November 9, 2005

They didn't think you wanted to be burdened with too much knowledge...

Cori Dauber notes that Monday the NY Times had a pessimistic front page article about the slow pace of development in Afghanistan. And then yesterday they had an article on the sizzling pace of private development in Afghanistan, and how foreigners find that their expectations of violence and danger are overblown...

...Noor Delawari, director of Afghanistan's central bank, acknowledged the regulatory confusion but said the economy was booming in spite of it, expanding at a projected 14 percent this year, up from 10.6 percent in 2004. Much of the expansion is being fueled by construction as the country rebuilds after nearly three decades of war.

Aside from the improving security picture, it is the bustle that is feeding the upbeat attitude of foreign business executives. Ms. Sheffield said that it was once possible to show visitors devastation from the wars. "Not any more," she said. "It's disappearing fast."...

So where did the Times put this article? On page C-11!

Posted by John Weidner at November 9, 2005 9:37 PM
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