Category: "Diaries"

17May
2011

Diaries from Afghan War Zone: Helmand or Hellman?

Latest from the frontline by Massoud Hossaini – AFP war photographer and Afghan journalist

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8Apr
2011

Diaries from Afghan War Zone: A Big Disaster

A completely irresponsible statement by President Hamid Karzai added fuel to the fire in Afghanistan

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21Feb
2011

Diary from Afghan War Zone: Taliban’s Strategy of Civilian Mass Murders

Taliban think that the first part of their “Jihad” which was against the foreign troops is complete…

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28Jan
2011

Diaries from Afghan War Zone: A Bloody Friday

I was about to cry when I saw the pictures of a dead child

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26Jan
2011

Diaries from Afghan War Zone: Quaking president in a complicated society

Hamid Karzai inaugurated the second democratic Afghan parliament on Wednesday but he was sad and angry when he mentioned in the end, “I apologise if I’m angry some times”. Afghanistan is in the first weeks of the most difficult and dangerous year. It’s almost ten years of fighting against terrorism and extremism and this president increases our problems. He is angry just because some of the supporters from his tribe could not go to a parliament which does not have […]

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13Dec
2010

Paki Diaries: President Zardari and TAPI gas deal

Today I received a text message from a friend of mine. Following is the body of the SMS: “Make all the supplications that you’ve got. Any prayers made in a house that has a dog present may be turned down by God (an Islamic concept as the canine is deemed unclean). This country (Pakistan) is our home. And its dog is in Turkmenistan at the moment.” This is one of the forwarded SMS messages that thousands of people like me […]

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11Dec
2010

Paki Diaries: Pakistani Media caught selling porky pies

Hello and welcome! From today onwards I’ll be writing some of my thoughts in shape of diaries. I’ve been asked by Moign Khawaja, the Outernationalist editor, several times during the last few months to stop ranting about the sad state of affairs of my country and start writing my views. Not convinced before, now I’ve decided to stop being a spectator and do something in my capacity to tell both sides of the story. However, I’ll reserve my right to […]

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25Nov
2010

Diaries from Gaza: Within the Borders

“Open your eyes! You are in Gaza!” Years have passed but I am still having the same feelings. Since I was a child, I was sure that we live in a very special and strange place. I open my eyes to the reality that we are experiencing – an extraordinary life, one that is full of pains and hopes, shocks and expectations, a life which is full of obstacles and hard luck… The first thing that I ever realised was […]

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22Nov
2010

Diaries from Afghan War Zone: Concert in a Battleground

I normally go to southern Helmand province with U.S. troops to cover the war between the Taliban and US-led ISAF troops who are fighting terrorism. But this time Farhad Darya’s team invited me to tour with him and asked to photograph his concert in Helmand. Farhad Darya is a famous singer who normally sings in Persian (Dari in Afghanistan) and cannot speak Pashto very well. The 48-year-old singer has been designated as the UNDP (United Nations Development Program) Goodwill Ambassador […]

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7Nov
2010

Diaries from Afghan War Zone: Frontline and the Rest

Oct. 22 at 3 a.m.: Willson Airfield. Finally, US army decided to send us to the southwest of Kandahar to a place called Zari which is the frontline for a big ‘push’. We took off in a military Chinook helicopter and arrived in Siah Choi area at 3:20 am. Soon after touching down, we ran in the darkness and entered a half destroyed village house. Some US soldiers were gathered around a fire and warming themselves. I found an empty space […]

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