February 13, 2013
Kathy Kelly discusses Obama’s State of the Union address._
February 13, 2013
By Dr Hakim ( Dr Teck Young, Wee )
…the UN calls the acute malnutrition of nearly one million children in the Afghan south ‘shocking’. Almost three quarters of all Afghans do not have access to safe drinking water. On several occasions in the past few years, Afghanistan was declared the worst country for children and women, and yet, many of us still hold this warped presumption, “Afghanistan is the worst country for children and women but whatever we are doing over there MUST somehow be right!”
Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, talks to Laura Flanders about the economic and social conditions in Afghanistan and what the US “departure” and a “light-footprint strategy” look like to Afghans.
The war in Afghanistan is America’s longest war. It’s also the most invisible. In eight hours of grilling of the man who would be the next Defense Secretary, the subject barely arose.
Watch ‘Afghan Abdulhai reaches out to the Chinese President’ : Look, this is the border of China, & this is Afghanistan’s. I want a better life without borders.We human beings created borders, like with this ruler, Jamshade. And we were separated from one another. I am writing 朋友 ‘peng yu’, which means ‘friends’. For the current Chinese President Hu Jin Tao, & the future President Xi Jin Ping, I have this message : 我要跟你们喝中国茶 ‘Wo yao gen ni men he zhong guo cha’ ‘I want to drink Chinese tea with you!’ 谢谢! ‘xie xie!’ ‘Thank you!’ Friends everywhere, write to
Kathy Kelly: Raz Mohmmad, what do you think about drones?
Raz Mohammad: I think drones are not good. I remember how, in my village, a drone attack killed my brother-in-law and four of his friends. It was truly sad. A beautiful life was buried and the sound of crying and sorrow arose from peaceful homes. I say that this is inhumane. Today, the idea of humanity has been forgotten. Why do we spend money like this? Why don’t we use an alternative way? The international community says that drones are used to kill the Taliban. This is not true. We should see the truth. Today, it’s hard to find the truth and no one listens to the people.
January 8, 2013
We’ll go to Kabul, Afghanistan, to speak with activist Kathy Kelly about the on-going discussions between President Karzai and Obama over US troop withdrawals. And, we’ll examine the various pieces of gun control legislation introduced into Congress. Plus, a look at a controversial proposed ordinance in Los Angeles that would ban the sharing of rental apartments by multiple families.
As Afghan President Hamid Karzai visits Washington DC this week, high on the agenda in his talks with President Barack Obama is the manner and detail of US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Karzai has been publicly very critical of the US in recent months, relaying his dissatisfaction in speeches, particularly over issues of national sovereignty.
January 10, 2013
I visited Kabul in December as part of an international delegation to meet with community groups and ordinary people, to learn about the impacts of the war and about local peace-building efforts. Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, is considered the most corrupt city in the world, and one of the most polluted. Afghanistan also has the highest number of internal refugees in the world. In the last decade, millions of refugees have arrived in Kabul from rural provinces, escaping the violence and poverty of the war.
We drove to a refugee camp in the outskirts of the city and crowded on the floor of a UNICEF tent. Assisted by a translator, we had a meeting with the head of the camp and some of the residents. About 55 families of around 7 people live in the camp, after escaping southern provinces. We also visited another refugee camp, a drug rehabilitation centre, parliamentarians, aid and development organisations, women’s groups, a community run school and a local journalist.
by Martha Hennessy
January 9, 2013
We are two weeks into our stay with the Afghan Peace Volunteers and the time is filled with many meetings and discussions. Before their departure our British delegates interviewed several of the peace volunteers about conditions in their country. Zekerullah’s testimony stood out to me; he held such compassion and wisdom beyond his years. He was asked what he would have to say to a young man from the U.K. who is considering joining the military and possibly coming to fight in Afghanistan. He stated that he hoped the man (his counterpart) would not become a soldier but would stay home, do the work that is needed there, and take care of his parents. Zekerullah’s insightfulness typifies the responses I’ve heard, again and again, from the Afghan Peace Volunteers when they talk about the ravages of war and their visions for the future.
January 10, 2013
Martha Hennessy and Kathy Kelly
Writing from Kaubul
This week, in Washington, D.C., Presidents Obama and Karzai will discuss a proposed Bilateral Security Agreement between Afghanistan and the United States. Presumably, they’ll note some of the main security problems Afghanistan faces.
The people of Afghanistan have only seen cosmetic improvement in their living conditions. UNICEF reports that 36% of the people live in poverty and that over one million children suffer from acute malnourishment. According to available World Bank figures, about 73 percent of people in Afghanistan lack access to clean drinking water and 95 percent do not have access to sufficient sanitation. Limited access to medical facilities and the absence of knowledge, skills and the ability to effectively manage these diarrhoeal diseases usually leads to the death of 48,545 children each year, - approximately133 children per day.