The Hippie Trail: Afghanistan Before the War

Back in the mid-1950s to the late 1970s, Afghanistan was, in fact, a major tourism destination. A variety of folks would be found in the plethora of hotels and tourism agencies in Kabul and other cities. The "hippie trail," as it was known in Europe, crossed a multitude of Muslim countries, causing a boom in … Continue reading The Hippie Trail: Afghanistan Before the War

The Civil War & The Rise of the Taliban: A Brief History of Afghanistan, pt 2

Part 1 | Part 2 Afghanistan has always been a country of valleys. Only 12% of Afghan soil is arable, just half of which is actually cultivated due to water scarcity, making Afghanistan one of the driest, roughest patches of territory in the world. What water can be had is usually sourced from the mountains, … Continue reading The Civil War & The Rise of the Taliban: A Brief History of Afghanistan, pt 2

From the Soviets to the Civil War: A Brief History of Afghanistan, pt 1

Part 1 | Part 2 Mostly taken from No Good Men Among the Living by Anand Gopal. This is part 1 explaining the context of the Soviet invasion and its resulting civil war which led to the rise of the Taliban, coming up in pt 2. In the 1950s a wave of reforms swept Afghanistan … Continue reading From the Soviets to the Civil War: A Brief History of Afghanistan, pt 1