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Kabul: City Number One - Part 3
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19:16 19 Jan 2010
I'm a big fan of your work. Unfortunately, I'm unable to watch these videos. The player says that they aren't available "in my area." (I'm in New York.) Do you have any ideas on how to access them? I'm doing research for a documentary film project on Afghanistan, and I think they might be helpful.
21:58 14 Dec 2009
I wondered if anyone else saw that, I only read this bit of the blog about a week ago and then it pops up in the Guardian. I was thinking of writing to them and telling them about this blog so they can get some of the back story. I like the way they omit the fact that it was bombed in the 2001 invasion, quite a key fact, what can you say about the mainstream media?
06:28 14 Dec 2009
Latest news on the Kajaki dam saga:
Sunday 13 December 2009
Taliban stalls key hydroelectric turbine project in Afghanistan
Convoy diverted British troops from front but generator may never be used
19:55 23 Oct 2009
Very interesting stuff; it seems to be a recurring feature of your work that the intuitive concept of power structures (which could be regarded as crudely Darwinian) are anything but.
Also to say that I keep recommending your work to my friends and these have been very popular with many people of my (late 20s) generation, who understandably dislike the clanishness and apologetics of political ideologies/ parties whilst still being interested in ideas and events that are regarded as 'politics'.
17:03 23 Oct 2009
Excellent article (and series), lots of little jigsaw pieces that helped make sense of some details that hadnt rung true in the past.
10:33 22 Oct 2009
Amazing and interesting stuff.
One quibble - Mclelland has, i think, been wrongly portryed in this article. He is the author of "The Achieving Society" which looked at what were the features of societies that had a strong risk taking and achievement characteristics - which he called the Achievement factor that he names "n-ach" - which you can equate with business and capitalism certainly, but i do not remmeber him pushing the American way of life. He focussed on the Gujeratis of india and the Overseas Chinese as societies whuch were high in n-ach, and he suggested that this came from the books and stories that they were read as children which encouraged risk taking, achieving, and entrepreneurial traits. I do not remmeber this book being a ra ra for the US way of life.
10:10 22 Oct 2009
This tells it all. Many thanks for the insight!
03:40 22 Oct 2009
Great research, I think the lesson from the various interventions is that artificial solutions imposed by outsiders is not the model for development. We need a paradigm shift.
12:54 21 Oct 2009
I think there's a quote often attributed to Mark Twain:
"History may not repeat itself, but it rhymes a lot."
Thank you so much for this enlightening and enlivening exposition! Why do we not see more journalism like this on the Beeb?
10:22 19 Oct 2009
Aside from the enlightening revelations you make, I love the connections you draw between different aspects of the country's history. It is almost like Afghanistan has become some sort of children's sandbox for the world's major powers to play out their own ideologies (Britain in the 1840's, America in the 1960's, Soviet Russia in the 1980's and then Britain again in the present day, they say history repeats itself...)
There is so much excellent material here, and clearly a lot more to be found underneath the surface. Please say that we will be seeing some more of this on the BBC soon? (There's only so much I can watch each of your documentaries before insanity sets in).
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