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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Voices of the people

An interesting new blog has surfaced in Afghanistan. Afghan Local Radio contains letters sent to radio stations across the country. The latest post explains:

"Contrary to TV and print media, it [radio] is nearly accessible to all in terms of cost and coverage. Even the uneducated can switch it on, listen and feel integrated into the new emerging Afghan society. Radio, thus, incites participation and may on the long term be able to create conditions for a more democratic society."

Take this recent example:

6 Comments:

Blogger Vasco Pyjama said...

Hmmmm... intriguing. Thanks for link. I wonder if it is going to be an ongoing thing. Sounds a bit once-offish.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 6:48:00 pm  
Blogger Clumsy Birds said...

Thankyou, Loewenstein- it's good to see even you can appreciate the progress the US and its Allies have made in Afghanistan.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 2:59:00 am  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

I don't think that's the point of the post, Stewie. Did you read it? But then again, you're only here to try and score political points, aren't you? Good boy.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 11:15:00 am  
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Wednesday, January 18, 2006 7:57:00 pm  
Blogger James Waterton said...

I think he read it. But he also read between the lines.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 8:16:00 pm  
Blogger Clumsy Birds said...

I don't think that's the point of the post, Stewie. Did you read it? But then again, you're only here to try and score political points, aren't you? Good boy.

I realise it wasn't the point of the post. Antony's posts are virtually never pro-US, or pro-Western, just a collection of what may or may not have gone wrong in the West's Mid East policies (mostly from b-grade sites and journalists with an agenda).

Desperate to divert attention from the issue I raised? And, yes I read through the blog.

I believe radio freedom, and Internet freedom for that matter, is an example of progress made by the US and its allies.

In fact, you could also take the radio station’s work as an example of an improving economic system, i.e.,

Most of the radio stations introduced radio envelopes which costs around 5 Afs (around 2 cents) and this turned out to be a good source of revenue for the local radio stations. They make on average around US$ 80 from the letters. Letters which are not in the station envelope will not be read out on the air.

I could also be wrong on this issue, I genuinely hope someone corrects me if that is the case, but I don’t believe any of the Geneva conventions were signed in the 1930s. I’m sure Afghani history classes will improve in the future, especially considering the new ‘place’ of women in society- no Taliban glass ceiling anymore, and all that…

Thankyou, James.

Thursday, January 19, 2006 4:32:00 pm  

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