This rock could spy on you for decades

America is supposed to wind down its war in Afghanistan by 2014. But U.S. forces may continue to track Afghans for years after the conflict is officially done. Palm-sized sensors, developed for the American military, will remain littered across the Afghan countryside — detecting anyone who moves nearby and reporting… »5/29/12 11:20am5/29/12 11:20am

A fascinating documentary on the wooden camera photographers of Afghanistan

In modern Kabul, only two men in town practice the dying art of kamra-e-faoree photography, or shooting pictures with a unique, retrotech wooden camera. This method of picture-taking first caught on in Afghanistan in the 1930s and 1940s. Over the decades, it dwindled in popularity because of political pressure and… »5/08/12 2:10pm5/08/12 2:10pm

A medieval monument to religious pluralism, hidden in the mountains of Afghanistan

One of the great wonders of the medieval world is a very tall, heavily ornamented minaret nestled in a green valley at the edge of the Jam river in what is now Afghanistan. Often called the Minaret of Jam, the monument was almost a millenium ago illuminated by a torch at its top, and surrounded by a thriving town… »7/06/11 4:58pm7/06/11 4:58pm