Afghanistan Ten Years Later Talk, WED Sept 28th at USC

Afghanistan Ten Years Later:

Time to End the War?

WED Sept 28th, 7PM

University of South Carolina

Discovery I Building, Suite 140

(Greene St & Lincoln)

featuring  David Axe and Sr. Ellen Francis

 

David Axe

Globe-trotting war correspondent and author of the graphic novel War is Boring: Scared Stiff in the World’s Worst War Zones .

 

Sr. Ellen Francis

Episcopal nun of the Order of Saint Helena who has traveled on two peace missions to Afghanistan, volunteered with Afghan women’s groups in New York and Afghanistan, and co-lead four peace delegations to Iran.

 

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Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center

Obama Commits to Afghanistan Withdrawals

 

President Obama has committed to withdrawing 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year and a further 23,000 troops by summer 2012.   This would reverse the 30,000 soldier “surge” deployed by President Obama at the beginning of his term. A complete withdrawal from Afghanistan would take place by the end of 2014.

We need to continue the pressure to end the war in Afghanistan.

Mark you calendar and plan to join us for our “critical mass” Women in Black vigil on WED Aug 3rd, 5-6PM at the Statehouse.  Weekly vigils continue as well.

 

 

Permanent Bases in Afghanistan?

“Wrong Again, Sen. Graham”

Middle East expert Juan Cole takes a look at Senator Graham’s idea of permanent bases in Afghanistan in light of his track record on Iraq in this commentary published Jan 4, 2011 on Truthdig.com:

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., repeated on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday his hope that the United States can maintain at least two permanent air bases in Afghanistan. He was pushing back against Vice President Joe Biden’s pledge that the U.S. would be out of Afghanistan by 2014 “come hell or high water.” Graham has been wrong about almost everything in the Middle East for a decade and a half, so this harebrained proposal is hardly surprising. But it signals the harder line likely to be pursued by Republicans now that they have taken back the House of Representatives and have much strengthened their position in the Senate. 

Read the whole article here.

Ramadan Food Drive

Carolina Peace Resource Center is promoting Ramadan charity activities as part of an effort to promote peace through understanding.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. During Ramadan, Muslims throughout the world fast from food and beverage each day from sunrise to sunset. Following the daily fast, families and friends eat together as part of the observance. The fasting is connected closely with a focus on spiritual purification, humility, devotion, charity, and reading of the Qur’an.

As part of the charity efforts that are part of Ramadan, Carolina Peace Resource Center is coordinating the first annual South Carolina Ramadan food drive to benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank. The purpose of the food dirve is to increase the public’s awareness of the role of charity in Islam, to highlight the generous nature of Muslims in South Carolina, and to facilitiate a means in which Muslims in South Carolina can pariticipate in this important pillar of Islam. Participating organizations include Masjid Al‐Muslimiin (Islamic Center of Columbia),  Masjid Noor Al‐Huda, Weekend Islamic School, Madrasatul Muslimiin, Masjid and Islamic Center of Clemson, Harvest Hope Food Bank, and Carolina Peace Resource Center.
Attached is a flyer promoting the drive which also includes a shopping list if you would like to participate.
For more information contact Maggie Aziz at majdoulinea83@aol.com.

U.S. Border Raid on Syrian Village

After a U.S.-military hit on a Syrian village bordering Iraq, a Syrian official chalks it up to Washington politics.
Newsweek Web Exclusive
The U.S. commando raid earlier this week on a Syrian town that borders Iraq has prompted a backlash in both Damascus and Baghdad. In the Syrian capital, a few hundred people protested about a mile from the American Embassy on Thursday, while the Syrian government demanded an apology and compensation for victims of the raid. In Baghdad, key Iraqi politicians engaged in negotiating a security agreement with the United States—which had been progressing slowly even before the strike—are now seeking to deny explicitly the use of Iraq as a staging ground for attacks on other nations. Security sources have said that the target of the raid was a top Al Qaeda smuggler who goes by the name Abu Ghadiyah, but the U.S. military has not issued an official account, and details are still scant. In an interview with NEWSWEEK’s Dan Ephron, Syria’s ambassador to Washington, Imad Moustapha, said that the dead were all civilians. He also spoke about the raid, his country’s talks with Israel and other issues. Complete article here.