Good News, In Snippets

by Joshua Foust on 7/17/2009

These are all tidbits of good news, though not really worth their own posts. After today I am ending this quest for exclusively good news about Afghanistan—it was just too depressing.

  • While Afghanistan’s health care system would be mostly horrifying to Westerners, it has made leaps and bounds since 2001, when it was mostly non-existent. The majority of it remains foreign funded and operated, but it at least is there, and is steadily improving.
  • Balint Szlanko’s dispatches from Wardak for World Politics Review have been very interesting. His latest might suffer a bit from selection bias, but he at least does a really good job of keeping some sort of reporterly tradition alive down there.
  • Michael Yon, despite still using ethnicity as a singular proper noun (“a Japanese asked”), notes that in Ghor, a village has electricity. The real success is the growing number of small scale, sustainable micro-hydroplants being built all over the country.
  • The guys at Task Force Warrior, my very excellent hosts at Bagram earlier this year, have done some good work with their Agricultural Development Team. ADTs, much like embedded trainers, are the ones laying the foundation for Afghanistan’s future, but they get almost no attention. the USFOR-A Facebook link also has some good pictures, too.

Well, it’s been a harrowing week on the good news front. I’ll try to keep the good news updated as best I can, but it’s an uphill battle.


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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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