Afghanistan News That Isn't So Bad

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Afghanistan isn't just a trending topic among the news. It dominates our media almost as much as Tiger Woods does.


We've all heard the bad. In fact we've heard what's beyond bad. The ugly, the horrifying, and the downright disturbing.

Whether it is about a fallen soldier, suicide bombs, or kidnapping, ever since he 2001 US-led invasion overthrew the Taliban regime the media hasn't stopped with the nightmarish stories that are all too close to reality.

It is beyond rare to hear about something good about Afghanistan, and an Afghan immigrant is trying to change that.

Abdullah Qazi, after moving to America, got tired of seeing his country in such a negative light on the news. Knowing that the news would continue to show Afghanistan in an unfavorable way, he decided to set up a website, goodafghannews.com, that would focus on good things going on in his home country.

The site focuses on pretty much anything positive in Afghanistan. Whether it has to do with sports or transportation impovements, Qazi makes sure the article is uplifting. When it comes to unsavory topics, Qazi still makes them favorable and pleasing.

In the few months since Qazi launched Good Afghan News with the slogan "Afghan News That Will Make You Happy," he has registered thousands of hits from Afghans all over.

He may not have changed the way our nation's media portrays his country, but he is slowly trying to make America see that Afghanistan is just another country trying to make its way in the world. Reading about the positive things in this torn-up country is just a click away.

2 comments:

Julia Robinson March 2, 2010 at 10:38 AM  

First of all, great lead. Not only was it comical, it was a great attention getter. Who doesn't know about Tiger Woods right now?

I really enjoyed reading this blog post. I have to agree that since incidents like Sep. 11 it seems that most people think of places like Afghanistan in a negative light, so it's a very unique idea for Qazi to try and balance those negative thoughts with a positive website. It caught my interest enough for me to check out the site myself!

Katelyn Chamberlin March 2, 2010 at 11:42 AM  

This is a really awesome blog post Kate. I liked the way you used humor to get your points across. It definitely made it interesting to read. As for the Web site dedicated to good news in Afghanistan, I think it may be exactly what Afghanistan, as well as our country needs right now. I feel that sometimes there is so much negativity regarding what's going on in Afghanistan that we fail to see the good that has come from it. This Web site might put America at ease a little bit more, knowing that all our military efforts have helped.

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