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The power of radio

The Economist had a short article about the trouble radio is causing in Afghanistan and Pakistan's Swat valley. There are serious echoes of 1994 Rwanda here:

In an era of drones and spy satellites, it may seem odd that crude simple radio transmitters can still make huge mischief. But the scale and sophistication of broadcasting has mutated downwards as well as upwards....In the Swat valley, [Richard Holbrooke] noted in March, “Fazlullah is going round every night broadcasting the names of people they’re going to behead or have beheaded. Any of you who have a recent sense of history will know that that’s exactly what happened with Radio Mille Collines in Rwanda.”

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