“More Schools, Not Troops”; “Iraq: Partition is the Only Solution”; Pakistan gets U.S. equipment for anti-Taliban offensive

More Schools, Not Troops, by Nicholas Kristof, NY Times Op-Ed Piece:

  • For roughly the same cost as stationing 40,000 troops in Afghanistan for one year, we could educate the great majority of the 75 million children worldwide who, according to Unicef, are not getting even a primary education. We won’t turn them into graduate students, but we can help them achieve literacy. Such a vast global education campaign would reduce poverty, cut birth rates, improve America’s image in the world, promote stability and chip away at extremism.

    Education isn’t a panacea, and no policy in Afghanistan is a sure bet. But all in all, the evidence suggests that education can help foster a virtuous cycle that promotes stability and moderation. So instead of sending 40,000 troops more to Afghanistan, how about opening 40,000 schools?

  • An Afghanistan Schoolroom, boys and girls studying together

    Iraq: Partition is the only solution By Mufid Abdulla,KurdishMedia.com

  • For the last five years, I have been saying that the Kurds cannot make any gains in the new Iraqi regime while these chauvinist leaders are at the top. We do not need to go far back in history to see the injustices that are taking place before our eyes. If you look at Article 140, in respect of Kirkuk and the surrounding areas which historically belonged to the Kurds, people have not made any progress concerning these issues since the collapse of Saddam’s regime. It is an alarming situation that despite the fact the Iraqi Parliament voted on and passed this constitution, it cannot be implemented. We are the only people calling Iraq a federal state, nobody else does. Even the American and British wanted to stop the progress we made in the north for the sake of being equal to the south, including Paul Bremer, the former U.S Administrator of Iraq who was in charge of overseeing the reconstruction of Iraq. Our federal region (the KRG) has not drafted a single coherent statement, properly and ideally with the central government. The KRG’s relationship with the centre is not real and has never been real, only pretend. That is why as soon as any new company signs any new contract in Arbil, the next day there will be cries from Baghdad accusing the Kurds of dishonesty and attempts to disintegrate political policies.
  • A potential division of Iraq into three Republics, but most want Kurdistan to be its own country

    Pakistan gets U.S. equipment for anti-Taliban offensive The United States has quietly shipped substantial military equipment in recent months to aid Pakistan’s fight against militants, a leading US newspaper reported Thursday. The rushed U.S. supply, valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, includes troop transport helicopters, spare parts, night vision goggles, body armor and eavesdropping equipment, The New York Times said, citing senior American and Pakistani officials. The help, meant for both Pakistan’s spring offensive in the Swat Valley and the current operation in South Waziristan, has come despite Pakistan’s efforts to downplay America’s role in its fight against the Taliban, al-Qaeda and other terror groups, the officials told the newspaper.
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    Take Action Now:
    Call President Obama: To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: No more Troops. End the War(s). Call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Stop the South Waziristan War and don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).

    Today, please tell your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to End the War in Afghanistan, sign this petition. If you live outside the United States, write to your leaders, End the War Now.

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