AFGHANISTAN: Sangin – during twenty years of war, this area has been the bloodiest battlefield. It is reminiscent of Roman ruins. In 2001, one in three Afghans was starving – now one in two is starving.
MODERN TIMES CONVERSATIONS: From someone who should know the intricacies of foreign policy and geopolitics: Thorbjørn Jagland on military rearmament and enemy images – when it comes to the USA, Russia, China, Turkey, and Libya.
PRIO: Researchers who question the legitimacy of US wars, seem to experience being ousted from their positions in research and media institutions. The example presented here is from the Institute for Peace Research in Oslo (PRIO), an institution which historically has had researchers critical of wars of aggression – and who can hardly be labeled friends of nuclear arms.
THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Beauty, suffering, wealth, poverty, superficiality and raped children are different sides of the same coin, says photographer Marco Di Lauro, who spent a week with the Red Cross in Bergamo during the covid-19 outbreak.
United States / Militarization:: In this article, Niels Harrit points out that the participation of European countries in the attack on Afghanistan in 2001 was illegal – according to the UN Treaty. Were a number of countries tricked into the "war on terror"?
READING AND WRITING DIFFICULTIES: Pakistan needs to prioritize citizens' inadequate literacy skills and should implement a nationwide program that takes into account the country's multicultural and foreign language communities.
: Rokhsar Sediqi is 14 years old, lives with his family in Denmark and has been waiting for a residence permit for four years. But what could have been an important and humane account of her fate is jarring.
: NATO troops in Afghanistan are training Afghan security forces in respecting human rights, claims the US President. At the same time, it appears that American soldiers have been ordered to ignore systematic rapes of children committed by the same security forces.
: In the shadow of the war between Afghan and international forces, there is a centuries-old conflict between poor peasants and displaced nomads. The Afghanistan Committee has visited one of the villages the world has forgotten.
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