Archive for the ‘Afghanistan’ Tag

Repost: Malala and Education   Leave a comment

Content Note: Malala, Shootings, Gender Inequality, Unequal access, Illiteracy

Juan Cole has a mostly excellent post on Malala, the Taliban, and female education in Pakistan.

So the Taliban are fringe, tiny and highly peculiar and their bizarre ideas have all along been out of sync with the Pakistani mainstream. The Taliban extreme male chauvinism is a huge problem for women in the small areas of Pakistan where they are influential. But arguably, millions of Pakistani women are deprived of an education not by the malevolence of a few sectarians but by the failure of elite men to care to see peasant girls have a school in their village.

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The Eleventh Anniversary   Leave a comment

Content Note: State Violence, Terrorism

Today, I want to commemorate a few people. I want to commemorate all the people who died in the World Trade Center Buildings. I want to commemorate the first responders, the families and friends of the victims, and all the people who suffered or will suffer health problems due to the toxic mix of chemicals that was created that day.

I also want to commemorate all the 9/11 victims in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Far more people died abroad in the name of 9/11 than died in the United States on the day itself. The low estimate of casualties in Iraq is 100,000 people. More than half of Afghans have PTSD type stress or anxiety disorders. Pakastani children have been killed by drone strikes at weddings and funerals. These too, deserve to be commemorated as victims of 9/11.