend a secret rock music festival in Kabul — the first live music concert in Afghanistan since the 1970s.

[aje / nerdcore.]

(Source: thedailywhat)


3 years ago

Blind item

Expat renter to expat house manager: “Our dinner guest tonight is blacklisted by the UN. Is there a house policy for that?” 

House manager: “No, dear. House rules: sanctions or no sanctions, all are welcome in the Kabul abode.”

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3 years ago

Endgame →

drymouth:

Excellent ‘Whither Afghanistan?” from the FT.

It sounds bleak, but looking around, I’ve reached many of the same conclusions myself. The only hope is that a younger generation have seen some what they could have and have seen too much of what they don’t want. They really are the only ones that can face the tribal elders and ethnic warlords playing their age-old games of divide and rule and say, ‘enough’.

3 years ago