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Brad
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0 posted 03-26-2005 07:47 PM       View Profile for Brad   Email Brad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Brad

http://www.antiwar.com/news/?articleid=5345


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We at the Afghan WomenĄŻs Mission (AWM) often ask ourselves, why arenĄŻt the major newspapers showing the American people what's really happening in Afghanistan? AWM co-directors James Ingalls and I recently returned from a trip to Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan's (RAWA) projects in Afghanistan and Pakistan. While we were there we saw a lot of things that the U.S. media simply ignore.


Afghan Women's Mission has found that:

* Warlords still dominate Afghanistan

* Outside Kabul, women are still fearful of being in public spaces

* Refugees returning from Pakistan find misery in Afghanistan

* Women's unemployment is rampant

* Rural women's healthcare is dismal

* Education for girls is dismal

* Women have no political freedom

* Independent media are under constant threat

Why is it these stories aren't getting covered? A lack of coverage has led to an enormous drop in our donations - our projects for Afghan women and girls are being scaled down because donors assume Afghanistan is free, democratic and independent. Nothing could be further from the truth!


Here's where we need your help: reach out to influential media organizations and tell them what you think.


We've made it possible for you to reach ombudspersons and public editors at the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, Newsweek, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other media outlets on our site. Tell them that you want to read news about the real situation in Afghanistan. Ask for these organizations to put reporters on the ground and strive for accurate coverage.
Your support will help shine the light on the continued oppression of women and girls and set the record straight on the reality of Afghanistan.


Sonali Kolhatkar is Co-Director of the Afghan Women's Mission and host of KPFK's Uprising. The Afghan WomenĄŻs Mission works closely with RAWA to improve the medical, educational and rights conditions of women in Afghanistan.


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1 posted 03-26-2005 10:22 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

You've printed an article, Brad, but are you asking a question or making a statement or something? Not sure where are going with this...
Midnitesun
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2 posted 03-26-2005 10:27 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

THANKS, BRAD!
"Why is it these stories aren't getting covered?"

Afghanistan? There are still many in this country who cannot even locate it on a world map. That says a lot. And it's not 'palatable' news these days, doesn't fit the current administration's agenda, and many 'don't wanna hear about it anymore' because 'we finished that problem, didn't we?' or at least, that's often the reaction I get in small town and even big 'uptown' USA.
Thank you, for posting this.

BTW, some of those statements apply to the USA as well.
Aenimal
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3 posted 03-26-2005 11:52 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

Not to mention Brad, that opium production has increased

As for the purpose of this topic, i Brad was clear:

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'Why is it these stories aren't getting covered? A lack of coverage has led to an enormous drop in our donations - our projects for Afghan women and girls are being scaled down because donors assume Afghanistan is free, democratic and independent. Nothing could be further from the truth!...Here's where we need your help: reach out to influential media organizations and tell them what you think....'


 
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