I don't think I've blogged a word in about six months. Such are the harsh terms of my parole agreement. But I wanted to post this great video from SAJAforum-ist Anup Kaphle (whom, it should be noted, is no longer with the Atlantic, but with the Washington Post).
Anup, who is originally from Nepal, traveled to Afghanistan with reporter Graeme Wood and shadowed the Nepali Gurkha regiment, which has fought for the British since 1815. The crucial point of this report is the cultural familiarity that these Nepali soldiers bring to Afghanistan: watch as they trade jokes and songs with the Afghans, and establish a rapport that I suspect is much harder for Westerners to achieve. I also loved watching them dance with British soldiers to Lady Gaga. By the way, Anup and Graeme were able to do their reporting because they won a SAJA Reporting Fellowship.