Articles

The long road to Hamilton from Kabul. A journalist’s story

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By: Jim Poling , managing editor for the Hamilton Spectator  Mir Mahdavi has travelled journalism’s many long roads and along the way he got an education. He’s a brave man. A poet, journalist and, now, a scholar. This morning, at 10:27 a.m., Mir faced a beaming crowd of McMaster University Fall Convocation graduands at Hamilton Place, bowed his head slightly as ... Read More »

How does a friend view me

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By: Jim Poling,  a Managing Editor at The Hamilton Spectator Note: I know Jim for almost eight years, he’s a great man with a worm heart beating for humanity in his chest. Here’s what he has written about me in his blog. In late 2001 when the Taliban lost power in Afghanistan he hoped for a brave new world of free speech ... Read More »

How hate collides with arrogance

A review of “How Iran Controls Afghanistan”, by Fariba Nawa. Foreigner cultural influences in Afghanistan, especially our neighbors, have been a very important issue in Afghanistan’s contemporary history, but recently are becoming a politically problematic and theoretically ambiguous cultural matter to deal with. A review of “How Iran Controls Afghanistan”, byFariba Nawa Foreigner cultural influences in Afghanistan, especially our neighbors, ... Read More »