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Afghanistan

Prospects for change in 2014

5 April 2014 is the date set for the presidential election in Afghanistan. It was decided upon by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) which allows for a four months campaign. The electorate will also have 18 months to study the candidates. Some of the major concerns, at institutional and public opinion levels, are security during…

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Afghan Women

In general, a woman who does not disappear inside a burqa or who does not keep a ground-level profile in Afghanistan is in danger of death at any time. This is despite the fact that eleven years have passed since the “victory” over the Taliban who made it a priority to oppress women. Of course…

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From 2000 until today

In March 2001, the Taliban began more than a month of bombing and demolition, which destroyed the two III-V century Buddhas of Bamiyan (Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan), part of UNESCO’s world heritage. On 7 October 2001, the Unites States and some allies invaded Afghanistan. This was in response to the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks and…

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Afghanistan – A bleak outlook

In recent years there has been an increasingly widespread conviction that, to face up to the critical situation in Afghanistan, military intervention alone would not suffice, even if it is essential to maintain security. It seems the problem requires a global approach. It is difficult to find a symbolic image to represent the war in…

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Afghanistan – Opium: a lucrative business

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More than 90% of the world’s opium production comes from Afghanistan, 60% goes to EU and US markets. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), opium production in Afghanistan increased by 133% in 2011, compared to 2010. This generated $1,400 billion revenue, equivalent to 9% of Gross Domestic Product.Almost three thousand…

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Advocacy

Women’s Resistance to Mining.

Throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America, there is no dearth of stories where communities have been forced to leave their lands to make way for…

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Baobab

The man with seven dogs

Once upon a time, there lived a man called John who was a hunter as well as a magician. John had seven dogs and seven large…

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Youth & Mission

The Future of the Natural World.

We humans, the species on this planet with the large brains, so-called intelligence and abilities and power to change the face of our planet, are doing…

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