Some Updates

by Joshua Foust on 1/6/2008

I finally had the time to do another Afghanistan roundup at Global Voices Online, and while I was properly chastised for being “too personal” (they prefer writing in a neutral tone, which I normally do just fine; I suppose I was lazy), it does offer some follow-up on a story I want to investigate further: child sexual exploitation. Lots of attention is lavished on the ways adult women are still abused; not much effort seems to be spent learning how children of both genders are stolen and raped for the amusement of the new strongmen running the countryside.


Also, word on the street is that we’re quoted about Afghani blogs in the newest issue of Steppe Magazine, which is quite obviously devoted to Central Asia.

Lastly, a personal request. I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with a pivotal figure in the creation of the Issyk-kul forum, which, in 1987 was the first NGO in the Soviet Union, and the first to proclaim a set of ideals that later were known as perestroika. He mentioned there is a statue in Krygyzstan commemorating this forum, quite probably in Bishkek. Does anyone know or have pictures of it?

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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua's writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

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