By Elaheh Rostami-Povey

ISBN-10: 1842778552

ISBN-13: 9781842778555

ISBN-10: 1848130481

ISBN-13: 9781848130487

This ebook appears at how Afghan girls have fought repression and challenged stereotypes, either in the nation and in diasporas in Iran, Pakistan, the USA and the united kingdom. overlaying issues from the Taliban and the influence of 9-11 to the position of NGOs and the expansion of the opium financial system, Rostami-Povey will get at the back of the media hype and offers a colourful and numerous photograph of those women's lives. the way forward for women's rights in Afghanistan, she argues, relies not just on overcoming neighborhood male domination, but in addition on demanding imperial domination and opposing the turning out to be divide among the West and the Muslim global.

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21 Against this background George Bush, supported by Tony Blair, invaded Afghanistan. The war against the Taliban was justified as self-defence in response to terrorist acts in the USA. 22 The events of 9/11 were the motivating force for the invasion of Afghanistan. The rise of neo-conservatism and 9/11 speeded up the desire to control Central Asia and the Middle East. In the USA, neo-conservatism, backed by Christian fundamentalism, the military–industrial complex and Zionism, turned the warfare waged for the extension of neo-liberalism around the globe into aggressive confrontation.

A woman whose blind husband was dragged from their home as an al-Qaida suspect, cursed the Americans ‘as kafar [the infidels] who raided her home, disrespected her religion and culture and created misery and fear for her and the neighbourhood’. According to communal gender relations based on the Afghan code of honour, an Afghan man must protect and care for his wife and his family. The provision of work for women by foreign invading forces is threatening to both women’s and men’s cultural identity, in particular to men’s masculine identity as the breadwinners.

8 After nearly six years, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), USA and NATO forces and their client state have failed to bring about economic development, peace and security. 9 A rentier state has been propped up by foreign aid and opium revenue, with no engagement with society. The majority of the population live in absolute poverty and despair while watching a tiny minority grow wealthy with the help of international financial organizations. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 4 million people in Afghanistan are dependent on aid.

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