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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

AI commits shockingly blind pro-war-anti-woman gaffe

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Inauthentic “progressives” support U.S./NATO war on Afghan people
Excerpt, editing by 
Carolyn Bennett

Stop the War Coalition posts Maine Codepinker Lisa Savage

“When Amnesty International held its ‘shadow summit’ in May 2012, calling for the continuation of the war in Afghanistan to protect human rights, one of the keynote speakers was former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, known infamously for having said half a million children’s deaths under sanctions in Iraq were ‘worth it.’”

At an Amnesty International film showing in London, a woman asks, ‘How can we help Afghanistan and its women?’

Amnesty International’s Afghanistan researcher Horia Mosadiq answers: ‘By putting pressure on your government to keep the troops in Afghanistan and not to withdraw them after 2014.’

[THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS! That’s my response]

“Why is Amnesty International calling for more U.S./NATO war and occupation in Afghanistan?” Lisa Savage asks in an article posted today at the website of Stop the War Coalition.

Another Afghan woman leader
speaks out
“What women all over Afghanistan really need is an end to war, real security, respect for the law; food, clean water, and access to education.

“That would be authentic progress.”

Lisa Savage continues her report.

Afghan Women’s Fund leader Fahima Vorgetts is among a chorus of voices making what should be an obvious point: that more military or even policing does not represent more security for women.

“Afghan women are the victims of violence from three directions,” Fahima Vorgetts says:
NATO bombing, insurgents, and their own government, which protects religious groups and warlords in positions of authority, some of whom have private militias.
Those who commit crimes against women are not punished—laws protecting women’s rights are not implemented.

Eleven years of war has not changed the situation for women very much, “especially for women in rural areas; violence against women has escalated over the past few years.

Sources and notes

“Why is Amnesty International calling for more US/NATO war and occupation in Afghanistan?” (Lisa Savage), July 4, 2012, http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/afghanistan-and-pakistan/1652-why-is-amnesty-international-calling-for-more-war-in-afghanistan

Published on Tuesday, “At Afghanistan Summit This Week, Will Afghan Women Be at the Table?” July 3, 2012 by Common Dreams, by Lisa Savage,

Lisa Savage is a CODEPINK Local Coordinator in Maine and blogs about the war in Afghanistan at went2thebridge.blogspot.com.

Fahima Vorgetts had shared her view in a June 27, 2012, international conference call organized by CODEPINK

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