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Afghan Perspectives on the Presidential Elections


by Beth Tichborne

While in Kabul with VCNV Beth interviewed a number of Afghans who shared their thoughts on the current elections and post withdrawal Afghanistan.

This is a rare and unique insight into what Afghans on the streets are actually thinking and saying about the elections, and what has changed over the last 13 years.

Read here

Borderfree Goes International

The global peace movement responds to the Afghanistan

Groups and individuals from the U.S., U.K., Sweden, Ireland, Australia, India, Jeju Island in South Korea and Afghanistan are supporting the Afghan Peace Volunteers "Borderfree" campaign to address socio-economic inequalities, wars and global warming. See groups, youth clubs, school classes wearing the blue scarves (which bind us together under the same blue sky) and sending their support to Afghanistan.

See the video here

On The Road To Ground The Drones 2014

Voices for Creative Non-Violence US organized a 160 mile walk from Chicago to Battle Creek Michigan National Guard where 98 activists walked to the drone base on day 14 of a grassroots walk which passed through many post rust belt towns, holiday resorts, national parks and Gary (hometown of Michael Jackson). Maya Evans joined the walkers and contributed to public speaking events. See here for a report of the walk.

June Waddington Watch 123 Interfaith Vigil


This month included recitals from the Quran by a Muslim beat poet, a St Francis Poem by an anarchic punk, Rev Hebden with a drone info fig tree and a very moving song about living under drones in Afghanistan by "Mary-Ann" a fem singer song writing duo. One of the best vigils yet as police and soldiers look on and think... join next months vigil 21st July 1-3pm RAF Waddington. For more details.

Interesting News Articles

 

"Bringing the "basket of civilisation to Afghanistan" was tougher and more complex than the experts thought it would be. The United States is usually cast as the primary reason why Afghanistan is closer to civil war than a stable peace today, but the superpower's coalition partners also deserve much of the blame."  An excellent article on the tragic legacy left behind post 2014 citing NATO complicity in the torture of Afghan detainees as one of the main tragedies- an issue by VCNV Maya Evans in 2010.

 

"KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s election crisis has twisted through each of the past 10 days, as the presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has wielded boycott and brinkmanship in his quest to expose what he calls industrial-scale fraud against him." Afghan Presidential Elections dubbed at corrupt, read the latest

 

"How did the large Afghan Hazara minority – that surprised everyone in the first round with its nearly unanimous backing for Dr Abdullah – vote in the second round of the presidential elections?" The tug of war over the Hazara vote round II

 

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