New Blogs: Afghan Citizen

by Joshua Foust on 12/23/2008

Baktash Siawash is a Kabul-based journalist who’s been running blogs since mid-2003. His Persianblog-hosted site got canceled after he pulled a Kambakhsh and asked some uncomfortable questions, but now he’s on good old Blogspot.

Siawash has a great perspective on what’s going on, as he seems to have a good sense of not only what can add insight into an Afghan perspective, but also how to play that to an English-speaking audience. Recent stories have discussed Mullah Omar’s terms of negotiations, how mobile phones are driving up the divorce rate, and those girls who had acid sprayed in their faces.

Baktash blogs at

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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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