20 Dec '14, 7pm

West's cultural influence explodes on streets of Afghanistan

West's cultural influence explodes on streets of Afghanistan

A boy plays cricket on a Kabul street. The long American military presence in Afghanistan may have had some cultural impact on the country, but don't expect baseball to replace cricket, the national obsession, any time soon. Heath Druzin/Stars and Stripes Jeans and designer T-shirts line the walls of one of the many Kabul clothing stores selling Western fashion. After 13 years of international military presence, many young people in Kabul have replaced the traditional shalwar kameez with jeans and designer shirts. Heath Druzin/Stars and Stripes KABUL — Farhad remembers well the hairy aftermath of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. For three weeks straight, men who had been forced to grow long beards under the strict Islamic law imposed by the Taliban lined up day and night outside his barber shop to liberate their faces. “At the time, all we did all day was shave be...

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