Afghanistan:

Jirga – a film in Afghanistan

29 September 2018 | Media

Benjamin Gilmour, a very enterprising Australian filmmaker, has just released Jirga, a film not just set in Afghanistan, but actually made there. Mike Wheeler, an Australian soldier stationed in Afghanistan, took part in a raid on a village in the Kandahar area of ...

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Nancy Hatch Dupree & Afghanistan

15 September 2017 | Culture

The amazing Nancy Hatch Dupree died, aged 89, on September 10. There were fine obituaries for her in The Economist and The New York Times and many other places. I never met her, but I certainly knew her most famous book very well indeed: An Historical Guide to Afghani...

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Afghan Carpets

27 November 2014 | Culture

I’m regularly amazed at how many people I know who have spent time in Afghanistan, have connections with Afghanistan or even visit the country. Alexandra and Leigh Copeland have been dealing with Afghan carpets ever since they spent time in the country in the e...

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Bad Lands changes

22 April 2014 | Media

Bad Lands – my foray along the Axis of Evil, President George W Bush’s trio of Iran, Iraq and North Korea, plus six other ‘bad’ countries, was published in April 2007. A revised second edition came out in mid-2010 and I commented that remarkably little had changed: ‘T...

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Afghanistan – the Minaret of Jam & Nancy Hatch Dupree

10 December 2013 | Living

When I visited the Yungang Caves in China recently I commented on how the great regret of my travel life was missing out on the Buddha statues at Bamiyan in Afghanistan. I didn’t get up to Bamiyan when I was in Afghanistan in 1972. When I got there in 2006 the statues...

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