Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

November-22-02

Afghan Security Advisor, New York Times Call for Troop Expansion

Afghan National Security Advisor Zalmai Rassoul visited Washington this week to meet with high-ranking officials to urge the Bush Administration to follow through on its promise to rebuild Afghanistan even with a foreign policy shift toward war in Iraq. He stressed the importance of expanding international peacekeeping troops in restoring stability to the war-torn country, telling the Washington Post that “the Taliban have been defeated, but the war continues.”

Last week, Congress passed the Afghan Freedom Support Act of 2002, which provides $2.3 billion in funding for humanitarian aid and $1 billion for the expansion of international peacekeeping forces. The bill also includes an amendment that makes Afghan women a funding priority. Introduced in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), the amendment earmarks $15 million each year for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and $5 million each year for the Independent Human Rights Commission. The Bush Administration’s 2003 budget forwarded to Congress does not include any funding for Afghan reconstruction or expansion of ISAF. This authorization is a major step in securing the funding necessary for Afghan reconstruction and security. In an editorial published yesterday, the New York Times urged President Bush to call on the new Congress to appropriate “these urgently needed funds without delay when it convenes in January.” The Times further called on Bush to fulfill his promise “not to repeat the mistake of the late 1980s when America abandoned Afghanistan after the Soviet military withdrawal.”

Incidents over the past few days indicate that the security situation in Afghanistan is still volatile. An explosion in Kandahar injured 11 people in Afghanistan yesterday, three of them seriously, according to Reuters. Local authorities blame the explosion on terrorists. Two Afghan children died on Tuesday after picking up an unexploded bomb in Kabul, and a third lost his hand from an exploding butterfly mine, according to the Associated Press. The Pentagon estimates that between 75 to 90 percent of Afghanistan is stable enough to begin rebuilding hospitals, roads, and other infrastructure, the Post reported. The Afghan government still sees Taliban sympathizers and al Qaeda as threats to the country’s security, according to Reuters. The recent elections in Pakistan added to the fears in the country, as pro-Taliban factions gained power in Pakistan’s government, Rassoul told the Post.

TAKE ACTION: Tell President Bush to Sign the Afghan Freedom Support Act of 2002

Media Resources: Washington Post 11/22/02, 11/20/02; New York Times 11/21/02; Reuters 11/21/02, 11/20/02; Associated Press 1120/02; Feminist Daily News Wire


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

9/12/2014 Violence Against Women Act Turns 20 - Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges. President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
 
9/12/2014 Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery - An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide after she delivered prematurely and sought hospital treatment. Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home. . . .
 
9/11/2014 Missouri Legislators Pass 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period Law - Missouri legislators voted late last night to triple the state's current 24-hour waiting period to 72 hours, with no exceptions for rape or incest. Governor Jay Nixon previously vetoed the bill in July, calling it "extreme and disrespectful." Missouri's House voted 117-44 to override the veto, and then the Senate used a procedural move to stop a Democratic filibuster of the bill and vote 23-7 to complete the veto override Wednesday. "The only purpose of a 72-hour waiting period is to attempt to punish, shame, and demean women who have arrived at a personal decision that politicians happen to disagree with," said the president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights in a statement. . . .