Bush Administration Limits Peacekeeping in Afghanistan
Despite pleas from Afghanistan’s interim government and United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, as well as thousands of email messages from women’s groups, the Bush Administration appears to have made a decision not to allow an increase in the size of the 4500-member international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, nor an expansion of that force beyond the capitol city, Kabul. The current peacekeeping force is comprised of troops from 17 countries, not including the United States. The US State Department had argued in favor of increasing the peacekeeping force to 25,000, and the recent decision by the Bush Administration is viewed as a major setback for Afghanistan’s interim prime minister Hamid Karzai.
The Feminist Majority Foundation will persist in urging an increase in the peacekeeping force up to 30,000, and an expansion beyond Kabul. Increasing reports of violence confirm that such increase is necessary. Furthermore, reports from Afghanistan suggest that the primary reason Afghan women continue to wear the burqa is fear; they are afraid to go outside, and they see the peacekeeping force as providing security and safety, especially for women and children. An expansion in the size of the peacekeeping force and its deployment throughout Afghanistan is necessary for the establishment of a democratic government, the restoration of women's rights, reconstruction, and the delivery of desperately-needed humanitarian assistance.
8/31/2015 Chicago Activists Continue Hunger Strike to Save Predominately Black Public High School - Chicago residents have entered the second week of their hunger strike protesting the closure of Dyett High School, in the predominately African-American Bronzeville neighborhood located on the South Side of Chicago.
Parents and community members are calling on the Chicago Board of Education to keep Dyett - the only open-enrollment, neighborhood school in its area - open and accept a community plan to revitalize the school with a focus on science and green technology. . . .