Why Isn’t Pakistan More Upbeat?

by Joshua Foust on 1/4/2009

Steve Coll’s blog at The New Yorker is required reading—given his decades of experience in South Asia and Afghanistan (and his excellent book Ghost Wars), the man routinely puts forth legitimate wisdom about the area. But this post of his was pretty amusing: after recounting the pages upon pages of headlines in Dawn about murders, car bombings, kidnappings, terrorism, and so on, Coll wonders, “Surely an adorable zoo animal gave birth somewhere, people.”

Well, I mean Pakistan isn’t exactly Knut. Even so, that’s pretty funny! In a related note, has anyone else ever marveled at the outstanding quality of the journalism at The New Yorker? Packer, Coll, Wright, Hersch… to say nothing of their freelancers, are almost all uniformly well written, well researched, and truly insightful.

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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from Registan.net. 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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