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Afghanistan: Taliban Regime

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On the Web: Articles

New Plan to Destroy Taliban: Diplomatic Moves to Unite Tribal Groupings, Patrick Wintour, Ian Traynor & Ewan MacAskill, Guardian (10/6/01). Coalition plans diplomatic effort to topple Taliban & install broad-based democratic government.

The Folly of Quick Action in Afghanistan, Ghani, Ashraf. (n.d.)

Taliban Should Be Overthrown by the Uprising of Afghan Nation, Revolutionary Association of Afghanistan Women (RAWA). (n.d.). Northern Alliance little if any better than Taliban from women's point of view.

Some of the restrictions imposed by Taliban on women in Afghanistan, RAWA, (n.d.). Details on oppressive measures women endured under Taliban.

Behind the Burka. Polly Toynbee, Guardian (9/28/01) . Burka symbolizes disgust of many religions for women's bodies; Northern Alliance & Taliban differ little on this, & have excluded women from dialogue about Afghan future.

Afghanistan's Refugee Crisis. Hiram Ruiz& Margaret Emery, MERIP (9/24/01). Policy analysts for US Committee for Refugees look at Afghanistan's refugee crisis.

War Against the Planet, Vijay Prashad, Counterpunch (9/15/01)
Overview of US/British Iraq & Afghanistan policy that set stage for 9/11 attacks.

Bush's Faustian Deal with the Taliban, Robert Scheer, LA Times (5/22/01). On $43m grant to Taliban in 5/01 for to suppress opium poppy cultivation.

Afghanistan: Between Hammer & Anvil. Tariq Ali, New Left Review 2 (3-4/00). Review essay on Cooley, Unholy Wars & Rashid, Taliban.

Women's Health & Human Rights in Afghanistan, Zohra Rasekh et al. Journal of the American Medical Association (8/5/98).Effects of Taliban rule on women's health.

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Women for Women International.

In the Library: Articles

Emery, Margaret & Hiram Ruiz. "Descent into disaster? Afghan refugees," Middle East Report 221 (winter 2002).

Flanders, Laura. "Afghan feminists speak out," Progressive (11/01).

Hilton, Isabel. "The Pashtun code," New Yorker (12/3/01):59-72.

Hiro, Dilip. "The cost of an Afghan ‘victory’: Islamic militants, once encouraged by the US, now threaten it," Nation (2/15/99):17-20.

Reilly, Kristie. "Left behind [interview with RAWA's Sahar Saba]," In These Times (4/29/02):16-18.

Rubin, Barnett R. "Women & pipelines: Afghanistan's proxy war," International Affairs 73,2 (4/97):283-96.

__________. "Afghanistan under the Taliban," Current History (2/99):79-91.

__________. "The political economy of war & peace in Afghanistan," World Development 28,10 (2000):1789-1803.

Vollman, William T. "Across the divide: what do the Afghan people think of the Taliban?" New Yorker (5/15/00):58-73.

Whitaker, Raymond. "Behind the burka. Afghan women who fight the Taliban," In These Times (11/12/01):14-16.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Benard, Cheryl. Veiled Courage: Inside the Afghan Women's Resistance (NY: Broadway, 2002).

Brisard, J.C. & G. Dasquie. Forbidden Truth (NY: Thunder's Mouth, 2002). Oil pipeline interests and US Afghan policy under Clinton & Bush.

Brodsky, Anne F. With All Our Strength: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (NY: Routledge, 2003).

Chavis, Melody Ermachild. Meena: Heroine of Afghanistan (NY: St. Martin’s, 2003).

Cooley, John K. Unholy Wars. Afghanistan, America & International Terrorism (rev ed.;London: Pluto, 2000).

Dorronsoro, Gilles. Revolution Unending: Afghanistan, 1979 to the Present (trans. John King; NY: Columbia, 2005).

Griffin, Michael. Reaping the Whirlwind: The Taliban Movement in Afghanistan (London: Pluto, 2001).

Ide, Arthur Frederick. Jihad, Mujahideen, Taliban, George W. Bush & Oil: A Study in the Evolution of Terrorism & Islam (Garland TX: Tanglewild, 2002).

Latifa. My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under the Taliban, A Young Woman's Story (NY: Hyperion, 2001).

Magnus, Ralph & Eden Naby. Afghanistan: Mullah, Marx & Mujahid (New Delhi,1998).

Maley, William (ed.) Fundamentalism Reborn? Afghanistan & the Taliban (NY: NYU, 2001)

Marsden, Peter. The Taliban: War, Religion, & the New Order in Afghanistan (NY: Zed, 1998).

Mehta, Sunita (ed.) Women for Afghan Women: Shattering Myths & Claiming the Future (NY: Palgrave, 2002).

Olsen, Asta. Islam & Politics in Afghanistan (London, 1995).

Pratap, Anita. Island of Blood: Frontline Reports from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan & Other South Asian Flashpoints (NY: Penguin, 2001).

Rasanayagam, Angelo. Afghanistan: A Modern History (NY: Palgrave, 2002).

Rashid, Anwar. Taliban. Militant Islam, Oil & Fundamentalism in Central Asia (New Haven: Yale, 2000).

In the Library: Fiction

In the Library: For Young Readers

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"Afghan Stories" [2002], dir. Taran Davies, 60m. Moving documentary, focused on individual human beings as survivors.

“Beneath the Borqa in Afghanistan” [2001], dir. ?, ?m. From Global Exchange. Lives of Afghan women in refugee camps.

"Jung (War) in the Land of the Mujaheddin" (2001), dir. Alberto Vendemmiati, Fabrizio Lazzaretti & Giuseppe Petitto. Shot in Afghanistan, 1999 & 2000. (revs. Nation 12/10/01 & New Yorker 11/26/01).

"Kandahar," dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf (2001). (rev. Nation 12/10/01). In 1999, an Afghan exile woman travels overland from Iran in disguise, trying to reach sister in Kandahar.

"Osama" [2003], dir. Siddiq Barmak, 82m. In video stores. Life for a 12-yr. old Kabul girl under the Taliban regime.

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