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Build the witch (recipe)

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strega_ww2Just wait the opportunity. If it takes too long, well, think of something. Then quickly choose the darkest character on the stock market (Osama will fit.) Once built the personified evil, take him from the pay roll of CIA to the caves of Afghanistan, and inject it into the western brain. Wait, and in the meanwhile do whatever you want, cause it’s a jungle out there.
If something cools down, add salt or anthrax (at need, take even the fool of the village. I say, stuff like Zarqawi, in the meanwhile, a meteor.) When you’re done, cast the puppet into a cottage in Pakistan or elsewhere, kill and serve it hot. In pictures though, better if in writing. Well, I don’t know, make a film or something.
Don’t forget to throw the remains of the witch into the rubbish bin – oops – into the realm of a foggy myth. Once she has egregiously done her job, she’s finished, fired, burned. Supper is over. Let her live, be submitted to trial or just show her corpse would be at least inappropriate. Think of what comes next.

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January 31, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Posted in Afghanistan, Iraq, USA, War

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Malalai Joya, an Afghan woman

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A frame from Enemies of Happiness, a film that follows the campaign of an Afghan woman, Malalai Joya – then 28 year-old – as she was running in the country’s first democratic parliamentary elections in 35 years. The first clip shows Malalai Joya addressing the Loya Jirqa (Constitutional Assembly), calling for the prosecution of warlords present at the meeting and being instantly expelled from the Assembly (image left). She was elected from Farah province and on May 21, 2007, the lower house of the Afghan parliament, the Wolesi Jirga, voted to suspend her. She was accused of insulting the parliament and suspended until the end of her term in 2009. Since her suspension, she has continued to criticize warlords in the Afghan parliament despite the concerns for her safety. Human Rights Watch said, on May 21, 2008, that the Afghan parliament should reinstate her and noted that members of parliament have regularly criticized each other, but no one else has been suspended. Here the Human Rights Watch video interview with Malalai Joya. Moreover, Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said that “Afghanistan is requesting billions of dollars in assistance from donors next month and presenting itself as an emerging democracy (…) If Malalai Joya remains suspended for exercising her right to free expression and has to keep moving around because of threats for which the government does nothing, what does this say about the state of human rights and democracy?”

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May 27, 2008 at 10:21 pm

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Blogging from the edge of the world

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pipiafga“Afghanistan, centre of the world’s attention four years ago, remains an impoverished and volatile nation with an uncertain future. Though internet access is scarce, young Afghans are beginning to raise their voices through blogging. Sohrab Kabuli, a young man from Kabul, is one such pioneer, writing in the English version of his blog ‘Afghan Lord’. In it he writes about life in Kabul and events abroad, with the intention of illuminating both himself and others. With Afghanistan having been overlooked for years following the invasion of Iraq, Politics contacted Sohrab to learn more about his nation and his views”. Blogging from the edge of the world, says the header at p. 20 of the UK magazine Gair Rhydd. There you can find a long interview made by Andrew Rennison with Sohrab Kabuli, our friend blogging from Afghanistan. Here you can download the pdf file of the issue.

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February 13, 2006 at 9:28 pm

Posted in Afghanistan

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