In July 2001, the Taliban government in Afghanistan banned access by Afghans to the Internet. The next month, they extended to ban to include foreigner present in Afghanistan (this got considerably more press).
Almost a year and a half after the U.S. liberation of Afghanistan from the Taliban, the new government restored access to the Internet and reclaimed the temporarily defunct “.af” top-level domain.
Now — as of last Tuesday — an Afghan named Waheed has started what he believes is Afghanistan’s first blog. And it most probably is.
Best of luck to Waheed — and to all Afghans to enjoy their freedom of speech from now on!
(Hat tip: Adam Greenwood.)