Kabul

Don't Shoot the Messenger! Especially If You're The Taliban

Piers Secunda | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK
Piers Secunda

In the early summer of 2010 I sent an email to the owner of an Afghan press agency called "Kabul Pressistan" expecting no response. The email was t...

Election Day in Kabul

Mohammed Subhan | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK
Mohammed Subhan

Here is a plea - not just from me - but from my generation of young Afghans. The soldiers you have lost did not die in vain - the money you have spent has not been wasted - PLEASE - don't throw away what you have achieved. We are going to need your help for a few more years yet. It won't be forever - but it will be longer than two and a half years.

Afghanistan Has Turned a Corner

Duncan Anderson | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK
Duncan Anderson

When one considers the security situation, the threats made by the Taliban, and the miserable weather, the election result has been quite phenomenal. There is something immensely humbling to see groups of people holding up their dyed fingers, as much as to say 'Suck to you, Taliban!'

Veteran Journalist Shot Dead By Afghan Police Officer

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK

Two Associated Press journalists have been shot by a police commander in Afghanistan, leaving one dead and the other seriously injured. German phot...

Afghanistan, K2K and I

Nancy Atkinson-Turner | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Nancy Atkinson-Turner

With an election fast approaching in Afghanistan the presence of the country in our news is stronger than ever. We see it on our TV's everyday and read about it in our newspapers.  But what do we actually know about the country? Behind the bombs?

Two Britons Among 21 'Indiscriminately Killed' In 'Horrific' Kabul Attack

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Two Britons have been confirmed dead after a devastating suicide attack which has killed at least 21 people in Kabul. Wabel Abdallah, the head of t...

She Is Afghanistan's First Street Artist, and She Might Actually Change Our Views

Erik B. Duckert | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Erik B. Duckert

Shamsia Hassani: a young woman and the first street artist ever to emerge from the exhausted streets of Kabul, Afghanistan. Only 25 years old and teaches drawing at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Kabul University, her story just might challenge your views on graffiti - and on Afghan women.

Ten Years After the Baghdad Bombing the UN Must Do More to Protect Its Workers From Deadly Attacks

Ian Richards | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK
Ian Richards

We're no longer the same UN. We're more and more in conflict zones. And we've taken certain decisions that mean we're no longer seen as neutral. The UN flag is now a target instead of a shield. That means we have to change how we go about things, because right now our colleagues and their families are paying too high a price.

Awarding Musical Visionaries

Cathy Graham | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Cathy Graham

It was enormously rewarding to be able to bring the British Council to work in partnership with the Society to bring the honoured Awardees to London to share their experiences with the UK and receive their awards. The British Council's mission is to build trust and understanding between the UK and the rest of the world through the sharing of knowledge, creativity and art.

Taliban Declares War On 'Western' Balloons

Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK

The Taliban has published an angry tirade against the evils of Western balloons. The extremists criticised an art project in Kabul, Afghanistan, in...

Crossing Borders: The Rickshaw Circus - Part Two

Peter Allison | Posted 29.03.2013 | Home
Peter Allison

In the second half of my interview with Peter Gatehouse of the Rickshaw Circus, we discuss his experiences spreading the joy of the circus to some of the most deprived areas of the Middle East.

Crossing Borders: The Rickshaw Circus - Part One

Peter Allison | Posted 29.03.2013 | Home
Peter Allison

Peter is an unfathomably tall and lean individual, so much so that he confounds machines that measure your body-mass index. As an accomplished circus performer, he is one of the best fire-performers and poi-spinners in the UK. He is also exhausted.

Edinburgh Woman Killed In Afghanistan Suicide Bombing

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.09.2012 | UK

An Edinburgh woman killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan sent a poignant tweet on the day she returned to the country's capital, wondering what wa...

Afghan Female Suicide Bomber Kills 12 After Targeting Foreign Bus

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.09.2012 | UK

A female suicide bomber detonated as a minibus full of foreigners in Kabul stopped to refuel on the major road leading to the airport, killing around ...

PICTURES: Teenage Skateboarders Killed By A Child Bomber In Kabul

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 11.09.2012 | UK

Selling trinkets, scarves and chewing gum, child street sellers cluster around the NATO buildings in Kabul to help support their families. One Sat...

The Teen Bomber Who Killed Six

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.09.2012 | UK

Afghan officials have said a suicide bomber, who killed six outside NATO headquarters in Kabul, four of them children, could have been as young as 12....

G4S Set To Extend Deal To Protect British Embassy In Afghanistan

PA | Posted 12.08.2012 | UK

The firm behind the Olympic Games security fiasco has reportedly extended its deal to protect the British embassy in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul. ...

Diary From Kabul - Airline Food

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 31.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Middlebrook

I have, this past few years spent quite a lot of time scratching my testicles at 38,000 feet - what else to do. There is an acquired rhythm to these things, long haul air travel has fleshed out the perfect deal between airline and passenger, and in the most part it works.

Listening, Giving, and Having Compassion

Deborah Smith | Posted 10.08.2012 | UK
Deborah Smith

I'd been in Kabul four weeks and still couldn't decide if I was completely mad. It was certainly a captivating environment to work in, so incredibly different, such an insight into a torn and troubled country.

Diary from Kabul - Doctor Doctor!

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 08.08.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

There is one area of frequent enquiry that streams my way, where I feel that I am not ideally qualified to comment. Doctors in Afghanistan are at best soothsayers, at worse fraudsters.

Diary from Kabul - Being English!

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 04.08.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

All of my friends here come from far-flung places, a broader horizon that dispenses the notion that your own place of birth is best. Each fizzes your blood with unique cultural facets, we are simply part of something bigger.

Diary from Kabul - PTSD and Perms

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 27.07.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

I think I may have been living in a war zone for too long, and it is taking its toll. Before Christmas I was talking with a friend who had been working in regions of conflict exclusively for 10 years and he described that there are something like 59 symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and he exhibited 43 of them.

Nato Air Strike 'Kills Family Of Eight' In Afghanistan

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 27.05.2012 | UK

Eight civilians, including a woman and six children, have been killed by an Nato airstrike in the Paktia province of Afghanistan, local officials have...

Diary from Kabul - One in the Chamber!

Martin Middlebrook | Posted 11.07.2012 | Home
Martin Middlebrook

My name is Martin Middlebrook. The 12 of you who read this regularly know this of course, but by other countries other conventions apply. So depending upon relative status or affection, my moniker here is either Kaakaa Martin, Mr Martin, or Martin Jan.

This Sceptred Isle

Graham Sheffield | Posted 11.07.2012 | UK Entertainment
Graham Sheffield

There is nothing 'soft' about the UK's arts and creative industries, two of our biggest economic assets. Neither is there anything soft about our continuing work through the recent unrest in the Arab world and the British Council remaining on the ground during the last decade in Burma, Iraq and Afghanistan.