Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Most of the housing in Afghanistan is of the humble, single-story, mud-walled variety. But in the neighborhoods not far from the Embassy one spots a great number of houses like the one pictured above - noticeably new, flashy, and of course relatively expensive. Every developing country I'm familiar with has a neighborhood like this, where the ruling elites live, and those few who make huge profits off of the country's prominent industries, whether legal or, ahem, not-so-legal.

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