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Winning in Afghanistan

It's often said that the war in Afghanistan is more a war of perceptions than anything. This is sometimes in reference to the Taliban's capacity to use propaganda strategically in comparison to NATO, and sometimes to the dire need for the Afghan Government to win greater legitimacy by doing a better job of rooting out the corruption and weakness that too often consumes it. But most frequently, it refers to the waning public support in the western world for our governments' ongoing investments in a war routinely written off as a lost cause.

Herald News July 9, 2012
By MONICA GRAHAM

When a national group promoting the education of Afghan women meets this fall near Pictou, five teacher-educators from the war-torn country will be there.

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, also known as CW4WAfghan, is bringing five Afghan teachers to Canada for a three-week education program designed to equip them to train other teachers when they return to their own country.

July 8, 2012    TOKYO―Today, Chris Alexander, Parliamentary Secretary for National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, announced an important investment to support development efforts in Afghanistan until 2017. Mr. Alexander made the announcement during the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan, which focused on international development over the next decade.

The West is now morally obliged to leave the country in safe hands.

The increasingly predictable commentary on Western involvement in Afghanistan centres on the need to abandon that troubled country.

Behind the depressing news from Afghanistan are women achieving healthy social change, says an international journalist with wide experience in conflict zones all over the world.

Award-winning journalist and Order of Canada recipient Sally Armstrong, who splits her time between Toronto and Saltspring Island, will speak at the First Metropolitan United Church tonight at 7 on the effect of decades of war on Afghan women.

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