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  1. And the UN call those people the poorest people on earth…
    I wish I had a classroom looking at the sky (without the Yankee soldier of course)

    In India as Vandana Shiva was saying, students were taught under the trees.
    But then came the white men telling the “poors” that they have to build a brick and mortar school if they really want to evolve and grow.
    As a results corporations like Lafarge, French cement company, are now everywhere on the globe supported by the World bank and the free trade rules who benefits only a few.

    Who are the poors here?

    1. Dear Philippe, I also think is wrong to call those who study in the open air “poor”, I love classes in the open.
      Companies like the ones you mentioned saw a good opportunity here I guess, so definitely the Afghans are not the “poor” in this scenario. And if walls are built for security reasons, given the unsafe environment I would still keep the soldier near us rather than a roof.

  2. The saddest part of this story IS that they need that Yankee soldier guarding them so that their own people – the Taliban – do not come and kill all these children, and their teachers, for expressing their desire to be educated. My fear is that when the soldiers leave, Afghanistan will quickly return to the dark, dark days of Taliban rule.

    1. Thank you for your comment Jon. I think your fear is highly likely to happen, I mean, 2014 elections + international troops removed, convenient confusive scenario for the Talibans comeback. And I’m not even sure if keeping an eye over the elections (IEC) will prevent it. What do you think?

  3. The occupation would be less of a problem than it is if not for the continued economic war against Afghanistan by the United States. We should be endorsing the legal production and sales of poppy plants instead of destroying the crops. Right now the US imports all of its poppies and derivatives from Turkey, where the prevailing wage is higher. If we allowed the Afghans to legally grow and sell poppy products to US pharmaceutical companies for morphine and codeine, for example, the companies would get cheaper prices, the consumers should get cheaper prices, and the Afghan people would have a real cash crop. This wouldn’t change the fact that American troops are occupying Muslim lands, which breeds Anti-Americanism, but it would be a step in the right direction.

      1. No no I appreciate your interventions 🙂 and I agree with the Anti-Americanism. I just wonder if it is possible to have fair trade with Afghanistan, the poppy products have other uses I’m afraid. Boh…

  4. Very nice. Where are these pictures from? Taken by you?
    Also, interesting discussion in this section. That’s why its so nice to have snapshots of different cultures – so we can all think outside our little boxes of ‘what-should-be’.

    1. Thanks for your appreciation Adnar, the photos are taken from the Italian weekly magazine Internazionale, it’s basically a collection of headlines and pictures from around the world. And yes, the idea here is precisely that: showing interesting facts and images from different places and cultures.

  5. When I was in Afghanistan, I was quite impressed by the thirst that children had for education. It was completely the opposite of the attitude in Western children that view school as a tedious chore. Just to give one example – When I went into villages in rural areas, the kids would beg me for pens, paper and other tools of education rather than for food or money. Priorities…

    1. Oh, and my handing out pens and such probably saved my life in at least one instance, so it wouldn’t hurt to try it out. If nothing else, the locals appreciate the gesture more than they do the Westerners that blow through town in their air-conditioned, white Land Cruisers…

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