Choice in Afghanistan

The television in my Kabul hotel, the Euro Guest House, has 1223 channels. I'm pretty sure I've never seen more than 400-500. Clearly overkill, I take it to be an expression of the new Afghanistan of choice and an improvement on the harsh repression of the Taliban era.

And given a choice, Afghans seem to lean towards news and sex -- I counted about 100 channels of each. Yet there's also an incredibly wide selection, including at least 19 different languages from over 30 countries. Not a bad way to learn about the world outside.

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