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(Foreign Policy)   Apparently the past ten years of military operations and diplomatic work in Afghanistan has freed the country enough for the skateboarders to take over...which is apparently a good thing (w/pics)   (foreignpolicy.com) divider line 49
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2012-09-12 08:54:41 AM
Radical, Muslims!
 
2012-09-12 09:11:40 AM
It's a good thing, except when some die in a bomb blasts:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-afghan-skateboard e rs-20120912,0,127672.story
 
2012-09-12 10:57:34 AM
splashographics.com

Off the wall, across the world!
 
2012-09-12 11:41:27 AM
i'm old and grumpy but i think skaters are awesome.
fun to watch if they're good
fun to watch if they're bad
 
2012-09-12 11:43:22 AM
When it is safe to walk through Kandahar as an Emo, then you will know that Freedom is secure.
 
2012-09-12 11:44:37 AM
Skating is another tool that will help bring together the young brothers and sisters of the world!
 
2012-09-12 11:44:43 AM
Say what you will about skateboarders, but an explosion in their population means a few things, namely:

1) The pizza joints in the area are now passable.
2) Someone knows a good place to buy weed.
3) At least one guy in town knows how to properly appreciate the punk music of the 1970s.
 
2012-09-12 11:45:20 AM
Then I humbly volunteer to export all our local skateboarders to Afghanistan. For the greater good.
 
2012-09-12 11:46:33 AM
Good. Maybe now those girls will be able to skate away from the acid attacks.
 
2012-09-12 11:47:13 AM
Imagine an entire city of steps and railings.
 
2012-09-12 11:50:02 AM
apparently, apparently, apparently.
 
2012-09-12 11:53:37 AM
Goddamn you grumpy SOBs are annoying.

Slideshow was awesome. Best of luck to 'em.

Also, damn I love this pic
 
2012-09-12 11:53:57 AM

Sybarite: Radical, Muslims!


I see no reason to read further.
 
2012-09-12 11:54:25 AM

Pathman: i'm old and grumpy but i think skaters are awesome.
fun to watch if they're good
fun to watch if they're bad


You just keep watching, waiting for that perfect moment when a failed ollie turns into an epic nut-shot.
 
2012-09-12 11:54:34 AM
Thursday's headline: scores of skateboarding youth lined up and beheaded one by one in whatever passes for a public square, there. The Taliban was quoted as saying, "these do nothing to glorify the name of Muhammad (pbuh)."

Liberals will tell us that we are racist for judging their culture as being inferior, or, heaven forbid, broken.

Everyone will still rally around the Foreign Policy candidate in November as our diplomats are slaughtered overseas. After all, wouldn't want to be thought of as a racist.
 
2012-09-12 11:57:24 AM
"Skate or Die!"
 
2012-09-12 11:57:42 AM

GORDON: Thursday's headline: scores of skateboarding youth lined up and beheaded one by one in whatever passes for a public square, there. The Taliban was quoted as saying, "these do nothing to glorify the name of Muhammad (pbuh)."

Liberals will tell us that we are racist for judging their culture as being inferior, or, heaven forbid, broken.

Everyone will still rally around the Foreign Policy candidate in November as our diplomats are slaughtered overseas. After all, wouldn't want to be thought of as a racist.


Troll somewhere else.
 
2012-09-12 12:05:01 PM

GORDON: Thursday's headline: scores of skateboarding youth lined up and beheaded one by one in whatever passes for a public square, there. The Taliban was quoted as saying, "these do nothing to glorify the name of Muhammad (pbuh)."

Liberals will tell us that we are racist for judging their culture as being inferior, or, heaven forbid, broken.

Everyone will still rally around the Foreign Policy candidate in November as our diplomats are slaughtered overseas. After all, wouldn't want to be thought of as a racist.


Squares stick out moreso than usual in a skateboarding/punk rock thread.
 
2012-09-12 12:06:29 PM
Some Bass Playing Guy: It's a good thing, except when some die in a bomb blasts:

Marine1: Say what you will about skateboarders, but an explosion in their population means a few things

I has a funnysad
 
2012-09-12 12:07:22 PM
Reminds me a lot of this:

images.moviepostershop.com

AWESOME film about a group of guys who just want to be left alone to do their thing despite living in a warzone.
 
2012-09-12 12:08:43 PM
Actually, that's a great thing. It means kids actually have leisure time and feel safe enough to do fun outdoor activities. Plus the cross-cultural polination makes realating to each other eaiser. Wins all around.
 
2012-09-12 12:15:14 PM

AllUpInYa: "Skate or Die!"


So those NES game levels about skateboarding through minefields and terrorists in a post-apocalyptic wasteland were historically accurate?
 
2012-09-12 12:17:13 PM
www.foreignpolicy.com

Isn't that where the Taliban blew up the Buddhas? Fark them to hell.

Also, does anyone remember a punk song from over 30 years ago?
Punk Islam
Punk Islam
Punk Islam from Pakistan
Istanboooool Punk
Istanbuooool Punk
 
2012-09-12 12:18:38 PM
In other interesting news it looks like 90% of the skateboarders are female.
 
2012-09-12 12:21:31 PM
You know what this means!

Snowboarding is just around the corner.
 
2012-09-12 12:23:52 PM

wildstarr: In other interesting news it looks like 90% of the skateboarders are female.


They're not big on haircuts over there.

/neither are the skaters here
 
2012-09-12 12:25:01 PM
Wanna win a war? Drop iPods, blue jeans, and porno instead of bombs. Hard to fight when you're busy in your bunk.
 
2012-09-12 12:25:19 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

Destroyed by the Taliban government in 2001. That's a lot of effort to build a skate park.

More Buddhas of Bamiyan
 
2012-09-12 12:29:12 PM

wildstarr: In other interesting news it looks like 90% of the skateboarders are female.


It's still funny when girls miss a trick and catch a board to the privates though. Just not as funny as a guy.

lol youtubes
 
2012-09-12 12:29:34 PM
PanicMan: Plus the cross-cultural polination makes realating to each other eaiser.

Drop me in; I will cross-pollinate, as it were.
 
2012-09-12 12:30:42 PM
Taliban Kill Skateboarders

It ain't all grinds and heel flips, yet, kids.
 
2012-09-12 12:32:53 PM
This, more than anything we've done over there, gives me hope for young Afghans' futures. Love the photos of smiling girls in hijabs clutching their skateboards.

I also didn't realize Afghanistan's population was so young--70% under 25. Damn, I feel like an old fart!
 
2012-09-12 12:41:23 PM

Almet: GORDON: Thursday's headline: scores of skateboarding youth lined up and beheaded one by one in whatever passes for a public square, there. The Taliban was quoted as saying, "these do nothing to glorify the name of Muhammad (pbuh)."

Liberals will tell us that we are racist for judging their culture as being inferior, or, heaven forbid, broken.

Everyone will still rally around the Foreign Policy candidate in November as our diplomats are slaughtered overseas. After all, wouldn't want to be thought of as a racist.

Troll somewhere else.


The troll has a point... the T-beards have a history of making examples of anyone who sticks up in Afghanistan. And they operate with near-impunity in many areas of the country. I can easily see them deciding to murder these kids as a warning to everyone else not to "act western".
 
2012-09-12 12:42:22 PM

Porous Horace: Isn't that where the Taliban blew up the Buddhas? Fark them to hell.

Also, does anyone remember a punk song from over 30 years ago?
Punk Islam
Punk Islam
Punk Islam from Pakistan
Istanboooool Punk
Istanbuooool Punk


My first thought too.
 
2012-09-12 12:44:30 PM

I should be in the kitchen: This, more than anything we've done over there, gives me hope for young Afghans' futures. Love the photos of smiling girls in hijabs clutching their skateboards.

I also didn't realize Afghanistan's population was so young--70% under 25. Damn, I feel like an old fart!


That's because anyone who would be over 25 was probably killed in the last 30 years.
 
2012-09-12 12:45:07 PM
I should be in the kitchen:
I also didn't realize Afghanistan's population was so young--70% under 25.

Sadly, that's what decades of near-constant war does...
 
2012-09-12 12:46:16 PM
Skateboarding ruined my life.
 
2012-09-12 12:54:32 PM

wildstarr: In other interesting news it looks like 90% of the skateboarders are female.


Yeah, I notice that a lot of the pictures where skater-chicks, which is really cool considering that in parts of Afghanistan the very act of a women opening a book, even the Koran, will get you a face full of acid.
 
2012-09-12 12:55:06 PM
Another point:

If I can glean anything from those photos, it's that we're obviously losing, no real progress is being made, and those people want nothing to do with our culture. Every one of those kids was forced to ride those boards by an Imperialist US Marine who held a gun to their head and told them to look happy for a camera. We obviously need to just leave and let them kill each other off.
 
2012-09-12 12:57:48 PM

GranoblasticMan: Pathman: i'm old and grumpy but i think skaters are awesome.
fun to watch if they're good
fun to watch if they're bad

You just keep watching, waiting for that perfect moment when a failed ollie turns into an epic nut-shot.


pretty much
 
2012-09-12 12:57:58 PM
SKATE JIHADIS!!

Nice news, but the Taliban will exterminate them when they take over again...
 
2012-09-12 01:02:16 PM
As someone who's been skating over 27 years, I think this is wonderful. It's one of the few activites that combines person freedom, creativity, and an absolute focus. I simply can not think about work, or any other issues, while I'm on my board.

see also: Snowboarding
 
2012-09-12 01:21:53 PM
I dont skate anymore was meh when I did. But they look lik they are having fun, which they really need over there.
 
2012-09-12 01:25:07 PM

Devolving_Spud: [upload.wikimedia.org image 727x600]

Destroyed by the Taliban government in 2001. That's a lot of effort to build a skate park.

More Buddhas of Bamiyan


but, but, but, isn't ignorance suppose to be bliss?
 
2012-09-12 01:33:51 PM

dennysgod: wildstarr: In other interesting news it looks like 90% of the skateboarders are female.

Yeah, I notice that a lot of the pictures where skater-chicks, which is really cool considering that in parts of Afghanistan the very act of a women opening a book, even the Koran, will get you a face full of acid.


This is one of those convenient times where the Koran says nothing about skateboards and the girls don't violate any of the Sacred Holy Ordinances by doing it, so it's alright.

Until it isn't.
 
2012-09-12 01:57:15 PM

AngryJailhouseFistfark: This is one of those convenient times where the Koran says nothing about skateboards and the girls don't violate any of the Sacred Holy Ordinances by doing it, so it's alright.


SSHHHHHH. Don't jinx it. You don't want the grownups to notice.
 
2012-09-12 03:47:15 PM

Almet: GORDON: Thursday's headline: scores of skateboarding youth lined up and beheaded one by one in whatever passes for a public square, there. The Taliban was quoted as saying, "these do nothing to glorify the name of Muhammad (pbuh)."

Liberals will tell us that we are racist for judging their culture as being inferior, or, heaven forbid, broken.

Everyone will still rally around the Foreign Policy candidate in November as our diplomats are slaughtered overseas. After all, wouldn't want to be thought of as a racist.

Troll somewhere else.


You're quite right. Please pass on your opinion to the US consulate in Bengazi. I hear the US ambassador and three of his staffers are in residence, there.

Commiecrat farkwad

 
2012-09-12 09:43:33 PM
As Fark's resident OG Skater, I officially declare those pictures to be totally rad.
 
2012-09-13 05:58:57 PM
THX 1138

I got to see them play a midnight show in a small club in Columbus, Ohio. Decent old-schooly thrash metal. Bought their last hat. They were a very cool bunch of guys. They're supposed to be recording a full-length album (there's a good 4-song EP on Amazon) but I haven't heard anything about it.
 
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