7th of April 2012 / 18th of Hut 1391
Our trip to Parwan sealed a brewing idea to make a T.V. serial about our ‘terrible’ struggle for non-violence in Afghanistan. A ‘raw trailer’, called ‘Love or Enmity in Afghanistan’ can be viewed at http://youtu.be/y2MhNFd6cdA
Let’s face the global ‘gun culture!’
guns at Nao Roz 1391
We had also sent our thoughts through Suraia Sahar of Afghans for Peace to a Forum in New York that had ‘Occupy Everything’ as their theme. Thank you for giving space to our voice!
Our thoughts can be found at http://afghansforpeace.org/archives/2482
23rd of March 2012 / 3rd of Hut 1391 ( 3rd day of the Afghan New Year! )
Inspired by the Israel/Iran “Love and Peace Campaign” initiated by Israeli graphic artists Ronny Edry and his wife, Michal Tamir, the Afghan Peace Volunteers have likewise begun a Facebook “Afghanistan Love and Peace Campaign”.
Together, the ‘everyday people’ of Afghanistan and the world can say ‘no’ to the economic and geopolitical wars waged against the 99%.
We want to tell the people of the world:
We love You!
No to war.
No to military solutions.
We invite ‘everyday people everywhere’, especially ordinary citizens from the U.S./NATO coalition countries, to respond to one another with ‘We Love You!’ photos and messages posted on our Facebook “Afghanistan Love and Peace Campaign” http://www.facebook.com/pages/Afghanistan-Love-and-Peace-Campaign/355345227837813?ref=tn_tnmn
It’s time that the people of the world stand together as One Protesting Humanity against all wars.
We choose to live and love differently, for a different world.
Love and ‘salams’ from Afghanistan,
The Afghan Peace Volunteers
17th of March 2012 / 27th of Hut 1390
Y Not Dance? http://youtu.be/vtFABflsKHA
This video is a celebration! It is a celebration of the close, life-changing, multi-ethnic friendships that the AYPVs have nurtured over the winter months, with the additional ‘bonus’ of successfully registering as a Non-Governmental Organization in Afghanistan on the 14th of March 2012, without any bribes!
Our initial proposal of ‘Y Not?’ as the group’s registration name was ridiculed upon and rejected. It’s the dance that we dance, and not its name.
7th of March 2012 / 17th of Hut 1390
We began our Caravan of Non-Violence on Sunday the 4th of March, travelling to Jalalabad ( a city of the Mughal Empire previously known as Adinapour ).
As we set off on the road with a niggling worry, we wondered as usual, “Is non-violence possible in Afghanistan?”
But then, that is like asking, “Is love possible in Afghanistan?”
Or like asking, “Are Afghan mothers really human beings capable of love?”
Or, as in this video clip of our Caravan, “Do Afghan mothers wish the same for their children?”
28th of Feb 2012 / 9th of Hut 1390
The current U.S. negotiations with the Taliban in Qatar and elsewhere puts President Obama on moral par with ex-U.S. President Ronald Reagan who in 1985, met the Taliban at the White House (as seen in the picture below ) and called them ‘the moral equivalents of America’s founding fathers.’
Ex-President Ronald Reagan with the Taliban at the White House
Ordinary people are not against the humanity and conscience found within both the Obama administration and the Taliban, but we the 99% reject both of their pretentious moralities, sealing deals for their 1% Money, Power and Violence.
It is sad that the world’s elite, including the UN, will not pause in the use of force in their policies, until as many people are killed in their decisions as were killed in World War I and II :
95 million human beings were killed!
They seem to need a critical number of dead before they grow so tired of war that they would resign to revisiting the UN Charter.
26th Feb 2012 / 7th Hut 1390
Faiz, Abdulai, Ali and Hakim spent 3 weeks in India on invitation by South Asia Peace Alliance to learn about Gandhian nonviolent work, in particular about the struggle of Ekta Parishad for the landless poor of India.
When Abdulai asked 12 year old Indian student Sevum what he had learnt from Gandhi, Sevum replied,
24th Feb 2012 / 5th Hut 1390
Why not ask if we, human beings, homo sapiens, can take war out of life?
why can’t we take war out of the street economy?
I miss my Pushtoon friend Najib, the orphan who made his quiet living by collecting trash, waste disposed by fellow human beings. Why couldn’t he make a living without the complication of war?
why couldn’t Najib find food without war?
I wonder where Najib is. I wonder where the Afghan soul is.
Freezing to death. Angered to death ( the careless mistake of Quran burnings ).
Where can Afghan souls take refuge from this violent local and global neglect?