Sentenced to death for internet download in Afghanistan
Above: Sayed Perwis Kambachsch (Afghanistan). I came across this story in Die Welt, and can’t find an English version yet but I will try and update this post. From the article, it appears Kambachsch has been sentenced to death under Sharia law for downloading and distributing material from the internet that dealt with women’s rights.
He shared these downloads with fellow students and is now, following his conviction and sentencing, the subject of supportive protest not just from the West, but also growing opposition from within Afghanistan itself. Sad insight to the clear relativity of the information age, but “positive” in the growing voices of support from within?
Throw cut underwater cables (somewhere off Dubai’s coast, blamed for the recent internet downing across the region) into the mix and one can see just how tenuous the global infrastructure truly is. A snowstorm and a weak US dollar have slowed the Chinese economic dragon temporarily, and the global economy is still adjusting its belt.
Something about the super bowl here? Nope, but all the more reason to celebrate the banal and the human with the Art Shanty Project this weekend.
Above: Portrait from the Snapshot Shanty blog.
Within this context, a bizarre contrast of culture and climate
revealed in cloth and wool?
It is good to try and think of the whole world, all of the time.