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Apr. 8th, 2003 | 11:15 pm

Tonight I went to a talk on Revolutionary Association of Women of Afghanistan. One of the speakers was from Afghanistan while the other was a western feminist scholar who just wrote a book with all our strength.

The basic summary, life has not improved for the women of Afghanistan or really anyone else. The warlords currently in power were the same misogynist "fundamentalists" the US funded to to bleed the soviets. They were also the same powers as the ones who helped further destroy the country with a multi-year civil war. (The taliban was a different "fundamentalist" movement from Pakistan, also funded by the US, but after the Norther Alliance warlords)

The claim that Afghanistan has been "liberated" and is now "democratic" is also apparently untrue. students were killed during protests over conditions at Kabul University.

Kind of makes one doubt the united states claims of liberation for Iraq as well.

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Josh

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from: irilyth
date: Apr. 8th, 2003 11:45 pm (UTC)
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Not to get too embroiled in politics, but one difference between Afghanistan and Iraq is that rebuliding costs money, and Iraq is sitting on top of a big source of it, whereas Afghanistan is almost entirely devoid of it, or of any way to produce it (that doesn't involve poppies). I suspect that the Iraq rebuilding/democratization effort will go better (and get more attention) because there's money to be had, and money to be made, from doing it. Scarce resources sent to Afghanistan are far less likely to yield much in return, from an investor's point of view; and thus, many fewer people are willing to invest there.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Apr. 9th, 2003 05:04 pm (UTC)
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That's a good point. Somewhat sad though since some noticible fraction of Afghanistans problems stemmed from the US funding gurillas to fight the soviets, so it would seem to me that the US government is somewhat responsible for the situation in Afghanistan.

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Robin

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from: solri
date: Apr. 9th, 2003 07:51 am (UTC)
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RAWA are an excellent organistation. I've been following their briefings since before the invasion of Afghanistan.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Apr. 9th, 2003 05:05 pm (UTC)
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Thankfully here at Caltech there was a rather politically active Afghan woman who introduced us to RAWA.

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