July 9th, 2013


Packing for a War Zone

War correspondent Kevin Sites is returning to Afghanistan and shares what he’s packing with Boing Boing’s Xeni Jardin:

For news gathering, Canon Vixia, Nikon D90, GoPro 2, Macbook Air, HyperDrive, collapsible, fold-flat tripod and assorted cables and other odds and ends (nothing top of the line, just reliable and functional.)

Personal maintenance, filter water bottle, some instant coffee packets and some anti-bacterial wipes, three-sets of quick-dry, insect repellant treated clothing (Robert Young Pelton, author of the World’s Most Dangerous Place says he’s going to take away my man-card for that.)

Kevlar helmet and Type IIIA body armor —required for military embeds but not particularly helpful or recommended when reporting in Afghan communities, unilaterally.

Read through for the rest.

Image: Packing for Afghanistan, by Kevin Sites via Boing Boing. Select to embiggen.

Reblogged from The FJP
July 25th, 2012
Afghanistan’s intensifying war by social media has stepped up a notch with free speech activists launching a campaign using Twitter and Facebook to fight wide confusion over competing NATO and Taliban claims, as well as looming government media curbs.
October 11th, 2011


TIME LightBox: Photo Essay

Soldiers Skyping  

"The faces of young men gazing into computer screens using Facebook and talking on Skype epitomized this sense of boredom and longing, so I went about capturing the expressions of soldiers distracted by a technology that connects them to something abstract, yet affords them the comfort in looking home, at war."

Read more: http://lightbox.time.com/2011/09/26/soldiers-skyping/#ixzz1aU1Kfoml

August 16th, 2011



This is an interesting interactive graphic on where opinion leaders from political office, the media, academia and think tanks stand on the Afghan War. It was created by the Afghanistan Study Group to accompany their new report: “A New Way Forward: Rethinking US Strategy in Afghanistan.” Downloadable here

Dead useful.

Where do you stand with everybody here?

Reblogged from The Atlantic
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