Benjamin Lowy

EDITORIAL: AFGHANISTAN: Afghan Abs

Since the fall of the Taliban, 90 new gyms have opened in Kabul alone, up from a total of 15. You see them everywhere, tucked into garage-size storefronts beneath huge pieces of plywood bearing the hulking likeness of Arnold Schwarzenegger, or some other bodybuilder. The gyms have names like Gold Gym, Super Gym, and Super Gold Top Gym. They stand in the shadow of shattered war ravaged buildings - evidence of a country struggling to rebuild itself.