by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Guatemala A former general and veteran of Guatemala’s civil war placed first — but did not secure a majority — in the first round of presidential elections Sunday. According to reports, Otto Perez Molina of the conservative Patriotic Party placed ahead of business executive Manuel Baldizon and is expected to beat him [...]
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Preventing Revenge Killings in Libya
by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Una Moore at U.N. Dispatch warns of reprisal killings: U.N. Security Resolution 1973 authorizes members states to take “all measures necessary to protect civilians” in Libya. Right now, the rebel forces are battling to survive in the face on the Libyan military’s onslaught, but what will be the fate of non-revolutionary civilians [...]
by ROBERT BECKHUSEN “The tide of Libya’s revolt-turned-civil-war has turned against the rebels,” writes Una Moore at U.N. Dispatch. Gaddafi loyalists backed up by tanks, aircraft and rocket artillery captured the central Libyan oil port of Ras Lanuf on Friday then moved a further 77 miles east, taking the oil terminal of Brega. In western Libya, [...]
Una Moore at U.N. Dispatch reports on a startling development.
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by DAVID AXE Cartoonists Ted Rall and Matt Bors — the artist on my new graphic novel — are in Afghanistan to chronicle the plight of everyday Afghans in a series of quickie comics. In Tajikistan, Ted spoke to U.N. Dispatch about the trip. UND: Why are you doing this? Ted: I’ve been interested in [...]
My first morning in Yakawlang I oversleep, eat a hasty breakfast of bread and tea with the AHRDO employees, and go to wash my face before venturing out. There is no more water in the water tank in the bathroom, so Bisharat tells me we’ll use the public bath in Nayak, the biggest village in the valley below.
Leaving Bamiyan city, we drive through what amounts to a slum. The sights are jarring. This is where some of the poorest people in the world scrape out a ragged existence on the edges of a society with little to spare. Destitute families crowd into caves cut out from the rocky cliffs. There is no running water, no electricity, and just a few rudimentary outdoor latrines. The six month Bamiyan winter is often deadly for children and pregnant women living in these caves.
Bamiyan city is not a city in the developed world sense. It has one commercial street with a rambling bazaar of small shops that sell local silver, carpets, medicine, food and bicycle repair supplies. The tallest buildings in sight are two stories.
Around 8:00 in the morning, we stop in a small village in a mountainous area of Parwan. It’s breakfast time, and we are half-way to Bamiyan City.
At 3:oo in the morning, Bisharat, AHRDO’s 28-year-old managing director, calls me to say he is close to my house and to be ready when he arrives. The Toyota minibus pulls up outside and I bundle my duvet and duffle bag in the back. Bisharat slams the door shut. “Okay,” he says, “let’s go to Bamiyan!”
Afghanistan is more than a war, and though violence is spreading, much of the country remains peaceful. Events in Afghanistan seldom make headlines abroad unless they involve violence, fanaticism or government malfeasance. Regrettably little attention is paid to civilian life, which goes on — because it must — in spite of deteriorating security.