2004 vs. 2014. What a difference a prez makes.
Afghan voting under Obama:
2014: Right photo from a few months back shows Afghans who had their fingers cut off by the Taliban as punishment for voting.(thanks to TROP)
2004: Below Afghan voting under Bush:
2004: Afghan refugee Moqadasa Sidiqi, 19, creates history, being the first person to vote in Afghanistan’s first presidential election.
New Yorker, Mrch 2014: On April 5th, the scheduled date of Afghanistan’s upcoming Presidential election, there will be around a dozen polling centers in Chak, a narrow valley of mud homes and alfalfa farms that lies some forty miles from Kabul. A few of the centers, which are essentially rooms with a section curtained...