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Code Pink's misfire on Afghan women by Wazhma Frogh and Lauryn Oate

Friday, December 11, 2009In October, the women's antiwar organization, Code Pink, went to Afghanistan. The Christian Science Monitor reported that the pink T-shirted women were surprised to learn the overwhelming majority of women do not support a withdrawal of foreign troops from their country. Expecting their counterparts -- Afghan activists fighting for peace and gender equality -- to support their demands, they were confronted with the problem that perhaps their position has been counterproductive to the Afghan women's movement, or even wrong.We hope this means Code Pink will rethink what we see as a damaging position out of sync with the peace building and development priorities voiced by ordinary Afghans. But why did it take Code Pink so long to ask Afghan women what they think?Code Pink has been around since 2002. The thrust of their agenda has been to see the departure of soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan. This policy has profound implications for those two countries.…

The Emerging Afghan Media: Beyond the Stereotyping of Women? Published Originally by Middle East Institute

The Emerging Afghan Media: Beyond the Stereotyping of Women?Wazhma FroghFor the past 30 or more years, media content in Afghanistan mostly has been con- trolled by the central government and its supporters. During this period, as throughout the 20th century, the most important and widely available forms of media have been national radio and television. However, rural perspectives and the realities of rural life have been conspicuously absent from most media content. Moreover, because of tradi- tionally rigid gender roles, Afghan women have had very limited or almost no access to media and information sources.MEDIA IMAGES OF WOMEN IN HISTORICAL CONTExTIn spite of the strong hierarchy and patriarchy in Afghan society, central governments, such as that of Habibullah Khan in 1903, introduced a series of social and legal reforms to help raise the status of women and girls and used media to promote gender equality. Mahmud Tarzi started writing about gender equality, human rights, and social…

Written in October 09 on Afghanistan elections second round

Why a run off?
“Going to a second round of elections between the two kings, is like the two chopendaz that run so hardly to get the wounded goat that is terribly injured in the first round of Buzkashi. No matter who makes it to hold the goat, it’s the goat that will completely die, and that goat is Afghanistan.” These are the words of my 80 year old grand mother, who still envies her life during 70s in Afghanistan and doesn’t agree that we don’t have kings in Afghanistan anymore.
While the whole world is analyzing, critiquing, deciding about Afghanistan’s elections result and the possibility of a run off, the major question is will a run off ease the current crisis, or increase? At what cost are we pushing for a second round of elections.
It needs to be to understood that a run off will put this fragile state of governance back into suspension, at a time of rising insurgency. When the soldier on the borders of Spin Boldak is still thinking if he should continue the strike, because who k…