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Just today, two news stories came over the AP wire discussing Afghanistan.

→ http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20030309_649.html

The first Afghan radio station programmed solely for women has begun broadcasting in the capital, the station's director said Sunday.

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"The programs will focus on women the problems they face and how they can find solutions for them," she said. "We have music, interviews for women, social programs for women and entertainment programs for women."

The former Taliban government, which was overthrown in a U.S.-led bombing campaign in 2001, banned girls from school and prevented most women from working. Women were also prohibited from leaving home unaccompanied by a male relative.

→ http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20030309_577.html

"Planting its flag in cyberspace," Afghanistan will officially activate its .af Internet domain name on Monday for Afghan e-mail addresses and Web sites, officials and the United Nations said.

The effort, a joint collaboration between the U.N. Development Program and the Afghan Ministry of Communications, marks a giant technological leap for a country where the Internet was banned for years during the former Taliban regime.

US actions in Afghanistan were motivated by our own immediate interests. But that doesn't change the fact that now, a year and a half later, life is better for the people of Afghanistan.

It's not perfect. Few people in Afghanistan can afford Internet access. Women are not as free as in the liberal democracies of the west. But what we did was to, for our own selfish ends, give the Afghans a second chance at freedom.

- Tom | permalink | changelog | Last updated: 2003-03-09 11:15

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